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Economy expected to rebound
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The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.7% annual rate in the first three months of the year, depressed by a severe winter and a widening trade deficit.

Big apple crop hurts Washington growers
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A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers.

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

Audi A3 TDI turbo diesel good on gas, fun to drive
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The Audi A3 is boxy, compact and easy on fuel, but handles like a sports sedan.

Ethanol supporters 'disappointed' with EPA proposals
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Friday, the EPA released the Renewable Fuels Standard proposals for three years, but the proposals fall short of renewable fuel levels set by Congress.

Madison software developer Cellara raises funds
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Cellara expects to help stem cell scientists work more efficiently by developing software that can capture and search their data and assist in sharing protocols.

Marcus Theatres completes upgrades at three area cinemas
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Majestic Cinema of Brookfield, South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek and South Shore Cinema in Milwaukee have seen improvements ranging from leather reclining chairs to new restaurants.

Xcel Energy proposes doubling fixed charges on electric bills
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The fixed charge would rise to $18 a month from $8 under a rate plan Xcel’s Northern States Power utility filed Friday with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

Manufacturing index shows decline in southeastern Wisconsin
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An index that measures manufacturing growth in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois fell into negative territory again this month, according to a survey of companies released Friday.

Study finds declining vacancies plus higher costs
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Renters are on the rise in America’s biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study released Thursday.

New Faces, New Places for May 29
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New Faces, New Places is about personnel changes at Wisconsin businesses.

Pennant Management appears to have closed after fake loan scam
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A Milwaukee investment firm that says it” like some of its clients ” was the victim of an alleged scam involving almost $180 million in fake U.S. Department of Agriculture-backed loans appears to have shut down its business operations here.

Wisconsin's frac sand industry booms
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Wisconsin was far and away the leading producer of frac sand in 2014, accounting for nearly half of the nation’s production of the white sand coveted by the hydraulic fracturing industry, new statistics released this week show.

Panel OKs paying RiverWalk-related costs for upscale apartments
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The city would pay for 70% of the RiverWalk’s costs and 50% of the dock wall costs at the River House apartments at the site of the former Gallun tannery.

Avago Technologies buying chipmaker Broadcom in $37 billion deal
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Broadcom’s chips are used in smartphones, tablets and other devices

Wyndham Vacation Ownership agrees to $665,000 settlement with consumers
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The case centers on timeshare purchase contracts between 2008 and 2013, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said.

Modine posts a loss on lower sales in Europe, South America
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The decrease was primarily due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, which negatively impacted sales by $36 million as compared to the prior year, the company said.

Gunsmith's shop does rebluing, restorations of firearms
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Brett Buisse founded Buisse Custom Arms in the Racine County community of Union Grove two years ago.

Beaver Dam farmer charged with crop insurance fraud
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A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jeffrey Lewke with nine counts of crop insurance fraud from a farming operation that had as many as 12,000 acres in Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012.

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