December 6, 2016
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Officer won't be charged in shooting that paralyzed Iowa man

A white police officer will not be charged in a shooting that left an unarmed black motorist paralyzed and sparked protests in Iowa's second largest city, a prosecutor said today.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden announced at a news conference that a grand jury declined to return an indictment against Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones in the Nov. 1 shooting of Jerime Mitchell. It is the second time in one year that Vander Sanden's office has declined to charge Jones after he used deadly force.


Kenosha News update

A Battle of the Burgers begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waterfront Warehouse, 3322 Sheridan Rd.

The contest pits specialty burgers created by the Kenosha Professional Police Association and the Kenosha Firefighters C.A.R.E., the charitable arm of the firefighters union.

The event is a fundraiser for the two organizations. For each burger sold through Dec. 31, the restaurant will donate $1 to the respective charitable group.


Battle of the Burgers off tomorrow


Church's expansion plans put on hold

Bethany Lutheran Church's plans to construct a new church and school in Pleasant Prairie are on hold.

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



Today's forecast: Cloudy

Cloudy with a high of 39 degrees and a low of 21.

For more weather information, check out today's Kenosha News or visit this website regularly for up-to-the-minute weather data. You can also sign up for News Now weather alerts.


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Council launches request for federal probe of health center

The Kenosha City Council voted Monday to formally request a federal investigation of the Kenosha Community Health Center.

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



Spurs edge Bucks

LaMarcus Aldridge was credited for the go-ahead basket with 21.2 seconds left after Giannis Antetokounmpo was whistled for goaltending, completing the Spurs' rally from 15 points down in a 97-96 win over the Bucks on Monday. For more, see Tuesday's Kenosha News.



BREAKING: City to request investigation into KCHC

The Kenosha City Council voted to formally request a federal investigation into the Kenosha Community Health Center Monday evening, amping up the pressure for top-level management changes and information about the nonprofit's operations.

The city will now request that the Health Resources and Services Administration - which oversees federally funded health centers - open an investigation into the community center's staffing and adherence to the Public Health Service Act.



Sheriff says more bodies not likely in Oakland fire

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern said sheriff's officials don't believe additional bodies will be found in the Oakland, Calif., warehouse fire.

Ahern told The Associated Press today he couldn't be absolutely positive until the entire recovery effort was complete. The death toll is at 36.


County recount stays on track

Kenosha County Clerk Mary Schuch-Krebs expects the presidential recount to end here before the Dec. 12 deadline, as more than 35,000 ballots must still be tabulated.

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





Two local businesses finalists for awards

Two Kenosha businesses are finalists for the Marketplace Governor's Awards.

Andrea & Orendorff LLP, a female-owned business in Kenosha, is a finalist for the Outstanding Large Business Award, while Moore & Associates Inc., a minority-owned business in Kenosha, is a finalist for the Outstanding Small Business Award.

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



$250,000 bond set for murder suspect

A 16-year-old boy charged as an adult in the killing of a Kenosha man is being held on a $250,000 bond.

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



Walker open to helping pay for juvenile corrections center

Gov. Scott Walker said he's open to having the state help pay for a new juvenile corrections center in Milwaukee County.

Currently, Wisconsin's two secure juvenile facilities share a campus north of Wausau. Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls have been under criminal investigation for allegations of prisoner abuse and child neglect.

Walker said Milwaukee County would be responsible for the cost of operating a new facility.


Wisconsin GOP at odds over how to fund road improvements

Republican state lawmakers openly sparred Monday over whether to consider raising taxes and fees to improve Wisconsin's roads, with Gov. Scott Walker saying he plans to stand by his promise not to do so.

The fight over how to plug the state's nearly $1 billion transportation budget hole is dividing Republicans and is expected to be one of the most difficult challenges for the GOP-controlled Legislature next year.


Judge: Prosecutors can use Cosby's deposition at trial

Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex assault trial, a judge ruled today.

The defense has insisted that Cosby testified only after being promised he would never be charged over his 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand. But his lawyers at the time never had an immunity agreement or put anything in writing.


Southport students sew for Shalom Center

Students at Southport Elementary learned to sew in the school's Maker Space, and then turned their new-found skill to making scarves and hats for themselves - and others.

Read about the student's efforts on our website.



Mistrial declared in black motorist's shooting

A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial today after a jury deadlocked in the murder trial of a white, former police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

A panel of one black and 11 white jurors - who had seemed close to a verdict to convict on Friday, with apparently only one holdout - said today it was unable to reach a unanimous decision after deliberating more than 22 hours over four days.


Archival Revival: Creation of Nash Motors

One hundred years ago this year, two guys named Charlie met at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago to hammer out a deal. The outcome was part of automotive history - and Kenosha history, too.

Read more about this on our website.



Allen to take reins at history center

Chris Allen, 28, will become executive director of the Kenosha History Center upon Don Shepard's retirement on Jan. 1.

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



Today's forecast: Temps in the 30s

A mix of sun and clouds. High: 39; low: 30.


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Winter arrives with slushy snow

The first snow of the season on Sunday turned green lawns into white ones and roads into slushies.

But much of Kenosha County saw little accumulation during the eight-hour snowfall, due to temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark.

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



Downtown restaurant serves free meals

A downtown restaurant served up free meals to those in need Sunday evening.

The meals were part of the third annual "dine out" sponsored by Trolley Dogs, 5501 Sixth Ave.

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



Snapshot: Wilmot Mountain worker designs snowboard jumps

This week's Snapshot features Mike Schuster, who works at the Wilmot Mountain ski resort, fabricating jumps for snowboarders.

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



Program helps inmates be better fathers

A jail program is helping incarcerated men learn how to be better fathers.

The 'Dad I Need You' program is based on a book of the same name written by a local pastor.

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



New Zealand prime minister resigns after 8 years

New Zealand's popular Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation Monday when he announced he was resigning after eight years as leader.

Key had been widely expected to run in his fourth general election next year. But he said he wanted to ensure he didn't make the mistake that some other world leaders have done, and instead wanted to leave while he was on top of his game.


Renzi quits after losing reforms referendum by big margin

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced he will resign today after suffering a stinging loss in a reforms referendum, triggering immediate calls from a populist party and other opposition forces for elections to be held soon.

"The ‘No's' have won in an extraordinary clear-cut way," Renzi told reporters in Rome about an hour after polls had closed in today's balloting. "I lost and the post that gets eliminated is mine."



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