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Bobby Jindal’s Opiate for the Masses
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, back in late January, hosted a prayer rally on the LSU campus. There was a considerable amount of scrutiny on the event, entitled “The Response: A Call To Prayer For a Nation In Crisis,” due to the anti-gay, anti-abortion dominion theologians who organized and paid for it. The event’s leaders insisted that it wasn’t about elevating elected officials or candidates. Jindal, in inviting the 49 other governors to the event, bought into the organizers’ “non-political” framework. In the letter he wrote to every one of them, even those who aren’t Christian: “There will only be one name lifted up that day—Jesus!” The New Republic
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Uber wants to hire 10,000 drivers in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties
Uber is bringing its UberUP recruiting initiative to Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties this week. The Uber Urban Partnership focuses on recruiting new drivers by centering on urban and inter-city communities. South Florida Business Journal
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Here is Hillary Clinton’s climate plan
Hillary Clinton will roll out a comprehensive climate and energy policy proposal Monday that would dramatically increase the country’s use of renewable energy. Clinton’s plan, which she will unveil at an energy efficient transit hub in Iowa, will promise to create enough clean renewable energy to power every home in the U.S. within 10 years of Clinton taking office. MSNBC
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Report: UPS, Coke, 11 more firms to make $140 billion climate pledge
Officials with Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) will, along with officials from 11 more U.S. corporations, announce Monday at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Amedisys Invests $2.5 Million To Open Executive Office In Nashville, Tennessee
Amedisys, a health care at home company, will open a new executive office in Nashville, Tennessee. The company will invest $2.5 million and create approximately 120 new jobs in Davidson County over the next five years. Area Development
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Leggett & Platt To Establish Manufacturing Center In Northwest Pasco County, Florida
Leggett & Platt, a global manufacturer of diversified products, plans to locate its new 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility at 15800 Hudson Avenue, near Spring Hil,l in northwest Pasco County, Florida. The expansion is expected to create approximately 124 new jobs over the next few months. Area Development
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The Chesapeake Bay Is Turning Into Plastic Soup
They’re in the oceans, in the Great Lakes, and now it turns out they’re fouling the Chesapeake Bay—microplastics, the remnants of unrecycled products that are damning the world’s water to seemingly eternal pollution. The presence of microplastics—from broken-up containers to ingredients in bathroom products—has been established in four Bay tributaries by researchers at the University of Maryland, NOAA, and elsewhere. “Microplastics were found in all but one of 60 samples, with concentrations ranging over 3 orders of magnitude (<1.0 to >560 g/km2),” they write in Environmental Science and Technology. “Concentrations demonstrated statistically significant positive correlations with population density and proportion of urban/suburban development within watersheds.” City lab.com
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A Victory for Low-Income Families in North Carolina
School vouchers may be the most effective anti-poverty program around, yet they’re fought tooth and hammer by the teachers unions. Late last week the North Carolina Supreme Court awarded a victory to poor kids by protecting vouchers from another union attack. Lwf.org
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North Carolina travel destination makes list of ‘12 best American road trips’
A travel destination on the North Carolina-Tennessee state line has been featured on a list of the 12 best American road trips. Fox News
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How to drive in South Carolina: 13 laws that may surprise you
Highway laws can vary from state to state, but that’s no excuse to break them. South Carolina law enforcement officials have seen plenty of misconception and oversights. Here are 13 state laws some drivers don’t know about: Bluffontoday.com
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 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

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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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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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