It's Friday, Aug. 29 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: It could be a wet Labor Day weekend for some in the area. There's a chance for rain this morning northwest of Dane County. Warm and humid today with a high in the middle 80s. Full forecast
1. FITCHBURG DOUBLE HOMICIDE
The former Dane County sheriff's deputy accused of killing his wife and sister-in-law is scheduled to make his first court appearance today. Andrew Steele is currently in the Rock County jail in the deaths of Ashlee Steele and Kacee Tollefsbol last Friday at his home in Fitchburg. Ashlee and Kacee will be laid to rest in Minnesota today. More on this story
2. CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION
A longtime former police chief is now at the center of a state justice department investigation. Doug Pettit was Oregon's police chief for 29 years. He retired earlier this summer. Now he's accused of using public, taxpayer resources for a regular private security job at Oregon's union sports club bar. News Three Investigates learned about this from the Village of Oregon board which did its own investigation into the now-former chief. More on this story
3. LABOR DAY GAS PRICES
There's some good news if you're one of the 29 million Americans expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend. Gasoline prices will be at their lowest levels since 2010. Regular gas will average $3.41 a gallon nationally, that's 18 cents less than last year and 42 cents lower than in 2012's Labor Day weekend. And even better news here in Madison. The average is $3.35 a gallon, down 15 cents from this time last year. According to GasBuddy.com, prices at the pump should continue to drop through early November.
4. UW BADGERS VS. LSU TIGERS
The Badgers are in Houston today preparing for Saturday's big game against LSU. And finally all of the questions will be answered. Will they play both quarterbacks? Who will catch the ball? And will the young defense be able to hang with the Tigers. News Three's Jay Wilson will have reports all day, starting tonight on Live at Five. More on this story
5. MINI BRAT FEST
Don't pack a lunch today. You can buy a brat and help a good cause. Metcalfe's market is sponsoring a Mini Brat Fest in the parking lot of its west side store in Madison. The event is a fundraiser to raise money for the Wisconsin girl who was stabbed 19 times in May by two of her classmates. The fest runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. More on this story
In national news...
No strategy: It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Obama said yesterday. "I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don't have a strategy yet." Obama said he's asked America's top defense officials to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as "a safe haven" for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. More on this story
Balance of power: Up to 1,000 Russian troops have crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels, a U.S. official said yesterday. Intelligence shows Russian forces have moved into southern Ukraine with heavy weapons and are fighting there. NATO provided what it said is evidence: satellite images showing Russian troops engaged in military operations inside Ukraine. Commercial satellite images showed the same thing. A rebel leader said up to 4,000 Russians are fighting in eastern Ukraine, some of them active military. More on this story
3. MICHAEL BROWN AUDIO
The sound of a shooting: A company whose video chat service apparently captured audio of Michael Brown's shooting said yesterday the recording was created at the time the Missouri teenager was killed this month. The revelation appears to bolster a man's claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time a police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on August 9. Police have said Brown was trying to grab the officer's gun. Witnesses say the teen was holding his hands in the air when he was fatally shot. Investigators are determining whether to accuse the officer of wrongdoing; no charges have been filed. The audio may help determine what happened. More on this story
4. JOAN RIVERS
Comedian hospitalized: Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in a New York hospital after apparently suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement last night after arriving at the hospital following a flight from Los Angeles. A law enforcement official told CNN that Rivers stopped breathing during throat surgery. Rivers, 81, was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. More on this story
Crisis grows: The Ebola outbreak "continues to accelerate" in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people, the World Health Organization said yesterday. The total number of cases stands at 3,069, with 40% occurring in the past three weeks. "However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities," the WHO said. The outbreak, the deadliest ever, has been centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a handful of cases in Nigeria. The total number of cases "could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency," the WHO said. More on this story