Your morning news now... president trump continues to defend his call to ukraine as the impeachment inquiry goes forward.
Trump walked back the white house's initial statement ... saying he would be open to the inquiry if the rules are fair.
Ukraine's president zelensky said there was no blackmail.
Turkish forces are bombarding territory held by america's kurdish allies in northern syria.
The military offensive comes days after the trump administration abruptly withdrew u-s troops from the region near the syrian border.
A bipartisan bill emerging in the senate would punish turkey for the incursion into syria, and it could block u-s arms sales to turkey.
Pacific gas and electric began shutting off electricity to customers in several dozen central and northern california counties.
Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were affected as the utility tried to prevent wildfires from expected high winds and dry heat.
((ad lib weather)) president trump's re- election campaign says a minneapolis rally will go ahead as scheduled today after a brief dispute over security costs.
Trump's campaign said in a statement yesterday that target center operators backed off cancelling the contract.
More than 70,000 people have expressed interest in lining up to attend the rally.
An old tavern on la crosse's southside is being replaced with the first- ever "habitat" home.... specifically for a veteran.
The building was donated to habitat for humanity from a local community member.
Habitat hopes to get the project underway before winter and ready for move-in next summer.
The children's museum's boo- seum' halloween party will be the last weekend of october.
The annual event includes non-scary games ... museum activities and prizes for kids ages 2 to 9 years old are all part of the event.
Everything takes place october 25-th and 26-th from 5-30 to 7 in the evening.
Pre- registration and pre-payment is required for the event.
As colder weather comes in this weekend ... it's a good idea to get ready for winter.
Be sure to check your tires ... your battery ... and get an oil change for your vehicle.
It's also important to make sure your furnance is properly serviced by a technician.
Today will still be mild, but expect plenty of clouds along with a chance of rain showers and isolated t- storms. highs in the upper 60s.
Cloudy and breezy tonight with periods of rain showers and isolated t- storms likely.
Lows in the mid 50s.
Chance of showers friday, breezy with temps falling from the mid-upper 50s in the morning... into the low-mid 40s later in the day.
Temps fall into the 30s friday night.
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