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Bradford biology teacher named state's best

Jeff Wirch, a Bradford High School science teacher, recently won the Outstanding Biology Teacher award for Wisconsin.

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Couple's basement sewer backup nightmare a cautionary tale

A Kenosha couple's experience with a basement sewer backup is a cautionary tale about the fine points of homeowner's insurance.

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New trail links Poerio Park, nature center

A new, winding path now links Poerio Park and its neighboring nature center.

The meandering, crushed-limestone path includes a wood bridge spanning a tributary of the Pike River and a contiguous boardwalk of manufactured materials crossing wetland abutting the creek. In addition, the connector path links users to existing trails exploring the nature center ponds, woodland, prairie and fields.

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5 separate shootings in Milwaukee leave 2 dead, 3 injured

Milwaukee police are investigating a string of five separate shootings that left two men dead and three injured.

While police initially said three men were killed, they issued an update later Sunday saying that one victim they reported dead turned out to have survived, but with a "very serious wound." The 20-year-old man was shot around 4:45 p.m.

Greeks vote no on more austerity

Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal.

For more on this story, see Monday's edition of the Kenosha News.

Packers' Quarless charged with firing a gun

Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after police said he allegedly fired two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage, authorities said.

Miami Beach Police say a witness reported that Quarless was riding in a black Porsche with three other people around 5 a.m. Saturday when they pulled up to a car full of women. An arrest affidavit says the football player and another man approached the car. It said the conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.

That's when authorities say Quarless, who is entering his sixth season with the Packers, pulled out a handgun and fired two shots in the air. Quarless and the driver of the Porsche fled, but were later found and the gun was recovered, the affidavit states.

No threat found after UW-Madison student union evacuated

Police searched parts of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and found no one with a weapon after receiving a call from a man who said he had a firearm in a library.

Campus Police Lt. Aaron Chapin said buildings in the area were emptied Saturday, including a popular union terrace where students and others were sitting outside. He said that after a 3 ½-hour search no one was found and normal activities resumed.

Police said they were investigating the incident as a hoax.

Mostly sunny day today

Today's forecast: Mostly sunny and delightful, with a high temperature about 84 degrees; no precipitation expected.

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Brewers extend win streak

Adam Lind hit his 13th home run as the Milwaukee Brewers won their seventh consecutive game, 7-3 over the Cincinnati Reds, on Saturday night.

Milwaukee (35-48) is 6-0 on its current trip to Philadelphia and Cincinnati and will go for its second straight series sweep when it plays the Reds 12:10 p.m. Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

Kingfish lose

The Kenosha Kingfish dropped a 13-10 decision at La Crosse Saturday night. For more see Sunday's Kenosha News.

Banner-towing plane crashes on California beach; 2 injured

A single-engine Piper PA18 lost engine power and hit the beach in Carlsbad, Calif., shortly after 3 p.m. today.The aircraft, which had been towing a banner, flipped over after landing.

The beach was packed for the Fourth of July.

WestoshaMarket has successful debut

Cars rolled into the parking lot in a steady stream Saturday morning for the opening of the WestoshaMarket in Bristol.

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Walker: Open records measure will be removed from budget

Gov. Scott Walker announced today that a measure that severely curtails open records laws will be removed from the state budget.

"After substantive discussion over the last day, we have agreed that the provisions relating to any changes in the state's open records law will be removed from the budget in its entirety," Walker said in a statement. "We are steadfastly committed to open and accountable government. The intended policy goal of these changes was to provide a reasonable solution to protect constituents' privacy and to encourage a deliberative process between elected officials and their staff in developing policy. It was never intended to inhibit transparent government in any way.

"In order to allow for further debate on this issue outside of budget process, the Legislature will form a Legislative Council committee to more appropriately study it and allow for public discussion and input."

Bike parade a hit in Paddock Lake

Paddock Lake's annual July 4 Bike Parade rolled through the village Saturday, with hundreds of kids taking part.

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Budget amendment could directly benefit Somers

A revision to the state's $70 billion budget by the Legislature's Finance Committee Friday added language governing the extension of water or sewer service between municipalities statewide that could have an impact here.

Specifically, if passed, it would prohibit a city, like Kenosha, from denying a request for the extension of water or sewer service from another municipality, like the village of Somers.

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

That History Column: Remembering the blazing summer of 1916

The blazing summer of 1916, when thousands swarmed the Simmons Island beach, is remembered in That History Column.

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9 hurt in fireworks malfunction

Officials say nine people suffered minor burns during an accident at a fireworks show Friday night in Avon, Col.

A fireworks shell exploded in its tube rather than firing into the sky, which caused a rack of shells to tip, with two or three shells to going off toward the crowd.

The accident occurred about 17 minutes into the 23-minute fireworks show bringing the event to a halt. The annual event attracts about 20,000 people.

Pleasant weather today

Pleasant weather today with mostly sunny skies; some clouds; no precipitation expected in Kenosha, with a high of 82.

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Libertyfest lights in up in Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes played host to its 2015 Libertyfest celebration Friday night, kicking things off with expanded vendors, bigger tent venue, and packed performance by the Aquanut Water Ski Show and night fireworks.

The main stage headliner Friday night was Megan Ruger, a local singer who appeared as a contestant on "The Voice," in 2014. On Saturday night, Bella Cain will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Kingfish win fifth in a row

The Kenosha Kingfish ran their winning streak to five with a 10-6 victory over the La Crosse Loggers on Friday night.

The teams will conclude their two-game series at 5:05 p.m. Saturday at Copeland Park in La Crosse.

Brewers win again

Carlos Gomez hit a grand slam, and Gerardo Parra and Aramis Ramirez also homered as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 12-1, on Friday night at Great American Ballpark for their sixth consecutive victory.

Plenty of lawmakers steaming after late GOP budget change may block open records

A plan that would shield lawmakers and the governor from open records scrutiny is just an "update of where open records laws are going" according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

The proposed changes in Wisconsin's open records law were included late Thursday in the state budget by the Joint Finance Committee, with all 12 of the Republicans on the committee approving the changes, the four Democrats opposed.

Although Vos downplayed the changes, they are being met by fierce criticism from both sides of the political spectrum, with some Republican legislators, conservative groups like the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and the Republic attorney general highly critical.

1 suspect shot in attempted burglary in Milwaukee

Police say one man was shot and seriously injured during an attempted burglary at the Bouchard's shoe store on Milwaukee's north side.

The incident happened about 4 a.m. today. Police said in a statement that three suspects attempted to burglarize the store when one of the suspects was shot, but the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear.

Residents sign online petition against Hwy. F route relocation

Randall residents have started an online petition to stop the relocation of a segment of Highway F that would displace one home and cut through residential land to create about one mile of new road.

The proposed roadway would have 12-foot-wide lanes with 7-foot, paved shoulders. Various options exist for the four-way intersection. Plans call for a cul-de-sac on Karow Road and a new connection could be constructed off of Pond Road. The intersection of highways EM and F would be modified.

Project funding will be 80 percent federal and 20 percent county funds. Construction cost is estimated at $3.1 million, with 80 percent of the money coming from federal fund and 20 percent coming from county coffers.

LakeView teen elected to national board for SkillsUSA

A Pleasant Prairie teen is serving on a national board for a student technical and career skills organization.

Ashley Gerstein, 17, was elected to the national board for SkillsUSA. She will serve in the coming year as a regional vice president on the 10-member national board.

She was elected by her peers in the organization during a national leadership conference in Louisville, Ky., in June.


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