June 26, 2016
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Jeff Gordon interested in joining ‘Live' with Kelly Ripa

Jeff Gordon is open to succeeding Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's new "Live" co-host - so long as he could continue his new job as a NASCAR analyst.

Gordon is calling his final race of the season today for Fox Sports and then will head into the first significant downtime of his professional career.

The four-time NASCAR champion is in his first year in the broadcast booth, and he insisted Saturday he'll be back next year when Fox resumes coverage of the first half of the season.

Gordon didn't quash recent speculation that ABC is interested in him joining Ripa on "Live." Gordon co-hosted with Ripa nine times during the "Live With Regis and Kelly" era.

Rotting trees caused holes in huge dunes of Indiana park

Mysterious holes that forced the closure of a massive dune at an Indiana national park after a 6-year-old boy fell into one and nearly died were caused by sand-covered trees that left cavities behind as they decayed over the years, researchers have found.

Fungi on the covered trees formed a sort of cement that allowed the sand to keep its hollowed out shape as the wood decayed and collapsed inward, leaving holes more than 10 feet deep in the dune known as Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Weather today

A morning thunderstorm, then variably cloudy. High 87, low 64.

Police kill Texas mom who shot, killed 2 daughters

FULSHEAR, Texas (AP) - Police say a Houston-area woman fatally shot her two daughters before officers shot and killed her.

The incident happened about 5 p.m. Friday in front of a home just outside the Houston suburb of Fulshear. The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office identified the mother as 42-year-old Christy Sheats and her daughters as 22-year-old Taylor Sheats and 17-year-old Madison Sheats.

Sheriff Troy Nehls says the shooting apparently climaxed a family argument, but the reason for the argument remains unclear.

Nehls says the two younger women had already been shot when a Fulshear police officer arrived and saw the mother with a gun in her hand, apparently preparing to shoot one of her daughters again. The officer shot and killed the woman.

Green Bay contestant is Miss Wisconsin

Miss Green Bay Area Courtney Pelot was crowned Miss Wisconsin 2016 at the statewide pageant tonight in Oshkosh.

The two contestants with Kenosha-area ties - Miss Kenosha Brynn Weinzirl and Miss Metropolitan Milwaukee Mary O'Connell, a former Trevor resident - placed in the top 11, but did not make the final round of five contestants.

Battle of the Beers on Kenosha's lakefront

About 600 people turned out for the inaugural Border War Beer Fest at HarborPark this afternoon.

The event, which featured the wares of craft brewers from Wisconsin and Illinois, was a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.

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

7-year-old 'hero' pulled siblings from blaze

RHINELANDER (AP) - A 7-year-old boy is being called a hero after he pulled his younger siblings out of a house fire. The Rhinelander Fire Department honored Adam Granger with a plaque, fishing gear and some toys during a ceremony Friday.

Adam noticed flames in his house on Tuesday, so he grabbed his infant sister and 4-year-old brother and got them outside. The children's father was in the yard at the time. Fire officials say the blaze might have started when one of the kids tried to cook on the stove. The family lost many belongings, but everyone is safe.

Kingfish erupt to beat Bombers

The Kenosha Kingfish fell behind 6-0 then exploded for 13 unanswered runs to defeat the Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers, 13-6, in a Northwoods League game at Simmons Field on Saturday night. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Sunday's edition of the Kenosha News.

Shooting wounds 4 in Chicago, including pregnant woman

Authorities in Chicago say four people are injured after a shooting on the city's South Side. One of them is a 19-year-old pregnant woman.

Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Jeff Lyle said the woman shot midday Saturday is three months pregnant.

He did not know her condition but Chicago police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill said a 19-year-old woman wounded in the shooting was in critical condition at a local hospital late Saturday afternoon.

Punx on the Pier rocks Kenosha's lakefront

The annual Punx on the Pier concert continued its run on the North Pier in front of the Pierhead Lighthouse this afternoon.

It was the first edition without its founder, Frank Lenfestey Jr., who died in September. But his son, Frank Lenfestey III, was part of the program, playing a set of his late father's band's favorites with his band, Officer Down.

For a gallery of photos from the event, check kenoshanews.com and see Sunday's Kenosha News.

