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News from around Wisconsin (10:24 p.m. 12/8/09)

140 Frontier Airlines employees leaving Denver

DENVER (AP) — About 140 more Frontier Airlines employees in Denver will be moving to Indianapolis by the first half of next year.

Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings, which acquired Frontier on Oct. 1, said Tuesday that it is adding up to 300 full-time positions in its home city, including the 140 workers moving from Denver.

The relocating Frontier employees include dispatchers, engineers and crew schedulers.

Last month, Republic said about 200 Frontier mechanics and its heavy-maintenance facility would move next year to Milwaukee, where another Republic subsidiary, Midwest Airlines, is based.

Republic CEO Bryan Bedford said 3,500 employees will remain in Denver.

The added jobs in Indianapolis make Republic eligible for up to $4 million in economic incentives through 2010.

Doyle calls special session on Milwaukee schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats in control of the state Assembly haven’t talked about whether they will agree with Gov. Jim Doyle’s call to debate a bill next week giving control of Milwaukee Public Schools to the mayor.

Doyle issued the call on Tuesday but Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan’s spokeswoman Becky Sweeney said Democrats haven’t had a chance to talk about it yet. She said they are scheduled to meet on Dec. 16, the same day Doyle wants them to take up the bill.

The Legislature is expected to meet that day to pass a bill toughening drunken driving laws.

Sweeney said Sheridan wants to speak with Assembly Democrats before deciding whether to take up the schools bill. A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

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