What you need to know: Tuesday
It’s Tuesday, Dec. 30 and here is your day ahead:
In local news…
WEATHER: Today will be mostly sunny and quite cold with high temperatures only reaching the lower to middle teens. Wind chills will be as cold as 0 to -10 through the day. Full forecast
1. GUN VIOLENCE
Rash of shootings: Police from multiple jurisdictions are working to identify individuals involved in a rash of recent gun violence. Over the course of four days, starting on Christmas Day, police in Madison and Fitchburg have responded to 10 reports of shots fired. Police believe the incidents are being sparked by a dispute between gang members. More on this story
2. DANGEROUS TRAFFIC STOP
Arrest made: The driver of a vehicle that dragged a state trooper while fleeing a traffic stop in Jefferson County Friday night has been arrested. John C. Dotson was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail on Monday on a parole violation and will face felony charges in Jefferson County for the traffic stop incident. More on this story
3. RECORDS RELEASE
MKE County to release John Doe papers: Milwaukee County officials are planning to release more than 227,000 pages of emails and other documents related to a probe of Gov. Scott Walker’s aides and associates when he was county executive. The release is the fifth such release of information prosecutors seized from county and personal computers during the investigation that ended in 2013. More on this story
4. CHEF SHORTAGE
Madison restaurants struggle: As Madison’s reputation as a food destination grows, so does its apparent lack of chefs. The Wisconsin Restaurant Association has started a program called ProStart, which works with about 100 high schools across Wisconsin to introduce students to careers within the food industry. More on this story
5. GOOD LUCK BEARD
Beard-tugging superstition: Did a lucky beard lead the Green Bay Packers to a divisional championship? Some players apparently think so! Quarterback Aaron Rodgers began the tradition of tugging Jeremy Wilcox’s beard for luck before a game. After that, the team captain performed the ritual before each kickoff this season. Wilcox works with Sideline Communications for the Packers. More on this story
In national news…
1. Heartbreaking news: After three days of intense searching, Indonesian officials say they think they’ve found debris from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 off the coast of Borneo. Objects spotted in the sea are “95% likely” to be from the plane that went missing Sunday with 162 people on board, the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said Tuesday.
HOUSE OF HORRORS
2. Ghastly discovery: A Massachusetts mother whose infants were found dead amid squalid conditions pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder. Erika Murray, 31, also faces charges with neglect, abuse, reckless endangerment, concealing a fetal death and even animal cruelty. Police officers had to wear hazmat suits to retrieve the bodies of three infants found in September, amid what police described as filth and squalor at Murray’s house.
3. FERRY FIRE
Rescues and deaths: More than a day after a ferry caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, all surviving passengers are off the boat. But 10 people died in the ordeal, the Italian coast guard said. Now, an investigation is under way as to how the ferry carrying more than 400 people went ablaze.
Now Scotland, too: Health officials in Glasgow, Scotland, have confirmed a case of Ebola there. The patient is a health care worker who was helping fight the disease in West Africa and returned from Sierra Leone late Sunday night. “All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored,” a Scottish health agency said.
5. BUSH HOSPITALIZED
Just in case: Former President George H.W. Bush’s breathing “has returned to normal,” but he remains hospitalized pending approval to go home, an aide said. Bush, 90, was taken to the hospital one week ago as a precautionary measure after experiencing shortness of breath.