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Missouri lawmakers pass 'personhood' bill to give zygotes same constitutional rights as adults
The Republican-dominated Missouri House of Representatives passed a “personhood” bill Thursday and sent it to the Missouri Senate, where it seems likely to pass since there are only eight Democrats in that 34-seat body. The bill would ask voters to approve an amendment to the state constitution to “protect pregnant women and unborn children by recognizing that an unborn child is a person with a right to life which cannot be deprived by state or private action without due process and equal protection of law.” It states that fertilized eggs “have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry.” Daily Kos
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Bill to require parishes to hire locals for projects fails in committee
BATON ROUGE -- The Senate Committee on Transportation and Public Works Thursday voted 3-1 to prevent localities from establishing a 50 percent local-hire quota on contracts for public works projects. The Advertiser
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Plight of Louisiana climate refugees ought to ring the bell for breaking free of fossil fuels
You may have missed The New York Times story Monday on the $48 million federal grant to resettle climate refugees from the Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana. It’s a story pointing to what is just the beginning of what is certain to be an accelerated trend worldwide: Millions moving away from the rising seas, oppressive heatwaves, and drought that human-caused global warming is inflicting on the planet. Daily Kos
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Louisiana needs roughly $510M in corporate income and franchise taxes to be paid by end of next month to hit budget projections
Louisiana needs to collect roughly $510 million more in corporate income and franchise taxes before the current fiscal year ends on June 30 to hit current budget projections, the state’s chief economist says. “By the time we close the books, which is actually Aug. 14 … the books for fiscal year 2015-2016 are counting on $359.3 million,” says Greg Albrecht, the state’s chief economist. Business Report
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Polluters In South Carolina Are About To Get A Huge Boost From The State House
For the past 65 years, if someone — or some company — was illegally polluting in South Carolina, you could sue. The law was put on the books so that if South Carolina’s enforcement agencies didn’t have the time, money, or political backing to go after a polluter, the average citizen could step in. Now, with only a month left in its 2015-2016 session, the South Carolina legislature has picked up a bill that would do away with this ability. Think Progress
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No Matter What Trump Says, Coal Mining Jobs Are Not Returning To West Virginia
Some years back President Obama asked Steve Jobs when all those manufacturing jobs in China, where Apple products were being assembled, were going to return to the U.S. Jobs simply said that they’re never coming back. And he was right. Electronics assembly is something that will either be done by cheap foreign labor or robots within the U.S. There just won’t be (barring an economic meltdown of truly Venezuelan proportions) those sorts of jobs in those sorts of numbers in the U.S. ever again. Forbes
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For transgender people in North Carolina, it’s about more than bathrooms
Last month, North Carolina’s state legislature passed HB2 — a controversial bill that requires transgender people to use the bathroom correlated with the gender on their birth certificate. The law also excludes gay and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections. On May 4, the U.S. Justice Department said HB2 violates federal civil rights laws. Since Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law, big-name concerts have been called off, stores and businesses have been boycotted and canceled conventions have cost the state some $8 million and counting. PBS.org
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North Carolina Republicans Vow To Defy Feds On Bathroom Law
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Republican leaders in North Carolina on Thursday refused to back down from a law regulating which restrooms can be used by transgender people after the federal government told the state the law violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act.
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Michelle Obama, Jill Biden Promote Jobs-for-Veterans Program
First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden on Thursday celebrated the fifth anniversary of a White House effort aimed at easing the transition from military to civilian life by encouraging companies to hire veterans and military spouses – a program they praised for helping cut veteran joblessness in half since 2011. US News & World Report
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Who leaves office first in Alabama political tumult? It’s a three-horse race
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The three most powerful people in the three branches of state government — Governor Robert Bentley, Chief Justice Roy Moore and House Speaker Mike Hubbard — could all lose their jobs by the end of the year. You could compare it to a three-horse race to see who loses their office first. So, we did. Watch: Whnt.com
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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According to Chinese theory, yin is a passive, negative force and yang is an active, positive force. Chinese philosophers believe that the opposing forces aren't really contradictory. Instead, they are interconnected and complimentary, interacting to create a balance in one's life. 
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT report was released in the summer quarter. I try to read it every time it comes out since I find it to be the best indicator of child poverty, a statistic everyone involved in economic development needs to be aware of. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a charity that supports disadvantaged children. 
 


 

 

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