Former charter school director accused of embezzling $1.38 million

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Former charter school director charged with embezzling $1.38 million
Joel Pourier, former executive director of the Minneapolis Oh Day Aki/Heart of the Earth school, is charged with embezzling $1.38 million from the school to spend it on houses, cars, and strip club adventures. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said "this is just about as bad as it gets."

Swine flu invades St. Paul schools
The St. Paul School District confirmed its first case of swine flu Monday. The student wasn't at her school, Benjamin E. Mays International Magnet, Monday and it was unclear if she would be back by the end of the school year. The school was not closed due to the confirmed case.

Starbucks settles labor organizing complaint
Starbucks agreed to settle a National Labor Relations Board complaint claiming the company violated workers' rights by trying to stop union organizing efforts at Twin Cities stores. The coffee shops will now have notices explaining a worker's right to form or join a union.

Single gun shot injures two on Metro Transit bus
A single gun shot from outside a Metro Transit bus near downtown Minneapolis injured two passengers. There was an argument on the Route 5 bus at Chicago Avenue South and East 15th Street, which led to one passenger exiting through the rear door. As he left, he turned and fired one shot back into the bus. No information yet if the injured riders were the intended targets.

Name change: St. Catherine University
The St. Paul private school that was known as College of St. Catherine for 104 years made their scheduled name change Monday. They are now officially known as St. Catherine University. And we'll continue to just call it St. Kate's.


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