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Do The Math: Fracking By The Numbers
Recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency provides new estimates about the number of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Here’s a rundown of the report’s key findings: Manufacturing.net
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International Paper Invests $135 Million To Expand Production At Its Mill In Riegelwood, North Carolina
International Paper plans to invest $135 million to expand fluff pulp production at its mill in Riegelwood, North Carolina. The investment will convert the mill to 100 percent fluff and softwood pulp production, adding an incremental 400,000 tons of capacity, with ongoing flexibility to shift between the two products. Area Development
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Hicks Plastics Invests $10.4 Million To Open Manufacturing Plant In Knoxville, Tennessee
In order to increase supplier efficiency, advanced plastics manufacturer Hicks Plastics will open a new production facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hicks Plastics plans to invest $10.4 million to begin operations in an existing building located at 1821 Mid Park Drive, creating 202 new jobs in Knox County. Area Development
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Ceva Animal Health Plans Warehousing And Distribution Center In Kansas City, Missouri
veterinary pharmaceutical company, Ceva Animal Health signed a five-year lease to occupy 72,000 square feet of warehousing and distribution space in Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex in Kansas City, Missouri. Area Development
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This Southern State Has the Highest Use of Mood-Altering Drugs
Everyone needs to unwind, but we don't all do it in the same way. Among the 50 states, it is people in West Virginia who most commonly report taking mood-altering drugs to help them relax, whereas Alaskans are the least likely to say the same, a new poll finds. Yahoo.com
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Manufacturing on the Rise in Florida
When one thinks of business in Florida, most think of tourism—amusement parks, fishing, golf, and beaches—or Florida’s world-famous citrus agriculture—oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries. Perhaps Florida’s best kept secret: Florida’s manufacturing sector is surging forward. Natlawreview.com
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Jeb Bush missed red flags in Florida business scandal
There were plenty of red flags surrounding the company Jeb Bush was planning to join: lawsuits, bad headlines, even previously convicted drug dealers in top positions. But somehow Bush seemed to miss them all in 2007 as he prepared to join InnoVida as a $15,000-a month-consultant -- a position that would lead to board membership and stock options. CNN
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Kentucky argues gay marriage ban not biased
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear's administration is arguing in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage isn't discriminatory because it bars both gay and straight people from same-sex unions. Yahoo.com
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Louisiana politics may never be the same
As the weather turns across Louisiana, our oaks shedding dead leaves and azaleas blooming pink, it’s difficult to ignore what is also a long-term seasonal shift in the political landscape. It has been a lengthy transition that prognosticators have been forecasting for some time, but the sense that it officially begins now is overwhelming — that feeling that the next seven months in Louisiana politics will collectively become a watershed moment for the coming generation of voters and politicians. The Advertiser
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Louisiana has religious freedom law similar to one stirring controversy in Indiana
Indiana is under fire after passing a new state law that critics say allows businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The NCAA and at least two athletic directors in the Big Ten conference told ESPN the new law could affect Indiana's ability to attract major college sports events. The Final Four men's college basketball tournament is in Indiana this year. The backlash has been so severe that Gov. Mike Pence is working with legislators to put new language in the religious freedom statute that would clarify it doesn't sanction discrimination. The controversy might be a warning sign to Louisiana, which passed a similar law in 2010, and is regularly trying to attract major sporting events to the state. Louisiana's law is not as far-reaching as the Indiana statute, but might still affect overall perceptions of the state, said some critics. NOLA.com
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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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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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