July 30, 2016
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Local J.C. Penney adds appliances

The local retail appliance scene became more crowded this week when J.C. Penney unveiled a new department in its Shoppes of Prairie Ridge store in Pleasant Prairie.

The new department is part of a 500-store roll-out of appliance departments following a successful test earlier this year in San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa.

For more on this story, check kenoshanews.com and see today's Kenosha News.

Kenosha Unified shuffles administrators

With a series of administrative appointments approved recently by the Kenosha Unified School District, the faces will be familiar -- but not in the roles they've assumed in the shuffling.

That includes the reassignment of Richard Aiello as principal of Tremper High School, with Steven Knecht, the district's athletic director since 2011, stepping in to succeed Aiello as Tremper principal.

For more on this story, check kenoshanews.com and see today's Kenosha News.

Mosquitoes appear to be spreading Zika in U.S.

Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday, a long-feared turn in the epidemic that is sweeping Latin America and the Caribbean. Still, U.S. health officials said they do not expect widespread outbreaks in this country like those seen in Brazil, in part because of better sanitation, better mosquito control and wider use of window screens and air conditioners.

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

Guerra delivers again for Brewers

Junior Guerra pitched 8.2 innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park on Friday night.

Kingfish end six-game slide

The Kenosha Kingfish led 6-1 and hung on for a 6-5 Northwoods League victory over the Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers at C.O. Brown Stadium to end their six-game losing streak on Friday night. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Saturday's edition of the Kenosha News.

Local DNC delegates return home with mixed reviews

Two Kenoshans who attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week left with very different feelings.

State Rep. Peter Barca said he believes the convention helped to unify the party and soften feelings between presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and hard-core Bernie Sanders supporters, who feel the party acted unfairly to ensure a Clinton presidency. Angie Aker, meanwhile, is a disaffected Sanders supporter who said she's now turning to the Green Party's candidate for president.

For more on this story, check kenoshanews.com and see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Kenosha American wins LL state title

The Kenosha American U12 Little League team defeated Madison Kennedy 10-1 in Brookfield on Friday evening to win the state title. Kenosha advances to the Great Lakes Region Tournament in Indianapolis as the Wisconsin representative and will face Illinois at 4 p.m. on Aug. 7. The game will be aired on ESPN3.

Judge throws out Wisconsin voting law changes

A federal judge threw out multiple aspects of Wisconsin's voter ID law on Friday, leaving the law itself intact but ruling unconstitutional many restrictions on voting passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson agreed with arguments that the laws were enacted to benefit Republicans and make it harder for Democratic supporters to vote, and ordered a range of changes. He ordered the state to quickly issue credentials valid for voting to anyone trying to obtain a free photo ID for voting. He struck down a restriction limiting municipalities to one location for in-person absentee voting, time limits on in-person absentee voting, an increase in residency requirements from 10 to 28 days, and a prohibition on using expired but otherwise qualifying student IDs to vote.

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

Aquanuts give disabled children extreme recess

From swimming, building sand castles and fishing to kayaking, water skiing and tubing, the waterfront possibilities were endless Thursday for more than 60 children with varying disabilities.

The Extreme Recess event organized by Dreams for Kids, a Chicago-based organization, and hosted by Aquanut Water Shows, drew children from across Illinois for activities many had never experienced before.

More on this story can be found on our website.

Low turnout expected for Aug. 6 primary

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is predicting voter turnout of just 16 percent for the partisan primary election on Aug. 9, equating roughly to 710,000 voters.

Kenosha County Clerk Mary T. Schuch-Krebs said the lack of high-profile or competitive races is to blame.

For more details, including a list of names on local ballots, check kenoshanews.com and see Saturday's Kenosha News.

Cubs hammer Mariners

The Chicago Cubs opened a weekend interleague series at Wrigley Field by pounding out 14 hits in a 12-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday afternoon.

Man found dead in home identified

The man found dead in his home in the 300 block of 59th Street has been identified as 51-year-old Michael Gayan, of Kenosha.

The death was ruled a homicide. No suspects have been identified.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333.

Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: Kenosha Unified has made some changes in its administrator ranks. Among the notable changes, Tremper Principal Dick Aiello is moving to Reuther, with Steve Knecht ready to take over at Tremper.


Washington Pool closed

Washington Park Pool closed until further notice due to mechanical failure. See kenoshanews.com later in the day for more information.

Lake Andrea reopens following shutdown

Lake Andrea has reopened with safe bacteria levels, according to the Village of Pleasant Prairie website.

The spring fed lake was closed today due to what was believed to be a "very high level" of bacteria reaching 3000 CFU/100 mL.

The water temperature remains 87 degrees.

Low-turnout expected for Aug. 9 primary

The state elections commission is predicting voter turnout of just 16 percent for the partisan primary election on Aug. 9, equating roughly to 710,000 voters.

Wisconsin's open primary system does not require voters to declare a party, but voters may indicate party preference on the ballot. No record is kept of a voter's party preference.

Michael Haas, Wisconsin's chief elections official, said voters will need to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls to receive a ballot. People who do not have one can get a free state ID from the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles.

Guilty plea in McDonald's shooting case

Cordel Smith has pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide and attempted reckless homicide for a Dec. 26 incident at a McDonald's drive-thru.

Smith was accused of following someone there and shooting him while he waited for his food in the line. Smith is due to be sentenced in October.

Wilmot Stage Stop closes its doors

The Wilmot Stage Stop has closed, effective today. This is the first time in 168 years the business has closed down. The Stage Stop's website says the closure is "due to current circumstances."

Lake Andrea closed due to unsafe levels

The Village of Pleasant Prairie shut down Lake Andrea today due to a high bacteria count.

The lake failed its safety test with what it deemed to be a "very high level" of 3000 CFU/100 mL, according to the village website. The water temperature was 87 degrees.

The lake and its beaches will remain closed until further notice.

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute

Our top story: Kenosha Police said the death investigation in the 300 block of 59th Place has been ruled a homicide.


A thunderstorm in spots

Partly sunny with a thunderstorm in spots. High: 76; low: 63 degrees.

Clinton cast herself as unifier for divided times

Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself tonight as a unifier for divided times, steeled for the challenges of a volatile world by decades in politics that have left some Americans skeptical that she understands their lives.

See Friday's Kenosha News for more details.

Cubs take Crosstown Classic finale

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-1 at Wrigley Field on Thursday night to split the four-game, home-and-home series. After the White Sox won Monday and Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field, the Cubs won Wednesday and Thursday at Wrigley.

Kingfish lose sixth in a row

The Kenosha Kingfish had their losing streak reach six on Thursday night with a 6-2 Northwoods League loss to the Battle Creek (Mich.) Bombers at C.O. Brown Stadium. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Friday's edition of the News.

Update: Gurnee propane plant fire extinguished

A fire at a northern Illinois propane gas business forced the evacuation of the area around the facility and attracted crews from 30 suburban Chicago fire departments before being extinguished.

Authorities said no injuries resulted from today's fire at the Pinnacle Propane plant.

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