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Class for parents seeks to improve school interactions

A new class in Kenosha schools is aimed at parents rather than kids, designed to help them better interact with teachers.

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



Somers industrial park may break ground Wednesday

Ground may be broken as soon as Wednesday on Somers' first industrial park.

Mount Prospect, Ill.-based First Industrial Trust Realty Inc. closed Monday on the sale of the 309-acre Tunkieicz farm, located on the northeast corner of Highway H and Highway S, and obtained construction permits to begin work immediately on a 600,000-square foot building.

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



Grant targets campus sex assaults awareness

Aurora Health Care has awarded more than $420,000 to Kenosha County agencies to develop programs for sexual violence awareness and victim services, particularly on college campuses.

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



GOP debate field set

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night's leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race, joined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the campaign's first cut.

Seven others will be excluded, including former technology executive Carly Fiorina and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, relegated to a pre-debate forum and second-tier status in the party's crowded field.


Driver found with explosive device

Police found a pill bottle packed with gunpowder and a fuse when they stopped a Kenosha man they say was driving erratically early Monday morning.

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



Taste of Wisconsin attendance hits 41,000

This year's Taste of Wisconsin saw just over 41,000 attendees this year, slightly less than last year's 42,280.

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



Bail set at $300,000 for Mississippi courthouse shooting suspect

The man accused in a Mississippi courthouse shooting was arrested last month on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a weapon, contradicting earlier statements by police that the suspect had never before been in serious trouble.

Today, Gwendolyn Miles, deputy court clerk in Canton, confirmed the July 1 charge against 24-year-old William B. Wells to an Associated Press reporter. Wells is accused of shooting a defendant outside the county courthouse Monday in Canton. His bail was set at $300,000 today.


2 men fire at soldiers in Mississippi

Authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility in Mississippi, although no one was reported wounded, a sheriff said today.

Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said the soldiers were training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg.


Milwaukee archdiocese settles suits

The Milwaukee archdiocese has agreed to a $21 million settlement with victims of clergy abuse.

The Roman Catholic archdiocese provided details of the settlement to The Associated Press on Tuesday before releasing them more broadly.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki says the settlement sets the stage for the archdiocese to close a bankruptcy proceeding that was filed in January 2011.



State health care leaders say Medicaid expansion not dead

Taking federal money to pay for expanding Medicaid coverage in Wisconsin isn't dead yet, even though Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans who control the Legislature have repeatedly refused to accept the funding, health care leaders in the state said today.

Walker has touted his decision to reject the money while he runs for president, and Republican legislators have repeatedly voted down Democratic attempts to accept the money. The funding would make more people eligible for Medicaid and free up state money to pay for other priorities.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are still talking about accepting the federal money, which can be taken at any time, said Eric Borgerding, chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.



Vos creates bipartisan task forces

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has created three bipartisan task forces to issue recommendations for law changes in the coming months.

The groups announced today will study Alzheimer's and dementia, urban education and youth workforce readiness.

The Republican-led committees will begin their work this summer with the goal of completing it by the end of next year.



Wisconsin's unclaimed lottery winnings exceed $57M

More than $2 million was left on the table by Wisconsin residents who had winning lottery tickets but failed to collect their cash in fiscal year 2015, state lottery and financial officials said.

Preliminary figures show that $2,230,267 went unclaimed during the fiscal year that ended June 30, said Stephanie Marquis, communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. That total includes winning tickets for popular games like Powerball and Mega Millions, as well as Megabucks, Supercash, Badger 5, Pick 3 and Pick 4, but it doesn't include scratch-off tickets

According to data provided by the Wisconsin Lottery and the Department of Revenue, more than $57 million has gone unclaimed since 1997



Badger named to lead merged AFSCME council

A veteran Wisconsin union leader will head the newly merged councils of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Rick Badger has been named executive director of Council 32, which was formed when three Wisconsin AFSCME councils representing state and local government leaders voted to merge earlier this year.

The Council 32 executive board picked another candidate, Boyd McCamish, for the job, but failed to come to terms on a compensation package. Badger served as executive director of AFSCME Council 40, which represented local government employees outside the Milwaukee area, from 2007 until the merger.



Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story: a plan to allow people to walk around downtown and drink is going back to the drawing board.

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Janesville dentist mistaken for lion hunter

A Wisconsin dentist with a name similar to the Minnesota man in hiding after killing a beloved lion in Zimbabwe says he's being harassed online and by phone.

Dr. Matt Palmer in Janesville said he's had to change his phone number because of the harassing calls that began in the middle of the night last week. Walter Palmer is the Eden Prairie dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion, causing an international uproar over the animal's death.

Matt Palmer, who said he does not hunt, said people are quick to judge, even though they may have misinformation.



Weather Service confirms tornado hit Chicago area

The National Weather Service says storms that moved through the Chicago area on Sunday produced an EF-1 tornado.

The weather service says there were two severe weather incidents on Sunday. The first that afternoon produced large hail and strong winds. That storm collapsed a tent in the suburb of Wood Dale leaving one man dead. The storm's hail was larger than an inch in diameter and its winds were more than 50 mph near O'Hare International Airport.

The second storm produced a tornado with peak winds of 100 mph in Lake County near Round Lake, Hainesville, Grayslake and Wildwood. No injuries were reported. The same storm went on to produce a water spout over Lake Michigan northeast of North Chicago.



Wait times increase at Madison VA hospital

Officials say wait times at Madison's Veterans Hospital have increased despite additional staff, extended hours and more care options.

Chief of staff Alan Bridges says the longer waits for care can be attributed to increased demand. The hospital has handled more than 4,200 appointments so far this year - a 2 percent increase over the same period last year.

The State Journal reports VA officials in Madison say the average wait for all primary care visits is about 3½ days, up from approximately 1½ days a year ago. The wait is a little longer for specialty care - nearly four days.



Today's forecast: Mostly sunny

Mostly sunny and beautiful with a high of 79 degrees.


Wis. man sentenced for killing 15 deer

A 19-year-old Wisconsin man who authorities say took part in the "thrill killing" of 15 deer last year has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports Grant Boese of Nipon pleaded no contest in Green Lake County court Monday to six counts of failing to obtain a deer hunting license. A judge also sentenced him to three years of probation, and ordered he lose his hunting privileges for 12 years.

A plea agreement with prosecutors resulted in 122 other counts against Boese being dropped. Court documents say Boese's deer kills included shooting 11 deer from the passenger seat of a vehicle in late November. A complaint says Boese and two other men led law enforcement on a chase on Nov. 29 before getting stuck in a marshy field in the town of Princeton.



Brewers lose at home

The Padres beat the Brewers 13-5 on Monday night, go to kenoshanews.com or grab Tuesday's paper for more coverage.



Entertainment district ordinance to go back to panel

The Kenosha City Council on Monday night voted voted 15-1 to send back an ordinance that would give it the authority to create an entertainment district.

The proposed ordinance will go back to the Licensing and Permitting Committee next week for revision as business owners and residents were concerned about safety issues, as well as, where and when it would be established. Such a district would allow residents to do things such as carry alcoholic beverages from place to place within the established area.


Bullfrogs upend Kingfish

The visiting Green Bay Bullfrogs scored thee runs in the top of the first inning Monday night and made that stand in a 4-2 Northwoods League victory over the Kenosha Kingfish. See Tuesday's Kenosha News or visit www.kenoshanews.com for more.



Twin Lakes may crack down on Country Thunder parkers

Complaints about Country Thunder fans parking on lawns and along residential streets near the festival could lead to temporary parking restrictions next year.

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



Man accused of killing Memphis officer turns self in

An ex-con accused of fatally shooting a police officer who interrupted a drug deal turned himself in today, ending an intensive two-day manhunt, authorities said.

Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, is accused of killing officer Sean Bolton on Saturday night, after the officer approached a car along a street that had been known for years as a quiet oasis amid a troubled neighborhood.


Economic boom fueling growth at Kenosha airport

The economic boom that has brought new businesses and jobs into Kenosha County is helping to fuel growth at Kenosha Regional Airport.

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


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