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Protesters clash with police across the nation in a response to no charges being brought against the police officer who killed an unarmed teenager.

Happy Hump Day and Happy Pre-Thanksgiving to you.

Before we get to that story…If you need a meal on Thanksgiving day, the Mozel Sanders Foundation has been feeding hungry mouths on the holiday for over 40 years and will do so again on Thursday. If you are in need of a meal call 317-926-5004 on Thursday morning. The dinner line will be open between 6AM-11AM on Thanksgiving morning. There will be a call center located at Butler University that will be taking orders.

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…That was in New York City where for a second night, thousands took to the streets to protest. There were several arrests when protesters refused to move to open clogged roadways.

The violence in Ferguson, Missouri has nothing to do with two FBI agents who were shot near the troubled St. Louis suburb. Police say the agents were wounded at a barricaded house in north St. Louis County overnight. Police say the agents’ wounds are not life-threatening. There’s been significant unrest in the Ferguson area ever since a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown over the summer. Officers there, have responded to reports of broken windows, made arrests and also seized some firearms and a Molotov cocktail. However don’t be swayed, all protests going on in Ferguson are not violent. Check out the peace that going on there and elsewhere that’s under-reported, HERE.

Speaking of peaceful protests…Here in Indy…

Fifteen-year-old Miracle Townsel from here in the city spoke to hundreds of protesters who peacefully gathered Tuesday at Monument Circle to call for an end to violence. Organizers said the rally was to promote justice and equality for all people.

The Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot Michael Brown broke his silence Tuesday evening. Officer Darren Wilson says he opened fire because he was afraid the teenager would kill him.  In an interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Wilson said he felt physically overpowered by the six-foot-four-inch 290-pound teenager. Hear him in for yourself below:

The parents of Michael Brown also spoke on Wednesday morning. Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden told “CBS This Morning” her son didn’t have a history of violence, and should never have been shot. Neither McSpadden or Brown’s father, Michael Brown, Sr. believe the testimony by Officer Wilson.  Hear some of their comments below:

Headed to the airport to get away for the holiday? There’s weather news you may want to know that could be impacting your plans. A powerful winter storm that’s charging up the East Coast is already canceling hundreds of flights on this busiest travel day of the year. Forecasters say the Nor’easter will bring more than a foot of snow to Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston before noon Eastern time with the heaviest predicted in a stretch from the Poconos to Maine. The ripple effect flight cancelations can be seen in those cities and as close to Indy as Chicago, so you may want to call your airline to make sure you’re all good if you’re heading out today to Indianapolis International Airport.

An aging infrastructure is being blamed for a water main break in Broad Ripple. Citizens Energy says about 60 people were without water for nearly eight hours on Tuesday. The water main that failed was installed in 1948.

Tenants at Glendower Apartments are being forced to move out.  The building has been without heat for more than a week because of a broken boiler.  A judge ruled the building uninhabitable on Tuesday, calling the situation a health emergency. The owner of the property will be fined $2,500 per day until all of the tenants are vacated and moved to other apartments.

A state house member, targeted in an ethics investigation, is resigning.  Representative Eric Turner will step down on Sunday. The representative from Cicero was stripped of his House leadership role following ethics hearings involving a nursing home project. A committee cleared him of wrongdoing, but criticized him for lack of transparency.

Carmel is dropping a lawsuit against its clerk-treasurer for failing to approve necessary purchase orders for snow removal on city sidewalks. Diana Cordray said last week she was refusing to sign them because the money should come from the street department’s budget and not Motor Vehicle Highway funding. However, the purchase orders were signed Tuesday based on guidance from the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

Speaking of snow removal… Some thieves here in Indy might be trying to start a snow plow business. Police say burglars this week hit Circle City Outdoors for the second time. This time, the bandits cut through an electric fence to gain entry and escape. They stole five snow plow blades weighing almost 800 pounds each. The landscaping company says they’ve lost more than $70,000 in equipment between the two thefts.

Other thieves have been in action, but this time at “Wally World.” Two Walmart greeters came face-to-face with a gun, starting their Black Friday with turmoil a few days earlier on Monday. That’s when two suspects put a gun to the head of a greeter at the store in the 7300 block of North Keystone Avenue while carting a television through the exit doors. Police say the other greeter fled as the thieves loaded the TV into an SUV and took off.  They say the dark colored vehicle could be a Saturn with a handicap plate reading D386RT.

The marching band from Center Grove High School is heading to The Big Apple to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Band Director Kevin Schuessler says the students have been preparing, practicing and planning for a year-and-a-half. This will be the marching band’s first time in the parade.

SPORTS:

The Pacers are in San Antonio to face the defending NBA champion Spurs this Wednesday night. Indiana opened its brief two-game road trip with a 111-100 win over Dallas on Monday. The Pacers have won three-of-four to enter tonight’s game 6-and-8 on the season. Tonight’s game tips at 8:30PM.

FINALLY:

Republican voters want to see Mitt Romney have another go at taking the Oval Office in 2016 while Democrats overwhelmingly favor Hillary Clinton for their Presidential pick. A new Qunnipiac poll released Wednesday shows 19-percent of Republican voters would support Romney. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was next, with eleven-percent. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads the way for Democratic voters by a wide margin with 57-percent of those polled with Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts trailing at a distant second with 13-percent support. Vice President Joe Biden slid into third with nine percent.

FRIDAY’S INDIANAPOLIS WEATHER:

Sunshine to start the day with afternoon clouds moving in. Today’s High: 40 degrees. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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