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Federal Court Case Will Put Accurate Pepper Labeling To The Test

It is a seasoning found on practically every dinner table — but the commonly-used spice is at the heart of a federal legal battle. The packaging of ground pepper has relied on uniformly-sized tins which were sold in two-, four- and eight-ounce sizes for decades.

06/16/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Telemarketers Still Call?

In 2014, almost 50,000 Minnesotans complained to the Federal Trade Commission about telemarketers and robocalls. These people are on the Do Not Call List, but are still being interrupted by the ringing phone.

06/11/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use The Numbers 911 For Emergencies?

Every day, 650,000 people call 911. For some of us, it is the first phone number we learn. It has become such a part of our lives that we even hear stories of 3-year-olds using it to get help. So, that had Kendal and her great-aunt Cathe wondering: Why do we use the numbers 911?

06/10/2015

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FTC: Family Raised $187M For Cancer, Spent It On Themselves

A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

05/19/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Gas Prices Go Up Faster Than They Go Down?

Most of us don’t have a hard time finding the words to describe our feelings about the record-high gasoline prices facing Minnesota drivers. “Ridiculous” and “crazy” came from some gassing up in Uptown Minneapolis on Wednesday.

05/22/2013

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Government Says It Is Investigating A St. Cloud Data Broker

The government says it will investigate companies that collect and sell personal information about consumers to determine whether they need to improve their privacy practices.

12/18/2012

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General Mills Sites Under Fire For Data Collecting Practices

General Mills is under investigation for the way it markets to children online.

08/22/2012

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Good Question: Does The Do-Not-Call List Really Work?

It’s the year’s busiest shopping season and companies want to get you however they can – even if it means calling you during dinner time.

12/22/2011

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Good Question: Does The Do-Not-Call List Really Work?

It’s the year’s busiest shopping season and companies want to get you however they can – even if it means calling you during dinner time.

11/28/2011