Your morning news now... the first funerals will be held today for some of the 22 people who were fatally shot at a walmart in el paso over the weekend.
President trump visited that city yesterday.
He also went to dayton, ohio... where nine people were killed in a mass shooting less than 24- hours after the texas shooting.
The president met with survivors and first responders.
Earlier in the day... he dismissed accusations that his rhetoric on immigration may have contributed to the violence.
Breaking overnight out of california ... four people are dead in a stabbing spree in the l-a area.
The alleged attacker is in custody.
Police say his motive appears to be robbery.
"we don't have all that stuff that they show on the tvs to solve crimes in 30 minutes, so it gives them a chance to know realistically what tools we have and how we use them."
Applications are now being accepted for sparta's citizen police academy.'
Weekly classes start in late september.
If you're interested in learning more... or in applying... go to the police department' section of sparta wisconsin dot org.'
((ad lib weather)) iowa becomes the center of the 20-20 campaign universe today.
That's because today is the first day of the state fair in that state... and iowa voters will be caucusing in less than six- months.
More than 20 democratic presidential candidates are expected to visit the fair... where they'll be closely watched for not only their politics ... but also for their fair food choices.
Ashley for the arts' starts today in arcadia.
It's a weekend- long community celebration of all types of art.
Musical acts this year include billy ray cyrus ... 38- special ... lady antebellum ... and 3 doors down.
All the details are posted on ashley for the arts dot com.'
In la crosse... set-up is underway at the southside fest grounds for the 15th annual irishfest.'
All things irish -- traditional food, dance, and music -- will be on display this weekend.
There's also a fireworks show planned for saturday night.
Irishfest doesn't officially start until tomorrow in la crosse.
But people will be getting into the spirit tonight in riverside park.
Tonight's free moon tunes' concert will have an irish theme!
The music starts at five-30.
Happening today at the coulee region humane society -- all adoption fees are waived for cats and kittens.
It's part of the three-day adopt- a- thon.'
You could also get a discount on fees to adopt dogs or small animals.
But you do need to apply for the discount.
All the details are posted on the coulee region humane society' facebook page.
Howling that's the sound of new additions to california's only known wolf pack.
Three wolf pups are seen on trail camera' video.
Gray wolves were essentially wiped out in california by the 19-20's.
But some of them have started wandering back in from neighboring states.
And the packers open their preseason at lambeau tonight against the texans.
Tonight will be the first time they have met in the preseason.
Sunny to partly cloudy today, pleasant temps and much less humid... making for a really nice thursday.
Highs in the mid 70s to low 80s.
Clear and cooler tonight with lows in the upper 40s to mid-upper 50s.
Patchy valley fog possible late.
Another nice day friday with plenty of sun and pleasant temps in the upper 70s to low 80s..
And low humidity.
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