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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.

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.

Small group in Kenosha peacefully protests Ferguson outcome


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.”

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.

Memorial service pays tribute to Serenity


At the front of the church was an ivory coffin, heart-breakingly small. There were flowers, in bright pinks and purples, and shiny Mylar balloons.

And all around were stuffed animals. Teddy bears, mostly, dozens of them, lining the floor to each side of the casket.

Former Arena Football owner arrested in Kenosha

FBI agents arrested the former owner of the defunct Chicago Rush Arena Football League on federal fraud charges at his home in Kenosha Monday morning.

David Staral Jr., 35, was taken into custody and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown in federal court in Chicago Monday afternoon. He was reportedly held overnight pending details of his release.

More people hitting the road for Thanksgiving

As many plan for that trip over the river and through the woods, the price of gasoline will be easier on their pocket books, according to travel experts.

Motorists can expect to pay about 45 cents less per gallon compared to last year, according to AAA Wisconsin spokesman Nick Jarmusz.

Last-minute addition can’t derail city budget

With the exception of a relatively minor last-minute expense, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s 2015 budget for the city was approved Monday night with little comment by the City Council acting as a Committee of the Whole.

Bosman’s proposed $75,375,137 budget and $12,529,024 capital improvement plan now heads to the council at 5 p.m. Tuesday for a final vote.

Pleasant Prairie man to march in Macy’s parade


Greg Jarosz can’t stop marching.

Forty-one years after marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Jarosz is going back — and he’ll be marching and playing again.

Snapshot: Gun shop owner has mastered reloading ammunition


Editor’s note: Gun owners should seek professional guidance before attempting to reload ammunition.

Todd Ogren, 48, owner of The Gun Shop, 1452 Sheridan Road, has been reloading his ammunition for years.

Get ready for winter parking rules


Alternate-side street parking in Kenosha begins Dec. 1.

Until March 31, parking is permitted on only one side of the street from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.: on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses on odd-number dates, and on the even side of the street on even-calendar dates.

Happy Th-Th-Thanksgiving: Snow, cold to return

If you like a little snow with your turkey, Mother Nature’s got weather just for you.

The rain that came Sunday will change to snow beginning late afternoon on Monday, with accumulations of up to 2½ inches possible in Kenosha County, according to Ben Herzog, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wis.

‘The need is growing’


Two hundred families will be able to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal this week as a result of the open hearts and giving hands of the congregants of Fellowship Baptist Church, 1700 89th St., in Kenosha.

Saturday’s 11th annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway increased the number of turkeys distributed by seven over last year.

Most parents support shorter year at Riverview

SILVER LAKE — The majority of parents who responded to a survey about ending the school year early to accommodate Riverview School building renovations approve of the idea.

“We had 399 survey responses, which will assist our board as we consider scheduling options,” Administrator Jon Schleusner said. “A total of 87 percent of respondents indicated they would be supportive of an early end of the school year.”

Parkside fraternity serves up a community meal


Young men working elbow to elbow in the kitchen at the Salvation Army served up platefuls of steaming food Saturday afternoon, to hungry patrons.

It was the second year that Omega Delta Phi fraternity, Omicron chapter, headquartered at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, hosted a Thanksgiving meal at the facility.

    70K pages of Walker documents released

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nearly 70,000 pages of emails and attachments were released Tuesday that had been collected during the first secret investigation into former aides and associates of Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive. Here are a few things to know about the latest documents made public in the now-closed case:

    The first batch was released by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s office in August, followed by more in September and October. To date, more than 100,000 pages of material have been released. Additionally, 27,000 pages of emails collected during the probe were previously released as part of an appeal made by Kelly Rindfleisch, one of the six Walker aides or associates convicted as a result of the investigation. Walker was never charged with wrongdoing.

    Business groups oppose road-tax hike

    MADISON (AP) — A coalition of 10 powerful Wisconsin business groups spoke out Monday about a proposal from the Department of Transportation that would increase taxes and fees by more than $750 million to pay for roads projects.

