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The new American job: part-time?
Michelle Asci dreamed of capturing life through her camera lens. Asci had her sights set on being a photographer as she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Georgia State University in December. CNN
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Arkansas State Rep: ‘If Slavery Were So God-Awful, Why Didn’t Jesus Or Paul Condemn It?’
After Arkansas Republicans disavowed a book by state representative Jon Hubbard (R-AR) claiming slavery was “a blessing in disguise” for African Americans, Hubbard’s colleague, state Rep. Loy Mauch (R-AR) has been outed by the Arkansas Times for his pro-slavery, pro-Confederacy letters to the editor over the past decade. Mauch’s run for reelection this year is backed by the Arkansas Republican Party. Think Progress
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8 Facts That Prove Our Govt. Is Not Going Broke
Pete Peterson, the billionaire former private equity mogul, is quietly funding a noisy bus tour to whip up debt hysteria across the land. The “Ten Million a Minute Tour” headed by the Peterson Foundation’s former CEO, David M. Walker (and featuring such economic soothsayers as Alan Greenspan and Ross Perot) will end this week in Washington, DC after traveling coast to coast to alert America about the myriad of alleged dangers posed by government debt and deficits. Alternet
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Jobs Blow Away as Congress Fails to Act on Wind Energy
Leeco Steel LLC’s fortunes rose even during the Great Recession thanks to a single customer: the burgeoning U.S. wind-energy industry. Businessweek
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Alabama ranks in upper half of states for its pro-business tax climate
The Tax Foundation ranked Alabama 20th in its 2012 State Business Tax Climate Index, citing low property taxes and competitive individual income and corporate tax rates as key factors. al.com
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Bourbon makers draw tourism buzz
CLERMONT — Bourbon fan Tim Allen started his day of sightseeing by sipping whiskeys crafted at a Jim Beam distillery. "That's smooth as silk," the North Carolinian said after sampling Jim Beam Black, a bourbon aged for eight years before bottling. "If it were close to five o'clock, I would have to do something with that." kentucky.com
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Counting on Coal Country
Nearly four thousand people turned out Friday in Abingdon, Virginia, to hear Mitt Romney declare his support for the coal industry, which has been besieged for more than three years by President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency. A giant sign behind the Republican candidate proclaimed "Coal Country Stands With Mitt," and many in the audience wore caps or T-shirts calling for an end to "Obama's War on Coal," a war that has escaped the notice of most Americans outside coal-producing regions like southwest Virginia. American Spectator
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Special Metals lays off 81 workers in W.Va., Ky.
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. — Specials Metals Corp. has laid off 81 workers in Kentucky and West Virginia. The layoffs affect 74 workers at a plant in Huntington and seven at a plant in Burnaugh, Ky. Special Metals' parent, Precision Castparts Corp., announced the layoffs Monday.
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Allen, Kaine get under each other's skin in VA
Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) and former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) traded sharp barbs in their latest debate Monday night in Richmond, showing signs of frustration and irritation with each other after more than a year of a closely fought campaign. The Hill
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Report: SXSW’s 2012 economic impact was $190 million
South by Southwest is a big deal. It’s also a big deal for the area’s economy. According to figures released Thursday, the film, music and interactive festivals – plus recent offshoots focusing on education and the environment – had a $190 million economic impact on Austin this year. Austin American Statesman
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