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Pleasant Prairie approves budget with tax levy hike

The Pleasant Prairie Village Board approved the 2015 budget Tuesday which includes a 5.87 percent increase in the tax levy and a slight increase in the tax rate, from $4.37 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $4.42.

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




Small but committed Kenosha group joins others around U.S. decrying Ferguson ruling

Some 25 largely college-age protestors peacefully took to the Kenosha County Courthouse steps tonight, voicing dissent with the decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to charge a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Jr.

Protest organizer Omar Flores, 20, a Kenosha resident and student at Milwaukee School of Engineering, invited others via online social media to show solidarity with like-minded demonstrators rallying today around the country.

Ferguson officer: 'I know I did my job right'

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he couldn't have done anything differently in his confrontation with Michael Brown to have prevented the 18-year-old's shooting death.

Wilson made his first public statements today during an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. When asked about witness accounts that Brown at one point turned toward Wilson and put his hands up, he responded "that would be incorrect." He told Stephanopoulos he has a clean conscience because "I know I did my job right."


Gratitude is the main course at Reuther/Harborside feast

A spirit of gratitude - and the smell of turkey - permeated the air at Reuther Central High School Tuesday as students gathered for the 44th Thanksgiving Celebration.

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



Council approves 2015 budget

The 2015 Kenosha city budget received City Council approval Tuesday evening in a 13-2 vote.

Mayor Keith Bosman said it was the best budget process in his seven years as mayor.

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



Judge overturns Arkansas' gay marriage ban

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban today, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.


This afternoon's Kenosha News Minute is up at kenoshanews.com

This afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup is now at kenoshanews.com. Our top story is on a new agreement between United Hospital System and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin.

Watch the video here.


Barn fire in Pleasant Prairie

Firefighters were called about 4 p.m. for a structure fire at 8990 60th Ave.

Pleasant Prairie has also called for mutual aid.



Man sues Wisconsin police over Facebook arrest

A man who got arrested after he posted Facebook comments calling a southwestern Wisconsin police department racist has filed a federal lawsuit alleging one of the agency's officers violated his constitutional rights.

Thomas G. Smith posted profanity-laced comments on Facebook that called police officers in Arena racists in July 2012. He posted the remarks in response to a police Facebook posting several days earlier thanking community members for helping detain two black juveniles who were fleeing officers.


Ferguson mayor: National Guard deployment delayed

Ferguson's mayor says the National Guard wasn't deployed quickly enough as violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles today thanked the police officers, firefighters and highway patrol troopers who worked to save businesses in more than a dozen buildings that were set on fire and otherwise vandalized during the unrest. But Knowles said "the National Guard was not deployed in enough time to save all of our businesses" and called the delay "deeply concerning."


ABC's Stephanopoulos interviews Darren Wilson

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos today landed the much-sought first television interview with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, speaking to him for an hour in Missouri.

The network interrupted its afternoon programming for Stephanopoulos to talk about the interview, even before excerpts were available. ABC News plans to feature portions of the discussion on "World News Tonight," ''Nightline" and "Good Morning America" and promised to post the full interview on its website.

Stephanopoulos said no questions were off-limits for the interview, which took place less than 24 hours after a grand jury decided not to indict the 28-year-old officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown this summer.


Wisconsin runways see 20 close calls per year

Data from the Federal Aviation Administration indicate there have been dozens of close calls on airport runways in Wisconsin throughout the past 13 years.

A report by Gannett Wisconsin Media determined pilots have averted disaster 272 times at 12 of the state's airports, an average of about 20 times each year, since October 2001. Some of the causes include pilot miscues, flawed communication with air traffic control and errant vehicles driving down a runway.

The busiest airport in Wisconsin, General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, saw the most incidents in that time period, with 114. That number is the second highest in the Midwest, behind O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, which had 205 close calls on the runway.



Additional guardsmen dispatched to Ferguson

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the National Guard to Ferguson, where violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Nixon's office announced early today that the additional guardsmen will provide security at the Ferguson Police Department, which was at the center of protests late Monday and early today. The governor said the presence of additional troops will free up the police to provide more protection.


United Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield reach deal

United Hospital System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin have reached a three-year agreement, spokespersons from both parties confirm. The facility and all of the doctors previously in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Preferred and Access networks will remain in the network.


This morning's Kenosha News minute is up at kenoshanews.com

This morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup is now at kenoshanews.com. Our top story is on cheaper gas for holiday travelers this year.

Watch the video here.


4 We Energies' workers rescued

Four utility workers have been brought to safety after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.

A spokesman for the utility company said the workers were rescued late Monday after being stranded when an elevator traveling up a smokestack at the Valley Power Plant became stuck around 5 p.m. Milwaukee firefighters had earlier rescued a fifth worker who was in the elevator. No injuries were reported.

The four workers had taken shelter inside an enclosure on the platform while waiting to be rescued. They were trying to perform an environmental analysis of emissions at the plant.



Teens escape facility; break-ins reported

Two teenage boys are in custody after the Sheriff's Department says they left the Benet Lake Residential Treatment Facility on Sunday and broke into cars and a home.

The boys, age 15 and 17, broke into cars at the facility, 12603 224th Ave., according to the Sheriff's Department, and then went south to Antioch, where a home was burglarized and set on fire.

The boys were taken into custody after they returned to the Benet Lake facility.

Read more on this story later today at www.kenoshanews.com or in Wednesday's Kenosha News.


More chaos in Ferguson, Mo.

Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown - a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

Smoke billowed from some businesses Tuesday morning and shattered glass covered the sidewalks in front of others, but the streets in Ferguson were mostly clear.

Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August's shootings, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.


More John Doe probe emails to be released

Nearly 70,000 pages of emails and attachments collected during the first John Doe investigation into former aides and associates of Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive are being released.

The information being made public Tuesday is the fourth such release of emails and other documents prosecutors seized from county and personal computers during the investigation that ended in 2013.

Walker was never charged but six of his aides and associates were convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office.



U.S. economy grows at 3.9% rate

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest back-to-back quarters of growth in more than a decade.

The Commerce Department says the third quarter growth rate climbed from an initial estimate of 3.5 percent because of greater spending by consumers and businesses. The figure followed a 4.6 percent surge in the spring, which resulted in the biggest consecutive quarters of growth since 2003.


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Some sun, but much colder today

There will be some sunshine today as the clouds give way, but it will be much colder, with high temperatures only into the upper 20s. The low will be around 16 degrees. No precipitation is in the forecast today.

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Parts of Lake Shore Drive closed after protests

Hundreds of people in Chicago protesting a grand jury's decision not to indict a Missouri police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager marched downtown after police closed portions of Lake Shore Drive and other streets on their route.

Chicago police on bicycles, horseback and in squad cars followed along with the protesters as they headed to the business district. The marchers shouted and used profanities but TV images showed that the crowd was peaceful otherwise.



Protests turn violent in Ferguson

St. Louis County Police say officers have used smoke and pepper spray to disperse crowds near the Ferguson Police Department after some protesters smashed the windows of a police car and threw rocks and other items at authorities.

Police cars were vandalized and several gunshots were heard tonight as crowds erupted in anger after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.


City of Kenosha's proposed $75.4 million 2015 budget moves toward final vote

Mayor Keith Bosman's requested 2015 operating budget and 5-year Capital Improvent Plan was recommended for approval tonight with little comment by the City Council acting as a Committee of the Whole.

The proposed $75,375,137 budget and $12,529,024 CIP borrowing for 2015 now heads to the Council for a final vote at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Read more about this story later at www.kenoshanews.com and in Tuesday's Kenosha News.

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