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State says pace of job creation in Wisconsin was strong last month
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The monthly numbers are based on a survey of about 3% of employers and typically are revised.

Predictions of spring increase in gasoline prices come true
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The arrival of gasoline reformulated to meet federal clean air standards has led to a spike in prices at the pump. But experts say the longer-term trend still looks fine for consumers.

BMW M235i xDrive takes 2 Series to its raciest extreme
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BMW made its mark in the U.S. years ago with its 2002, a compact sporty-handling car that could run circles around most other cars. The German automaker nails it again with its latest 2 Series.

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

WaterStone Bank adding investment services
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WaterStone Investment Services will help customers manage their investment dollars“with a focus on understanding their investment risk tolerance and long-term goals,” the bank said.

Chicago private equity firm acquires Germantown-based Gehl Foods
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Wind Point Partners says it will continue to invest in the food manufacturer’s three Germantown and West Bend facilities, which employ more than 330 people.

Government aims to protect low-income users of 'payday' loans
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Washington” Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what's advertised as a brief loan.

FDA to scruntinize unproven alternative remedies
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Washington” Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law but not accepted by mainstream medicine.

New Faces, New Places for March 27
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New Faces, New Places is about personnel changes at Wisconsin businesses.

Roundy's decides not to renew lease on Racine Pick 'n Save store
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Milwaukee-based Roundy's plans to close a Pick 'n Save grocery store at 2210 Rapids Drive in Racine, according to a statement from the company. Roundy's said it will not be renewing the lease on the store when the current lease expires at year-end.

Ho-Chunk sets $10-an-hour minimum wage for its employees
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The $10 minimum will take effect this July. It will apply to the 3,500 people who work for the tribe and its businesses.

Regulators support Madison-to-La Crosse power line
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The state Public Service Commission endorsed a 345,000-volt power line and selected a route that would be about 180 miles long and cost about $580 million.

Wisconsin tops nation in black joblessness, study finds
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At 19.9%, unemployment among African-Americans in Wisconsin last year was the highest of any of the 50 states, according to a study released Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute.

HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant
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New York” Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

Expansion-minded Smart Choice MRI to open fifth imaging center
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Known for its flat rate of $600 for scans, Smart Choice MRI has imaging centers in Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Richfield, and could open 12 to 18 centers in the next 12 months.

Northwestern Mutual to acquire online financial planning firm
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LearnVest, with offices in New York and Arizona, connects consumers with certified financial planners who help develop budgets and other financial planning tools.

Global Water Center officials plan second water technology building
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Less than two years after opening, the water center has leased out 99% of its space, with more businesses seeking offices.

Are you on a waiting list to have your car's recalled air bag replaced? Tell us about it.
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Has your car’s air bag been recalled and are you on a waiting list for repairs?

Thompson Investment Management names new CEO
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Jason Stephens succeeds John W. Thompson, who was promoted to chairman of Thompson Investment Management, which has $3.5 billion in assets under management.

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