Good day to you on this President’s Day.
Today is the third Monday of February which is reserved for celebrating our presidents, past and present. Federal, county and city offices are closed to honor the President’s Day holiday. Expect no mail delivery. Most banks are closed and while Indianapolis Public Schools have the day off, some schools and school districts are using the day as a weather make-up day. State offices are open, including license branches. Many workers are celebrating with a three-day weekend.
Area commuters are looking at freezing drizzle and slick roads on their Monday morning drive. The National Weather Service posted a Winter Weather Advisory which lasted until 4 a.m. They later issued a Travel Advisory that will last throughout the day. Forecasters say the cold temperatures and slick conditions will continue all day.
Weather is being blamed for an accident on I-65 in Boone County involving nearly 40 vehicles. Police say the northbound lanes were shut down for several hours Sunday near Lebanon. Meanwhile, in Putnam County, up to 50 vehicles were involved in a crash on I-70 westbound. Numerous crashes were also reported on I-70 in Hancock and Henry counties, as well as I-65 in Johnson County. Slow down and leave plenty of room to stop if you have to make the commute today.
An Indianapolis police officer shot in the arm in a weekend standoff is now headed home to recover. IMPD commanders say officer Mark Reynolds was shot once in his left arm after a man started firing out of his home. SWAT officers gassed the house then rushed the suspect to make the arrest. The suspect is now facing attempted murder charges.
Tuition at Park Tudor is going up three-point-five percent. Next school year, it’ll cost between $17,000 and $21,000 for each child who attends, depending on their grade level. The head of Park Tudor says the increase is in “no way” connected to legal fees the school might incur because of the investigation into former basketball coach Kyle Cox. He’s accused of coercing a 15-year-old girl into sending him explicit images.
The White House says President Obama will nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after the Senate is back in session. The 79-year-old Scalia was found dead of natural causes in West Texas Saturday. No autopsy is scheduled and his body has been flown back to Virginia. Senate Republicans have already said they won’t consider a nominee until the next President takes office next January. President Obama will operate within his presidential powers, despite their sentiment.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants more Medicaid support for the people of Flint. Snyder says more testing is needed to help with the city’s water crisis. The added coverage would mean that all pregnant women and young people who used the contaminated water would be eligible for help.
Bernie Sanders says he can close the gap with Hillary Clinton when it comes to African-American support before the South Carolina Democratic primary. The Vermont Senator told “Fox News Sunday” that he’s pushing to raise the minimum wage to $15-per-hour, striving for pay equity for women and looking at reducing youth unemployment in African-American communities. The Democratic presidential hopeful also said a push for reform of the American justice system should also appeal to black voters.
Cloudy today in Indy as cold overtakes many other areas of the country to the east. More snow is possible. Today’s High: 42 degrees.
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