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Facing Lawsuit, Texas Eases Birth Certificate Policy for U.S.-Born Children of Immigrants
Texas has agreed to expand the types of documents parents can present to secure their children's birth certificates, loosening the state's grip on birth certificates for U.S.-born children of immigrants who are not in the country legally. Civil rights groups and immigration attorneys are giving Texas nine months to prove it will accept various forms of identification from immigrants seeking their children's birth certificates. Governing.com
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Texas high-speed rail opponents hope to block project next year
The state Legislature could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project connecting Houston and Dallas now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction. Khou.com
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Plano poised to spend $12 million fast-tracking Cotton Belt rail service, but plenty of hurdles remain
The Plano City Council last night signaled support for spending $12.3 million in hopes of fast-tracking rail service on the Cotton Belt Line. That's the east-west rail line that runs from Fort Worth to the Collin County suburb. With a stop at DFW International, it could allow North Texans in northern suburbs to connect to the airport without having to endure a 90-minute ride all the way into Dallas, through downtown and across Irving. Dallas Morning News
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With Hospitals in Critical Condition, Can Rural America Survive?
They may be the only places that provide health care for a hundred miles, and they may be the main source of local livelihoods. But rural hospitals are very much an endangered species. Nearly 30 percent of the nation’s 2,000 or so rural hospitals are likely to close in the next two years. Rural hospitals have faced closure crises before, particularly in the late 1980s. This time around, however, the threats run deeper and are more challenging. While some states are taking steps to save hospitals operating in rural areas, there are growing barriers to the financial sustainability of these institutions. The decline and possible fall of rural hospitals mirror an existential question: Can rural areas themselves survive? Governing.com
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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 1:30 pm CDT.
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Here are the the most in-demand ‘high-wage jobs’ in Alabama
According to a new report from the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL), truck drivers and registered nurses continue to be the most sought-after employees in the state. ADOL made its determination by examining Help Wanted Online Data (HWOL), for which those two professions had more than 5,000 combined job listings. Yellowhammernews.com
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U.S. emerges as safe haven amid chaotic world
Contrary to the ominous picture painted by Donald Trump, America has once again emerged as a port of safety for investors navigating the stormy world. The U.S. stock market is sitting near record highs and the Dow is up an incredible 3,100 points since the mid-February low. CNN
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THE CITIES CREATING THE MOST WHITE-COLLAR JOBS
The U.S. economy has improved significantly since the low-point of the Great Recession, adding more jobs each day. The analysts at NewGeography set out to find which markets have added the most white-collar jobs, specifically in the vast realm of professional and business services. Builderonline.com
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Georgia among fastest-improving state economies
We all can agree that running a city is no easy feat, as local leaders strive to balance the public’s interests with the city’s responsibilities and resources. But choosing which services are most essential to provide, which agencies’ budgets to cut, whether and how high to raise taxes are among the most important decisions that not only affect the daily lives of residents but, in turn, translate to a city’s operating efficiency and overall quality of life. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Features & Opinion

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
 Randle Report - Business News in the South
Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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