    The statewide chamber of commerce joined with groups representing grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations, truckers, car dealers and small businesses in issuing a statement questioning the gas tax hike and other fee increases, saying they could put businesses at a competitive disadvantage.

    State prepares for increase in DNA tests

    MADISON (AP) — The state Department of Justice has hired nearly 20 more workers and begun a pricey renovation of its Madison crime lab so that it will be able to handle tens of thousands of additional DNA samples when new collection requirements take effect next year.

    Wisconsin currently takes DNA samples from anyone convicted of a felony and certain sex-related misdemeanors. A Republican-backed law set to take effect on April 1 dramatically expands the grounds for collection.

    DNR board to vote on revisions to invasives list


    MADISON (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources’ board could add scores of organisms to Wisconsin’s invasive species list next month in the first revisions to the catalog since it was created five years ago.

    The DNR has proposed classifying 49 more species as prohibited, which means people can’t sell, possess or transport them and must destroy them if they find them on their property. The agency also wants to list 32 other species as restricted, meaning people can’t sell or move them but can possess them.

    State budget shortfall projected at $2.2 billion

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration said Thursday that Wisconsin faces a $2.2 billion budget shortfall by mid-2017, a problem that will have to be tackled by the Republican-controlled Legislature next year as Walker builds his resume for a potential presidential run and looks to deliver on a campaign promise to cut taxes.

    The estimate from the state Department of Administration is the first to take into account spending requests made by state agencies for the next two years.

    Lawsuit says open enrollment program unconstitutional

    MADISON (AP) — Three families of children with disabilities argue in a federal lawsuit that Wisconsin’s open enrollment program is unconstitutional because school districts can reject students with disabilities while accepting others.

    The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Madison, also argues that it’s discriminatory for schools to set quotas for how many students, both with disabilities and without, they will accept under open enrollment every year.

    Walker considers major changes to transportation budget

    MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker told The Associated Press on Tuesday that significant changes will be made to the state Department of Transportation’s proposal to increase taxes and fees on drivers by $751 million, but he did not specifically say what he wants altered.

    The budget was submitted to the governor Friday by Transportation Department Secretary Mark Gottlieb, a Walker appointee. The proposal would raise the gas tax 5 cents a gallon, impose a fee for new purchases amounting to $800 on a $32,000 vehicle, and create a $50 annual charge for owners of electric and hybrid cars.

    Pacers put away Hawks


    SOMERS — Shoreland Lutheran’s girls basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after a 52-45 non-conference victory over visiting Indian Trail on Tuesday night.

    A scary thought for future opponents is that the Pacers are nowhere near close to a finished product.

    Matthews powers Carthage

    Junior guard Ellis Matthews provided a huge lift off the bench, and the Carthage men’s basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a clutch second-half surge for a 73-64 non-conference win over UW-Platteville at Bo Ryan Court in Platteville on Tuesday night.

    Matthews scored a game-high 19 points, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, in just 18 minutes. Cameron Van Wyk added 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field for the Red Men (2-2), while fellow big man Mike Kastel had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

    Prep ticker


    Shoreland Lutheran 73, Faith Christian 33

    Still time to enter to Mayor’s Turkey Day Run

    If you’re a runner or walker who wants to participate in Thursday’s 36th annual Mayor’s Turkey Day Run, relax — you’ve still got time.

    Late registration will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.).

    College roundup: Upper Iowa ends Rangers’ run

    The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team couldn’t extend its historic season-opening winning streak.

    After starting the season 4-0, believed to be the Rangers’ first 4-0 start since they joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 1995-96 season, UWP dropped a back-and-forth 59-54 non-conference game to Upper Iowa at the Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa, on Tuesday night.

    Pinning down La’Ryan Johnson



    Bradford wrestler La’Ryan Johnson came up one win short in the finals after fighting his way through the 220-pound bracket at the WIAA Division-1 state meet at the Kohl Center in Madison last season.

    Promising Tremper girls open tonight



    Coming off its best season in six years, the Tremper girls basketball program is looking for more.

