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Assembly to take up budget, prevailing wage next week

The Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote next week on a modified state budget, plus bills on prevailing wage and a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Republicans who control the Assembly and Senate announced today they've reached a road-funding plan that will allow the Legislature's finance committee to sign off on the spending plan and set up floor votes.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he doesn't yet have the votes to pass the budget out of his chamber.


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Milwaukee police probe death of 3-month-old

Milwaukee police say officers are investigating the death of a 3-month-old child.

First responders were called to a Milwaukee home Tuesday about 3 p.m. where the infant was pronounced dead. Authorities say the baby's death doesn't appear to be the result of co-sleeping.



Survey: U.S. adding jobs at robust pace

U.S. businesses added jobs at a robust pace in June, a private survey found, evidence that rising consumer spending and a healthy housing market are supporting more hiring.

Payroll processor ADP says businesses added 237,000 jobs last month, up from 203,000 in May.

On Thursday, the government will issue its official jobs report for June. Economists forecast it will show that employers added 233,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent.


Milwaukee County bus drivers go on strike

Tens of thousands of people who use the Milwaukee County Transit System to reach their destinations will have to make alternative plans.

Some 750 union bus drivers, plus mechanics, are on strike after failing to reach a labor contract agreement with transit officials. The county buses deliver 150,000 passenger rides each day.

Bus service ended at 3 a.m. Wednesday when drivers and mechanics stopped working and began picketing. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 leaders say the strike will last until Saturday.



Prosecutor: Milwaukee officer justified in shooting

A prosecutor says a Milwaukee police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man holding a knife to the neck of his estranged wife in March.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm made his determination after reviewing a case report by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. The report was given to Chisholm on April 24 and was released publicly Tuesday.

Police say officer Joshua Dummann shot Tyrone Lawrence in the head on March 6. According to the state report, Dummann had responded to a report of a "man with a knife threatening his wife," and he and another officer found Lawrence holding a knife to his wife's neck.



Today's forecast

The weather forecast for today calls for cooler conditions, with sun and clouds; the high will be 69, the low 51.


Brighton residents vote to scrap curbside garbage collection

Brighton electors voted 84 to 54 Tuesday to have the Town Board pursue a return to a centralized drop-off garbage dump site instead of curbside service.

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



Gateway adds nature trail to sustainable living center

Gateway Technical College on Tuesday unveiled its new Nature Discovery Trail, a winding pathway that is the newest feature of the college's ever-evolving five-acre Center for Sustainable Living complex on the campus at 3520 30th Ave.

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



Kingfish clinch playoff spot with win

The Kenosha Kingfish clinched a playoff berth after a 2-1 win over Lakeshore at Simmons Field on Tuesday. As the Northwoods League South Division champs, the Kingfish are guaranteed to make the playoffs regardless of how they finish in the second half of the season. For more coverage on the game and what's to come, read Wednesday's paper or go to kenoshanews.com.



U.S. women in World Cup finals

The United States women's national team defeated Germany 2-0 in Montreal on Tuesday to advance to its second straight World Cup final. The U.S. awaits the winner of Japan vs. England, which takes place on Wednesday.



U.S. women top Germany

The U.S. defeated Germany 2-0 Tuesday to advance to the finals of the women's World Cup.



Wisconsin Republicans reach deal to end budget impasse

Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that removes the Milwaukee Bucks and prevailing wage changes to be taken up later as separate bills.

Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal also includes agreement on how to distribute cuts in road funding. He says the cut will be less than the $800 million that had been discussed.


Police department's longest-serving member retires

Oscar Villalobos, 55, retired Tuesday as the longest-serving member of the Kenosha Police Department.

He was hired by former Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Cawley on April 15, 1980. Most recently, he was the resource officer at Bradford High School.

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



Kingfish can win title with win

Due to a miscalculation in the Northwoods League standings, the Kenosha Kingfish now sit atop the South Division.

The Kingfish can win the title with a win tonight over Lakeshore at Simmons Field.




Head of county veterans services retiring

Derrell Greene is really retiring this time around.

Greene, 63, of Kenosha, who has been the county's director of veterans services for 6½ years, said Monday he'll be stepping down this week.

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



UPDATE: Milwaukee Transit bus drivers to strike Wednesday

Bus drivers for the Milwaukee County Transit System will go on strike beginning Wednesday, transit system officials said Tuesday after an all-day mediation effort Tuesday failed to break an impasse on a new labor contract.

No additional talks are scheduled this week. All MCTS service will end at 3 a.m. Wednesday when drivers intend to stop work.

Tens of thousands of Milwaukee County residents will be scrambling to find a way to get to jobs, medical appointments, grocery stores and Summerfest now that contract talks ended, a transit system spokesman said.


More expected to hit the road for holiday

About 42 million Americans nationwide will be hitting the road this Fourth of July weekend, the highest volume of holiday travelers since 2007, according to AAA.

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



Update: Greece's bailout expires

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired today and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund.

With its failure to repay the roughly $1.8 billion to the IMF, Greece became the first developed country to fall into arrears on payments to the fund. The last country to do so was Zimbabwe in 2001.


Wisconsin justice withdraws request in ex-Walker aide case

A Wisconsin Supreme Court justice on Tuesday withdrew his unusual request asking for his colleagues on the state's highest court to review its decision not to hear an appeal of a felony conviction from a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker.

Justice Michael Gableman filed his request Thursday in the case of Kelly Rindfleisch, who worked for Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive and is now in prison after being convicted of misconduct in office.


Law enforcement warns of dangers, cost of illegal fireworks

From the shimmering colors that dart across the night sky to a rumbling boom, fireworks are always a captivating show on Independence Day celebrations.

But their flashy appearance could come with a heavy price. Local law enforcement reminds the public there are strict regulations on what devices are allowed in the county.

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



Report lays out pros, cons of Salem incorporation

The town's Incorporation Committee presented Monday the results of its yearlong study of the benefits, tax implications and steps required to incorporate the town of Salem into a village.

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



Greece's bailout program set to expire

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss today as the bailout program it has relied on for five years was set to expire and eurozone finance chiefs decided not to extend it a new financial lifeline.

Denied a last-minute bailout extension, the country was also due to become the first developed nation to miss a payment to the International Monetary Fund.


Judge blocks Florida abortion law

A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Judge Charles Francis blocked the law today, one day before it was scheduled to take effect. Francis is chief judge for the north Florida circuit that includes the state capital.


Christie launches presidential bid

A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.

The Republican governor, a one-time GOP favorite who faded and now tries to climb back, lashed out at "bickering leaders" from both political parties in a kickoff rally in the gymnasium of his old high school. And in his trademark blunt style, he told voters - and warned Republican rivals - that he's ready to be aggressive in the 2016 contest.


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