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Texas counties struggle to repair road damage
CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — Oil and natural gas production trucks are tearing up local roads, but the industries aren't providing enough money to pay for the damage, according to members of a local task force expected to suggest ways to fix the growing problem. Houston Chronicle
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Why Texas and Florida Small Businesses Will Thrive
Just as fortune favors the bold, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold Obamacare will mean Texas, Florida, and other fiscally conservative states will be big economic winners going forward. It is no secret that the biggest budget buster on the federal, state and local level is healthcare costs. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has been taking a beating for rewriting the Patient Protection Affordable Health Care Act. His leadership in this matter comes across as economically and politically motivated. While this is not his job, when you look at the Supreme Court’s decision, he created a masterful game plan for fiscally conservative states like Texas and Florida. Furthermore, Justice Roberts convinced four liberal judges to move to the right and convinced them that the Commerce Clause did not apply and the federal government cannot force an individual to purchase a product or service. He also solidified the role of state rights to not expand Medicaid. The recent decision was a huge win for states’ rights and for citizens wanting to live and work in states where they intend to pay their bills, live within their means and live up to their obligations. Forbes
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Verizon laying off nearly 950 at Texas call center
HOUSTON (AP) — Verizon Wireless has notified Texas employment officials that it plans to close a call center in Houston and cut nearly 950 jobs.
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Bobby Jindal: Obama ‘success’ is food stamps
Louisiana Gov. Bob Jindal, who has vowed to reject the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care law, charged Tuesday that the president “measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government-run health care.” Politico
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The Medicaid ruling's ripple effect
Think last Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling was just about health care? Think again. Chief Justice John Roberts’s surprise opinion, which allows states to opt out of the law’s Medicaid expansion, could set up a series of legal showdowns between states and the federal government over the strings attached to billions of dollars in federal grants for everything from transportation to education and the environment. Politico
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Louisiana bayou slow to recover from Gulf oil spill
The Louisiana bayou is still struggling to recover from the 2010 oil spill that caused its coastal wetlands to erode at historic rates. Louisiana's delicate marshes were rapidly disappearing before BP's Deepwater Horizon dumped five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But now, two years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the erosion of the bayou has accelerated at an alarming pace. PRI
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Missouri to get nearly $32 million from GlaxoSmithKline
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri will receive nearly $32 million as its share of a nationwide settlement with British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. Kansas City Star
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N.C. lawmakers want more study of ocean rise
RALEIGH -- N.C. lawmakers put a moratorium on the state’s use of a report forecasting a 1-meter sea-level rise, asking a scientific panel to spend several more years studying how climate change will affect the coast. The Senate voted 40-1 to agree to the compromise late Monday. The House is expected to follow, sending the bill to the governor this week. The new language in House Bill 819 removes a proposal to put strict controls on the science of predicting how fast the seas will rise along North Carolina’s coast – a measure that made the state a punch line on late-night comedy shows. News Observer
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Johnson steps down as CEO as Duke-Progress merger completed
Long-time Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson, who was expected to lead the new Duke Energy, has abruptly resigned. The announcement issued Tuesday morning by Charlotte-based Duke Energy said its board of directors had appointed Jim Rogers, 64, as president and chief executive officer of the combined company, effective immediately. News Observer
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NC Lawmaker's mistaken vote puts state on a path toward fracking
RALEIGH -- The look on her face said it all. Charlotte Democrat Becky Carney stood on the House floor with her mouth agape late Monday night. She looked horrified. Embarrassed. Sick to her stomach. News Observer
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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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