What you need to know about Enterovirus D68
September 19, 2014 09:38 AM
You've likely seen news reports about a virus that is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory illness, and worried about what you can do to protect your family. Here's what you need to know.

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The Supreme Court and the tricky issue of software patents
September 18, 2014 12:15 PM
Prior to adjourning for the summer, the United States Supreme Court rendered an opinion relating to the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the Court held that all claims of a patent owned by Alice Corp., including method, system, and computer-readable medium claims, are drawn to an abstract idea and, therefore, are not patent-eligible. The opinion is one in a recent series of cases addressing patent eligibility.

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Koss Corp. faces steep challenges
September 17, 2014 09:53 AM
From this office, it's always been difficult to watch good Milwaukee people and companies endure hard times.

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Medical homes are proliferating
September 16, 2014 11:16 AM
Washington County and Wisconsin are right in the middle of a seismic shift in the delivery of health care in America – from primary care as a loss leader for the big hospital corporations to medical homes for employees right at the work site.

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UWM School of Freshwater Sciences makes a big splash
September 12, 2014 11:31 AM
When the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee unveils its expanded School of Freshwater Sciences this week in a two-day grand opening, it will be more than just celebration of the just-completed $53 million project.

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Nardelli was a straight shooter
September 10, 2014 08:48 AM
Editor's note: Tom Nardelli, who served as a Milwaukee alderman and as chief of staff for Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, passed away on Sept. 1.

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Counterpoint: Corruption kills business opportunities
September 9, 2014 12:46 PM
Your business bids for a government contract. Your reputation and track record are excellent and you have pared your price to the bone. You lose the bid, but find out later that the winning bidder made generous contributions to the elected government officials' campaigns. You suspect you are a victim of pay to play.

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Point: Wisconsin business climate vastly improved with Walker
September 9, 2014 12:36 PM
In the 2010 Wisconsin governor's race, then-candidate Scott Walker established a lofty goal for the state to create 250,000 private sector jobs within his first term. The number was big, it was bold, and more than anything, the statement put private sector businesses on notice that the state was going to do better.

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Tell me a little about yourself: Emerging liability issues with pre-employment background checks
September 5, 2014 11:22 AM
More and more employers are choosing to conduct background checks on potential hires, including checks for criminal and credit history. There are a number of legitimate reasons for doing so, including compliance regulations in certain industries, concern about liability for negligent hiring, and simply a desire to ensure that employers are selecting the right person for the job. Employers must be mindful, however, that administrative agencies at both the state and federal levels are scrutinizing these practices like never before, and that many states (like Wisconsin) have laws on the books that regulate how employers are permitted to use background check information.

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'Get Smarter' and jumpstart your career
September 4, 2014 11:54 AM
“The Transfer of Knowledge and Power to the Next Generation” will be the theme of the 2014 BizTimes Get Smarter Talent Development Conference.

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Back to school 2014
September 2, 2014 10:57 AM
Editor's note: This “A Note from Bill” article, written by Bill Penzey, owner of Brookfield-based Penzeys Spices, appears in the newest Penzeys Spices catalog.

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