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The Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved creating a water quality task force this week.  The task force will be charged with helping to find solutions for water challenges presented by 70,000 lead service lines supplying city of Milwaukee water to older stock homes.

Common Council president Ashanti Hamilton will be selecting task force members who will work to create a comprehensive strategic removal and funding plan.

The man working to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t mince words during an unexpected press stop outside the Kenosha News building Wednesday afternoon.

Paul Nehlen, challenging Ryan in the Republican primary for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, made his thoughts about the highest-ranking Republican clear.

“I’m here to tell Paul Ryan to stop the lies,” said Nehlen, while flanked by more than a dozen supporters. “He thinks you’re stupid; he thinks he can betray us time and again and we will never catch on.”

A federal prosecutor says the FBI still has months of translation work to do before a case against a man accused of plotting to shoot up a Milwaukee Masonic temple can move forward.

A criminal complaint says Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, planned to attack the Masonic center in downtown Milwaukee in the name of Islam. Prosecutors say he had toured the center, practiced at a shooting range and talked about how the attack was to defend Islam by killing Masons.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports FBI agents say they are about halfway done with translating 106 CDs from Arabic to English.

Felony charges were filed against a former school bookkeeper and financial specialist who allegedly embezzled more than $29,000 from two Kenosha County school districts.

Mary K. Anderson, 55, of Salem, is scheduled to make an initial appearance June 28, according to a criminal complaint filed by the district attorney’s office Wednesday. She faces two counts of felony thefts from Salem and Wheatland School districts for unapproved overtime payments, unauthorized use of district credit cards and other school funds for personal expenses.

A proposed plea deal has been delayed for a former suburban Milwaukee police officer charged with ditching the bodies of two women he’s accused of killing in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway.

The Wisconsin case against Steven Zelich was expected to wrap up Wednesday when he was to enter a plea and be sentenced on two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County. But Judge David Reddy said he was concerned that things were happening too quickly.

Zelich’s attorney agreed to set the case for trial to have more time to talk to his client. The jury trial is set for Oct. 3.

The 54-year-old Zelich has already been sentenced in Kenosha County to 35 years in prison in the 2012 death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Ore.

Kenosha County will complete more than $2 million in road resurfacing work this year, focusing heavily on rural highways.

“We have 17 and a quarter miles of county trunk highway that will be resurfaced,” said county Highway Director Gary Sipsma. “All but one (segment) is west of Interstate 94.”

Kenosha Community Health Center dental clinic administrators maintain recent staff reductions were “fiscally responsible” and terminated staff held positions that were redundant to center operations.

In a letter to the News, Executive Director Mary Coffey wrote “the restructure of the workforce was in regard to right-sizing the makeup of the dental staff.” Cutting “an oversupply of dental hygienists” she wrote, would fulfill its community health center mandate to be fiscally responsible.

Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold said he thinks some change to the party’s system of selecting presidential nominees is in order.

Feingold told reporters today that he’s “never been a big fan” of superdelegates, the Democratic Party insiders who can vote for whichever presidential candidate they choose.

A former Kenosha Police officer who admitted planting evidence in a homicide trial will not see jail time.

Kyle Baars plead guilty to felony misconduct in public office for his actions during a 2014 homicide investigation. On Wednesday he was sentenced to probation. If he violates probation he could serve a year in jail.

11 states, including Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s directive for more inclusive bathrooms for transgender students. In response, Congresswoman Gwen Moore released the following statement:

“I was deeply dismayed to learn that Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel had joined yet another frivolous and politically motivated lawsuit against the Obama administration. Rather than using taxpayer funds to improve the quality of life for all Wisconsinites, our state’s top Republicans have instead decided to use our resources to pick a partisan fight against a sensible federal directive aimed at making meaningful change for countless transgender students nationwide.

“Our nation must protect the dignity and safety of our vulnerable children. Every American student deserves the opportunity to succeed and thrive, regardless of their gender identity.

“While I can’t say I’m surprised by this action, particularly from the Walker administration, I have faith that love and inclusion will overcome such bigoted and intolerant efforts. We owe it to our children and the future of our country to speak out against this baseless assault against equality.”   

Wisconsin joins transgender bathroom suit

Wisconsin is joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

The lawsuit was announced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and filed in federal court in Texas today.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said he decided to join the lawsuit after discussing it with fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Schimel called the Obama administration directive a “power grab” that won’t be tolerated in Wisconsin.

DNR board OKs reducing buck-only counties

The state Department of Natural Resources board today unanimously approved shrinking the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks this fall.

The board signed off on a fall season framework that makes 10 northern Wisconsin counties buck-only. That’s down from 19 counties in 2014 and 12 last year.

Buck-only designations are designed to protect does so they can give birth, leading to a larger herd. DNR Big Game Section Chief Bob Nack told the board that the northern herd appears to be growing again after harsh winters cut their numbers, enabling the agency to reduce the buck-only counties. The framework also includes an antlerless-only, nine-day holiday gun hunt between Christmas and New Year’s in 13 southern and central counties.

DNR board OKs reducing buck-only counties

The state Department of Natural Resources board today unanimously approved shrinking the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks this fall.

The board signed off on a fall season framework that makes 10 northern Wisconsin counties buck-only. That’s down from 19 counties in 2014 and 12 last year.

