It's Monday, August 18 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: Areas of dense fog early this morning, otherwise mostly cloudy, warm and humid today with showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon or evening. Highs will be near 80. Full forecast
1. HIGHWAY 51 CONSTRUCTION
Construction begins on highway 51 today. Stoughton Road will go through pavement repairs at its Pflaum and Buckeye Road intersections. The whole project should be finished by mid-October. More on this story
2. MEDICAID EXPANSION REPORT
A new report says Wisconsin would have saved more than $200 million if Gov. Walker had taken up the proposed expansion to medicaid coverage under the new federal health care law. A legislative fiscal bureau memo shows that a full expansion would have saved the state up to $350 million over the next biennium. Under the law, the federal government would have paid the entire cost of expanding medicaid to cover everyone earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level through 2016. Walker instead extended coverage to adults at or below the poverty level. An enrollment cap previously excluded some of those adults from the program. More on this story
3. SUITCASE DEATHS
A former police officer accused of killing two women and hiding their remains in a pair of suitcases is due back in a Kenosha County courtroom. Steven Zelich is expected to enter a plea Monday to charges of first-degree homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon. A criminal complaint says the 52-year-old former West Allis officer killed the 19-year-old college student during a sexual choking game and then hid her body in his home and car for months before dumping it in Walworth County in early June.
4. GIRAFFE ASSAULT
Amanda Hall from California is nursing bruises this morning after climbing into the giraffe enclosure at the Henry Vilas Zoo this weekend. Police say she climbed over a fence and a giraffe named Wally gave her lick and then turned around and kicked her in the face. She only had minor injures, but was fined $680. She told police she climbed in because she loves giraffes. More on this story
5. UW BADGERS
How would you like to go to Camp Randall and watch the Badgers, for free? The team has last its last scrimmage today at 3:25 p.m. and it's open to the public. Wisconsin is ranked 14 in the lastest AP Top 25.
In national news...
Autopsy results released:
A preliminary autopsy revealed that Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a family attorney said. The independent autopsy was requested by his family. A police officer fatally shot the 18-year-old, sparking protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where he was visiting relatives.
Battle for Mosul Dam:
Kurdish forces fired mortars and explosives at extremist militants yesterday as the battle to retake a strategic dam in northern Iraq raged on. The forces face a daunting challenge: Seize the strategic dam from extremist militants without damaging it. U.S. warplanes have joined the effort targeting the ISIS militant group, which calls itself the Islamic State.
Ukraine says its forces have made advances against pro-Russian rebels in the southeastern part of the country. Ukrainian forces regained control of the strategic town of Yasynuvata in Donetsk, and also made gains in Luhansk, authorities said. But the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is still unsafe as fighting rages nearby.
Another cease-fire ending: