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Big River Steel Starts Construction On Its $1.3 Billion Steel Mill In Osceola, Arkansas
Big River Steel began construction on its new $1.3 billion steel mill and recycling facility in Osceola, Arkansas. Area Development
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Apex Plastics Opens Expanded Production Plant In Brookfield, Missouri
Extrusion plastics blow molder, Apex Plastics, opened its newly remodeled and expanded manufacturing facility at 570 S. Main Street in Brookfield, Missouri. The expansion includes 2,000 sq. ft. of additional office space and 2,500 sq. ft. of added warehouse and production space. Area Development
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Why Gas Prices Have Plummeted
Go figure. Fighters with the Islamic State group have seized oil fields, huge swathes of territory and major cities in Iraq and Syria, threatening oil supplies. Russian separatists have launched a war against Ukraine, apparently with the backing of the Kremlin, which has spurred the U.S. and European Union to impose sanctions on Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter in 2012. US News & World Report
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Here are the best places to buy and sell houses
During the Great Recession, the housing market crashed nationally for the first time in U.S. history. There had certainly been local and even regional housing downturns in the past, but it was the first time home prices fell nationwide. CNBC
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Textbook Case of Bad Textbooking in Texas
It is not elitist to believe your cable guy shouldn’t be performing heart surgery. Or that an archaeologist shouldn’t be representing the defendant in a murder trial. Or that a lawyer shouldn’t be engineering the electrical system of a nuclear power plant. Each of these activities involves special skill sets honed with years of education and experience. Hopefully, everyone understands that those untrained in specialty fields have no business thinking they are qualified to do the work. If it is elitist to say that those who are well educated on a particular topic know more about it than those who are not, then you bet I’m elitist. Yes, professional historians know more than you about American history. Yes, professional biologists know more than you about evolution. Yes, professional climatologists know more than you about climate science. To argue otherwise is merely a reflection of the relentless self-worship of the untrained, a rapidly spreading malady that might best be called “the arrogance of ignorance.” Newsweek
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Mass Vote Registration in Georgia Brings Accusations of Voter Fraud
There’s something fishy going on in Georgia. On the eve of the midterm elections—with high profile Senate and gubernatorial races on the line—a group undertaking a historic effort to register tens of thousands of minority voters is all of a sudden under investigation by Georgia’s Republican secretary of state’s office. And the crime doesn’t quite match the punishment. Newsweek
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Hurting work force: Alabama second in nation for workers on federal disability
Matthew Martin knows plenty about pain medication. Martin, 43, used to work as a freelance writer before the daily pain of Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder he was diagnosed with in college, forced him to retire. AL.com
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Natural Gas Pipeline Could Be Coming to 8 Counties in North Carolina
LUMBERTON, N.C. -- North Carolina could host a 550 mile interstate pipeline carrying natural gas from the Marcellus shale. One property owner, Julian Bain, says he’s worried about the land he worked hard to earn. The proposed natural gas line would run through his property, a space he hoped his children would one day build on. twcnews.com
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The Cities With The Most Computer Science Jobs
One of the brightest spots in the employment picture for the last few years has been the tech job sector and the outlook remains quite sunny. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for what it calls “computer and information research scientists” will increase by 15% between 2012 and 2022. For software developers, the forecast is even better, with a projected growth rate of 22%. (Compare that to my field: Job opportunities for a category it calls “reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts” are expected to shrink by 13% in that period.) Forbes
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Boeing's new research and technology center to create 300-400 jobs in North Charleston
Boeing Co. is landing more jobs in the Lowcountry. The Chicago-based airplane manufacturer said Tuesday it has leased a 104,000-square-foot building at Crosspoint in Palmetto Commerce Park in North Charleston as office and laboratory space for its new research center where 300 to 400 people will be employed. Post-Courier
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The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

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