Buck-only designations are designed to protect does so they can give birth, leading to a larger herd. DNR Big Game Section Chief Bob Nack told the board that the northern herd appears to be growing again after harsh winters cut their numbers, enabling the agency to reduce the buck-only counties. The framework also includes an antlerless-only, nine-day holiday gun hunt between Christmas and New Year’s in 13 southern and central counties.

Kenosha police are investigating after a body was discovered at a fire scene on Simmons Island early this morning.

The body was reportedly found as authorities investigated a grass fire. Further information was not immediately available.

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling has dealt Gov. Scott Walker a loss, upholding a ruling that keeps the state education secretary independent.

The 4-3 decision released today preserves the powers of the state superintendent of public instruction.

The court’s conservative majority was split on whether to overturn its unanimous ruling from 20 years ago that had solidified the state superintendent’s independence as head of the Department of Public Instruction. Ultimately, the court rejected arguments made by Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel to overturn the decision.

The “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond sold today for more than $58.2 million including fees, crushing the previous record for the most expensive diamond ever sold at auction.

Capping a lively and even laughter-filled auction at Christie’s, the hammer came down to applause as the 14.62-carat stone, billed as the largest Vivid Blue diamond ever put up for auction, went to an unidentified buyer.

By Robert Miranda Editor’s Comment

The owner of Leon’s says he’s a person of tradition. He says that his English Only policy is a matter of tradition. That it is tradition in this country that we speak English.

If Ron Schneider, the owner of Leon’s knew this country’s history, he would know that before the European set foot on this land, the tradition of this country was the language of the First Nations.

English and Spanish changed that tradition. So it’s not a matter of tradition. It’s a matter of foolishness on his part.

Spanish has been and will continue to be part of this nation’s traditions.

Wheatland town attorney Todd Terry filed a motion today in Racine County to stay the placement of registered sex offender Michael McGee. McGee is scheduled to be placed in a home in Wheatland May 19, next door to a couple with a toddler. A hearing is set in a Racine court.

Kenosha County Corporation Counsel is also reportedly filing to intervene. A public information meeting on the issue will be held at the Wheatland Town Hall.

Drug Company Sets up Heroin Overdose Antidote Rebates

A pharmaceutical company has agreed to provide rebates to public entities in Wisconsin that purchase the heroin overdose antidote Narcan.

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the deal today. The agreement calls for Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to provide a $6 rebate for every Narcan syringe public entities purchase from the company through Feb. 1, 2017. State, county and local government agencies as well as law enforcement and other government entities that distribute Narcan will be eligible for the rebate.

Schimel said in a news release that Amphastar has reached similar agreements with other states, including Ohio and New York.

Barca Endorses Clinton for President

Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, has formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Barca is the Assembly Democratic leader.

In a press release, he stated “Clinton has a lifelong record of fighting for our families and the American Dream from her early start at the Children’s Defense Fund through her service as Secretary of State. At a time when Wisconsin is losing middle class families at an alarming rate, we need a leader like Hillary Clinton who will tackle the issues keeping Wisconsinites awake at night.”

Wisconsin’s presidential primary is April 5.

Lollapalooza Headliners

Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem are among the acts that will play in Chicago for the 25th anniversary of the Lollapalooza music festival. The festival is July 28-31. There will be more than 170 musical performances.

Former Teacher Helps Third-graders Create Memory Books

Dozens of Pleasant Prairie Elementary students and parents joined former teacher Marybeth Zuhlke for dinner and “Book Making Madness!” Tuesday evening. The students made memory books.

Lakewood Students Learn to Stretch a Dollar

Lakewood School students learned how to stay within a budget during a hands-on field trip Tuesday to the Kohl’s Education Center Finance Park in Milwaukee to culminate a six-week Junior Achievement finance unit.

Unemployment Rises in Wisconsin’s Largest Cities

Unemployment rates rose in all of Wisconsin’s largest cities in January.

Preliminary data the state Department of Workforce Development released Wednesday shows unemployment rates in every one of the state’s 32 largest cities increased from December. Racine had the highest rate at 7.2 percent, up from 6 percent in December.

Another Wisconsin Death Linked to Bloodstream Infection

Another death has been linked to an outbreak of a bloodstream infection in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says 16 people with suspected cases caused by Elizabethkingia bacteria have died since the outbreak began in November. That’s an increase of one since last week. The department said Wednesday the number of reported cases also has increased, from 48 to 54.

Texas Officer Who Killed Teen Arrested on Murder Charge

An off-duty suburban Dallas police officer who fatally shot a 16-year-old and wounded another juvenile was arrested today on charges of murder and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Farmers Branch officer Ken Johnson was taken into custody tonight by Addison police officers and was being booked into Dallas County Jail.

Age to buy tobacco products increases to 21 in Chicago

The age to legally purchase cigarettes and tobacco products in Chicago is now 21 instead of 18.

The Chicago City Council approved the age increase Wednesday along with other efforts to combat illegal tobacco sales. The new ordinance enacts higher taxes including 20 cents per cigar, $1.80 per ounce for smokeless and smoking tobacco and 60 cents per ounce for pipe tobacco.

Spy service: North Korea is preparing attacks

South Korea’s spy agency has told ruling party officials that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered preparations for launching attacks on South Korea, in the latest sign of high tensions on the Korean peninsula after the North’s recent nuclear test and missile launch.

One official from the Saenuri Party who attended topday’s closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service says Kim’s spy agency has begun work to implement his order to “actively muster capabilities” to launch cyber and other attacks on South Korea.