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Issues of local education; a police-action shooting in the city; help in feeding our senior citizens; and Trump ‘walking it back’ again as his party moves into the offense…lead Indy and national headlines after a historic night for Team USA in Rio.
Good day to you as the Indiana State Fair continues today. If you’re going to the State Fairgrounds for activities or to just ‘get your eat on,’ you might want to take an umbrella or rain poncho with you. Thunderstorms are expected to close out the work week this afternoon.
This is likely the last year for community schools in Indianapolis. School officials are considering a reorganization plan that would end the idea of having schools that house students from the sixth grade for seven academic years through high school in the same building. The Indianapolis Star says the plan could be finalized by the end of the month. The changes would take effect in the 2017-2018 school year.
Help is on the way for 1,400 senior citizens across the Indianapolis metro area affected by cuts at the Central Indiana Council on Aging (CICOA). The program Meals on Wheels says it can help fill in the gap to keep hot meals coming. CICOA announced this week that it’s been having financial challenges keeping the program running and have been struggling for a while. That reality is forcing them to make the tough decision to end its daily hot meal service effective on Monday. Their plan is to make the switch to distributing frozen meals every other week to their clients. Meals on Wheels says financial assistance is available for those wanting to join the program and there’s no waiting list for food.
A suspected car thief here in Indy was shot by Indianapolis Metro Police officers and is in serious condition in an area hospital on this Friday. This police-action shooting happened in the 50 block of East Regent Street, which is near Meridian Street, on the city’s south side Thursday evening. IMPD said officers were chasing a man who was caught with a Saturn vehicle suspected by them as being stolen from Johnson County. When they approached the suspect on foot, he took off on foot. Police said when they caught up with him, he then raised a gun at them. Both officers fired at him, hitting him at least once. Police said they provided medical attention to the suspect who is only described as male and in his 30s. They also said they recovered the gun and confirmed the vehicle was stolen. Police will conduct a two-fold investigation into this shooting. The officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Former Indianapolis Colts fullback Roosevelt Potts is accused of cutting a woman with a kitchen knife. Potts was arrested Thursday after police were called to his home in Fishers for a possible stabbing. He told officers the woman came after him with a knife and she was injured during a struggle. Police say they’ve been called to the house before for instances of domestic violence.
Investigators are tight-lipped about why warrants were served at several all-you-can-eat buffets across the state. Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet were among the locations raided Thursday. Both are now closed. Teppanyaki Grill has popular locations on the west side at West 38th Street and on the east side on East Washington Street among other locations around the state. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, so far, is not commenting on the target of the investigation.
More job loss strikes Hoosiers. Nearly 300 workers at the GE refrigerator plant in Bloomington will be out of a job by the end of the month. The local union at the plant is confirming the planned shutdown will come earlier than expected. GE announced the closing back in June. Union leaders say they’ve signed an agreement to pay workers until June of next year.
Over a dozen states are taking their battle against transgender students using the bathroom of their choice before a judge in a Texas federal court today. Texas is leading the way in asking for a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing Title IX, a federal statute that bans discrimination based on sex at institutions that get federal funding. Lone Star state attorneys will argue that the Obama administration exceeded its legal authority back in May when it ordered public schools to accommodate transgender students. Other states included in this legal fight are Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Utah and Maine.
Donald Trump appears to be walking back his charge that President Barack Obama is the “founder of ISIS.” This, after he doubled-down on the claim Thursday at a rally in Florida saying Obama is the founder of ISIS, “in a true sense.” Friday morning, however, he’s not so adamant. Trump took to Twitter to say, “Ratings challenged CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) “the founder” of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”
More than 70 high-profile Republicans want the party to stop spending money on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. They’ve signed an open letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The signers include former members of Congress and former RNC officials. One of the organizers says the letter is coming from people who want to protect Republican majorities in the House and Senate, and is not an endorsement of any candidate. A draft of the letter is circulating as a growing number of GOP senators and national security veterans have said publicly they won’t vote for Trump.
There’s a big meeting on tap for today between Donald Trump’s team and Republican National Committee officials as the campaign nose dives in the polls.
One of Hillary Clinton’s top aides is under the spotlight for doing work for the Clinton Foundation while working for the State Department. That’s called ghost employment and in laymen’s terms called ‘double dipping.’ Cheryl Mills was chief of staff when Clinton was secretary of state. CNN reports that uncovered emails show Mills went to New York City in 2012 to conduct interviews for a top job at the foundation.
Two-dozen people landed in the hospital after a JetBlue cross-country flight hit turbulence Thursday night. The airline says the Boston-to-Sacramento flight made an unscheduled landing in Rapid City, South Dakota after flying into bad weather over the Plains. One passenger said it felt like a giant hand hit the plane. JetBlue says 22 passengers and two crew members were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
Thursday night was a historic night of #OlympicProportions in Brazil for Team USA. American Simone Manuel made history in Rio. Manuel became the first African-American female in U.S. Olympic history to win an individual medal in swimming. Oddly it was a tie. She shared gold with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak in the women’s 100-meter freestyle. Swimmer Michael Phelps also cleaned up in the pool getting more Gold, stretching his legend as most decorated Olympian. Phelps added his fourth consecutive gold medal in the men’s 200-meter individual medley. This was his 22nd Olympic gold overall. Straight out of the #FinalFive, gymnast Simone Biles captured the Gold in the all-around competition in Women’s Gymnastics. She is the first woman to hold the Olympic Gold and World title at the same time. Teammate Aly Raisman won the Silver. Back to the pool, Ryan Murphy also won gold in the men’s 200-meter backstroke. Kayla Harrison made judo history with her second gold medal. She defeated France’s Audrey Tcheumeo to win a second judo gold in the 78-kilogram weight class. Harrison is only the second U.S. judo competitor to win two Olympic medals.
The medal count on Friday morning was at 38 for the USA.
Today marks the first track and field competition at the Rio Games. The first medal of the day will be awarded in the women’s 10-thousand-meters. Medals are also on the line in the men’s 20-kilometer race walk and women’s shot put. The men’s 100-meter trials will be held Saturday. Watch Live events HERE.
From Rio to Indy…
The Indianapolis Colts broke camp and packed up shop from Anderson University on Thursday. For the rest of training camp, the team will work at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The team’s roster is currently at 90 players, with the first cut down date coming on August 30.
Following the cancellation of the NFL Hall of Fame game last weekend, the Colts will instead open the preseason Saturday night on the road against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Colts will also host the Ravens and Eagles in exhibition action, and will the close the preseason against the Bengals on September 1. Saturday’s kick-off time is at 7 p.m. Eastern.
In NBA news…The Pacers are gearing up for their 50th season. Their first game will be on October 26 against the Dallas Mavericks. The milestone season also includes the Pacers’ first-ever regular season game overseas. They’ll take on the Denver Nuggets in London on January 12.
Partly cloudy today with afternoon showers and thunderstorms rolling in and high of 91 degrees.
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