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New Pabst owner envisions bringing brands home
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Eugene Kashper, Pabst’s new owner, is scouting locations in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery, possibly with a tasting room, to make and sample new products.

Mitchell International Airport baggage claim area lightens up
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Work on the more than $40 million renovation of the baggage claim area at Mitchell International Airport is continuing, with a scheduled completion date in summer.

Watertown insurance agent Loren Holzhueter ran $10 million Ponzi scheme, Feds allege
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Insurance agent Loren Holzhueter raked in more than $10 million through a Ponzi scheme run out of his small Watertown insurance agency, the SEC is charging in a securities fraud lawsuit.

Abele taps Dayton airport director Slaybaugh to lead Mitchell International
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Terry Slaybaugh, airport director at Dayton International Airport in Ohio, has been named the new airport director for Mitchell International Airport.

American Family Insurance to feature Jennifer Hudson in Super Bowl ad
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Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson stars in a Super Bowl ad that helps launch American Family Insurance’s new #DreamFearlessly multimedia advertising campaign.

Marten Transport fourth-quarter profit rose 22.8%
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Net income at Marten Transport Ltd. rose 22.8% in the fourth quarter as the trucking company's revenue growth outpaced expenses.

Middleton nanotech company Xolve raises $1.8 million
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Xolve Inc., a Middleton nanotechnology firm, has raised $1.8 million of a proposed $2.8 million funding round, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. shipments increased 54% in 2014
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Milwaukee Brewing Co. shipped 12,000 barrels of beer in 2014, a 54% increase from the previous year, after adding more space to its Walker's Point brewery.

A.O. Smith fourth-quarter earnings rise 25.5%
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A.O. Smith Corp. said Tuesday it posted strong gains in the fourth quarter to end the Milwaukee-based water technology company’s 140th year with record sales.

Oshkosh Corp. earnings fall 40% on decline in military vehicle sales
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Oshkosh said its defense segment revenue fell 44% to $269.3 million, primarily from a decline in U.S. Department of Defense spending but also from an absence of international sales.

Consultant finds sustainable career in green buildings
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Allan Skodowski of Transwestern Sustainability Services in Milwaukee leads a team of sustainability and LEED certification consultants.

Medicare overhaul planned
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Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion health care system.

Milking social media against 'anti-dairy folks'
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New York” The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

Fed likely to remain patient on rate hike
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Washington” The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be"patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

Panel approves second entrance, parking lot for Milwaukee County Zoo
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The new parking lot, with 500 spaces, will replace 700 spaces removed in December from the zoo’s main parking lot as part of the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project.

NBA star Durant, Texans' Watt new American Family spokesmen
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Russell Wilson’s out, and Kevin Durant and J.J. Watt are in ” as spokesmen for American Family Insurance.

Milwaukee County Research Park Corp. offers to take over incubator
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The business incubator needs $8 million to install air conditioning and new windows. Having the incubator owned by the park corporation would improve the chances of obtaining those funds from donors.

Metro-area housing market recovery nearly complete
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An improving economy, a better employment picture and low mortgage rates get most of the credit for the better housing market, and those factors remain in place as 2015 begins.

Democrat Ron Kind supports Obamacare but pushes to repeal medical device tax
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Rep. Ron Kind has taken the lead among House Democrats in pushing to repeal a tax in the Affordable Care Act on medical devices that critics say stifles innovation and costs jobs.

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