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The South's Best Economic Development Law Firms
If your company is undergoing a site search in the American South, this digital magazine of the South's best economic development law firms is a valuable asset. Southern Business & Development magazine recently conducted a survey of the region's economic development community and the results of the survey can be found in this digital magazine. Find out which law firms are considered the best in the practice of economic development. Click on the headline above. SB&D
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Arkansans cheer Supreme Court ruling on illegal immigration
LITTLE ROCK — Supporters and opponents here of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law both found reasons to cheer today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the law and its possible repercussions in Arkansas. Ruling in a lawsuit brought against Arizona by the Obama administration, the high court struck down provisions of the law that would have required all immigrants to carry immigration papers, made it a violation of Arizona law for an undocumented immigrant to seek or hold a job and allowed police to arrest suspected undocumented immigrants without warrants. Arkansas News
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Several U.S. States Deemed Best Global Oil and Gas Investments
Oklahoma is the best place on earth to do business in oil and gas, and it’s followed closely by several other U.S. states, according to a global survey of petroleum executives. Seven U.S. states ranked in the top 10, and five more cracked the top 25 among 147 jurisdictions evaluated in the Frasier Institute’s Global Petroleum Survey, whose results were released Tuesday (June 26). In the survey, the Canada-based libertarian think tank ranked oil and gas-producing regions according to their business climates, rewarding jurisdictions with the fewest so-called investment barriers, including high tax rates, strict regulatory regimes and uncertainty over environmental regulation. Stateline
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Study: Oil spill caused some land erosion
BATON ROUGE, La. — A scientific study has found that heavily oiled areas in Barataria Bay showed twice the normal land erosion rates in the year and a half after the massive BP oil leak in 2010. The Advocate reports the study found oil killed marsh plants and that led to the higher rates of erosion. However rates of erosion returned to more normal levels after about a year and a half, the study found. The study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Houston Chronicle
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Texas feels first heat wave as power demand surges
DALLAS — The electric grid provider for most of Texas on Tuesday urged businesses and residents to conserve energy this summer as the state’s first major heat wave of the year prompted record energy use for two straight days. Cities across the state were again baking in triple-digit heat, a year after Texas endured the second hottest summer in U.S. history in a three-month stretch that forced multiple warnings for an overburdened energy grid. Though temperatures were expected to dip back into the 90s late in the week, officials acknowledge more conservation will be needed for the next couple months if they are to handle electricity demand from most of the state’s 25 million residents. Houston Chronicle
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Raleigh’s Economic Development Director Explains Direction
Dwight Bassett has a big job. He’s responsible for figuring out exactly what Raleigh’s economic development goals look like and making sure they come to fruition. And right now, he’s a department of one. Bassett, the city’s newly hired Economic Development Manager, held four listening sessions last week for business owners, involved citizens and anyone else interested in Raleigh’s economic future. In total, about 20 people showed up to the four meetings. Raliegh Public Record
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10 States With The Highest Income Taxes Per Capita (One in the South)
We all know that sinking feeling when you realize how much of your paycheck is being deducted for taxes. And if you live in New York, our greatest sympathies go out to you. According to a new report by the Tax Foundation, New York collected on average $1,796 per person in state income taxes in 2010, more than any other state in the nation. Not all states collect income taxes. In fact, residents of nine states -- Texas, Florida, Washington, Tennessee, Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming, and New Hampshire -- do not pay state income taxes at all, according to the IRS. Huffington Post
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How will 'papers, please' go in reality?
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's stringent anti-immigration law was the legal equivalent of an old-fashioned variety show: A little something for everyone. The court ruled that the Arizona law making it a state crime for undocumented immigrants to reside or seek work there is unconstitutional. The court also struck down provisions of the Arizona law that authorized police to arrest without warrants people suspected of committing a deportable offense. The court declared that the individual states cannot hijack federal authority to enforce immigration law. Austin Statesman
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In Alabama Prisons, The Less Sheriffs Spend On Food For Inmates, The More They Earn
It took almost three quarters of a century, but one Sheriff in Alabama is finally speaking out against a 1939 law that allows for the state’s 67 sheriffs to keep leftover money the state provides to each municipality for feeding inmates in local prisons. Sheriff Mike Rainey reportedly received $295,294 from the local, state and federal governments to spend on food for the county’s inmate population. But thanks to the old law, Rainey is entitled to pocket any money left over after he fulfills his responsibility of feeding his inmates. Think Progress
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Jindal recall won’t give petition names
While signatures are being collected on recalls against Gov. Bobby Jindal and others, the petitions are not public record and won’t be released, an attorney for recall organizers said Tuesday. The response came in a letter to Louisiana Republican Party Executive Director Jason Doré, who filed public records requests on chairmen of recalls targeting Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles. The Advocate
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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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