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  • GALENA, Ill.— A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois, bursting into flames and prompting officials to suggest that everyone with 1 mile evacuate, authorities said. The BNSF Railway train derailed Thursday afternoon in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, according to company spokesman Andy Williams.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: "Should I choose to be a candidate..." Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the stage over three days in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously avoided...

  • GALENA, Ill.— A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois on Thursday, bursting into flames and prompting officials to suggest that everyone with 1 mile evacuate, authorities said. The BNSF Railway train derailed around 1:05 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, according to company spokesman Andy Williams.

  • Cellular Dynamics reports 4Q loss Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:33 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ Cellular Dynamics International Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $5.8 million in its fourth quarter. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.9 million. Cellular Dynamics shares have decreased 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MIAMI— Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. The case sets up an intriguing political backdrop for states like Florida and Texas, both led by Republican governors staunchly opposed to the law. Florida has more people on the health care plan than any other state and most...

  • MADISON, Wis.— The Wisconsin Assembly has begun debating a right-to-work bill, with a vote expected Friday morning. The Senate passed the bill last week, now it's the Assembly's turn. Speaker Robin Vos said he doesn't expect every Republican to vote for it, but there will be far more than the 50 votes needed.

  • Joy Global's 1Q disappoints, cuts full-year outlook Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Joy Global Inc. said Thursday that its fiscal first-quarter net income fell nearly 52 percent from a year ago as the company's customers bought less of its mining equipment. The company reported earnings of $23.6 million, or 24 cents per share, in the quarter ending Jan. 30. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was...

  • Wisconsin close to becoming 25th right-to-work state Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— With Wisconsin positioned to become the third Midwestern state in as many years to enact a right-to-work law, proponents are touting job growth in Indiana as reason for optimism while detractors say union membership slides in Michigan signal potential problems. Following in the footsteps of Indiana and Michigan, the two most recent states to...

  • Scott Walker's plan to merge Wisconsin's two major economic development agencies would create a new unaccountable entity, minority Democrats on the Legislature's budget committee said Wednesday. The governor's 2015-17 budget proposal calls for merging the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Republican lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday said that the U.S. consumer watchdog should stop attempts to regulate overdraft charges on prepaid cards even as the agency considers tighter rules on the practice. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in November proposed rules to treat overdraft fees on prepaid cards as a form of credit...

  • Roundy's tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Roundy's Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $6.1 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.06 billion.

  • Physicians Realty Trust reports 4Q results Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Physicians Realty Trust on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Milwaukee, said it had funds from operations of $11.3 million, or 22 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations...

  • Republicans on the committee that oversees financial services disagree, and Texas Representative Randy Neugebauer plans to introduce a bill later this week to replace the agency's director with a five-person commission appointed by the president. "Sometimes, I think you are trying to do good, but in the end, what you do creates harm to an industry where people...

  • Weyco posts 4Q profit Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    GLENDALE, Wis. _ Weyco Group Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $8.1 million. On a per-share basis, the Glendale, Wisconsin- based company said it had net income of 75 cents. Weyco shares have fallen nearly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Congressional Republicans sent a message Monday that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: They have ideas to keep the country's health care system from crumbling if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. They were released in the run-up to Wednesday's oral arguments before the Supreme...

  • MADISON, Wis.— Opponents of right-to-work have dominated more than eight hours of testimony in a Wisconsin state Assembly committee that's hearing the fast-tracked proposal. A Senate committee hearing on the measure was cut about 40 minutes short. The Senate passed the bill last week and the Assembly is expected to vote on it Thursday.

  • MADISON, Wis.— Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The state Assembly labor committee's hearing is set to last 10 hours, and the gallery in the hearing room was full when the meeting began Monday morning. Committee Chairman Andre Jacque, a DePere Republican, said people...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being dictated from Washington" during an appearance at the Club for Growth's annual winter meeting. Cruz and Bush are among...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts. President Barack Obama on Monday called on the Department of Labor to write new rules for brokers that seek to reduce conflicts of interest and "...