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Panel gives preliminary approval to city's part of Bucks arena package
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Milwaukee’s $47 million share of the $250 million public financing package proposed for a new Bucks arena received a preliminary approval Thursday.

Survey pegs Independence Day cookout spending at $6.6 billion
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Americans will spend almost $6.6 billion on food for cookouts during the upcoming holiday weekend, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day survey.

Lucigen wins $1.5 million grant to develop cloning technology
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Gene cloning technology could allow Lucigen to expand from tools for working with bacterial proteins to other disease-related areas, the Middleton company said.

Sargento to expand in northeastern Wisconsin
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The $30 million project, which is expected to create 140 jobs, will receive $735,000 in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs in June as jobless rate drops to 5.3%
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The the nation’s unemployment rate declined to 5.3% last month from 5.5% in May, but not entirely for reasons that are welcome.

Johnson Controls completes joint venture in China
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Creating the world’s largest car interiors supplier, Shanghai-based Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, is part of Johnson Controls’ moves to scale back its focus on the auto industry.

Milwaukee vodka company Griffon Brands LLC thinks inside the box
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Despite stiff competition from name brands, Eric Clappier and Bill Hersch launched Griffon Brands LLC, a Milwaukee company targeting a specific niche: premium boxed straight vodka.

Focus on Energy offers discounts on power-saving LED bulbs
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Homeowners looking for savings on utility bills can save more by buying LED bulbs that now come with special discounts from Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program.

Justice Department probing possible airline collusion to keep fares high
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Airlines have eliminated unprofitable flights and filled a higher percentage of seats as average domestic airfares, adjusted for inflation, rose 13% from 2009 to 2014.

Woodman's launches partnership with GrocerKey for online sales
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GrocerKey has pulled in a $690,000 funding round led by Woodman’s. And the soon-to-be 16 store chain is using GrocerKey’s software to launch an online store for one of its Madison properties.

Uncertain growth seen for Midwest manufacturing
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Don’t expect much of an increase in the growth outlook for some Midwest manufacturing companies in the second half of the year, but there are some encouraging signs, according to a BMO Capital Markets report.

Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage
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They’re called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay might be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine products
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Washington— Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.

Apple loses e-book appeal
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Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices in 2010 when it entered a market that had been dominated by Amazon.com, a divided federal appeals court panel said Tuesday.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds PSC's wind farms ruling
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In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined an impact report did not need to be prepared before the agency submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature.

Shine Medical Technologies receives $150,000 National Science Foundation grant
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Shine Medical Technologies Inc., a Monona company that is building a factory to produce radioactive isotopes used in medical imaging tests, said Tuesday morning it has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Alaska Airlines service to Seattle begins Wednesday
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Alaska Airlines will be competing with Southwest Airlines on the nonstop Milwaukee to Seattle route

Supreme Court to decide issue of dues for government employee unions
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A group of teachers want the court to overturn a 38-year-old legal precedent that said unions can require nonmembers to pay for bargaining costs as long as the fees don’t go toward political purposes.

Manufacturing index contracts for a third straight month
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The seasonally adjusted purchasing managers index was 46.55 in June. An index score below 50 indicates a decline in market conditions.

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