@kwellscomm PraiseIndy.com Wednesday News & Sports Headlines
Our Hoosier state is now the focus of the 2016 race for the White House. For the Republicans, in particular, there are 57 delegates up for grabs here. Focus means visits.
Donald Trump is due in Indy today hot off the heels of five primary wins Tuesday in five mid-Atlantic states. He’s the front-runner for the GOP nomination and he’ll be at a town hall at Hilbert Circle Theater today hosted by Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren. It will run later tonight on the channel at 7 p.m. Then, he’ll attend a rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds where he’ll be joined by legendary former I.U. basketball coach Bobby Knight. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the 6 p.m. fairgrounds event.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz hot off the heels of a basketball flub and major losses to Trump will also be at a rally today in Indy at 4 p.m. at The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza, downtown on South Capitol Avenue. Regarding the flub—he called a basketball hoop a “basketball ring” while trying to lift the coach’s speech from the movie “Hoosiers” in an attempt to appeal to Hoosiers on Tuesday. You may recall in the film, coach Dale told his team the court in the big city is the same as back in Hickory, but Cruz messed up the line in a basketball fanatic state. Twitter, and Cruz’s political opponents, reacted—well, just as unkind as one would expect. They ‘came for him.’
Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding town hall rallies on two college campuses in his hunt for the Democratic nomination for president. Beginning this morning at 9 a.m., he’ll be on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette at the Cordova Recreational Sports Center, and later at 5:00 p.m. he heads south to Bloomington. There he’ll make an appearance at the Indiana University Auditorium. You can register on any of the candidates’ websites for these free events.
Hillary Clinton spent a part of her day in Indiana on Tuesday in the northwest part of state. Her hubby, former President Bill Clinton, spent some time in Indy as well, rallying for her. The Democratic front-runner continued her wins in the delegate hunt Tuesday night to be the projected winner in four of the five northeast primaries. She took all of them, except Rhode Island which went to Sanders. Pennsylvania was the big delegate prize of the night.
The Marion County Jail is in “crisis mode.” That means the jail is close to—or is exceeding—its capacity for holding inmates, according to Sheriff John Layton. Capacity throughout the three facilities is 2,507. On Tuesday morning, it reached 2,452 alarming Layton. He says he considers that in the “crisis mode” range because of the uncertainty of how many additional offenders will arrive as the day goes on.
ISIS is not getting as many recruits as it used to. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the rate of foreign fighters joining ISIS is at 200 a month, down from about 2,000 a month last year. A Pentagon spokesman said recent airstrikes against the terror group’s cash supplies have fractured ISIS. The spokesman said the U.S.-led coalition has wiped out between $300 and $800 million in ISIS money.
No charges will be filed against a South Carolina school administrator accused of leaving a teenage student nearly naked on a school bus. Dr. Andrew HaLevi of Septima P. Clark Academy reportedly thought the student’s skirt was too short and made her change into sweatpants. HaLevi wanted the sweatpants back at the end of the school day. A deputy reportedly saw him holding the sweatpants on a bus, and a crying student in her underwear. The Sheriff’s department says no charges would be filed.
Sad news out of the Civil Rights Movement—a prominent leader is dead. The Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles. Kyles was with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of Memphis’ Lorraine Motel when King was shot in April of 1968. Kyles served as the pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis for 55 years. He helped bring King to the city in support of striking sanitation workers. Friends of the Kyles family say the reverend passed away Tuesday at the age of 81.
Prince’s Paisley Park is going to be turned into a museum. The performer’s family confirmed this week that his Chanhassen, Minnesota complex will be turned into a Graceland-type facility in his honor. His brother-in-law Maurice Phillips said, “It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans. This would remember his music, which is his legacy.” The legendary singer-musician was found dead last Thursday inside Paisley Park at age 57. According to his sister, it’s unknown whether Prince left a will behind. She moved on Tuesday to handle family business with the courts to officially transition the beloved singer’s belongings into an official estate and start the succession plan.
The Pacers are on the brink of elimination from this year’s NBA Playoffs. They suffered a collapse in the fourth quarter to lose to the Raptors in Game Five of this First Round action. Solomon Hill’s potential game-tying three was still on his fingertips as the clock struck zero. The Pacers shot 4-of-15, missed 5-of-6 threes and turned the ball over six times in the final 12 minutes of the game. The final score was 102-99, though Paul George did all he could putting up 39 points, eight boards and eight assists in the loss. The Pacers are now behind in the best-of-seven series 3-to-2. Next up…Game Six on Friday here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They must win two-in-a-row to advance.
The brass of the Indianapolis Colts will be in Chicago tomorrow night for the start of the NFL Draft. The first round begins at 8:00 p.m. Indianapolis has the 18th overall pick, right after the Falcons. The Colts have a total of six selections in this year’s draft.
The National Weather Service will see later today if that was a tornado in Greene County that tore through with Tuesday night’s severe weather. Last night was wet and messy in a lot of places.
It’s not guaranteed to be much better later today. Hump Day is beginning with cloudy skies early with scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. The High: 69 degrees.
The Indianapolis Chapter of The Links Inc. honored the legacy of our own radio brother and legend, the late-Amos Brown. Year-after-year Brown served as ‘roast master’ for the organization at their celebrity ‘Barbeque and Grille’ events, helping them to raise funds for scholarships and more. Tuesday night’s event was called “A Tribute to Amos Charleston Brown III” and featured a special dinner and presentations by prominent Indianapolis leaders such as Barbara Boyd, Rick Hite, and our own air-personality (host of “Community Connections on AM-1310 at 1 p.m.) the Reverend Michael Jones, and Regional Vice-President (Detroit/St. Louis) and General Manager of Radio One-Indianapolis Deon Levingston. Congratulations to Amos’s granddaughter Aar-Yana Willis—a student at Ball State University and Kourtney Steppe—a student at Cathedral High School. Both ladies were awarded scholarships at the event.
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