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What you need to know: Monday

Published On: Aug 06 2014 06:55:18 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 08:37:16 AM CDT


It's Monday, June 16 and here is your day ahead:

In local news...

WEATHER: If you haven't turned on the air conditioning yet, today may be the day. Mostly sunny skies, with very warm and humid conditions. Highs will reach the mid-80s as dew points creep into the 60s. Full forecast 


Madison police are looking for a pair who knocked out a dad celebrating with his daughter downtown. The 51-year-old went up to the bar to buy drinks at the Red Rock Saloon around 2 a.m. Sunday.  A man then punched him into a group of people. Another person allegedly beat the man unconscious. The victim was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion and broken jaw. Full story


Judge Barbara Crabb's decision to put a hold on same-sex marriages in Wisconsin is receiving mixed reactions. Despite the issued stay, one same-sex couple isn't giving up hope just yet. Salud Garcia and Pam Kleiss said they are happy for the progress they have seen in the past month, and expect the courts will rule in their favor. Full story


Four police officers have been injured in a traffic crash in Milwaukee. The officers were transporting a suspect in a van when their vehicle was struck by a car at a Milwaukee intersection about 3:30 a.m. Monday. The police van slammed into a traffic light pole. There's no immediate word on the condition of the suspect. WTMJ-TV reports three people in the car that struck the police van have been arrested.


After several tough years in the housing market, home builders say they saw a significant increase in home sales in the past year. Events like the Parade of Homes, which kicks off this week in Madison, allows potential buyers to connect with contractors. 27 builders will showcase their homes in 6 new developments. The event runs until June 29. Full story


If you're picking up a take-and-bake pizza for dinner tonight expect a new tax on the bill. Sales tax will now be added to any pizza purchase for those pies put together at stores like Papa Murphy's and cooked at home. With a 5 percent tax, the extra expense adds up to $2.7 million in revenue for the state. Full story

In national news...


Dominoes: One by one, Iraqi cities seem to be falling to a militant group. What's happening in Iraq now has all the makings of a civil war - and a full-blown foreign policy crisis. The Obama administration is exploring possible direct talks with Iran over the deteriorating situation, two senior U.S. officials tell CNN. It would make a strange pairing because the United States and Iran don't have a lot of common interests - other than a stable Iraq. Both Iraq and Iran have Shiite Muslim-led governments. Full story


Casey Kasem dies Broadcasting icon: Casey Kasem, who entertained us for almost four decades as the host of countdown shows such as "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," died over the weekend. He was 82. In addition to his radio and TV programs, he also provided the voice for a number of cartoon characters, including Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo," and Robin on "Super Friends." Full story


How did it happen?: A U.S general will begin his investigation this week into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his base in Afghanistan five years ago, resulting in his capture, a senior Pentagon official says. Bergdahl, 28, returned to a U.S. Army medical facility in San Antonio, Texas early Friday. He was released by the Taliban on May 31 in a controversial prisoner exchange. Full story


Nothing to sneeze at: There's a whooping cough epidemic underway in the United States, especially in California where 800 cases have been reported in the past two weeks alone. The state health department says there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number for all of 2013. There are smaller outbreaks in other parts of the country. Full story


Spurs win NBA title Basketball and soccer ball: One championship winds down as another heats up. First to the NBA, where San Antonio claimed its fifth title by bouncing Miami 104-87 last night. San Antonio dominated the series, winning four games to one. Each Spurs victory was by at least 15 points. Full story

Now to the pitch, where the United States opens up its World Cup play today against its nemesis, Ghana. The Black Stars have knocked the U.S. out of competition the last two go-rounds - in 2006 and 2010. It only gets harder from here on out. Over the next couple of weeks, the U.S. takes on two giants: Germany and Portugal - ranked as the 2nd and 4th best teams in the world. Full story