Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: An early-morning fire displaced a resident in an apartment above Spanky's Bar & Grill. And the City Council voted Monday night to urge the Parks Commission to retain Kennedy Drive.

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Wisconsin needs $760M more for Medicaid

The state Department of Health Services says it needs $760 million more over the next two-year state budget to pay for current services in the Medicaid program.

The state is already projected to have a nearly $1.8 billion shortfall heading into the next budget, without taking into account new expenses like the additional request for Medicaid.

Gov. Scott Walker rejected accepting money under the federal health care overhaul law to help pay for Medicaid expansion, and instead tightened income eligibility while also broadening the program to include everyone at poverty level.



Music man Emil Pacetti dies

Emil Pacetti, longtime owner of Pacetti's Music store in dowtown Kenosha has died. Pacetti was a major supporter of local public school and private school music programs. For more on this story, check later at kenoshanews.com and see Wednesday's Kenosha News.


Majority of Wis. schools meet, exceed expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

For more on this story, including information about Kenosha County districts, check later at kenoshanews.com and see Wednesday's Kenosha News.


Green Bay teacher charged with assaulting student

A high school teacher is charged in Brown County with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student.

Investigators say 32-year-old Christopher Wieber pursued a relationship with a girl he had in his biology class last year at Bay Port High School near Green Bay.

WLUK-TV says Wieber is charged with sexual assault of a student by school staff and child enticement. A criminal complaint accuses Wieber of kissing the girl on multiple occasions and fondling her at his home in October of last year.

Defense attorney Greg Gerbers says Wieber has no criminal record and there are no allegations involving any other people.

Howard-Suamico School District Superintendent Damian LaCroix says Wieber is no longer employed by the district. He taught at the school since 2007 and was freshmen volleyball coach.



Fire erupts over Spanky's Bar and Grill

Kenosha firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire that broke out just after 4 a.m. in a flat over Spanky's Bar and Grill on 52nd Street in Kenosha.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to smoke and fire coming from the second floor. As they entered the building firefighters found the tenant of the apartment and took him to safety, according to Kenosha Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter.

The male victim was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation and is expected to survive. Firefighters were able to rescue his dog but a cat perished in the blaze.

The fire cause significant damage to the second floor and the cause is under investigation.

Read more in Wednesday's edition of the Kenosha News.


Hot off the Press: Tuesday, Sept 16

Voter ID Reinstatement creates questions for county clerks

Pleasant Prairie approves new 2-year contract with firefighters union

Kenosha City Council wants to keep Kennedy Drive


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Nine WI cases of enterovirus 68 suspected

Doctors suspect there are at least nine Wisconsin cases of the respiratory and stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children around the country.

Samples of the nine suspected cases in the Madison area were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Test results should be back in about one week.

Dr. Sharyl Paley at Bayshore Pediatrics in the Milwaukee area says her clinic has seen a lot of respiratory illnesses in an outpatient setting. Paley tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1r3alKa ) that if the patient is having problems breathing or is wheezing and getting progressively worse, he or she should see a doctor.

The suspected germ, enterovirus 68, is an uncommon strain of a very common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through autumn.



Wisconsin DNR launches fall photo contest

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is launching a fall photo contest.

The agency is looking for fall photos taken on state properties such as parks, forests, trails and recreation areas for its "Fall in Love with Wisconsin State Parks" contest. People can enter one photo per day on the DNR's Facebook page. DNR Facebook fans will then vote for their favorite photos in the contest gallery.

The photo with the most votes by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 26 will win. The winning photographer will get a 2015 State Park sticker and trails pass and a two-year subscription to Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. Photographers must be at least 13 years old and must identify the property where the photo was taken.



Today's weather forecast

Mostly sunny and pleasant this afternoon. High: 62; low: 42.


Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

A fire driven by fierce winds raced through the small town of Weed, Calif., near the Oregon border today, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said.

The town sawmill caught fire, and a Catholic church was destroyed.


Electors approve 11.3 percent decrease in Bristol School District levy

Electors approved a general fund tax levy that will decrease by 11.3 percent at the annual meeting of Bristol School District Monday night.

