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Senate passes state budget with late-night vote

Senate Republicans passed a two-year $72.7 billion state budget just prior to midnight Tuesday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Senate voted 18-15 on passage, after voting to repeal salary minimums for workers on local government projects but abandon proposals that would have gutted the state's open records law.

Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Allouez) joined all Democrats in voting against the measure. It now goes to the Assembly, which will take up the budget later today.

Kingfish roll

The Kenosha Kingfish rolled to a 16-0 win over the Lakeshore Chinooks Tuesday night. See Wednesday's paper for more coverage.

Brewers fall

The Milwaukee Brewers lost 4-3 Tuesday night to visiting Atlanta. See Wednesday's paper for more coverage.

2 killed when F-16, small plane crash; jet pilot safe

An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields.

The two people aboard the smaller Cessna were killed, and the plane was completely destroyed, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said. The pilot of the F-16 ejected and "is apparently uninjured," he said.

Senate passes prevailing wage repeal

In two dramatic developments on the state budget Tuesday, Senate Republicans voted to repeal salary minimums for workers on local government projects and a spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged that his office helped develop plans to sharply scale back the state's open records law.

The Senate voted 17-16 to add to the state budget bill a repeal of the state's so-called prevailing wage law for local governments like schools and municipalities and to simplify the wage law as it deals with state projects. All Democrats voted against the proposals and were joined by two Republicans, Sen. Howard Marklein of Spring Green and Sen. Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac.

The GOP-led Senate will work into the night Tuesday to pass the two-year, roughly $70 billion budget proposal.

Wisconsin Senate wipes open records rollback from budget

The Wisconsin Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to erase a dramatic rollback of the state's open records law that Gov. Scott Walker's office helped add to the state budget.

The Legislature's finance committee slipped language into the budget late Thursday night that would have shielded from the law nearly everything state and local government officials create, including drafts of legislation and staff communications. The move outraged lawmakers from both parties and open government advocates.

Wilmot students attend HOSA national conference

Two Wilmot High School students recently returned from the Health and Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Rebecca Alter and Deena Griffin qualified for the opportunity at the state leadership conference, where HOSA students competed in knowledge and skills competitions related to the health field.

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Police stop alleged vehicle burglars

Pleasant Prairie Police stopped a trio of alleged vehicle burglars in the 10200 block of Cooper Road early Tuesday morning accused of not only breaking into vehicles in the village but also Mount Pleasant and Somers.

Police arrest 18-year-old Raecal D. Friar, of Kenosha, on eight counts of Theft From a Motor Vehicle and a Parole Violation; 21-year-old Willie D. Jackson-Davis, of Chicago, on eight counts of Theft From a Motor Vehicle and two counts of Bail Jumping; and 18-year-old Shaitiana T. Randle, of Kenosha, on five counts of Theft From a Motor Vehicle.

Officials credit an alert neighbor for telling police.

Detective on way to work chases fleeing suspect

A Pleasant Prairie detective got an early start to her work day on June 21, when she witnessed a man crash into a parked car.

Detective Heather Mogensen tried holding the driver until police arrived, and then chased the fleeing suspect, but was unable to catch him. The Kenosha man was arrested several days later, and is now charged with battery of a police officer and obstructing an officer.

Paddock Lake man guilty of sex abuse of teen

A Paddock Lake man was convicted last week of repeated sexual assault of a child, for a 2010 incident involving a then-15-year-old boy.

Robert Kinsley was accused of having sex with the teen in the summer of 2010. The incident was reported in 2012, and a jury last week found him guilty of the offense. He will be sentenced in September.

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

Wis. Senate preps amendment to preserve open records

Wisconsin Senate Republicans have prepared a budget amendment that would repeal at least a large portion of language rolling back the state's open records law.

The Legislature's finance committee added provisions to the budget Thursday that would shield nearly everything created by state and local government officials from the open record law, including drafts of legislation and staff communication. They also inserted a provision that would require records of nonviolent criminal cases where charges were dismissed prior to trial for anyone under age 25 to be deleted from the state's popular online courts site.

Republicans introduced the amendment this afternoon shortly before debate on the spending plan was set to begin.

