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How to get to 6.5% unemployment
The Federal Reserve predicts it will keep stimulative policies in place until the unemployment rate falls to 6.5%. But just how many jobs will it take to get there? CNN
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Florida leads nation in foreclosure activity
Florida led the nation in foreclosure activity for the third month running in November, a dubious distinction that will likely dampen the momentum of the real estate recovery in the coming year, according to RealtyTrac. Even as foreclosure activity decreased nationally, foreclosure filings in Florida jumped 20 percent in November from a year earlier and rose 3 percent from October, the data firm based in Irvine, Calif., said. Miami Herald
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Louisiana tax incentives for drilling, movie industry need more oversight, report says
Louisiana's drilling and motion picture business incentives are becoming tax traps for the state, according to a new report. The incentives are now costing hundreds of millions of dollars more a year than originally planned because budget implications and cost caps were not put in place, the report says. Times-Picayune
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Bobby Jindal: Oral contraceptives should be available over the counter -- plus POLL
Gov. Bobby Jindal said oral contraceptives should be available over-the-counter in a Thursday evening op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. The self-described "unapologetic pro-life Republican" governor of Louisiana said this would lower health-care costs, prevent government intrusion into citizens' lives and fight the influence of big pharmaceutical companies. Times-Picayune
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Madeleine Albright On Susan Rice's Withdrawal: 'It's Appalling What Happened Here'
WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she found the treatment of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice by Republican senators "appalling," arguing that her consideration to be the next Secretary of State became a "political football" that had very little to do with her actual career and record as a public servant. Huffington Post
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America runs on bacon and blueberry muffins
Nutritionists might be pleased to hear more Americans are eating breakfast. That is, until they read what’s on the menu. Sales of breakfast foods grew nearly 20% between 2007 and 2011, jumping almost 7% last year — an increase that seems to be due to consumers’ appetite for pastries and bacon, according to a recent study by market research firm Mintel. MarketWatch
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Krugman: 'We Are Not Having A Debt Crisis'
We are not having a debt crisis. It’s important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the “fiscal cliff” that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis. But it isn’t. The U.S. government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit. In fact, its borrowing costs are near historic lows. And even the confrontation over the debt ceiling that looms a few months from now if we do somehow manage to avoid going over the fiscal cliff isn’t really about debt.
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WV gas tax to increase 1.3 cents
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's gas tax will go up 1.3 cents on Jan. 1. The cause is a recalculation of the average wholesale gas price by the state Tax Department. Daily Mail
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Arkansas Senators weigh in on duck hunting flap
WASHINGTON — With duck season in full swing, Arkansas’ two U.S. senators are challenging the federal wildlife agency’s new guidelines limiting duck hunting on rice fields. U.S. Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., introduced legislation Wednesday that would overrule a recent interpretation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about what constitutes a “baited field.” Arkansas News Bureau
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Rheem Announces Fort Smith Ark. Layoff
Rheem Manufacturing will lay off 75 to 100 hourly employees at its Fort Smith plant effective Jan. 13, a company spokesman announced Thursday. Arkansas News Bureau
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean

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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