Morning News: Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013

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Chilly, but a warm-up is on the way today.  Good Morning! Happy Thursday…

Ritz Walks Out Of School Board Meeting

State schools chief Glenda Ritz says Governor Mike Pence is undermining work done by the Department of Education. On Wednesday, during a discussion on how to develop new academic standards for math and language arts, Ritz abruptly adjourned the meeting and walked out. She was upset by a proposal to give oversight of career readiness programs to the governor’s Center for Education and Innovation—a move which she says violates state’s law. Ritz says Indiana law states the process of evaluating academic standards is the responsibility of the Department of Education.

More Details On Home Invasions Coming

IMPD will release more details about two violent home invasions on the city’s north side today.  Public safety officials will do so in a press conference later, this afternoon. Several people are already behind bars in connection with the attacks and police are still looking for 20-year-old Adrian Anthony.

Free Guns Coming To Indy

A program that gives free guns to those living in high crime areas is coming to Indy. It’s called the Armed Citizen Project and was created by a Hoosier, Kyle Coplen. Coplen did this as part of his thesis project based on his theory that firearms can deter crime. He says everyone receiving a shotgun must first pass a background check, and attend safety and tactical training. He’s already armed dozens of people in Texas, where he is attending school.

IMPD Raids Gambling Houses
Noblesville is one of the best small cities in the country to move to according to a survey by real estate research blog Movoto.com. They ranked Noblesville fourth on their Top Ten list. The survey pointed out an above average household income and median home prices, which are below the national average as a factor in choosing this Indy suburban city.

Red Kettle Campaign Kicks Off

Red Kettle bells are ringing here in Indy. Salvation Army officials say their goal is to collect three-million dollars to support programs and services throughout the state. Money dropped in pots last year fed more than a half-million needy people.

House Health Subcommittee Looks Into Obamacare Implementation Problems
Some Hoosiers may be happy to learn that the U.S. House Health Subcommittee will open a hearing this morning on problems with the launch and implementation of Obamacare. The lead witness the panel has called to testify is former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue. The subcommittee plans to zero-in on problems beyond the troubled HealthCare.gov website, including insurance coverage, policy cancellations, security and privacy.

Obamacare Numbers released

The numbers for Obamacare have been released. Roughly 106-thousand people are now successfully enrolled in the new healthcare exchanges nationwide. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said another 975-thousand have applied but have not yet selected healthcare plans. She says numbers are being held down by the troubled launch of the HealthCare.Gov website. Deadline on the fix is November 30th.

Colts play Tonight

AFC South rivals clash in this week’s Thursday night NFL matchup as the Colts take on the Titans in Nashville.  The Colts are coming off their worst performance of the season, a 38-8 home loss to the Rams. The Colts still have a two-game lead on the Titans, who lost 29-27 to previously winless Jacksonville this past Sunday. Be ready for some football at 8:25 p.m.

Thursday’s Weather:  Warmer, but still chilly. Sunny, with a high of 50.

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