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German labor union playing key role in UAW's latest campaign at Alabama's Mercedes plant
VANCE, Alabama -- Members of the German labor union IG Metall are playing a key role in the latest effort by the United Auto Workers union to organize at Tuscaloosa County's Mercedes-Benz plant. AL.com
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Bronner urges Alabama business leaders to change governor's mind on Obamacare, Medicaid
MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The head of the Retirement Systems of Alabama called on business leaders to try to persuade Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley not to lose out on up to $1.5 billion for the state next year just to make a political point against Obamacare. AL.com
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Attorney general's probe sends shudder through Alabama politics (John Archibald)
I can't say for sure what all the rumbling is about in Lee County. Not for sure. But if I were a politician in those parts – even a really powerful one -- I'd batten down my hatches. Because Matt Hart is in town. So draw the curtains and yank the shades. Dot your Is and cross your Ts. Cross yourselves, too, because the prosecutor presumptuous politicians see in their prison nightmares has been in Opelika, ready to open up a special can of grand jury. AL.com
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Inside the Beltway: What Ted Cruz really wants
It is important to remember that as former solicitor general of Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz penned more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally presented 40 oral arguments, including nine before the Supreme Court itself. The Republican lawmaker is also the first to say he “won’t blink” when it comes to Capitol Hill confrontations that challenge his principles. The result? Mr. Cruz is capable of some canny strategy, even as his critics accuse him of being ruthless, and/or unreasonable. Washington Times
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WATCH: Ted Cruz Makes Outlandish Obamacare Claim
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Sunday that he is "not convinced" that President Barack Obama wouldn't defund his own signature health care law if Congress gave him the opportunity to do so. "I am not at all convinced of that," Cruz told Candy Crowley in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." Huffington Post
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GOP Senator: Syria Action 'Is Going To Occur'
WASHINGTON -- The ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican is urging a "surgical" U .S. air strike against Syria in reprisal for Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee tells NBC's "Today" show Monday that "I do think action is going to occur" militarily in response to the purported chemical weapons use last week in a Damascus suburb. Huffington Post
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Working through Louisiana's shale's complexities
BATON ROUGE — It’s been three years since energy companies began leasing hundreds of thousands of acres — some in Central Louisiana — in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, hoping to cash in on the mother lode: 7 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Thetowntalk.com
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Louisiana officials raise Voting Rights Act concerns in D.C.
WASHINGTON — State Rep. Barbara Norton of Shreveport and other black lawmakers from Louisiana urged Congress to continue working to restore a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. “Even though people say they’re going to do the right thing ... we cannot take their word for it,” said Norton, who participated in what was described as a Louisiana legislative town hall meeting. TImes-Picayune
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U.S. government sues to block vouchers in some Louisiana school systems
The U.S. Justice Department is suing Louisiana in New Orleans federal court to block 2014-15 vouchers for students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders. The first year of private school vouchers "impeded the desegregation process," the federal government says. Times-Picayune
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$6.1 million agreement will keep neighborhood health care alive in New Orleans through 2014
Most of the low-income residents who have depended on New Orleans’ system of primary care and mental health clinics for their medical needs should continue to receive that government-subsidized care in 2014, thanks to a new agreement reached by state and local health officials. Times-Picayune
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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

FEATURE     
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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