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Top News & Analysis Wisconsin

  • PITTSBURGH-- Shares of Wesco International jumped 10 percent before the markets opened Thursday after the company edged out profit expectations for the third quarter and announced the acquisition of a Canadian electrical supply company. The company also announced a deal to acquire EECOL Electric Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, for about $1.16 billion.

  • An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • MILWAUKEE-- Water-heater maker A.O. Smith's net income dropped 80 percent from last year's third quarter, when it gained from an asset sale. A.O. Smith raised its full-year earnings forecast, saying it expects its business to continue to perform well through the end of the year.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- A survey by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says food prices dipped slightly between July and September. In the third quarter of 2012, the total was $49.60. Federation spokesman Casey Langan says there are no apparent trends affecting food prices right now.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican candidates for the Senate in conservative-leaning states generally outraised their Democratic opponents in the latest fundraising quarter ending Sept. 30, but Arizona proved an exception as former surgeon general Richard Carmona raised nearly $500,000 more than Republican Jeff Flake.

  • NEW YORK-- An analyst says that Johnson Controls' agreement to buy battery maker A123 Systems' automotive assets is a good strategic fit and gives it access to new lithium ion battery technology. Johnson Controls Inc., an auto parts and building equipment maker, plans to keep A123 plants open and sell the company's lithium-ion battery technology.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- Hunters shot and killed at least four wolves in the opening 24 hours of Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. Another hunter in Vilas County took a female at 8:30 a.m. A third hunter killed a female at 4:30 p.m. in Iron County and a fourth killed a male at 6:15 p.m. in Eau Claire County.

  • Scott Walker is touting the deposit of nearly $109 million into the state's rainy day fund, money that can be tapped in an emergency. The deposit announced Monday comes after the state ended the last fiscal year in June with a surplus of about $342 million.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- Wisconsin's first organized wolf hunt got under way Monday even as animal welfare advocates demanded federal officials return Great Lake wolves to the endangered species list. Mark Dahms, a 54- year-old electrician from Waukesha in suburban Milwaukee, was one of 1,160 people to win the right to buy a license through a state lottery.

  • "It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- The majority of Wisconsin public school districts will see less money in state aid this year. The state Department of Public Instruction said Monday that 64 percent of districts, or 272 out of 424, will get less money than they did last school year.

  • SKOWHEGAN, Maine-- A Maine ice cream company has taken home the top ice cream prize at a national dairy product contest for the third straight year. Gifford's Ice Cream was named the Ice Cream Grand Champion at the 2012 World Dairy Expo, held earlier this month in Madison, Wis..

  • The signs will be up through the Nov. 6 election day in the Cleveland and Milwaukee areas and were paid for by an anonymous " Family Foundation," according to a spokesman for Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns the billboards and placed the signs.

  • --Carl Icahn has offered to buy all the outstanding shares of specialty vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp..

  • --U.S.-based printing company Quad/Graphics Inc.. has entered into a preliminary agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of printer Vertis Holdings Inc.. Rating Action On Oct. 12, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services placed its ratings on Sussex, Wisc.- based printer Quad/Graphics Inc. on CreditWatch with negative implications.

  • WASHINGTON-- Fierce and focused, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan gave voters the kind of substantive showdown that was everything the presidential debate was not. "Not a single thing he said is accurate," Biden shot back when Ryan leveled a charge that President Barack Obama was projecting U.S. weakness.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a fiscal conservative and critic of federal handouts, has sought for his constituents in Wisconsin an expansion of food stamps, stimulus money, federally guaranteed business loans, grants to invest in green technology and money under President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

  • DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

  • Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican rival, Paul Ryan, faced off on Thursday in their only debate before the Nov. 6 presidential election. Here is some fact-checking of claims made by the candidates. RYAN: ECONOMIC GROWTH IS SLOWER NOW.