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Anderson Police are continuing their investigation into a shooting that left one teenager dead at the hand of his own teenaged brother. Police said the teen’s shooting death appears to be accidental but the county prosecutor will ultimately decide whether there will be any charges. In this incident, a 17-year-old Anderson teen shot his 16-year-old brother on Tuesday. According to WTHR-TV, neighbors were concerned about the young people at the home where the brothers lived and feared “a shooting because they liked to go into the back yard and just point guns at each other.” So far, no other details have been released.
So far, this holiday-eve has gotten off to a cool and wet start. Cool and wet is a mix that proved a little tough for one Indianapolis Metro police officer in his patrol car early Wednesday morning. IMPD says icy roads are the cause of an officer’s single-vehicle crash on the city’s east side just before 4 a.m. on East Washington Street at North Oxford. Police say the officer wasn’t seriously injured but had to be pulled out of his crashed car by first responders.
IMPD says a person hit by a vehicle on the city’s south side may have been deliberately hit. The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries Tuesday after being hit on Atlantic Street near East Street. The driver then left the scene.
As the holiday shopping season ramps up, extra police patrols are being added. IMPD says they’ll do whatever they can to stop criminals from targeting shoppers. Officials say you should never leave valuables in your vehicle where others can see them. You can also reduce your risk of becoming a victim by locking your house and garage.
Don’t expect to see much, if any, action on Indiana’s proposed abortion ban. House Speaker Brian Bosma told reporters on Wednesday he doesn’t think the state needs to ‘buy a lawsuit.’ Bosma, as the top Republican in the Indiana House, can all but scuttle the proposal from Curt Nisly to ban and criminalize all abortions here in the state. Regardless, Nisly says he plans to file his legislation.
Indiana’s health commissioner may be following Indiana’s governor into the Trump administration. Indiana Department of Public Health director Dr. Jerome Adams says he interviewed with the Trump transition team Monday. Adams says he spoke with the President-elect about ‘health versus healthcare.’ It’s not clear which position Adams interviewed for.
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly chosen South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. If confirmed by the Senate, Haley will be the voice of the Trump administration at the 193-nation organization. Haley is the first female to be named to the Trump cabinet. A formal announcement from Trump is expected sometime on Wednesday though reports say she has accepted Trump’s offer. Haley is known for first refusing to have the confederate flag removed from the South Carolina statehouse property, then reversing her decision under tremendous public pressure.
President-elect Donald Trump is trying to improve relations with the folks at The New York Times. Trump met with reporters at the iconic newspaper’s offices on Tuesday. Among the topics that came up was the question of whether to investigate Hillary and Bill Clinton over possible legal issues from their Clinton Foundation. Trump made it clear that he isn’t in favor of prosecuting the pair, saying it would be, “very very divisive for the country.” It may also raise more questions, on Trump’s connections to the Clintons. Several publications including The Hill have reported that Trump donated at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Trump’s daughter and political adviser Ivanka, is also listed as a donor in the $5,001 to $10,000 range.
President-elect Trump has reportedly chosen South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. If confirmed by the Senate, she’ll be the voice of the Trump administration at the 193-nation member organization. Haley is the first female to be named to the Trump cabinet. A formal announcement from Trump is expected sometime today.
It’s getting expensive to protect the new President-elect at his New York home. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t confirm reports the extra security costs an extra million dollars-a-day. But he does say New York deserves a “substantial” amount of reimbursement from the federal government. Some want to know what the continued price tag will be after the presidency changes hands to Trump. According to recent reports, Trump will move to the White House but the new First Lady, Melania Trump and son Barron will not, remaining behind in New York.
President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences of dozens of more prisoners here in the U.S., pushing the number during his presidency past 1,000. The President granted 79 commutations on Tuesday to people who were convicted of non-violent drug offenses. In a Facebook post announcing the commutations, the President said “it makes no sense” for someone to serve a lengthy prison sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.
Continuing a decades-old White House tradition, President Obama will pardon his last turkey today. President Obama will choose between two turkeys, one named Tater and the other Tot, to become the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Tater and Tot will then retire to a Virginia Tech teaching farm. Today’s turkey pardon will be Mr. Obama’s eighth and final time participating in the ceremony before President-elect Trump takes office in January.
A big digital ad company has pulled its services from Breitbart News after determining that some content on the site violates its hate speech ban. AppNexus says it took a closer look at the conservative news site after Breitbart’s former head, Steve Bannon, was selected to be President-elect Trump’s chief White House strategist. In a statement e-mailed to Bloomberg News, Breitbart says it condemns racist and bigotry. However Bannon has in the past proclaimed that the website was “…the platform for the alt-right.” He famously told that to journalist Sarah Posner during an interview. The alt-right is an extreme portion of the conservative movement that rails against ‘the other’ generally spewing white nationalist views. Read more about why newsmagazine website Mother Jones thinks it’s fair to view Bannon and his leadership of Breitbart in a white nationalist light, HERE.
A settlement reforming Baltimore’s troubled police department is considered unlikely before the city’s mayor leaves office next month. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the issues involved are complex and a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department could take months or even years. A Justice Department probe was launched after the 2015 death of an African-American man, Freddie Gray, from an injury while in police custody.
More Americans are filing for unemployment. The Labor Department says weekly jobless claims rose by 18,000 last week. Wednesday morning’s figures show 251,000 people filed first-time claims for benefits for the week ending November 19. That’s slightly higher than analysts had expected.
There’s still uncertainty on whether the Colts will take the field Thanksgiving night for a high profile game without star quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts host the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night, but Luck was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol after experiencing concussion-like symptoms after Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans.
The Indiana Pacers will be back in action on this eve of ‘Turkey Day’ as they welcome the Atlanta Hawks to town. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. Eastern from Bankers Life Fieldhouse downtown Indy.
Cloudy with periods of rain. High of 47 degrees.
If you or someone you know is in need of a hot Thanksgiving meal, particularly the sick, shut-in, elderly or veterans…The Mozel Sanders Foundation is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. Click here for the satellite locations and we’ll announce the phone number and post it for you so you can order a dinner on Thanksgiving morning.
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