People abuzz over bees at pollinators event

People were buzzing Saturday as they learned fun facts about bees at the first "Celebrate Pollinators" event at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

The event, which marked this being National Pollinators week, was aimed at opening visitors' eyes to the importance of bees and making their backyards friendly for them and other insects like beetles, ants and butterflies that also pollinate our food and flowers.

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

Marlins defeat Cubs

The Miami Marlins used a four-run fifth inning to propel themselves to a 9-6 win over the Chicago Cubs in Miami on Saturday afternoon.

Brewers deals Nats another loss

The Milwaukee Brewers got out to a 6-1 lead and held on for a 6-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. The Brewers have won three straight, while the Nationals have dropped seven in a row.

Kenosha celebrates Juneteenth

A beautiful beach-side day brought steady crowds to the annual Juneteenth celebration at Pennoyer Park this afternoon.

The event commemorates the Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more broadly the abolition of slavery throughout the Confederate southern states.

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

Hundreds attend Hawthorne Hollow summer concert

Hawthorne Hollow kicked off its 2016 summer concert series Friday night with American Folk band exhorting concert goers.

The opening night show of Hawthorne Hollow's Pike River Benefit Concert Series was held at the nature sanctuary and arboretum Friday evening. Some 300 were in attendance.

There are two more concerts in the series at Hawthorn Hollow, featuring the bands 21 Hours on July 8 and KR Bluegrass on Aug. 5.

Walker could be among names on Dump Trump list

As the long-shot bid to block Donald Trump from becoming the Republican presidential nominee gains modest momentum, the movement's leaders are looking for someone else.

One of the names being floated: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. As an early Trump critic who exited the presidential race in September and endorsed Texas Sen. Cruz ahead of Wisconsin's April primary, Walker could appeal to many segments of the fractured party.

"It's very a sellable notion to many delegates," said Rick Shaftan, a Republican consultant working with the so-called "Free the Delegates" effort. "His record in Wisconsin, every conservative loves it."

Today's forecast

Warm and partly sunny with a high of 85 degrees.

Brewers defeat Nationals

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Max Scherzer in the sixth inning and Jeremy Jeffress notched his 20th save as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 at Miller Park on Friday night.

Cubs beat Marlins, 5-4

The Cubs ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Marlins, 5-4, in Miami on Friday night. For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Kingfish edge Chinooks

A terrific pitching performance lifted the Kenosha Kingfish to a 2-1 win over the Lakeshore Chinooks in a Northwoods League game at Kapco Park in Mequon on Friday night. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Saturday's edition of the News.

Fire chief seeks more info on commercial tenants

Difficulties fighting a commercial fire in Trevor earlier this month prompted Salem Fire Chief Mike Slover to request a new ordinance be drafted to require the fire department be notified of new occupants.

"Any time you change occupancy, the fire department should be notified," Slover said. "That's not happening. I'm going to be looking for some support from the board."

The June 8 fire at Salem Business Center, 28501 Wilmot Road, quickly got out of control due to the number of flammable materials and accelerants being stored in more than one of the units.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: Andrew Obregon will return to court in July, with his attorneys seeking a change of venue.


Sewer mains to get an upgrade

Sewer mains to get an upgrade Some of the village's clay sewer mains will be lined with PVC this year, in an effort to keep the village from having to completely replace them.

The mains with the worst infiltration will be relined, he said. Visu-Sewer, a company based in Milwaukee, was awarded a $117,005 contract for it's bid to re-line sewer mains.

Five paving projects to start soon in Pl. Prairie

Village officials this week awarded a contract for the second phase of this year's paving program.

Payne & Dolan, a large construction firm in Kenosha, was awarded $385,266 for five paving projects around the village. The timeline for the projects is still in the works, but they are expected to be completed later this summer or in early fall, said Director of Public Works John Steinbrink Jr.

Attorneys seek more time in Obregon case

Andrew Obregon will return to court in July, his attorneys seeking a change of venue.

Obregon was briefly in court Friday morning for a hearing scheduled on the issue, and on a motion from his attorneys to suppress some evidence. However, both prosecution and defense attorneys asked for more time to prepare.

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