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  • Nextran trucking facility creating 80 new jobs in Duluth (Georgia)

    05/22/2017 11:42:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 22, 2017 | Karen Huppertz
    Nextran Corporation has opened a new 55,000-square-foot facility at 1735 Breckinridge Plaza, near Interstate 85 and Highway 316 in unincorporated Duluth. The company, which operates full-service medium- and heavy-duty truck centers in the Southeast, will create 80 new jobs at this location. The new store will serve as a flagship location for Nextran on a 9.5 acre parcel with 29 service bays....
  • Lockheed Martin plans to add 500 jobs in Orlando (Average pay of $87,000 in Florida)

    05/22/2017 3:54:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 22, 2017 | Paul Brinkmann•
    Lockheed Martin is planning to add 500 new jobs at its Missiles and Fire Control plant in South Orlando, and the defense contractor is seeking $3.5 million in incentives for the expansion. Lockheed will pay the 500 new employees an average salary of $87,000, according to a proposed county resolution to authorize the tax refunds. The hiring would be phased in over the next five years. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners is set to vote Tuesday on its portion of the incentive package, $700,000. According to the resolution, other regions are competing for the Lockheed expansion, but it...
  • Ethane hub gets bipartisan support (100,000 jobs in West Virginia averaging $90,000 a year)

    05/20/2017 2:50:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Herald-Star ^ | May 20, 2017 | Joselyn King
    WHEELING — West Virginia’s congressional delegation is showing a unified front in pushing for an ethane storage hub for central Appalachia, and they hope state leaders in Ohio and Pennsylvania join them. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., were joined Thursday by Rep. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, and American Chemistry Council President Cal Dooley for a news conference to tout the economic benefits of placing the hub near oil and gas reserves in Appalachia rather than near chemical industry operations on the Gulf Coast. Manchin and Moore, along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, last week introduced the...
  • University Faculty Back Demands For Free Tuition For Black Students

    05/19/2017 11:35:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2017 | David Krayde
    First the student government at Western Kentucky University (WKU) demanded that black students be given free tuition to make up for historical wrongs like slavery and segregation. Now the faculty government at the academic institution are implicitly supporting that demand by insisting the university create a fund to pay education expenses for black students and other “underrepresented groups,” The College Fix reports. The student government resolution insisted that reparations for historical racism be provided “in the form of full and free access for all black people.” Last week, the facility decided to “stand in solidarity” with the students and back...
  • Barracuda Networks Creating 115 Jobs In Ann Arbor (Michigan)

    05/19/2017 8:20:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Business Facilities ^ | May 19, 2017
    Barracuda Networks, Inc. is expanding in Ann Arbor with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and Ann Arbor SPARK. The project will generate a total capital investment of $2.3 million and create 115 new jobs. Ann Arbor“Barracuda’s investment means Michigan residents will have good job opportunities that could well have gone to other states,” said Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF. “The company’s decision to expand in Ann Arbor demonstrates that our business climate and our...
  • Plant expansion to create 250 jobs, officials say (Louisiana)

    05/19/2017 8:12:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Daily Comet ^ | May 19, 2017 | Keith Magill, Executive Editor
    A Gramercy chemical manufacturing plant’s $35 million expansion will bring 250 new jobs to the area, officials said Friday. The announcement was made by Gov. John Bel Edwards and Noranda Bauxite & Alumina CEO David D’Addario. Noranda will expand and upgrade its alumina refinery in St. James Parish and will also establish its company headquarters at the site, a 40-minute drive northeast from Thibodaux and another 30 minutes from Houma. The project will create 65 new direct jobs, including 15 corporate headquarters jobs, at an average annual salary of $90,000, plus benefits, officials said. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project...
  • Desperate Parents Pull Children Out of School Over Fears of MS-13 Gang

    05/19/2017 1:22:53 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 13 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 17, 2017 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    Schools have become the crucible for intimidation and recruitment into the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang on Long Island and around the country. One Long Island mother, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal from MS-13, said she and several other parents have taken their teenagers out of the local high school because they’ve become targets of the gang. Some children are being homeschooled and, in a few extreme cases, sent to stay with relatives out of the state. “I am scared to death,” the mother said. “It’s a crapshoot. I feel like we’re rolling the dice here,...
  • Hoodrat Black Mom Leaves Child In Car At 2am, 3 Black Teens Steal Car & K!ll Kid! #iS***UNot

