May 28, 2016
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Local activities to commemorate Bike Month

A series of local activities are slated throughout June in commemoration of Bike Month in Wisconsin.

For more on this story, check and see today's Kenosha News.

CrossWay volunteers fill big shoes at Wilson Elementary

A Kenosha elementary school is rich with volunteers as the result of a unique partnership with a Bristol church.

Volunteers from CrossWay Community Church staff the after-school program and other activities at Wilson Elementary School. It's a relationship that goes back about five years.

For more on this story, check and see today's Kenosha News.

Scientists find minivan-sized sponge

A team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii have discovered what they say is the world's largest known sponge.

The creature, roughly the size of a minivan, was discovered about 7,000 feet down in a marine conservation area off the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The rare sponge, with a bluish-white color and brain-like appearance, stunned scientists when it appeared in the remot cameras attached to their underwater rover.

Sponges are similar to coral reefs in that they provide critical habitat for other sea life and filter large amounts of sea water and remove material other animals in the ocean don't eat.

Dr. Heimlich, 96, uses his maneuver to save woman

The 96-year-old retired chest surgeon credited with developing the namesake Heimlich maneuver has used it to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center.

Dr. Henry Heimlich was in the dining room at the Deupree House in Cincinnati, where he lives, when an 87-year-old woman sitting next to him began choking Monday night.

The dining room maitre d', Perry Gaines, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that Heimlich dislodged a piece of hamburger from the woman's airway and she quickly recovered.

Today's forecast

Mostly cloudy skies expected today, with a thunderstorm in spots; the high will reach 80 degrees, the low 64.

Central duo gets into state tennis tourney

Central senior George Capelli and junior Lucas Graveley were granted special qualifier status into the 64-team doubles draw in the WIAA Division-1 State Individual Boys Tennis Tournament on June 2-4 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, it was announced by the seeding committee late Friday night. The duo joins six other county players between Division-1 and Division-2 who gained entrance into the field by qualifying at sectionals. Check tomorrow evening or pick up Sunday's edition of the News for more on the tourney draw.

Brewers beat Reds

Aaron Hill homered twice as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Reds 9-5 Friday night at Miller Park for their fourth consecutive victory. Cincinnati has lost 11 in a row.

For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Controversial pact divides county

See Sunday's paper for interviews with the mayor, county executive and affected residents.

Health experts want Olympics moved

Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.

The 150 experts - including former White House science adviser Dr. Philip Rubin - issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."

Christian Life graduation draws crowd

Christian Life School graduates said they are thankful for receiving a quality Christian education that prepared them for the future and forged life-long friendships.

The private school's 67 high school graduates received their diplomas Friday evening in the school's auditorium.

"I loved going to school here," said valedictorian Ryan Powers, 18. "It was a small graduating class and everyone knows each other. You can always rely on the people around you."

Cubs beat Phillies, 6-2

Jorge Soler, David Ross and Kris Bryant homered to lead the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday afternoon. For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Tremper names new football coach

Jared McGranahan has been named the head football coach at Tremper, the school announced on Friday. McGranahan was the coach at Whitnall the last two seasons and takes over for Frank Matrise Jr., who resigned on April 21 after 19 seasons. Follow for more, or pick up Saturday's edition of the News.

KUSD board mulling employee bonuses

The Kenosha Unified School Board is proposing to approve $100-$300 bonuses for substitutes, full-time teachers and staff left over from some $375,000 in unallocated 2015-15 funds.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: The Wisconsin Army National Guard plans to expand its Kenosha armory.


Wisconsin redistricting trial set to wrap up

A federal trial to help decide whether Wisconsin Assembly district boundaries Republicans redrew five years discriminate against Democrats is set to wrap up this afternoon.

A group of voters who support Democrats sued last year alleging new districts Republican lawmakers created in 2011 marginalize Democrats and consolidate GOP power. State attorneys counter that partisanship is to be expected and the boundaries reflect demographic shifts.

