Daily Bread for 4.19.17

Good morning.

Midweek in Whitewater will be partly cloudy, with afternoon thunderstorms, and a high of sixty-four. Sunrise is 6:04 AM and sunset 7:42 PM, for 13h 37m 52s of daytime. The moon is in its third quarter with 49.4% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the one hundred sixty-second day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.

Whitewater’s Parks & Recreation Board meets at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord begin the first military engagements of the Revolutionary War. On this day in 1862, Wisconsin Governor Louis Harvey dies while leading an expedition to relieve Wisconsin troops after the battle of Shiloh. The expedition was bringing “doctors, nurses, and much-needed medical supplies to soldiers when Harvey, crossing from one steamboat to another, slipped, fell into the swift currents of the Tennessee River, and never re-surfaced.”

Brian Stelter reports that Source: Fox News and Bill O’Reilly are talking exit: “A well-placed source said Tuesday afternoon that representatives for Fox and O’Reilly have begun talking about an exit. But this prompted a denial from sources in O’Reilly’s camp. Even one person close to O’Reilly, however, said he will probably not be back on “The O’Reilly Factor.” The original well-placed source said an announcement about O’Reilly’s fate was likely by the end of the week. The fact that none of these sources were willing to go on the record speaks to the delicate maneuvering underway. The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox (FOX), will hold a board meeting on Thursday, a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. One of the sources said O’Reilly will be a primary topic. The Murdochs, the men who control 21st Century Fox, are pointedly not commenting on any of this. But conversations inside Fox have already turned to possible O’Reilly successors.”

Paul Farhi reports on a key detail in Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News future is increasingly in peril: “O’Reilly’s contract — signed in March — has an “opt out” clause that would require Fox to pay him a fixed amount if invoked, making extensive negotiations unlikely and unnecessary.”

Jason Samenow writes that The nation is immersed in its warmest period in recorded history: “The U.S. is enduring a stretch of abnormally warm weather unsurpassed in the record books, and it shows no immediate sign of ending. The latest one-, two-, three-, four- and five year periods — ending in March — rank as the warmest in 122 years of record-keeping for the Lower 48 states, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Freakish bouts of warm weather have accompanied this long period of historic warmth, unlike anything previously experienced. In February of this year, Chicago witnessed multiple 70-degree days for the first time and a record snowless streak. Denver hit 80 degrees as early as it ever has (in a calendar year). Meanwhile, spring arrived as much as three weeks early in the South.”

Rick Romell and Paul Gores report that These Milwaukee firms use H-1B visa program targeted by Trump’s executive order: “Milwaukee companies have actively sought to make use of the foreign-worker visa program that President Trump moved Tuesday to limit. Among the biggest local users of the controversial program are some of the area’s largest and most prominent firms, including Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup. In fiscal 2016, applications were filed for hundreds of skilled foreign workers — typically for computer technology jobs — at local sites of each of those companies. Leading the group was Johnson Controls, with applications for at least 508 skilled foreigners at its offices in Milwaukee County. For Rockwell, 359 were sought.”

An Alligator On Mount Pleasant Porch In Charleston, South Carolina didn’t feel like leaving: