It's Wednesday, June 18 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today, some may be severe as well as produce heavy rainfall. It will be warm and humid with highs in the middle 80s. Full forecast
1. SEVERE STORM DAMAGE
Clean up from yesterday's severe weather damage will continue across southern Wisconsin this morning. The National Weather Service confirms six tornadoes hit the area late Monday and early Tuesday. A state of emergency has been declared in Dane County.
One of the hardest-hit areas was Verona. An EF3 tornado touched down in the northwest part with wind speeds estimated at 140 mph. 19 homes have been deemed too dangerous to live in. The Country View Elementary School was also badly damaged. Full story
An EF2 tornado hit Madison's west side. It touched down on Friar Lane and went to Schroeder Road with winds estimated at 120 mph. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin estimates the storm did between $7 million to $10 million in damage. Full story
The UW-Platteville campus will remain closed today. Several buildings on campus were damaged after two tornadoes hit the area. 12 homes were also destroyed. Volunteers are needed to help with clean up this morning. Those interested can go to the Platteville High School by 9 a.m. Full story
Fixing Storm Damage:
Consumer advocates are encouraging storm victims to take their time and do their research before committing to a contractor to fix their homes. The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau has some advice for those needing work done. Full story
Viewers from across the area sent in photos of severe damage. Check out our photo gallery. You can share your photos through our mobile apps or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. MADISON VS. WISCONSIN
The city of Madison wants to file a lawsuit against the state. It's over a policy change by the state that now has police officers driving two and half hours to Winnebago Mental Health since Mendota does not accept emergency detentions anymore. Mayor Soglin introduced a resolution at last night's city council meeting, to get authorization to sue Wisconsin. The council will take it up at its next meeting and if granted, the city attorney will file the lawsuit in district court. Full story
3. GEF1 UPDATE
Employees displaced after the GEF1 building caught fire last month will possibly get to return to their building in about two months. The fourth floor was turned over to the Department of Administration to assess the damage. Officials say the timeline to clean up the building is tentative, but hope to get their employees back into the building by early August. Full story
In national news...
1. BENGHAZI SUSPECT
Captured: Terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah is on a slow boat to the United States. That way he gets plenty of quality time with the FBI-led High Value Detainee Interrogation Group. They'll have a few questions for the man accused of being one of the alleged masterminds behind the deadly September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Full story
2. IRAQ CRISIS
Under pressure: These are critical times for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki. Islamic militants are on the march and they're threatening to take Baquba, a city just 40 miles north of the capital. If government forces can't hold the city, the consequences could be dire for Baghdad. Full story
3. HILLARY CLINTON
Town hall meeting: Hillary Clinton rolled along on her book tour last night, stopping for an hour to answer questions from CNN's Christiane Amanpour and a studio audience. Sounding a lot like a politician, the former first lady and secretary of state said she was not going to be rushed into deciding on whether to run for president. Clinton also talked about things like gun control, Benghazi, immigration and marijuana. Full story
Three in 24 hours: A Georgia man became the first inmate in the United States to be put to death since the botched execution of an Oklahoma man in April. Marcus A. Wellons was executed by lethal injection just before midnight. Wellons' execution was one of three scheduled in less than 24 hours. John Winfield was put to death about an hour later in Missouri. John Ruthell Henry is scheduled to be executed later today in Florida. Full story
5. AMAZON SMARTPHONE
Bezos debut: Are you breathless yet? Amazon wants you to be after releasing a video, pimping a new product that's slated to be unveiled today near its Seattle headquarters. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will handle the honors. According to industry analysts and leaks in the tech press, Amazon has been developing a smartphone with a screen that displays 3-D images without the need to wear special glasses. Full story