The levy reflects a decline of $471,816, or from $3,694,854 for the 2013-14 school year to $3,277,038.

Residents can expect to pay $6.63 per $1,000 of assessed value on their home to support school district operations. Thus, the owner of a home assessed at $200,000 would pay $1,326 in taxes for 2015.


Village approves new 2-year contract with Pleasant Prairie firefighters union

The contract covers two years and is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.

Under it, the village and Pleasant Prairie Firefighters Local 3785 agreed to a total 2.5 percent pay raise for the first year and a 2 percent increase for 2015.

The village and the union also agreed the parties would each contribute 6.2 percent apiece toward the employees contribution to the Wisconsin Retirement System in 2014, with firefighters paying 100 percent of employee contributions in 2015.



City Council to Parks Commission: consider keeping Kennedy Drive

The City Council on Monday asked the Parks Commission to consider keeping Kennedy Drive in any future plans for Kennedy Park.

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



Randall School approves flat tax levy

A flat tax levy was approved Monday at the Randall School annual budget hearing.

The $4,319,627 levy represents no increase in the amount of money the district anticipates it will need from residents.

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



Kerry: U.S. open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

As more than two dozen nations pledged today to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruled out any military coordination with Iran, which in the end was not invited to Paris.


Needed federal tax credits OK'd for proposed Elks Club/Heritage House redevelopment

Plans to turn the historic former Elks Club/Heritage House in Kenosha into a 65-room hotel potentially have moved a step closer to needed financing.

Officials from Gorman & Co., the developer, and First Ring Industrial Redevelopment, a public-private organization run by West Allis, confirmed today the FIRE board has approved $10 million in federal new market tax credits for the project, pending Gorman closing on the property.

The new market tax credits would translate into Gorman eventually having $2.7 million equity in the estimated $20 million project.



Downtown group eyes new signs, banners

A Downtown Kenosha Inc. committee is preparing for the next phase of an initiative to bring improvements to the city's central business district.

Some of those plans include new signs and banners to make people more aware of the area's attributes.

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



Burke supports repeal of voter ID requirement

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke supports repealing the requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls. The requirement was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker and on Friday a federal appeals court overturned a lower court's decision blocking it, meaning voters will have to show photo IDs at the polls in November.


Judge halts proceedings in child stabbing case

A judge has halted court proceedings for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional character called Slender Man.

The girl's attorney, Maura McMahon, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Monday that she has questions about the girl's ability to assist in her own defense. Bohren ordered a competency examination to be completed within 30 days.

The girl was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing this week. McMahon asked the judge to allow that hearing to continue, saying the longer the case drags on the more harm her client will suffer.



Kenosha woman dies in apartment fire

A 33-year-old Kenosha woman is dead following an apartment fire early Friday morning.

Roxanne R. Garcia died from apparent smoke inhalation, according to Kenosha Police Department. Authorities responded at 3:15 a.m. Friday to the 3000 block of 85th Street for the report of an active fire.

Garcia was located in a bedroom closet and unresponsive when emergency crews arrived on the scene, according to police. She was taken to Kenosha Medical Center and flown to Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Kenosha Police received news of her death from the medical examiner at 9:15 p.m. Friday. An autopsy was performed on Saturday.



Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: Police dogs were the stars at the Safe Harbor Humane Society's Walk for Paws on Sunday. And a memorial to the Kenosha County residents who have died by suicide over the last decade is on display at the Job Center through today.

Watch the video here.


iPhone 6 pre-orders exceed supply

Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply.

The company says the phones will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until October.

Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and other authorized Apple resellers.



Wis. gasoline prices fall

Average retail gasoline prices in Wisconsin have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.44 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,112 gas outlets in Wisconsin.

In Kenosha, prices are down a penny to $3.42 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price has fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.39.



Hot off the Press: Monday, Sept 15

Coalition pushes to save transportation from state deficit

Kenosha man strives to keep Pike River clean

Walk for Paws fundraiser for humane society


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