It's Wednesday, July 30 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies this morning with temperatures in the 50s and low 60s. High temperatures will be near 80 this afternoon with a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm. Full forecast
1. DAIS DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, DAIS, officially opens its brand new facility today. It spans 36,000 square feet, has 56 beds, a large kitchen and space for children, adults even pets. The big difference is the organization's visibility. Unlike the original shelter, DAIS workers haven't been shy about sharing the location, mostly in part because of a tight security system.
2. MADISON PUBLIC MARKET
A Madison public market is a step closer to reality. The city's local food committee decided on East Washington Avenue at First Street. A consultant pushed the site as the best option for its proximity to downtown, access to buses and bike paths, and its ability to pull in revenue. More on this story
3. KAYDEN POWELL KIDNAPPING
The prosecution is expected to rest its case today in the trial for Kristen Smith. She's being tried on federal kidnapping charges in connection with the Feb. 6 disappearance of Kayden Powell in Beloit. On Tuesday, the EMT who removed Kayden from the tote said she was amazed the days-old baby was doing so well. More on this story
4. EARLY VOTING
Early election voting is underway across Wisconsin. This is the first election since the legislature put limits on the in-person absentee voting, which now limits when early voting can take place. Absentee voting is allowed two weeks before an election, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. More on this story
5. CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE
Tonight is your last chance to go to Concerts on the Square this season, and there's going to be more than just music. Internationally renowned artist Danielle Roney will turn the state Capitol into a work of art. After the orchestra plays tonight, a U2 tribute band is performing. During that time, Roney will present a projection art program literally on the Capitol building right above the performers. It will start around 9 p.m. and should last about 30 minutes.
In national news...
1. EBOLA DOCTOR DEATH
"RIP Dr. Khan": A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan fell ill early last week while overseeing Ebola treatment at a government hospital. This disease typically kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60% because of early treatment. The outbreak is happening primarily in three West African countries: Guinea, where it began, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More on this story
2. MIDEAST CRISIS
No truce: There's lots of finger pointing in the Middle East where Hamas and Israel are blaming one another for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people dead. The latest efforts to broker a deal to end the violence failed yesterday, with Hamas rejecting a cease-fire proposal put forward by the Palestinian Authority that called for a 24-hour truce that could be extended to 72 hours. Hamas maintains that any deal must include an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israel says any truce must protect it against tunnels used by Palestinian militants in Gaza to make their way into Israel. More on this story
3. UKRAINE – AIRLINER CRASH SITE
Dangerous area: Nearly two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile, the Dutch investigators in charge of finding out what happened still can't get to the crash site. Pro-Russian rebels control the area of eastern Ukraine where the Boeing 777 went down on July 17. They gave Malaysian officials the plane's "black boxes" on July 22. The rebels have also handed over some human remains from the site. As of Monday, 227 coffins had been sent to the Netherlands. There were 298 people on board when the plane crashed. More on this story
4. RUSSIA SANCTIONS
Upping the ante: The U.S. and European Union have unleashed a new round of sanctions on Moscow. The move targets Russia's state-owned banks, weapons makers and oil companies, along with top cronies of President Vladimir Putin. The idea is to punish Russia for arming pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, and it's suspected role in providing the surface-to-air missile that's believed to have brought down the Malaysia Airlines jet in the conflict zone. More on this story
5. VETERANS AFFAIRS AUDIT
Hide the truth: A new internal Veterans Affairs audit shows about half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment. Schedulers said supervisors directed them to manipulate information so their centers could meet performance goals, which would help top officials get bonuses, according to documents obtained by CNN. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned over the scandal in May. More on this story