What you need to know: Wednesday

What you need to know: Wednesday

It’s Thursday, June 11 and here is your day ahead:

In local news…

WEATHER: Today will be mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing as low pressure builds in from the west. Some of these may be severe in the afternoon with high winds and hail being the main threats. High temperatures will reach the middle 70s. Full forecast 


Threat today: Severe storms and heavy rain are possible Thursday night into Friday. A low pressure system arrives late Thursday. The conditions will be favorable for isolated thunderstorm development Thursday afternoon, which has led the Storm Prediction Center to put southern Wisconsin at a slight risk for severe weather. The threat will mainly be for strong winds and large hail, although an isolated tornado is possible. More on this story


Victim identified: Officials have identified the man who reportedly went into Lake Mendota from a boat near Memorial Union and died in the water. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as 22-year-old Mohammad Salih Saeed Bagabir, of Madison. The Dane County medical examiner said preliminary results of the autopsy are pending further studies, but foul play is not suspected. More on this story


Serious injures: A 23-year-old Madison woman remains in critical condition this morning after a serious bike accident. The woman was hit by a car while riding her bike across Raymond Road yesterday morning. She was not wearing a helmet. Police have not ticketed anyone. This is the second serious car and bike accident in the area in the last two days. More on this story


Traffic changes: A traffic change starts tonight on the Beltline as the reconstruction project continues. Traffic will shift to new lanes on the eastbound side between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway. Also, watch out for lane closures on Friday night in the same area. There could also be some delays as drivers figure out the new patterns. More on this story


Poultry shows continue: Those who raise chickens at home or for show may also have fewer places to take them in public. Poultry shows at state, county and district fairs will be allowed this summer under a decision by the Wisconsin state veterinarian, but some other shows will be canceled. This makes Wisconsin one of two states in the Midwest that plans to continue to allow chickens, turkeys and other poultry to appear in public shows and exhibitions this year. State authorities have also now lifted the control zones around all farms in the state that had been struck by the Midwest bird flu outbreak. More on this story

In national news…


Search continues: Are the New York escapees headed to Vermont? Authorities believe they could be, hoping to evade the intense manhunt for them that’s covered upstate New York. Vermont police vessels and state troopers will conduct patrols on Lake Champlain, which sits on the New York-Vermont border, and New York state troopers will be allowed into Vermont if needed. The search for Richard Matt and David Sweat now involves more than 400 officers. More on this story


American killed: Keith Broomfield, an American citizen, was killed in Syria fighting ISIS. Broomfield was fighting alongside the Kurds. Not much more is known at this time about him, including how he died, how long he had been in the region as a fighter and just how he became a fighter. More on this story


More evidence: We knew the slayings last month of a prominent Washington family and their housekeeper were gruesome, and newly unsealed court documents — a search warrant and accompanying affidavit — illustrate just how bad it was. A bloody baseball bat was found in the room where three of the bodies were found. Some of the victims suffered trauma to the head and/or lacerations to the throat and head. More on this story


Police talk: The city is suffering through one of the most violent periods in its history, and a pair of cops admit the police are standing by and letting it happen. The officers, who talked to CNN anonymously, said police feel abandoned by the city’s leadership and are afraid of being charged criminally for simply doing their jobs. So they are no longer aggressively pursuing the bad guys. After the interview aired, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts urged them to think of the citizens and “remember why you do this job.” More on this story


Web wonder: Want to get the Internet from space? It’s a step closer to reality, now that Elon Musk has asked the government for permission to start testing his idea for getting Web service from beyond the clouds. Musk will launch eight prototype satellites, each quipped with antennas that will send Internet signals back to Earth. The FCC is reviewing the proposal; Musk would like to start testing next year. More on this story