American Airlines opposed to Chicago airport expansion plan

CHICAGO (AP) — American Airlines says it’s opposed to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.5 billion deal to expand O’Hare International Airport. The airline said Wednesday that it can’t sign a lease in its current form “because of a secret provision, inserted at the last minute” that awards additional gates to United Airlines. Emanuel introduced the […]

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Western New York sauerkraut operation moving to Wisconsin

SHORTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A century-old sauerkraut and pickle plant in a western New York village is shutting down as its parent company consolidates operations in rural Wisconsin. GLK Foods has announced it’s expanding its Bear Creek, Wisconsin plant and closing one that employs 48 people in Shortsville, New York, near Rochester. Production in Shortsville […]

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Wisconsin village to make offers to Foxconn property owners

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — The southeastern Wisconsin village that will be the location of Foxconn Technology Group’s massive manufacturing complex is offering local homeowners 140 percent of fair market value for their property and landowners $50,000 per acre. The Village of Mount Pleasant, located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Milwaukee and 60 miles […]

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Bemis reports 4Q loss

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) – Bemis Co. (BMS) on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $40.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Neenah, Wisconsin-based company said it had a loss of 44 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 63 cents per share. The results […]

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DNR board approves manure limitations for eastern Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board overwhelmingly approved contentious new restrictions Wednesday on manure spreading in eastern Wisconsin, saying it’s time to protect the region’s drinking water. The board’s unanimous vote marked a victory for environmentalists in their tug-of-war with factory farms over groundwater contamination in eastern Wisconsin, particularly in […]

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Walker proposes $50 million in rural economic development

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a new $50 million annual investment in rural economic development projects. Walker announced the proposal Wednesday, hours before he was to deliver his State of the State speech. He says the new money would primarily be used to stimulate private investment, improve productivity and fill open […]

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Wisconsin farmers prepare for food safety law changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agriculture officials are getting ready for changes to federal food safety laws that will affect vegetable and fruit growers. The new rules will take effect later this month, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. They’re part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, which was designed to prevent foodborne illnesses. The deadly […]

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Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials vowed Thursday to step up the competition to lure Amazon’s headquarters after the company named the city among the top 20 locations in the running for a facility that promises 50,000 jobs. Amazon narrowed the list of 238 proposals from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, to 20 finalists, also including […]

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Energizer spends $2 billion to add Rayovac brand

NEW YORK (AP) — Energizer will spend $2 billion in cash to acquire the battery and lighting assets of Spectrum, adding the Rayovac brand to its battery and lighting division. Spectrum Brands said earlier this month that it would seek a buyer for the assets so that it could better focus on other businesses including […]

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Mayor’s office says Chicago hits new record for tourists

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago mayor’s office says the number of tourists to the city in 2017 was more than 55 million — a new record. In a Sunday statement, it says that number was an increase by 1.4 million, or 2.5 percent, compared to the year before. The 55 million figure represents a 40 […]

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