December 10, 2016
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Freezing rain downs trees, powerlines in Portland

Freezing rain downed trees and power lines and stranded some light-rail passengers in Portland for about three hours Saturday as the first winter storm of the season continued.

Nearly 24,000 Portland General Electric customers remained without power. Light-rail lines were delayed primarily because of ice on the east side of town and downed power lines closed a number of streets.

Winning streak to eight for Parkside men

The UW-Parkside men's basketball team captured its eighth consecutive win with a 94-77 non-conference defeat of Robert Morris-Peoria on Saturday afternoon at the DeSimone Gymnasium. Chip Flanigan led the Rangers with 19 points. For more, visit or pick up Sunday's edition of the News.

Pleasant Prairie declares snow emergency

Pleasant Prairie has declared a snow emergency beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday and continuing until noon Monday.

During that time, no parking is allowed on any village roads.

Surgeon general: E-cigarettes are 'major public health concern'

Electronic cigarettes have all the addictive potential of traditional tobacco products, and health officials should do all they can to keep them out of the hands of teens and young adults, according to the federal government's first comprehensive review of e-cigarettes.

The report by the U.S. surgeon general focuses on Americans under the age of 25, the cohort that has embraced e-cigarettes with the most enthusiasm. Teens and young adults are more likely to be using the vaping devices than people in any other age group. Indeed, among middle and high school students, e-cigarettes have become more popular than traditional cigarettes.

ATC sets timeline for transmission line construction

Construction of a new electrical substation on Highway 50 in Wheatland, needed by American Transmission Company to run 23 miles of new transmission lines between Salem to Lake Geneva, will begin next summer.

The Balsam substation represents the first phase of the $70.6 million Spring Valley-North Lake Geneva Electric Reliability Project, approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission earlier this year. The PSC ultimately chose the final route for the 138,000-volt line, which runs primarily along the north side of Highway 50, with segments along highways O, F, AH and 83.

See more in today's Kenosha News.

Today's forecast: Evening snow

Cloudy and very cold; a bit of evening snow. High: 23; low: 21.

Up to the minute forecast

Wisconsin recount goes ahead

A federal judge allowed Wisconsin's presidential recount to move forward Friday as a another federal judge in Pennsylvania planned to take the weekend to decide on a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots and examine election computer systems for signs of hacking.

U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond in Philadelphia said he will rule Monday on the recount bid by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in Pennsylvania, where Republican Donald Trump won, beating Democrat Hillary Clinton by about 44,000 votes.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Hour of Code gives students a look at STEM options

Sixth-graders Mason Wilder and Josh Robinson found one thing especially intriguing about the Hour of Code project they worked on Friday morning at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

They could create a game they could not lose. The 11-year-old friends were among students from Kenosha Unified School District middle and high schools who were learning the basics of computer coding through the annual Hour of Code events occurring around the nation.

The aim of the program is to get students thinking about how computer coding creates the systems we use every day, and to spark students' interest in learning the science of computer coding.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Strange packages lead to stalking conviction

It took a jury just seven minutes to decide James Hudson was guilty of stalking two women. Now comes the question of what to do next.

Hudson, 55, of Kenosha, had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. A jury convicted him of the charges on the evidence presented in the case. Prosecutors had earlier stipulated that Hudson was mentally ill, to the extent that he could not be held responsible for his actions, sending the next decision to the judge.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge David Bastianelli must decide whether Hudson should be treated in a residential mental health facility, or whether he can be treated as an outpatient. The judge will hold a hearing in January on where Hudson should receive his treatment.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Shooting victim fighting return to Kenosha County

The prosecution of an attempted homicide in Kenosha is being delayed because the victim in the case is suspected of being the perpetrator in another homicide - and is fighting extradition back to face his own charges.

Fabian Johnson, 23, is awaiting trial for the July 18 shooting of 29-year-old Raphael Q. Rush. Johnson is believed to have fired off five or six shots from a revolver at Rush - who he had fought with earlier over a woman - while he was driving on the 6100 block of 20th Avenue.

One bullet hit Rush in the thigh, another hit a nearby house and penetrated into a child's bedroom. Rush, it turns out, is now charged in the October slaying of Willie Owens. Owens was fatally shot in his front yard when he intervened in a dispute between several men and a guest at Owens's home.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.

