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5 things to watch in VP debate
DANVILLE, Ky. — And now for the undercard. Paul Ryan will look to win for the Republican ticket tonight when he takes the debate stage at Centre College here against Joe Biden in the first national face-off in which he’s participated. Biden — for whom expectations have been lowered over the constant refrain of “What about your gaffes?” — will try his best to triumph, providing Democrats with a strong night to change the momentum of a race that has shifted slightly toward Mitt Romney. Politico
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It’s Time to Bag Some Feral Hogs
The global bacon shortage was a myth. The feral hog explosion in the state of Texas isn’t. And so, for the third straight year, the Department of Agriculture has declared October “Hog Out” month in Texas, and will pay people for bringing home the wild bacon. The “Hog Out” County Grant Program includes both a $2-per-hog bounty and a feral hog education program, with grant money for hog-reduction going to the top three counties in the program. Last year’s winner was Hardeman County, with 2,047 porkers bagged. Daily Post
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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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Alabama poised for craft beer boom
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- In just a few short years Alabama has gone from being a state without any home-grown craft beer to being one where brewers are cued up like the thirsty at a busy bar. al.com
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West Virginia Mountaintop Removal: How Coal Mines Have Changed The Appalachian Way Of Life
Mountaintop removal mines in Appalachia have demolished an estimated 1.4 million acres of forested hills, buried an estimated 2,000 miles of streams, poisoned drinking water, and wiped whole towns from the map. Lindytown, West Virginia, once home to dozens of families, is now an isolated, lonely place, with only one original family remaining. Everyone else sold out to Massey Energy (now Alpha Natural Resources), which was laying waste to a nearby mountain. West of Lindytown, a mountaintop removal mine caused the population of Blair to fall from 700 people in the 1990s to fewer than 50 today, according to the Blair Mountain Heritage Alliance. Huffington Post
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America’s Export Surge Is Just Beginning
Despite all the attention the trade deficit receives each month, little heed has been paid to the rapid expansion of U.S. exports, which have been growing nearly three times faster than gross domestic product since 2005. As a share of the U.S. economy, exports are at their highest point in 50 years. Businessweek
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Report: NC- Headquartered Lenovo now No. 1 in PC shipments
Computer maker Lenovo has passed Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) and now ships more PCs than any company in the world, according to Gartner. The market research firm reports Lenovo, a Chinese firm with its U.S. headquarters in the Triangle, accounted for 15.7 percent of global shipments in the third quarter, compared to 15.5 percent for HP. Triangle Business Journal
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Georgia life-sciences jobs weathered recession better than most
COLLEGE PARK — Workers in the state’s biomedical, agricultural and biofuel industries not only get better pay than the average Georgian, but they also withstood the recent recession better, according to a report released last week. Athens Banner-Herald
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Solar shines in Catawba County NC
TERRELL Riding the coattails of Apple’s $1 billion data center, Catawba County is on track to become the star of North Carolina’s solar energy universe. Apple is finishing a 20-megawatt solar farm at its Maiden data center that will be the state’s largest. It has announced a second of the same size to be built a few miles away. Charlotte Observer
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Haslam: All options on the table with workers' comp
Gov. Bill Haslam is still mulling workers' compensation reform, with a key message for business: All options remain on the table. Nashville Business Journal
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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

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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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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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