It's Thursday, June 26 and here is your day ahead:

In local news...

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy skies will turn partly sunny by this afternoon. It will be less humid with highs near 80. There is still a chance for a few showers or thunderstorms, mainly southwest of Dane County.  Full forecast 


Lina's Law: 

New changes to the rafting industry following the death of 20-year-old Lina Vergara two years ago. Her family was the driving force behind the changes. Vergara drowned while rafting on the Wolf River after her life jacket popped off and she fell in. The changes only apply to people who rent equipment from outfitters along northern Wisconsin's Wolf River. They require outfitters to provide helmets and for rafters to always wear them. Anyone 16 and under is required to wear a life jacket at all times. Full story

2. 911 CENTER

Possible lawsuit:

The Dane County Board is expected to vote today on a new, five year contract for the 911 center's director, John Dejung. Meanwhile, both Dejung and the 911 center are mentioned in a possible lawsuit. Chris Williams died in a fire last fall, and it took nearly four minutes for first responders to be dispatched. His family says they could sue and they're looking for a quarter million dollars in damages. Full story


The National Weather Service today will be looking into a report of a tornado in Green County. The report said it touched down yesterday for about one minute near Albany. A storm rolled through bringing quarter-sized hail and high winds. Full story


180-degree change:

After announcing that water bottles would not be allowed at the upcoming Rhythm and Booms event on Saturday, organizers are providing a free option. Madison Festivals has agreed to let Madison Water Utility's Water Wagon into the event. You are now allowed to bring your own water bottles and use the wagon to fill them up for free. Full story

In national news...



US Portugal I believe The U.S. soccer team takes on Germany today at noon ET in the World Cup. This is a game with plenty of intriguing story lines: David against Goliath. Master against apprentice. Determination against precision. The U.S. soccer team absolutely cannot afford to lose this "massive" game as U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann describes it. And to prove his point, he has a note for your boss if you need the day off. Full story


Blurred borders:

Syrian warplanes attacked Iraqi towns this week, reports say, further evidence of the blurred borders between the two countries as they battle Islamic extremists. The reports are a reminder that the unrest in both nations could trigger dangerous ripple effects. Full story


Tragic accident or horrific crime?:

Justin Harris toddler hot car death Depends on whom you ask. Justin Ross Harris, whose toddler died after he left him in the car on a scorching Georgia day, has pleaded not guilty to felony murder and child cruelty charges. He is scheduled to appear before a county judge July 3. Police say it's a crime, but his supporters say not so fast. Some have started an online petition asking for his charges to be dropped. Full story


Struck down:

In a significant first, a U.S. appeals court in Utah struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage, creating greater political and legal momentum for the Supreme Court to decide whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to wed. Full story

5. MH370

Search moves south:

The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is moving farther south in the southern Indian Ocean, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said today. He described the next phase of the hunt for the missing plane as a "very challenging and complex operation." Full story