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With Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Medical College of Wisconsin is highlighting its recent research into concussions suffered by military cadets at the nation's service academies. The college and partner universities also looked into concussions among college football players.

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It's StartUp Wisconsin Week, with dozens of events around the state highlighting entrepreneurs in technology and other businesses. A newly released analysis finds the state of the startup is mixed here. 

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Milwaukee's multi-million dollar streetcar — called The Hop — begins operation around 12:45 Friday afternoon. Each streetcar can hold up to 150 passengers and will provide service to about a two-mile loop through the west and east sides of downtown Milwaukee. Rides are free for the first year.   

The new streetcar service, which consists of five different streetcars, is trying to merge old and new technology.

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A technology journalist is urging high-tech entrepreneurs, including those in social media, to be more responsible with their creations.

New York Times columnist Kara Swisher was the featured speaker Tuesday at an economic forum in Milwaukee. It was organized by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

The race between Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir and Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin has been contentious, including on the topic of creating a climate for business and innovation. 

Baldwin has made a point of reaching out to Wisconsin's business community during her time in the Senate. She's advocated for defense contractors, farmers, beer makers and others. The senator has also introduced a bill that she says would reform tax credits, for which smaller companies are eligible when they innovate.

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Two-term incumbent Scott Walker and challenger Tony Evers square off Friday night in their first debate of the Wisconsin governor's race. It’s a fair bet to expect disagreements on many topics, including a key part of the Walker's pro-business platform — Foxconn. 

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The state of Wisconsin says it's trying to solve a long-lasting problem — why Racine County's unemployment rate is higher than the statewide average.

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About $1.7 billion is spent on academic research every year in Wisconsin, with the funding coming from a mix of government agencies and private investors. Some people who follow the money say more could be done with it. 

UW-Madison gets about $1.1 billion. The Medical College of Wisconsin receives about $300 million. Most of the rest goes to UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University.

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Wisconsin scientists have made two breakthroughs that may help hydrogen become a bigger player in renewable energy production and storage. While the researchers say there's still a long way to go with their work, it's a step toward the "hydrogen economy" some were predicting nearly 20 years ago.

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The Milwaukee Brewers are in the playoffs. The team last made it to the Major League Baseball playoffs in 2011. One thing that's changed since then is Milwaukee's increased use of analytics, or data analysis.

Analytics, or sometimes called sabermetrics in baseball, has been around for decades. But it came to more prominence in the 2000s. In the 2011 movie "Moneyball," an economist played by Jonah Hill explains one of the concepts: "I believe there is a championship team that we could afford, because everyone else undervalues them. Like an island of misfit toys."

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Plans for a multimillion-dollar Data Science Institute in Milwaukee are moving forward. The update on the project was announced at a forum held in Wauwatosa by the Tech Council Innovation Network. Originally announced in June, the institute involves a collaboration between Northwestern Mutual, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. 

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The state of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee are promising more than $60 million in financial incentives to help the Komatsu Mining Corporation move from West Milwaukee to land along Miwaukee’s inner harbor.

Komatsu, which took over the former Joy Global and P&H plant in West Milwaukee about two years ago, says its $285 million South Harbor Campus will include new offices, manufacturing and training facilities, a company museum and store, and a public RiverWalk along the Kinnickinnic River.

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Hundreds of local governments around the U.S. have started using a 911 system that does a better job of pinpointing the location of someone who calls from a smartphone. One of them is Waukesha County.

Typically, emergency responders have only been able to narrow the location of a 911 call from a smartphone to a radius of between six and 600 meters. And, the narrowing process has taken about 30 seconds. At the Waukesha County Communications Center, officials say they now have a better system.

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A proposal to try to make Milwaukee streets safer will be introduced to the Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The so-called "Complete Streets" package is in response to an increase in pedestrian deaths over the last few years and the perception that more people are driving recklessly. Better street engineering is included in the safety package.

State officials say there were about 60 pedestrian deaths in Wisconsin last year — a 20 percent increase from the year before. Nationally, pedestrian deaths have nearly doubled in the last decade.

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With few exceptions, the legal drinking age in Wisconsin and the rest of the United States is 21.

Social scientists already know there's a sizable increase in alcohol-related deaths and violent crime when people reach that age.

But UW-Madison researcher Jason Fletcher wanted to focus on other problems that crop up when people start drinking legally. So, he looked at data from Add Health, a long-term national study covering adolescent to adult health.

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