October 25, 2016
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Train derails near Superior, spills chemical; no one hurt

No one was hurt when four train cars derailed just south of Superior, spilling a non-toxic chemical.

The derailment about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday prompted authorities to shut down state Highway 35 for about five hours.

Man charged with possession of child pornography

A Kenosha man is facing a possible sentence of 500 years in prison after being charged Tuesday with 21 counts of possession of child pornography.

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

Sen. Baldwin says Obamacare needs some fixes, but not repeal

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who worked to pass the Affordable Care Act now under a renewed attack from Republicans, said Tuesday some provisions of the 2010 law need to be fixed, but that doesn't mean the whole program should be scrapped.

Baldwin, in Milwaukee, said there are adjustments to the program that can be made to deal with price increases, such as addressing steep increases from pharmaceutical companies that charge more for their products "just because they can."

White House: Obama wants fair reviews of bonuses

The White House said President Barack Obama has told the Defense Department that it must ensure service members instructed to repay enlistment bonuses are being treated fairly and expeditiously.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president only recently become aware of Pentagon demands that some soldiers repay their enlistment bonuses after audits revealed overpayments by the California National Guard. If soldiers refuse, they could face interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens.

Wisconsin private school vouchers grow in 2015-2016

Wisconsin is expected to spend almost $245 million on private school vouchers this school year, up almost $15 million from a year ago, driven by enrollment increases in the Racine and statewide programs.

More than 33,700 students received vouchers to attend one of 209 participating schools in the Milwaukee, Racine and statewide Parental Choice programs, about a 5 percent increase from last year.

Milwaukee remains the state's largest and costliest program with more than 28,000 students, up almost 2 percent from last year.

Salem Business Park nets first company

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will be on hand Thursday for a ceremony at the Salem Business Park, where she will unveil the first company to move into the first large industrial-business park in western Kenosha County.

The business park, which is still under development, is located just west of State Highway 83 and north of County Highway C in Salem. It has 65 acres of developable land that can be divided into segments of two to 10-plus acres. A tax increment financing district was created to support the development, with funds to be used for sewer, water, roads and curbs.

Watch the morning Kenosha News Minute

Watch this morning's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: A 33-year-old man was shot and killed on 62nd street Monday afternoon. Neighbors said Willie D. Owens had been killed on his birthday, and that he had argued with someone else before the gun came out.


Shooting victim identified

A man shot and killed Monday was identified as Willie D. Owens of Kenosha.

Owens was shot at about 5 p.m. while outside a home at 1917-62nd St. Witnesses said an argument had broken out before the shooting, and then neighbors heard gunfire. Owens was shot several times.

Voter ID challengers contest state outreach plan

Groups challenging Wisconsin's voter identification law in court say the state's plan for additional education before Election Day isn't enough.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson this month approved a state Department of Transportation plan to clarify the process for people who lack photo ID to get alternative voting credentials.

The court-approved plan includes handouts and website clarifications. Lawsuit plaintiffs wanted mobile Division of Motor Vehicle units, educational billboards and direct outreach to people who previously were denied IDs, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

Uline remains in growth mode

Uline Corp. will move 600 employees from Lake County, Ill., to the Kenosha area and will add another 500 workers companywide by spring or early summer 2017.

Chief Financial Officer Frank Unick said 200 to 250 of the new employees will fill positions in Kenosha County. Some will work in corporate headquarters positions in Pleasant Prairie and in positions at the company's newest distribution center, an 800,000-square-foot facility in Kenosha scheduled for completion by spring. A second headquarters facility, currently under construction on the corporate campus at 12575 Uline Drive in Pleasant Prairie, is also expected to open next year.

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

Today's forecast: Mostly cloudy

Mostly cloudy with a high of 54 degrees and a low of 41.

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Bristol to see slight levy increase for budget

The 2017 village budget, with a 1.4 percent increase in the total tax levy, was approved by the Bristol Village Board Monday.

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

Man dies following shooting

UPDATE: A 33-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times while in the 1900 block of 62nd Street Monday night.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide and authorities continue to develop suspect information. Investigators are still at the scene of the incident that was reported shortly after 5 p.m.

Apartment company settles discrimination complaint

A property management company with apartments in Kenosha is settling a federal housing discrimination complaint that alleged the company charged improper fees for disabled people with service animals.

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

City expands early voting hours

With Election Day two weeks away, Kenosha County voters are casting their ballots earlier than usual in the hopes of avoiding the long lines that are expected on Nov. 8.

This comes as the city of Kenosha has expanded its in-person voting hours at city hall. Through Nov. 4, the Municipal Building, 625 52nd St., will be open to voters from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Voters may also cast ballots from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday.

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

Man saves girl from fire

A homeless man ran into a burning building on Sunday to help save a 5-year-old girl.

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

Former DOJ administrator accused of waving gun around

The state Justice Department's former top detective's wife accused him last year of waving his gun around and threatening her as their marriage crumbled after his old girlfriend resurfaced, court documents show.

Attorney General Brad Schimel last week moved Division of Criminal Investigation Administrator Dave Matthews into a policy adviser position. Schimel said at the time he wanted a different management style in the state's elite crime-fighting force. DOJ spokesman Johnny Koremenos said Monday that Matthews' transfer had nothing to do with the allegations. Matthews declined an interview request through Koremenos.

Feingold says Johnson's ‘phony' comment shows he's desperate

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's branding of Democratic opponent Russ Feingold as a "phony" is a desperate move, Feingold said on Monday, hours after the Republican incumbent's campaign expressed confidence in the race 15 days before the election.

The exchange between Johnson and Feingold is the latest sign of how heated and personal the race has become in the closing weeks. Feingold is trying to avenge his 2010 loss to Johnson and help Democrats make progress toward recapturing majority control of the Senate. Johnson is trying to overcome heavy Democratic turnout in a presidential year to win a second term.

Three sought in shooting

Police are seeking three men in connection with a shooting reported about 5:05 p.m. in the 1900 block of 62nd Street.

The victim was reportedly shot multiple times.

Carthage enrolls record number of minorities

Carthage College's 2016 freshmen class of 722 students, includes 197 ethnic minorities, more than twice the 2013 percentage, and Carthage expects campus efforts along with national trends will continue boosting minority enrollment.

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

Man reportedly shot on 62nd Street

A man was reportedly shot in the chest in the 1900 block of 62nd Street about 5:05 p.m.

Initial reports were that the man was shot twice and was unresponsive.

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed today. That will stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a mid-level benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

Kenosha News Minute ready for watching

The Kenosha News Minute is ready for watching. Stories include: a homeless man ran into a burning building to help save a 5-year-old girl and Uline plans to add hundreds of employees.

Kenosha News Minute

Ex-Pennsylvania attorney general receives jail time

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced today to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath.

Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a Montgomery County judge who said Kane's ego drove her to take down enemies and break the law.

Beach Park, Ill., man killed last night

Police in Waukegan, Ill., today said that a Beach Park, Ill., man was fatally shot last night. Michael Q. Sierra, 23, of the 10000 block of Wyer Street, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives believe he had a consensual meeting with a man in his late teens or early 20s, that escalated to the shooting. The possible suspect is described as having short dreadlock style hair and wearing a dark colored winter coat.

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