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Stocks rallied this week as Washington acted to provide $2.2 trillion of relief to an economy shocked by the coronavirus outbreak, leaving some on Wall Street cautiously optimistic that the panicky selling that had gripped the market earlier may have come to an end.

The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services. Read more

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Wall Street closed lower Friday but still notched big gains for the week as investors held out hope that a $2 trillion rescue package will cushion businesses and households from the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.The S&P 500 closed 3.4% lower, but still climbed 10.3… Read more

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GERMANTOWN — Due to violations uncovered by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles, the license for the Milwaukee-area driving school Just Drive— Germantown has been suspended, according to a press release from the state Department of Transportation. Read more

WEST BEND — On Wednesday, 19,438 people filed an application for unemployment in Wisconsin, according to a preliminary count from the Department of Workforce Development. The same date for 2019 had 699 applications. Read more

PEWAUKEE — American Transmission Co. announced it is making a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross — Wisconsin Region and a total of $40,000 to six food pantries in communities in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to show its support for community needs as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Read more

In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency po… Read more

WASHINGTON — With rare bipartisanship and speed, Washington is about to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help to people and businesses as the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system. Read more

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NEW YORK — Stocks are surging again on Wall Street as a massive coronavirus relief bill gets closer to passing Congress. Major indexes jumped more than 6%, bringing the S&P 500 up 17% since Monday. The astonishing rally came even as the massive scale of the downturn slamming the economy … Read more

WAUKESHA — Citizens and businesses are making adjustments with COVID19 precautions becoming more urgent every day, but some businesses provide services so vital that closing entirely isn’t an option. One of those businesses is pharmacies, and adjustments are being made in the name of safety. Read more

PEWAUKEE — Waukesha County Technical College announced Wednesday the school will be extending campus closures through May 31 with a reopening date of June 1.The decision is being driven by the public health emergency over COVID-19, the school said. Buildings will remain locked during the cam… Read more

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WAUKESHA — Waukesha company Husco is among more than 25 organizations that has joined a Milwaukee task force with the goal of designing and manufacturing masks for health care professionals treating patients with COVID-19. Read more

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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a mammoth $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented response amid record new jobless claims and mounting evidence that the economy is in a recession. Read more

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NEW YORK — Stocks scored their first back-to-back gains Wednesday since a brutal sell-off began five weeks ago, but much of an early rally faded late in the day as a last-minute dispute threatened to hold up a $2 trillion economic rescue package in Congress.The S&P 500 rose 1.2%, bringin… Read more

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OCONOMOWOC-With more and more folks working from home or being laid off from their jobs due to COVID-19, one Oconomowoc business is striving to help those who are struggling with their current mental health. Read more

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MADISON — The Department of Workforce Development announced that its Job Centers across the state will be closed to the public starting today to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to follow Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” emergency order. Read more

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The rapid spread of the coronavirus since it was first reported in China has dealt an unprecedented shock to the global economy. Here's a look at developments Tuesday as central banks, businesses and workers attempt to navigate a global outbreak that has brought economic activity to a stands… Read more

WAUKESHA — Restaurants may take a big hit financially due to COVID-19. Luckily, community members are ordering carryout from their favorite local restaurants to help their favorite businesses stay afloat. Read more

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CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce is organizing a #CedarburgStrong community campaign to promote small businesses and the importance of supporting locally during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

HARTFORD — If you have driven through downtown Hartford since last week you may have seen various 10-minute parking zones pop up near restaurants or other businesses to help merchants continue in business during forced closings to walk-in customers due to the coronavirus. Read more

WASHINGTON — As cases of coronavirus rise, President Donald Trump said that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the pandemic itself. Read more

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WASHINGTON — Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, with Congress arguing over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package and an impatient President Donald Trump musing openly about letting the 15-day shutdown expire. Read more

NEW YORK — Stocks are ending another bumpy day broadly lower on Wall Street as investors wait to see if Democrats and Republicans can settle their differences on an economic rescue package. Major indexes ended down about 3% Monday, having been down as much as 5%. Earlier, markets got a bump … Read more

MILWAUKEE — Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. announced that it wants to hire up to 2,500 people for their Pick ’n Save and Metro Market stores throughout Wisconsin. Read more