FBI raid Subway spokesman's home

FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the Zionsville, Ind., home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle today, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog. Subway said in a statement that it was "very concerned" about the raid, which it believes "is related to a prior investigation" of a former employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization founded by Fogle to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Former foundation executive director Russell Taylor was arrested in May on child pornography charges.

Sen. Johnson raises $2 million in 2nd quarter

Sen. Ron Johnson says he raised $2 million in the second quarter as he prepares for a re-election rematch against former Sen. Russ Feingold.

Johnson, a Republican who unseated Feingold in 2010, called it his best fundraising quarter this cycle. His campaign says he ended June with $2.75 million on hand.

Feingold, a Democrat, said last week he raised more than $2.2 million and expected to have almost $2 million in cash on hand when he files federal reports.

State Senate approves trooper deal, comp plan

The state Senate today approved a raise for state troopers and a new compensation plan for other state workers but has delayed debate on the state budget.

The Senate passed the troopers' raises 33-0 with no debate and passed the compensation plan 19-14, with all 14 Democrats voting against it.

Republicans who control the chamber then recessed to continue discussing the state budget. They planned to reconvene at 1 p.m. but caucus discussions can run later than stated end times.

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U.S. employers add more jobs in May

U.S. employers advertised slightly more job openings in May, a sign of an increasingly energized economy where companies are expecting continued growth.

The Labor Department says the number of open jobs rose 0.5 percent to 5.36 million in May. Still, the number of new hires in May and the number of workers who left their job - a sign of strength since quits are generally associated with people finding better jobs - slipped slightly.

Job gains have been solid since February 2014.

2 found dead on Milwaukee street

Police say two people have been found dead on a south side street in Milwaukee.

Officers responded to a report of some injured people about 5 a.m. Tuesday. When authorities arrived they found two people fatally shot.

Investigators at the scene say the victims may not have been killed at the location where the bodies were found.

Mom saves children from Waupaca County tornado

Sheriff's officials say a mother saved her three young children from injury as a tornado hit their house in Waupaca County.

Authorities say the woman heard the wind pick up about 5 p.m. Monday and moved two of her children, ages 4 and 7, to the bottom of a stairway. She ran to an upstairs bedroom where her 1-year-old daughter was sleeping, but couldn't get the door open as the tornado bore down. The glass had already blown out of the bedroom window.

The sheriff's department says the mother eventually got the door open, grabbed the girl and joined the two other children at the bottom of the stairway. All escaped serious injury.

Wis. man dies after scuba accident

Authorities say a 59-year-old man has died after taking part in scuba diving exercises at a Wisconsin lake where another diver died eight days earlier.

The Jackson County sheriff's office says Kerry Jurica of Weston was participating in exercises Sunday afternoon at Wazee Lake Recreation Area in the Town of Brockway. The sheriff's office says another diver noticed Jurica was having problems with equipment and was unresponsive, and the other diver rescued Jurica.

According to the sheriff's office, Jurica died at a local medical facility. The Leader-Telegram reports no foul play is suspected. A woman identified as 54-year-old Wendy Fassbender of Lodi died after diving at Wazee Lake on June 27.

Ice cave collapse kills 1 in Wash. state

A partial ice cave collapse in unseasonably warm northwest Washington killed one person and injured four others Monday, a Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said late Monday night that the person who was killed remained buried under the debris at the popular Big Four Ice Caves east of Granite Falls. The recovery effort was suspended at nightfall.

All victims were believed accounted for, Ireton said.

Today's forecast

The weather forecast for today calls for cooler conditions with clouds breaking. The high will be 70, the low 51.

Council kills streetcar expansion

The City Council voted Monday to effectively kill streetcar expansion, reallocating the money for road repairs.

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

Brewers lose

The Milwaukee Brewers' eight-game winning streak ended with a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night at Miller Park.

Kingfish post another walkoff win

The Kenosha Kingfish won in walkoff fashion for the second consecutive game on Monday night at Simmons Field.

Eric Filia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Grayson Byrd with the winning run in Kenosha's 4-3 victory.

The Kingfish (5-1 second half, 28-14 overall) have won seven of their last eight games.


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