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Royals even World Series with 7-2 victory

The Kansas City Royals evened the World Series at one game apiece with a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City on Wednesday night. The Royals scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. It was Kansas City's first World Series win since 1985.



Finance committee approves sheriff's budget

An increase in the average number of federal detainees and an expansion of an electronic monitoring program as an alternative to jail were among the major items approved with the Kenosha County Sheriff's department's budget during the first of three committee hearings Wednesday night.

The Finance and Administration Committee gave tentative approval to the department's proposed 2015 budget which is expected to increased by 1.35 percent, or $462,599 to $34,644,004.


After 47 years, remains of Kenosha soldier identified

A long odyssey has ended as the remains of a soldier from Kenosha missing since 1967 have been identified and are coming home.

The saga of James Van Bendegom started when he dropped out of Bradford High School to join the Army.

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



State aid hit bumps up Lakewood levy

A 14.2 percent increase in the tax levy was approved Wednesday by residents in the Lakewood School district.

Administrator Joseph Price attributed much of the increase to a significant drop in state aid.

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



Those who make less give more to charity, statistics show

A new study in The Chronicle of Philanthropy found that adults in Kenosha County gave an average of $2,134 to charity that year, which amounted to 2.2 percent of each person's annual income.

People who made $25,000 or less gave 5.8 percent of their income to charity, while people who made $100,000 to $200,000 gave 1.9 percent.

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



Central to see tax levy decrease

A 7.9 percent decrease in the tax levy for Central High School was approved Tuesday.

State aid to the district will increase 13.78 percent. Business manager Sharon Llanas said this helps offset the amount of money the district needs to levy locally.

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



Gateway budget gives homeowners a tax break

Gateway Technical College, using a new state funding formula, amended its fiscal 2015 budget providing homeowners a tax reduction.


Old radio tower to be dismantled next month

An old radio communications tower that has served Kenosha County for at least half a century is expected to be dismantled next month, officials said Wednesday.

The tower at 60th Street near 54th Avenue, which still stands was taken off line earlier this summer. The only part of the old tower that is still functional is a flashing light at the top in accordance with federal regulations.

The new tower, which serves the county and city joint emergency operations, came online July 15.


Home sales drop but bargains exist, Realtors say

Kenosha County housing sales dropped in September, but median prices continued to climb slightly compared to the same month a year ago.

Meanwhile, first-time buyers might still find some real bargains on homes priced under $100,000.

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



Judge extends order blocking state election law

A federal judge has extended until Nov. 12 his order blocking a Wisconsin election law that's at the center of an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa today extended his temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the law until Nov. 12. He issued the original order Oct. 14 and it would have expired Oct. 28 without further action.


Update: 2 die in Canada Parliament attack

A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial today, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said.

The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on heightened alert because of a deadly hit-and-run earlier in the week against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor.


Walker hasn't applied for preschool grants

Gov. Scott Walker's administration has not applied for $60 million in preschool development grants from the federal government, a move decried as irresponsible by Democrats.

The deadline for states to apply for the $250 million in grants from the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services is Friday. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show a Walker adviser earlier this month indicated the grants would not be sought.


Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S.

President Barack Obama today expressed optimism about the Ebola situation in the U.S. as he met with his Ebola response team, including his first meeting with his new point man on the deadly disease.

Obama noted that numerous relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been released from quarantine, and two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with the virus as a result of treating that individual "seem to be doing better."


Burke holds slim lead in new poll

The Wisconsin governor's race remains up for grabs in a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.

Among likely voters, the poll shows Democratic challenger Mary Burke with 49 percent backing and Gov. Scott Walker with 48 percent. going into the final stretch.

Among the 88 percent who say they are definitely going to vote in this contest, Walker and Burke are tied at 49 percent apiece.



State Supreme Court takes Daniel case

The appeals aren't yet over for one of the teenage boys convicted of murdering Capri Walker in 2008.

