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Scientists to hear about plastics challenge for great lakes

Scientists specializing in the Great Lakes are going to be hearing about the challenge plastic pollution poses for the lakes during a conference at the University of Vermont.

The Thursday sessions on plastics pollution is one of many being held this week in Burlington at the 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research.

The conference is focusing on a variety of topics affecting the great lakes of the world, not just the five Great Lakes of North America.

Today's forecast

The weather forecast calls for sunny weather today and a high of 80 degrees. The low will be 57.

Anti-gay marriage bill falls in Texas Legislature

Divisive efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized ended tonight with conservative finger-pointing and opponents feeling relieved.

The first session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will end next week without a measure that gay rights activists considered one of the harshest in any U.S. statehouse: restrictions that would prohibit government officials from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Kingfish hook first win of the season

The Kenosha Kingfish (1-1) used some late scoring to nab their first win of the season with a 4-2 win over St. Cloud at Simmons Field. Head to kenoshanews.com for more coverage.

UPDATE: Explosion scene cleared

No smoke or fire was reported at the scene of a reported explosion at 8828 41st Ave. Wednesday night. Police and firefighters responded, but cleared the scene quickly. We Energies was notified.

Two groups may take charge of Rock Lake

Residents interested in the health and management of Rock Lake were able to provide their input into a proposed protection plan Wednesday night.

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

Explosion reported at 8828 41st Ave.

Kenosha firefighters were called at 8:30 p.m. to investigate a report of an explosion at 8828 41st Ave.

Budget panel authorizes borrowing for building projects

The Legislature's finance committee has authorized borrowing tens of millions of dollars for building projects around the state.

The committee voted 12-4 Wednesday to approve four projects, including a science lab at Carroll University, an Eau Claire arts center, an agricultural education center in Manitowoc and renovations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's chemistry building.

Panel OKs seeking office space outside Madison, Milwaukee

The Legislature's budget committee has approved a Republican plan that calls for looking to lease state office space outside Madison and Milwaukee.

Committee Republicans released a plan Wednesday that would require the Department of Administration to look for lease options in counties other than Dane or Milwaukee.

Lawsuit filed in salmonella outbreak

One of the families sickened after eating pork carnitas from Supermercado Los Corrales has sued the grocery store and its insurance company, and more lawsuits are likely to be filed.

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

Streetcar expansion awaits We Energies report

A plan to expand Kenosha's streetcar line is on hold while city officials await a report from We Energies.

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

New downtown Wi-Fi sees successful launch

The limited launch of free, outdoor, public access Wi-Fi in Kenosha over the weekend appeared to go off without a hitch, a county official said Wednesday,

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

Residents get look at plans for Highway 45 reconstruction

Property owners along Highway 45 in Bristol and Paris, north of Highway 50, now have an idea of the scope of the upcoming reconstruction of the highway.

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

Somers Fire Commission selects Strom for interim chief

The Somers Fire Commission has selected Capt. Aaron Strom to be interim fire chief. The move still has to be approved by the Village Board.

Strom has been with the department since 2004.

Sheriff's Department names new head of county jail

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department announced the promotion of Lt. Robert Croeker as its pre-trial facility administrator for the Kenosha County Jail. Croeker replaces Lt. Mark Schlecht, who retires on Friday after 35 years with the department.

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

County's top legal adviser to retire

Bernard Vash, the county's corporation counsel, is retiring this week after 33 years as legal adviser to the county.

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

UPDATE: Panel OKs bill ending Wisconsin's prevailing wage law

The Assembly Labor Committee has approved a measure that would eliminate Wisconsin's prevailing wage law.

The committee voted Wednesday 5-4 with Republicans in favor advancing the bill. Rep. John Spiros, a Marshfield Republican, joined Democrats in voting against the measure.

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday said he would sign a repeal of the law.

Amazon dedicates student-created sculpture

Indian Trail High School art students, using discarded construction materials, have created a sculpture that will greet employees at the Amazon Fulfillment Center.

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

DNR board prohibits antlerless kills in 13 counties

The state Department of Natural Resources' board has prohibited hunters from killing antlerless deer in 13 counties this fall in an effort to regrow the herd in those areas.

The ban includes Douglas, Bayfield, Sawyer, Ashland, Iron, Vilas, Price, Oneida, Langlade, Forest, Florence and Racine counties as well as a portion of Jackson County.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story: City of Kenosha to close Lincoln Park basketball courts starting Friday.


Nebraska abolishes death penalty

Nebraska abolished the death penalty today in a landmark veto-override vote backed by an unusual coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment.

Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota in 1973.

State lawmaker postpones fundraiser after criticism

The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee postponed a fundraiser today after a government watchdog group and Democrats criticized her over its timing.

Sen. Alberta Darling, a Republican from River Hills, said she determined it was "not a good idea" to continue with the $500 per-person fundraiser originally scheduled for Thursday night - hours before Darling's committee was to meet for the last time Friday to make decisions about what would be funded in the two-year state spending plan.

PREP SOFTBALL: Shoreland-St. Joseph regional postponed

For the second consecutive day, the WIAA Division-3 regional quarterfinal softball game between Shoreland and St. Joseph was postponed.

The game is scheduled to be made up at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Shoreland with the winner getting Christian Life at 5:15 p.m.

Brewers lose

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 at Miller Park on Wednesday.

Lincoln Park basketball courts to shut down

The basketball courts at Lincoln Park will be shut down on Friday for two weeks following nearly 20 police calls at the location in 25 days, according to Mayor Keith Bosman.

Kenosha Police Department responded to a fight involving more than a 100 people at Lincoln Park on Monday.


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