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Court sides with downtown Milwaukee businesses, state regulators in Valley plant case
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A Dane County judge has sided with downtown Milwaukee businesses and state regulators in a case that a utility watchdog group filed to try to give We Energies electric customers a break on their rates.

WEDC helps fund business accelerator for food, beverage cluster
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FaB Wisconsin, which organizes a food and beverage cluster in the state, has received a $115,000 grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for a program that will help companies expand their production and market reach.

Associated Bank settles racial discrimination complaint by HUD
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Green Bay-based Associated will finance almost $200 million in mortgage loans in predominantly minority areas of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota over the three years as part of the agreement.

Business investment climbs as factories thaw from winter
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Orders in the business investment category rose 1% in April, a sign that this important piece of the manufacturing economy may be rebounding from earlier part of year.

Welford Sanders, who led redevelopment of King Drive, dies
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Sanders had been executive director of the nonprofit Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp. since 2001 and was a part-time instructor at UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Oilgear to sell Milwaukee plant, move to smaller location
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The move comes as Oilgear shuts down manufacturing at the plant at 2300 S. 51st St., eliminating 45 jobs.

Charter to buy Time Warner Cable, would dominate Wisconsin market
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Charter, with about 1,900 employees in the state, has agreed to pay $55 billion for Time Warner Cable, which has about 2,000 workers in Wisconsin.

At Minnesota sheet metal fabricator, rebound began on shop floor
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In 2010, Du Fresne Manufacturing abandoned top-down management for a strategy focused on employees, shop-floor suggestions and innovation.

Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable
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Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

Meet the labor leader who will face off with GM
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Cindy Estrada’s journey has taken her from the tomato fields of California to the bargaining table where the United Automobile Workers union and General Motors will forge the future of about 48,500 workers.

Utility customers saved average of almost $190 on heating last winter
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Even though this was one of the coldest winters over the past 30 years, natural gas prices remained low throughout the cold months to help deliver savings for We Energies customers.

Mellowes' steely vision helped build Charter Manufacturing
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John A. Mellowes, chairman emeritus of Charter Manufacturing in Mequon, will be honored Tuesday as the 2014 Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year.

With interest rates flat, analyst looks for other avenues of growth
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You want to pick stocks that will benefit from interest rate hikes, but it helps if the companies can prosper in other ways, says Kimberly Mullarkey of Thrivent Investment Management.

Theme parks turning aging roller coasters into new thrill rides
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What’s an amusement park to do with aging roller coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today’s scream machines? A coaster makeover, of course.

The paradox of stagnant incomes amid technological plenty
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Economists who predicted that the digital revolution would unleash unprecedented improvement in living standards have, so far, had it mostly wrong.

Developer follows downtown growth west
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A pair of developers believe that demand for upscale units is spilling into downtown Milwaukee’s west side, which has long lagged the larger downtown area’s development pace.

Sailboat makers, dealerships have the wind at their backs
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Sailboats have made a comeback, largely the result of smaller, affordable models and a concerted effort to attract young adults and kids through sailing classes.

Plans to replace Bay View lounge with apartments turn sour
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After nearly a half-century whipping up sweet concoctions at At Random, Ron Zeller is ready to hang up his blender. But plans to sell it to an apartment developer caused an uproar.

MSOE students put their innovative prowess on display
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Senior-year projects represent months of work by teams of students that, in some cases, collaborated with area companies to solve a problem or come up with a better idea.

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