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Good Day to you on this Thursday that the Indiana State Fair continues at the Indiana Fairgrounds. See what’s on-tap today, grab your umbrella and plan to enjoy.

Daniel Messel will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. It took a jury just five hours Wednesday to convict him of murdering Indiana University student Hannah Wilson in April of last year. Messel is now facing 65 years in prison. A judge will sentence him next month.

Greenwood police are searching for the driver of a truck that hit a seasoned cyclist and kept going. Officials say the incident happened Wednesday near Worthsville Road and I-75 West. The cyclist has some broken bones, knocked out teeth and bad road burn. The truck is described as American-made, black in color with glowing or blinding headlights. If you know anything about this accident, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

A former Indianapolis businessman is accused of stealing nearly $1 million from investors.  While working at a local company, LMW Incorporated, investigators say Larry Westby used investor money to pay personal bills and to buy two vehicles. Officials say he worked his scheme to bilk his victims by convincing the investors to buy stock in the business by telling them he was thinking about selling the company for a “substantial profit.”  Officials say the potential buyer didn’t exist. Westby now lives in Michigan, but not out of the reach of the law.

The Central Indiana Council on Aging is eliminating its daily meal service delivery.  Instead, beginning Monday, CICOA’s clients will get frozen meals delivered every other week.  More than one-thousand senior citizens will be affected.  A spokesman for the organization told RTV6, the program has been offered at a deficit for several years and can no longer continue.

Indiana is getting more than $3.5 million dollars to help fight the Zika virus. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be distributed throughout the next five years to spend on mosquito control and surveillance. Part of the money will be used for programs focused on the birth defect, microcephaly. The need for prevention and monitoring dollars is demonstrated by the recent tragic result of when Zika strikes. On Tuesday in a suburb of Houston, Texas a baby died with Zika-linked microcephaly, which causes a baby’s head to be smaller than it should be. Zika can also be sexually transmitted.

A four-day festival is getting underway today in Broad Ripple to celebrate Indiana’s 200 years. Officials said the festival will have lots to do, including carnival games, rides, food, drinks and live entertainment …while keeping Indiana’s history at the forefront. An Art Fair will take place on Saturday and the event concludes on Sunday with a Vintage Market.


Donald Trump appears to be denying reports that his team spoke with the Secret Service about his recent Second Amendment comments. On Twitter, Trump wrote that “no such meeting or conversation ever happened.” CNN reports the Secret Service spoke to Trump’s campaign more than once over his suggestion that “Second Amendment people” may be able to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges.

A man who climbed up the side of Trump Tower remains in custody today. The 20-year-old, reportedly a Donald Trump supporter, used suction cups to scale the side of the building in Manhattan Wednesday. In a scene that played out for hours, police officers removed panes of glass to limit the man’s route to the top. He’s facing reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, and other charges.

Democrats are reportedly bracing for another release of potentially damaging emails before the presidential election. The New York Times says a Russian hack of Democratic computer systems appears to be deeper than originally feared. The report says the private email accounts of more than 100 top Democrats were breached, and the personal email account of Hillary Clinton appears to have been a target.

At least 30 people are injured and as many as seven are missing after a massive explosion and fire in a Washington, DC suburb. The three-alarm fire broke out at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland just before midnight and fire officials say the blast could be felt a mile away. The cause of the blast is being investigated.

The Justice Department report released Wednesday that criticizes the Baltimore Police Department, says the problems started in the late ’90s and continued through Martin O’Malley’s time as mayor that ended in 2007. The scathing report blasts the department’s “zero tolerance” approach saying it provoked widespread community disillusionment with police. O’Malley told newspaper reporters from The Baltimore Sun the report ignored historic reductions in violent crime while he was mayor.

In business…Macy’s is closing 100 stores. The retailer announced the move Thursday morning while releasing second quarter sales and earnings figures. They beat expectations with earnings of 54 cents a share on revenue of over 5.8 billion dollars.


Indiana racer Bryan Clauson lost his life, but five others are living because he was an organ donor. Clauson’s family revealed the news yesterday and encouraged organ donation, calling it the greatest gift one person can give another. Clauson died last weekend in a Lincoln, Nebraska hospital after being injured in a race in Kansas.

There’s been another tragic loss again at ESPN. Longtime ABC and ESPN broadcaster John Saunders is being remembered after passing away Wednesday at the age of 61. He served there since 1986 as a studio host and play-by-play man, mostly covering college football, basketball and the National Hockey League, as well as anchoring SportsCenter. He hosted “The Sports Reporters” show and was a beloved African-American sports journalist in this nation. He’s survived by his wife, Wanda, and two daughters.

Here’s your check-in of #OlympicProportions:

The ‘greening’ of the Olympic swimming pools continues. (It looks like the dying of the Chicago River on St. Patty’s Day.) The green color that was in one pool has darkened and now has spread to a second pool that on Thursday morning is a light shade of green. The color switch has been attributed to algae growth. Blarney!

Team USA faced a stiff test from Australia in Olympic action Wednesday but came out on top. They won 98-88 in Rio. Carmelo Anthony led the Americans with 31 points. The Pacers’ Paul George added five points and three rebounds. Team USA Men’s B-Ball faces Serbia on Friday.

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 4

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One of the most prized medals of the Summer Games will be awarded today. That’s the individual all-around final in women’s gymnastics. The U.S. will be represented by two of the #FinalFive…Simone Biles and Aly Raisman. Competition gets underway at 3 p.m. Eastern / Noon Pacific. Catch it online HERE.

American swimming stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will renew their rivalry tonight. The duo will compete in the final of the 200-meter individual medley after qualifying Wednesday night. Phelps is the three-time defending Olympic champion in the event. Also on Wednesday night, swimmer Katie Ledecky captured her fourth overall medal of the Rio Games, while Daryl Homer became the first U.S. man to win silver in individual sabre fencing in 112 years.

Indianapolis Weather…

Scattered thunderstorms Thursday morning. The storms become more widespread this afternoon. Today’s High: 89 degrees.


U.S. Citizens Head To The Polls To Vote In Presidential Election

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Plan now to join us right here at Radio One on our parking lot on Saturday’s for the Election 2016 Pop-Up Block Party. Our WTLC crew will get you registered and ready for this years election. We’re at  21 E. St. Joseph St. downtown. We’ll be here registering you to vote every Saturday through Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We’ll get you registered and have a some fun because WTLC knows…up and down the ticket…#IndyVotes.

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