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Examining marijuana legalization and how interest groups fuel the war on drugs
Even though Colorado and Washington have just decided to legalize recreational marijuana use, and even though national support for legalization is at a record high, the federal government still prohibits the use and sale of marijuana. Sources show marijuana is the third-most-popular recreational drug in America, behind only alcohol and tobacco. Recently, Gallup released a poll showing a record-high of 50 percent support of legalizing marijuana. Another Gallup poll released last year showed that 70 percent favored making it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana in order to reduce pain and suffering. The issue is not a partisan one as much as other issues either – for instance, even more Republicans favor legalizing marijuana than they do for legalizing gay marriage. The Examiner
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Hyundai considers building new US plant
Hyundai is considering building another plant in the United States to meet rising demand for the South Korean company's vehicles, its top US executive said on November 11. "We are looking at the situation very, very carefully," said John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of US operations. The South Korean automaker has experienced strong growth in recent years as it expanded its product offerings and benefited from savvy marketing campaigns and trouble at its competitors. Business Recorder
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Gig City, U.S.A.: Bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City
Right now, Kansas City, on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri line, is serving as a test bed for Google’s groundbreaking experiment in bringing ultra-high-speed Internet to homes at an affordable price. The Internet at such robust upload and download speeds offers up the possibility of immersive education (say, interactive Chinese instruction beamed throughout a school district), health care applications (checking the vital signs of severely ill patients remotely), explorations in arts and culture (historian David McCullough, of Truman, delivering a lecture on the history of Jackson County), wired homes (smart energy meters tied to every appliance), collaborative research (genomic databases shared by scientists the world over), improved municipal services (firefighters equipped with tablets displaying 3D renderings of burning buildings), and much more yet to be imagined. National League of Cities
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Why Texas Could Probably Secede
When Thomas Dunne published "Don't Mess With Travis" in May — my comedic political novel about a freewheeling Texas governor who becomes fed up with a Constitution-stomping president and decides to secede — I knew I had landed on something relevant. I didn’t know it was this relevant. As of this writing, the Texas petition to peacefully “withdraw” from the United States via the White House’s open petition webpage is up to 62,481 signatures, on its way to tripling the required names needed to trigger a response from the Obama administration. Business Insider
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Texas Megachurch Pastor: Obama’s Re-election Will Lead To ‘Reign Of The Antichrist’
Texas Megachurch pastor and former Rick Perry supporter Robert Jeffress predicted on the Sunday before Election Day that President Obama’s re-election “would lead to the reign of the Antichrist” in the United States: “I want you to hear me tonight, I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he’s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes,” said Jeffress. “President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.” Think Progress
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Tifton Co. Adding 550 Jobs
Hundreds of new jobs are coming to south Georgia as a food manufacturing company consolidates its operations in Tifton. Bell Plantation makes a low-fat peanut butter powder as well as peanut oil and peanut butter crackers. It’s spending $15 million on a 109,000-square-foot plant. Founder and CEO J.C. Bell said the company will hire about 350 production workers as fast as they can get new equipment installed. “On top of that, we’re increasing our sales force because, in the last year, we have added about 30,000 grocery stores,” Bell said. “So we’re in the process of rolling out to all of those stores.” GPB News
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That's The Randle Report for November 13, 2012
That's a wrap on The Randle Report for today. Feel free to use the sort buttons above or the search window to find your favorite stories from today, last week, last month or in the last year. If you are looking for more information on economic development in the South, click on the headline above to read Southern Business & Development magazine. If you want to keep up with the South's growing automotive industry, go to www.SouthernAutoCorridor.com. If you are looking for sports in the South, go to www.RandleSportsReport.com, or click on the "Sports" tab above.
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Left for dead after hurricanes and BP spill, no place on the globe is seeing more action than the Gulf Coast
We don't know of anyone who has lived in more places on the Gulf Coast than South Alabama-born Jimmy Buffett. The entertainer is also one of the Gulf Coast's most successful businessmen, with ventures in all five Gulf States. It was Buffett's songs "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise," among others, that helped him launch his career, one that makes this Gulf Coast parrothead about $100 million annually. Margaritaville, the fictitious place where shrimp are on the boil and booze is in the blender, is paradise. And paradise is the American South's Gulf Coast. Yet, Buffett's regional home has had a tough time of late. But like the singer's career, the South's Gulf Coast is resilient. And almost all of its traditional industries – petrochemicals, tourism, manufacturing, fishing, aviation and aerospace – are hoppin' like no year in the region's history, and exports from the Gulf Coast are off the charts. Let's not forget that it was just a few years ago that the Gulf Coast was left for dead after devastating hurricanes and the BP oil spill. Southern Business & Development
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State Based Factors Affecting Inward FDI Employment in the U.S. Economy
Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays an extraordinary and growing role in the global business and represents an integral part of the U.S. economy. The inward FDI constitutes important factor contributing to output growth and employment in the U.S. economy. The United States continues to be the leading destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) and the leading investor in other economies. Kearney’s index ranks World inward FDI and reveals FDI flows and the factors that drive corporate decisions to invest abroad. The major finding in A.T. Kearney's 2010 FDI report indicates that China and United States are the most attractive FDI locations in the world and have achieved unprecedented levels of investor confidence. The United States remains a strong FDI magnet in the World economy. Recently, China, India, and Brazil made the top spots of Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index. www.ssbfnet.com
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Redefining workforce development: Global trade transforming South Alabama hiring, recruitment methods
MOBILE, Alabama – Meeting the unique - and expanding - workforce development needs of southwest Alabama and the Mississippi Gulf coast requires a new way of thinking for a new way of doing business. Local economic development officials such as Troy Wayman are confident, however, the region is “as prepared if not more than any other place in the country” to exceed the employment demands of an increasingly global business community. Mobile Press-Register
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