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Florida Rolls Out Red Carpet for Natural-Gas Industry
Florida’s state lawmakers love natural gas. The alternative fuel emits less pollution while costing less than gasoline, making potential environmental and economic benefits too much to ignore. Sunshine State News
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An Incurable Disease Threatens To Destroy The Nation's Orange Industry
Florida's $9 billion orange crop, the largest in the world after Brazil's, may not survive an incurable disease that threatens to wipe out citrus groves throughout the United States. livescience.com
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Port Arthur project called milestone for carbon-capture
Federal officials on Friday celebrated the success of a government-backed project in Port Arthur that is capturing carbon dioxide and putting it to use in the oil patch. The acting assistant secretary for fossil energy, Christopher Smith, was on hand for a dedication ceremony at the Valero refinery in southeast Texas, where Air Products and Chemicals has just started extracting carbon dioxide from two steam methane reformers at Valero’s site. Fuel Fix
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Charlotte Energy Inc. Summit deals with rapidly changing industry
Getting ahead of the curve in the energy is becoming more important than ever as the curves are getting steeper and coming faster, according to participants in Charlotte’s 4th annual Energy Inc Summit. Charlotte Business Journal
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Exxon and Qatar Petroleum sign LNG export deal
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum International inked a deal Thursday that sets the stage for a new, $10 billion terminal to export liquefied natural gas from Texas. The companies, which own Houston-based Golden Pass Products, formed a “commercial framework agreement” that would support the construction of a planned LNG export terminal at the site of Golden Pass’ existing LNG import facilities in Sabine Pass, Texas. Fuel Fix
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U.S. Gas Prices Expected To Remain Low For Summer
Drivers will find this summer's gas prices are lower than last year's, the result of a spike in crude oil production. Government forecasters say a gallon of regular gasoline will cost about $3.50 this summer — a slide of more than 10 cents from last year. NPR
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Ex-BP engineer warns of ‘substantial risk’ of wrongful conviction in Gulf spill case
With his trial a month away, a former BP engineer is renewing claims that obstruction of justice charges should never have been brought against him over his actions after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and if prosecutors move forward they should be made to play by the rules. Fuel Fix
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Shell to drill world’s deepest offshore oil well in Gulf of Mexico
Royal Dutch Shell plans to stick its oil-extracting tentacles deeper under the Gulf of Mexico than any oil company ever has. Grist
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TN Senator Suggests Efforts To Implement Obamacare Are ‘Illegal,’ Like Iran-Contra
A top Republican senator is comparing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ ongoing effort to implement the Affordable Care Act in partnership with the health care industry and nonprofit organizations to the Iran-Contra scandal, during which officials secretly sold arms to Iran to fund a resistance movement in Nicaragua. Think Progress
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Sen. Rand Paul aggressively courting evangelicals to win over GOP establishment
Earlier this spring, Sen. Rand Paul and his wife, Kelley, invited a crew from the Christian Broadcasting Network into their Kentucky home for what turned into two full days of reality TV. In a half-hour special, “At Home With Rand Paul,” the couple are seen bird-watching in the woods, going to McDonald’s and, especially, talking about religion — their belief in traditional marriage and the senator’s call for a “spiritual cleansing” in America. Washington Post
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

 FEATURE  
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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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 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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