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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam vetoing ‘ag gag’ bill
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today said he is vetoing a controversial “ag gag” bill that would require intentional documentation of animal abuse be handed over to law enforcement within 48 hours. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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AT&T launches 4G LTE coverage in Huntsville area, announces creation of 350 new jobs
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – AT&T customers living in Huntsville, Madison, Moontown, Gurley, Capshaw and other rural Madison County areas now have access for the first time to 4G Long Term Evolution, or LTE, mobile Internet coverage and enhanced broadband networks. al.com
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New six-story hotel planned for Mount Pleasant SC
An aging two-story hotel in Mount Pleasant could soon be replaced with a six-story accommodation. A Charleston development group has plans to replace the aging 119-room Masters Inn at 300 Wingo Way, at the corner of McGrath Darby Boulevard near the base of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, with a 133-room Hilton Garden Inn. Post-Courier
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AT&T has 250 jobs to fill in service expansion
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — AT&T says it's looking to fill more than 400 openings in North Carolina, including more than 250 new jobs in dozens of locations statewide. The telecommunications company says Monday that it's expanding wired and wireless service. The company is seeking wire installation technicians, network testers, and managers. News Observer
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Five Things That Are Freaking Me Out About Obamacare; A supporter's anxieties
Conservatives are talking about the implementation of Obamacare in the same thoughtful way they talked about its enactment—that is, as an impending apocalypse. It won’t be, as I've noted previously. Most Americans get insurance through employers, Medicare, and Medicaid, and that will still be the case on January 1, when Obamacare’s big provisions take effect. But the minority who buy insurance on their own or have no insurance will see tremendous changes. And you don’t have to be Rush Limbaugh to have real concerns about how those changes will play out. The New Republic
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Who Will Pay More Under Obamacare?
The Obama administration says the Affordable Care Act will provide cheaper health insurance for millions of Americans. But some people, particularly young men who aren't insured through their employers, could see their premiums go up once coverage in the state-based insurance exchanges begins in January. CNN
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New Orleans riverfront projects could be financed with borrowed money
A proposed dramatic reworking of the New Orleans riverfront moved a step closer to reality Monday as a Louisiana House committee advanced a bill that would let public supporters borrow money for the project. House Bill 516 establishes a way for the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to pay for portions of construction projects along the Mississippi River in the Central Business District. Times-Picayune
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Texas is tops for new home sales
Texas’ major cities are all on the list of the top U.S. new home sales markets. CoreLogic said Tuesday that new home sales are rebounding in many areas of the country, and that’s particularly true in Texas. “Texas two-steps to the top of the rankings, accounting four of the top 10 selling markets,” CoreLogic researchers said in the new report. “Houston led the country in the volume of new home sales over the last 12 months.” Dallas was third in the list of top new home sales markets, and San Antonio and Austin ranked fifth and sixth. Dallas Morning News
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Houston creates record number of manufacturing jobs

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Do visas for skilled foreigners shut out U.S. tech workers?
Last year, Mitchell Erickson earned what he believed would be his ticket to a lucrative new career: a bachelor's degree in computer science and software engineering from the University of Washington, Bothell. Erickson, a former community-college philosophy instructor, feared his days of making a living teaching symbolic language and logic couldn't last. So sensing an intellectual similarity between philosophy and computer coding, Erickson decided to go back to school. Charlotte Observer
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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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