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Ingalls Shipbuilding admits to over charging on government contracts
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has admitted to over charging time involving government contracts, WKRG News 5 reported. "Ingalls Shipbuilding has recently learned of time charging irregularities by employees at its Pascagoula facility," the company said in a statement to News 5. "The irregularities were discovered by company personnel. We are conducting a thorough investigation with outside, third party experts to review the facts and to determine the scope of the irregularities. We are also investigating the cause and concurrently developing a robust corrective action plan to prevent further occurrences." al.com
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Arkansas Senator Plans to Bring Up In-State Tuition for Immigrants
LITTLE ROCK — A proposal to allow in-state tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants in Arkansas is likely to resurface in the upcoming legislative session. State Sen. Joyce Elliott said she plans to introduce another bill that would grant the in-state rates to anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state. Arkansas Business
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Eagle Ford drilling fuels income surge for all, despite recession
The Eagle Ford Shale is turning out to be more than an oil boom. It’s also a shot in the wallet, pulling up personal income in counties across the region — some of the poorest in the state. With a sudden abundance of well-paid oil field jobs, counties with Eagle Ford Shale wells permitted or in production saw an average increase in per capita income of 13.62 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. Texas as a whole saw an increase in per capita income of 1.34 percent during that time period, which included the last recession. Average pay reached $40,147. Houston Chronicle
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Heavy rainfalls washes away Louisiana crawfish crop but ends drought
Crawfish farmers are losing profits as heavy rains are swamping ponds, according to The Town Talk. "Crawfish literally wash out of fields," Commissioner of Agriculture said to The Town Talk. "And those who don't escape their confines could find not-so-friendly living conditions in the near future." Ray McClain, LSU Agricultural Center crawfish researcher said flooding could dampen production in several ways. Times-Picayune
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Megasite effort in Jefferson County, Tenn., is a challenge
DANDRIDGE — Bill and Norma Jarnigan have lived in a home on Sam Martin Road in Jefferson County for nearly four decades. On Wednesday, they got a letter informing them of an "exciting opportunity" — an opportunity to sell their home. The letter came from the county's Economic Development Oversight Committee, which last week announced plans to create a certified industrial megasite near the intersection of Interstates 40 and 81. Knoxville News-Sentinel
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Louisiana lawmakers voice concerns about ending income tax
Lawmakers responded with caution Friday to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposal to eliminate Louisiana’s income tax in exchange for higher sales taxes and other tax code changes, saying they needed more specifics about the idea. They questioned how it will affect low- to middle-income families and whether sales taxes are too unstable a revenue source on which to base the state’s budget. “I’m not for it or against it right now. I think that there are some promising concepts here, but we’re still talking about concepts. I’m not going to be anywhere until I see the specific language,” said Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, the tax-writing panel. Baton Rouge Advocate
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Road costs leave South Carolina in a jam
COLUMBIA — Pat Barber has been in the trucking industry for 29 years and said he believes the state of South Carolina’s roads are at a “crisis” level. And if lawmakers don’t address it this year and add needed funding, he told GreenvilleOnline.com, drivers will be looking at “pavement failure at best, bridge failure at worst.” “I am deathly afraid we may have passed the point of no return if we don’t get some attention paid to this right now,” he said. “We cannot afford to sit on our hands any more.” Barber, president of a Charleston trucking firm and chairman of the South Carolina Trucking Association, is among a number of business leaders who are pressing legislators to confront the state’s crumbling road network, some of the most dangerous in the nation, and the state’s inability to fund its upkeep. Greenville News
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New N.C. Gov Pat McCrory breaks all molds
“Leadership needs to be state and local – Republican and Democrat – governors and mayors taking bold steps, regardless of political affiliation, trying to solve problems.” How refreshing to hear those words in today’s hyperpartisan world! And how difficult to make the vision work. But the assertion does come from Pat McCrory, a politician who has learned how to form crosspartisan alliances before. The former 14-year mayor of Charlotte, McCrory sailed to easy victory in November and was sworn in this month as the first big-city leader to become governor in North Carolina’s history. Charlotte Observer
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Will Gov. Rick Scott do right by Florida this time?
We are about to find out if Gov. Rick Scott has learned anything about vision and investing in Florida's future — or whether he remains driven by short-term political calculations, rigid ideology and disdain for President Barack Obama. Shortly after taking office in 2011, Scott turned down billions of federal dollars and killed plans for a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando that would have been an economic boost for the entire region. Two years later, the governor is deciding whether he wants the state to accept billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage to provide health coverage for more than 1 million low-income Floridians. Will the governor make the same mistake twice? Tampa Bay Times
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UnitedHealth to hire 300 for new Jacksonville call center
A health care company is expanding on the First Coast and is likely to add about 300 jobs to the Jacksonville area by the end of the year. UnitedHealth Group secured a lease in December to remodel an existing 47,000-square-foot building at 7159 Corklan Drive in Jacksonville. The renovation eventually will house a call center to handle issues with the company’s customers who are health care professionals. The project is expected to cost OptumRx, the parent company, about $1.5 million, according to a building permit filed in Jacksonville. OptumRx spokesman David Himmel said construction should be completed by late spring and about 150 people will be employed in the initial opening. That number should climb to 300 by the end of the year. Florida Times-Union
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We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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