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Congratulations America, You Support Working Moms! Just Not With Actual Policies
After decades of judging and shaming mothers for "abandoning" their kids while they went off to work to commit the horrible and selfish act of providing for their families, Americans are now overwhelmingly OK with working mothers, according to a paper published in the latest edition of Psychology of Women quarterly. Huffington Post
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Most States Elect No Black Prosecutors
It’s no mistake that the most enduring fictional prosecutors are white guys—whether they’re dignified older men like Jack McCoy or hotheaded, handsome younger ones like Dan Kaffee. Art doesn’t always imitate life, but here it does. According to a new survey, an overwhelming portion of the elected officials ultimately responsible for charging criminals, deciding what sentences to seek, and determining whether to allow them to strike plea bargains are white men. The Atlantic
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These Disunited States
century and a half ago this weekend, hundreds of thousands of white Americans in the lowland South did something unprecedented in their lifetimes: They declined to commemorate the Fourth of July. On July 4, 1865, newly freed African-Americans and an occupying army were celebrating the Fourth as a triumph of Revolutionary principles beneath the federal flag and portraits of the martyred Abraham Lincoln. “The white people,” a Columbia, South Carolina, diarist reported, “shut themselves indoors.” Politico
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The game is rigged against hardworking Americans
The referee may miss an occasional handball, but a soccer game isn't rigged in favor of one group of players over another. Unlike a soccer game, the most powerful economic actors have rigged the labor market against everyday hardworking Americans. Epi.org
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Athens company gets $400,000 grant, adding new production jobs
A 36-year-old engineering and manufacturing company that makes cast-aluminum products for firefighting, police, medical, trucking and marine vehicles is the recipient of a new $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. AL.com
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6 things you shouldn't do in New Orleans
Among U.S. cities, New Orleans stands out as a wonderfully unique destination. The sights, the sounds, and most notably, the food, all reflect and encapsulate the city's multicultural influences, including Cajun and Creole, as well as it's singular history. Fodors.com
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American manufacturing jobs are never coming back
There is a populist wave sweeping America. The progressive economic philosophies of liberal Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are resonating, with a big chunk of the voting public seeing progressive populism as a better alternative to the reckless capitalism that many blame for the 2008 financial crash. TheWeek.com
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Two trustees named to Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority
CLAREMORE — Two new trustees have been appointed to the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority. Wade Welborn, vice president of Baker Hughes Artificial Lift, and Brian Green, president of Ira M. Green Construction, will serve four-year terms at CIEDA. Mayor Bill Flanagan made the appointments, where were approved Monday night by the city council. Tulsa World
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Defiant Oklahoma Governor Says Ten Commandments Monument Will Stay On State Capitol Grounds
WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), apparently defying a state Supreme Court ruling, has ordered that a monument to the Ten Commandments remain on the grounds of the state capitol. Fallin on Tuesday said the monument was staying while the state attorney general appeals last week's 7-2 decision declaring that the monument was unconstitutional because public property cannot be used for religious purposes. Legislators opposed to the ruling are considering amending the state constitution to allow the monument to stay. Huffington Post
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore On Gay Marriage Ruling: 'I Hope We Don't Have A War'
While some same-sex marriage critics have threatened to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality last month with civil disobedience, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) recently said it could lead to war. Huffington Post
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Features & Opinion

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
 Randle Report - Business News in the South
Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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