Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this report misstated the date on which Oprah Winfrey's interview with Jerry Sandusky's adult son will be broadcast.
1. Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly announce Emmy nominations
The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling and The Voice host Carson Daly will announce the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award nominations on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. ET. You can watch the live broadcast on usatoday.com. If you can't watch it, follow @andreamandell, who will be tweeting the nominations live.
2. Obama's billion-dollar plan for border kids gets first hearing
President Obama's request to Congress for $3.7 billion to help stem the flood of children streaming across the nation's southwest border will get its first hearing Thursday before the Senate Appropriations Committee. The request has been developed in recent weeks as multiple federal agencies have responded to the surge of children caught crossing the border without their parents.
3. Gunman identified in Houston-area shooting deaths of 6
The suspect in a mass shooting that left six people dead, including four children, has been identified and is expected to be charged with capital murder in court Thursday.
4. Garth Brooks to hold news conference
Is it tour time? Last week, a cryptic message appeared on Garth Brooks' website, saying, "The wait is over ... 7/7." On Wednesday, that message was replaced with a communiqué, accompanied by lightning flashes and thunder rolls, about a news conference slated for noon ET Thursday. The news conference will be streamed live on the site, as will an interview with the singer. Could the announcement outline plans for a much-anticipated world tour? If so, it would be Brooks' first one in 13 years.
5. 80% of mentally ill are jobless
Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study. About 60% of people with mental illness want to work, and two-thirds can successfully hold down a job if they're given appropriate support, the report says. Yet fewer than 2% of people in the public mental health system receive this help, a cost-effective program called supported employment, which has been studied in 20 high-quality clinical trials over the past 25 years.
And the essentials:
Weather: Yet another wet day is forecast in the Southeast and much of the Plains on Thursday while the Northeast and Great Lakes dry out.
Stocks: U.S. stock futures are on track for a sharply lower start.
TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Big Bang, Welcome to Sweden and Engels.
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