It's Wednesday, Aug. 27 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: A few sprinkles or light showers early this morning, otherwise expect quite a few clouds throughout the day. Highs will be in the middle to upper 70s this afternoon. Full forecast
1. MOVE IN DAYS
The UW campus will be buzzing today as this year's students begin moving into their dorms. More than 7,400 students are hauling their belongings into their new homes over the next two days. Housing officials warn traffic will be heavy around the dorms and drivers should expect delays or avoid the area if possible. Maps for parking and unloading areas are available on the University's housing website.
2. CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Campus police are kicking off their "Tell Us" campaign to offer more resources to sexual assault victims. This comes after two sexual assaults near the UW campus within days. Both took place just blocks from one another, one on Park Street, the other on Fahrenbook Court. Marcus Boone, 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault in one case. Police are still looking for a suspect in the other. More on this story
3. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
The arguments are in over Wisconsin's same-sex marriage case. Now, both sides await a ruling from the federal appeals court. Three judges listened to the 30-minute arguments in Chicago. Wisconsin and Indiana are combining their appeals on rulings that struck down each state's ban on gay marriage. It's not clear when the appeals court will rule. It's likely this issue is headed to the US Supreme Court in its next term. More on this story
4. FITCHBURG DOUBLE HOMICIDE
Andy Steele could be officially charged in two homicides this Friday The former Dane County deputy is now in the Rock County jail, after getting booked in Dane County Tuesday. Fitchburg police say he is in Rock County, since it was necessary to separate him from former co-workers and any inmates he may have known. Steele is accused of shooting his wife and sister-in-law. Their uncle says Steele will make his first court appearance Friday. More on this story
5. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
A report from the Madison School District shows about a third of black students were chronically absent last school year. The study also shows 36 percent of the district's African-American students' attendance rate is lower than 90 percent. School officials say this further emphasizes the importance of school attendance, especially if the district wants to close the achievement gap for students of color. More on this story
In national news...
1. AMERICANS FIGHTING FOR ISIS
American Douglas McAuthur McCain died over the weekend, fighting for the Islamist group ISIS in Syria. The news shocked many in the United States, but State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says "Dozens of Americans, perhaps up to 100," are among those who have tried to join various militant groups there. The developments come as Washington is weighing its options and may expand its airstrikes against ISIS from Iraq to Syria. More on this story
2. MIDEAST CEASEFIRE
Truce and talks:
After more than seven weeks of heavy fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to an open-ended ceasefire. The truce announced yesterday puts off dealing with core long-term issues on both sides of a bitter conflict that has killed around 2,200 people. But Israel agreed to ease the blockade on Gaza, open border crossings for more aid to pass through and extend the fishing limit off the coast to 6 miles, according to a senior Egyptian government official. Both sides agreed to return to Cairo for further Egyptian-mediated talks, the official said. More on this story
3. MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING
Could a newly released audio recording provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown's shooting death? The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police on August 9, the man's attorney told CNN. In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots. It's difficult to prove from the audio why the pause took place or which narrative of events it supports. There are conflicting stories of what happened that day. More on this story
4. BURGER KING
Dollars to doughnuts: