Southern culture on the skids 

Enviros, scientists and regulators jab at its every move, but Southern Co. says it's doing all the right things

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Franklin finished his report, and the audience slowly started to applaud. A man in the front row walked up to Franklin and handed him some papers.

"I've just been given a preliminary report on the [shareholder] vote," he said. "Based on that report with 456 million shares having been counted -- the proposal regarding renewal energy sources has been defeated, receiving 31.6 million votes."

People holding about 7 percent of Southern Co.'s shares wanted the company to head down a different path. The company's remaining shareholders, officers and employees believe Southern is doing just fine.

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