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Milwaukee water plant to temporarily suspend ozone

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Officials say the Milwaukee Water Works will turn off ozone treatments at one of its plants for up to 12 weeks starting Wednesday. Ozone is the primary water disinfectant at the Linnwood plant on the Lake Michigan waterfront. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1rS9CrU) reports all other treatments will remain in use at the More >

Obama: Vote for Dems to invest in opportunity

MILWAUKEE (AP) – President Barack Obama says he had the opportunity to succeed because his country invested in his education and well-being. He’s urging voters to back Democrats who support such investments. Obama is speaking Tuesday at a rally for Democrat Mary Burke. She’s trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker in next week’s election. Obama says More >

Elections board won’t change voting age policy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state elections board has decided not to change its policy about when a voter turns 18 and is eligible to vote. The Government Accountability Board was asked by Grafton High School student Zachary Ziolkowski to vote in the Nov. 4 election, arguing that he is eligible because his 18th birthday More >

Milwaukee Bucks add employees, plan office move

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Bucks owners have added staff to its front office operations and plan to move to a larger administrative space in the city. The Bucks have hired 40 new sales people, bringing its administrative employees to more than 130. Its operations are currently in separate office space at the Milwaukee Theatre in More >

Unions, GOP give to Wisconsin AG candidates

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Labor unions, the state Republican Party and the state realtors association are all pumping money to Wisconsin’s attorney general candidates. Democrat Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel each filed campaign finance reports Monday detailing contributions over the last three months. Happ’s report shows her top donors were the Wisconsin Education Association Council’s More >

Liberal group: Conservatives violated IRS rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The liberal Center for Media and Democracy is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the conservative group at the center of the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. The Wisconsin Club for Growth filed as a tax-exempt organization in 2011 and 2012 and told the IRS More >

Wisconsin man charged with killing brother

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – Wood County authorities have charged a 55-year-old man who they say killed his brother and buried the body in his backyard. Daily Tribune Media reports (http://wrtnews.co/1yGkY7a ) Ronald Horan of Wisconsin Rapids was ordered held on $20,000 bond Monday on a charge of second-degree reckless homicide. He faces up to 25 More >

Marine manufacturing industry thrives in Wisconsin

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) – Experts say marine manufacturing is a $6 billion industry that’s critical to the economic landscape of Wisconsin. About 3,200 people, the majority from the northeastern part of the state, hold jobs in marine manufacturing. A state labor economist says the industry has grown locally and has largely remained local, with most of More >

Wisconsin study to probe farm kids’ allergies

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Marshfield Clinic researchers are enrolling pregnant Wisconsin farmers in a study of children’s allergies and asthma. News-Herald Media reports (http://mnhne.ws/1FSghvR ) the clinic’s National Farm Medicine Center plans to enroll about 100 expectant mothers who live on farms and 100 non-farm women. The center will work with the University of Wisconsin’s More >

Employee complaints filed against UW-La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – Two University of Wisconsin-La Crosse employees have filed complaints against their employer alleging discrimination and retaliation. The assistant director of the university’s Office of International Education, Sandra Sieber, says she was passed over for a promotion that went to a younger woman who’s married to the vice chancellor that supervises More >