September 29, 2016
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Calls for selling of Governor's mansion

Calling on Gov. Scott Walker to set an example, Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, is again suggesting that the Governor's mansion be sold, but this time the proceeds going towards transportation project to complete the expansion of Interstate 94 in Kenosha and Racine Counties.

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



Calls for selling of Governor's mansion

Calling on Gov. Scott Walker to set an example, Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, is again suggesting that the Governor's mansion be sold, but this time the proceeds going towards transportation project to complete the expansion of Interstate 94 in Kenosha and Racine Counties.

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



Holton, wife of Democratic VP candidate, visits Kenosha

Anne Holton, wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, said her husband is a "strong man ready to support a strong woman."

Holton, who has been busy campaigning in the Midwest for her husband and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, made a stop at the Kenosha County Democratic Party Office Thursday afternoon. A large, diverse crowd of teachers, students and activists turned out.


Northwestern Mutual eliminating jobs

Employees at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance have been told the company will eliminate 100 jobs this year and hundreds more in 2017.

Northwestern Mutual's top executive John Schlifske made the announcement at an employee town hall meeting Thursday. The company is one of the largest employers in the Milwaukee area with about 5,900 employees.

Northwestern Mutual said earlier this month that job cuts were expected because of continued low interest rates that have made it harder to increase profits. The company was not specific on the number of jobs to be eliminated next year.



Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: The presidential campaign arrived in Waukesha on Wednesday as Republican candidate Donald Trump was critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


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Today's forecast: Windy

The weather outlook for today calls for mostly cloudy and windy skies. The high will be 67 degrees, the low 56.



Somers village tax levy should rise

Preliminary estimates for the 2017 Somers village budget include a proposed property tax levy increase of nearly 6 percent.

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



Man charged in murder for which another served prison time

A Chicago man was charged with the 1992 sexual assault and murder of a 6-year-old one day after a man who served 20 years in prison for the slaying was released.

Cook County prosecutors said Osborne Wade is accused in the death of Lindsey Murdock. They said blood on the boy's clothing matched Wade's DNA. That evidence prompted the release Tuesday of 55-year-old Mark Maxson, who spent more than 20 years in prison for the slaying.


Update: Congress clears stopgap spending bill

Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late today sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after a bipartisan Senate tally.




Wheatland Center general fund to rise; levy remains flat

An increase in general fund expenditures in the 2016-17 Wheatland Center School budget will help cover the cost of needs facing the district, but is not expected to increase the tax levy.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.



Kite festival Saturday in Lincoln Park

High-flying kites, family-friendly activities and a picnic lunch will mark a new event in Lincoln Park Saturday.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.



Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date if deal not reached

The Chicago Teachers Union has set an Oct. 11 strike date if the union fails to reach a contract agreement by then with Chicago Public Schools.

Saying it's time to move contract talks along, union president Karen Lewis said teachers will "withhold our labor" if an agreement isn't reached by the strike date. She wouldn't say if the two sides are close to an agreement.


Wilmot to see slight levy decrease

A slight decrease in the Wilmot Union High School tax levy was approved by district electors at the annual budget hearing this week.




Fusion concert to aid fight against human trafficking

Singer/songwriter Naomi Marie is hosting an event Friday at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave., to help raise funds for the A21 Campaign, a global nonprofit working to eliminate sexual exploitation and forced slave labor.

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



CPS hiring review follows arrest of teacher with past record

Chicago Public Schools is reviewing hiring practices after a former teacher with convictions for peeping and prowling was accused of hiding a camera in a school bathroom.

Cook County prosecutors said they learned of 41-year-old Elliott Nott's criminal background after he was charged last week with unauthorized videotaping and child pornography.


South Carolina school shooter killed father before rampage

A teenager killed his father at their home today before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said.

The teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in Townville, S.C. One of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot, Capt. Garland Major with the Anderson County sheriff's office said. Both students were male. The female teacher was hit in the shoulder.


Buses get programs rolling at the Boys & Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club now has three buses to help get kids to the club after school.

The buses and free transportation were made possible due to a number of community partners.

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



Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: Kenosha Police have identified the suspect wanted in connection of three bank robberies which occurred on September 13th.


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OPEC reaches preliminary accord to curb oil production

OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement today to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, pushing up prices that had sunk over the past two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations.

Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's energy minister and current president of OPEC, announced the deal after several hours of talks in the Algerian capital. The levels must still be finalized at an OPEC meeting in Vienna in November.


Kenosha News update

"Saturday Night Live" has has chosen Alec Baldwin to impersonate GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

NBC announced this deal with a promo on social media, just days before "SNL" begins its 42nd season and little more than a month before voters choose between Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Baldwin, a veteran "SNL" guest host, will debut his Trump impression opposite cast member Kate McKinnon's continuing turn as Clinton.



DNR pushes back CWD response plan updates to spring

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials told the agency's board today that they have pushed back the release of updates to their chronic wasting disease plan to this spring.

The DNR has been operating under a 15-year plan that expires in 2025. It calls for reducing local deer herds in isolated areas of infection but centers mostly on monitoring the disease's spread. The agency's board in December 2015 ordered a review of the plan by this December amid concerns that the disease has been spreading unchecked.


Senate passes stopgap spending bill

The Senate today passed a bill to keep the government running through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

The sweeping 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Mich., address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint will be finalized after the election.


School volunteer, former teacher charged with possession of child pornography

A Kenosha man who volunteered at a city Catholic school and retired as a public school teacher in Racine was charged Wednesday with possession of child pornography.

Thomas DeFazio, 68, was taken into custody Tuesday by state agents. Ge was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of possession of child porn. Investigators from the Wisconsin Department of Justice began looking at DeFazio's online activities last year after a complaint from All Saints Academy, where he was a volunteer.



School volunteer, former teacher charged with possession of child pornography

A Kenosha man who volunteered at a city Catholic school and retired as a public school teacher in Racine was charged Wednesday with possession of child pornography.

Thomas DeFazio, 68, was taken into custody Tuesday by state agents. Ge was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of possession of child porn. Investigators from the Wisconsin Department of Justice began looking at DeFazio's online activities last year after a complaint from All Saints Academy, where he was a volunteer.



Police issue warrant for bank robbery suspect

Kenosha Police are seeking a Kenosha man they believe committed three bank robberies in the city on Sept. 13.

A felony warrant was issued for Jubilee S. Braithwaite for armed robbery of a financial institution. Braithwaite, 26, is beleived to have robbed the three banks within about 30 minutes. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous. They are asking the public to notify police if they see Braithwaite or know of his whereabouts.



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