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Study: Fracking doesn’t pose groundwater risks

In a possible foreshadowing of long-awaited findings by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has found “no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination” from the controversial natural gas extraction method known ...

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Is it time to rethink your strategy?

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy Helmuth von Moltke, the Elder, a 19th-century German Field Marshal, penned that phrase sometime in the mid 1800s as he led one of many battles in Europe. The line has been badly ...

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SEC’s whistleblower program is off to a fast start

Charles Polk famously said, “There are no financial incentives for nefarious activities.” That may be true, unless, of course, you happen to be the whistleblower reporting the nefarious activities. In the months following the implementation of the Securities and Exchange ...

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Use credit strategically as the recovery gains strength

The significant tightening of business credit brought by the recession has begun to lift, with a recent analysis of FDIC data by the Investigative Reporting Workshop finding five straight quarters of increasing overall commercial and industrial lending by banks. As ...

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Discrimination is bad for business

I’m glad that Idaho lawmakers are finally taking animal cruelty seriously. Now I wish they could show that level of regard for members of their own species: Gays, lesbians, and transgendered people who are being denied the basic right of ...

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Stop smirking, Grandpa

With great fondness I remember the facial expressions of my grandfather. I remember also that I often could not interpret their meaning. Time, and the Legislature, is teaching me that when grandpa witnessed follies he also had a remarkable view ...

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Business agreements and the Supreme Court

Last week this column discussed the importance of having a “pre-nuptial” agreement whenever two (or more) people decide to go into business together, whether as partners, co-owners of a limited liability company, or shareholders of a corporation. For partnerships, the ...

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Are tax cuts the answer?

To hear supporters tell it, tax cuts are the answer to all that ails Idaho and will launch a golden era of commerce and employment growth. But if you asked them for proof, they’d have a hard time finding it. ...

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A pre-nup for business partners

If you’re planning to “get hitched” with a business partner, you need a pre-nuptial agreement. For a limited liability company, the document is officially called an Operating Agreement. For a corporation, the relevant document is referred to as a “Shareholders’ ...

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