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Here’s What’s Going on in the Headlines this Monday…

The three people charged in a south side explosion are heading back to court today seeking a change of venue for their trial. Monserrate Shirley, her boyfriend Mark Leonard, and his brother Bob Leonard are accused in the 2012 blast in the Richmond Hill subdivision on Indy’s far-south side that killed two people. Their attorneys argue the pre-trial publicity is too overwhelming for them to get a fair trial. 

Indiana is adding new vaccination requirements for kindergarten-aged children and high school seniors this year. They’re requiring kindergartners to have the vaccine for Hepatitis A before school starts and one six months later. Seniors are expected to get a vaccine for meningitis protection.  To see the list of the requirements, click HERE.

One person is dead following an apparent robbery on Indy’s north side. Metro police say three men broke into a house in the 3100 block of North College Avenue Sunday afternoon, and shots were exchanged between them and the homeowner. One of the would-be robbers was hit and killed during the shootout. The other two fled the scene. 

Carmel police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide. Officials say David Hall and Shannon Hall were found dead inside their home Sunday evening. According to investigators, David shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. Two children were reportedly in the house at the time, along with Shannon’s parents. 

Indiana State Excise Police say they arrested 18 people this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Brickyard 400 events. Most of the charges were drug and alcohol-related. One person was arrested when an officer reportedly saw him using a rolled up dollar bill to snort heroin in the passenger seat of a truck.  

The United Nations Security Council is issuing a call for an “immediate and unconditional” humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. During a midnight meeting in New York, the council expressed “strong support” for such a ceasefire to end this three-week conflict that has killed more than a thousand people. The 15-member council also expressed support for a “comprehensive peace” between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel says it will fire on Gaza only in response to rocket attacks by Hamas. Israeli military officials made that pledge as Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza declined sharply and Israel eased off its current offensive. 

Nelson Mandela’s spirit of empowerment will live on through fellowship. “USA Today” says President Obama will rename the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders today in honor of the late South African icon. The program is part of the Young African Leaders Initiative the President launched in 2010. It provides leadership training at American universities for emerging young leaders from Africa. 

Muslims worldwide are celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims celebrate by getting together with family and friends, preparing sweets, wearing new clothes, giving gifts, and decorating their homes with lights and other decorations. 

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas is expected to name the architectural team today for his planned lakefront museum in Chicago. The “Chicago Tribune” is reporting the honor will be given to Chinese designer Ma Yansong and a Chicago artist Jeanne Gang. Yansong’s works include Toronto-area high rises called the Marilyn Monroe Towers and Gang has designed Chicago’s Aqua Tower. The museum will be built on land now occupied by parking lots south of the Chicago Bear’s home, Soldier Field and north of convention venue, McCormick Place. Lucas’ wife Mellody Hobson is a contributor on the morning show on our sister station, 106.7 WTLC. Hobson is the current Chairman of Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc. and serves as a board member of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. To check out more on this story, click HERE.


Jeff Gordon is claiming his fifth Brickyard 400 victory. After crossing the finish line Sunday afternoon, Gordon hollered with joy over the radio, “We’re going to kiss the bricks!” Gordon won the inaugural race 20 years ago. Kyle Busch finished second by 2.325 seconds. Denny Hamlin came in third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. 

The Indiana Fever are in Los Angeles where they take on the Sparks tonight. Indiana beat the Stars in San Antonio on Saturday to improve to a 12-and-13 record. If you plan on watching the ladies in WNBA action tonight, know that the game is a late one. Tip is at 10:30 p.m.

The Colts continue training camp practices today from Anderson. Indianapolis takes the field at 9:00 a.m. for practice, which is open to the public. On Sunday, the team held Armed Forces Day. Coming up, players will have a scheduled day off Tuesday before resuming practice on Wednesday. 

Monday weather:

Partly cloudy skies, with a High of 78 degrees.

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