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9 hurt in fireworks malfunction

Officials say nine people suffered minor burns during an accident at a fireworks show Friday night in Avon, Col.

A fireworks shell exploded in its tube rather than firing into the sky, which caused a rack of shells to tip, with two or three shells to going off toward the crowd.

The accident occurred about 17 minutes into the 23-minute fireworks show bringing the event to a halt. The annual event attracts about 20,000 people.



Pleasant weather today

Pleasant weather today with mostly sunny skies; some clouds; no precipitation expected in Kenosha, with a high of 82.

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Libertyfest lights in up in Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes played host to its 2015 Libertyfest celebration Friday night, kicking things off with expanded vendors, bigger tent venue, and packed performance by the Aquanut Water Ski Show and night fireworks.

The main stage headliner Friday night was Megan Ruger, a local singer who appeared as a contestant on "The Voice," in 2014. On Saturday night, Bella Cain will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight.



Kingfish win fifth in a row

The Kenosha Kingfish ran their winning streak to five with a 10-6 victory over the La Crosse Loggers on Friday night.

The teams will conclude their two-game series at 5:05 p.m. Saturday at Copeland Park in La Crosse.



Brewers win again

Carlos Gomez hit a grand slam, and Gerardo Parra and Aramis Ramirez also homered as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 12-1, on Friday night at Great American Ballpark for their sixth consecutive victory.



Plenty of lawmakers steaming after late GOP budget change may block open records

A plan that would shield lawmakers and the governor from open records scrutiny is just an "update of where open records laws are going" according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

The proposed changes in Wisconsin's open records law were included late Thursday in the state budget by the Joint Finance Committee, with all 12 of the Republicans on the committee approving the changes, the four Democrats opposed.

Although Vos downplayed the changes, they are being met by fierce criticism from both sides of the political spectrum, with some Republican legislators, conservative groups like the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and the Republic attorney general highly critical.



1 suspect shot in attempted burglary in Milwaukee

Police say one man was shot and seriously injured during an attempted burglary at the Bouchard's shoe store on Milwaukee's north side.

The incident happened about 4 a.m. today. Police said in a statement that three suspects attempted to burglarize the store when one of the suspects was shot, but the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear.


Residents sign online petition against Hwy. F route relocation

Randall residents have started an online petition to stop the relocation of a segment of Highway F that would displace one home and cut through residential land to create about one mile of new road.

The proposed roadway would have 12-foot-wide lanes with 7-foot, paved shoulders. Various options exist for the four-way intersection. Plans call for a cul-de-sac on Karow Road and a new connection could be constructed off of Pond Road. The intersection of highways EM and F would be modified.

Project funding will be 80 percent federal and 20 percent county funds. Construction cost is estimated at $3.1 million, with 80 percent of the money coming from federal fund and 20 percent coming from county coffers.



LakeView teen elected to national board for SkillsUSA

A Pleasant Prairie teen is serving on a national board for a student technical and career skills organization.

Ashley Gerstein, 17, was elected to the national board for SkillsUSA. She will serve in the coming year as a regional vice president on the 10-member national board.

She was elected by her peers in the organization during a national leadership conference in Louisville, Ky., in June.



Man tossing fireworks out window falsely claims to be firefighter

A man seen throwing lit firecrackers out of his car falsely claimed to be an active member of the Silver Lake Fire Department, according to court records.

Shawn D. McFarlane, 26, of Twin Lakes is charged with impersonating a firefighter and obstructing an officer for the May 30 incident. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months in jail or on probation.



Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes

Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs legislation approved by the General Assembly.

Supporters - including Attorney General Lisa Madigan - say putting cameras in residents' rooms would help ensure they're treated well and give families added peace of mind.


State Assembly to consider 20-week abortion ban in special session

The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to take up bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage for construction workers, as well as state budget votes, in a special legislative session.

Kit Beyer, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, said today that lawmakers voted by paper ballot to hold the special session. The Assembly's rules committee voted 5-3 with all Republicans in favor. She said the Assembly plans to meet Wednesday.


Solar plane files from Japan to Hawaii

A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His 120-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world's longest nonstop solo flight, his team said. The late U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006.

