May 25, 2017
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Children's advocates: Cuts in Trump's budget won't heal

President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to public assistance programs would disproportionately hurt children from low-income families, including minorities and those living in Wisconsin's rural areas, the director of an advocacy group said Wednesday.

Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, said Wednesday that more children in low-income families will become sick, go hungry and struggle in school if Trump's budget plan unveiled earlier this week passes.

Over the next decade, the plan would cut the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid by $616 billion and a food stamp program that serves 44 million people in the country by $191 billion.

Analysis: Millions would lose health coverage under House bill

The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The much-anticipated report cast a new shadow over the controversial legislation and likely will complicate Republican efforts to get the bill through the Senate, where it already faces difficult prospects.

Tremper soccer nets SEC title

Haley Johnson scored three goals, including one on a free kick as the Tremper soccer team bested Franklin 5-1 Tuesday night to claim an outright Southeast Conference crown.

The SEC title was the program's 11th under coach Todd Hardy.

Tremper nets SEC title

Today's forecast: Cloudy

Mainly cloudy today with a shower or two. High 60, low 48.

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Lawmaker: Wisconsin budget likely to increase little cigar tax

Taxes on a type of cigar that looks like a cigarette may be going up in Wisconsin.

Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga has long pushed for little cigars, which have filters and are smaller than cigarillos, to be taxed the same as cigarettes, and he thinks there's enough support for the idea this year. The proposal is part of a larger Assembly Republican plan to pay for roads that appears to have a slim chance of passing.

Cigarettes in Wisconsin are taxed at a rate of $2.52 per pack, while the tax on a 20-pack of little cigars is based on the wholesale price and usually around 78 cents. Kooyenga wants both to be taxed at a rate of $2.52 per pack. He says the change would yield $450,000 more in taxes a year.

State committee OKs drug testing for welfare job programs

About 14,000 low-income parents who apply for Wisconsin Works job programs would be screened for drugs, and possibly tested, under a proposal a key legislative committee approved Tuesday.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 Tuesday to include the provision in the state budget, further increasing its chances of becoming law after the Assembly passed the idea as a separate bill earlier this month.

The proposal from Gov. Scott Walker would require screening for drugs in order to participate in three W-2 work programs. Drug screening has been required for four state-run work programs since 2015.

Britain raises terror threat level after concert attack

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain's threat level from terrorism has been raised to critical - meaning an attack may be imminent.

May said Salman Abadi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, may have been part of a bigger network.

Today's forecast: A late thunderstorm

A couple of showers; a late thunderstorm. Today's high and low are forecast to be 64 and 47 degrees, respectively.

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Update: 19 confirmed dead in explosion at Grande concert

An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert in northern England late today, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police say they are treating as a terrorist attack.

Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead and roughly 50 were injured by the explosion at Manchester Arena. Emergency vehicles were helping the injured and bomb disposal units were later seen outside the venue.

Schimel: Court should stay order for new legislative maps

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel wants the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an order to redraw Wisconsin's legislative district boundaries.

A group of voters filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 arguing the Republican-drawn boundaries unconstitutionally discriminate against Democrats. A three-judge panel agreed and ordered lawmakers to redraw the boundaries by November.

Blast leaves several dead at Grande concert in England

Several people have died following an explosion tonight at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police and witnesses said. The singer was not injured, according to a representative.

There were few further details of what happened during the concert by the American singer, but witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena's bars.

Democrat says documents suggest Flynn lied

The top Democrat on a House oversight committee said documents he's reviewed suggest that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to federal security clearance investigators about the source of payments Flynn received from a Russian state-sponsored television network.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said Flynn told the investigators during an early 2016 security clearance review that a trip to Moscow was "funded by U.S. companies." Cummings said the actual source of the funds was "the Russian media propaganda arm, RT."

Today's forecast: Afternoon thunderstorm

A thunderstorm in spots this afternoon. High: 71; low: 52.

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Trump urges Mideast to rout 'Islamic extremists'

Citing what he called a "battle between good and evil," President Donald Trump urged a summit of Arab leaders Sunday to do far more to fight extremism and terrorism, refining his harsh anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric for a joint call to arms in the birthplace of Islam.

For more on this story, see Monday's edition of the Kenosha News.

Today's forecast: Breezy

Partly sunny and breezy. High: 63; low: 45.

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Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal

President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements.

Today's forecast: Rain and a thunderstorm

Rain and a thunderstorm; breezy and warmer. High: 63; low: 50.

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11 die in Baghdad car bombings

Two car bombs in southwestern Baghdad killed 11 people, including four police officers, and wounded at least 20 late tonight, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials.

The first attack targeted a police checkpoint in the neighborhood and, moments later, the second blast hit a nearby street crowded with civilians, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Report: Probe has Trump adviser under scrutiny

The Washington Post is reporting that a current senior White House adviser is under scrutiny as part of an investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The newspaper is citing unidentified people familiar with the investigation. The adviser under scrutiny is not named, but described as someone close to Trump.

3 injured after falling from Ferris wheel in Washington state

Two women and a child fell from a Ferris wheel and were injured in Port Townsend, Wash., Thursday on the Olympic Peninsula.

The incident happened Thursday evening in the downtown area during the Rhododendron Festival. A Ferris wheel cart flopped upside down, ejecting the three occupants.

Officials said a 69-year-old woman, a woman in her 40s and a 6-year-old boy fell 15 to 18 feet and landed on the ride's metal flooring. Officials say the older woman was in critical condition while the injuries of the other two were not life-threatening.

Forecasters: Here comes another hotter than normal summer

U.S. forecasters are predicting another warmer than normal summer for most of the country along with wetter weather in a swath of states stretching from Texas to Montana.

The National Weather Service's summer outlook issued Thursday predicts greater chances for hot weather in Alaska and pretty much everywhere else. The exceptions are Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and parts of Missouri and Colorado.

Forecaster Stephen Baxter said it may not be as hot as recent summers because rain-soaked soil from a wet spring may keep the heat down. Baxter forecasts a wetter than normal summer for Alaska and parts of the already soggy Great Plains.

Today's forecast: Showers

Mostly cloudy, showers around and cooler. High: 51; low: 45.

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Walker sets up committee on driverless cars

Gov. Scott Walker has created a committee to pave the way for driverless cars to operate in Wisconsin.

Walker issued an executive order Thursday creating an aptly named Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment. He says the group will help advance testing and operation of self-driving cars in the state. He says Wisconsin is poised to be a leader, given that the University of Wisconsin-Madison in January was chosen as one of 10 U.S. Department of Transportation testing sites.

Chaffetz to resign from Congress

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said today he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign's ties with Russia.

Chaffetz, a Republican, said in a letter sent to media and constituents that his last day will be June 30. He said last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early.

Today's forecast

The weather outlook for today calls for windy conditions and spotty afternoon showers. The high will be 74 degrees; the low will be 41.

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