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8-foot-long carnivorous cat-eating lizards are invading Florida
The exotic pet trade has a way of introducing destructive and potentially dangerous creatures to places in which they don't belong, and Florida's sunny, warm climate makes for a perfect home for many of these invasive species. Business Insider
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Amazon Wins Approval to Test Delivery Drones in US
Amazon has won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin testing delivery drones in the United States. Last month, Amazon was granted a similar certificate from the FAA, but because that request spent six months in regulatory limbo, the prototype drone approved by federal regulators had become obsolete. In a letter issued Wednesday (April 8) and addressed to Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, the FAA approved the outdoor testing of Amazon's delivery drones. Livescience.com
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Not Your Grandfather’s Factories
It's not easy for manufacturing to attract the younger, skilled workers that it needs. We need to focus on both the educational pipeline and public perceptions. Governing.com
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$28 million: Amount the Virginia governor proposed borrowing to replace voting machines after a report called into question their accuracy and security.
RICHMOND — Dozens of local governments — including Fairfax City and Arlington — could be left scrambling to replace all of their voting machines after a state report called into question the accuracy and security of one-fifth of Virginia’s aging equipment. Washington Post
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Beshear to drum up business in Asia
Gov. Steve Beshear will leave Saturday for an extended economic-development trip to three countries in Asia, the Kentucky governor's office announced Friday. The effort is intended to "further strengthen and encourage international investment in Kentucky," the announcement said. The governor and his entourage "will showcase Kentucky's business-friendly climate and strengthen existing ties with Asian companies already operating in the Commonwealth." Courier-Journal
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In Continued Jobs Push, Gov. Scott To Head To California
Governor Rick Scott is planning a trade delegation to California. Scott intends to attend a late Monday morning forum in California called the Valley Industry and Commerce Association Leaders Forum. It’s part of his continuing push to get more businesses to move to Florida with the help of his Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Wfsu.org
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4 regular jobs that may not exist in 15 years
Have you heard? The robots are coming! No? Well check your computer. The uptick in job creation over the last several months is certainly a positive sign, but ask America's middle class what they think of their future and you'll get a variety of answers. From cashiers to phone operators, umpires to librarians, the need for human employees is dwindling. Which ones will last? Who knows. Here are a few that won't. USA Today
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How the U.S. spends more helping its citizens than other rich countries, but gets way less
The public places lots of scrutiny on the services that the government delivers to poor people: Witness the recent outrage over welfare recipients eating steak, visiting swimming pools, and driving a Mercedes while receiving public funds. But a new study argues that the real waste in the American system comes not from welfare programs like food stamps, but from widespread tax breaks that subsidize spending on things like health care and housing. Washington Post
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Virginia attorney general weighs in on Sweet Briar College case
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring weighed in on the lawsuit seeking to stop Sweet Briar College from closing, with a brief arguing that the county attorney does not have legal standing to bring the case. It’s another hurdle for alumnae and others trying to keep the 114-year-old college open. Washington Post
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EPA Clean Power Plan can be job creator for Virginia
A new report analyzing scenarios for Virginia’s compliance with the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector shows that the Commonwealth could create thousands of permanent and temporary jobs by making investments to diversify its power sources with renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas generating plants – and more than double the new jobs if the state pursued a long-sought goal of eliminating electricity imports from out of state. Augusta Free Press
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 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.
 

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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.  
 

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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.
 
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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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