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  • Actuant misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. _ Actuant Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $24.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in February, Actuant said it expects revenue in the range of $310 million to $320 million.

  • Marcus tops Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Marcus Corp. on Thursday reported profit of $5.2 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Analysts expected $104.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • Coalition of business owners opposes right to work Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— A newly formed coalition of more than 300 construction-related private businesses in Wisconsin announced Wednesday that it will work to defeat a right-to-work proposal being discussed by Republican leaders in the Legislature. Formation of the group comes as talks proceed behind the scenes among Republicans who control the Legislature...

  • MADISON, Wis.— The state Department of Workforce Development overpaid nearly $168 million in unemployment benefits during the last three years and the agency's call centers couldn't handle hundreds of thousands of calls initiating claims, according to a state report released Tuesday. The Legislative Audit Bureau's findings showed the agency identified...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • Groups sue Wisconsin DNR over air standards Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing Wisconsin pollution regulators of failing to update the state's air quality standards to reflect tighter federal restrictions. Clean Wisconsin officials said Wisconsin's lax standards have led to more health problems, including an uptick in asthma among children.

  • Manufacturers seek women for hard-to-fill jobs Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Camry Simon didn't know anything about manufacturing when she signed up for a free 10- week program learning to make metal parts. You're taking a piece of metal and turning it into something, "said the 24- year-old mother, who is now earning an associate's degree and a journeyman's license in Wisconsin in hopes of working in the manufacturing industry.

  • USDA sees higher corn, soybean demand in report Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:09 PM ET

    Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the agency's estimates by about 5 million acres. But there was no such adjustment, and Iowa State University agricultural economist Chad Hart believes the USDA will wait to do in January, if necessary. Changing the number of acres planted— which are reported on...

  • Railroad settles Mississippi River oil spill claim Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A railroad has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations that it failed to adequately clean up a 2008 oil spill that damaged the shoreline and aquatic life in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin. The Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific, would make the payment without admitting wrongdoing to...

  • Lands' End posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    DODGEVILLE, Wis. _ Lands' End Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $18 million, or 56 cents per share, in its fiscal third quarter. The company, based in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, posted revenue of $373.1 million in the period. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Autopsy: Waitress caught head in dumbwaiter Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 6:25 PM ET

    FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.— An autopsy finds that a waitress died of severe head injuries after getting her head caught in a dumbwaiter at a Wisconsin restaurant last week, police said Tuesday. Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork released the autopsy results for 21- year-old Brooke Baures of Chetek, a senior and standout gymnast at Winona State University in...

  • Tax report to Walker offers no recommendations Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    Scott Walker on Tuesday that came out of nearly two dozen meetings around the state concludes that Wisconsin taxes are too high and too complicated, but makes no specific recommendations about what to do about it. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler to gathered input. Complicating any tax cut is the fact that Wisconsin faces a $2.2 billion...

  • WMC says right-to-work, tax cut are priorities Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin's most powerful business lobbying group is calling on the Legislature to pass a right-to-work law, something Republican Gov. The state Department of Transportation is calling for $751 million in tax and fee increases, including raising the gas tax and imposing a new registration fee on electric and hybrid cars, to pay for road repairs...

  • Criminal probe after gas evacuates 'furries' event Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    The Rosemont Public Safety Department said someone apparently intentionally left a powder that appeared to contain chlorine in a ninth-floor hotel stairway, causing the gas to spread. "In walk all these people dressed like dogs and foxes," said Pieter Van Hiel, a 40- year-old technical writer from Hamilton, Canada, chuckling as he recalled the crowd being herded...

  • Railroad attorney makes case for compensation Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— A Canadian Pacific Railway attorney tried Tuesday to persuade the state Claims Board to hand the railroad more than half a million dollars for helping develop a high-speed rail plan before Gov. The railroad wants $500,715 for work performed in 2009 and 2010 to help the state prepare a bid for federal funding to build the line between Madison and...

  • Criminal probe after gas evacuates 'furries' event Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 1:08 AM ET

    ROSEMONT, Ill.— Dressed as rabbits, foxes and dragons, the costumed delegates to an annual conference chatted and exchanged high-paws as they filed out of a suburban Chicago hotel and across the street to a convention center that was hosting a dog show. "In walk all these people dressed like dogs and foxes," said Pieter Van Hiel, a 40- year-old technical writer from...

  • Agencies investigate student's dumbwaiter death Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.— Federal and state regulators have launched separate investigations into the death of a Winona State University student who died while working at a restaurant in western Wisconsin. Twenty-one-year-old Brooke Baures was found dead in a food elevator at WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City Monday night. The federal Occupational...

  • Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Maine paper mill Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    OLD TOWN, Maine— A bankruptcy court judge on Friday approved the $10.5 million sale of a shuttered paper mill to a Wisconsin company that wants to reopen it and bring back about 200 workers by year's end. Expera, which owns four paper mills in Wisconsin, contends it can strengthen the Old Town operation because it's financially strong and stable with growing...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- Thousands of U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched in nearly 200 cities around the United States on Thursday including Chicago and Boston to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the largest in the city, chanting "We can't...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched for higher pay in Chicago, Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday as demonstrations advocating for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights in about 190 cities began around the United States. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the largest in the...