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Surprise! Unemployment Falls to Near 4-Year Low
The unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 7.8 percent in September, reaching its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office and providing a boost to his re-election bid. The Fiscal Times
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Romney's snake oil
President Obama hasth facts on his side and the best policies for advancing prosperity, tax equity, jobs and secure health care for the broad range of middle-class Americans, yet he let Mitt Romney out-punch him — often with below-the-belt hits and pure deceit — in their first presidential debate Wednesday night. Voters who don't keep tabs on the fact-checking analyses that separate distortions and falsehoods from the actual policy and budget proposals of the candidates likely would give Romney higher marks for his showy debate performance. Chattanooga Times Free Press
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Out to lunch
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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U.S. Justice Department, plaintiffs group won't challenge recent Alabama immigration law ruling, state wants court to reconsider
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The U.S. Justice Department and a group of 36 plaintiffs who sued Alabama over its immigration law are apparently satisfied with the case's results to date. al.com
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Judge: Florida voter purge can go on
A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale ruled Thursday that Florida’s purge of potential noncitizens on the voter rolls can go on. U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch said federal law does not prohibit the state from removing voters who were never lawfully eligible to register in the first place. Florida has identified 198 voters as potential noncitizens — among an estimated 11.4 million registered voters — and sent the names to independent county elections supervisors for their review. Miami Herald
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Gulf work rebounds from spill, study says
Oil and gas operations in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico are recovering from the slowdown that followed the 2010 oil spill disaster, and production will exceed pre-spill levels by 2019, according to the energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. Houston Chronicle
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Alabama Sen. Jerry Fielding switches to GOP
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The exodus of conservative white legislators from the Democratic Party in Alabama increased Thursday when freshman Sen. Jerry Fielding of Sylacauga joined the Republican Party. NECN.com
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65,000 Medicaid-eligible children in S.C. about to get coverage
About 65,000 children in South Carolina eligible for Medicaid haven’t been covered in recent years simply because their parents failed to fill out the proper paperwork. That coverage gap is about to end. Those families will be getting letters in the coming weeks from the state, informing them that their children will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid and paired with a primary care physician as part of a coordinated care health plan, the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday. The State
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PSC unveils plan to restart WV Century plant
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia utility regulators unveiled a plan Thursday that could help reopen the Century Aluminum plant in Jackson County three years after 650 workers lost their jobs in a down market. The Public Service Commission will allow what is essentially a complicated layaway plan to help Century cope with the volatile aluminum market. Daily Mail
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Much has changed for light rail since '99 referendum
Thirteen years ago, the outlook for light rail was bleak. As the 1999 referendum on whether to pursue a regional rail system loomed, everybody expected the proposal to fail. The Virginian Pilot
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

 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     
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

We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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