It's Wednesday, July 16 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: Temperatures should rebound nicely today making it a perfect evening for concerts on the square. Madison set a new record yesterday at 67 degrees for the coldest high temperature. High today around 73. Full forecast
1. VERONA ROAD PROJECT
Tonight's the big night. Traffic crews will be switching lanes at 8 p.m. along Verona Road as they start the next phase of the project. All traffic between the Beltline and Raymond Road will shift into the northbound lanes. Work begins at 8 p.m. and is expected to continue into Thursday morning's rush hour. State troopers are warning folks to slow down and be patient with the change. Traffic officials recommended taking a different way to work, if possible. Full story
2. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILL
If you hear what sounds like a bomb go off near downtown tomorrow, know that it's just a drill. UW's Emergency Management Team is preparing for a real-life simulation of an emergency at Camp Randall. A fake bomb will go off at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Neighbors can expect to see emergency vehicles responding with lights and sirens, smoke and even actors dress as injured victims. The drill is also closing the 1400 block of Monroe Street, from Randall to Regent streets - from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES REPORT
A newly released state report shows Child Protective Services in two counties investigated potential abuse twice before Brayden Turnbill, 5, was beaten to death in Sun Prairie last year. Dakota Black is behind bars and will stand trial in November on homicide charges. Full story
4. GANG GUNFIRE KILLS INNOCENT MAN
Wil Lewis was standing at a Chicago bus stop last weekend, when he was shot and killed by gang gunfire. The photographer from Wisconsin had just moved with his family to Chicago. A man is in custody for the shooting. A memorial fund has been set up in Lewis' honor. Full story
5. EX-PACKER IN COURT
Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper, who is facing sexual assault allegations in several states, is returning to court in California. Sharper is scheduled to appear Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, where he's charged with drugging and raping two women last year after meeting them at a West Hollywood nightclub. Full story
In national news...
1. MIDEAST CRISIS
No cease-fire agreement: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Egypt today to meet with the President to discuss another possible cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Yesterday's didn't last very long. About 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. So far, no Israelis have died in the barrage of rockets from the Palestinian territory. Full story
2. WHITE HOUSE-ISSA STANDOFF
Subpoena snub: House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and the White House are at loggerheads over a presidential adviser. Issa's committee subpoenaed David Simas to testify about his duties as the White House director of political strategy. They want see if he's in violation of the Hatch Act, which bars most federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities. The White House says Simas won't be there. Full story
3. HOT CAR MOM
Media focus: The attorney for Leanna Harris, the mother of the 22-month-old toddler who died in a hot car near Atlanta last month, compares his client to Olympic park bombing suspect Richard Jewell. Jewell was hounded in the aftermath of the bombing, but was later vindicated. Police say her husband, Justin Ross Harris, left Cooper strapped into a car seat in his SUV for seven hours while he went to work on June 18. Harris has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and child cruelty. He remains in jail. Leanna Harris has not been charged. Full story
Protests: In Washington, the battles over immigration are being fought on Capitol Hill. But in the rest of the country, they're being waged on Main Street. Oracle, Texas, is the latest flashpoint, pitting those with open arms for immigrants against those who want them deported. There's no quick solution to the problem. Full story
Jose Vargas: Immigrant rights activist and filmmaker Jose Vargas was detained yesterday in McAllen, Texas. He was on his way way to board a flight from Houston to Los Angeles. Vargas was released and told to report to an immigration judge. He has been living the United States without documentation since 1993. Full story
5. CHENEY ON OBAMA
Don't do that: Former Vice President Dick Cheney may not like President Barack Obama, but doesn't see the need to impeach him either. In a CNN interview, he said calls by conservative Republicans to do just that are a distraction. However, he is fine with the GOP suing the President over what they see as his use of executive orders to bypass Congress and implement policy. Full story