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How to Shrink the Defense Budget and Come Out Winning
The U.S. military is going to shrink, that much is clear. Whether it will be harmful Shedding unneeded troops, surplus bases and 20th century weapons could be a good thing. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter envisions a U.S. military that is “leaner, but agile, ready, technologically advanced.” The Fiscal Times
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North Carolina Waters Chosen for Offshore Wind Farms
Federal authorities on Wednesday announced that about 1,900 square miles of Atlantic Ocean waters are open for building offshore wind farms, making North Carolina the nation's new energy hotspot for planting forests of whirling turbines in the high seas. The U.S. Department of Interior identified a combined sector that's larger than any such previously designated for hosting the 400-foot turbines. Two of the maritime blocks are between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, while one lies beyond the Outer Banks, across from Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Manteo. Governing
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2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Not Vulnerable?
The nation may have just completed one election cycle, but it's already transitioning into the next one -- a cycle that will include 38 gubernatorial races. In this last of three installments, we are evaluating the 15 governors we are rating as "not currently vulnerable." Among the governorships rated as such, the GOP holds 15 seats and the Democrats hold seven. As we indicated in the initial article, we are evaluating the 38 gubernatorial contests for the 2013-2014 election cycle Governing
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Does Tech Create Jobs Around the U.S.? Maps And Graphs And Charts, Oh My!
It’s widely believed in policy circles that technology creates jobs around the U.S., especially outside the startup-happy zone of Silicon Valley. But, searching for statistical nuggets in a needlestack of words is daunting–and a little boring. So, technology lobby, Engine Advocacy, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, are here to inform and dazzle you with multi-colored graphs (plus some egregious copy and pasting on our part) Tech Crunch
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Pew study: States overspending on tax incentives
A new report from the Pew Center on the States points out some pitfalls of tax incentives for businesses. The report says states don’t realize how much the incentives will eventually cost them. The Pew Study analyzed 16 economic development bills from various states. It concluded state legislatures often approve tax incentives designed to lure in new businesses and jobs, without good cost estimates. Bob Zahradnik is a research director at the Pew Center on the States. Marketplace
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Facing Deadline, Most States Say No To Running Their Own Insurance Exchanges
The Obama administration will have to build and operate online health insurance markets for more than 30 states, something few expected when the federal health law was approved in 2010. With today’s deadline hours away, only 17 states and the District of Columbia have proposed running their own insurance markets, also known as exchanges, a key vehicle under the law to expand health coverage to an estimated 23 million people over next four years. A final count was expected to be announced later today. KHN
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The Randle Report is breaking for lunch and making way for a new editor shift. Click on the headline above to access Southern Business & Development's Web site for more detailed information on economic development in the South. Posts will resume at 2:00 pm CDT.
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Impending pilot shortage could shut down local airports, force airfare higher
The national rule regarding minimum flight time requirements that is going up sixfold in August 2013 could spell bad news for local airports. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Wider Panama Canal to have unexpected effect on Texas
The Panama Canal expansion will be a boon for Texas but not in the way that's been discussed since the $5.2 billion project commenced in 2007, according to a report presented to transportation officials Thursday. Houston Chronicle
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