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Veterans' sacrifices not forgotten

Memorial Day services in eastern Kenosha County reflected on the sacrifices made by veterans - sacrifices that still linger.

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



Rain can't dampen Memorial Day remembrance

While rain shortened or canceled some activities, residents turned out in western Kenosha County to honor fallen veterans.

Ceremonies took place in Silver Lake and Twin Lakes, and a parade went on as planned in Silver Lake.

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



Bassett Auto Repair marks 100 years

Bassett Auto Repair, which started as a blacksmith business shoeing horses, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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



Brewers lose to Giants, 8-4

The Giants scored seven runs in the sixth inning Monday to beat the Brewers, 8-4, at Miller Park. For more, see Tuesday's Kenosha News.



Tornado kills 13 in Mexico border city

A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border today, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, said.

In Texas, 12 people were reported missing after the vacation home they were staying in was swept away by rushing floodwaters in a small town popular with tourists.


Indian Motorcycle dealership melds architecture, classic brand

Architectural and motorcycle history have melded in a new dealership: Indian Motorcycle of Racine.

Located in a lovingly restored building at 522 Sixth St., the dealership is the first in the region to exclusively sell the newly invigorated Indian brand.

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



History Mystery: Fallen sheriff's deputy was also a firefighter

Jacob Keul was added to Kenosha's Public Safety Memorial this month after research showed the deputy died in 1922 in the line of duty.

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



Charter Communications nears deal for Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, two people familiar with the negotiations said.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity today because of the private nature of the talks.


Safety feature to be added to Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line

Illinois officials say a safety feature that slows trains traveling dangerously fast is one of the last components that must be installed before a Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line becomes operational.

A state Department of Transportation spokesman said the system's required under an agreement with the U.S. government.


Two die in car crash

Two people have died and another was critically injured in a two-car crash on a wet highway in Crawford County in southwestern Wisconsin.

The accident took place just after 2 p.m. Sunday on Hwy. 27 in the Town of Eastman. A 19-year-old Eastman woman was southbound when her car hydroplaned on the wet pavement and spun into the northbound lane, where it was hit by a car driven by an 85-year-old Tomah man.

The Eastman woman died at the scene. The Tomah man and his wife, also 85, were extricated from their car and take to a hospital in Prairie du Chien, where the man died. The woman was later taken to a La Crosse hospital in critical condition.

Their names were not immediately released.


For those who gave their all

Memorial Day ceremonies took place this morning honoring local veterans from all branches of service who have lost their lives.

Ceremonies included those put on by veteran's groups at Navy Park, Green Ridge Cemetery, Sunset Ridge Cemetery, St. Mark's Cemetery, and in Silver Lake and Twin Lakes.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or check Tuesday's Kenosha News.



Today's holiday forecast

Windy and warmer with a thunderstorm. High: 80; low: 63.


Critics blast legislators over surprise sports measure

Critics are blasting legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities.


Teenager poised to take seat on Somers Village Board

At age 18, Joseph Cardinali will be the youngest board member in Somers history when he is seated on the Somers Village Board next month.

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



Snapshot: He makes sure each vet's grave gets a flag

This week's Snapshot is on Arnold Gentz, who organizes the planting of American flags on vets' graves for Memorial Day.

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



A Life Remembered: Local man always embraced opportunities

This week's A Life Remembered focuses on James Merten, who never let an opportunity pass by without making the most of it, from boxing in high school to starting his own electronics repair business.

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



A Life Remembered: Local man always embraced opportunities

This week's A Life Remembered focuses on James Merten, who always embraced opportunities in his life, ranging from boxing in high school to starting his own electronics repair business.

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



Texas, Oklahoma storms kill 2, force 2,000 to flee

Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the Midwest today, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water. And the body of a man was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities in Texas said.


Man dies in Racine County crash

A man has died after he became trapped in a fiery pickup truck in Racine County.

Authorities say the incident happened after a crash today on state Highway 75 in the Town of Kansasville. The driver of a sport utility vehicle had fallen asleep and drifted into the lane of a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. The driver of the pickup truck was forced into a ditch and became trapped before his vehicle caught fire.


Polish president concedes defeat in election

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has conceded defeat in the presidential election, minutes after an exit poll showed him trailing Andrzej Duda, a previously little-known right-wing politician.

The exit poll said 53 percent of the votes in today's final round of the presidential election went to Duda and 47 percent to Komorowski. It was conducted by Ipsos and reported by the public broadcaster TVN. It has a margin of error plus or minus 2 percentage points.


Braves beat Brewers, 2-1

The Milwaukee Brewers managed only three hits Sunday in their 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Milwaukee finished 4-6 on its 10-game road trip and returns home to play the San Francisco Giants on Monday afternoon.



A chance of showers

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers throughout the day. High: 70; low: 57.


UPDATE: Family given week to rectify farm problems

A family has been given a week to rectify problems at two farms where more than 80 dead animals were found Friday and Saturday.

Late Saturday night, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department announced it had ended its "on scene" portion of an investigation into animal abuse at farms owned by the Schmeckel family in Brighton and Paris.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.



2 children thrown from SUV in Illinois crash; 1 killed

Two children were thrown from a sport utility vehicle that struck a median wall on Interstate 94 in northern Illinois, and one of them has died.

Illinois State Police said the accident happened Saturday morning near Gurnee. No other vehicles were involved. Four adults and three children were inside the SUV.


Senate rejects action on Patriot Act

Sen. Rand Paul led a successful effort to block renewal of the Patriot Act early Saturday morning, followed by a deeply divided Senate leaving Washington without taking action on the National Security Agency's soon-to-expire power to collect domestic phone records.

Without Senate action, the surveillance powers will at least temporarily lapse at midnight May 31.

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