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According to magazines, Norfolk's all work, no porn
It's been a weird week for Norfolk. The city appeared in two national magazine rankings that, at first glance, don't seem to have much in common. The Virginian-Pilot
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Va. governor asks other governors across nation to improve background checks for gun buys
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking other governors across the nation to improve their states’ record-sharing with a national background check system for gun purchases. Media outlets report that McDonnell made the request in a letter sent this week to all 49 other governors. The letter came as Virginia observed the fifth anniversary of the April 16, 2007, mass shootings at Virginia Tech that left 33 dead, including the gunman. Washington Post
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Smoke the shad, press the flesh: a Virginia political ritual past its prime?
WAKEFIELD, VA.-- Making his way through the throngs at the annual "Shad Planking" in Wakefield, Va., former Virginia Gov. George Allen ran into Bernard Blackwell, who reminded him of a 1996 trip he made as governor to Mr. Blackwell's grandmother's house in rural Northern Neck after a hurricane all but destroyed it.
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Chesapeake Bay blue-crab population at 20-year high
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is clawing its way back. Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley today announced the results of the 2012 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which found the population of blue crabs in the bay has reached 764 million, “due to four years of a bay-wide stock rebuilding program.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Alabama's jobless rate falls to lowest level since late 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama's unemployment rate fell from 7.5 percent in February to 7.3 percent in March, matching the lowest level since December 2008, figures released today by Gov. Robert Bentley show. The Birmingham News
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S.C. jobless rate falls to 8.9 percent in March
South Carolina’s unemployment rate fell below 9 percent in March for the first time November 2008. The rate slipped to 8.9 percent from 9.1 percent in February, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate – once among the highest in the nation -- has been declining steadily since it peaked at 12 percent at the end of 2009. The State
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SC plant to build homes in a hurry
ORANGEBURG — The need for durable housing that unskilled laborers can erect in less than a day has brought a Toronto-based company to South Carolina. Innovative Composites International on Thursday opened its flagship $9.3 million, 126,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Orangeburg. The company will build the components for hurricane- and earthquake-resistant houses that can be used in places such as the Caribbean rim and South America where housing is expensive and natural disasters plentiful; places such as an Olympic village where affordable temporary housing is needed for athletes and support staff; and even in the United States, offering buyers an affordable option. The State
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Rubio Shrugs Off VP Talk — But Just Wait for 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio insists he'll say "thanks, but no thanks" to the vice presidential spot on the Republican ticket but suggests that anything's possible in 2016 and beyond. "I am really committed to doing a good job in the Senate," the Florida Republican told a dozen-plus reporters Thursday. "If I do a good job in the Senate, three, four, five, six years from now, I'll have a different opportunity ... to do things inside of government and outside of government." Newsmax
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Jeb Bush Warns Newsmax: Get Ready For 'Most Negative Campaign' Ever
Americans are facing what will likely be the “most negative campaign in modern times” over the next six months, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells Newsmax, and Mitt Romney must brace himself for tough personal attacks from President Barack Obama. Newsmax
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AMR Unions Have Tentative Contracts With US Airways
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (TheStreet) -- The three largest unions at AMR (AAMRQ.PK) have not only announced their support for a merger with US Airways (LCC_), but have also reached tentative contract agreements with the Tempe, Arizona-based carrier.
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

In growth, companies find themselves in the dilemma of identifying capital to increase capacity and managing opportunity cost where capital may be deferred. This dilemma is amplified as capacity constraints drive a company to complete the site selection process for an expanding or new facility. 
 

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 FEATURE  
By Dr. Glen Fenter
Desperation sometimes masks itself in acceptance. Such was the case for Takelia Carter of Marion, Ark. For Carter, the mother of six school-age children in a low paying job, desperation was normative existence. This was her life in Crittenden County, Ark., deep in the Delta where unfortunately one in four families lives well below the poverty level.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

FEATURE     
By Mike Randle
There are numerous factors driving the new industrial revolution in the South. And it is a revolution, as this manufacturing surge that began in 2007 continues to break records year after year in the total number of large, capital intensive projects. One factor, of course, is that reshoring of facilities back to the U.S. continues to grow each year.
 
 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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