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THESE ARE THE 16 BEST BURRITOS IN AMERICA, SEE WHICH ARE IN SOUTH
Beloved for being the most American of all Mexican-American dishes (which all happen to be comprised of the exact same ingredients), the burrito is an apt metaphor for today's United States: We're less a melting pot of cultures than a delicious mound of assimilated ingredients wrapped tightly together and covered in hot sauce. To celebrate this great dish, we've compiled a list of the 16 best burritos from sea to shining tin foil wrapper. Get hungry: thrillist.com
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Bill to Quash Louisiana Coastal Lawsuit Clears Senate
Louisiana Senate lawmakers voted out a bill Tuesday that would stop a mega-lawsuit targeting South Louisiana pipeline operators for alleged damages to coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans and the surrounding area from storm surges. naturalgasintel.com
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Restoring Louisiana's Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy -- Governor Jindal Is Trying to Undermine Both
The Mississippi's River southernmost delta is home to a rich ecosystem, robust, culture and booming economy. Wetlands provide critical storm protection for the Louisiana's coast. A recent poll by America's Wetland Foundation found that 74 percent of Louisiana residents "consider saving the coast to be the most important issue [in the state] of our lifetime." For Delta citizens, flood protection is a matter of survival. Louisiana wetlands are disappearing at a rate of approximately 1 football field every hour and coastal communities are already washing into the Gulf of Mexico. To date, roughly 2,000 square miles of land have disappeared under water and the erosion is accelerating. The disappearing land once buffered communities including New Orleans from catastrophic storm surges. Huffington Post
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Sprouts Farmers Market to open 4 Atlanta locations, hire 500
Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market plans to enter metro Atlanta with four locations and hire 500 full- and part-time employees. The stores will be in Snellville, Dunwoody, Norcross and Johns Creek. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Vitamin maker plans 54-job, $21.6 million expansion in Opelika
OPELIKA, Alabama -- Vitamin, mineral and supplement maker Pharmavite will invest an additional $21.6 million in its Opelika operations and add 54 jobs over the next three years. Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller announced the expansion plans for the company, which began operating in the city in 2013. So far, Pharmavite has invested $89 million in the facility and has 245 employees. AL.com
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There's money in poverty in Alabama. Just not for the poor
You know the score. Alabama is number six in the nation when it comes to being poor. Poor but proud. Some 19 percent of our Bama brothers and sisters – or grandmas and granddads, as the case may be – live in poverty. Which means they get by on about 230 bucks a week. Or less. That's one in five, and climbing. That's up from 16.6 percent in '09, up from 15 percent in '03, up from 14 percent in '96. We're up, up, up when it comes to being down, down, down. It's not that we do nothing as a state to attack poverty. Oh no. If we did nothing, poor folks would still have a boot-strapping chance. But we do less than nothing. We do the opposite of something. We pass and perpetuate government policies that ensure – that flat out guarantee – many will remain where they are. In the 19 percent. And if you think it doesn't cost us all in the end, you haven't really thought. AL.com
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That's The Randle Report for Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Join us again tomorrow morning for all of the American South's business, economic development and political news in real time and in one place. Use the sort buttons or the search window above to find your favorite stories from yesterday, last week, last month or last year. Click on the headline to access Southern Business & Development magazine.
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US factory output extended solid gains in March
U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that factory production rose 0.5 percent in March after a revised 1.4 percent surge in February. Manufacturing output has climbed a solid 2.8 percent over the past 12 months. CharlotteObserver.com
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BP, Coast Guard end spill cleanup on Gulf shoreline
HOUSTON – Nearly four years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday declared an end to cleanup operations that cost the company $14 billion and once covered 778 miles of shoreline on the Gulf Coast. The Coast Guard has finished its last patrols of the three remaining miles of beach that had been soaked in oil after a blowout at BP’s Macondo well sent millions of barrels of crude into the ocean on April 20, 2010. The explosion killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig and the spill lasted more than 85 days. FuelFix.com
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Jimmy Carter urges Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline
Former President Jimmy Carter announced his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline today, calling it a “linchpin for tar sands expansion and the increased pollution that will follow.” Carter joined nine other Nobel laureates, including anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in signing a letter urging President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the $5.4 billion link between Canadian heavy crude and U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Star-Telegram.com
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 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.
 

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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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