But Borschberg flew the Solar Impulse 2 without fuel. Instead, its wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.


Traveling Tap unveiled

With a snip of a water-blue ribbon, a flourish of biodegradable confetti and a toast of crystal clear Kenosha tap water, the Traveling Tap had it's debut Friday morning.

A creation of the Kenosha Water Utility, the Traveling Tap is a portable drinking water station which has eight bubblers, eight water taps and two dog watering station for public use.

It will be available again Saturday where it has been set up between Ashling on the Lough and the Southport marina, south of Place Douai off 56th Street in the Harbor Park area.


Milwaukee police chief reappointed

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has been reappointed to a third four-year term.

Thursday night's decision by the city's Fire and Police Commission was unanimous despite opposition from the police officers' union and criticisms about a lack of transparency in the process.

Milwaukee Police Association President says the commission made no effort to discuss the concerns of the union, which represents about 1,600 people. The union gave Flynn a vote of no-confidence last year, prompted by his decision to fire an officer after the fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park.


2 Wis. men die after fall into manure pit

Two Wisconsin men have died after falling into a manure pit and being overcome by the gases.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says it happened around 5 p.m. Thursday in the Town of Woodmohr.

According to the sheriff's office, Jeremy Seibel and Rodney Seibel of Bloomer were trying to retrieve a piece of equipment that fell into the manure pit. They were overcome by the gas and became unresponsive. Efforts to revive them were unsuccessful.



3 die, 5 injured in Chicago shootings

Shootings across Chicago have killed at least three people and wounded five others even as thousands of police officers work longer shifts over the long July Fourth weekend.

Police are trying to avoid a repeat of last year's bloody holiday weekend, when 14 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in 53 shooting incidents.

According to police, some of the eight shootings so far since Thursday afternoon were gang related.



Police investigation underway on Sheridan Road

Two homes on the southwest corner of Sheridan Road and 47th Street are blocked with police tape, with officers guarding the scene, as Kenosha Police investigate an incident on the properties.

A spokesman for the police department refused to provide information on the nature of the incident, which he said occurred overnight. He said police may issue a statement later in the day.


Aetna buying Humana

Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, could make Aetna the nation's second-largest insurer and a sizable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.



Legislative panel approves budget plan

The Legislature's finance committee finally completed its revisions to Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan after a five-week delay early Friday morning, clearing the way for votes in the full Senate and Assembly.

Republicans who control the panel made a series of final changes to the $70 billion spending plan during a 12 ½-hour marathon session, including cutting $450 million for road projects and reducing taxes for married couples.

They punted, at least for now, on two major issues that had led to the impasse: a $500 million financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and changes to the prevailing wage law, which sets minimum salaries for construction workers on public projects.



Milwaukee bus drivers stage rally

Nearly 300 striking workers for the Milwaukee County Transit System have staged a rally outside the county courthouse in an effort to build public support as they seek a new contract.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports bus drivers and mechanics rallied Thursday on the second day of a three-day strike. The county transit system's bus service has been shut down since early Wednesday.

The transit system serves about 150,000 passengers a day. Union president James Macon said Thursday that drivers plan to return to work Saturday.



Partly sunny, pleasant today

Today's weather will be partly sunny and pleasant, with a high temperature in the mid to upper 70s in the Kenosha area.

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Wisconsin budget debate runs into early Friday

Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee edged closer early Friday to finishing their revisions to the state budget after a five-week delay, moving within one final vote of sending the spending plan on to the full Senate and Assembly.

The GOP is punting, for now, on two major issues that had led to the impasse: a $500 million financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and changes to the prevailing wage law that sets minimum salaries for construction workers on public projects.


Kingfish capture fourth straight

The Kenosha Kingfish made it two straight wins to start the season's second half and four straight overall with a 3-2 Northwoods League road victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at Witter Field on Thursday night. For more, pick up Friday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



Brewers sweep Phillies

The Milwaukee Brewers finished off a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with an 8-7 win in 11 innings on Thursday night in Philadelphia. For more, pick up Friday's edition of the Kenosha News.


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