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Indianapolis’ mayor has big plans to put the city’s youth to work this summer. Along with several community partners by his side, Mayor Joe Hogsett is set to release new details todayfor his youth summer jobs program, according to The Indianapolis Star. He’ll do so this morning during a press conference at TeenWorks. Increasing youth employment was a major part of his platform while running for the leadership post of the city. During his 2015 campaign, he said he had a plan to put 1,000 teens to work and that the $3 million investment would be a cost expansion picked up primarily by businesses and non-profits versus taxpayers. The plan calls for teens to earn $8 an hour for a 20-to 25-hour work week. Today’s announcement follows a White House announcement earlier this week which named Indianapolis as a city that landed grant funding to help economically challenged youth find job opportunities. TeenWorks is and Indy non-profit organization that provides a paid six-week summer employment and college readiness program to area teens. During the school year, they provide supportive services. Their mission aligns with Hogsett’s goals for Indy youth.
One Republican Indiana congressman wants to make sure students really do qualify for free lunch before Congress picks up the tab. Congressman Todd Rokita wants to make sure at least 60-percent of students truly are low income before paying for all of the lunches at their schools. That’s raising the current threshold for hungry kids by 20-percent. Congress could vote on the plantoday. Rokita says it could save $1 billion a year.
Jail time is now off the table for two Indianapolis Public Schools’ officials accused of failing to report suspected child abuse. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office reached agreements with Lela “Tina” Hester and Shalon Dabney Tuesday. The women were charged in connection with their handling of allegations against former counselor Shana Taylor, who police say had sex with two students. Investigators claim at least seven school officials knew about the allegations against Taylor as early as February 17, but didn’t report it until six days later on February 23.
A young teen is in hot water accused of a violent crime. A 13-year-old boy is accused of carjacking a mother at gunpoint. Beech Grove police say the woman was carrying her 14-month-old son on May 10 when the teenager stuck a gun in her face and told her to hand over the keys. The stolen vehicle was tracked to an apartment complex days later and the boy was arrested. Police think he may also be responsible for an attempted carjacking in Franklin Township just hours earlier.
Bloomington Police say the investigation into the disappearance of IU student Lauren Spierer has never been treated as a cold case. Officials say there is work being done on the case “literally every day.” Spierer disappeared nearly five-years ago after a night of partying with friends in Bloomington. The police department says they’ve received more than 3,500 tips since Spierer was reported missing in June 2011.
Ivy Tech is getting a new president today. The community college is expected to name former Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann to the leadership post in an announcement today, according to The Indianapolis Business Journal. The “IBJ” cites sources close to the decision-making process. Ivy Tech is searching for a replacement for Tom Snyder, who will retire this year.
In National News…
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each scored a win in the latest presidential primaries. Sanders claimed victory in Oregon while Clinton claimed the win in the Kentucky contest. Meantime, Donald Trump is now a step closer to securing the Republican nomination with his victory in the Oregon primary.
The defense is expected to call its final witnesses today in the trial of Edward Nero, one of the Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday. A judge will decide Nero’s fate after the officer waived his right to a jury trial.
Next time you decide to chow down, you may want to give a second thought to what you put on your plate. Harvard researchers say too many potatoes in your diet could lead to high blood pressure. In their new study, Harvard suggests that no matter what type of spuds you eat, that four or more servings a week of them is linked to higher blood pressure. Here’s how they broke it down… baked, boiled or mashed potatoes carried an 11-percent higher risk while fried potatoes have a 17-percent higher risk.
The Fever are back on the court tonight as they host the Phoenix Mercury at Bankers Life Fieldhouse during Tamika Catchings last year before retirement. Tip is at 7:00 p.m.
Word out of the NFL is Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is good to go. He said during organized team activities Tuesday that he has “no limitations” heading into this upcoming season. Luck participated in the team’s workouts during the second day of OTA’s after sitting out nine games last season with injuries to his kidney, ribs and shoulder.
Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. The High: 69 degrees.