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(AP) A state appeals court has ruled a Jefferson County judge properly dismissed a lawsuit alleging PepsiCo stole two Wisconsin men's idea for bottled water. Charles Joyce and James Voigt filed a lawsuit in 2009 against the soft drink giant and two Wisconsin distributors in 2009. They alleged the companies stole their idea for Ultra-Pure water in 1981 and later marketed it as Aquafina. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Erwin initially awarded the men $1.26 billion. But Erwin later vacated the judgment and threw the case out, ruling the statute of limitations had expired. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed Thursday, noting that PepsiCo began distributing Aquafina in 1994, more than a decade before the men filed the lawsuit. The men's attorney didn't immediately return a message.
(AP) The U.S. Geological Survey is asking Clintonville residents to report any booming and rumblings to their website. Geological officials said Wednesday they are considering putting a seismometer in Clintonville, after booms and rumblings shook residents again Tuesday night. A 1.5-magnitude earthquake was detected last week and since then residents have reported less intense booms less frequently up until Tuesday night. Geological Survey spokeswoman Heidi Koontz says residents reporting the events to them helps seismologists and geophysicists better understand what's going on. City Administrator Lisa Kuss says she still wants residents to inform police at the nonemergency number.
The website is: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/
(AP) Texas Rep. Ron Paul is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. Paul originally scheduled the event for Thursday night at the stock pavilion on campus, a venue that can hold thousands of people. But on Wednesday Paul changed the location to outside at the Memorial Union along the shores of Lake Mendota. Paul is fourth in delegates in the GOP primary battle. Forty two delegates are at stake in Wisconsin. A poll released Tuesday by the Marquette Law School showed Mitt Romney with 39 percent support of likely Republican voters in Wisconsin, with 31 percent for Rick Santorum. Paul had 11 percent while Newt Gingrich lagged at just 5 percent. A full 12 percent were undecided.
Last week, the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation began accepting
Western President, Lee Raasch, says the program will support the expansion and implementation of degree, diploma and certificate programs that increase the number of program graduates who achieve job placement in occupations at Wisconsin businesses in need of employees with specific skills.
130 people will be out of work by August after a company near Brice Prairie closes. ATK Ammunition of Minnesota says most of its operations at Brice Prairie will shut down by the end of May. The nearly 50 year old plant makes gun cleaning products, targets, scope mounts, and replacement gun stocks. The closing comes less than a year after ATK added employees at Brice Prairie, when it brought back a product line from overseas.
ATK is based in Anoka, near Minnesota’s Twin Cities. It also plans to reduce operations at a plant in Fenton, Missouri.