    05/19/2017 11:14:38 AM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    TNN NEWS RAW 2 ^ | May 19, 2017 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Hoodrat Black Mom Leaves Child In Car At 2am, 3 Black Teens Steal Car & K!ll Kid! #iS***UNot
  • Crime Increase Sparks Criminal Justice Reform Debate in California

    05/19/2017 10:53:53 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 5 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 17, 2017 | Sarah Le
    Crime has been going up in California, and some members of law enforcement and their support organizations are blaming a series of changes to California’s criminal justice system in recent years. Violent crime in California increased 10 percent and property crime increased 8.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the California Office of the Attorney General. In Los Angeles, violent crime increased three years in a row, rising 69.5 percent since 2013, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). “Our city has experienced a steady crime increase in almost all categories,” said LAPD Sergeant Jerretta Sandoz, vice president...
  • James Hardie to invest $220 million, create 200 jobs with new Alabama plant

    05/19/2017 9:30:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Alabama Newscenter ^ | May 18, 2017 | Michael Tomberlin
    James Hardie Building Products will invest nearly $220 million and create more than 200 jobs with a new manufacturing facility in Prattville, officials announced today. “Welcome to what you will soon come to know as sweet home Alabama,” Gov. Kay Ivey told James Hardie officials at the announcement at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill. The new manufacturing facility will be constructed on a 103-acre site in Prattville’s South Industrial Park, an AdvantageSite-certified park located between U.S. Highway 82 and Autauga County Road 4. Joe Blasko, general counsel and chief compliance officer for James Hardie Industries,...
  • The Kennedy Democrats don't want (Chris in Illinois)

    05/14/2017 10:42:56 PM PDT · by Impy · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/14/17 | NATASHA KORECKI
    For years, Democrats have tried to cajole Chris Kennedy into running statewide in Illinois, hoping that the wealthy son of the late Robert F. Kennedy could parlay his exalted family name into high office. So when Kennedy finally announced a bid for governor in February, comparisons to Camelot abounded. He took the early lead in polling and drew an almost immediate endorsement from a coalition of county chairmen in Southern Illinois. Now, three months later, Kennedy has fallen out of favor with key labor groups and powerful forces within the Democratic establishment. And he’s facing a roadblock that’s unfamiliar to...
  • Think you lack the skills needed to work at Volvo? Think again (2,000 jobs in S Carolina)

    05/13/2017 3:16:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WCIV-TV ^ | May 13, 2017 | Staff
    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Berkeley County leaders want everyone who wants to work at the upcoming Volvo plant to have their best chance. They're launching a program with Trident Technical College to provide training to county residents that will teach them everything they need to know to snag a manufacturing job. While the training doesn't guarantee a job at Volvo, it does give participants a leg up over someone who is just coming in off the street. "This pilot program shows that Berkeley County leaders are keeping our promises and connecting Berkeley County citizens with jobs," said Berkeley County...
  • IL GOP Sen. Brady serves as coal-mine canary with his proposed "Grand Bargain 2.0" (tax increase)

    05/13/2017 1:44:08 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    ILLINOIS REVIEW ^ | May 12, 2017
    Friday, May 12, 2017 IL GOP Senator Brady serves as coal-mine canary with his proposed "Grand Bargain 2.0" SPRINGFIELD - Republican state Senator Bill Brady - once the favorite of social conservatives when he ran twice for Illinois governor in 2010 and again in 2014 - has now willingly stepped in as a tax-hike canary in the Illinois Republican coal mine by making a daring call for tax hikes in the governor's newest "grand bargain" budget proposal. And it's not just one tax hike the Bloomington senator wants Illinoisans to inhale along with him, it's two or maybe three new...
  • POAD TRIP! Destination: Bisbee City lauded as ‘Prettiest Town in Arizona’

    05/13/2017 7:54:30 AM PDT · by SandRat · 46 replies
    BISBEE — Bisbee has joined three southern Arizona communities who ranked high in USA Today's “Best Small Towns in the Southwest.” Bisbee ranked second, behind Ajo, respectively. USA Today 10Best editors compiled a list of 70 towns with populations less than 10,000, and narrowed those down to 20 for the vote. According to, nominees were "travel-worthy for their beauty, culture, shopping, dining, entertainment and lodging options.” Bisbee has a population of about 5,500 and is known for its affluent art community and preserved historic architectural heritage. Last year, Bisbee was chosen by Sunset Magazine editors as the “Best Small...
  • From the Editorial Advisory Board: You're fired

