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Federal court rules Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional
A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled today.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel’s 2-1 decision doesn’t put the question to rest. Nearly a dozen states have imposed similar requirements on abortion providers, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed last week to hear a challenge to Texas’ law in a case that could settle the issue nationally.
Silver Lake to sell building slated for library
The Silver Lake Village Board voted unanimously Wednesday to sell the building on Second Street, purchased for $200,000 in December 2013 for use as a library. The decision comes after failed attempts to split the purchase price with other municipalities in the Community Library System and to lease it to the Community Library.
Artwork a fruit of county’s summer youth jobs program
Kenosha County’s 2015 Summer Youth Employment program officially ended for the season today, with the presentation of artwork that will hang as a tribute to the hard work and development of job and life skills that 210 Kenosha County youths learned in the program.
Established in 2009, the program has helped several hundred at-risk youth learn skills, gain partial high school credit and find private-sector jobs. This year’s program began in June and ended in August.
Consultant delivers year-round Kenosha market report
A consultant hired to study the feasibility of a year-round, indoor public market in Kenosha presented his report today.
Based on the concept and assumptions offered within a proposed plan, a public market facility is feasible for Kenosha, but the development process is complex, said Ted Spitzer, president of Market Ventures Inc.
Bradford boys volleyball takes first
Bradford boys volleyball team defeated host Indian Trail, 3-1, to finish the 5-0 in the South Division of the Southeast Conference. Details later at KenoshaNews.com and in Thursday’s Kenosha News.
Land use map changes approved for Festival Foods, apartments
The Somers Village Board Wednesday night approved changes to a map that will allow for the eventual rezoning of land for proposed Festival Foods grocery store and 280-unit apartment complex at northwest of highways 31 and 142.
The board voted unanimously to change the land use from business/industrial park to commercial for property at 6226 31st St. for the proposed grocery store and from commercial to high-density residential for Bear Development’s apartment complex. Both hope to break ground by late November or early December.
Shalom Center to Seek Funding before Rezoning
At the suggestion of Kenosha’s mayor, the Shalom Center is seeking community financial support before moving forward with plans to seek a property rezoning allowing for development of a homeless center.
Executive Director Lynn Biese-Carroll said the Shalom Center’s board is pleased with the renovation estimates for the former JHT Holdings building, 4214 39th Ave. She said after a meeting with an architect Tuesday, the estimated cost of purchasing and renovating the building is $1.8 million to $1.9 million.
Wheatland Center levy set to decrease
WHEATLAND — The Wheatland Center School District levy is set to decrease for a third consecutive year, Administrator Marty McGinley said.
The levy, or amount of revenue needed to be generated from local taxpayers to support the 2015-16 budget, was approved at $3,335,351. This is $1,969 less than last year’s levy of $3,337,320.
Wilmot High School levy to Stay the Same
WILMOT — The Wilmot High School tax levy, or amount of money needed to be generated locally, will remain flat for 2015-16 at $11,908,520.
The levy, subject to change after final state figures are released, will support general operation expenses of $14,236,492, down $11,077 over last year’s cost of $14,247,569.
Police Release Photos, info on Skimming Scam
The Kenosha Police Department released new information Wednesday in a fraud case involving five southeastern Wisconsin Educators Credit Union locations, including a local branch at 4215 Green Bay Road.
Authorities obtained surveillance video of up to six people responsible for compromising ATMs with skimming devices and hidden cameras on Sept. 6 in Racine and Sept. 12 in Kenosha and Milwaukee.
Kenosha Home Sales Humming Along
Home sales have been so brisk in Kenosha County during the first seven months of the year there were fewer attractive homes to sell in August, according to local real estate agents.
Home sales decreased in August due to a smaller inventory of homes, Realtors said. This has helped drive up prices and is slowly turning the buyers’ market into a sellers’ market.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reported home sales declined by nearly 9 percent in August compared with the same month a year ago. Realtors sold 197 homes in Kenosha County in August, compared to 216 a year ago.
Fall colors starting in northern Wis.
Wisconsin’s fall color show is beginning in northern regions of the state and forestry specialists expect this year’s red, yellow and russet hues to be spectacular.
The state Department of Natural Resources says weather during the growing season is essential for the quality of leaves that provide the stunning color. DNR forestry sciences section chief Carmen Hardin says the growing season has been excellent across much of Wisconsin. Hardin says the shortened day length is the primary trigger for trees to begin changing color.
The DNR says peak fall color usually occurs in far northern Wisconsin during the last week of September and the first week of October. Significant color can appear earlier in isolated, lower lying areas by mid-September.
Crooks won’t run again for state Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks says he won’t run for a third term.
Crooks issued a statement Wednesday saying he won’t seek re-election in April. Joe Donald, a Milwaukee County circuit judge, and Joanne Kloppenburg, a state appellate judge, are both running for Crooks’ seat.
Crooks, a former Brown County judge, won his first 10-year term on the high court in 1996 and won re-election in 2006. His current term ends on July 31. The 77-year-old Crooks is one of seven justices on the Supreme Court.
Share in U.S. without health insurance falls to 10.4%
The share of Americans without health insurance fell sharply to 10.4 percent in 2014, according to a new Census Bureau report.
The numbers come from the first year in which key provisions of the Affordable Care Act aimed at extending coverage took effect. The number of uninsured fell to 33 million, a decline of 8.8 million from 2013.
Lawmakers want to keep kids in rear-facing seats until age 2
Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating a bill that would require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until they’re 2 years old.
Current state law requires children to ride in rear-facing seats if they’re less than a year old or weigh less than 20 pounds.
The bill’s authors, Republican Rep. Amy Loudenbeck; Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor; and Republican Sen. Luther Olsen, said in a news release today that both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend keeping children in rear-facing seats until they’re two years old. They called the bill a common-sense measure that will save children’s lives.
Zion National Park flood kills at least 5 hikers
Seven hikers who entered a narrow desert canyon for a day of canyoneering became trapped when a flash flood filled the chasm with water, killing at least five of them in Zion National Park in southern Utah, officials said today.
Known as a slot canyon, the passage is as narrow as a window in some spots and several hundred feet deep. Flooding can turn such canyons into deadly channels of fast-moving water and debris in just minutes.
A sudden deluge of rain fueled the flood, which “went from a trickle to a wall” of water, park ranger Therese Picard said.
Kenosha NAACP head arrested after traffic stop
The president of the local NAACP branch was arrested for obstruction after the Kenosha Police Department said she told an officer she didn’t deserve a ticket for driving nearly 20 mph over the legal limit on a city street.
Veronica King, 52, of Kenosha, was instructed eight times to get back into her van after a traffic stop in the 4900 block of 52nd Street about 3 p.m. Sunday, according to police. A motorcycle patrol officer clocked her vehicle on radar traveling 44 mph in a 25 mph zone in the 5200 block of 52nd Street.
Internationally Celebrated Physician-Activist Dr. Luther Castillo
Internationally celebrated physician-activist Dr. Luther Castillo will speak at the Central United Methodist Church, 25th and Wisconsin Avenue, Sunday, September 27, at 4pm, on building a community-run medical system for the Afro-indigenous Garifuna people of Honduras. The free event includes the Milwaukee premiere of “Revolutionary Medicine” a documentary featuring Castillo and the story of how he and the Ciriboya community built the first Garifuna hospital.
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