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30th Ave. closed south of Highway E

Thirtieth Avenue is shut down just south of Highway E as crews clean up after an injury crash that downed a pole.

Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha hires director

Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha has named Kristie Vitale as its first Executive Director.

"The mission of Habitat for Humanity is what drew me to the position," Vitale said today. "Habitat for Humanity doesn't just provide families with a home. It is a life altering experience, especially for the children."

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

Student shooter dead after Wash. school attack

A lone student shooter was dead today after an attack at a high school north of Seattle, police said.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said he did not have any additional information on where the shooting took place or if anyone else was killed or wounded.

Students and staff members were seen walking out of Marysville Pilchuck High School after police and ambulance crews surrounded the large campus of more than 2,000 students.

Carthage alumna's world premiere adaptation opens tonight

Carthage College is opening its world premiere adaptation written by Carthage Theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.
"Day After Night" is based on a powerful novel, which tells the true story of the 1945 rescue of more than 200 prisoners from the Atlit internment camp in the aftermath of the second World War told through the eyes of four young women at the camp with profoundly different stories. The culmination of several years of collaboration and work, the play is a compelling addition to Carthage's First Year Experience program.
For more information, go to www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment or see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News.

New-fashioned musical opens tonight at Bradford

Kenosha Unified Theatre Arts' production of "Hello! My Baby" opens tonight at Bradford High School. The group performed the show as a pilot production for New York City licensing agency Music Theatre International in 2013 and has again worked with the playwright to bring back the new-fashioned musical.

The comedy is built around revamped, classic songs that are now in the public domain, and reboots the greatest hits of musicians from the early 1900s.

For more information, go to www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment or see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News.

Lakeside Players' opens spooky family show tonight

Just in time for the Halloween season, the Lakeside Players is opening "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" tonight for its first play of this season's family theater series.

The well-known tale about a quiet village turned upside down by a mysterious new neighbor is a suspenseful and spooky play that will have audiences galloping ahead to a ghostly good time. All performances are held at the Rhode Center of the Arts, 541 56th St., through Nov. 2.

For more information, go to www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment or see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News.

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: there is a contract dispute between Blue Cross and United Hospital and the city threatens to shut a dirt stockpile site.

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Hot off the press: Friday, Oct. 24

Here is a look at the top stories available now at KenoshaNews.com and in today's Kenosha News:

* A contract breakdown between two giants in Kenosha healthcare could affect thousands of residents.

* The city has issued a 24-hour compliance for a property owner to shut down a stockpile site on the southside.

* Crews are putting the finishing touch on the city's first park-and-ride lot across from the LakeView RecPlex.

* The Tremper boys soccer team advanced to the WIAA Division-1 sectional final.

NYC doctor diagnosed with Ebola

An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor's Ebola diagnosis, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling. De Blasio said all city officials followed "clear and strong" protocols in their handling and treatment of him.

"We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed," de Blasio said. "New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk."

The doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders who had been working in Guinea, returned six days ago and reported Thursday morning coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea. He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center.

State attorney general candidates set to debate

Wisconsin attorney general candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel are set to engage in their second debate.

Happ, Jefferson County's Democratic district attorney, and Schimel, Waukesha County's Republican district attorney, are scheduled to appear together on Wisconsin Public Television on Friday evening. Polls show Happ and Schimel locked in a dead heat as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

The race has turned fierce, with each candidate accusing the other of being soft on crime. Schimel has labeled Happ a liberal activist. Happ has criticized Schimel's belief that he must defend every state law regardless of its constitutionality, calling him a robot.

The two candidates are set to debate one more time before the election on Wednesday at the state bar association.

Today's weather: Partly sunny

Partly sunny skies are in today's forecast, with a high of 64 degrees and a low of 49 degrees.

BOYS SOCCER: Tremper wins

Tremper defeated Oak Creek 4-0 in a WIAA Division-1 boys soccer sectional semifinal on Thursday night. For more, see kenoshanews.com or pick up Friday's News.

United Hospital System at odds with Anthem Blue Cross

A breakdown between two giants in Kenosha health care could be problematic for patients in the area.

To read the whole story, click here or see Friday's Kenosha News.

