February 12, 2016
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Committee recommends lighting for softball field

The Somers Park Committee on Thursday recommended that the Village Board look at streamlining a proposed project to light a softball field at Memorial Park in time for the youth league's season this spring.

The newly formed committee at its first meeting since being established this week passed the resolution, which includes a quote from at least one company of $120,000 for replacing failing bulbs on the 40-year-old lighting system. The committee, however, based its approval contingent on receiving a second bid and that the Village Board to consider bonding to pay for the project.


UWP men outlast Truman State in OT

A 40-point performance by Andy Mazurczak lifted the UW-Parkside men's basketball team to a 102-96 overtime win over Truman State in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo., on Thursday night. For more, pick up Friday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



Bucks win

The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards 99-92 in Milwaukee.




GIRLS BASKETBALL: St. Joseph wins

Junior Sidney Cooks scored her 1,000th career point as the second-ranked St. Joseph girls basketball team downed Whitefish Bay Dominican 62-51 tonight.




Clinton, Sanders square off in Milwaukee debate

Hillary Clinton embraced rival Bernie Sanders' call for fixing a "rigged" economy that favors the wealthy in tonight's Democratic debate in Milwaukee, but said the Vermont senator's plans to pay for it add up to promises "that cannot be kept." See Friday's Kenosha News for more details.


Parkside, Carthage Dems like Sanders

A random sampling on the eve of tonight's Democratic debate in Milwaukee indicates Bernie Sanders is the preferred candidate for students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Carthage College.

For more on this story, check kenoshanews.com and see Friday's Kenosha News.



UWP women fall to Truman State

The UW-Parkside women's basketball team dropped a 65-56 Great Lakes Valley Conference decision to Truman State on Thursday evening at Pershing Arena in Kirksville, Mo. For more, pick up Friday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



Diplomats agree to Syria cease-fire

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats meeting in Munich have agreed to work with Syrian parties to implement a "nationwide cessation of hostilities."

Kerry said early Friday that the target is to implement the cease-fire in a week. He said that would not apply to the Islamic State group and the extremist al-Nusra Front.


UW-Madison researchers to study Zika virus

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison plan to use monkeys to study the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The studies start next week. Campus scientists will infect rhesus macaque monkeys with the virus to study how long it stays in their blood stream, among other things.


Fargo police say officer shot during standoff dies

A North Dakota police officer died today after being hit by a gunshot that authorities suspect was fired by a man later found dead in the home where the officer had responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Officer Jason Moszer, a six-year police veteran with a wife and two children, died at 12:45 p.m. from a single gunshot wound, a police spokesman said. Family members visited him in a hospital earlier in the day to say goodbye, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said.


Gateway offers community funded student aid

Gateway Technical College Thursday introduced Promise program funding to help low-income students fill the financial gap between student loans and grants. The first participants will be qualified enrollees in the fall 2017 class. The Promise scholarships are funded by contributions from individuals, economic development organizations and corporations.

For more go to www.kenoshanews.com or see tomorrow's Kenosha News


Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged today, a utility said.

While the well still needs to be permanently sealed with cement and inspected by state regulators, the announcement by Southern California Gas Co. marked the first time the leak has been under control since it was reported Oct. 23.


Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: Ald. Bob Johnson has filed a complaint with the district attorney's office against fellow mayoral candidate John Antaramian.


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Jury finds Rogers guilty of first-degree murder

A jury has found Jacob Rogers, of Racine, guilty of first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of Andrew Jones Jr., of Kenosha, from last March.



Johnson asks DA to probe Antaramian consulting

Ald. Bob Johnson, who is running against former 4-term mayor John Antaramian, has filed a complaint with the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office alleging Antaramian acted "unlawfully" as a paid consultant to the city of Kenosha.

The complaint alleges Antaramian and his company, Emerging Communities Corp., violated Wisconsin law by consulting on brownfield remediation projects without proper qualifications, and additionally that, he was barred as a "public official" from engaging in the contracts for which the city paid over $158,000.


Milwaukee takes center stage in US politics tonight

Democratic Party leaders say Milwaukee was chosen to host the presidential debate because of the state's battleground status in the Midwest.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she expects Democrats to do well this fall in Wisconsin considering the position of the Republican field, which she says is far to the right.

"PBS NewsHour" is hosting the debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beginning at 8 p.m. It will also be broadcast live on CNN.



Kenosha Police investigating another infant death

Kenosha Police are investigating a third infant death in eight days.

Emergency units responded to the 1100 block of 61st Street about 4:30 a.m. Thursday for the report of a 4-month old not breathing. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Kenosha Police Lt. Brad Hetlet.

The death is under investigation.

Last week, police responded to two infants deaths in two days. Both are still under investigation, according to Hetlet.

A 5-month-old infant died inside a residence in the 6600 block of 22nd Ave., about 8 a.m. on Feb. 3, just one day after an 8-month-old boy died at home in the 4600 block of 36th Avenue.



Gateway to unveil tuition-free Promise program

Gateway Technical College will launch its Promise program -- an initiative to provide tuition-free education to qualifying students -- this morning in Racine.

An unveiling event will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the Lake Building on Gateway's Racine campus, 1001 S. Main St.

For more on this story, check back at kenoshanews.com and see Friday's Kenosha News.


City seeks input on five options for Kennedy Drive

Before settling on one of five options for Kennedy Drive, Kenosha's Parks Commission wants to hear from the public.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Thursday's newspaper.



Today's weather forecast

The outlook today calls for mostly sunny skies and frigid temperatures; the high will be 19 degrees, the low 11.


FBI surrounds last occupiers at Oregon refuge

The FBI surrounded the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon tonight as the holdouts argued with a negotiator and yelled at law enforcement officers in armored vehicles to back off.

The tense standoff between law enforcement officers and the four occupiers was being live-streamed on the Internet by an acquaintance of one of the holdouts, David Fry.


Red Men lose to North Central

The Carthage men's basketball team lost a 95-77 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin decision to 18th-ranked North Central (Ill.) at Tarble Arena on Wednesday night. For more, pick up Thursday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



North Central downs Reds

The Carthage women's basketball team lost a 109-87 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game to North Central on Wednesday night in Naperville, Ill. For more, pick up Thursday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



Marquette outlasts No. 20 Providence

The Marquette men's basketball team knocked off 20th-ranked Providence 96-91 in double-overtime on Wednesday night in a Big East game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. For more, pick up Thursday's edition of the Kenosha News.



Zika fears alter blood collection

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is discouraging anyone who recently traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean or South America from donating blood to help minimize the chance of spreading the Zika virus.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Thursday's newspaper.




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