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August 28, 2012

Slideshow: This week in photos - Aug. 24

Each week, we run a lot of great photos in The Business Journal to go along with our many breaking news and feature stories. We always have additional photos ones that help tell and illustrate the stories that we are writing about but there is not …
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August 28, 2012

Sustainability report: Wisconsin ranks high in income equality, manufacturing jobs

Wisconsin has the highest high school graduation rate in the country, is the sixth-most equal state in terms of income equality and is still king when it comes to manufacturing, according to a sustainable business report published Tuesday.The 2011 …
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August 28, 2012

Briggs & Stratton Alabama plant to narrow product focus

The Briggs & Stratton Corp. plant in Auburn, Ala., will soon manufacture solely twin cylinder engines, the company announced Tuesday.The decision for the plant, starting its 18th year of production, to transition from making several products to just …
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August 28, 2012

Valerie Daniels-Carter featured in New York Times

Valerie Daniels-Carter doesnt talk to the press often, but when The New York Times called recently, she answered.Daniels-Carter, president and CEO of V&J Holding Cos. Inc., Milwaukee, is profiled in a feature called The Boss in the Times Sunday …
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August 27, 2012

Milwaukee's newest TV station: WeatherNation

Metro Milwaukee has a new broadcast television station that is carrying the WeatherNation TV network.The station, WIWN-TV, is airing on digital broadcast channel 68.1. The station is broadcasting from the Milwaukee Public Television tower on …
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August 27, 2012

Marcus Corp. looking to acquire Nebraska hotel

The Marcus Corp. is trying to acquire a hotel in Lincoln, Neb., potentially its first acquisition since forming a hotel investment division last year, according to an analyst who follows Marcus.Marcus (NYSE: MCS), Milwaukee, has acquired a liquor …
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August 27, 2012

Hertz buys Dollar Thrifty for $2.3 billion

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. will spend $2.3 billion to purchase Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., its car rental rival that has operations throughout several states, the Associated Press reports.Park Ridge, N.J.-based Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) will pay …
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August 27, 2012

Poll: Only 41% of voters think Obama economic plan is working

Today's a day of policy briefings, polls, parties and protests at the Republican National Convention since most official proceedings were put off until Tuesday thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac.That postponement made parking easily available in …
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August 27, 2012

MATC, DWD announce manufacturing apprenticeship to address skills gap

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Milwaukee Area Technical College on Monday announced a new entry-level Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship to help address the skills gap many Wisconsin manufacturers say theyre …
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August 27, 2012

Study: Benefits of Wisconsin’s smoke-free law spread from work to home

A new health study released Monday finds that exposure to secondhand smoke has dropped both inside and outside of Wisconsin residents homes since a statewide smoke-free law went into effect in July 2010.Conducted by the University of Wisconsin …
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August 27, 2012

Bon-Ton closing Carson's in Calumet City

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. is closing its Carsons store in Calumet City, Ill., the company said Monday in a news release.Bon-Ton, based in Milwaukee and York, Pa., decided not to renew the lease in River Oaks Mall that expires in January, the release …
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August 27, 2012

WHEDA awards $500,000 for improvements to special needs housing

Nearly 500 special-needs housing units will be improved in Milwaukee County with almost $225,000 in state grants awarded Monday.The grant program, administered by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, helps pay for construction …
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