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AG candidates spar on campaign coordination

Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ accused Republican opponent Brad Schimel of backtracking on whether he would defend a Wisconsin law restricting political candidates from coordinating with outside groups during their second debate Friday evening.

Prep football finals

Indian Trail 41, Lake Geneva Badger 26

Burlington 21, Wilmot 20

Franklin 24, Bradford 7

Cambridge 34, Shoreland 26

UPDATE: 30th Avenue still closed on city's north side

Due to an electrical utility pole being damaged in a 5:40 p.m. car crash, 30th Avenue still remains closed to traffic from Highway E to 15th Place.

The Kenosha Fire Department closed the road as a precaution against the pole collapsing and its wires possibly taking down additional poles.

Some 55 customers were without power until their electricity was restored, a We Energies spokesman said.

60-unit downtown apartments on the move

With Fifth Avenue Lofts, a planned 60-unit apartment complex on a former downtown Kenosha industrial site taking another step forward this week, construction could begin in January if city approvals continue going smoothly, the developer said today.

See more on this story later at www.kenoshanews.com and in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Milwaukee police union plans no-confidence vote

The Milwaukee Police Association plans a no-confidence vote on the city's police chief next week following the firing of an officer who fatally shot a man in a downtown park.

Union president Mike Crivello says morale among officers has been "broken" by the firing of Officer Christopher Manney. Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney earlier this month, saying Manney instigated the fight that led to the shooting.

30th Ave. closed south of Highway E

Thirtieth Avenue is shut down just south of Highway E as crews clean up after an injury crash that downed a pole.

Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha hires director

Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha has named Kristie Vitale as its first Executive Director.

"The mission of Habitat for Humanity is what drew me to the position," Vitale said today. "Habitat for Humanity doesn't just provide families with a home. It is a life altering experience, especially for the children."

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

Student shooter dead after Wash. school attack

A lone student shooter was dead today after an attack at a high school north of Seattle, police said.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said he did not have any additional information on where the shooting took place or if anyone else was killed or wounded.

Students and staff members were seen walking out of Marysville Pilchuck High School after police and ambulance crews surrounded the large campus of more than 2,000 students.

Carthage alumna's world premiere adaptation opens tonight

Carthage College is opening its world premiere adaptation written by Carthage Theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.
"Day After Night" is based on a powerful novel, which tells the true story of the 1945 rescue of more than 200 prisoners from the Atlit internment camp in the aftermath of the second World War told through the eyes of four young women at the camp with profoundly different stories. The culmination of several years of collaboration and work, the play is a compelling addition to Carthage's First Year Experience program.
For more information, go to www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment or see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News.

New-fashioned musical opens tonight at Bradford

Kenosha Unified Theatre Arts' production of "Hello! My Baby" opens tonight at Bradford High School. The group performed the show as a pilot production for New York City licensing agency Music Theatre International in 2013 and has again worked with the playwright to bring back the new-fashioned musical.

The comedy is built around revamped, classic songs that are now in the public domain, and reboots the greatest hits of musicians from the early 1900s.

For more information, go to www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment or see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News.

Lakeside Players' opens spooky family show tonight

Just in time for the Halloween season, the Lakeside Players is opening "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" tonight for its first play of this season's family theater series.

The well-known tale about a quiet village turned upside down by a mysterious new neighbor is a suspenseful and spooky play that will have audiences galloping ahead to a ghostly good time. All performances are held at the Rhode Center of the Arts, 541 56th St., through Nov. 2.

For more information, go to www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment or see the Get Out section in today's Kenosha News.

Today's Weekday Report is at kenoshanews.com

Among our top stories: there is a contract dispute between Blue Cross and United Hospital and the city threatens to shut a dirt stockpile site.

Watch the video here.

Hot off the press: Friday, Oct. 24

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

* A contract breakdown between two giants in Kenosha healthcare could affect thousands of residents.

* The city has issued a 24-hour compliance for a property owner to shut down a stockpile site on the southside.

