It's Thursday, July 31 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: Partly sunny skies today with temperatures climbing to the lower 80s. Isolated showers and t-storms are possible this afternoon/evening. Full forecast
1. SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
A big day for the State Supreme Court today, as it upholds Voter ID, Act 10 and the domestic partnership registry. News Three will have team coverage on-air and online.
2. MADISON METRO DISCRIMINATION SUIT
Four Madison Metro employees say there are obvious signs of discrimination in the city-run transit, and they took their complaints to the state. All of them are claiming they were passed over for promotions at Madison Metro for someone with less experience, more connections, and who was white. More on this story
3. KAYDEN POWELL KIDNAPPING
Closing arguments begin today in the trial of Kristen Smith. She is the woman accused of kidnapping a baby, then ditching him outside in sub freezing temperatures. Smith told the jury Wednesday that she had permission to take baby Kayden, and that his parents were planning on moving to Colorado to live with her. Under cross examination, prosecutors pointed out some inconsistencies in her story. Then later, Smith burst into tears, throwing her sweater over her face. More on this story
4. BURNSIDE SENTENCING
The former Lutheran bishop charged in a deadly hit-and-run drunken driving crash will learn his sentence today. In May, Bruce Burnside pleaded guilty to two of the charges against him, including felony second-degree reckless homicide. Burnside hit and killed Maureen Mengelt from Sun Prairie while she was out for an afternoon jog last April. Prosecutors plans to ask for an eight-year prison sentence for Burnside. More on this story
5. PETITION FOR BAPTISMS
Today in Madison, a group of Christians will deliver a petition to Bishop Robert Morlino that urges him to allow all children be baptized despite their parents' sexual orientation. The group will gather at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. They say 20,000 Christians have signed the petition. More on this story
In national news...
No end in sight: It's getting ugly folks and it was ugly before. The more-than-three-week-old conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has left more than 1,300 people dead and even more wounded. Most are civilians. With more than 100 people reportedly killed in yesterday's fighting, the United Nations and the United States demanded more be done to protect them. In some of the latest developments: An airstrike hit an open-air market. An explosion rocked a school-turned-shelter. A booby-trapped tunnel exploded. More on this story
2. EBOLA OUTBREAK
Will it spread?: Hundreds are dead. Many more are infected. Pervasive fear and denial are challenging authorities in west Africa who are trying to assess and address the Ebola crisis. And it's only getting worse, government and humanitarian officials said, as they struggle to corral an outbreak that has already crippled parts of Liberia, Sierre Leone and Guinea. "The matter has reached a crisis point," Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said. And there are fears that it could spread beyond the region and around the world. More on this story
3. HOUSE SUES OBAMA
Better retain a lawyer: It's no surprise - they've been talking about it for weeks - but the House has approved a resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he abused his powers and violated the Constitution. Not a single Democrat voted for it. In general, Republicans believe Obama's executive orders in a number of areas were unlawful because it's the job of Congress to make or change laws. But they're hanging their hat on his handling of the Affordable Care Act, which they feel gives them the best chance of proving their case. More on this story
4. HEALTHCARE.GOV PRICE TAG
Pricy website: All the missteps on the rollout of the Healthcare.Gov website rang up a nice tab. Try $840 million. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, a report by the Government Accountability Office says. The added costs ran into the tens of millions of dollars, the report found. More on this story
5. UKRAINE – MH17 SITE
First-hand look: A CNN crew accomplished what international investigators failed to do over four straight days this week, they made it to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. During their hour stay, they found: flowers and a teddy bear on the ground, the strong smell of jet fuel and the stench of decay. Shrapnel holes are visible in the cockpit's remains. When the plane was shot out of the sky nearly two weeks ago, 298 people were on board. The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels are fighting over control of eastern Ukraine. More on this story