January 22, 2017
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UPDATE: All residents reportedly out of home on fire

UPDATE: All people were able to evacuate a house fire at 24640 81st Place in Salem. Heavy smoke has been reported.



Structure fire in Salem

Firefighters were called at 11:44 p.m. for a structure fire at 24640 81st Place, with a report of people unable to evacuate.



Trump visits CIA, blasts media

On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump on Saturday berated the media over its coverage of his inauguration, and turned a bridge-building first visit to CIA headquarters into an airing of grievances about "dishonest" journalists. But it was Trump who spread inaccuracies about the size of the crowds at his swearing in.

For more on this story, see Sunday's edition of the Kenosha News.


Climate change measures still face rollback under Trump

Cabinet nominees of President Donald Trump who once dismissed the problem of climate change have taken a more moderate line in their confirmation hearings, acknowledging it as a reality. But they appear to still support Trump's stated plan to repeal former President Barack Obama's actions to reduce greenhouse gases, without a replacement alternative.

For more on this story, see Sunday's edition of the Kenosha News.


the new administration appears poised


Carthage men continue skid at Wheaton

The Carthage men's basketball team suffered its third consecutive loss on Saturday night, falling 85-78 in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game at Wheaton (Ill.) For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Sunday's edition of the News.



Trump win buoys European nationalists

European nationalist leaders came together Saturday at a joint conference in Koblenz, Germany, in a show of strength at the start of a year of big election tests, celebrating Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president and declaring themselves a realistic alternative to the continent's governments.

For more on this story, see Sunday's edition of the Kenosha News.


Parkside men thumped at Bellarmine

The 22nd-ranked UW-Parkside men's basketball team trailed nearly the entire way on Saturday afternoon in an 82-62 Great Lakes Valley Conference loss at No. 15 Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky. It's the Rangers' second consecutive loss after 15 straight wins. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Sunday's edition of the News.



Gurnee police seek 9 charged after Christmas Eve mall fight

Police in north-suburban Chicago are asking the public to help them find nine people who face charges after a Christmas Eve mall fight.

Gurnee police on Thursday said the arrest warrants were issued for seven adults and two juveniles on charges ranging from mob action to aggravated battery. The charges result from a fight on Dec. 24 between two groups of people at Gurnee Mills mall.

Authorities say prosecutors obtained the arrest warrants after police finished their investigation using security camera footage, YouTube video and help from Waukegan police and mall security.


We Energies to idle Pleasant Prairie coal plant for half of year

In response to low natural gas prices and flat demand for electricity, We Energies plans to roll back operations at its coal-fired Pleasant Prairie Power Plant in Kenosha County.

Under the plan, We Energies will keep the power plant available to run during June, July and August when power demand is highest. The plant would also be available again in December, January and February when power demand tends to recover from low levels typically seen in early fall.





Today's forecast: Morning fog

Fog in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High: 52; low: 36.


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Women's March draws Kenosha women

Dozens of local women will join rallies across the nation in support of women's rights and gender equality this weekend.

Sandra Butler carpooled to Washington, D.C., with friends. She plans to join tens of thousands of women for the Women's March on Washington, a grassroots movement following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.



Police officer waives hearing in battery, misconduct case

Kenosha Police Officer Kendal West waived his preliminary hearing Friday morning and the case was set for arraignment next month in front of a judge.

West is charged with battery, disorderly conduct and misconduct in public office. If convicted of the two misdemeanors and one felony he could be sent to prison for as many as 1 1/2 years, with additional time on supervised release. Fines could be as much as $21,000.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.



Kind: Late Cabinet pick could affect Wisconsin farmers

A Wisconsin congressman says the late nomination of Georgia's former governor as U.S. agriculture secretary could impact Wisconsin farmers.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind tells Wisconsin Public Radio the late pick could delay work on the next farm bill.

Kind says that if and when former Gov. Sonny Perdue is confirmed, he won't have much time to work on transitional agricultural issues with outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack.


Inauguration protesters gather in downtown Chicago

Crowds of protesters are rallying in a downtown Chicago plaza hours after President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Students, immigrant rights activists and veterans were among those chanting Friday afternoon. Chicago Public Schools students had planned a walkout earlier in the day and several appeared in school uniforms at the event. College students also took part.


Trump delivering inaugural address

Donald Trump is delivering his inaugural address. Says from this point forward, it will be "America first," and promises a rebuilding of the country "with American hands and American labor."

"We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American."



World's primates facing extinction crisis, new report says

Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it's our fault that our closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns.

About 60 percent of the more than 500 primate species are "now threatened with extinction" and 3 out of 4 primate species have shrinking populations, according to a study published in this week's journal Science Advances .

The decline has been blamed on human activities including hunting, mining and oil drilling. Logging, ranching and farming have also destroyed precious habitat in Africa, Asia and South America.


Planning continues on new Firestone auto center in Somers

Developers are continuing work on plans for a tire and automotive center in Somers and expect to break ground a month later than originally anticipated.

Firestone and its parent company Bridgestone anticipate locating in Somers' Market Center, at the corner of 31st Street and Green Bay Road (Highway 31), just south of Festival Foods.

See more in today's Kenosha News.




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