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UHS, Anthem strike three-year deal

United Hospital System and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin have reached a three-year agreement, representatives from both parties confirmed Tuesday.

It is welcome news for thousands of Anthem clients faced with losing their in-network doctors as of Jan. 1, or paying more out-of-pocket to retain them.

"The two parties have a new deal," Anthem spokesman Scott Larrivee, said. "It will keep the facilities and the doctors in the Blue ‘Preferred’ and ‘Access’ networks."




Unified approves employee handbook

The Kenosha Unified School Board voted 6-1 Tuesday to approve a handbook that covers all district employees.

Board member Kyle Flood cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he could not support the handbook because of language concerning layoffs.

After approval, mayor praises city budget process

The City Council was near unanimous Tuesday in passing Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s 2015 budget and $60.2 million property tax levy.

Alds. G. John Ruffolo (4th) and Steve Bostrom (12th) cast the only dissents in the 13-2 final vote to approve the $75.4 million operating budget.

Small group in Kenosha peacefully protests Ferguson outcome

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Some 25 largely college-age protesters peacefully took to the Kenosha County Courthouse steps Tuesday night, adding their voices to others decrying the events in Ferguson, Mo.

“We’re here to show there can be peaceful protest ... kind of to show what ‘good’ looks like,” said organizer Omar Flores, 20, of Kenosha.“We’re also showing that our police here are protecting our First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful protest.”

Fire damages Pleasant Prairie horse barn

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Fire damaged a horse barn in Pleasant Prairie Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to 8990 60th Ave. at 3:54 p.m. for the fire, according to Pleasant Prairie Fire Chief Doug McElmury. Upon arrival, firefighters could see smoke coming from the large pole barn.

Pleasant Prairie approves budget with tax levy hike

Despite an increase in the tax levy and the tax rate, 2015 tax bills are expected to decrease for most Pleasant Prairie homeowners, according to village offcials..

The Pleasant Prairie Village Board on Tuesday approved the 2015 budget. It includes a 5.87 percent increase in the tax levy and a slight increase in the tax rate, from $4.37 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $4.42.

Local NAACP head lauds relationship with Kenosha police

What’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is having an impact here.

It’s on people’s minds as they watch the news or read stories coming out of Missouri. As it did this summer, it is taking over news feeds on social media sites.

Gratitude is the main course at Reuther/Harborside feast

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A spirit of gratitude — and the smell of turkey — permeated the air at Reuther Central High School Tuesday as students gathered for the 44th Thanksgiving Celebration.

Started in 1971, the current edition features students from Reuther and Harborside Academy, who share the same building.

UHS, Anthem strike three-year deal

United Hospital System and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin have reached a three-year agreement, representatives from both parties confirmed Tuesday.

It is welcome news for thousands of Anthem clients faced with losing their in-network doctors as of Jan. 1, or paying more out-of-pocket to retain them.

Deputies nab two teens after crime spree

Two boys who ran off from a Benet Lake treatment facility went across the state line, burglarized a home and set it on fire, according to Sheriff’s Department reports.

Deputies were first called to the facility, 12603 224th Ave., Sunday morning, when staff began reporting vehicles in the lot had been damaged. Three vehicles were found with damage, and one of the boys later told investigators they had been trying to start them with a screwdriver.

News briefs: No arrests in report of shots fired

Police responded Saturday night to a report of six shots being fired in the 4600 block of 36th Avenue, with 20 to 30 people fighting in the street.

A witness told officers that about 10:40 p.m. two female subjects began fighting and that someone in a hoodie ran into the street and fired several shots.

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