House OKs lawsuit against Obama

A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan today to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the proposed lawsuit underscored the harshly partisan tone that has dominated the current Congress almost from its start in January 2013.


Group protests the closing of Kennedy Drive

A large group of residents gathered near Pennoyer Park Wednesday to make it known that they want Kennedy Drive to remain open.

The protest was organized after residents learned that a master plan being considered for Kennedy and Pennoyer parks includes a proposal to close the lakefront drive.

For more on this story, check back to kenoshanews.com and see Thursday's edition of the Kenosha News.



City cleans up after extensive graffiti in Poerio Park

City taxpayers ultimately will be responsible for an estimated $1,000 in clean-up costs related to extensive graffiti painted Friday night at Poerio Park, according to Kenosha Parks Superintendent Jeff Warnock.

Kenosha Police said the vandalism was discovered Saturday morning with elaborate spray painting done on three sides of a storage garage, two dumpsters, two picnic tables, a bench and light pole. The department's gang unit is investigating the crime.


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Taste of Wisconsin draws biggest crowd ever

Taste of Wisconsin shattered the attendance record this year, with 43,528 people coming through the gates.

Event co-chair Candy Eisenhauer said great weather combined with complementary events - like the car show - helped draw people in and keep them downtown. The prior record was 32,322, set in 2011. This was the sixth year for the event.


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Local club, Parkside team up to offer kids post-secondary-school incentive

Students who successfully complete a program at the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha will be guaranteed admission to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, no matter how they score on the ACT.


The program - University of Excellence - started last year, with an inaugural group of 24 students. The Boys and Girls Club wants to expand that and has a Vista worker coming this school year to help do that.


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AG candidate Richards outlines views on gay marriage, other issues

Wisconsin Attorney General hopeful Jon Richards says he wouldn't defend state laws he believes violate rights granted by the United States Constitution.

Richards outlined his views in an interview with Kenosha News editors and reporters.

To read the whole story, click here or see Thursday's Kenosha News.


Kingfish take Game 1 vs. Chinooks

Rico Garcia allowed one run working into the sixth inning as the Kenosha Kingfish took the first game of a split venue doubleheader from the division-leading Lakeshore Chinooks 7-1 Wednesday afternoon at Simmons Field.

The teams will meet again at 6:35 tonight at Kapco Park in Mequon.



Brewers beat Rays, 5-0

Yovani Gallardo gave up four hits in seven innings, Martin Maldonado tied a career-high with four RBIs and the Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Rays 5-0 in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday. For more, see Thursday's Kenosha News.



ELCA summer camp expands with move into new digs

Our latest Summer Fun for Kids feature looks at the newly expanded ELCA Outreach Center summer camp.

To read the whole story, click here or see Thursday's Kenosha News.


Man expected to take plea, testify in robbery-murder case

The man police say set up an April robbery that turned fatal has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and is expected to take a plea deal and testify at the other two defendants' trials.

Brandon L. Horak, 20, of Kenosha, knew he was arranging a would-be robbery - not a a drug deal - when he got in touch with a 15-year-old boy who knew Anthony M. Edwards, according to court records. He told the boy he knew people who wanted to buy drugs, and set up a meet.

Edwards was fatally shot when he went to meet with the two men, Joseph-Jamal Brantley, 22, and Markese Tibbs, 19. Horak has agreed to testify against Brantley and Tibbs, and is expected to enter a plea ahead of the trials.

Read more later today at www.kenoshanews.com.


3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

Three longtime Putin associates are among eight people who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, an official EU document showed today.

The EU measures were the first to target members of the Russian president's inner circle for Russia's actions in Ukraine.


GM Thompson extends contract with Packers

The Packers have signed longtime general manager Ted Thompson to a multiyear contract extension.

The deal was announced after practice Wednesday. The team did not release terms, and Thompson declined to say the length of the new deal.

Thompson is entering his 10th season as the head of football operations. The Packers have won four NFC North titles overall and the Super Bowl in the 2010 season since Thompson took over in Green Bay.



