Around the South for Dec. 30: KY, TN & NC/SC

Kentucky: Beshear announces broadband network. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) announced last week that the Bluegrass State had signed an agreement with Macquarie Capital in Australia to build a high-speed broadband network across the state. The deal will receive state and federal monies, but Macquarie will provide most of the capital. “For the first time in our history, Eastern Kentucky will be equal to the world in limitless technology, no more boundaries sketched by our terrain,” said US Rep. Hal Rogers (R) in Louisville Business First ……. Tennessee: Haslam backs immigration suit. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has given his support to the multi-state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. Haslam told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press that the challenge, from 25 states, “is not on the basis of the immigration deal but more on the basis of can you do that by executive order.” The Tennessee suit was brought by state Attorney General Herbert Slatery, Haslam’s former legal counsel ……. North Carolina/South Carolina: McCrory, Sanford denounce story on corporate payments. Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) and US Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) have angrily responded to an Associated Press story that the two officeholders received payments from Tree.com, which accelerated their vesting rights in company stock after the two men were elected to office and had left the Tree board. McCrory said in a statement that “The story is misleading, riddled with factual errors …It was written with malice and intent to do harm.” Sanford told Charleston’s Post & Courier that the story was “misleading and inaccurate.” …….