It's Wednesday, July 23 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: It will be mostly sunny, cooler, and less humid today with highs in the upper 70s. Full forecast
1. BLACK EARTH MEATS
Black Earth Meats is closing its doors after seven years in business, and 22 employees will lose their jobs. The company specializes in organic, locally-grown meat, and provides meat to dozens of area restaurants. Complaints from village residents about excessive animal noise and blood in the street prompted officials to push the slaughterhouse out. More on this story
2. MIDEAST CRISIS
Close call: A number of the world's leading airlines have suspended flights to Israel's main airport after a rocket fired from Gaza struck about a mile from its runways. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered U.S. airlines to stop flying to or from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport for at least 24 hours, and the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a warning to its airlines to stop their flights. More on this story
Two Wisconsin women have experienced first-hand the violence in the Middle East. Alexandra Zimmern chose to spend her summer studying Jewish texts in Jerusalem. Sirens have sounded three times since she arrived. When she hears that noise, she has 90 seconds to take cover. Deborah Martin, cantor at Beth El Temple in Madison, returned to the States Monday after touring Israel and visiting with sister congregations. More on this story
3. TERRANCE DOTTY
A man already accused of killing a man in Winnebago County, Illinois, is charged in a second northern Illinois killing. Prosecutors in Illinois' Lee County on Tuesday filed 12 murder counts against 36-year-old Terence Doddy, of Rockford, in the July 1 death of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman. More on this story
It's a sure sign football season is almost here. Thousands of Green Bay Packers owners will attend the annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field Thursday. It's a tradition that's held just before training camp begins - the team's first practice is Saturday. The shareholders have no voting rights. The Packers are the only publicly owned team in the NFL.
In national news...
1. UKRAINE – MALAYSIA AIRLINES
Remembering the victims: Today is a national day of mourning in the Netherlands for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The first bodies were on their way from the Ukraine to the Netherlands where the jetliner originated.
Did a Russian fire the missile that brought down MH17? That depends on who you ask. A top Ukrainian official says he has no doubt. U.S. officials say pro-Russian rebels were responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they now believe it's likely the rebels didn't know the plane was a commercial airliner when they opened fire, U.S. intelligence officials said yesterday. More on this story
2. OBAMACARE RULINGS
Mixed bag: Two appeals courts made opposite rulings on Obamacare yesterday. First, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit court of appeals ruled against a key component of the law - the federal subsidies for millions of people who signed up for health coverage. The 2-1 decision created a legal path for a possible Supreme Court case that could essentially gut the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which passed with zero GOP votes. A few hours later, all three judges on a 4th Circuit panel in Virginia decided the opposite by declaring the subsidies legal and proper. The attorneys are earning their money on these cases. More on this story
3. FRUIT RECALL
Not all peaches 'n cream: Listen up if you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger, Walmart or Sam's Club recently. Peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at Wawona Packing Co. warehouses in Cutler, California, between June 1 and July 12 are being recalled. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause Listeriosis. The most common symptoms are gastrointestinal issues (like diarrhea), fever and muscle aches. More on this story
4. IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION
Washington standoff: Prospects for passage of a plan to address the southern border crisis before Congress leaves for its summer recess were in doubt yesterday as Republican congressional leaders blasted President Barack Obama for not engaging them and the top Senate Democrat dismissed GOP proposals as “crazy.” Both the House and Senate are working on packages that aren't likely to make headway on the other side of Capitol Hill. More on this story