August 28, 2016
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Appeals court refuses to reconsider Wisconsin voter ID cases

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a pair of rulings affecting Wisconsin's voter ID law, meaning no more changes to the requirement are likely before the November election.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously declined to have a full panel of judges hear appeals of two recent rulings affecting the voter ID requirement and a host of other election-related laws. The U.S. Supreme Court would have to intervene for any changes to happen before the election Nov. 8.

Authorities ID two 15-year-old boys killed in Milwaukee crash

Authorities have identified the two 15-year-old boys who were killed in a crash in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said Latrey Lamont Hale and Demetrius Lamond Batchelor Jr. were passengers in the rear seat of a car that crashed at high speed into a tree just before 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Brewers lose to Pirates

The Pirates rallied from four runs down to beat the Brewers 9-6 at Miller Park on Saturday night. For more, see Sunday's Kenosha News.

BBQ beats rain at Grill Games

The soggy ground Saturday didn't deter Grill Games teams from producing some of the tastiest dishes ever to come off the coals.

For more, check or see Sunday's newspaper.

Former Unified administrator writes book on race

A former Kenosha Unified principal who later became one of the few black school superintendents in the state believes that conversations of race need to take place with candor among all people.

To that end, Milton Thompson, 63, of Kenosha - former principal of Wilson and Jeffery elementary schools and a former Unified district administrator - has written a book that chronicles his reflections on race: "The Only One in the Room."

For more, check or see Sunday's newspaper.

UPDATE: Man confesses in killings of 2 Mississippi nuns

A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home confessed to the killings, a sheriff said Saturday, in the latest twist to a crime that has horrified people in the small communities where the women served.

Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Miss., was arrested and charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said late Friday. Both women were 68.

Sanders gave no reason for the crimes during his interrogation.

Political contributions: Breaking down the data

Money matters in politics, and Kenosha County residents are part of the process, donating $1.2 million to federal candidates and political action committees since the start of the current two-year election cycle.

Today, the Kenosha News launches a two-day anaylsis of political contributions in Kenosha County, breaking down who's donating and who's receiving.

Go to or see Sunday's newspaper for more.

8 troops killed in suspected rebel attack in north Paraguay

Suspected members of a little-known rebel group killed eight soldiers in an attack in northern Paraguay on Saturday, just days after guerrillas and officials in Colombia reached a peace deal to end the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.

Man arrested in killings of 2 Mississippi nuns

A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shocking killing that rocked the small town communities where the women served, authorities said.

Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Miss., was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said late Friday. Both women were 68.

U.S. intelligence indicates a weaker Islamic State

The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies view Islamic State as a shrinking and increasingly demoralized military force, a sharp shift from the seemingly invincible extremist army that declared an Islamist caliphate two years ago.

The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria's border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched.

Atlanta Police seek man who posed as Uber driver, attacked woman

Atlanta police investigating a woman's report that she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver say they now believe the suspect posed as a driver to lure her into his car, the most recent of several attacks by phony Uber drivers around the nation.

Within the past 12 months, police in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., have issued alerts to warn residents about people pretending to be Uber drivers and preying on unsuspecting customers.

Breach in fishing license system exposes data

A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI are investigating the hack into Dallas-based Active Network, the Washington State Office of Cyber Security said in a statement. Washington halted all sales earlier this week, allowing anglers to fish license-free, while Idaho and Oregon have stopped only online sales.

Today's forecast: A heavy thunderstorm

Mostly cloudy with a heavy thunderstorm. High: 81; low: 65.

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Cubs win

The Cubs beat the Dodgers 6-4 in Friday in Los Angeles.

Pirates beat Brewers

The Pirates defeated the Brewers, 5-3, in Milwaukee on Friday night. For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Central School Board sets policies on treatment of transgender students

Guidelines that spell out the process by which transgender students can get concerns addressed about a variety of issues - such as which pronouns are used for them by teachers, and restroom or locker room use - have been approved by the Central High School Board of Education.

Superintendent Scott Pierce said the guidelines will most likely become part of the district's Harassment Policy Guidelines as well its Non-Discrimination Policy Guidelines.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Kenosha County faces acute shortage of foster homes

The number of children who need foster homes is increasing, but the number of licensed foster homes is not, and that's a problem.

This May, there were 287 children in foster care in Kenosha County, up 10 percent over May 2015. Meanwhile Kenosha Human Development Services normally has 40 foster homes available, but now they're down to 14.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Obregon murder trial gearing up

Next week, 200 Kenosha County residents will get a letter in the mail.

The letter - a multi-page questionnaire - is the first step in the process of picking a jury for the high-profile trial of former fugitive Andrew Obregon.

His trial is slated to begin Sept. 26.

For more, see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Kenosha man recognized nationally for innovations as school librarian

"I'm excited and humbled," Kenosha's Todd Burleson said today of being named nationally as 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

Attorney asks court to hold Avery appeal open pending motion

A Wisconsin man accused of killing a freelance photographer wants a state appellate court to hold his latest appeal open pending a decision on additional scientific testing in the case.

Steven Avery is serving a life sentence after a jury convicted him of killing 25-year-old Teresa Halbach in his family's Manitowoc County salvage yard in 2005. Avery, the subject of the popular Netflix series "Making a Murderer," has been fighting his conviction for years.

His attorney, Kathleen Zellner, filed a motion today with the 2nd District Court of Appeals asking the court to hold his latest appeal in abeyance. She wrote that she planned to file a motion today seeking additional testing of evidence that will prove Avery's innocence and the appeal should be suspended pending the results.

No injuries in car vs. building

There were no injuries when a car went through the window of Gold Diamond & Design, 10320 75th St. this morning. Store owner John Langenfeld had just left his worktable near the window when the crash occurred. For photos and more, check back at and read Saturday's Kenosha News.

Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: One of two nuns found slain in a Mississippi home on Thursday, was a teacher at St. Joseph High School in Kenosha in the 1970s.


Car vs. building

A vehicle has reportedly gone through the window of a jewelry store in the 10300 block of 75th 10:47 a.m.

Slain nun was former St. Joseph teacher

Sister Margaret Held, one of the two nuns found slain in a Mississippi home on Thursday, was a teacher at St. Joseph High School in Kenosha in the 1970s.

Held, according to a statement from the present-day St. Joseph Catholic Academy, taught social science classes from 1972 to 1976. "Sr. Margie was a true leader and role model who will be greatly missed by all who knew her," said Sister Sylvia Leonardi, a sister in community with the School Sisters of St. Francis and a long-time St. Joseph teacher.

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

3 rescued from capsized vessel including 6-year-old boy

The Coast Guard and a local diver rescued three people after their boat capsized in the Umpqua River near the Oregon Coast, trapping a 6-year-old boy under the hull.

Coast Guard officials say a boat crew responded Thursday afternoon to a disabled 21-foot pleasure boat that was unable to anchor in the area of Winchester Bay. The boat had reportedly run onto a jetty and capsized.

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