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  • Online and Classroom Learning Blended in New Metro Area School

    Nearly 14,000 Minnesota students go to school virtually from the comforts of their own home using online curriculum. But a new school, set to open this fall, believes independent learning often leaves students missing out on a part of growing up. The school called Flex Academy calls it blended learning...

  • Photo: Wikimedia GlaxoSmithKline Discloses New Bribery Inquiries

    British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is looking into allegations of bribery within its operations in Jordan and Lebanon. The company said Wednesday that it started looking into the conduct of "a small number of individuals" in December. It says the investigation is ongoing...

  • This Oct. 24, 2013 file photo shows a youth checking his smartphone in Glenview, Ill. Wireless Industry Makes Anti-Theft Commitment

    A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft...

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, the logo for General Motors decorates the entrance to a former UPS facility. GM to Ask Bankruptcy Court for Lawsuit Protection

    General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy. The automaker's strategy is in a motion filed in a Corpus Christi, Texas, federal court case, and in other cases across the nation that involve the defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall 2.6 million small cars...

  • Obama, Biden to Announce $600M for Job Grants

    Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs...

  • Average Prices for Minn. Homes on the Rise

    The average price of homes in Minnesota continues to climb. In March, prices were up 5.3 percent compared to March prices a year ago. The median home price was $168,500. The Minnesota Association of Realtors stressed the economic impact that a vibrant real estate market has on a community...

  • BBB Warns of Pet Breeding, Selling Website Scams

    There has been an increase in fake pet breeder and seller websites in the Twin Cities area and the scammers have been taking a bite out of people's finances. On at least three separate occasions, consumers thought they were dealing with real businesses, but were swindled out of hundreds of dollars instead...

  • Shutterfly Hosts Job Fair to Staff New Shakopee Facility

    Job hunters have a chance to work for Shutterfly Inc. Starting Tuesday, the internet image publishing company is hosting a two-day hiring event to staff its new manufacturing facility in Shakopee. The job fair will focus on manufacturing, printing and warehousing roles...

  • HCMC to Build New $191M Clinic in Downtown Mpls.

    Hennepin County Medical Center will build a new $191 million clinic in downtown Minneapolis, HCMC officials announced Monday. The 322,000-square-foot clinic and specialty center is meant to expand the hospital's downtown campus, according to a release...

  • INTERVIEW: Upcoming Tax Deadline Resources

    Its just two days away from the Internal Revenue Service's tax deadline on April 15. KSTP sat down with Virginia Harn, a CPA with Clifton Larson Allen, on Sunday morning for more information for those who are still wrapping up their taxes...

  • Leah Moffitt pounds a tap into a maple tree on land owned by the Passamaquoddy tribe near Jackman, Maine. Tribe Banks on Syrup for Sweet Relief from Poverty

    The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine...

  • Chances of Getting Audited by IRS Lowest in Years

    As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns...

  • Minneapolis Sidewalk Sales Ordinance Changing

    The City of Minneapolis is looking into enhancing business practices by revamping its sidewalk sales ordinance. The proposal has passed one hurdle. The proposal would require at least five feet of right of way next to any display. That is a foot longer than what's required for a sidewalk café...

  • Lino Lakes Business Owner Arrested for Fraud while Trying to Flee Country

    The owner of a massage parlor in Lino Lakes was arrested and accused of posting fraudulent charges on customer accounts while attempting to flee the country Thursday, according to authorities. Stephanie Rae Lasch was intercepted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport while boarding a flight to Beijing with her husband, authorities said...

  • New, Improved Town Hall Brewery Opens in Mpls.

    Minnesotans can now enjoy more beers and a bigger brewery at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. KSTP received a sneak peek of the new restaurant and if you've been there before it's practically unrecognizable. The new brewery moved downstairs and expanded, and that means more beer...

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo, the logo for General Motors decorates the entrance to a former UPS facility. GM Making a New Repair in Recalled Cars

    General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect. That will add to GM's recall-related expenses. GM on Thursday said it expects to take a charge of $1.3 billion in the first quarter, up from an earlier estimate of $750 million...

  • Patent Troll Crackdown Stalls as Debate on Reform Bill Delayed in D.C.

    From small businesses to some of our state's largest employers, it's an issue many Minnesotans are following closely. Five Eyewitness News has previously reported on "patent trolls" targeting local businesses with demanding letters, threatening lawsuits. But the push to stop them seems to have stalled in Washington, D.C...

  • Organic Farm Opens in Former Hamm's Brewery

    The former Hamm's Brewery in St. Paul is producing again, but not what you think. A farm has moved into the building that has been vacant since 1997. Dave Haider is one of the co-founders of Urban Organic, the new occupant of the Hamm's Brewery  says when his farm is up to full potential it will ship an impressive amount of fresh produce. "We can turn out about 1-million pounds of organic produce each year."...

  • Photo: AP/Jim Mone Minnesota Lawmakers Boost Minimum Wage to $9.50

    Minnesota's minimum wage will climb to $9.50 by 2016 and go up automatically in future years under legislation bound for Gov. Mark Dayton's signature. The state House gave final approval Thursday to a bill raising Minnesota's minimum in three stages. Dayton says he'll sign it. When fully phased in, Minnesota will go from having one of the nation's lowest minimum wages to one of the highest...

  • Twin Cities Restaurants Forced to Raise Pork Prices

    Bacon lovers - be warned. The cost of the salty meat treat is going up soon all because of a nasty virus found in pigs. "This is only one day's worth," said Jason Mann as he opened up the smoker at Hickory Hut in St. Paul. It was full of pork. Hickory Hut sells about 2,000 pounds of it every week. Next week though, they're raising prices... 

  • Image: Family Dollar Family Dollar to Close Stores as Shoppers Pinched, Minn. Impact Unclear

    Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said Thursday that will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic items...

  • Dieters Move Past Calories, Food Makers Follow

    Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people's favorite foods...

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons Allegiant Air to Pull Out of Rochester Airport

    Allegiant Air says it is pulling out of the Rochester International Airport and will end its weekly nonstop flights to Arizona on May 14. Allegiant began offering two weekly nonstop flights to Mesa, Ariz., in November 2012. The airline hoped to serve as a connection between Rochester and Mayo Clinic's Phoenix campus...

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, photo, recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaks with job seeker Monic Spencer during a career fair in Dallas. Applications for US Jobless Aid Dip 32K to 300,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 316,250...

  • Photo: AP, File 'Heartbleed' Computer Bug Causes Major Security Headache

    A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information...

  • New Online Security Risk 'Heartbleed' Exposes Just About Everyone

    Security researchers have found a big, software security problem for two-thirds of the Internet. The gaping security hole is great concern to anyone who shops online, banks online, uses email or social media sites...



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