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Wisconsin 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

Wisconsin's jobless rate falls to 4.6% in March
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Thursday’s preliminary estimates from the state Department of Workforce Development show that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate improved from 4.8% in February and 5.6% one year earlier.

Marcus Corp. raises dividend 10.5%
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Milwaukee-based hotel and theater operator Marcus Corp. declared a quarterly dividend Thursday of 10.5 cents a common share, a 10.5% increase.

Good Karma Brands partners with mobile sports game provider
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The partnership will give Good Karma an ownership stake in Cover 5 in exchange for featuring marketing endorsements and contests on its ESPN radio stations.

46 pension fund managers awarded six-figure bonuses
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The State of Wisconsin Investment Board last week approved nearly $12 million in bonuses to 142 of its 150 employees. The bonuses are down 10.4% from the record-high amount awarded last year.

WARF leader Gulbrandsen to retire in 2016
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Carl Gulbrandsen has led the organization that commercializes the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s research since 2000.

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