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  • Conn. unemployment insurance tax stokes complaints Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week moving average dipped to 297,250, the lowest reading since April 2006. New York: Down 18,663, due to fewer layoffs in education, transportation and warehousing, and health care and social assistance.

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov.

  • July 30- Journal Communications Inc. and E.W. Scripps agreed to merge broadcast operations and spin off their newspaper businesses into a new publicly traded entity, the media companies said late on Wednesday. The newly formed newspaper entity would combine Scripps' newspapers in 13 markets with Journal Communications' flagship Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday.

  • CHICAGO, July 30- Cargill Inc, one of the nation's largest beef processors, said on Wednesday it plans to close its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, beef-processing plant on Friday, because the size of the U.S. herd has fallen to its smallest in 63 years.

  • Cargill to close beef plant, cites cattle shortage Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle. A Midwest drought in 2011 and 2012 hurt cattle levels, said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin. The Milwaukee plant slaughters live cattle and packages beef products.

  • UPDATE 2-Lower mining spending hits Rockwell Automation Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    *3rd- quarter adj profit, sales miss estimates. July 30- Rockwell Automation Inc, whose automated systems help factories run smoothly, said a decrease in spending by miners globally led to lower quarterly sales outside the United States and in its largest business. "We don't expect to see a pick up in mining," Chief Executive Keith Nosbusch told Reuters.

  • July 30- Rockwell Automation Inc, whose automated systems help factories run smoothly, reported a steeper-than-expected fall in quarterly profit, hurt by lower sales outside the United States and in its largest business.

  • Walker says he would back anti-outsourcing rules Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    Walker has made outsourcing an issue in the governor's race by criticizing Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke for profiting from outsourcing done by her family's company, Trek Bicycle Corp. But the Republican governor has received campaign donations from multiple companies that outsourced jobs, according to campaign finance reports.

  • Officials require more supports beneath oil pipes Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said they had put Enbridge Energy Partners LP on notice following the company's acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953, when the pipelines were laid in the Straits of Mackinac.

  • Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

    Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice presidential nominee is a respected voice within his party.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. regulators and 15 states announced a wave of lawsuits on Wednesday against law firms and mortgage assistance companies they said have scammed borrowers since at least 2011 by falsely promising home loan modifications and other foreclosure relief.

  • Fortune 500 firm Sealed Air moving HQ to Charlotte Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. will consolidate management operations from several states and relocate its New Jersey headquarters to the Charlotte area, where it plans to employ nearly 1,300 jobs in three years.

  • July 22- U.S. motorcycle maker Harley Davidson Inc came late to the offshoring game. For Harley-Davidson, they turned a happy debut into a near-debacle, as its second-quarter earnings released on Tuesday showed.

  • ND wants specifics on backlogged grain shipments Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing Canadian Pacific Railway to provide details of its backlog of grain shipments, saying farmers need detailed information with fall harvest fast approaching. But Sen John Hoeven, R- N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D., and Rep.

  • July 22- Harley-Davidson Inc cut its full-year forecast for motorcycle shipments on Tuesday, citing weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales and a delay in getting its newest bike into dealer showrooms.

  • Harley-Davidson 2Q profit rises 30 percent Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Harley-Davidson Inc. on Tuesday reported net income that climbed by 30 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. The Milwaukee- based company said earnings rose to $354.2 million, or $1.62 per share, from $271.7 million, or $1.21 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • July 22- Harley-Davidson Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday but cut its full-year forecast for motorcycle shipments, citing weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales and a delay in getting its newest bike into dealer showrooms.

  • *Sees 3rd- qtr profit of $1.46- $1.54/ shr vs est $1.45. July 21- Staffing company ManpowerGroup Inc reported better-than-expected second-quarter results and forecast third-quarter profit above analysts' expectations, helped by a pick up in hiring in Europe.