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Summit-goers bemoan poverty in SE Wisconsin

A summit to discuss poverty in Kenosha and Racine drew 200 people from churches and area agencies to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday night.

Kenosha's Congregations United to Serve Humanity's annual meeting - held jointly with Racine Interfaith Coalition - brought to light what organizers termed is Wisconsin's "scandal of poverty."



Public Works panel OKs Seventh Avenue rebuild

The City Council's Public Works Committee has approved the administration's preliminary 2015 operating budget and a five-year capital improvement plan to maintain and improve city streets, clear snow do other infrastructure projects.

The $9.14 million operating budget amounts to about a $160,000 more than was allocated this year.

The most significant change in Mayor Keith Bosman's proposed spending plan will begin the long needed overhaul of Seventh Avenue, from 65th Street south to 75th Street, next year.



Committee speeds up $1 million 7th Ave. overhaul, OKs 2015 public works budget

The Public Works Committee gave the go ahead tonight to Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman's proposed $9.14 million public works operating budget -- a slight $160,000 jump from this year.

In addition, members unanimously recommended City Council approve Bosman's public works capital improvement plan, including $1 million, 2-year, 7th Avenue overhaul south from Library Park starting next year.

Read more later at www.kenoshanews.com and in Friday's Kenosha News.


County may give $250K to homeless shelter

Kenosha County is expected to commit $250,000 to a future permanent homeless shelter for the area, according to organizers of poverty summit held Thursday night.

Veronica King, vice president for the Congregations United to Serve Humanity made the announcement about the county's plan before participants in attendance.


Tremper volleyball ousts Central


The second-seeded Tremper girls volleyball team defeated third-seeded Central 30-28, 25-14, 20-25, 25-11 in a WIAA Division-1 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Tremper.

Tremper will play at top-seeded Burlington in a sectional final 7 p.m. Saturday.



Man accused of ambushing troopers captured

A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured today, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said.

State police confirmed Eric Frein was taken into custody but released no details.


Wheatland site considered for possible safari park

Wheatland, known more for dairy cows than endangered species, has emerged as the possible location for a free-range safari park.
Jay Christie, a.k.a "Jungle Jay," announced in September he would leave his position as Racine Zoological Society President and CEO to create the first safari park in the state, where endangered animals from six continents would cohabitate. He said it would be larger than the 28-acre Racine Zoo.

Wheatland residents, at an informational meeting this week, learned Christie, 46, is looking to purchase a 37-acre parcel on Highway KD, just north of Highway 50, as the location for the interactive experience.



Judge OKs California city's bankruptcy plan

A judge today approved a plan by Stockton, Calif., one of the largest U.S. cities to declare bankruptcy, allowing it to eliminate more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching its massive pension obligations.

Marking a critical development in the city's financial recovery, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said Stockton can use the plan to exit the court's Chapter 9 protection, which it sought in 2012. Klein's ruling can be appealed.


Tropical Storm Vance forms in the Pacific

Tropical Storm Vance, the 20th named storm of the Pacific season, has formed well off the coast of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said today that Vance was not an immediate threat to land. Vance had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west at 5 mph. It was centered about 415 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico.


Burke blames Walker, allies for Trek story

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke fought back today against accusations that she was fired from her family business at Trek Bicycles, calling the claims by a former company president "complete lies" being put forward by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his allies.

Former Trek president Tom Albers said Wednesday that Burke was fired as Trek's head of overseas operations in 1993 because of financial losses. Burke and her brother, current Trek CEO John Burke, said she left the job willingly as part of a company reorganization. They also both defended her record at Trek, saying overseas sales grew from $3 million to $50 million during her time.



Riverview may end school year early

Riverview School in Silver Lake is considering either ending the school year early or starting school later in the fall to accommodate building renovations.
The Board of Education is running the options past parents via on online survey.


Judge orders release of Schimel videos

A Madison judge says the state Justice Department must release videos of two training presentations Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel gave to prosecutors but will give the agency a chance to appeal his ruling.

The state Democratic Party filed a records request with DOJ seeking videos of Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney, from five seminars. The party believes he made inappropriate comments during the presentations.

DOJ officials maintain they can't find three of the videos and releasing the other two would compromise victim privacy and legal strategy.



Jensen arguments focus on use of evidence

Oral arguments this morning focused on the use of specific evidence in Mark Jensen's 2008 trial and the type of analysis used by the state appeals court.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard from lawyers for Jensen and the state of Wisconsin, which is appealing a lower federal court's reversal of Jensen's 2008 conviction for murdering his wife in 1998.

