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Wis. lawmakers float food stamp, drug screen bills

Republicans have quietly introduced three bills that would require food stamp users to buy healthy food and applicants for state job training programs and unemployment benefits in certain fields to undergo drug screening.

Rep. Robert Brooks' bill would require food stamp users to use at least two-thirds of their monthly allotment to purchase nutritional foods. They would be banned from purchasing crab, lobster or shrimp.

Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, meanwhile, has introduced a bill that would require applicants for a number of job training programs to submit to drug screening. He's got another bill that would require unemployment benefit applicants to submit to drug screens if they want work in occupations that require drug tests.

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Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. The top story this morning: police activity centering on at least three locations around town.


Police, deputies conducting investigations

This morning, Kenosha Police worked with Kenosha County Sheriff's deputies on at least three investigations around the city.

Activity was spotted at a house in Uptown near Pick and Save and at the Canterbury Apartments on 16th Avenue. Police referred all questions to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Pick up tomorrow's Kenosha News for more information.

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases

The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments on Tuesday in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

The justices are meeting to offer the first public indication of where they stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

The court is hearing extended arguments, scheduled to last 2 ½ hours, which also will explore whether states that do not permit same-sex marriage must nonetheless recognize such unions from elsewhere.

Same-sex couples can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Local NFL Draft preview section in today's paper

A 14-page local NFL Draft preview section is in today's Kenosha News.

The section focuses on Bradford grads Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes, likely first-rounders in Thursday's draft, and Tremper's Zac Epping, who is getting serious looks from NFL teams.

The stories are also at kenoshanews.com.

Baldwin won't give back money from Menendez

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is not returning $5,000 her 2012 campaign received from the leadership PAC of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who has been indicted on federal bribery charges.

Baldwin's spokesman John Kraus said Monday that she believes the charges against Menendez are serious but "everyone is innocent until proven guilty and he is entitled to his day in court." Kraus says if Menendez is convicted, Baldwin will return the money.

The Wisconsin Republican Party is calling on Baldwin and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, whose 2010 re-election campaign accepted $5,000 from Menendez's PAC in 2010, to return the money. A spokesman for Feingold had no immediate comment.

4 arrests at Marquette protest

Police have arrested four protesters who sat in the middle of a downtown Milwaukee intersection during a demonstration calling for more diversity at Marquette University.

Those arrested were among several dozen demonstrators who gathered Monday. Milwaukee police say two women and two men were arrested. Police say the four face possible charges of disorderly conduct.

The Journal Sentinel reports the demonstration was held by a group calling itself the Coalition for and of Students of Color. The group also is calling for transparency from the newly sanctioned Marquette University Police Department.

Green Bay apartment fire displaces 70

Fire at an apartment complex in Green Bay has displaced about 70 people.

Authorities say all residents of the Sand and Sun apartments evacuated safely when fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Fire officials tell WLUK-TV the apartment building is a total loss and apparently started in the basement. .

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Danz Elementary School gym. About 35 people were at the shelter early Tuesday.

Mostly sunny skies

With a high of 55 degrees, today's AccuWeather forecast calls for mostly sunny skies.

First Village Board to meet Tuesday in Somers

Measures aimed at founding the village of Somers are expected to be approved Tuesday at the first official Village Board meeting.

That meeting will take place immediately after the Town Board meeting at 7 p.m. in Leon Drager Hall, 7511 12th St.

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

Bucks stave off elimination

The Milwaukee Bucks upset the Chicago Bulls 94-88 to fend off elimination in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference playoff series Monday in Chicago.

The Bulls lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Brewers lose

Jason Marquis ended Cincinnati's long streak of clutch-hitting futility with a run-scoring single, and slumping Jay Bruce homered and drove in three runs on Monday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Reds ended a three-game losing streak by beating the worst team in the majors, one that's trying everything to get going. Manager Ron Roenicke left slumping Ryan Braun out of the lineup on Monday to change things up.

All it led to was another loss that dropped the Brewers to 4-16.

Marquis (2-1) had an RBI single during a four-run second inning that snapped the Reds' 0-for-20 streak with runners in scoring position.

Credit union to build new branch in Pleasant Prairie

The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission Monday approved plans for a new Educators Credit Union branch on Highway 50 at 91st Avenue.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.

In wake of resignation, Somers to seek interim fire chief

The Somers Police and Fire Commission Monday officially accepted Fire Chief Thomas Smith's resignation, penned in a memo to the town last week.

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

Couple's charmed timing continues

A Kenosha couple who reunited after 20 years and wed earlier this month, won a free cruise during their honeymoon in Las Vegas after they were chosen for - and won - a game show.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com.

With warm-up looming, planting season could begin soon

The last week of April has started cool but is expected to warm up midweek before temperatures approach the 70s by the weekend.

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

Coleman to remain Unified School Board president

Tamarra Coleman will remain president of the Kenosha Unified School Board.

At the board's post-election organizational meeting Monday, returning board members Coleman and Mary Snyder took the oath of office, along with new board member Mike Falkofske.

The board also voted to name its officers, retaining Coleman as president and Snyder as vice president, and naming Falkofske treasurer and Dan Wade as clerk.

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

Update: Maryland governor declares state of emergency

The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help with the violence and rioting in Baltimore.

Gov. Larry Hogan signed the order tonight at the request of the city. Cars and at least one store have been set on fire during a riot. Businesses are being looted in part of the city.

Gateway seeks tax levy increase

Gateway Technical College is proposing a $148.85 million fiscal year 2015-16 budget that would raise the property tax levy by 3.93 percent and have employees sharing a little more of the cost of their health insurance.

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

Locals snagged by IRS identify-theft scam

Several local residents who waited until the last minute to file their 2014 taxes recently discovered someone already completed the task for them and pocketed the refund.

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

Paris to consider development moratorium

At a time when municipalities throughout Kenosha County are looking for ways to encourage development, town of Paris officials may temporarily halt it - at least until it can update its land use plan.

The Town Board will consider whether a development moratorium is needed at its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday.

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

Verdict to stand in case with planted evidence

Judge Bruce Schroeder on Monday accepted jurors' guilty verdicts against Joseph-Jamal Brantley.

His ruling dismissed a defense challenge to the validity of Brantley's trial citing concerns over evidence an officer planted during the investigation. Schroeder said the evidence in question was not relevant to Brantley's conviction. He will be sentenced next week.

Update: 7 officers injured in Baltimore protest

A mix of mourning and civil rights protest took center stage today at a funeral attended by thousands paying tribute to a Baltimore man who died after suffering a severe spinal injury in police custody.

Just hours after Freddie Gray's funeral, at least seven officers were hurt in a violent confrontation with a large group of youths outside a shopping mall. Television footage showed officers in riot gear and dozens of people hurling bricks, rocks and other items. One officer was unresponsive and others had broken bones, and a police cruiser was destroyed, said Capt. Eric Kowalczyk.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup sponsored by Festival Foods. Our top story is on law enforcement officials testifying about evidence planting in the murder investigation of Joseph-Jamal Brantley.


Prosecutor: 2 exams found Colorado theater gunman to be sane

A prosecutor declared today that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could inflict more "collateral damage."

"Meticulous" was the word Holmes used twice during the exams, District Attorney George Brauchler said, marking the start of a long-awaited, lengthy and emotionally wrenching trial to determine if he'll be executed, spend his life in prison, or be committed to an institution as criminally insane.


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