Record ice on Lake Michigan leads to cool lakeside spring

While the ice is gone from our part of Lake Michigan, the frozen stuff is still hanging on farther north, with nearly a quarter of the lake still covered in ice.

Ice cover is at 22 percent, said Sarah Marquardt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Sullivan office, down from the peak of 93 percent in early March. That's helping to keep lake temperatures lower than in previous years. The surface temperature Saturday morning near Kenosha was 36.5 degrees, the coldest local reading for that date in the past 10 years, according to online records from Michigan State University's Coastwatch.

The low lake temperatures aren't expected to have any widespread weather implications, Marquardt said, but they will have a stronger-than-usual local effect.

Read more later today at www.kenoshanews.com or in Sunday's Kenosha News.


Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions, dealing another loss to unions trying to overturn the Republican governor's signature legislation that led to massive protests at the Wisconsin Capitol three years ago.

The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.

U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.

In its ruling, the appeals court said the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of government workers to freedom of speech and association and equal protection under the law.


Milwaukee zoo's baby gorilla had no trauma

A baby gorilla who died before she reached a month old at the Milwaukee County Zoo didn't have any signs of trauma.

In a statement Friday, zoo officials said the necropsy, or animal autopsy, showed no bruising, hemorrhage or obvious birth defects in Kassiu (CASH'-yoo).

Zookeepers reported Kassiu and her mother appeared normal Wednesday morning. But by the afternoon, Kassiu appeared weak and stopped holding onto her mother. The zoo's medical staff examined the baby and gave her fluids, glucose and antibiotics. A neonatologist and pediatrician were also called in, but Kassiu died Wednesday evening. Zoo officials are waiting on blood and other tests, which could take a few months.

The western lowland gorilla was born March 19 to 13-year-old mother Naku and 27-year-old father Cassius.


Partly sunny and breezy

Partly sunny and breezy with a high of 58 and a low of 40.


UPDATE: Fire out at Wood Creek

The oven fire at Wood Creek Apartments is out and firefighters are working to ventilate the structure.



Oven fire at Wood Creek

Firefighters were called at 10:55 p.m. for a report of an oven fire at Wood Creek Apartments, 3315 15th St.

Initial reports were of smoke filling the building and residents evacuating.



Ukraine insurgents defy pact

Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.

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


Brewers beat Pirates, 5-3

Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates, 5-3, in Pittsburgh on Friday night. For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.



U.S. delays pipeline review

The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday. For more on this story, see Saturday's Kenosha News.


Colorado deaths stir worries about edible marijuana


Harsh winter has municipalities thirsting for salt

After one of the harshest winters on record, Kenosha County and its municipalities are now trying to figure out how to replenish their road salt sheds and their public works checkbooks.

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



South Korean ship captain arrested

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested, Korean prosecutors said. Lee Joon-seok, 68, was detained along with crew members. The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.


Winter parking ticket totals rise for historic 2014 season

This past winter was an expensive one for municipalities charged with clearing streets and keeping water pipes working. It was also expensive for Kenosha's car owners.


A total of 10,055 parking tickets for alternate side parking, snow route and snow emergency infractions were given between December and March 31, when alternate side parking rules end for the season.

For more on this story, check back to kenoshanews.com and see Saturday's edition of the Kenosha News.



47 people died of overdoses in Kenosha County last year

Overdose death rates stabilized in 2013, but remained by far the largest cause of accidental death in Kenosha County.

According to the Kenosha County Medical Examiner's office, 47 people died of drug overdoses in 2013 - the same number as the previous year. Of those 2013 deaths, 40 were determined to be accidental, four were ruled suicides, three were undetermined, Medical Examiner Patricia Hall said.

That is more than double the number of people killed in car accidents in Kenosha County in 2013, Hall said.

More on this story at kenoshanews.com and in tomorrow's Kenosha News.


UW-Parkside poised to resume elementary education program

Elementary education is on its way back to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this fall, after several years with no way for students there to graduate with a teaching license.

The Board of Regents approved the elementary education degree at its April meeting. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction still must approve the program.

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


Clinton Administration documents released

About 7,500 pages of records released Friday through the National Archives and the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., show the parallels between the 1993-2001 presidency of Bill Clinton and the White House under President Barack Obama.

The documents may also offer a glimpse into a future as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who led her husband's health care task force, considers another presidential campaign in 2016.


Appeals Court upholds Act 10

A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.

The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.

U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling today, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.



Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

New developments have emerged in the RecPlex locker room video case. And the city's Police and Fire Commission will wait until next week to decide whether to move forward with an investigation of complaints against Fire Chief John Thomsen.

Watch the video here.


Racine Co. I-94 work to begin Monday

Resurfacing work on Interstate 94 in Racine County is set to begin Monday.

Overnight lane and ramp closures in both directions are expected to begin next week and last until late summer.

In addition, northbound I-94 will have a single lane closed between highways KR and G from Monday morning until noon Friday.


Appeals Court revives Act 10 lawsuit

A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group protesting Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law at the Capitol in 2011.

Six people who were issued citations for carrying signs sued state officials, saying their free speech rights were violated. The tickets were later dismissed by the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

The 4th District Court of Appeals says the circuit judge made errors in dismissing the lawsuit. The three-judge panel also rejected the state's argument that a change in policy at the Capitol no longer made the issue relevant.

The State Journal says the lawsuit will be sent back to Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington.



Appleton officers justified in shooting

Authorities who investigated a shooting by Appleton police say the officers' actions were justified.

Green Bay police investigated the April 10th shooting of a man who was armed with a non-lethal Airsoft gun. Post-Crescent Media reports the man survived the shooting.

Green Bay Police Capt. Todd Thomas says the man had talked in the past about committing suicide by having officers shoot him. Thomas says the man was struck by the officers' gunfire four times after robbed a BP gas station.

Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider says no charges will be filed as a result of Green Bay's investigation.



Highs in the 70s possible this weekend

A nice warmup appears to be on the way as temperatures are expected to approach 60 on Saturday with a high of 71 predicted for Sunday, according to Weather.com.



Michaels hit with huge security breach

Nationwide arts and crafts chain Michaels Stores Inc. said today that two separate eight-month-long security breaches at its stores last year may have exposed as many as 3 million customer credit and debit cards.

The disclosure, made jointly in a press release posted online and in a statement on the company's Web site, offers the first real details about the breach since the incident was first disclosed by KrebsOnSecurity on January 25, 2014.



Discussion held on funding new Milwaukee arena

A Milwaukee Press Club event was held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Thursday, where three local political and business leaders took questions from reporters about the debate over a new stadium.

The speakers acknowledged that a local tax wouldn't be popular with residents, but they said the option should be one of several on the table.

The Press Club event was planned weeks ago, well before Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced Wednesday that he is selling the team to Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for $550 million. The two New York executives committed to providing $100 million to help build a new arena, and Kohl said he'd donate another $100 million.



A high of 50 degrees

Partly sunny with a high of 50 degrees.





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