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Fast, yes, but 2015 Subaru WRX is affordable, fuel efficient
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There are faster cars, but most of them start at $40,000-plus. A few weigh less, but cost much more. None has an all-wheel-drive system at this price, and some are a good deal less fuel-efficient.

Business in Wisconsin
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Business in Wisconsin publishes items of interest about Wisconsin businesses.

NLRB decision goes against McDonald's
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Washington— The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a"joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions.

Kleefisch says Chinese think tank officials predict 'unavoidable' U.S. decline
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The think tank officials’ comments came during a 10-day trade visit to China by Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor and other American politicians.

Georgia-based Pratt Industries to open factory in Beloit
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The $52 million factory for Pratt Industries of Conyers, Ga., is expected to create 140 new jobs and should be operating fully by January 2016.

Appleton Coated sold to management-led group
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The 570-employee Fox Valley company, which operates a large mill in the village of Combined Locks, will continue operations with no substantial changes planned for the immediate future.

Johnson Controls lithium-ion batteries to power hybrid luxury SUVs
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Johnson Controls Inc. said its Michigan battery factory is producing lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid Range Rover sport utility vehicle that goes on sale next year.

'Super Saturday' likely to eclipse Black Friday's sales totals
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For the first time in 10 years, experts say the biggest shopping day of the year may be the final Saturday before Christmas, a day that has become known in retail circles as Super Saturday.

New Faces, New Places for Dec. 19
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New Faces, New Places is about personnel changes at Wisconsin businesses.

Beaver Dam attorney avoids suspension for son's use of client account
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The state Supreme Court rejected the Office of Lawyer Regulation recommendation that attorney Richard Steffes’ law license be suspended for two years and that he pay $10,000 restitution.

County votes to sell lakefront property to developer
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The Milwaukee County Board voted 12-4 Thursday to grant a purchase option for the Downtown Transit Center, 909 E. Michigan St., to Couture developer Barrett Visionary Development.

Regulators won't delay vote on Wisconsin Energy, Integrys deal
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The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 to deny the request by customer groups and large manufacturers to delay action on Wisconsin Energy’s $9.1 billion acquisition of Integrys Energy Group.

Wisconsin has gained back all the private sector jobs lost in recession, state numbers suggest
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Wisconsin gained an estimated 16,500 private-sector jobs in November from October, which suggests that the state has recovered all the private-sector jobs it lost during the national recession of 2008-'09.

Wisconsin health officials release report on raw milk case
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State health officials Thursday made public more evidence that raw milk was the cause of a foodborne illness outbreak that sickened nearly 40 people associated with the Durand High School football team, including many players.

Madison company Vidmaker says it has been acquired by YouTube
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Vidmaker Inc., a Madison company with a video-making platform, has been acquired by YouTube, according to the company's website.

Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.80%
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30-year mortgage rates have hit a new low for the year and lowest point since May 2013. At the beginning of the year, the average rate was 4.53%.

Aurora to publish Quarterly Health of Wisconsin Report
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Aurora Health Care will begin publishing a quarterly report that gauges consumer sentiment on health topics in Wisconsin and compares the survey responses to those of the nation.

Theater results propel Marcus earnings 61% higher
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A strong showing at its theater division helped boost Marcus Corp.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings by 61%, the company reported Thursday.

Wisconsin's private-sector growth rate lags behind nation
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For the 12 months ended in June, Wisconsin added 35,021 private-sector jobs for a 1.5% growth rate, lagging the national growth rate of 2.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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