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Local control of education erodes under vouchers, researcher says

A University of Wisconsin – Madison researcher said Monday that a proposed expansion of the state's school voucher system will have the effect of undermining the local control of public education as taxpayer funding will go toward more private and charter schools.

As proposed, further privatization of public education would also occur with an appointed oversight board with authority to grant charters, bypassing school boards, according to Julie Mead, a professor in the university's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She spoke at Kenosha's Northside Library during a public presentation sponsored by retired teachers.

Local employers support right-to-work legislation

While labor leaders and some lawmakers believe a right-to-work law will soften wages and benefits for employees, local company executives believe it would attract more companies and jobs and allow employees to have a more direct relationship with their employers.

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

Governor's budget would dismantle local care for disabled, advocated say

Disabled and elderly Kenosha County residents and their advocates are concerned that Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget will adversely affect program that allow people to stay in their homes rather than go into nursing homes or institutions.

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

Procession to mark firefighter's funeral

The funeral for a fallen Kenosha firefighter begins at noon Thursday at in the Siebert Chapel at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

A procession of fire department equipment from throughout the area is expected to being about 1:30 p.m. west on 52nd Street.

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

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Click below to watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story is Joseph-Jamal Brantley being found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide.


Lawmaker questions raises for Walker bodyguards

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, a Middleton Democrat, is questioning why Republican Gov. Scott Walker's state bodyguards all received a $4-an-hour raise.

The 10 members of the Wisconsin State Patrol's Dignitary Protection Unit got the raises last month even though Walker had suspended merit salary increases.

Man convicted of four charges in April murder

Joseph-Jamal Brantley has been convicted of four charges in connection with the April murder of Anthony Edwards.

The jury deliberated about 90 minutes before reaching the guilty verdicts on counts of reckless homicide, recklessly endangering safety, armed robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.

Edwards went to the late-night meeting expecting to sell an ounce of marijuana, but instead, the people he met tried stealing it, and then someone fired into his car as he prepared to leave the area. The bullet lodged in Edwards' lung, and he died as he drove away from the scene toward the hospital.

Read more later today at www.kenoshanews.com or in Tuesday's Kenosha News.

Pending verdict in murder trial of Brantley

A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of Joseph-Jamal Brantley.

Brantley is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Edwards in April, during a robbery-gone-wrong. According to police, Brantley used a third party to arrange a drug deal, but planned to steal the drugs instead.

The court is handling other matters now, and a verdict will be read soon.

Nasdaq closes above 5,000

The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet was probably still dial-up, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.

Fifteen years later the Nasdaq has again closed above 5,000 and is close to topping its record from the dot-com boom. The index has clawed back, riding a six-year bull market, and is now 40 points from its all-time high of 5,048.62 reached March 10, 2000.

Panel co-chair wants more from Bucks

The co-chairman of the Legislature's finance committee says he wants to see the Milwaukee Bucks' new owners put more of their own money toward a new arena for the team.

John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, said Monday that he wants the Bucks to tell legislators exactly how much the project will cost so lawmakers know just how much of the arena the state would fund. He says he believes the Bucks owners should pay a greater share of the costs but did not elaborate.

Bucks' owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry have committed $150 million toward a new arena. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed selling $220 million in state bonds to help pay for the project. Former Bucks owner Herb Kohl has committed another $100 million.

More schools seek Wis. voucher status

Nearly 100 private and religious schools have applied to be a part of Wisconsin's voucher program next fall.

The state Department of Public Instruction reported Monday that 98 schools applied by the deadline to be in the program where taxpayer-funded subsidies pay for students to attend private schools. That is up from 68 schools that applied for this year.

Of those 98, 36 are newly applying, 62 were a voucher school this year. Parents who want to enroll their children in the statewide program have until April 20 to apply. Enrollment is currently limited to 1,000 students.

No charges filed against Packers' Bush

Police in California say they will not file charges against Green Bay Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush in connection with a scrum outside a restaurant.

Authorities in Vacaville, Calif., said Monday in a statement that the 30-year-old Bush was cooperative with officers after initially being detained early Sunday morning on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication after refusing to leave the scene and creating a disturbance. Bush was taken to Solano County Jail, and was released a short time later.

Bush lives in Vacaville. Police say they were responding to a call of a fight outside the downtown restaurant, and that they arrived to find a large gathering.

