Get In the Know With Kim’s Thursday News & Headlines
The father of an infant missing for more than five-months in Indianapolis is due in court today to answer to murder charges. IMPD says they arrested Willie Wilson yesterday and it’s their belief that his child, Delano Wilson, is dead. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says neighbors heard screaming coming from Wilson’s home on August 27—the day Wilson reported his son missing. He also did several Google searches for information about missing children and security video from the area where Wilson said the baby was abducted showed him walking alone. Willie Wilson is due in court today.
A bicyclist was struck by a Department of Public Works snow plow shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday morning on the city’s northwest side. Traffic is slowed in the area of West 56th Street, between Dandy Trail and Eagle Creek where this incident happened and first-responders stayed on the scene for quite some time to aid the injured man and process the area. The cyclist’s name has not been released but he was taken to the hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.
Governor Mike Pence is advising Congress on how he thinks the states can provide their own answers to improve education. Pence testified before a House panel on education policy Wednesday, urging them to give states more flexibility with federal dollars. He mentioned Indiana’s strategy with vouchers, charter schools and vocation education as examples.
A measure to double the funding for domestic violence prevention and treatment is moving forward in the Indiana legislature. On Wednesday, a House panel approved a $10-million appropriation for it for the next two years. Advocates say the funds are needed because state shelters turned away more than 1,700 victims last year alone. The reason for the lack or denial of services was limited space. The proposal now moves to the full House.
The second-largest health insurer in the U.S. which has a large presence right here in Indy says it’s been hacked. Anthem admits its database containing personal information for about 80 million customers has been breached. In this very sophisticated cyber attack, hackers accessed names, birthdays, social security numbers, addresses and employment information. Anthem officials say however that no credit card information was compromised and they’ve not found any evidence that medical information was obtained. This is now the largest data breach specifically of a healthcare company.
The federal health insurance marketplace is beefing up its call center as the open enrollment deadline quickly approaches. That deadline is February 15, so the Department of Health and Human Services says it’s adding more call-center workers starting Monday.
President Obama is meeting with young undocumented immigrants as he pushes back against Republican efforts to undo his executive actions on immigration. Speaking at the White House Wednesday, the President said he’s been listening to some of the stories of the six so-called “dreamers.” Obama will be in Indy on Friday afternoon at Ivy Tech Community College to speak on the economy and jobs.
A ruling is expected sometime Thursday on whether to unseal grand jury records in the Eric Garner case. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among the groups arguing the video of a white cop taking Garner down with what’s been described as a banned choke hold is reason enough to open the records. Garner, who was black, died in July after he was arrested on suspicion of selling untaxed loose cigarettes.
Jury selection starts today in the trial of the man accused of killing “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Eddie Ray Routh is accused of shooting Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield to death two years ago at a resort near Glen Rose, Texas. Kyle and Littlefield were helping Routh deal with PTSD. Kyle’s story as a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper and his 120 confirmed hits has become popularly known in the film “American Sniper.”
The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown is now denying a report that they were gathering to say goodbye. A statement from the family dismisses a report by “People” magazine that claimed nothing more could be done for the comatose 21-year-old after she was found unconscious and face down in a bathtub this past weekend. As of now, the daughter of the late-Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown is on life support at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. Bobbi Kristina’s current health crisis is eerily similar to that of her mother, who was also found unresponsive in a bathtub in 2012.
An electronics retail chain may be seeing the end of its life. RadioShack has been on the brink of financial ruin for many years and Bloomberg is reporting the once vibrant and profitable firm will file a bankruptcy plan today. According to insiders, RadioShack plans to sell leases on about 2,000 stores and close the rest of its nationwide locations.
The Indiana Pacers paid homage to the past in their ‘90s throwback Flo-Jo jerseys on Wednesday night picking up a 114-109 win against the Detroit Pistons at home in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. USA Track & Field superstar athlete, the late-Florence Griffith-Joyner designed the jersey’s in 1989 to prep for the 1990 season. “Flo-Jo” is still considered to be one of the fastest women in the world but was known as much for her fashion sense as her athletic prowess. Those magical Flo-Jo jerseys are connected to a highlight time for the franchise when legendary Pacers player, Reggie Miller-#31, was most lethal on the court against opponents.
Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is facing assault charges in Washington, DC. He is accused of punching a pizza delivery driver in the head during an argument over a parking spot. You may remember Jackson’s name, associated with the “Deflate-gate” flap. He was the last player to touch the AFC Championship ball before the Colts equipment people discovered the ball was under inflated. Jackson said he didn’t notice it feeling lighter. He is the third Colts player to be arrested in the past month.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback and Stanford University alum, Richard Sherman, is a proud new papa. His girlfriend gave birth today to the couple’s first child. Sherman tweeted, “My son sure does know how to make an entrance! 2/5/15…Is it a coincidence or is he just clever?! Either way I’m ecstatic.” Sherman’s jersey number is 25. The couple reportedly named the baby Rayden.
A bad week is getting a lot worse for “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. Williams apologized on-air Wednesday for making up a story about being on a U.S. military helicopter forced down by enemy fire during the Iraq War. Someone started a #BrianWilliamsMemories hashtag Wednesday where tweeters are creating other Williams memories that never happened.
Expect plenty of sunshine on this “Throwback Thursday” after a snowy overnight. The High…24 degrees.
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