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Business group trying to cut Citizens Utility Board funding
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The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce pushed Republican lawmakers to make a change that could cripple a group that advocates for consumers when utilities seek rate increases.

Money manager has an appetite for snack-makers
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Whether it’s apples and bananas or cookies, chips and chocolate, snacks are the perfect complement to a society on the go, said Mark Hilgendorf of Associated Trust Co.

Badger Fund of Funds already a success
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The Badger Fund of Funds has yet to make a single investment, but it can be argued it’s already a success.

Kohl's, Manpower, A.O. Smith, Marcus post double-digit gains
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While the broad stock market plodded out of the gate in the first quarter of 2015, shares of some of Wisconsin’s most prominent companies raced ahead.

Sale of Madison company could be a big step for stem cell research
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Sale of Madison’s Cellular Dynamics International Inc. should end the company’s nagging financial struggles and could prove to be the moment that stem cell technology came of age.

Agency reduces overbilling claim against family-planning clinics
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After telling two family-planning organizations last year that they owed a total of $3.5 million for overbilling Medicaid, a state agency has lowered the amount by 93%.

Toyota Sienna offers safe, comfortable ride
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Toyota’s Sienna is a fine people and cargo hauler that also offers all-wheel drive, making it perfect for wintry Wisconsin.

Boom puts spotlight on renewing solar tax break
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The industry’s lobbying arm, the Solar Energy Industries Association, is working overtime to keep the incentive ” the investment tax credit, or ITC ” on the books past 2016.

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

ZBB to enter supply agreement with China's Solar Power
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ZBB Energy Corp. plans to enter into a major supply agreement that could mean $120 million in future sales for the Menomonee Falls-based maker of energy storage systems and zinc bromide batteries.

Baylake Bank owner posts 7% increase in 1Q earnings
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Sturgeon Bay-based Baylake Corp. posted net income of more than $2.2 million, or 24 cents a share, up from $2.1 million, or 23 cents, a year earlier.

Manitowoc wins ruling blocking Sany Heavy cranes from U.S.
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Sany Heavy infringed a Manitowoc patent and stole trade secrets, the U.S. International Trade Commission said, according to a notice posted by the agency Thursday in Washington.

USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in US
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After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

Awards tout efforts to improve distressed neighborhoods
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A central city park created from a vacant lot and a former brewery building converted into a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee school are among the winners of this year’s Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation.

States move to ban powdered alcohol
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Six states have already outlawed powdered alcohol, and lawmakers in about 30 other states, including Wisconsin, have introduced similar bills this year.

New Faces, New Places for April 17
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New Faces, New Places is about personnel changes at Wisconsin businesses.

Veolia to sponsor water engineering competition
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Veolia Water North America, a global supplier of large-scale water treatment systems, will sponsor a national competition to reward entrepreneurship and innovation in water engineering.

New group focuses on Milwaukee harbor redevelopment
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An effort to redevelop the area near Milwaukee’s harbor, a project that could potentially be as large as the Menomonee Valley redevelopment, is proceeding with a newly formed public-private group.

Associated Bank says net income increased to $45.4 million during first quarter
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Associated is the largest bank based in Wisconsin

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