Walker critical of Obama policy on Israel

Gov. Scott Walker expressed severe worry Monday about U.S.-Israeli relations in a commentary piece that sounds stronger fears about "ruptured bonds" than even the country's prime minister.

Walker's opinion piece in the National Review Online described the bond with Israel at "perhaps the most serious crisis in our history." It's Walker's latest effort to show proficiency on foreign policy as he moves toward his White House bid. He plans to travel to Israel later this year and has been courting the backing of a billionaire casino mogul who is a staunch supporter of Israel.

In his commentary, Walker blames President Barack Obama's administration over the way it has conducted nuclear negotiations with Iran and for not being more welcoming to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Washington.

Review of Walker budget plan begins

The Legislature's finance committee is about to kick off a months-long push to revise Gov. Scott Walker's 2015-17 state budget proposal.

The committee is set to begin Monday with briefings from a number of state agencies on how the budget would affect them. First up are the Administration, Justice and Corrections departments.

Additional agencies are expected to address the committee through Wednesday. The committee likely will then hold a number of public hearings on the budget around the state before returning to Madison and beginning revisions. That work is expected to take months.

Body found after Clark County garage fire

The state fire marshal is investigating a Clark County garage fire after a body was found.

Simon Fischer, chief of the Chili-Fremont Volunteer Fire Department, tells the News-Herald Media a garage was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene around 5 p.m. Sunday.

The fire was contained to the garage but there was significant smoke damage to the home.

Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Click below to watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story is Sunday's rescue of a 13-year-old who was trapped in the ice at Eichelman Park.


Assembly panel holding right-to-work bill hearing

The state Assembly labor committee is set to hold a 10-hour hearing Monday about the right-to-work bill that rapidly passed in the Senate last week. Assembly Republicans planned to start the day with a news conference and then convene the hearing.

The full Assembly is expected to vote on the bill on Thursday.

Twenty-four other states have passed similar legislation, which prohibits businesses and unions from reaching agreements requiring all workers, not just union members, to pay union dues.

AP: Sen. Mikulski to announce retirement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, is announcing her retirement, Democratic officials say.

The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat, now in her fifth term, is set to make a statement at a news conference in Fells Point in Baltimore later Monday. Her retirement could set off a race among potential candidates to succeed her, including Rep. Chris Van Hollen and former Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a bid for president.

Mikulski became the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress in 2012. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and has served in the Senate since 1987.

Gasoline prices rising again in Wis.

Average retail gasoline prices in Wisconsin have risen 6.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.34 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,112 gas outlets in Wisconsin.

In Kenosha, prices also rose 6 cents, to an average of $2.29 a gallon.

Nationally, prices 12 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.42.

Snow, sleet expected Tuesday

A Winter Weather Advisory warns of snow and a wintry mix for the morning rush hour on Tuesday.

An accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of heavy, wet snow is expected, with a transition to sleet and freezing rain through the afternoon. Precipitation should taper off by late afternoon.

Devil's Lake State Park becomes Historic Place

Devil's Lake State Park has won approval as a state and national Historic Place.

The Baraboo News Republic reports the park was nominated to be listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places last year and recently won approval by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Devil's Lake is the second Wisconsin park to be listed. The first was Copper Falls, in Ashland County, which was approved in 2005.

Teen injured in Sheboygan falls farm accident

Officials say a teenager was seriously injured after he got caught in a piece of farm machinery in Sheboygan Falls.

According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department, the 17-year-old male was working on an auger in a silo late Sunday afternoon when he got caught in the equipment. Department officials arrived at the scene and were able to remove him from the machinery.

The teen was airlifted to Flight for Life to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa. Further information about his condition wasn't available as of Sunday night.

Cloudy and cold

Cloudy and cold with a high of 26 degrees.

Advocates: Walker's budget could hurt programs for disabled

Gov. Scott Walker's proposed cuts to programs that help people with disabilities live independently are being criticized as potentially devastating by advocates and those who use the services.

Walker's proposed budget would expand the state's Family Care program by Jan. 1, 2017, at which point all other long-term care programs would be discontinued, including the IRIS program, which benefits 11,000 adults with long-term care needs. Walker has proposed cutting $14 million in funding to the Family Care program over the next two years.

Kenosha loves its pizza

More than 650 people sample a variety of pizza at the Great Pizza Bake-Off Sunday evening at the UAW Local 72 headquarters.

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


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