April 28, 2017
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Arkansas moves forward with 4th lethal injection in 8 days

Arkansas won approval from the nation's highest court to execute its fourth inmate in eight days tonight, allowing the state to wrap up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from Kenneth Williams, allowing officials to proceed with plans to put the condemned killer to death.

Second man charged in shooting of judge near Chicago home

A second person has been charged in connection with the death of Cook County Circuit Court judge who was gunned down outside his home.

Chicago police announced today that first-degree murder charges have been filed against Earl Wilson in the fatal shooting of Judge Raymond Myles earlier this month.

Today's forecast

The weather outlook for today calls for a morning shower or two along with cloudy and cooler conditions. The high will be about 50 degrees, the low about 38.

Venezuela says it's renouncing membership in OAS

Venezuela's government says it will begin withdrawing from the Organization of American States, in reaction to growing international pressure on the socialist-run South American nation.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez says President Nicolas Maduro will send a letter Thursday to the Washington-based OAS renouncing its membership in the hemispheric body.

Delaware state trooper fatally shot

A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store today and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said.

The trooper was shot multiple times and died at a hospital, state police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen said at a news conference.

Ammonia spill closes highway 45 and KR

An ammonia spill on Highway KR at Highway 45 has caused road closures during cleanup. The spill of anhydrous ammonia was reported about 11:30 a.m. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports Highway 45 will be closed between highways 142 and 11 during clean-up.

Residents in the area are urged to stay inside and keep windows closed.

Today's forecast: Showers, thunderstorm

Showers and a heavier thunderstorm. High: 71; low: 43.

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Venezuela threatens to withdraw from OAS

Venezuela's government is threatening to withdraw from the Organization of American States over what it sees as attempts by foreign governments to meddle in its affairs by taking sides in political unrest that has worsened in recent weeks.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez told state TV that she has been instructed by President Nicolas Maduro to initiate Venezuela's withdrawal from the Washington-based OAS if the region's foreign ministers hold a meeting on the crisis without his government's backing.

Suspect convicted in 2010 killing of off-duty Chicago officer

A man accused of luring an off-duty Chicago police officer to a South Side alley and shooting him to death in 2010 was found guilty today of first-degree murder.

It took a Cook County jury four hours of deliberations to find Bernard Williams guilty of murder in the death of Officer David Blake. The jury also convicted Williams, 25, of armed robbery.

Judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city funding

A federal judge today blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling in a lawsuit against the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit works its way through court.

State Legislature set to give wells bill final approval

A bill relaxing high-capacity well regulations in Wisconsin is scheduled for final legislative approval next week.

The state Assembly announced today that it plans to vote on the bill May 2. It would then go to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration. The Senate passed the bill earlier this month.

Stabbing update: Bradford students released at 10:30 a.m.

Kenosha Unified dismissed all Bradford High School students at 10:30 a.m. after a student was stabbed and critically wounded in a classroom this morning; a suspect was taken into custody almost immediately.

The stabbing was reported about 8:30 a.m., with dispatchers reporting at the same time that a suspect was in custody at the school, already handcuffed and detained by the resource officer stationed at the school. The suspect is another student.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy, was transported to Kenosha Medical Center. His family was notified and met the ambulance at the hospital.


Update: Stabbing victim transported to Kenosha Medical Center

The victim of Tuesday morning's stabbing at Bradford High School is a 16-year-old boy. He has been transported Kenosha Medical Center with a chest wound. According to the police scanner, the boy's family has been notified and were meeting him at the hospital.

Breaking: Student stabbed at Bradford

A student has been stabbed outside of Bradford High School this morning.

According to police scanner traffic the victim has a chest wound, is unconscious but breathing. A Flight for Life landing zone is being set up at UAW Local 72 hall.

A suspect is in custody. The school has been placed on lockdown.

Today's forecast: A breezy afternoon

Periods of sun; breezy this afternoon. High: 68; low: 55.

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Supreme Court lets Arkansas executions proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an execution stay for inmate Marcel Williams, which will allow Arkansas to put to death two inmates in a single night.

Justices rejected Williams' request for a stay tonight.

Senate confirms Perdue as agriculture secretary

The Senate today confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed a Trump nominee after razor-thin outcomes for his choices earlier this year. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" but presided over the vote and announced the final tally.

GOP Legislature calls redistricting ruling ‘dangerous'

Attorneys for the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature argue in a new legal filing that a court ruling striking down GOP-drawn legislative boundaries in the state is "dangerously" wrong.

The filing was made today, the deadline for groups with an interest in the case to present their legal arguments. Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is appealing a ruling by a three-judge panel last year that the current maps are unconstitutional.

Today's forecast: Partly sunny

Partly sunny with a high of 64 degrees and a low of 47.

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Madison pizzeria robbed twice in 1 week

MADISON (AP) - A Madison pizzeria was targeted by an armed robber for the second time in a week.

Two men reportedly entered Rosati's Pizza Saturday morning and demanded money. Police say one of the men was armed with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The men ran from the restaurant without getting any money.

The same restaurant was robbed at gunpoint shortly before noon Tuesday. The suspect in that incident was also described as using an assault-type rifle. An employee gave the man about $50 before the suspect fled.

There were no injuries in either incident.

Illinois Dems aim high with minimum wage bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that he opposes an increase of any kind.

The proposal would lift the state's minimum wage from its current $8.25 to $15 over the next five years, a more accelerated leap than previous adjustments in Illinois.

Sponsors of the legislation acknowledge Rauner's opposition but have signaled they want to force him to act on the measure ahead of next year's gubernatorial election, in which he already faces half a dozen Democratic challengers.

Rauner told the audience at a business forum on April 13 that requiring employers to raise pay is out of the question.

"That's not gonna happen," Rauner said. "Companies will just leave."

Democrats say they have considerable support for the $15-per-hour measure in the House, and expect a floor vote in May. The Senate is also considering two minimum wage bills, one similar to Guzzardi's and a less ambitious one that would raise the wage to $11 by 2021.

Racine man's widow wants Wal-Mart to ban hollow-point bullets

RACINE (AP) - A southeast Wisconsin woman whose husband was killed while delivering food wants to pursue a ban on the hollow-point bullets that police say contributed to his death.

James Norris was gunned down in March 2016 while delivering food in Racine. Twenty-eight-year-old Alex Adams is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and armed robbery in the incident.

Authorities said a surveillance video from a Wal-Mart in Mount Pleasant shows Adams buying the hollow-point ammunition used in the crime.

Norris' widow, Stacy Blevins, said she wants Wal-Mart to stop selling the ammunition or do background checks for buyers.

"The guy bought the ammunition from Wal-Mart that killed him," Blevins said. "You don't buy hollow-point bullets unless you meant to kill him."

Charles Crowson, a spokesman for the Arkansas-based retailer, said hollow-point bullets will continue to be sold.

Today's forecast: Warmer

Mostly sunny and warmer today. High 66, low 38

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Congress could return to a shutdown showdown

Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall.

Trump's GOP allies control Congress, but they've been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark on April 29 - the very day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down.

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

Water infrastructure problems loom in state

A new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers says Wisconsin will have $7 billion in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs in the next 20 years.

Wisconsin Public Radio reported the state is already facing water problems, such as the pollution of nearly one-third of private wells in Kewaunee County and the possible contamination of nearly 2,000 La Crosse County wells.

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

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