Court refuses to grant new trial for Beloit killer

A Beloit man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend should not have been granted a new trial based on his argument that a prescription medicine made him temporarily insane, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said today.

The court overturned a state appeals court ruling from last year that gave Donyil Anderson a new trial. He was sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 killing of Stacey Hosey. He also injured Hosey's boyfriend, Branden Beavers-Jackson.

Anderson argued on appeal that he deserved a new trial because of faulty instructions to the jury about how his mental state may have been affected by the drug Strattera, which he was taking to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Today's Weekday Report is up at kenoshanews.com

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: A Wisconsin primary election rule is forcing Kenosha County voters to choose between participating in a winner-take-all sheriff's race primary, and the race to determine U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's Democratic challenger. And law enforcement reports that underage drinking posed the greatest challenge at Country Thunder.

Watch the video here.


Ryan won't weigh presidential bid until next year

Rep. Paul Ryan says he hasn't even begun to think over a Republican presidential bid in 2016. Ryan says there are not deliberations about a potential campaign and that he is just focused on doing his job. Ryan spoke Wednesday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Ryan says he will sit down with his wife, Janna, at some point next year and determine whether to run for president or continue to serve in Congress.



Archdiocese sent to mediation

A federal judge is sending the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy case to mediation.

Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley said Wednesday that she considers mediation the best bet for resolving the hard-fought, three-year-long case.

The mediation will involve attorneys for the archdiocese, sexual abuse victims and others owed money by the archdiocese.



Pops Band playing 'name' tunes

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is playing a concert tonight made up of tunes with names in the titles. For more on the concert, see our story in today's Kenosha News (Page C3) or read the story on kenoshanews.com.



U.S. economy rebounds in 2nd quarter

The U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

The rebound followed a sharp 2.1 percent annualized drop in economic activity in the January-March quarter. That figure was revised up from a previous estimate of a 2.9 percent drop. But it was still the biggest contraction since early 2009 in the depths of the Great Recession.


Crandon voters recall mayor

Residents of a northeastern Wisconsin community have recalled their mayor.

Voters in the Forest County community of Crandon removed Rob Jaeger from office Tuesday and replaced him with Dennis Rosa. WJFW-TV says Rosa received about two-thirds of the vote in the community of about 2,000 people.

Recall supporters began collecting signatures in May. The mayor's opponents accused him of micromanaging the city.



Hot off the press: Wednesday, July 30

Here's a look at the top stories available now at kenoshanews.com and in today's Kenosha News:

* The Wisconsin Supreme Court plans to issue a landmark ruling Thursday on the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law.

* Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce named its 2014 honorees Tuesday.

* Kenosha Sheriff's Department reflects on its law enforcement efforts during Country Thunder.

* Central coach Keith Olsen was named one of the 25 most inspirational coaches in the country.



Racine crime unit investigating death

Racine police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man. WISN-TV reports police aren't saying how the man died, but say his death is a crime.

The teen was found dead in a residential area on the city's north side Tuesday evening.



Weather for today

Clouds and sun today with a shower in the afternoon. High 73; low 55



Mostly mild, rain ending early today

The weather forecast for the Kenosha County area calls for an end to showers early today, giving way to times of sun and clouds and a mostly dry Wednesday. It will be mild with a high temperature only around 73 degrees.

For more weather details, see today's Kenosha News. Visit this website regularly for up-to-the-minute weather data. You can also sign up for News Now weather alerts.



Chicago CTA reports drop in crime

Chicago officials are releasing figures that show violent crime and thefts on Chicago Transit Authority trains, buses and platforms has dropped significantly.

In a news release, issued days after a July 16 armed robbery of several passengers aboard a train, the CTA says that violent crime fell more than 30 percent between the first six months of last year and the same period this year. The numbers are also lower than those for the first six months of 2011 and 2012.


Brewers fall to Rays, 5-1

Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs, leading the Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Brewers in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Tuesday night. For more, see Wednesday's Kenosha News.






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