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March 12, 2012

Wisconsin's voter ID law ruled unconstitutional

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess ruled Monday that the state of Wisconsin's new voter ID law is unconstitutional.In a statement, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he will challenge the ruling.Wisconsin's voter ID law is …
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March 12, 2012

MGD 64 being rebranded as Miller64

MillerCoors LLC is bringing a new look and name to its popular ultra-light beer brand.Beginning this month, Miller Genuine Draft 64, more commonly known as MGD 64, will hit the market with a new name Miller64.We found that consumers were calling it …
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March 12, 2012

Christopher Goller to lead PNC Bank in Wisconsin

Christopher Goller, who was a commercial banking leader at U.S. Banks Wisconsin headquarters in Milwaukee, has been named PNC Banks regional president for Wisconsin.Goller will join PNC on March 26, succeeding Beth Wnuk, who previously announced her …
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March 12, 2012

Rio West owner plans waterside restaurant on Canal Street in Milwaukee

Milwaukee restaurateur Russ Davis is seeking a $255,000 loan from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. to renovate a 3,900-square-foot marina building on West Canal Street into a new restaurant.Davis restaurants include the Rio West Cantina in …
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March 12, 2012

Frontier Airlines seeks input on next animal

Frontier Airlines is asking voters to pick which animal -- or insect, perhaps -- should become the next to grace the tail of its aircraft.The Denver-based carrier has opened the contest with 18 contenders. Voting is open at frontierairlines.com from …
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March 12, 2012

M&I relocates Florida HQ to downtown Sarasota

M&I has relocated its Florida regional headquarters to One Sarasota Tower in downtown Sarasota, Fla.M&I, formerly Marshall & Ilsley Bank of Milwaukee and now part of Chicago-based BMO Financial Group (NYSE: BMO), previously had administrative …
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March 12, 2012

Sheboygan's Acuity hiring to fill 50 job openings

Sheboygan property and casualty insurer Acuity said Monday that it is looking to hire 50 new employees after seeing a more than 8 percent increase in its written premium in 2011.Acuity said the growth rate is the strongest it has seen in five years …
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March 12, 2012

Planning to begin on I-43 construction from Glendale to Grafton

The state of Wisconsin is gearing up to start drafting a plan to rebuild and potentially add lanes to a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 43 between northern Milwaukee County and Grafton.The planning will cover the aging surface and interchanges of I-43 …
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March 12, 2012

Rockwell Automation acquires Middleton's SoftSwitching Technologies

Rockwell Automation Inc. announced Monday that it has purchased the assets of SoftSwitching Technologies, a provider of industrial power quality detection and protection systems based in Middleton.SoftSwitching Technologies products are designed to …
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March 11, 2012

Kuttemperoors sell Blue Mound Road office building

A half-full office building on Blue Mound Road in Brookfield will get extensive renovations by its new owner after the Kuttemperoors of VK Development sold it for $700,000.Sarit Singhal, president and chief executive officer of Brookfield-based …
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March 10, 2012

Milwaukee-area home sales increase 25 percent in February

Sales of existing homes in metropolitan Milwaukee increased 24.8 percent in February from the same month one year ago, according to the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.Historically low interest rates and an unprecedented level of …
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March 09, 2012

Police Chief Flynn speaks out on crime, other topics

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn is rarely at a loss for words.Hes now speaking out in an effort to get a portion of federal foreclosure funds that he wants to use to tear down abandoned properties in Milwaukees central city in an effort to …
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