Registration required for Sanders event

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Kenosha Monday afternoon for a taping of MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes," an event likely to draw hundreds of progressive supporters.

The former Democratic presidential candidate is expected to talk about trade policy, automotive plant closings, the election and President-elect Donald Trump at UAW Local 72, 3615 Washington Road. Doors open at noon – the taping begins at 2 p.m. sharp. People hoping to attend must RSVP by 5 p.m. Saturday at Space is limited. The program will air at 7 p.m. on MSNBC that night.

Carthage gets $15 million donation

Carthage College has received a $15 million donation, the largest single gift in the private school's 169-year history.

Longtime benefactor Jan Tarble has donated $15 million to fund a distinctive career center to help equip graduates for a rapidly evolving economy.

Gov't proposal envisions phone calls on airline flights

Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

Flight attendants and others have complained that the calls could be disruptive. But the Department of Transportation said Thursday that it envisioned allowing the calls if airlines tell all customers about the policy when they buy their tickets. That way, customers could make other travel arrangements if they feared sitting next to passengers chatting on their phones.

Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list

The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say.

Because the giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40 percent in just 30 years, scientists put it on the official watch list of threatened and endangered species worldwide, calling it "vulnerable." That's two steps up the danger ladder from its previous designation of being a species of least concern.

In 1985, there were between 151,000 and 163,000 giraffes but in 2015 the number was down to 97,562, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Some Cook County probation officers to get body cameras

Many Chicago Police officers are being outfitted with body cameras and now some probation officers will start getting them, too.

Cook County's probation department's plan comes amid allegations that some of its officers have planted drugs, stolen money and violated the rights of probationers during curfew checks at their homes.

Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016

Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, the amount of floating ice decreased when it would be expected to grow.

Arctic sea ice extended for 3.5 million square miles . That's 309,000 square miles below the record set in 2006 - a difference larger than state of Texas. The National Snow and Ice Data Center says it was the seventh month this year to set a record low.

The data center calculated that ice in the Barents Sea, just outside Norway, shrank by 19,300 square miles during what is supposed to be a cold month, but wasn't. That area is important because recent research links sea ice there to changes in extreme weather in lower latitudes, though scientists have not come to a consensus on that link yet.

Today's forecast: Very cold

Very cold with periods of sun. High: 24; low: 14.

Up to the minute forecast

Cloudy, chilly with snow showers

Snow showers off and on today are in the forecast, under cloudy skies today. The high temperature will be in the upper 20s.

For more weather information, 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.

Children and Family Services helps feed 100 families

A group of professionals who devote their lives to helping others showed off their creative and competitive spirit on Thursday at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road.

Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services' employees worked after hours to supplement their fifth annual Feed 100 Families Food Drive with a generous collection of its own, displayed in themes of Candy Land, Peanuts, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and Pirates of the Caribbean.

The organization's annual food drive is Saturday. All donations will be collected and distributed to local families in need.

For more details, see story in Friday's Kenosha News.

Kenosha County Democrats deconstruct election results

Community members concerned about impending changes that could occur under President-elect Donald Trump converged Thursday night at the Kenosha County Democratic Party headquarters in downtown Kenosha.

Health care, homelessness, funding for veterans programs, immigration, civil liberties and LGBT rights were among the issues brought to the forefront during a near two-hour program that featured speakers who engaged about 50 people in attendance in discussions about where the country was likely headed.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.

Trump plans return visit to Wisconsin next week

President-elect Donald Trump is planning a return visit to Wisconsin next week on the day an election recount must be done.

Trump has scheduled a stop on Tuesday night at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center in West Allis. Vice president-elect Mike Pence was also scheduled to join him.

Trump has been traveling around the country holding rallies as part of what he's dubbing his "thank you" tour.

Man who shot himself during neighborhood shootout gets prison

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder has sentenced 21-year-old Devince McKeever for his part in a mid-day gun battle in a residential Kenosha neighborhood.

According to the prosecution, two groups of young men had a run-in at about 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 9 while hanging out on the 4900 block of 36th Avenue.During the exchange, McKeever accidently shot himself in the leg. A second man was also charged.

See more in Friday's Kenosha News.

Parkside women nab first win

The UW-Parkside women's basketball team notched its first win of the season on Thursday night with an 83-39 non-conference win over Trinity Christian (Ill.) at the DeSimone Gynmasium. For more, visit or pick up Friday's edition of the News.

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