What you need to know: Wednesday
It’s Wednesday, Feb. 10 and here is your day ahead:
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In local news…
WEATHER: Today will start with variably cloudy skies, but some clearing is expected through the morning. High: 11, Low: -2 Full forecast
1. TONY ROBINSON
Day of remembrance: The family of Tony Robinson is making plans for the one-year anniversary of his death, but there won’t be any official remembrance from Madison city leaders. Madison Alder Marsha Rummel considered naming March 6 Tony Robinson Day in Madison. She later rescinded the resolution after the city’s attorney reminded alders they’re advised not to comment on pending litigation. The city’s currently facing a civil rights lawsuit filed by Robinson’s family, which plays a major part in how – or if – the day will be recognized. Tony’s mom says she’s hoping to turn the anniversary into a civil service day. More on this story
2. POLICE BODY CAMERAS
Addressing concerns: Today in Madison. two Democratic lawmakers are introducing a measure addressing the use of police body cameras. Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee and Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison will announce the Body Camera Transparency and Accountability Act. The act does not require police departments to use body cameras, but does set a standard for their use. The bill addresses concerns of privacy and public records issues.
3. CORONER TRAINING BILL
Public hearing: In Wisconsin a coroner isn’t required to complete any training. But, today a public hearing is scheduled on a bill to change that. The bill is named after Marjorie Sands, who died in 2011. Her death was initially ruled an accident, after the coroner said she fell out of bed. No autopsy was performed, and later a forensic pathologist found evidence of a homicide. Investigators are still looking for a suspect. This bill would mandate that all death investigators in Wisconsin have minimum training to do their job correctly. The sands family plans to testify at the hearing today. More on this story
4. GROCERY STORE SHOOTING
Suspect to stand trial: The Madison man accused of fatally shooting a former grocery store co-worker has been ordered to stand trial. Christopher O’Kroley waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday . He faces charges for the shooting death of Caroline Nosal outside the Metro Market on the city’s east side last week. Court documents show O’Kroley bought the gun last Monday after getting fired that same day.
5. ALLIED DRIVE DAYCARE
Much-needed center: With one of Madison’s largest youth populations, the Allied Drive neighborhood has a need for more day care, and a new center is hoping to take on some of that child rearing. The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in the Allied Drive neighborhood hosts 120 kids in its after-school program every day. The club turns away no child age 7-18. The tricky part is when it comes to younger kids. Enter Kids Campus, a day care center opening next week in the Allied Drive Neighborhood. At a discounted price, through government subsidies, the center will offer care for infants on up to 12 years old, helping fill a deep need in the area. More on this story
In national news…
1. NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARIES
Rebel yell: Last night’s New Hampshire primaries belonged to the outsiders, to the rabble-rousers, to the rule-breakers. To two men once dismissed as sideshows but who seized on the fury of grassroots voters to screw with the conventional wisdom. Here’s the takeaway: Donald Trump, for all his bluster, is for real. And Bernie Sanders will do his darndest to crash a Clinton coronation. Both men made history: It was the Donald’s first political win – ever. And the Bern became the first Jewish candidate to win a primary. More on this story
2. CLIMATE CHANGE
SCOTUS blocks POTUS: Remember last summer when President Obama proposed rules to seriously cut green house gas emissions from the mother of all polluters: electric power plants? Twenty-nine states immediately filed suit, worried they’d kill jobs. Yesterday, the Supreme Court stepped in, saying ‘Not so fast’ and temporarily blocked the plan. Bummer for the Prez because fighting climate change was supposed to be a huge part of his legacy. And now it’s stuck in court — just like his other legacy action: immigration. More on this story
3. AKAI GURLEY TRIAL
Judgment day: Akai Gurley isn’t as well known as Michael Brown or Walter Scott. But he too was an unarmed black man killed by a cop. Officer Peter Liang shot him dead in a housing project, saying his gun accidentally discharged. Not so, says the prosecution. The cop made too many poor judgment calls. “In fact, instead of calling for help, he just stood there and whined and moaned about how he would get fired,” the ADA said. A jury may decide today whether Liang should be convicted of manslaughter. More on this story
4. MEXICO MISSING STUDENTS
Unearthing a ‘cover up’: The official line of the Mexican government was this: The 43 students who went missing 17 months ago were killed by a gang that burned their bodies in a landfill. But forensic experts from Argentina said yesterday there was no evidence of a fire big enough to incinerate that many bodies. That backs up what another group of experts concluded and what loved ones of the missing have said all along. They’ve accused Mexican officials of using the fire story as a distraction. Your move, Mexico. More on this story
5. ASH WEDNESDAY
The start of Lent: Many Christians around the world begin observances of Lent today. Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day Lenten season. It ends on Easter Sunday. During that time, many believers will give up something, such as their favorite food or pleasurable activities. That’s done in remembrance of Jesus’ fasting and suffering in the wilderness. Another custom for Christians during Lent is taking up acts of charity. The observance of lent dates back to the fourth century.