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State Senate to vote on Planned Parenthood bills

The state Senate's health committee is expected to vote on a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise its Medicaid expenses.

One measure would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood. The bill would forbid abortion providers from getting any of that money and instead give it to the state's Well Woman program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings. The bill passed the full state Assembly in September.

The other proposal would cost Planned Parenthood about $4 million annually by raising the cost of birth control drugs it receives through Medicaid.

Breezy and cooler

Partly sunny, breezy and cooler with a high of 60 degrees.

2 Kansas City firefighters die in building collapse

Two Kansas City firefighters have been killed and two others injured in the collapse of a burning building in which fire crews saved two people from the spreading flames, authorities said.

Fire Chief Paul Berardi told reporters that Kansas City and its fire department mourned the loss of the firefighters and the injuries to the others in the massive fire that engulfed the building Monday night on the city's northeast side. He lauded those who died for saving lives.

Gordon, Chargers lose

Le'Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard wildcat run as time expired to give Mike Vick and the Pittsburgh Steelers a stunning 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.

With 5 seconds left, Bell took the direct snap, ran left and was buried in traffic before diving for the end zone and getting the ball across the line as Donald Butler dragged him down.

Former Bradford and Wisconsin star Melvin Gordon had 42 yards rushing on 15 carries for the Chargers. He also was second on the team with a career-high seven receptions for 52 yards.

Man shoots at police in Mississippi standoff

Authorities say that a man barricaded himself in his apartment and started shooting at police to resist an eviction in Brookhaven, Miss.

Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, says Brookhaven Police and other authorities are involved in a standoff with a man that began after 6 p.m. today.

Beach house consternation continues

Don't expect to see any significant work being done anytime soon regarding "historic preservation and rehabilitation of the landmark Southport Beach House."

A resolution introduced Monday to retain an architectural firm to make recommendations on repairs to the building was deferred for two weeks.

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

Home run barrage lifts Cubs

The Chicago Cubs blasted six homers out of Wrigley Field Monday in an 8-6 win over St. Louis. The victory gives Chicago a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 NLDS and a chance to clinch at home Tuesday afternoon.

Police: Woman left girl in casino parking lot while gambling

A 26-year-old woman is accused of leaving her 3-year-old daughter in a locked SUV in a Madison casino parking lot while she gambled. The incident happened Saturday night at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison.

According to the police report, a patron contacted casino security and reported seeing the toddler inside the vehicle, "bawling her eyes out."

Drone pilot ready to assist with Obregon search

As authorities continue to seek help from local residents in the ongoing, countywide search for fugitive Andrew Obregon, Kenosha's Adam Andrews wants them to know he's available.

Andrews, director of operations for Aeroworks Productions LLC, said he has the training and technology needed to track down even the most elusive individuals in nearly any environment with his collection of drones.

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

Documents: Drug deal gone bad led to Kenosha man's death

Law enforcement officials suspect Andrew Obregon may have killed Tywon Anderson over a dispute about a drug deal-related robbery.

According to documents filed as part of a search warrant request, witnesses said Obregon admitted to at least two people that he had killed Anderson, saying he shot him after Anderson had struck him and after he overheard Anderson threatening to kill him.

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

Teacher gets prison for sexual relationship with student

The former Bullen Middle School teacher who had a sexual relationship with a high school student is headed to jail.

Christopher Hemba, 32, of Racine, pleaded guilty to a felony, sexual assault of a student by a school staff member.

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

Judge questions plea deal in sexual assault

A drastically reduced charge in a child sex assault case canceled a trial, but raised questions for the judge on whether justice has been served.

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

History Mystery: Jane Addams made two visits to Kenosha

In this week's History Mystery, learn about two visits to Kenosha made by Chicago's legendary Jane Addams.

Addams came to push for child labor laws and later for women's suffrage.

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

Jury convicts Milwaukee father in shaken baby death trial

A jury has convicted a Milwaukee man accused of physical abuse that prosecutors said led to the 2013 death of his infant son.

Thirty-four-year-old David A. Allen Sr. was convicted Monday of first-degree reckless homicide, as well child abuse and child neglect, each causing great bodily injury. Allen faces up to 57 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 17.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story: Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth is offering up a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Andrew Obregon.


