Daily Bread for 6.27.19

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will see periods of sun, a late afternoon thunderstorm, and a high of eighty-nine.  Sunrise is 5:18 AM and sunset 8:37 PM, for 15h 18m 51s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 29.4% of its visible disk illuminated.
Today is the nine hundred sixty-first day.

Whitewater’s Community Development Authority is scheduled to meet at 5:30 PM.

On this day in 1950, in response to communist North Korea’s invasion of the South, Pres. Truman orders United States forces to the peninsula.

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 Patrick Marley and Molly Beck report Key senator defends Tesla provision, gives Republicans enough votes to pass state budget:

To get the vote of Kapenga, Assembly Republicans added a provision to the budget Tuesday that would allow Tesla to sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers rather than having to go through dealers as other car companies must.

Kapenga owns Integrity Motorsports of Eagle. An accountant, Kapenga said the car business is a hobby and he would not gain financially from the measure that would allow Tesla to sell cars more easily in Wisconsin.

He choked back tears during the Wednesday news conference, arguing the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on his ties to Tesla impugned his character.

“Just remember as reporters what you say not only impacts the senator it impacts me as a dad … what you say in the press does impact people’s lives,” he said.

See also Provision on electric vehicles is aimed at getting GOP senator who sells Tesla parts to vote for budget.

(Those must have been heavy crocodile tears Kapenga was fighting.)

 The Washington Post offers a Fact Checker’s Guide to Manipulated Video:

The Internet is increasingly populated with false and misleading videos. These videos — spread by politicians, advocacy groups and everyday users — are viewed by millions. The Fact Checker set out to develop a universal language to label manipulated video and hold creators and sharers of this misinformation accountable. We have found three main ways video is being altered: footage taken out of context, deceptively edited or deliberately altered.

. Rich Kremer reports DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced:

As Attorney General Josh Kaul and Gov. Tony Evers advocate for more DNA analysts at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, new data shows the backlog of DNA evidence at the state’s crime labs has been cut by nearly half in 2019.

Data obtained by WPR from the DOJ through an open records request show the number of DNA evidence cases pending for more than 90 days in 2019 dropped from 766 in January to 410 in April.

The DNA backlogs have been hotly debated since it was reported in 2015 that there were 6,000 untested sexual assault kits in Wisconsin. Former state attorney General Brad Schimel vowed to speed up DNA analysis at the state’s crime labs by increasing funding for the labs and contracting with testing centers in other states. In September 2018, Schimel claimed the state’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits had been eliminated.

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