    05/12/2017 8:26:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Boulder Daily Camera ^ | May 12, 2017 | Editorial Advisory Board
    This week's topic: Two firings, one national and one local, may have raised more questions than they answered. Please offer a take on the ouster of FBI director James Comey and/or BVSD Superintendent Bruce Messinger. The BVSD's termination process for Superintendent Bruce Messenger may have seemed abrupt and the players involved were sometimes maddeningly tight-lipped, but the school board followed established protocol to the letter. As a result, most people seem to believe the procedure was fair and honest and, if not thrilled with the result, at least satisfied that there is a process and the process worked. The Mad...
  • Kids, parents observe National Bike/Walk Day

    05/12/2017 7:02:58 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vistsa Herald ^ | Monique Brand
    SIERRA VISTA — As many opted for a typical car or bus ride to school, others chose more of an environmentally-friendly approach to commemorate National Bike/Walk to School Day on Wednesday. The day is part of National Bike/Walk to School Week, supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. “On Bike to School Day, we’re pleased to report that places around the country are celebrating the fun of biking to school and prioritizing children as they look to improve transportation safety for their entire communities,” said Nancy...
  • Principal questions about Comey’s firing and the alleged Trump-Russia Connection

    05/11/2017 5:31:02 PM PDT · by CanaryBlog · 4 replies
    The Canary in The Mine ^ | 05/11/2017 | The Canary
    Remarkably, without even a shred of established evidence, rumors and innuendo about an inappropriate Trump-Russia relationship, exacerbated by the firing of FBI director James Comey, have now persisted for months, even though all major media companies, from the New York Times, over the Washington Post and all major television networks, have with unprecedented intensity searched for even the most minute evidence, and come up short. Like these media outlets, and you the reader of these pages, we, here at The Canary, therefore have currently absolutely no idea whether President Trump and/or his organization did or did not have an inappropriate...
  • Civic Center job fair (30 Employers Thursday from 3-7PM in Georgia)

    05/11/2017 12:22:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Times Free Press ^ | May 10, 2017 | Staff
    Job seekers will be able to apply for work at some 30 area employers Thursday during a job fair from 3-7 p.m. at Walker County Civic Center, 10052 U.S. Highway 27. The job fair is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor along with the Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties chambers of commerce. Employers who have registered and offer a variety of jobs include: Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care, Audia Plastics, Clumpies Ice Cream, Coca Cola, Dixie Collision, Dollar General, EnviroGuard, Hammer Down OC, Hayes State Prison, Jimmy Simpson Foundation, Komatsu America Corporation, Lake Winnepesaukah and Lookout Mountain Community...
  • 800 New Jobs Coming to Forrest City (Arkansas)

    05/10/2017 10:42:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KARK-TV ^ | May 10, 2017
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release)- Chairman Yafu Qiu (pronounced “Chew”) and leaders of Shandong Ruyi Technology Group (Ruyi) today joined Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and local officials at the State Capitol to announce that the company will invest $410 million in the former Sanyo manufacturing facility in Forrest City, Arkansas. Ruyi, headquartered in Shandong Province, China, will create up to 800 new jobs at the facility, where Arkansas cotton will be spun into yarn for textile use. This is Ruyi’s first facility to locate in North America. “Ruyi Group, as the largest textile manufacturer in China, has been expanding globally,”...
  • SIERRA VISTA — Two School District campuses got awith a visit from an Olympic medalist on Tuesday.

    05/10/2017 3:47:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Monique Brand
    SIERRA VISTA — Two Sierra Vista Unified School District campuses were graced with a visit from an Olympic bronze medalist on Tuesday. Before the first school bell rang at Huachuca Mountain Elementary School, students rode side by side with Olympian Donny Robinson to the campus. His competitive sport is Bicycle Motocross, also known as BMX. At the Carmichael Elementary School campus, the cafeteria was at capacity with students, parents and teachers anxiously awaiting the Olympian’s arrival. “This week is about having an option to walk or bike to school safely,” preschool teacher Rachael Franks said. Franks is also the campus’...