• WAL-MART TO SETTLE BIAS SUIT: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit charging the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer with discrimination on the basis of race against African-Americans in recruiting and hiring truck drivers. Wal-Mart denied any wrongdoing. The settlement is still subject to court approval in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. In addition, Wal-Mart agreed that its logistics division would, among other things, give priority job placements to 23 of the class members and provide direct notice about future job opportunities to all class members.

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