Bullen teacher gets jail in affair with student

A former Bullen Middle School tech ed teacher has been ordered to serve one year in jail and three years probation for a sexual relationship he had with a high school student while he was employed by the district.

Christopher Hemba was sentenced Monday afternoon. The relationship with the teenage girl was discovered by her family and reported to police.

Senate committee postpones vote on civil service changes

A Wisconsin state Senate committee vote on a bill making it easier to hire and fire state workers has been postponed.

The bill opposed by unions representing state workers and Democrats had been scheduled for a committee vote on Tuesday. But the Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee canceled the vote this afternoon.

Mike Mikalsen, spokesman for committee chairman Sen. Steve Nass, says he needs more time to review an amendment that makes several changes to the bill. Mikalsen says a vote will be rescheduled either for Thursday or early next week.

Lawyer who represented Dahmer has self for client

One of the most high-profile defense lawyers in Wisconsin had himself for a client in an ethics case that the state Supreme Court heard today.

Gerald Boyle gained fame representing Jeffrey Dahmer and former Green Bay Packers star Mark Chmura, among others, during his 50-year career. He faces a 60-day suspension over a complaint from state lawyer regulators who said he violated professional rules of conduct.

Boyle argued today that the penalty was too high and he deserves nothing more than a public reprimand; he has had three before in 2002, 2009 and 2012.

Man pleads guilty to reduced sex assault charge

A Pleasant Prairie resident pleaded guilty Monday morning to fourth-degree sexual assault after he was accused of inappropriately touching a young girl several years ago.

The case was to have been tried this week. Jerry Kerkman, 54, was ordered to spend 59 days in the county jail and one year on probation.

Sheriffs to hold Obregon information meeting

Sheriffs from Racine and Kenosha counties will discuss the ongoing Andrew Obregon manhunt at an informational meeting this evening.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth and Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling will give area residents information on how they can assist law enforcement while remaining safe. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the Kansasville Fire Station, 23270 Durand Ave.

Sheriff offers $5,000 reward for Obregon

Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said fugitive Andrew Obregon remained at large Monday morning and is still believed to be in the area.

Obregon, 32, is wanted as a suspect in the death of Tywon Anderson, 37, of Kenosha. Obregon has evaded multiple law enforcement agencies for 11 days and has been linked to multiple police chases, auto thefts and robberies throughout Kenosha and Racine counties.

Sheriff David Beth announced on Monday he is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Obregon.

Residents who spot Obregon should call 911 immediately. Those with additional information are asked to contact the Kenosha Sheriff's Department at 605-5100.

Bradley joins state Supreme Court

Rebecca Bradley has been sworn into office as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Court spokesman Tom Sheehan says Chief Justice Pat Roggensack administered the oath of office to Bradley on Monday morning, about an hour before the court was to hear oral arguments in a lawyer discipline case.

Bradley had been appointed to the court on Friday by Gov. Scott Walker to fill the remainder of Patrick Crooks' term. He died in office last month.

Bradley had previously announced she was going to run for a full 10-year term to replace Crooks, who was not seeking re-election. Two other judges running for the seat did not seek the appointment that Bradley got.

Football Poll winner will be revealed today

The winner of the Kenosha News' weekly Football Poll contest will be revealed today. Check kenoshanews.com later or pick up Tuesday's News for the winner and this week's ballot!

Racine woman dies in motorcycle crash

Authorities say a Racine woman is dead and a man injured after a motorcycle crash in Mount Pleasant.

The accident happened Saturday night. Authorities determined 54-year-old Connie Benitez died quickly after the crash.

The motorcycle driver, 51-year-old Michael Brown from Racine, was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for serious injuries.

Police say Benitez and Brown were not wearing helmets. Alcohol and speed are suspected to be factors in the crash.

Wis. gasoline prices up 6 cents a gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Wisconsin have risen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.51 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,112 gas outlets in Wisconsin.

In Kenosha, prices are up a penny a gallon in the last week to an average of $2.46.

Nationally, prices are up 2.7 in the last seven days to an average of $2.31.


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