First Business

March 30, 2012

Zaafaran downtown restaurant closed

Zaafaran, a downtown Milwaukee Thai and Indian restaurant, apparently has closed after less than one year in business.The restaurants phone has been disconnected and no one responded to an email Friday to the Zaafaran website. Zaafaran, 780 N. …
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March 30, 2012

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett enters governor's race

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will make his third run for Wisconsin governor, announcing Friday that he will be a candidate in the May 8 Democratic primary to challenge Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election.Barrett joins a Democratic primary …
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March 30, 2012

Federal court strikes down part of Walker union law

A federal court has struck down portions of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that sharply cut back the collective bargaining rights of state employees, ruling that certain provisions violated unions' First Amendment rights.Judge William Conley …
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March 30, 2012

Fundraising slow for Romney, Republicans in Wisconsin

Scott Beightol, who co-chairs the Mitt Romney campaign in Wisconsin, doesnt exactly feel like the Maytag repairman but he does admit fundraising has yet to really get in gear in the state.The reason: The Scott Walker recall election scheduled for …
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March 30, 2012

Michaels Stores files for IPO

Michaels Stores Inc., the Irving, Texas-based arts and crafts retailer, will sell an estimated $500 million shares in an initial public offering, according to documents filed Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Michaels expects …
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March 30, 2012

Milwaukee still in running to host social media event

The city of Milwaukee remains in the running to host the 2012 Social Media Tourism Symposium after knocking off Lehigh Valley, Pa., in the first-round of online voting.Milwaukee, which garnered 2,023 votes compared with 752 for Lehigh Valley, moves …
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March 30, 2012

Former Borders, Jewel/Osco CEO joins Roundy's board

Roundy's Inc., the Milwaukee-based parent of Pick 'n Save and other Midwest grocery chains, said Gregory Josefowicz, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of retail experience, has been elected to Roundy's board of directors.Josefowicz has …
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March 30, 2012

Hector Molina to call White Sox on ESPN Deportes

Hector Molina, who has performed play-by-play duties for Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts on local Telemundo station WYTU-LD (Channel 63.1), has been hired to call Chicago White Sox games in Spanish on the ESPN Deportes radio station in Chicago, …
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March 30, 2012

Manufacturing career expo set for Wisconsin State Fair Park

Plans are underway for a major recruitment event designed to connect Milwaukee-area manufacturers with job seekers who have demonstrated that they are work-ready.The Milwaukee Manufacturing Career Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May …
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March 30, 2012

Caterpillar adding parts distribution center in Mexico

Caterpillar Logistics Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said Friday that it is adding a parts distribution center in Mexico.Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), an equipment manufacturer with mining equipment headquarters …
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March 30, 2012

Slideshow: I-94 'megaproject' keeps construction firms busy

The Interstate 94 project has reached $558.1 million in contract awards in three years, but still only is 34 percent complete with much more work to come.Former Gov. Jim Doyle kick-started the estimated $1.9 billion project on March 23, 2009. …
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March 29, 2012

Enough signatures verified to hold Walker recall election

Government Accountability Board officials have determined that petitioners trying to recall Gov. Scott Walker collected enough signatures to hold an election, recommending the board deny a challenge Walkers office had filed.Board staff members who …
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