Records show lack of contact before Oscar Mayer announcement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A top executive at Wisconsin’s largest business lobby dissuaded the state’s job-creation agency from contacting food conglomerate Kraft Heinz about its future plans after the company’s merger was announced and before the announcement last year that Oscar Mayer’s 100-year-old plant in Madison would close, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The Wisconsin State […]

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Mother-son duo operates local salon

BELOIT — If little Johnny got in trouble, the adult who caught him in the act never bothered to call the house. After all, his mother, Linda Prescher, could nearly always be found working away at her beauty shop, Keep on Cut’n. Twenty-three years have passed by, and the shop, first located in the Shopko […]

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Supreme Court rules for Hormel workers

MADISON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Hormel Foods Corp. must pay its Beloit employees for the time they spend putting on and taking off clothing and safety gear at the beginning and ending of each work shift. The 4-2 majority, with Justice Rebecca Bradley abstaining, found that state and federal wage law […]

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Manufacturer stands by policy on Muslim prayer breaks

An American-Islamic civil liberties group is asking a Wisconsin manufacturer to back away from a policy that doesn’t allow an extra break for prayer for Muslim employees Manufacturer stands by policy on Muslim prayer breaks By GREG MOORE Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — An American-Islamic civil liberties group is asking a Wisconsin manufacturer to back […]

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United’s rising profit still misses and revenue falls

By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer United Airlines’ fourth-quarter profit spiked on cheaper jet fuel but it still fell short of Wall Street expectations. United is in the middle of a turnaround effort that has included a shake-up of its top ranks. It has shown improvement in some areas like on-time performance, but revenue is […]

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Besiri family takes fresh look on Italian food with new Roscoe eatery

ROSCOE — The Besiri family is planning to bring upscale Italian dining with a twist to Roscoe. “We’re going to bring something live to the area,” restaurateur Ben Besiri said. “Something fresh and new.” The opening day of the Tuscan Italian Grill, 5506 Clayton Circle, hasn’t yet been set. But Ben Besiri is confident that […]

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Treehouse buys portion of ConAgra

SOUTH BELOIT ­— ConAgra Foods announced on Nov. 2 it reached an agreement to sell its private label operations to TreeHouse Foods for approximately $2.7 billion in cash, according to a press release at the ConAgra website, www.conagrafoods.com. The ConAgra Foods has a cookie making plant in South Beloit. It is a private brands plant […]

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Lawmaker drafting bill to protect fantasy sports in Wisconsin

A Republican lawmaker is drafting a bill that would protect online fantasy sports in Wisconsin, a matter already drawing scrutiny from opponents of legalized gambling. The move comes as the fantasy sports industry is promoting legislation in other states to protect the growing online business from being banned. Some state legislatures, as well as recent […]

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Irish drugmaker Shire in $32B deal for US-based Baxalta

Irish drugmaker Shire will pay about $32 billion in cash and stock to buy Baxalta and strengthen its position in rare disease treatments. Shares of both drugmakers climbed in pre-market trading after the deal was announced. Treatments for rare diseases have become a hot and lucrative area of drug industry research in the past several […]

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Rauner implements merit pay for some workers; AFSCME opposed

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is starting a new compensation system for some state workers that includes merit pay and bonuses for saving taxpayers money, a plan the former businessman says will make government more efficient. But Illinois’ largest public-employee union is balking at the Republican’s idea, saying it’s “ripe for abuse” and […]

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