Early voting underway

Early voting for the fall primary began Monday, but local clerks are not expecting a rush of voters.

In-person absentee voting for the partisan primary began on Monday, with voters able to stop by their municipal clerk's office to vote. Early voting, available on weekdays for two weeks before the election, will end Aug. 8.

Man charged in New Hampshire teen's 9-month disappearance

A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged today with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenage girl who returned home last week after vanishing nine months ago.

Nathaniel Kibby was arrested without incident at his Gorham home, about 28 miles north of where the girl lives, and was charged with felony kidnapping, authorities said.

Walker says he would back anti-outsourcing rules

Gov. Scott Walker today said he would support efforts to ensure that tax credits and other economic development incentives do not go to companies that outsource jobs.

Before a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board meeting in Wauwatosa, Walker said he supported Rep. Peter Barca's call for measures to keep economic development incentives from going to companies that outsource jobs.

Barca, a Kenosha Democrat who sits on the WEDC board, said later he would propose that the agency require companies receiving incentives to inform the agency if they outsource jobs. Barca said he believed most incentives would then end, given existing WEDC rules.

Shalom Center to try again on homeless shelter

The Shalom Center will try once again to win city approval to establish the city's first homeless shelter in a former thrift store building.

Officials with the charitable group previously asked the city to rezone the former St. Vincent DePaul store, 6201 14th Ave., so it could house a homeless shelter. But the city's Plan Commission at the time balked at the idea, saying it would overburden the neighborhood with too many social services.

The Shalom Center will ask the city to reconsider. The group is confident it will win approval, as it has recently purchased the former thrift store property.

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

KUSD online enrollment open

Families in Kenosha Unified School District can begin online enrollment today.

Unified opened online enrollment through its new Infinite Campus system today, with families able to complete forms online on the district website kusd.edu. Student registration must still be finalized at students' school buildings, but district officials said doing pre-registration online will help cut the time needed for registration at school by half.

Kenosha girl dies after being run over by van

A 5-year-old Kenosha girl died after she was twice run over by a van backing out of a Racine driveway on Saturday.

A 16-year-old boy was backing his family's van out of the driveway. Naomi Guererro was struck by the passenger side corner and knocked to the ground, where she was run over first as the driver backed up and then again when he pulled forward after he heard people shouting.

She was taken to the emergency room for treatment, and later died from her injuries.

Read more later today at www.kenoshanews.com.

Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: The Taste of Wisconsin festival ended Sunday, setting an attendance record. And Country Thunder also drew to a close, ending what organizers called its biggest year ever.

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Weather service warns of dangerous Lake Michigan swimming conditions

The National Weather Service has declared a beach hazards statement along Lake Michigan.

High wave action, strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions are expected to continue through this evening. High wave action makes swimming difficult and can tire even a strong swimmer quickly, the weather service warns.

The advisory is in effect for beaches from Kenosha to Sheboygan. Simmons Island Beach is listed as a location with particularly dangerous conditions.

West Bend man identified in drowning

Authorities say the man who drowned in Oneida County over the weekend was from West Bend.

Police in Minocqua say 56-year-old Russell Steiner drowned in Lake Shishebogama Saturday about 11 p.m. The man's family tried to rescue him after he began struggling in the water and brought him to shore.

WAOW-TV reports Steiner was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.

Hot off the press: Monday, July 28

Here's a look at the top stories available now at kenoshanews.com and in today's Kenosha News.

* Country Thunder wrapped up with more than 30,000 people taking part in the four-day festival.

* The second annual Robbie Wilde Memorial Blood Drive was held Sunday at Shirl's Custard.

* Additional performances and a cooking demonstration have been added for the HarborPark Jazz and Blues Festival on Aug. 16.

* The Kenosha Kingfish had their win streak snapped at six games with a 5-1 loss at Kalamazoo Sunday.

Oshkosh AirVenture begins this week

Aviation enthusiasts from as many as 70 countries are gathering in Oshkosh this week for the annual Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture.