* Crews are putting the finishing touch on the city's first park-and-ride lot across from the LakeView RecPlex.

* The Tremper boys soccer team advanced to the WIAA Division-1 sectional final.

NYC doctor diagnosed with Ebola

An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor's Ebola diagnosis, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling. De Blasio said all city officials followed "clear and strong" protocols in their handling and treatment of him.

"We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed," de Blasio said. "New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk."

The doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders who had been working in Guinea, returned six days ago and reported Thursday morning coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea. He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center.

State attorney general candidates set to debate

Wisconsin attorney general candidates Susan Happ and Brad Schimel are set to engage in their second debate.

Happ, Jefferson County's Democratic district attorney, and Schimel, Waukesha County's Republican district attorney, are scheduled to appear together on Wisconsin Public Television on Friday evening. Polls show Happ and Schimel locked in a dead heat as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

The race has turned fierce, with each candidate accusing the other of being soft on crime. Schimel has labeled Happ a liberal activist. Happ has criticized Schimel's belief that he must defend every state law regardless of its constitutionality, calling him a robot.

The two candidates are set to debate one more time before the election on Wednesday at the state bar association.

Today's weather: Partly sunny

Partly sunny skies are in today's forecast, with a high of 64 degrees and a low of 49 degrees.

BOYS SOCCER: Tremper wins

Tremper defeated Oak Creek 4-0 in a WIAA Division-1 boys soccer sectional semifinal on Thursday night. For more, see kenoshanews.com or pick up Friday's News.

United Hospital System at odds with Anthem Blue Cross

A breakdown between two giants in Kenosha health care could be problematic for patients in the area.

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

Neighbors question noise, proper land use

A commercial property owner stockpiling dirt, concrete on 25 acres along east side of 39th Avenue between 80th and 85th streets in Kenosha faces possible operations shutdown.

The owner was issued a 24-hour notice today to comply with a limited permit issued for the operation, according to City Administrator Frank Pacetti.

For more on this story later go to www.kenoshanews.com and see Friday's Kenosha News.

New bridge eases rail congestion

A new railroad overpass in Chicago is helping untangle the worst choke point in the nation's rail network, speeding up passenger service and freight trains hauling everything from crude oil to electronics, officials said Thursday.

For more on this story, see Friday's Kenosha News.

Update: 3 dead, 2 injured in Maryland air crash

A fire department official said three people were killed and two others were injured today when an airplane and a helicopter collided in the air near the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Capt. Kevin Fox of Frederick County Fire and Rescue said the collision occurred at 3:40 p.m.

Power restored to 2,200 Somers customers

About 2,200 customers, the majority in Somers, were out of power and have since been restored after a vehicle struck a utility pole at 8404 Highway KR in the village of Mount Pleasant, according to We Energies officials.

The power went out at 4:15 p.m. Thursday and restored around 4:50 p.m., according to Brian Manthey, spokesman for We Energies said. Among the major areas affected included the WalMart Supercenter, 3500 Brumback Blvd., in Somers.

Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Frederick police Lt. Clark Pennington said the aircraft collided this afternoon. It was not immediately known how many people were on board or whether anyone was hurt. Aerial footage from WJZ-TV in Baltimore showed aircraft wreckage in a stand of trees.

Canada finds no link between soldier attacks

Canadian police say they have found no connection between the two attacks on soldiers this week.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Bob Paulson also says authorities had not been watching the gunman in advance of his deadly attack on a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Most Wis. voucher students came from private schools

The vast majority of students receiving a taxpayer-subsidized voucher to attend private school this year did not go to a Wisconsin public school last year.

Data released today by the state Department of Public Instruction show that just over 19 percent of the 538 students who entered the statewide program this year attended a public school last year.

The voucher program is touted by its supporters as a way to help students escape poorly performing public schools. But the numbers show most students were already in private school before they got the voucher, fueling arguments from opponents that the program is really about subsidizing private school education.


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