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Illinois braces for winter storm

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers about potentially hazardous travel conditions as a winter storm moves through the state.

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 7 inches of snow in portions of central Illinois and 1 to 3 inches in other areas of the state. The storm is expected to continue through Sunday evening.



Ex-White Sox star Minoso dies

Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became major league baseball's first black player in Chicago in 1951, has died, the Cook County medical examiner said Sunday.

The medical examiner's office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso'sage but the White Sox say he was 92.

Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.



Mostly cloudy and chilly

Mostly cloudy and chilly with a high of 28 degrees and a low of 11. For more weather information, check out today's Kenosha News or visit this website regularly for up-to-the-minute weather data.


Jazz hold off Bucks 82-75

The Milwaukee Bucks came up short on the road against the Utah Jazz. Milwaukee only had three players score in double figures. Khris Middleton led the team with 18 points. Click over to kenoshanews.com for more coverage.



U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters

A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.


GIRLS HOOPS: St. Joseph wins

The St. Joseph girls basketball team defeated Racine St. Catherine's 51-33 in a WIAA Division-4 regional final at St. Joseph.

The Lancers will play Whitefish Bay Dominican at 7 p.m. Thursday at Racine Case in a sectional semifinal.




Brazil arrests U.S. sect leader wanted on sex charges

Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota.


Appraisal event reveals items' true worth

Attendees at Saturday's "What's It Worth?" appraisal event at the Kenosha Public Museum learned the true worth of their valuable items.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.



That History Column looks at parks' namesakes

Ever wonder about the namesakes of all those parks in Kenosha? Diane Giles has the answers in this month's history column.

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



Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker close second

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential preference straw poll.

Pollsters announced Saturday that Paul won 26 percent of the votes in the annual survey, giving Paul his third consecutive win in as many years.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second, with 21 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz came in third in the contest with 11.5 percent, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 11.4 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 8.3 percent. All of the other names listed received under 5 percent.


Diversity Summit to focus on religious tolerance

Religious tolerance is the theme for the third annual Diversity Summit, which begins this week at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

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



Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a "right-to-work" proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public sector unions of much of their power.


Former Knicks Mason dead

Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.


The Knicks confirmed Mason's death, which was first reported Saturday by the New York Daily News. He had been battling heart problems.



Bitterly cold

Mostly sunny and bitterly cold with a high of 19 degrees and a low of 12.


Bucks lose to Lakers

The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Lakers, 101-93, in Los Angeles on Friday night.



Season ends for Carthage women

The fourth-seeded Carthage women's basketball team had its season come to a close on Friday night with a 65-42 loss to top-seeded and 17th-ranked Wheaton in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament semifinal at King Arena in Wheaton, Ill. For more, pick up Saturday's edition of the Kenosha News or visit kenoshanews.com.



Friday's Prep Results

BOYS BASKETBALL: Zion-Benton (Ill.) 80, Tremper 39

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Verona 75, Bradford 18
Racine St. Catherine's 53, Shoreland Lutheran 38
St. Joseph 66, Racine Lutheran 37
Union Grove 55, Wilmot 33
Madison Memorial 45, Tremper 33

Check out kenoshanews.com or Saturday's issue for more coverage.


Overhaul of Lydia's Law sought

Burlington couple Sally and Tom Schaeffer are fighting to fix a law that was named after their late seven year old daughter Lydia.

Find out how their effort is paying off and how they could soon be on a national stage to help sick children.

Get the full article in Friday's edition of the Kenosha News.



House OKs bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week

The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline.

The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The vote late Friday was 357-60 as Democrats joined majority Republicans in backing the bill that averts a partial government shutdown.


GOP-controlled House votes down Homeland Security bill

The rebellious Republican-controlled House unexpectedly voted down short-term funding for the Homeland Security Department late Friday, increasing the prospect of a partial shutdown at midnight of an agency with major anti-terrorism responsibilities.

The vote was 224-203 against the three-week funding as 52 Republicans abandoned their leaders on the legislation.



Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, officials said. Nemtsov was killed just a day before a protest planned against Putin's rule.

The death of Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, ignited a fury among opposition figures who assailed the Kremlin for creating an atmosphere of intolerance of any dissent. Putin quickly offered his condolences and called the murder a provocation.


View the afternoonKenosha News Minute

The afternoon Kenosha News Minute, a video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods, has been posted at kenoshanews.com. The top story is about Capt. Jim Hawkins, who grew up in Kenosha and graduated from St. Joseph High School, becoming the new commanding officer at Naval Station Great Lakes.




Bears sign Miller to new deal

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2015 with tight end Zach Miller.

He spent last season on injured reserve with a foot injury after signing with the Bears. Miller played in 33 games with Jacksonville from 2009-11, catching 45 passes for 470 yards and four touchdowns.



Walker budget ends sex assault reporting for UW

University of Wisconsin campuses would no longer have to report allegations of sexual assault to the state, a change Gov. Scott Walker proposed in his state budget at the request of UW, his spokeswoman said Friday.

Removing the sexual assault reporting duty for all 26 campuses was one of dozens of requirements that would be deleted under Walker's proposal to turn the university system into a public authority. The plan also would cut funding by $300 million over two years while freezing tuition.

The idea to delete the annual reports to the state Department of Justice was explained in a summary of Walker's budget released Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said Friday UW requested the change "because there is already a federal reporting requirement related to sexual assault and harassment on campuses."



Favre induction to be broadcast in stadium

The Green Bay Packers say Brett Favre's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will still be held inside the Lambeau Field Atrium. But, the team will open the stadium bowl for fans who want to watch the ceremony live on the video screens.

The induction and number retirement ceremony scheduled for July 18 inside the atrium is sold out. The limited atrium seating of about 1,600 had some shareholders and fans complaining about not being able to attend the ceremony.

The Packers said Friday tickets will be sold for $4 each for stadium bowl viewing on the TundraVision video boards. Favre will also make an appearance in the bowl to address the crowd. Tickets go on sale May 12t through Ticketmaster with a limit of eight per order.


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