I'm a GIS n00b. I have some LinearRings in a KML file that give the areas for a bunch of different regions. And then I (will) have some lat lons that I want to test to see if they're in any of the (about 8) different regions that I have LinearRings for. I want to use python and shapely looks like it's a good fit, but it doesn't deal with kml data at all. Is there a standard way to do things like load KML that I can then import into shapely? I'm having trouble putting all the pieces together.
Once you've found the elements that contain the point, you can use the xml module's etree API to inspect them further.