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Tuesday A.M. Report

Supreme Court again rebuffs jailed ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio: The U.S. Supreme Court Monday denied a request by imprisoned ex-Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio for a rehearing on its decision not to hear his appeal of his case. The Supreme Court on Oct. 5 denied Nacchio’s petition to have his case heard and possibly overturned by the justices, letting his conviction stand. Qwest had been one of Minnesota’s 50 largest employers until this year, according to Business Journal research. Read full story

UCare pays clinics $2.5M in pay for performance: UCare paid out nearly $2.5 million to Minnesota clinics and health care providers in its 2008 “pay for performance” campaign, the health plan announced Monday. The payments were up 58 percent from 2007, according to Minneapolis-based UCare, meaning that participating clinics have improved their performance in the quality-of-health measurements UCare takes. Read full story

Delta to close call centers, bring jobs back to the U.S.: Delta Air Lines will shutter call centers in Montreal and London and move some of those jobs back to the United States in a measure to improve efficiency, airline officials confirmed Monday. The closures are part of an alignment of call centers among SkyTeam members Delta and Air France-KLM Group. It is not yet clear where in the U.S. the call agents will be housed or the exact number of jobs to return stateside. Read full story

Proposed Minneapolis apartment complex files for bankruptcy: An apartment complex that had been pitched for the Mississippi River bank, near the Guthrie Theater, has fallen into Chapter 7 bankruptcy. River View Holdings, a Minneapolis-based entity run by Steve Frenz, filed for bankruptcy in U.S. District Court Nov. 13. Frenz announced in 2008 that he planned to develop a 348-unit luxury apartment complex on the site. Read full story

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