Wal-Mart settles Minn. lawsuit, high property taxes, U students in Playboy again


Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp:

Wal-Mart settles lawsuit for $54.25 million 
Wal-Mart Stores will pay up to $54.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company screwed employees out of break time and let them work off the clock in Minnesota. The suit includes about 100,000 workers who were employed between 1998 and 2008. 

The Pioneer Press breaks it down with new data from the Citizens League of Minnesota. The report rates 117 metro-area property tax rates. Washington County township had the lowest city taxes -- and Minneapolis the highest. One example: Minneapolis' tax rate is 12 times more than West Lakeland Township's and 93 percent higher than St. Paul.

Six University of Minnesota students will be featured for a second time in Playboy's January/February issue. We know you read it for the articles, but now you can tell the cashier you are picking it up to be creepy and look at your classmates naked. Weird? 

Local publishing company, MSP Communications has been selected to produce Sky, the in-flight magazine for the merged Delta and Northwest Airlines. The company says it will bring more than $50 million to the local economy in the next five years and produce at least 25 jobs. Journalists, check this out. 

A former University of St. Thomas employee admitted she embezzled more than $120,000 from the school. The woman worked at the university from 1990 through 2007 and said she used the school's credit card processing system to move money from school bank accounts to her own.