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RNC traffic, security concerns may empty downtown Tampa
TAMPA -- Charlotte Baker has heard enough about the Republican National Convention coming in August to close up her downtown office that week and head for the hills. First, there's the traffic. Second, her building managers may not let in clients that week for security's sake. Third, and finally, police warned that her office tower could be a target for protesters. "It's just made us feel like this may not be a safe place to be," Baker said, noting that her call center can easily work remotely. "My employees – they're dads and moms and husbands and wives. It's just not worth it. We're definitely moving out that week. That could be overdone, but better safe than sorry." Tampa Bay Times
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Jon Stewart mocks Rick Scott's noncitizen voter purge; Scott all smiles
TAMPA -- Gov. Rick Scott said he developed a thick skin since running for office for the first time in 2010. "The newspapers don't always agree with everything you do," Scott told about 270 attendees of a conference for the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants at the Tampa Convention Center this morning. But it wasn't a newspaper that compared the governor to Peter Garrett, the former lead singer to the Austrailian rock band Midnight Oil. Or noted his likeness to Carel Struycken, the actor who played the mysterious giant in David Lynch's Twin Peaks. That would have been Jon Stewart on the Daily Show in a piece that aired Tuesday night lampooning Scott's efforts to purge the voter rolls of non-citizens. It was the same show that challenged Scott to give a urine sample after Scott announced he wanted welfare recipients to take a drug test. Miami Herald
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Turning Saltwater From Earth and Sea Into Water Fit to Drink in Texas
SAN ANTONIO — Drilling rigs in the midst of cow pastures are hardly a novelty for Texans. But on a warm May day at a site about 30 miles south of San Antonio, a rig was not trying to reach oil or fresh water, but rather something unconventional: a salty aquifer. After a plant is built and begins operating in 2016, the site will become one of the state’s largest water desalination facilities. The New York Times
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SC Senate turns out the lights on solar bill
Using the sun to provide power didn’t impress state senators this year. On the last day of the legislative session Thursday, the Senate failed to approve a bill that would have given industries, small businesses and homeowners a bigger tax break for installing solar-energy systems. Solar tax credits would have risen to 35 percent, from the current 25 percent for taxpayers. The State
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New hurdles for Florida jobless
As the slow economic recovery shows signs of stalling, those with the most to fear might be Florida's unemployed. The state's year-old process for applying for unemployment benefits is too difficult, and it should not take nearly two hours to complete. The artificial obstacles, recounted in a complaint by two workers' rights organizations to the U.S. Labor Department, appear designed to suppress the demand for benefits rather than to make it easier for those who need help to get it. Tampa Bay Times
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More entrepreneurs turn to crowdfunding to start their businesses
Renny Braga had almost everything he needed to start his food truck business: the equipment, a website and a truck. " What he didn't have was $4,500 for last-minute mechanical work on the truck, which he plans to start operating Saturday."Braga decided to create a profile on Kickstarter, a recession-inspired website where people can make donations to different projects, businesses and causes. "He filmed a short video explaining his business and why he needed the money, and posted his campaign to the site. Within 24 hours, friends, family and total strangers had donated enough money to meet his target $4,500. After 17 days, they had donated more than $10,000. Tampa Bay Times
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How does Mayor William Bell think Birmingham can support NBA?
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- It's easy for a mayor to want an NBA franchise while watching small-market Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals. Who wouldn't want to build a community around an entertaining franchise with Kevin Durant? Birmingham Mayor William Bell has said before he thinks this area could support the NBA. He went beyond that Wednesday during an interview on the Smashmouth Radio Network on 97.3-FM.
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Accused Auburn shooter Desmonte Leonard appears in court Thursday morning under heavy security
OPELIKA, Alabama -- Accused Auburn shooter Desmonte Leonard appeared in Lee County District Court on Thursday to hear he's being charged with three counts of murder and two counts of second-degree assault. At least 18 law enforcement officials ringed the court room. Leonard was in court to hear the charges under the state's 72-hour law for defendants to hear charges. Leonard's hands were shackled. He was brought to the Lee County court room from a Montgomery jail. He left the courtroom to be booked in the Lee County Jail. Al.com
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Did you miss George W. Bush's head on a stick on Game of Thrones?
It's not uncommon to see heads on sticks on the popular (and violent) HBO fantasy show "Game of Thrones," but a former U.S. president's? IO9.com recently pointed out a little Easter egg hidden in season one of the show where you can spot the likeness of George W. Bush's decapitated head on a stick decorating the King's Landing. Gross. Ben Flanagan, al.com
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Senate panel rejects attempt to overturn labor board ruling
Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday blocked a Republican attempt to overturn a National Labor Relations Board ruling that would allow unions to form smaller bargaining units. The Hill
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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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