Neighbors question noise, proper land use

A commercial property owner stockpiling dirt, concrete on 25 acres along east side of 39th Avenue between 80th and 85th streets in Kenosha faces possible operations shutdown.

The owner was issued a 24-hour notice today to comply with a limited permit issued for the operation, according to City Administrator Frank Pacetti.

For more on this story later go to www.kenoshanews.com and see Friday's Kenosha News.

New bridge eases rail congestion

A new railroad overpass in Chicago is helping untangle the worst choke point in the nation's rail network, speeding up passenger service and freight trains hauling everything from crude oil to electronics, officials said Thursday.

For more on this story, see Friday's Kenosha News.

Update: 3 dead, 2 injured in Maryland air crash

A fire department official said three people were killed and two others were injured today when an airplane and a helicopter collided in the air near the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Capt. Kevin Fox of Frederick County Fire and Rescue said the collision occurred at 3:40 p.m.

Power restored to 2,200 Somers customers

About 2,200 customers, the majority in Somers, were out of power and have since been restored after a vehicle struck a utility pole at 8404 Highway KR in the village of Mount Pleasant, according to We Energies officials.

The power went out at 4:15 p.m. Thursday and restored around 4:50 p.m., according to Brian Manthey, spokesman for We Energies said. Among the major areas affected included the WalMart Supercenter, 3500 Brumback Blvd., in Somers.

Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Frederick police Lt. Clark Pennington said the aircraft collided this afternoon. It was not immediately known how many people were on board or whether anyone was hurt. Aerial footage from WJZ-TV in Baltimore showed aircraft wreckage in a stand of trees.

Canada finds no link between soldier attacks

Canadian police say they have found no connection between the two attacks on soldiers this week.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Bob Paulson also says authorities had not been watching the gunman in advance of his deadly attack on a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Most Wis. voucher students came from private schools

The vast majority of students receiving a taxpayer-subsidized voucher to attend private school this year did not go to a Wisconsin public school last year.

Data released today by the state Department of Public Instruction show that just over 19 percent of the 538 students who entered the statewide program this year attended a public school last year.

The voucher program is touted by its supporters as a way to help students escape poorly performing public schools. But the numbers show most students were already in private school before they got the voucher, fueling arguments from opponents that the program is really about subsidizing private school education.

Wisconsin court won't reconsider voter ID case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to reconsider whether the state's voter photo identification law is unconstitutional.

Republicans passed the law in 2011. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the immigrant group Voces de la Frontera as well as the League of Women Voters challenged the mandate in separate lawsuits. The state Supreme Court concluded in July that the law is constitutional in both cases.

The NAACP and Voces de la Frontera asked the court last month to reconsider. The court issued an order Wednesday saying the groups missed the deadline for filing such a request by a month; the court said the issue is moot since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Oct. 9 that the law won't be in effect for the Nov. 4 election.

Special performance of musical tonight as benefit for local family

A special performance of Kenosha Unified Theatre Arts' production of "Hello! My Baby" will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Bradford High School's auditorium as a benefit for a local family.

Brian C. Voyles passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 4 at the age of 54. His four children have all been involved in local theater productions, and two of them, Ariana and Austin Voyles, are in the "Hello! My Baby" cast.

All proceeds from ticket and concession sales will go to Voyles family to assist them in their financial hardship. Donations to the family also will be accepted. Tickets are $10 general; $8 senior citizens; $5 students at the door.

For more information about the show, go to www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment or see the Get Out section in Friday's Kenosha News.

Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: The remains of James Lee Van Bendegom, a Vietnam War POW, will soon be returned to his family in Kenosha. And construction is underway on a north-side stretch of 39th Avenue.

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Hulsey launches write-in candidacy for governor

Just 12 days before the election, state Rep. Brett Hulsey says he is running for governor as an independent write-in candidate.

Hulsey lost the Democratic primary to Mary Burke, earing 16 percent of the vote. Hulsey announced today that he was mounting a last-minute write-in campaign, but if it appears the effort is helping Republican Gov. Scott Walker, he will stop.

The most recent Marquette University Law School poll released last week showed Burke and Walker to be tied.

U.S. jobless benefit applications up slightly

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.

Applications rose 17,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 283,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the sixth straight reading below 300,000. Applications have fallen 19 percent in the past year.


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