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  • Dirk Bak

    If there is a silver lining to Minnesota's current business climate, it's that the legislature was forced to repeal biz sales taxes.

  • Gas is flared as waste from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 22, 2014 near Buttonwillow, Calif.

    Demand is up for sand used in fracking, which blasts it into wells to crack rock and release oil and natural gas.

  • This photo illustration shows a man looking at the bitcoin exchange website of Mt. Gox in Tokyo last February.

    The failed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange, Mt.Gox, received court approval on Tuesday to begin Chapter 15 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.

  • While high commercial real estate rents can impede a state's growth, they can also exemplify the value of a location.

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

    Republican Gov. Rick Perry tells CNBC that he doesn't "necessarily condone" what he referred to as the gay "lifestyle," nor does he "condemn it either."

  • Gov. Perry on same-sex marriage

    Gov. Rick Perry, (R-Texas), shares his thoughts on gay marriage and is asked why he equated it to alcoholism.

  • Gov. Perry addresses immigration issues

    It's really fairly simple - secure the border, says Gov. Rick Perry, (R-Texas), sharing his views on immigration and securing the U.S. borders.

  • Texas' pitch to Tesla

    Gov. Rick Perry, (R-Texas), discusses his efforts to recruit Tesla to build a factory in his state.

  • Employee Nikki Bush stocks acrylic paint at a Michaels Stores Inc. location in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Michaels' IPO, which has been planned for the last two years, will finally take place this summer, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • Lake Cachuma, the primary source of drinking water along California's Central Coast, has dropped 50 feet and is at 35 percent capacity.

    Some S&P 500 companies in conservative states already are managing weather shifts, according to a new report. Inside the climate change fight.

  • PEOPLExpress jet at Newport News/Williamsburg airport.

    A new Virginia-based airline will charge for overhead bin space, as well as all on-board beverages.

  • Motorola Moto X smartphones being assembled at the Flextronics International factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit will close its Texas factory by the year's end, Motorola spokesman Will Moss confirmed after a WSJ report.

  • PEOPLExpress airlines re-emerges.

    Reviving the name of an old low-cost airline, PEOPLExpress aims to offer service on routes that have disappeared amid consolidation.

  • Dried and cracked earth on an unplanted field at a farm near Mendota, Calif.

    As drought bakes nearly half the country, an expert says we may have to return to the days of WWII to ease the pain.

  • As the makers of Sriracha battle to stay open in California, legislators from Texas are wooing them to move to the Lone Star State—USAT.

  • Bottles of the Sriracha hot sauce travel down a conveyor belt at the Huy Fong Foods Inc. facility in Irwindale, California.

    Sriracha hot sauce maker Huy Fong Foods has been feeling the heat in Irwindale, California, over whether the factory emits spicy smells that harm the neighbors. CNBC's Scott Cohn and Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Texas), discuss why Texas is wooing the company hoping to net a new deal and jobs.

  • A woman with the Army Corps of Engineers and a representative from FEMA document a destroyed home November 28, 2012 in a residential area of New Dorp Beach in Staten Island.

    The impact of climate change has never been more present with droughts, storms and tornadoes. But this change has a cost and it's for you to pay.

  • Freeport-McMoRan is selling its Eagle Ford Shale assets in Texas to an Encana subsidiary for $3.1 billion.

  • In this photo made on Saturday, March 1, 2014, William Saum stands near his front porch in Clarksburg, W. Va. In March of 2013, a truck carrying drilling water overturned onto a car carrying his wife and two young sons. Both children, 7-year-old Nicholas Mazzei-Saum and 8-year-old Alexander, were killed.

    Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation's roads.

  • A Comcast truck in Pompano Beach, Florida

    Comcast is merging with Time Warner Cable and within a year the X1 cable service should be available to customers in L.A. as well as in New York.