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• The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that "Piggly Wiggly Midwest and employees at the company's unionized stores throughout Wisconsin have signed a new contract, ending a labor dispute that threatened to close the chain's flagship Sheboygan store." terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

However, a statement from the two sides said that "all unfair labor practice charges against Piggly Wiggly pending before the National Labor Relations Board and in federal court have been resolved."

• The Associated Press reports that Teamster-represented employees working for Hostess Brands have "narrowly approved new contract terms, raising the possibility that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will stay in business."

However, other employees represented by Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and other smaller bargaining units rejected the contract terms accepted by the Teamsters. And so, Hostess Brands says it will go to court to try to force these contract terms on the other unions, which is necessary if it is going to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

Forbes reports that in the Wake of Walgreen acquiring 45 percent of Alliance Boots for $4 billion plus stock, Alliance Boots is now turning around and spending more than $90 million "to buy a 12 percent stake in China’s Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.," which is described as "the fifth-largest drug wholesaler in China with a network of nearly 350 pharmacies."

• Beginning in November, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom will have a restaurant selling alcoholic beverages - the first time that booze will be available there in the park's 41-year history.

Disney has long offered alcohol at other parks, including the adjacent Epcot, but the Magic Kingdom has long been considered off-limits. However, with the opening of a new French restaurant called "Be Our Guest," after the song from Beauty and the Beast, the company decided to rethink its position for that venue.
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