The Wisconsin Suprme Court has accepted an appeal from Roddee W. Daniel, who was 15 years old when he and Kawanis Trotter broke into Walker's home, beat her to death and stole a video game system.

Daniel, a diagnosed schizophrenic, was found competent to stand trial, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release. On appeal, his attorney is challenging that competency finding and has asked the state's highest court to look at how competency is determined. Read more later today at www.kenoshanews.com or in Thursday's Kenosha News.



Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: The newly hired executive director of Downtown Kenosha Inc. says Kenosha's pro-development outlook and infrastructure attracted him to the job. And St. Joseph Catholic Academy is celebrating a student's state tennis title.

Watch the video here.


Shots fired at Canadian Parliament

A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday, then entered Parliament, where numerous shots rang out, police and witnesses said.

People fled Parliament by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, witnesses told the Canadian Press news agency. Others were in lockdown.

Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy said it was unclear whether there was more than one shooter.


Carthage receives $10M donation from Tarble foundation

Carthage College has received a $10 million gift from the Tarble Family Foundation of Los Angeles, to be used toward the construction of a new East Wing in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.

It is the second-largest gift in the college's history. Jan Tarble, daughter of the late Newton E. and Louise A. "Pat" Tarble, presented it to Carthage President Gregory Woodward earlier this month.

The 35,000-square-foot wing is part of a $43 million science center that is scheduled to open in fall 2015. Crews broke ground on the project in spring.


High-speed chase caught on video

Kenosha Sheriff's Department has released stunning dash cam video of a recent high-speed pursuit resulting in the arrest of two Milwaukee men.

Gualbert Portillo, 19, and his brother Johnathon Portillo, 18, were taken into custody following a I-94 chase through Kenosha and Racine involving speeds up to 120 mph.

The pursuit involved three law enforcement agencies. The chase ended when a Racine County Sheriff's deputy spun the suspect's vehicle on a successful PIT maneuver near Highway K in Racine.

The video is available at KenoshaNews.com.



Social Security recipients get 1.7% hike

The government says millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year.

It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent.

The annual cost-of-living adjustment affects payments for more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.


Hot off the press: Wednesday, Oct. 22

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

* Darshawn Frison pleaded guilty to two counts of homicide following a plea deal offered by the state.

* A Kenosha man was charged with three counts of sexual assault involving an incident at an area haunted house.

* Christopher Naumann has been named downtown Kenosha Inc. executive director.

* Longtime Kenosha Kings manager Tim Pulizzano has resigned after 13 seasons.



Three teens killed in Shawano crash

Three teenagers have died in a highway crash in Shawano County and a fourth person has been injured.

Sheriff's officials say a 15-year-old girl from Bonduel and two males from Shawano, ages 17 and 18, died when a car and SUV collided on Highway 22 in the Town of Belle Plaine.

Investigators say the driver of the northbound car apparently lost control, crossed the center line and was struck by the southbound SUV about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Two victims died at the scene. Two others were taken to Shawano Medical Center, where one later died.



Today's weather: Sunny, cool

Today's forecast calls for sunny and seasonably cool weather, with a high of 54 and a low of 34.


Trevor-Wilmot tax levy to increase

A 3.4 percent increase in the Trevor-School Consolidated School District tax levy was approved by the electorate Tuesday.

The levy will increase $90,111, from $2,652,629 to $2,742,740. The corresponding tax rate is $9.36 per $1,000 of equalized value. This means the owner of a $200,000 property will contribute $1,872 to help operate the school and pay district debt.

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



County Board approves Arbet appointment

The Kenosha County Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ray Arbet to serve as director of the public works and development services department at its meeting Tuesday night.

The approval did not come without debate as supervisors questioned the commitment of Arbet given three previous stints with the county. At least one supervisor criticized Arbet for his style of dress during committee meetings. Arbet said he would stay at least six years or until his retirement.

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