    Pacers to rely on juniors



    The Shoreland Lutheran boys basketball team may be young again, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Pacers are inexperienced.

    UW-Parkside’s Mecko makes the grade

    Karley Mecko accomplished a rare feat for a UW-Parkside student-athlete on Monday.

    The redshirt senior defender earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-American Women’s Soccer First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    Bullmore gains elite status


    Bradford graduate Abby Bullmore was rewarded for perfection recently.

    The Wheaton (Ill.) College senior cross country runner received the NCAA’s ELITE 89 award on Friday night at the annual awards banquet of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

    UW-La Crosse beats Red Men in Carthage Classic


    UW-La Crosse’s Cale Zuiker and Skylar Cameron put on an offensive clinic Saturday in their team’s 80-67 victory over Carthage in the consolation game of the Carthage Classic I at Tarble Arena.

    Zuiker (10-of-17) and Cameron (8-of-13) combined for 57 points and 60 percent shooting (18-of-30) from the floor.

    Reds spread the wealth

    Every starter scored at least six points as the Carthage women’s basketball team won its home opener, 62-41 over UW-La Crosse, on Saturday afternoon at Tarble Arena.

    Alexis Hahn paced the Reds (2-1) with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Taylor Boardman (12 points) and Erin Thomas (11) also scored in double figures. Hahn and Boardman shared the team-high with nine rebounds each.

    High school and college ticker


    St. Francis 35, Christian Life 32

    Parkside women go to 4-0

    Here’s an indication of how well it went for the UW-Parkside women’s basketball team on Saturday at Tiffin (Ohio):

    UWP’s backups nearly outscored Tiffin’s entire team as the Rangers improved to 4-0 with a 60-42 non-conference victory. This is believed to be UW-Parkside’s first 4-0 start since it joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 1995-96 season.

    Rangers’ season ends with OT loss


    SOMERS—Goalkeeper Mallory Geurts buried her head in her arms. Her UW-Parkside women’s soccer teammates looked momentarily stunned, stuck to the frozen Wood Road Field turf, briefly unable or unwilling to process what just happened.

    All around them, the Grand Valley (Mich.) State players whooped and hollered, their jubilance unfettered after redshirt senior defender Kaely Schlosser’s overtime goal in the 97th minute kept their national-title defense alive and well.

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    Last-minute addition can’t derail city budget

    With the exception of a relatively minor last-minute expense, Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman’s 2015 budget for the city was approved Monday night with little comment by the City Council acting as a Committee of the Whole.

    More people hitting the road for Thanksgiving

    As many plan for that trip over the river and through the woods, the price of gasoline will be easier on their pocket books, according to travel experts.

    Riverview’s school year to end June 3

    SILVER LAKE — A June 3 end to the school year was approved by the Riverview School Board Monday night to accommodate an aggressive summer building project.

    News briefs: Man makes threats with handgun

    Kenosha Police officers took one man into custody after reports he had a handgun threatening to harm himself Monday night at a home in the 2800 block of 14th Lane.

    Former Arena Football owner arrested in Kenosha

    FBI agents arrested the former owner of the defunct Chicago Rush Arena Football League on federal fraud charges at his home in Kenosha Monday morning.

    Downtown merchants prep for Small Business Saturday


    Downtown merchants are dressing their store windows and selecting scavenger items in preparation for Kenosha’s 2014 version of Small Business Saturday.

    Memorial service pays tribute to Serenity


    At the front of the church was an ivory coffin, heart-breakingly small. There were flowers, in bright pinks and purples, and shiny Mylar balloons.

    Gateway board approves $1.1 million building project

    Gateway Technical College has approved more than $1 million in funding for two 2015 capital development projects on its Kenosha and Elkhorn campuses.

    Unified poised to approve employee handbook

    After nearly two years of trying, the Kenosha Unified School District may get an official employee handbook.

    Event briefs: Thanksgiving meal served at church

    KENOSHA — A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be served beginning at noon Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 919 60th St.

    History Mystery: Turkey Day Run dates back more than 100 years


    Question: In what year did the first Turkey Day Run hit the Kenosha streets?