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OSHKOSH DEFENSE WINS A MAJOR MILITARY CONTRACT

Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. wins a major contract to build a new combat vehicle to replace a large share of the military's Humvee troop carriers.  The Department of Defense awarded the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract to Oshkosh Defense. The $6.7 billion contract is expected to support thousands of jobs. The JLTV would replace about 55,000 Humvees by 2040. Around 49,000 would be built for the Army with the rest going to the Marines. It's designed to provide more protection against roadside bombs and mines than Humvees without being as big as another military vehicle produced by Oshkosh, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP.  Winning the contract is a boost for Oshkosh Defense, which eliminated about 760 jobs last summer because of declining defense spending.

RIPON SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES STATE TRUST FUND LOAN

The Ripon Area School District receives a State Trust Fund Loan to finance school building remodeling.  At their Tuesday meeting, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) approved the $900,000 loan for the district.  Three other loans were also granted to other municipalities, all together totaling just over $3.2 million.  The BCPL consists of the Secretary of State Doug La Follette, State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, and Attorney General Brad Schimel. 

COOKIE DAZE 2016 WILL HAPPEN IN RIPON

Ripon's annual tribute to all things cookies will take place once again.  The Cookie Daze committee will continue on with the festival in 2016, which will mark the 21st consecutive year of the event.  Ripon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith says the community showed a clear want and desire for the festival and multiple business and organizations have made commitments to ensure Cookie Daze will continue.  Skepticism surrounding the event began after ConAgra Foods announced in May of 2015 that it would be closing the West Plant facility in Ripon.  The Cookie Daze Committee is seeking members for 2016.  If you are interested in the planning of the event contact Jason Mansmith at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.  The date for next year's event is August 6th at Barlow Park in Ripon from 10am-1:30pm, rain or shine.

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GOP 2016-WALKER

DENISON, Iowa (AP) GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is renewing his call for President Barack Obama to cancel an official state visit with the president of China in response to slumping U.S. stock markets.

The Republican governor from Wisconsin said Wednesday following a campaign stop in Denison, Iowa, that such a move would not hurt trade with states like Iowa or Wisconsin.

Walker first called for the state visit to be canceled Monday. He defended it on Wednesday when asked about possible negative repercussions for agricultural states like Iowa and Wisconsin that combined do more than $2 billion in trade with China.

He says instead of inviting the Chinese president to a state dinner, Obama should "be taking them to the woodshed."

Walker is on a seven-stop, two-day campaign swing in rural southwest Iowa.

WISCONSIN BUDGET-TAX COLLECTIONS

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A new report shows the state collected about $71 million more in taxes during the last fiscal year than anticipated.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released figures Wednesday showing the state took in about $14.54 billion during the year that ended June 30th. The final estimate for 2014-15 collections in January projected the state would take in about $14.47 billion.

The report shows much of that increase was attributable to a bump in corporate income and franchise tax collections. They came in about $70 million higher than projected.

The $71 million will go to increase the opening general fund balance for the 2015 to 2016 fiscal year, which began July 1st.

CROP-DUSTER CRASH

HANCOCK, Wis. (AP) The Federal Aviation Administration says a crop-dusting plane has crashed near Hancock in central Wisconsin.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro says the pilot was the only person on board the Weatherly 620B single-engine plane when it went down Wednesday.

Molinaro tells WAOW-TV the plane was heavily damaged but there was no immediate word on the pilot's condition.

He says the plane was spraying crops at the time of the crash.

FAVOR HAMILTON-MEMOIR

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Former Olympian and University of Wisconsin track star Suzy Favor Hamilton says she plans to publish a memoir next month that will touch on mental health issues that she says drove her to become a call girl.

Favor Hamilton told her Twitter followers Wednesday that the book, entitled "Fast Girl," will go on sale September 14th. She tweeted that she can't wait to share her story.

A blurb on publisher HarperCollins' website says the book will discuss Favor Hamilton's manic depression and bipolar disorder and how medication made her hypersexual, leading her to secretly become a high-end Las Vegas escort known as Kelly.

It also says the book will recount how Favor Hamilton contemplated suicide after word of her secret life got out.