Tuesday A. M. Report

Best Buy to hire 29,000 for holiday shopping season: Best Buy said today that it would hire 29,000 seasonal employees for the holiday shopping season. The Richfield-based consumer electronics retailer made the announcement in a webcast previewing for the media what is traditionally the best selling time of the year. As recently as the 2005 season, Best Buy hired 27,000 workers to help with the gift shopping rush. Read full story

Judge orders Xcel to disclose projects planned at Minnesota plants: A federal judge has ruled that Xcel Energy must give federal regulators plans for capital projects at two of its Minnesota power plants. The order, issued Monday, also denied a request by the Minneapolis-based utility to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Environmental Protection Agency to obtain the information. The EPA filed the lawsuit in June, alleging that Xcel has denied requests for information on planned construction projects at the Sherburne County (Sherco) plant in Becker and the Black Dog plant in Burnsville. Read full story

McKnight awards $63 million in grants: The McKnight Foundation awarded more than $63 million in third quarter grants for 2010. Of the 111 grants awarded, five affordable housing organizations received grants totaling $22.6 million, including $11.1 million over three years to the Family Housing Fund and a three-year $10.45 million grant to the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Read full story

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