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A plan that enables much of the near eastside of Indy to be designated for 10 years as a Promise Zone by the Federal government is reaching a one year milestone today. This collaboration, led by the John Boner Neighborhood Centers with the City of Indianapolis and nine other implementation partners are receiving $9.6 million in funding to create opportunities that are a part of a Quality of Life Plan for the residents including 110 new jobs, serving ex-offenders returning into the community, providing summer and year-round jobs to at-risk youth, among many other efforts. Mayor Joe Hogsett will join Bonner Neighborhood Community Center’s CEO James Taylor, Indy community leaders, White House and U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials at a press conference Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss the details at the Bonner Center.

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More than 1,000 summer jobs are available for young people in the city. Mayor Joe Hogsett introduced “Project Indy” Wednesday. The youth jobs program will provide training, internships and employment for all teens, but the mayor wants to specifically target underprivileged youths.

The Monon Trail is safe. That’s a message if reassurance from Indy Metro Police after a man was knocked unconscious and robbed of his bike there. Officials say the man was walking his bicycle on the trail through Broad Ripple Monday night when he was attacked. A police spokesman says over 800,000 people use the ten-mile trail and there are few incidents each year. Extra caution is advised on the trail or anywhere at night.

One republican lawmaker is answering to why republicans want to scale back on free and reduced price lunches that feed hungry kids in the nation’s schools. Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita says his plan to tighten free lunch regulations isn’t about denying anyone a meal. Instead, he says he wants to give schools flexibility in dealing with federal rules. Rokita’s plan increases the threshold from the current 40-percent low-income community eligibility level to 60-percent for schools before the federal government provides free lunch for all students. His plan also includes a block grant provision. It moves forward. A House panel approved the plan Wednesday.

Indianapolis ranks dead last in a new fitness study by the American College of Sports Medicine. The latest American Fitness Index shows 32-percent of people living in the area are obese and 20-percent smoke. It also showed that only 27-percent of people consume at least two fruits a day and only 12-percent eat three vegetables a day.

Ironically back to those federal rules in school lunches–the rules increased the use of wholesome ingredients like whole grains, fresh veggies and fruits, and set limits on the stuff that leads to obesity–fat, sugar and sodium.

National…

Egypt’s prime minister says he isn’t yet ruling out terrorism for the disappearance of an EgyptAir passenger plane. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail told reporters that search operations are ongoing where it’s believed the plane lost contact. Egypt’s president has released a statement saying that he will chair a national security council meeting today.

Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton in November in a new poll. The latest Fox News survey found Trump edging out Clinton, 45-percent to 42-percent. Clinton had a seven-point lead over Trump in a similar poll last month.

Sports…

In their second game of the regular season, Shenise Johnson, Erica Wheeler and Devereaux Peters each scored 16 points as the Fever downed the Mercury, 97-93, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night. Tamika Catchings added 13 points in the win. The Fever are now 1-and-1. They’ll host the Atlanta Dream Friday night.

Weather…

Plenty of sunshine. The High: 72 degrees.

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