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  • WASHINGTON— Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. "The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., who...

  • The same conservatives who forced John Boehner out as speaker are making life difficult for Ryan, signaling they'll refuse to vote for an upcoming GOP budget plan that endorses the higher spending numbers from last year. The Wisconsin Republican has built a congressional career as the Republican Party's budget savant, but Ryan is perhaps in his career's most...

  • Utah becomes latest place to debate ending tax on tampons Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:28 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— International debate over whether tampons and other feminine hygiene products should be tax-free has made its way to conservative Utah, where a bill is set to be heard by a committee made up of only men. But the Utah proposal to repeal the tax could face a steep challenge, as some worry the move will put a dent in state revenue streams.

  • Artisan Partners misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:57 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $20.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. Artisan Partners shares have decreased 24 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— The University of Kansas turned to a Wisconsin agency to secure financing for new student housing and new science labs because it needed to move quickly, university officials said Tuesday, as the school sought to answer Republican lawmakers' allegations that it went rogue. "This is a crucially important and exciting project for the university and...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama sent Congress his eighth and final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants. The proposal has dim prospects of winning approval in a GOP- controlled Congress.

  • Regal Beloit reports 4Q loss Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 5:41 PM ET

    BELOIT, Wis. _ Regal Beloit Corp. on Monday reported a loss of $19.3 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.11 per share. Regal Beloit expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.80 to $5.20 per share.

  • WASHINGTON— The main thing to know about President Barack Obama's final, $4 trillion budget is that it comes on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, ensuring it gets minimal attention with all the focus on the White House contenders. Typically, the budget is released on a Monday, but White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Tuesday's release allowed...

  • Revaluing family treasures for the taxman Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 2:50 PM ET
    1954 Ferrari 375 MM

    Art, cars and collectibles passed down are often subject to estate taxes or gift taxes, but their value can be subjective, The NY Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020. GOP lawmakers scoff at the science behind climate change and dismiss Obama's pleas for the issue to be dealt with urgently. Obama on Tuesday plans to send to Congress the spending blueprint...

  • Johnson Outdoor reports 1Q loss Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 5:07 AM ET

    RACINE, Wis. _ Johnson Outdoors Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $534,000 in its fiscal first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Racine, Wisconsin- based company said it had a loss of 5 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Sensient meets 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:41 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Sensient Technologies Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $19.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 71 cents per share. Sensient shares have declined almost 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Badger Meter posts 4Q profit Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 5:51 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Badger Meter Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.5 million. Badger Meter shares have climbed nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Badger Meter, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday that would curb a Justice Department initiative aimed at cutting off perpetrators of fraud from the banking system. The goal of the program, frequently called " Operation Choke Point," has been to hold banks accountable while sniffing out law breakers, according to the department.

  • The $10- per-barrel fee is expected face solid opposition from Republicans who control Congress and oppose new taxes and Obama's energy policies. The White House said the $10 fee would be phased in over five years. The White House said the tax would provide for the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund to ensure the nation maintains its infrastructure.

  • WEC Energy meets 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 8:15 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ WEC Energy Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $179.9 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 63 cents per share. WEC Energy shares have risen 10 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has fallen slightly more than 6...

  • Snap-On beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:45 AM ET

    KENOSHA, Wis. _ Snap-On Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $131.4 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.16 per share. Snap-On shares have decreased 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has fallen slightly more than 6 percent.

  • Roberts sold more than $250,000 in Microsoft stock Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 3:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court's recent decision to step into a relatively unimportant case involving Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming system revealed that Chief Justice John Roberts has sold between $250,000 and $500,000 in Microsoft stock in the past year. Yet in the past few months, Alito has had to sit out a Supreme Court case and Breyer and Roberts...

  • Roadrunner beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 5:21 PM ET

    CUDAHY, Wis. _ Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $12.1 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $502 million.

  • MILWAUKEE— A civil liberties group said Wednesday that it plans to file federal discrimination and harassment complaints after a Wisconsin manufacturer fired seven Muslim employees for violating a company break policy that doesn't provide extra time for prayer. The news of the terminations was first reported by WLUK-TV in Green Bay.