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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Officials at the two amphibious vehicle tour operators in the Wisconsin Dells say they have no plans to change the way they are operating. Seventeen people were killed Thursday when a similar tourist boat sank in stormy weather in Missouri. Original Wisconsin Ducks general manager Dan Gavinski and Army Ducks general manager Jason Field say their companies have operated safely for decades. They say tours are postponed if bad weather is forecast.

CHICAGO (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing sailor some seven hours after he fell off a yacht that had just started the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The sailor was identified as Jon Santarelli, 53, of Chicago.

UNDATED (AP) – A private inspector who warned a Missouri duck boat company about safety flaws more than a year ago says the biggest problem with the watercraft is the canopy that can trap people underneath during bad weather. Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in St. Louis, said Saturday that he issued a written report for the company in August. It discussed the risk of engine failure in addition to the problems with the boats’ canopies in inclement weather.

CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin business is hiring former inmates and helping them succeed. WUWM-FM reports that all the employees at Harrigan Solutions have served time. The Cedarburg company contracts with Harley-Davidson to service the machines that create motorcycle parts. Company owner Bill Harrigan says he hopes to give former inmates a chance to show that they’ve changed.

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