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Busy Madison highway sees lane reduction in spring and fall Madison (AP) — One of the busiest stretches of highway in Dane County is reduced from six lanes to four. Construction workers are replacing pavement and installing median safety walls ...

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Chicago promises greenest Olympics

Caryn Rousseau AP Writer Chicago — Plants cool 3 million square feet of rooftops throughout the city. Wind, hydropower and biofuels provide one-fifth of its energy. And last year, the mayor announced one of the country’s most ambitious plans to ...

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Business People

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. promoted Fred Lind to project manager at its Madison office. Lind has been with Findorff for seven years, previously as a project engineer. Madison Area Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors ...

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Burned Australian town gets to work

Kristen Gelineau AP Writer Flowerdale, Australia — Outside the town pub where a light rain is instantly sucked up by the fire-scorched earth, the people of Flowerdale are planning a resurrection. The materials are ready for a village of portable ...

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Appleton hopes for a hit

Home run would mean team builds more stadium improvements Dustin Block dustin.block@dailyreporter.com If you build it they will come. If you don’t build it, they will go. The Beloit community learned that in 2004 when the Milwaukee Brewers minor league ...

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Recession roughs up referendums

Building, expanding schools on hold statewide Dustin Block dustin.block@dailyreporter.com Tom Heegeman’s home building company is struggling to sell houses during the recession. But he still backed Appleton’s failed $15.9 million school referendum that would have raised property taxes to lower ...

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Harold Mueller dies at age 82

Harold Mueller was a man who worked hard to stay on high ground in the world of underground contracting. Mueller, 82, a Milwaukee native who made a national name for himself in the underground business, died Monday in Morton Plant ...

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Vancouver gets Olympic village at hefty price

Vancouver, British Columbia — Vancouver taxpayers are on the hook for $254.2 million to complete construction of the 2010 Winter Olympics athletes village. Mayor Gregor Robertson said the city bought out the remainder of village financing from New York-based hedge ...

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Fed says economy headed downhill

Building cutbacks could lead to stabilization Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer Washington — The Federal Reserve warned recently the nation’s crippled economy is even worse than thought and predicted it would deteriorate throughout 2009, with no sign the housing market ...

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L.A. rethinks billboard regulations

Buildings enveloped in ads cause outcry Jacob Adelman AP Writer Los Angeles — David Allan works in advertising — literally. The six-story building where the chiropractor works is draped in it. “It’s awful, it’s ridiculous,” he said of the massive ...

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