Jensen's basic appeal issue is that a letter written by Julie Jensen before her death was used improperly at trial; the state's position is that even if the letter should not have been used, its inclusion was a harmless error, given the other evidence presented.

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


Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: Mayor Keith Bosman announced that the city will partner with the county on its downtown/lakefront-area Wi-Fi initiative. And Xten Industries, a Kenosha-based manufacturer of injection molded plastic components, is selling its assets and looking to sell its operations.

Watch the video here.


Kenosha Co. man killed in Racine Co. crash

A 21-year-old Kenosha County man was killed in a crash in Raymond this morning, according to the Racine County Sheriff's Office.

A news release said the Kenosha County man, who has not been named, was driving a vehicle that rear-ended a dump truck at the intersection of Highway 45 and Four and a Half Mile Road. The crash remains under investigation.

For more information, check later at kenoshanews.com and see Friday's Kenosha News.


Huge waves expected on Lake Michigan

Waves approaching 15 feet are expected Friday afternoon on Kenosha's Lake Michigan shoreline, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System.

A rain-sleet-snow mix is in Friday's forecast with temperatures expected to barely reach the 40s, according to Weather.com. The wind will be out of the north at approximately 30 mph.



Judge may rule on releasing Schimel videos

A Madison judge could rule on whether to release videos of what Democrats believe is Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel making inappropriate remarks at prosecutorial training seminars.

The state Democratic Party has filed a records request with the state Justice Department seeking five videos of presentations Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney, gave at five seminars.

DOJ officials said they can't find three of the videos and don't believe they exist and releasing the other two would compromise victim privacy and reveal law enforcement strategy.



Appeals court to hear Jensen arguments today

Mark Jensen's federal appeal takes the next step today, with arguments in front of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

A federal district judge overturned Jensen's murder conviction earlier this year, saying prosecutors improperly used statements from the victim, Jensen's wife, Julie. Mark Jensen was convicted in 2008 for murdering Julie Jensen in their Pleasant Prairie home 10 years earlier.

Kenosha News journalist Janine Anderson will be at the hearing and will have more on this story later today.


U.S. economy grows at 3.5% rate

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

The Commerce Department says that the third quarter result followed a 4.6 percent rebound in the second quarter. The economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first three months of the year due to a harsh winter.


Waukegan teachers, district reach tentative deal

Negotiating teams for the Waukegan teachers union and school district say they have reached a tentative contract agreement after a four-week teacher strike.

The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports the Waukegan School District 60 Board of Education and teachers union must still approve the agreement reached late Wednesday. Officials say schools will remain closed through Friday but teachers will return to work to prepare to reopen Monday.

About 17,000 students have been out of school in the suburban Chicago district since the strike started Oct. 2.



Hot off the press: Thursday, Oct. 30

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

* The city has joined the county's Wi-Fi plan to bring free wireless internet to downtown.

* Kenosha County residents donated more than $120,000 to gubernatorial candidates this year.

* Xten Industries LLC is selling its assets and negotiating with an Illinois company.

* The UW-Parkside women's soccer team clinched the Great Lakes Valley Conference title.



World Series celebration turns violent

A celebration in San Francisco's streets over the Giants' World Series victory turned raucous and violent in some areas with people injured by gunfire, officers hurt by bottles thrown by revelers, and police making arrests.

The partying unfolded peacefully with fans gathering in the streets and uncorking champagne, lighting bonfires, dancing in a mosh pit and hugging strangers on Wednesday night as their team scored its third series win in as many championship appearances, a triumph all the more gratifying by its arrival at the end of a seventh, winner-takes-all 3-2 game.



Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaims his sexuality

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.

In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. Cook says that for years he's been open with many people about his sexual orientation and that plenty of his Apple colleagues know he is gay.

Cook wrote in the column published Thursday that it wasn't an easy choice to publicly disclose that he is gay but felt that his declaration could potentially help others.




Appleton hotel set to be auctioned off

An online listing says the starting bid for the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton is $7.5 million.

An auction for the 388-room downtown hotel begins Dec. 1 and ends Dec. 3.

The city has been talking with the hotel investors about plans for a $27 million Fox Cities Exhibition Center. Hotel general manager Jay Schumerth says the exhibition center is a priority for the Paper Valley Hotel because it will mean many more visitors for the area.

Post-Crescent Media says the Paper Valley was built in 1982 and has more than 38,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space and includes the Vince Lombardi Steakhouse.


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