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Poll finds majority of Americans support gay marriage, but not in South
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Gay Marriage. It's a hot topic and the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle it this week when the nine justices hear oral arguments in two different cases. al.com
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As gay marriage cases go before Supreme Court poll finds majority of Americans support it but not in South
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Gay Marriage. It's a hot topic and the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle it this week when the nine justices hear oral arguments in two different cases. al.com
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Virginia Port Authority to vote Tuesday on who will run port
Tuesday morning could bring a different sort of “March Madness” to Hampton Roads. The hottest seat in town, at least in maritime circles, will be the boardroom of the Virginia Port Authority at the World Trade Center in Norfolk. The first big item on the Port Authority’s agenda is the one everybody has been anticipating for months: a critical vote on how the port will be run for the next several decades, marking the end of a process that began nearly a year ago. The Virginian-Pilot
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Perspective: The value of having two parties in Kentucky
Don’t look now, but Kentucky is becoming a two-party state. Throughout modern times, Kentucky has been dominated by a single political party standing nearly unchallenged astride the political landscape of the commonwealth. In November’s general election, the Kentucky Republican Party increased its majority in the state Senate by one. More astonishing, Republicans gained four seats in the state House of Representatives for a total of 45 of the 100 members, the most since 1920. They now need only six seats to claim a majority there. Three House races were lost by Republicans by fewer than 600 votes combined, including one by only five votes. Lane Report
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Ventures Public Company Limited Invests $190 Million In Decatur, Alabama, Chemical Manufacturing Plant
The world’s leading manufacturer of PET resins, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, will invest $190 million to build an additional manufacturing plant adjacent to its current site near the Tennessee River in Decatur, Alabama, operated by its subsidiary, AlphaPet Inc. Area Development
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Tennessee lawmakers push for clawback provisions in incentive deals
Lawmakers in the Tennessee General Assembly are pushing to include clawback provisions when providing state incentives. Memphis Business Journal
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Peter Zalewski: Has S. Florida experienced its last boom-bust cycle?
A hypothesis is being bantered around high-level real estate circles that South Florida — a region with a long history of volatility typically triggered by domestic and foreign speculators — may have experienced its last dramatic boom-and-bust cycle. Miami’s evolution, proponents contend, into an international center for business, arts, education and recreation, combined with a significant public investment in cultural facilities and transportation infrastructure in the last two decades has put South Florida on a path to attract a steady infusion of individual and corporate dollars from around the world for the long-term future. Proponents credit the decade-long run of the Art Basel event that brings together some of the world’s top artists and collectors every December for exhibits, discussions and social events as the linchpin that introduced the globe’s most elite circles — with excessive investment dollars — to Miami. Miami Herald
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Is Miami really a sports town?
Michael Lipman runs a ticket brokerage in Miami. By his math, he’s enjoying the country’s most lucrative market for basketball and perhaps the worst for baseball. But he knows those dynamics won’t last forever. “Miami is a great, great town for winners,’’ said Lipman owner of Tickets of America. “But when a team heads south, watch out... We bought a lot of season tickets for the Marlins. We gave them back. They’re an unsellable product.” Miami Herald
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The Most (and Least) Satisfied Professions
Where you work can be an excellent predictor of your health, happiness and stress levels. A recent Gallup poll demonstrates the extent to which workers in different professions tend to have similar levels of overall well-being. According to the 2012 results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, physicians had the highest level of well-being of any major profession, while transportation workers, including drivers, pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers, had the lowest. 24/7 Wall St.
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Mississippi Lawmaker Found Dead With A Gunshot Wound To The Head
Mississippi state lawmaker Jessica Upshaw was found dead in a residence on Sunday with a bullet wound to her head, the Clarion Ledger reports, citing unnamed sources at the state capitol. Business Insider
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Just look around at what's happening in the aerospace industry in the American South. Aerospace is really making a move to become one of the region's top two industry sectors. It’s not there yet, but if large project counts are any indication, aerospace may soon challenge the petrochemicals sector as the second largest industry in the region. Never before has the aerospace industry been so important to the South's economy. Oh, what's the No. 1 industry sector in the South? Automotive is, of course. That industry hasn't been challenged much for 25 years in this region, or since we’ve been counting.

 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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