The convention draws about a half million people to the weeklong event at near Wittman Regional Airport. Thousands of planes have already landed at the airport.

On Monday, NASA representatives will talk about their plan to take people to Mars starting in 2030.

Also, Amelia Rose Earhart will make an appearance after becoming the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine aircraft this month. While she's no relation to the original Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the South Pacific in 1937, the 31-year-old Earhart was inspired to finish her namesake's flight.

The convention features daily air shows that include everything from aerobatic feats to warbirds.

Wisconsin kidnapping trial begins today

A Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures is about to go to trial.

Kristen Smith faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. Her trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Madison. She could face life if convicted.

Prosecutors believe Smith kidnapped days-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit home where his parents were staying in February. Police arrested her at a gas station in West Branch, Iowa, later that day but the infant wasn't with her.

The West Branch Police chief discovered Kayden the next morning hidden in a crate behind another gas station about 500 yards from the station where Smith was arrested.

Partly sunny, not as warm today

The high today will be 71 degrees; the low will be 50.

Janesville woman dies in riding lawn mower accident

Authorities said today a 65-year-old southern Wisconsin woman has died after a riding lawn mower accident.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said deputies were called to a home Saturday afternoon in the town of Janesville, where they found a woman partially trapped under a small riding lawn mower that was tipped upside down.

Update: California lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

Lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California today, authorities said.

Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old, were treated at Venice Beach in Los Angeles after lightning hit the area about 2:30 p.m., and at least one required CPR, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said. On Santa Catalina Island, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition.

Blood drive held in honor of Wilde

Robbie Wilde believed in helping people in any way he could and none the more precious was donating that which could save others' lives.

On Sunday, about 30 people participated in the second annual Robbie Wilde Memorial Blood Drive held at Shirl's Custard 7943 Sheridan Road.

Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of his death. Wilde, 18, was working at Shirl's when he was shot and killed during a robbery.

Lightning strikes 9 people in California

Authorities say eight people have been struck by lightning on Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach boardwalk, with a ninth person hit on Southern California's Catalina Island.

The strikes occurred as a series of thunderstorms, rare for Southern California, swept through the region today.

A Life Remembered: Professor loved history

The week's A Life Remembered features former UW-Parkside history professor Oliver Hayward, who enjoyed teaching history as much as he enjoyed learning about it.

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

Trial date set for state lawmaker Kramer

State Rep. Bill Kramer, former majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly, is due to stand trial in October on sexual assault charges.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin scheduled a status conference for Oct. 23 and a jury trial for Oct. 28. Kramer's attorney, Eduardo Borda, said they'll continue to fight allegations that Kramer shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, groped her and made inappropriate comments to her outside a GOP event at a Muskego tavern in April 2011.

Obama: U.S. worried about worsening Gaza conditions

President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.

The White House says Obama and Netanyahu spoke today about the ongoing violence in the region and the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza. Obama also reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas' rocket attacks.

Thunderstorms in the forecast

Partly cloudy with a couple of thunderstorms and a high of 80 degrees.

Brewers beat Mets, 5-2

Wily Peralta earned his team-leading 12th win, and Mark Reynolds homered in the Brewers' 5-2 victory over the Mets in Milwaukee on Saturday night. For more, see Sunday's Kenosha News.

U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya

With Libya its most violent since its 2011 uprising, the United States drove its embassy staff and military personnel Saturday to neighboring Tunisia with U.S. military escorts flying overhead.

The embassy staff will leave Tunisia and work in other embassies around the region and in Washington. Debroah Jones, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, will work from the U.S. Embassy in Valletta, Malta, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Activist brings AK-47 to first lady's event

A gun rights activist showed up at first lady Tonette Walker's visit to Sheboygan with an AK-47 strapped to his back to make a point that it's legal to openly carry a licensed firearm in Wisconsin. Bill Polster also had a Glock and Ruger pistol hanging from his waist.

Parks plans go beyond closing of Kennedy Drive

The redesign of Kennedy and Pennoyer parks would include a new trail, sports fields, new playground and other amenities.

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

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