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Thursday Morning Sprint

It's 6:5 .... time for the morning sprint -- with the most local news to start your thursday.

We begin with haddie and an alert day -- for showers and a flood watch across the viewing area.

Today is an alert day.

Thunderstorms may be strong to severe with high winds and hail; heavy rainfall is also a possibility.

Flash flood watch until 1am friday today: mostly cloudy and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms; a few thunderstorms may be strong and produce heavy rainfall.

High: 73 wind: e/se 8-15 mph tonight: mostly cloudy and mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms ending late; some thunderstorms may be strong and produce heavy rainfall.

Low: 62 wind: se 8-15 mph to sw late 2 to 4 inches of rain fell here in beloit over the past 24 hours, and this morning, there are still many large pools of water out on the roads as rock county remains under a flash flood watch.

Overnight, the rock county sheriff's department responded to 19 separate instances of flooding.

Most of those calls came from drivers trapped in stalled cars.

Dispatchers say no one was injured and that, in most parts of town, the water has receded.

There are no reports of current road blockages because of stalled cars, but that's something you'll want to keep an eye on during your morning commute.

Sauk county leaders are worried about possible flash flooding.

Right now... there's free sand and sandbags available to county residents... at the west baraboo garage off of highway 136.

Officials there say if you've experienced flooding in the past... now is the time to prepare.

This week's rainfall is also impacting farmers... and could delay them even more.

W-p-r says 72- percent of wisconsin's corn crop is about 2 weeks behind the 5-year average.

That's not too bad... according to experts... considering the historically late planting season.

85-percent of the state's soybeans are about 3 weeks behind.

Numbers just released by the department of public instruction overnight show wisconsin students are doing worse in english and math.

Test results from the past year show about 39 percent of students tested as proficient or advanced in english language arts ... and about 40 percent of students were proficient or advanced in math.

Both numbers are down about one percent from last year.

The executive director of a madison after- school progrogram is due back in court for child-porn charges.

Jacob tisue has a bond hearing, scheduled for 10-30 this morning.

He was arrested two weeks ago by mcfarland police... on a dozen counts of having child pornography.

He's been put on leave from the district... pending the results of the case.

We could see a verdict as early as today in the trial of a retired catholic priest who had worked in fort atkinson.

At least 10 witnesses took the stand yesterday in jefferson county court ... two more are set to testify today.

William nolan is facing six felony counts of second degree child sexual assault.

The accuser was a former altar boy at st.

Joseph's catholic school... where nolan was a priest at the time.

Ten leading democratic candidates for president are set to debate tonight in houston.

Joe biden, elizabeth warren, kamala harris, bernie sanders, pete buttigieg and five others will square off in the party's third 20- 20 debate.

That starts at 7 tonight.

The supreme court says the trump administration is allowed to enforce new rules aimed at keeping many central- american migrants from seeking asylum in the u-s.

The policy allows only migrants who have been denied asylum in another country... or are victims of "severe" human trafficking to apply for asylum.

An analytics firm is estimating president trump's trade war with china has already cut u-s employment by 300-thousand jobs.

That includes jobs lost and jobs that would've been created.

Yahoo finance if it continues on its current course... the trade war could kill 900-thousand u-s jobs in the next year.

Manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and retail are the sectors most affected.

The trump administration says it is taking steps to ban flavored e- cigarettes... president trump announced the effort in response to a recent surge in vaping among young people.

The f-d-a is developing guidelines to remove all e- cigarette flavors, except tobacco, from the market.

E-cig maker juul labs says it will fully comply.

The american vaping association expressed disappointment.

Wisconsin attorney- general josh kaul is refusing to join a multi- state settlement with oxycontin maker, purdue-pharma.

A 12-billion- dollar deal was reached yesterday... over the company's role in the opioid epidemic.

A-g kaul says the sackler family has made billions from opioid sales... and the company's settlement doesn't achieve justice.

Christian yelich might not be done for the season after all... reports say yelich doesn't need surgery and might only miss six weeks.

A broken knee cap was supposed to keep him out for the rest of the season... but six weeks could take him up to game two of the world series... if the brewers make it that far.

And those world series dreams might still be alive ... with the brewers now tied with the cubs in the playoff race.

Mike moustakas returned to the lineup to hit two home runs last night to help power the brewers to a 7- to-5 win over the marlins last night.

It was the brewers' sixth straight win.

They go for a four-game sweep in miami this afternoon.

6:5 now... let's turn it over to jason stone with a look at your first-alert traffic.

The beltline continues at the posted speed limit on all lanes without delay, and john nolen is moving reasonably, expect to be behind brakelights at rimrock and lakeside.

With your first alert traffic, i'm jason stone today is an alert day.

Thunderstorms may be strong to severe with high winds and hail; heavy rainfall is also a possibility.

Flash flood watch until 1am friday today: mostly cloudy and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms; a few thunderstorms may be strong and produce heavy rainfall.

High: 73 wind: e/se 8-15 mph tonight: mostly cloudy and mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms ending




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