Here’s What’s Going on in the Headlines Friday…
The home going for a radio and gospel industry legend gets underway today. The viewing for Al “The Bishop” Hobbs runs Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A prelude is at 6 p.m. with a gospel musical that will get underway at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Hobbs’ viewing continues for two hours beginning at 8 a.m. with funeral services beginning at 10 a.m. All services will take place at Christ Church Apostolic, 6601 Grandview Drive in Indy.
Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is taking the next step in a possible run for mayor of Indianapolis. Hogsett announced on Thursday the filing of his mayoral campaign committee, “Hogsett for Indianapolis.” The exploratory committee will allow him to meet with civic and neighborhood leaders to discuss the struggles of families in the Circle City and how to make the city safer.
Prosecutors are planning to seek a sentence of life without parole for the man accused of killing a convenience store clerk. Desi Thomas Jr. is charged with murder and robbery in the death of Harry Briggs. Investigators say Thomas is the man caught on surveillance video robbing Joe’s Junction gas station and convenience mart on June 4th and shooting Briggs in the head, then skipping away.
A man was found shot inside his vehicle near LaSalle and St Clair Streets shortly after 2 a.m. Friday morning leaving police digging into why this happened. According to WTHR, the victim had been fighting with two other people in a house in the 900 block of LaSalle Street and was shot during the fight. He sped off in his car, but stopped about a block away. Two others were also injured in that fight but were not shot. The victim was taken to Eskenazi Health in serious, but critical condition.
It may be three-months before we know what caused a series of underground explosions downtown Wednesday afternoon. Indianapolis Power and Light says the source of the problem was the failure of a network protector, but it’s not known what caused the piece of equipment to blow. A spokesman for the utility says a second-party group is being brought in to help with the investigation to make sure it’s thorough and complete.
Indianapolis has officially joined cities from the across the country to remember Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot to death last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri. About 100 people gathered Thursday night at Monument Circle for a moment of silence. Organizers said the goal of the gathering was to call attention to police brutality.
Ferguson, Missouri Police are about to release the name of the officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager in the mostly black suburb of St. Louis. Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times last Saturday by the officer whose name, according to wire service reports will be made public today. Demonstrations in Ferguson were peaceful on Thursday, after Governor Jay Nixon put the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security.
Ford is recalling more than 83-thousand vehicles. Ford is notifying owners of its Edge, Flex and Taurus models, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKX owners. The recall affects vehicles from the 2012 through 2014 model years. The problem could cause the vehicles to slip out of gear while moving, raising the risk of a crash.
There’s a changing of the guard at NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Host David Gregory is leaving the show—and NBC altogether. NBC News chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd has reportedly been tapped to replace Gregory as moderator of the Sunday morning political talk show. Gregory confirmed his departure via Twitter Thursday writing, “I leave NBC as I came—humbled and grateful.” He also thanked viewers and wished his colleagues well. Gregory moderated “Meet The Press” for six years. It had been rumored for some time that changes were in store for the show. Todd will be the show’s 12th moderator since “Meet The Press” first aired in 1947.
The Indiana Fever made the postseason following a 76-63 win over the Liberty Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. With a current record of 15-and-17, the Fever will face the Sky Saturday for the final home game of the regular season.
The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George is expected to speak with the media for the first time since his severe injury that has ended his season before it begins. The newly numbered “13” will speak with the media Friday regarding his future plans.
The sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer may be complete, but the NBA is still going after former owner Donald Sterling. The “Los Angeles Times” reports the NBA has filed a countersuit against Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust, claiming his racist comments caused devastating and incalculable harm to the league. It comes after Donald Sterling filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver in June. The NBA is hoping to recover damages from Sterling’s remarks about African-Americans, which were recorded and leaked to the media back in April.
Sunny skies with a High of 79 degrees.
Make it a great day as you listen to us all day on “Indy’s Inspiration & Praise Station” AM-1310 The Light and here online at praiseindy.com.
I’m Kim Wells.
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