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The Companies With The Most Summer Jobs Still Open
As schools wind up classes and commencement celebrations, students and new graduates face a daunting season of job hunting and a nationwide unemployment rate that just ticked up to 8.2%. Fortunately, there are still plenty of openings at some big companies that offer seasonal jobs, and at firms that have paid internship programs for students and new graduates. Many of those jobs can turn into full time positions. We asked job aggregation website SimplyHired.com to put together a list of the companies that have the most summer, seasonal and entry-level jobs open right now. The list is a rough gauge of where the jobs are, since an opening can be listed in more than one place and thus appear as a duplicate listing on SimplyHired. Also, job postings often remain online even after they have been filled. To make sure that the companies on SimplyHired’s list are in fact hiring, we did some spot checking and found that there are indeed openings still waiting to be filled. Susan Adams, Forbes.com
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Marriott deal a win for Gaylord
One of Nashville’s top brand names, Gaylord Hotels, will be sold to Marriott International for $210 million in a deal that analysts say gives Gaylord Opryland — and the chain’s three other resorts — a better chance to land big conventions and group travel business. The deal, announced early Thursday, would do two things. It would make Marriott and its giant sales force the entity that will run Gaylord’s hotels in Nashville; near Orlando, Fla.; suburban Washington, D.C.; and in Grapevine, Texas, under an initial 35-year operating agreement. It also would make Gaylord a real estate investment trust that owns its existing hotels and also could buy other smaller properties around the country. Other assets, including the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium, will stay with Gaylord and be part of the REIT. Getahn Ward, The Tennessean
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U.S. House votes to restore funding for Louisiana ecosystem restoration
WASHINGTON - The House voted 216-177 today to restore $10 million of the $16.8 million proposed by President Barack Obama for the first phase of construction under the Louisiana Coastal Area Program. House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee had voted to strip the $16.8 million from an energy and water spending bill. Reps. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson and Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, offered the amendment to restore $10 million of that amount and it easily passed. Scalise said the program is badly needed and has been backlogged and stalled because Congress hasn't provided any constructions money for the Coastal Area Program, approved five years ago by Congress. Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune
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Signs point to plea deal for key figure in federal probe of Mayor Ray Nagin
A week before his trial was to begin, the federal fraud case against Covington businessman Frank Fradella -- a key figure in the grand jury probe of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin -- was abruptly resolved this week, possibly signaling that Fradella has signed a plea deal. The resolution is shrouded in secrecy. The docket shows that Fradella's case -- filed last year in Dallas -- was "terminated" on Tuesday, a designation generally given to cases that have been fully adjudicated, dismissed or closed for some other reason. There's no indication of any of those outcomes in Fradella's case. The last item listed on the docket, a routine order from the judge, was filed May 7. Nola.com
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Bentley announces $139 million in Alabama road projects, including $8.8 million in Jefferson County
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley today announced 105 projects to improve roads and bridges in 61 Alabama counties. The $139 program, which includes a 20 percent local match, includes $8.8 million in federal and local funds for five projects in Jefferson County and $1.7 million in federal and local funds in Shelby County. "We are beginning the largest preservation of our bridges and roads that has ever occurred in the state of Alabama," Bentley said at a press conference this afternoon at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham. Jeremy Gray -- The Birmingham News
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SEC seriously considers TV network again
DESTIN, Fla. -- The SEC opted against a conference network in 2008. Times have changed and the SEC is seriously considering the concept. The SEC and ESPN have engaged in very preliminary discussions about creating a channel. Most of the dialogue so far has focused on negotiating a new value in 2012-13 for their contract because the SEC added Texas A&M and Missouri. The more detailed conversations between the SEC and ESPN are still to come. They'll involve the intricacies, costs and unknown value associated with a TV network. Jon Solomon -- The Birmingham News
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Former VP Al Gore helps Don Siegelman raise money for SCOTUS appeal, which could come Monday
WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Al Gore lent his name to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's fundraising efforts again this week, signing an e-mail plea for contributions to his legal defense fund. Gore did the same for Siegelman in 2008. The e-mail this week cites the upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court - possibly on Monday - whether it will hear the appeal of Siegelman's conviction on public corruption charges six years ago. Mary Orndorff -- Washington Bureau
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Jeb Bush cools VP chatter; makes pitch for Marco Rubio
WASHINGTON -- If there were any doubts that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has no intention of returning to a ballot anytime soon, he laid them to rest Friday, in a rare appearance at a congressional hearing. The Republican former governor was invited to speak to the House Budget Committee by the committee's chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., author of a federal budget despised by Democrats in part for its proposed changes to the Medicare program for seniors. Bush's remarks focused on removing barriers to free enterprise, but throughout the hearing, he was free with his opinions on all sorts of other policy matters. Tampa Bay Times
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Stop trampling voters' rights
The state's campaign to purge suspected noncitizens from the voting rolls is flawed beyond repair, and Tallahassee should shelve it and start over. Already, hundreds of Florida voters have stepped forward to claim the blacklists are inaccurate. Local elections supervisors in at least two counties have called the lists unreliable and suspended or slowed enforcement. Gov. Rick Scott should put a halt to this mess made by his Secretary of State's office and come back with a process that does not trample the rights of legal voters. Tampa Bay Times
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Vogtle report highlights disagreements between Georgia Power, vendors
The inability of Georgia Power and its vendors -- Westinghouse and The Shaw Group -- to resolve several disputes has led to other issues, which could eventually effect customer bills, according to an independent monitor hired to oversee the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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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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