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Oklahoma chosen as first test site for drones
Oklahoma is the first state to be chosen as a testing site for small unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, to be used to help first responders, state and federal officials announced Thursday. The Oklahoman
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Texas OKs big boost in wholesale electricity rate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to raise the wholesale electricity price cap by 50 percent this summer in a move it hopes will spur construction of new power plants. Businessweek
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Union approves new contract with Lockheed Martin
Seventy days after they voted overwhelmingly to go on strike against Lockheed Martin, a strong majority of Machinists union members approved a revised contract offer Thursday. "I'm ready to go back to work," said Will Montgomery, a material handler on Lockheed's F-35 production line. Star-Telegram
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On healthcare ruling, Texans offer some sense, lots of vitriol
The shouts have only begun. Expect four months of caterwauling through Election Day, often involving the words sovereignty and nullification and sometimes secede. A few less-Tea-steeped Texans will use softer words such as repeal or reject or opt out. Star-Telegram
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More of Gulf of Mexico to Open for Drilling
The Obama administration has announced plans to to expand drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico, even as lingering effects of the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still felt along parts of the Texas coastline. Texas Tribune
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SC Gov. Haley: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’
Her voice shaking slightly, Gov. Nikki Haley told House members Thursday who are looking into whether she illegally used her office for personal gain that the GOP activist who filed the complaint against her is “a racist, sexist bigot who has tried everything in his power to hurt me and my family.” Haley’s allegations of bias came after an executive testified that a Columbia engineering firm paid then-state Rep. Haley, a Lexington County Republican, $48,000 over almost two years as a “passive” consultant to scout out new business, but Haley turned up no new work. The State
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Florida can now apply to $1 billion mortgage assistance program
Florida homeowners can now apply to a $1 billion mortgage assistance program under new eligibility guidelines created to allow more people to benefit from the federal plan. The Florida Housing Finance Corp. approved a revamp of the Hardest Hit Fund in April and the Treasury Department signed off on the changes in May. Palm Beach Post
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Florida needs better oversight of $47 billion going to outside contractors
TALLAHASSEE — Florida will spend $47 billion this year hiring outsiders to do state work, but the state's chief financial officer warns that hundreds of contractors will not be required to show they provided the services they agreed to and that state documents could be rife with errors. TC Palm
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Miss. one of 2 states seeing income drop
In another bad sign for Mississippi's economy, the state was one of only two where personal income shrank in the first three months of 2012. Personal income fell 0.3 percent, the worst performance among the states, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis said Wednesday. Clarion-Ledger
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LA Gov. Jindal resisting buying in
WASHINGTON – Louisiana’s congressional delegation responded in parts with praise while Republicans pledged to push forward with a full repeal of the health care law. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said the Supreme Court affirmed accurately the law so the public-private health care delivery can make health care services more affordable and equitable. 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

FEATURE     
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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