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Choir director's career a musical journey
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Richard Hynson’s path from gifted choirboy to musical conductor brought him to Milwaukee in 1987 to be music director of the Bel Canto Chorus.

United Technologies CEO retires
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Hartford, Conn.— Aerospace and building systems giant United Technologies announced Monday the abrupt retirement of CEO Louis Chenevert, and named Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes to succeed him.

Retailers offering faster shipping
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New York— A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Skiing trending toward the wealthy, new study says
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Denver— In 2010, the price of a walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped $100. Aspen quickly followed suit, and ticket prices at resorts across the country have consistently increased in the years since.

Douglas Dynamics acquires Iowa company for $95 million
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Douglas Dynamics Inc., a Milwaukee based manufacturer of snow plows, says it has agreed to acquire an Iowa maker of snow and ice control equipment for $95 million.

Woman wins reversal of negligent homicide conviction in GM ignition switch case
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A Texas woman who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of her fiancee in a 2004 accident involving a since-recalled General Motors Saturn Ion won a reversal of her conviction on Monday.

Madison's Solomo Technology raises additional funding
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Solomo Technology Inc., a Madison maker of software and sensor devices to connect businesses with customers, has raised $331,000 of a planned $1 million offering, according to a filing with federal securities regulators.

Black Friday sales push earlier— some even before Thanksgiving dinner
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This year, holiday shoppers won’t even have a chance to digest the turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving before they start gathering at the doors of retailers.

Program seeks to promote peace through helping businesses
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The Business Council for Peace, or Bpeace, helps provide mentoring for entrepreneurs from countries torn by war or violent crime.

Retailers' own reports cited in push to increase workers' wages
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A Milwaukee shareholder activist is leading the effort to get the pay issue on the annual meeting agendas of several major retailers, including Kohl’s, Target and Wal-Mart Stores.

Trek Bicycle moving Oconomowoc distribution center to Johnson Creek
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Trek Bicycle Corp. is moving to an expanded global distribution center that is now under construction in Johnson Creek.

Dueling development initiatives put Franklin mayor, aldermen at odds
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While Franklin is proceeding with development plans that could eventually total about $330 million in new property values, some city officials are questioning the community’s priorities in pursuing those projects.

Pricey stocks, bonds make a case for currencies
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Given today’s rich valuations in traditional asset markets, and with the advent of exchange-traded funds, smaller investors may want to consider broadening their portfolios to include currencies.

Two bank stocks to make you leave your comfort zone
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Hartland money manager Jon Bruss tends to avoid banks in slower growth areas and ones with weird names. Now, he has invested in both.

Corporate mergers benefit CEOs
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This year’s flurry of corporate mergers may not pay off for shareholders in the long run, but one thing is for sure: The bosses who are selling their companies will do just fine.

Northwestern Mutual uses tower construction as teaching tool
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About 65 college students are participating in a program initiated by Northwestern Mutual to give young adults a chance to meet with the architects, engineers and others behind the Tower and Commons project.

Large companies moving retirees off health care plans
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Relatively few companies have opted to stop offering health benefits to retirees completely. But as health care costs have risen, more firms have taken steps to limit the benefits.

China slashes interest rates to spur economic growth
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China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.

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