MERRILL - Starting this summer, Merrill will welcome a successful new business to the city.
Elite Carriers is a regional and long-haul trucking company
It will move its operations from Wausau to Merrill's east side.
Elite Carriers employs about 140 people and owns 120 trucks.
It's grown quite a bit since its start in the late 90's.
Now, their current building in Wausau is just too cramped.
A bigger option in Merrill will work much better.
"When we went to see the building, we walked through it, and I kept saying, 'this is perfect for our company, this is perfect for our company.' So we made the decision to purchase the building in Merrill," says owner Tammy Guite.
The Merrill building originally served a different trucking company.
But it hasn't been in permanent use since the late 90's.
The move will mean a slightly longer commute for employees living in Wausau.
But there's a good side, too.
"Fortunately, for the people we already employ from the Merrill area, they're ecstatic over the move because it means they don't have to drive down here to our current location in Wausau," says Guite.
Elite Carriers doesn't expect any turnover on their staff from the move.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
FOX CROSSING - State justice officials say a police officer in the Fox Valley has fatally shot a suspect.
The Department of Justice says Fox Crossing police responded to a report of a man threatening people at Fritze Park Wednesday afternoon. Police say numerous people called about a man who they said was acting erratically and was armed with a knife.
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