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WAUKESHA — Since the U.S. Department of Labor announced new guidance on unemployment on March 12, states have new flexibilities with unemployment insurance programs and Wisconsin workers can follow online steps to file for unemployment benefits. Federal law now allows states to pay benefits … Read more

DETROIT — Factories that crank out cars and trucks looking into making much-needed ventilators. Distilleries intended for whiskey and rum to instead turn out hand sanitizers and disinfectants. And an electronics maker that builds display screens repurposed for surgical masks. Read more

“To demonstrate our support of the efforts underway to contain the spread of the coronavirus, we are closing all Kohl’s stores through at least April 1. We will support store associates with two calendar weeks of pay,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “We will continue to … Read more

 WAUKESHA — As locals spend more time at home over COVID-19, they’re stocking up on groceries and essentials, but there’s another set of products that’s flying off the shelves: guns and ammo. Read more

BROOKFIELD — Jet’s Pizza is one of the few restaurants announcing it is hiring during the coronavirus pandemic.The company said Thursday it is hiring immediately in 20 states to offer opportunities “to those currently unemployed amid mandated shutdowns due to COVID19.” The announcement goes … Read more

MILWAUKEE — Punch Bowl Social notified the state on Thursday that it will lay off 91 workers at its Milwaukee restaurant, which is near Fiserv Forum in the Fear District. A note on its website says it will be closed temporarily. Read more

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On March 7, SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County and SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc hosted its 4th Annual Bean Bags Tournament Fundraiser. This year all proceeds raised are going toward the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Read more

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for A Younger You Medical Spa on March 4. A Younger You Medical Spa offers minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedures. They are at 18900 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 112. For more information visi… Read more

WAUWATOSA — The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Serendipity Labs on Feb. 19. Serendipity Labs provides the flexibility to work in a secure, professional environment by offering co-working, private offices, customizable team rooms and suites, meeting and even… Read more

THIENSVILLE — President and CEO of the Marcus Corporation, Greg Marcus, will be speaking on the hospitality industry and how upcoming events will affect the region during the 13th annual Ozaukee Economic Development Outreach event May 7.The OED will host its annual event at The Watermark at … Read more

OCONOMOWOC — MSI General Corporation has recently added Niall Flanagan to its team as a project superintendent.Prior to joining MSI General, Flanagan was a senior project development manager at Minto Communities USA in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout and bring… Read more

DELAFIELD — Integrated Payroll Services (IPS), a comprehensive payroll and human capital management services business headquartered in Delafield, announced the following additions to its team: Dana Hansen, senior account executive, and Mary Anderson, payroll specialist. Read more

The Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassador Committee helped celebrate the grand reopening of The Shinery Moonshine Company with a ribbon cutting Friday, March 6. The new location is located in downtown Cedarburg, W63N676 Washington Ave., across from the Cedarburg Art Museum.From le… Read more

BROOKFIELD — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed Nothing Bundt Cakes as a new member recently.Ambassador Scott Heyerdahl of Scott Heyerdahl, First Weber, Inc., left, presents Mike DeJong of Nothing Bundt Cakes with a membership plaque from the chamber. Read more

MILWAUKEE — The Northwestern Mutual foundation will donate $1 million to the Milwaukee Public Museum to support the museum’s annual campaign and its Foundation for the Future Fund, which is dedicated to the museum’s efforts to plan for its future development and eventual new location. Read more

CEDARBURG — Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly came in first place of the Restaurant Chili Contest during Cedarburg’s annual Winter Festival this year. Alyssa Felder and Joel Christophersen from Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly accept the award from Elizabeth Albers, festival manager. Read more

WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank, a 13-branch independent community bank in Waukesha County, announced the promotion of Joel Potter to assistant vice president – bank manager. Read more

BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new business Spenga on Feb. 10.“Spenga combines three essential elements of fitness to create what’s simply known as the best workout ever,” according to the announcement. The business is loca… Read more

BROOKFIELD — First Business Bank, a division of First Business Financial Services, Inc., announced that Doug Brodzik was hired as senior vice president – commercial real estate banking. Read more

WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank recently announced the promotion of Stasia Kruesel to bank manager of its Muskego office and Jose Velez to bank manager of its East Main Street office in Waukesha. In addition, Keith Shepard, current assistant vice president — bank manager at East Main Street w… Read more

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