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  • Savers stores agree to changes after sued by Minnesota AG Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The Savers thrift store chain has agreed to improve transparency and will not solicit non-clothing donations without compensating charities as part of a settlement with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Swanson said the agreement, approved Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, requires enhanced transparency about the amount...

  • General Mills to slash up to 725 jobs Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— General Mills expects to cut 675 to 725 jobs as it wrestles with sluggish sales. Along with other packaged food makers like Kellogg and Campbell Soup, General Mills Inc. has slashed costs to offset slowing sales growth. General Mills said its current restructuring should be complete by early fiscal 2017, generating annual savings of about $45 to $50...

  • Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    In upholding the tactic, the Supreme Court preserved a legal strategy that has been used for more than 40 years to attack discrimination in zoning laws, occupancy rules, mortgage lending practices and insurance underwriting. Every federal appeals court to consider it has upheld the practice, though the Supreme Court had never previously ruled.

  • H. B. Fuller misses 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 7:55 PM ET

    ST PAUL, Minn. _ H. B. Fuller Co. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $24.6 million. H. B. Fuller expects full-year earnings to be $2.45 per share, with revenue expected to be $2.1 billion. H. B. Fuller shares have declined 5.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Apogee Enterprises posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Apogee Enterprises Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $12.1 million. Apogee Enterprises expects full-year earnings to be $2.10 to $2.25 per share. Apogee Enterprises shares have risen 42 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • America's top 10 states for business in 2015 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Here are the states that get the highest marks for access to capital, skilled labor and the best incentives for businesses of all sizes.

  • The top state's extraordinary economic rebound Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

    In 2011 Minnesota had high unemployment, a deficit and a massive bill owed to schools. Since then, there's been an economic turnaround.

  • America's top states for innovation in 2015 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Top States Technology and Innovation

    These 10 states lead the nation in tech investment, patents and research, which has helped reinvigorate their local economies.

  • Red vs. blue states: The battleground over jobs Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Top States 2015 Red vs Blue

    This year the states are touting their workforces to woo business, the CNBC Top States for Business ranking shows. Dems are making strides.

  • CHICAGO, June 24- FOR LET: 36,000 square-foot cave in central Chicago. When CME Group Inc's futures pits in the cavernous trading floor at the Chicago Board of Trade building fall quiet next month, real estate broker Holly Duran will be working overtime to find a tenant to occupy a storied piece of America's financial history. Prospective candidates could...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— 3 M is buying safety equipment maker Capital Safety from KKR for about $1.8 billion as demand for protective gear grows. 3 M Co., which makes Post-it notes and other products, said Tuesday that increasing demand for worker safety in developing countries is driving sales of equipment. 3 M is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A proposal by Ohio lawmakers would do away with taxes on feminine care products. Greta Johnson, an Akron Democrat, said at a news conference that women spend $6 to $10 of taxable dollars every month on the products, and it's time to help them save money on the essential purchases. Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey already...

  • Nearly 85 percent of the cases were in Iowa and Minnesota. Iowa is the largest egg-producing state, while Minnesota produces the most turkeys. The number of egg-laying hens nationwide fell to 329 million by June 1, down 7 percent from the prior month and 8 percent from a year earlier, the USDA said.

  • One company copes with drought, floods AND bird flu Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Corn and soy crops

    Despite contending with drought, bird flu and flooding in the last year, agribusiness giant Cargill is seen weathering the storm.

  • NEW YORK— General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural. As a result, the reformulated Trix cereal later this year will be made with four colors instead of six, said Kate Gallager, cereal developer for General Mills.

  • BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge has signed off on a $25 million settlement in a lawsuit between wholesale grocers and potato farming associations accused of forming a price-fixing cartel. Associated Wholesale Grocers filed the class-action lawsuit in 2010, contending that potato growers in Idaho and elsewhere conspired to raise prices by restricting the...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • LOS ANGELES— Her male colleagues jokingly call her a forewoman, and Ami Rasmussen jokes right back that she's really a fivewoman because when it comes to building trains she can do the work of five men. Rasmussen, in work clothes and holding a gigantic wrench, is featured prominently in the photo art exhibition "Women Can Build" currently at Los Angeles' historic...

  • SolarCity brings solar gardens in Minnesota Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    SolarCity brings solar gardens in Minnesota

    SolarCity, the largest U.S. residential solar panel installer, is investing $200 million in community solar gardens in Minnesota.

  • MINNEAPOLIS, June 12- By all rights wages should be soaring in Minnesota, a Midwestern state that boasts one of the best educated and well-paid workforces in the United States and where the unemployment rate stands at a 14- year low. But explain that to Bernie Hesse, projects director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Retail workers, who account for...