May 3, 2016
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Madison man pleads not guilty in 2-year-old girl's death

A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Madison man accused of causing the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter under his care last month.

Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Gehde was silent Tuesday as the plea to first-degree reckless homicide was entered on his behalf by a Dane County judge. A Madison police detective testified that a criminal complaint accurately conveyed the conclusions by the girl's doctors that she suffered severe child abuse injuries.

Downtown hotel pushes on without liquor license

Best Western Harborside is doing fine without its liquor license, according to hotel staff, but hopes to get a restaurant to locate within the hotel, with the restaurant procuring its own liquor license.

For more, check or see Wednesday's newspaper.

Cruz ends bid for GOP presidential nomination

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign today, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination.

The conservative tea party firebrand who tried to cast himself as the only viable alternative to Trump ended his campaign after a stinging defeat in Indiana's Republican primary.

Contractor defends velodrome work

The company that renovated the historic Washington Park Velodrome is defending its work against critics upset over hairline cracks running through portions of the concrete track.

For more, check or see Wednesday's newspaper.

Indian Trail pitcher throws no-hitter

Ryan Hoerter of Indian Trail pitched a no-hitter against Racine Horlick on Tuesday. Indian Trail won, 7-0. For more, see Wednesday's Kenosha News.

Trump wins Indiana

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Indiana.

Bill allowing concealed guns on Georgia campuses vetoed

Georgia's Republican governor vetoed a bill today allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, rejecting the proposal that a legislature controlled by his own party had easily approved in an election year.

The bill would have allowed anyone 21 and over to carry a concealed handgun with the proper permit on a public college or university campus. The veto decision came weeks after Gov. Nathan Deal, who is in his second and final term, rejected a bill shielding opponents of gay marriage.

DEA: Mom dies after random shooting on Wisconsin interstate

An Illinois woman has died after being shot during an apparently random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while traveling home with her husband and children, federal officials said today.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency released a statement saying 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski, who was shot Sunday, had died. Her husband works for the DEA, though Wisconsin investigators believe the shooting was random and that the suspect had killed another person hours earlier in Milwaukee.

Tests show child with Elizabethkingia has different strain

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin says lab tests show that a child diagnosed with Elizabethkingia is not connected to the strain that has caused an outbreak of the bloodstream infection in Wisconsin.

Children's spokesman Andrew Brodzeller said the genetic markers in the child's case are unique. Brodzeller said the hospital has effectively treated patients with Elizabethkingia with antibiotics, but would not comment specifically on the child's case.

The hospital said last week that a child in the neonatal intensive care unit was diagnosed with Elizabethkingia, but there was no indication the patient had a serious infection. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says there are 59 confirmed adult cases of the bacteria.

Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: The Kenosha City Council tabled a vote on whether to change the alternate-side parking schedule.


'Hamilton' tops Tony nods

The mega-hit musical "Hamilton" has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history. The hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.

Milwaukee officer accused of child enticement

A Milwaukee police officer has been suspended without pay after he was accused of enticing a child.

The 45-year-old officer has been booked into the Milwaukee County Jail and is being held on $10,000 bail. Milwaukee police investigators are expected to refer the case to the county district attorney in the coming days.

Salem, Silver Lake start merger process

Silver Lake chairman Bruce Nopenz confirmed today the goal of a boundary agreement with Salem would be the ultimate merger of the two municipalities into one village.

Salem officials approved a resolution Monday to enter into boundary agreement discussions with Silver Lake. Silver Lake officials will consider the same resolution at a meeting Wednesday.

Pleasant Prairie's compost site to move

The village of Pleasant Prairie's compost site will be moving to a new site in June.

On June 4, the site will relocate from the Prange Center, 8600 Green Bay Road, to 8000 128th St.

For more, check or see today's newspaper.

Warmer weather today

Partly sunny and warmer. High: 67; low: 43.

Gas station gets OK to shut down treatment system

A gasoline station undergoing monitoring and testing for previous illegal discharge of petroleum products into a ditch will be allowed to shut down a remedial treatment system for now.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

Cracks seen in newly rebuilt velodrome

The city will investigate cracks and fencing surrounding the newly renovated Washington Park Velodrome before approving payment for the contractor and opening the facility.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

Chicago light pole falls on 3 girls, injuring 1

A Chicago high school student is reportedly in serious condition after a light pole fell on a group of students on their lunch break.

The incident today in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood resulted in a 16-year-old being hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a compound leg fracture.

Brewers, Cubs win

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 at Miller Park, while the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Monday night. For more, pick up Tuesday's edition of the Kenosha News.

Treatment system for village gas station to halt

The Pleasant Prairie Village Board approved a plan for owners of a BP Amoco gas station on Highway 165 to shutdown a groundwater pumping and treatment system Monday night.

An engineering and environmental firm outlined a strategy to shutdown the system, which has been operating within the limits of a state permit restricting pollution for the past two years. In 2012, owners of the BP Amoco station at 10477 120th Ave. were ordered to stop illegally discharging petroleum products into a drainage ditch next to their property, according to village officials.

Virginia officers won't face charges in man's death

The sister of a Virginia man who died after repeatedly being shocked with stun guns by police said a prosecutor has decided not to bring charges against the officers.

Gwendolyn Smalls and her attorney told The Associated Press today that Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said she doesn't believe there's enough evidence to bring criminal charges against South Boston, Va., police officers Tiffany Bratton, Clifton Mann and Travis Clay.

No confidence vote by UW-Madison faculty passes

Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison today overwhelmingly supported a no confidence vote in UW System President Ray Cross and the UW Board of Regents.

Their voice vote came in the university's Faculty Senate, which has 220 senators representing more than 2,200 staff members. Supporters of the measure said System leaders should have fought harder against $250 million in GOP-led funding cuts over two years.

Man charged in January shooting

A Kenosha man is facing felony charges for his role in the January shooting of a grandfather who was with his 2-year-old grandson.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

State Supreme Court to consider Kenosha case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is taking up the case of a Kenosha man convicted of residential burglary.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

Local firm pioneering new fertilizer technology

Kenosha-based Centrisys, a manufacturer of wastewater treatment equipment, is looking to expand into pig farm waste with a unique process that turns manure nutrients into fertilizer.

For more, check or see Tuesday's newspaper.

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