It's Thursday, Aug. 21 and here is your day ahead:

In local news...

WEATHER: Today will be warm and humid, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid-80s. Full forecast 

1. GAY MARRIAGE PETITIONS

More than 3,000 petitions are being delivered to Attorney General JB Van Hollen asking him to stop defending the state's gay marriage ban in court. Several gay and lesbian families and supporters plan to gather at the Capitol square this afternoon. The gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional in June. An appeals court is set to hear the case next Tuesday.

2. UW BOARD OF REGENTS

The UW Board of Regents will meet today to vote on whether it will ask Gov. Scott Walker for more tax dollars. The UW system is hoping the state will add another $95 million to the next state budget after a tuition freeze passed this session. Officials say they need the funds for the new talent development initiative, which was started to create science and technology jobs, boost graduation numbers and place more students in internships.

3. OIL PIPELINE

Keystone pipeline There's a possibility of a pipeline in Wisconsin. If a Canadian pipeline company gets its way, by 2016 some of its oil could be flowing through much of our back yard. That means already preparing for an oil spill. It would start in Tioga, North Dakota and end in the northern Wisconsin town of Superior. A pipeline network would also touch parts of the entire state, including Columbia, Dane, Jefferson and Rock counties. An emergency management spokesperson says her department is always practicing with live drills for emergencies, like an oil spill. Not because of the proposal, but in case any chemical disaster strikes. More on this story

4. RAW MILK CHEESE 

The cheese with a cult following is a casualty of possible rule changes by the FDA. Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville makes two styles of raw milk cheese. Pleasant Ridge Reserve is aged for months, but cheesemaker Andy Hatch says he won't make Rush Creek Reserve because of concerns over how the FDA may change raw milk cheese regulations. More on this story

In national news...

1. JOURNALIST BEHEADING

Failed mission:

James Foley Earlier this summer, Special Ops units flew into Syria on a mission to rescue American journalist James Foley and others. But when they reached the target location, no one was there. That's the latest revelation about Foley's finals days in the hands of ISIS, which taunted his family in an e-mail a week ago, saying he would be killed. That's what ISIS did, in a gruesome videotaped beheading. More on this story

2. FERGUSON PROTESTS

Two months:

Ferguson protests It looks like it might be that long before a local grand jury decides whether to bring charges in the death of Michael Brown. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch began presenting the case yesterday. The same day, the crowds were smaller and calmer in Ferguson - a departure from the confrontations between police and protesters the last couple of nights. More on this story

3. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Not yet:

In Virginia, residents voted to ban same-sex marriage. An appeals court struck down that ban last month and said the state should start providing marriage licenses to gay couples. Yesterday, the Supreme Court stepped in and issued an order that effectively said: No, gay and lesbian couples can't legally wed in the state for now. More on this story

4. EBOLA OUTBREAK

Heading home:

Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa while helping fight its largest outbreak in recorded history, will be released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital today. Emory will also have information on fellow missionary Nancy Writebol. More on this story

5. AIR TRAVEL