State attorneys began today by calling Sean Trende, an elections analyst for the Real Clear Politics website. He testified his research shows Wisconsin has been trending Republican since 1996. He said during cross-examination that he has contributed to Republican candidates and the state is paying him $300 an hour to testify.

Report: State overpaid more than $412,000 in tax credits

Wisconsin's job creation agency has erroneously awarded more than $412,000 in tax credits to companies over how many jobs they created, and the final total could be in the millions, a new review showed.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported today that the detail came out in a review by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The agency first revealed the tax credit issue at a board meeting last month, but Thursday's report was the first time the size of the problem was detailed.

The agency is reviewing 222 tax credits awarded since 2006 over the way jobs were counted. Based on 18 awards checked so far, more than $448,000 in over-awarded credits. About $36,000 was under-awarded.

PREP SOFTBALL TIME CHANGE: Wilmot to play at 2 p.m.

The Wilmot softball team will play at Janesville Craig at 2 p.m. today in a WIAA Division-1 regional final.

The game was originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. but changed due to impending bad weather.

Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: Kenosha NAACP president Veronica King says she is satisfied Central High School administration has taken appropriate action regarding recent, racially sensitive issues at the school. .


NAACP leader satisfied with Central's response to racism

Kenosha NAACP President Veronica King says she is satisfied Central High School administration has taken appropriate action regarding recent, racially sensitive issues at the school.

King this week said she visited the school twice this year -- once after a photo of a student making a classroom presentation while wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume was posted on social media, and again after a media outlet interviewed a student who said she was the target of racially related bullying.

For more on this story -- plus a first-person look at earlier days of racial insensitivity at the school -- see or today's Kenosha News.

NASA hits snag while inflating new room at space station

NASA hit a snag while trying to inflate an experimental room at the International Space Station on Thursday and put everything on indefinite hold.

Mission Control ordered astronaut Jeffrey Williams to call it quits after the operation had dragged on for more than two hours, with the compartment barely expanding - just a few inches.

Later in the day, NASA said engineers wanted to keep monitoring the compartment for any structural changes, and so another inflation try would not be made today.

Pilot error in crash that killed Kenosha Marine

Federal investigators have blamed the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the pilot and operator of a privately-owned military jet for the death of a Marine from Kenosha killed last year when the jet crashed into his truck in Arizona.

The National Transportation Safety Board report said the pilot of the BAE Systems Hawk jet took off too early, noting that he lifted off while traveling more than 10 mph below normal takeoff speed on March 11, 2015.

The British-built jet flying on a mission for the Air Force wobbled, veered off the left side of the Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma runway and eventually hit a pickup occupied by Lance Cpl. Anthony T. DuBeau, 23, of Kenosha, killing him instantly.

Today's forecast

Partly sunny with a thunderstorm. High: 80; low: 65.

State OKs purchase for Kenosha armory expansion

The State Building Commission on Wednesday approved spending nearly $1.5 million to buy 24.3 acres along 39th Avenue for future expansion of the Wisconsin Army National Guard's Kenosha armory and maintenance shop.

The vacant land to the east and north of the armory, 4200 43rd Ave., will be used to provide more space for vehicles and an addition to the center when federal funds are available, Col. Dan Pulvermacher told the State Building Commission.

For more on this story, check and see Friday's Kenosha News.

Update: Trapped group escapes Kentucky cave

A group of college students trapped by flash flooding on a field trip to a Kentucky cave today walked through neck-deep water to get to safety, authorities said.

The 19 people who escaped more than six hours after entering Hidden River Cave included students from Clemson University, four tour guides and two police officers who became trapped when they tried to rescue the group, Kentucky State Police Trooper B.J. Eaton said.

Lakefront-area Wi-Fi project now in second phase

Technicians are working on implementing the second phase of the free, outdoor, public-access Wi-Fi network along the lakefront in Kenosha.

The first eight access points of the second phase have gone active around Art Keller Field at Carthage College, while 13 more points are being added around key areas such as the Simmons Island Marina, the Kenosha History Center, along Sixth and Seventh avenues downtown and the Ring Road area in HarborPark.

For more on this story, check and see Friday's Kenosha News.

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