It's Monday, July 28 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: Today will be very pleasant, but a bit cooler. Skies will be mostly sunny and high temperatures will be in the middle 70s Full forecast
1. HIGHWAY PD CONSTRUCTION
Construction begins on Highway PD in Fitchburg today. The project includes removing and replacing a six-inch layer of existing asphalt pavement from South Seminole Highway to Fish Hatchery Road. The construction will take place in two phases, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. Signs throughout the two miles will help direct drivers to alternate routes. More on this story
2. KAYDEN POWELL KIDNAPPING
Jury selection begins in the federal trial for the woman charged with kidnapping her newborn nephew. Kristen Smith pleaded not guilty to kidnapping charges back in February. She's accused of taking then five-day-old Kayden Powell from a home in Beloit. He was found the next morning inside a container outside an Iowa gas station in below-zero temperatures. More on this story
3. ROAD SAFETY CONCERNS
A Rock County board supervisor plans to highlight road safety concerns at a council meeting tonight. He has more than 140 signatures and complaints from Janesville residents regarding a section of W. Avalon Road. That stretch has apparently been a safety concern for some time. The biggest safety hazard is a school bus stop, where apparently several children have been almost been hit by cars traveling at fast speeds down the roadway.
4. EAA AIRVENTURE
Aviation enthusiasts are taking over Oshkosh this week. The EAA Airventure Show starts today and runs through Sunday. The annual event brings in hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. A special meet and greet will help kick things off today. Amelia Earhart plans to talk about her recent flight around the world. The TV reporter from Colorado completed the symbolic flight earlier this month. She did it in honor of her namesake who died during a similar attempt in 1937. More on this story
5. HAPPY AND HEALTHY CITIES
A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country. Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities, looking at things like access to green space, number of farmers' markets, healthy eating and crime stats. Madison was eighth on the list with the best scores in low crime rates and affordable, fresh produce. Ahead of Madison was San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, The Twin Cities, Salt Lake City and San Jose. More on this story
In national news...
1. LIGHTNING STRIKE
A sunny day at California's famed Venice Beach took a dark turn Sunday when one person died and a dozen others were injured after a rare lightning strike. A man found at the beach was declared dead at a hospital yesterday, but the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy, authorities said. More on this story
2. UKRAINE CRISIS
MH17 crash site:
Uncertainty hangs over an international effort to retrieve human remains from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine. A team of Dutch and Australian officials was meant to visit the fields strewn with wreckage yesterday, but violence prevented them from getting near. More on this story
3. MIDEAST CONFLICT
More calls for a cease-fire:
With more than 1,000 people killed in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York early Monday and called for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in Gaza. More on this story
4. EBOLA OUTBREAK