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Bucks beat Kings, 108-107

Brandon Knight scored 20 points and the Bucks beat the Kings, 108-107, in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday night. The Bucks shot well from the perimeter for much of the night in winning their third in four games. They went 10 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half and made 13 overall from beyond the arc. O.J. Mayo and Jared Dudley added 19 points apiece for Milwaukee.



UWP women fall in Puerto Rico

The UW-Parkside women's basketball team couldn't hold an 18-point lead, dropping the final game of a three-game trip to Puerto Rico, 63-59, to the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon on Thursday night. For more, pick up Friday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



Thursday's Prep Results

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
St. Joseph 50, Racine Prairie 39
Shoreland Lutheran 58, Racine Park 36

For more on all of Thursday's prep action, pick up Friday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



Gateway confers degrees, diplomas to December graduates

Gateway Technical College graduates took to the stage at Indian Trail High School and Academy for December commencement exercises Thursday night.

Of the 393 receiving degrees and diplomas, 86 were in attendance from four major areas including Business and Information Technology, Health, Manufacturing, Engineering and Transportation and Service. Thomas Buhler, director of business development at Butter Buds in Racine, delivered the commencement address and graduate Jacquita Hughes, the student response.


Union, city and fire officials to meet openly on Kenosha Fire Department study

Mayor Keith Bosman and Jeremy Ryan, president of Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414, say they look forward to an in-depth meeting based on a recent study recommending possible ways to improve ambulance and fire coverage by the Kenosha Fire Department.

Ald. Dan Prozanski is drafting a resolution for approval to form an ad hoc committee of aldermen, administration, KFD and union representatives to discuss issues with the consultant during an open meeting that will invite public comment.

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


Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Click below to watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup presented by Festival Foods. Our top story is on a spike in flu patients at Kenosha-area hospitals.

Watch the video here.


Dow climbs 421 points

The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day.

The Dow closed up 421 points, or 2.4 percent, to 17,778 today, its largest gain since December 2011.


Judge: Waukesha stabbing suspects fit to stand trial

Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled today.

State experts concluded that both girls were competent, but their attorneys contested those conclusions. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren held back-to-back hearings for both girls today to decide.


Kenosha-area hospitals busy with flu patients

Hospitals in the Kenosha area are seeing far more people with flu so far this December compared to last year.

At Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, 119 patients have tested positive for influenza since Nov. 20. Within United Hospital System in Kenosha County, 312 patients have tested positive for flu since Oct. 1.

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


Horse case couple charged with bail jumping

The couple accused of starving horses in their care moved back to their Pleasant Prairie property without notifying the court, according to court records, earning them bail-jumping charges.

David White and Paula Moctezuma White are each charged with dozens of felonies related to the alleged animal abuse at Hidden Lake Stables, where in 2013 authorities removed horses and other animals after discovering the animals were being kept in horrendous conditions. Several dead animals were found in the stables, and carcasses were in a field on the property.

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


ACLU dismisses Wis. gay marriage lawsuit

Attorneys who filed a lawsuit seeking legal recognition of hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June in Wisconsin have dismissed their lawsuit after the state said the marriages would be recognized.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin announced the action today.

There had been questions over whether the marriages performed during a week when the gay marriage ban was blocked only temporarily would be recognized as valid. But the state said in October the marriages were valid after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the ruling declaring Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.



Van Hollen unlikely to run for high court

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says it's unlikely he'll run for the state Supreme Court after he leaves office next month.

Van Hollen, a Republican, chose not to run for a third term as attorney general. He told The Associated Press in an interview that he felt he has achieved almost everything he wanted. That includes training local police to combat online child pornography and eliminating the backlog of evidence waiting for DNA testing at the state crime lab.

But he said he's unhappy with the media's assumption that all elected officials are corrupt. He said he's tired of being second-guessed.



Wis. lags nation in job growth

Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth for the 12-month period ending in June.

The latest figures were reported Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They show that Wisconsin grew private-sector jobs between July 2013 and the end of June this year by 1.45 percent. That lags the national average of growth at 2.3 percent.

Wisconsin ranks 32nd nationally and behind Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.



Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute

Click below to watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup presented by Festival Foods. Our top story is on a casino jobs rally that drew hundreds of supporters.

Watch the video here.


Hot off the press: Thursday, Dec. 18

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

* Kenosha casino supporters rally for jobs

* Local Salvation Army red kettle donations rise, but still lag behind goal

* The Secret Service is investigating an alleged fraud scheme in Kenosha

* Werwie's fire for pro golf still burns bright


Walker preparing for unrest in Milwaukee

Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond to any unrest that might occur following an announcement on whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton in a Milwaukee park.

Walker says he fully expects any demonstrations to be peaceful - but nonetheless is prepared to call on guard members if protests get out of hand. He says the National Guard has been meeting with law enforcement in the Milwaukee area.

Hamilton was killed April 30 after a confrontation with Officer Christopher Manney at Red Arrow Park. Manney was later fired. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm is expected to make a decision soon on whether criminal charges should be filed against Manney.



U.S. jobless benefit applications falling

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.

The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefits applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000. That is the lowest level since late October.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 750 to 298,750.


Wis. man wins $1 million from Publishers Clearinghouse

An out-of-work Wisconsin electrician whose long-term disability ran out over a year ago has won $1 million from the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes.

Karl Jonsson of Gresham, Wis., was home with his wife and teenage daughter on Tuesday when the Prize Patrol staff showed up and surprised him with roses and balloons, a large ceremonial check for $1 million and a real check for $25,000.



Cloudy, chilly today

Mostly cloudy skies today, with a high temperature of 31 degrees; low about 22. No precipitation is in the forecast.

For more weather details, see today's Kenosha News. Visit this website regularly for up-to-the-minute weather data. You can also sign up for free News Now weather alerts.



Antetokounmpo hurt in Bucks' loss

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo left a game at Portland with a sprained left ankle Wednesday night. The Bucks lost, 104-97. Antetokounmpo grimaced in pain late in the first half while his teammates surrounded him, but he eventually walked off and straight to the locker room. The injury came two nights after the Bucks lost rookie Jabari Parker for the rest of the season to a knee injury in Phoenix.



Community responds to 6-year-old who eases ouches

The Christmas wish of a 6-year-old Pleasant Prairie girl was realized for a third straight year as Macey's Band-Aid drive exceeded the goal.

The Smith family of Pleasant Prairie wanted to collect 35,000 colorful, non-latex bandages for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin but managed to collect nearly 44,000 in more than 1,700 boxes.

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



EPA begins Oshkosh ricin decontamination

Federal authorities have begun cleaning up contamination at the home of a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student accused of making ricin.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the lead role in the cleanup, with support from the Wisconsin National Guard.


Rally urges governor's approval of Kenosha casino

A rally for jobs drew hundreds of supporters, including local and state elected officials, of a proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for Kenosha at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park Wednesday night.

The event for the Menominee-proposed casino was held to promote the more than 10,600 jobs and $1.6 billion economic impact the project would bring to the area while putting pressure on Gov. Scott Walker who must approve the project in the next 63 days in order for it go forward. The casino continues to be opposed by the Potawatomi tribe, which operates a casino in Milwaukee.


Bears bench Cutler

The Bears have benched quarterback Jay Cutler and plan to start Jimmy Clausen Sunday, ESPN and the Chicago Tribune report. For more, see Thursday's Kenosha News.



UW introduces Chryst as football coach

Paul Chryst was introduced as football coach at Wisconsin this evening.

For more, see kenoshanews.com later or pick up Thursday's Kenosha News.

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