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Flurries…yeah, you’re likely to see them today. But the ‘real’ snowfall is likely coming over the weekend. The National Weather Service says Indianapolis will likely see snow both Saturday and Sunday. Forecasters say the city could see as much accumulation as an inch of the fluffy stuff.
The man accused of firing at two Indianapolis Metro Police Department headquarters is charged with attempted murder. Damoine Wilcoxson was formally charged on Thursday. Officials say on October 13, he fired more than a dozen shots at officers sitting inside the North District headquarters. Wilcoxson is also facing a criminal recklessness charge for the October 4 shooting at the Northwest District.
Responding to a ‘trumped’ up reaction…
A press conference was held Friday morning at the Steelworkers union hall in Indy with the AFL-CIO to discuss the Carrier Corporation jobs situation and the implications of President-elect Donald Trump lashing out publicly against the Steelworkers Local 1999 President, Chuck Jones. Jones went on record this week telling the media that Trump lied about the number of jobs that would be retained in the state and that Trump inflated the number with positions that were never slated to move to Mexico anyway. WTHR-TV reports the union, AFL-CIO is backing the Steelworkers’ president as he works to save more Hoosier’s jobs. Follow their story HERE.
Indiana received a distinctive honor in the area of schooling—one it shares with two other states. Indiana’s charter schools are tied for having the best systems in the nation, an honor bestowed by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. The organization says Washington “is a national model for how to get charter school policies right.” Right up there with Washington state are Indiana and Nevada. The report takes a number of factors into account, including standards for authorizing new schools, evaluations, sanctions, and performance reports.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence isn’t the most popular incoming vice president. A new Pew Research Center survey says he’s viewed less favorably than other recent vice presidents before they took office. From November 30 through December 5, about four-in-ten people surveyed said they had a positive opinion of Pence. That’s compared to about six-in-ten who had favorable views of Joe Biden, Dick Cheney and Al Gore.
President Barack Obama says the late John Glenn “lifted the hopes of a nation.” The President released a statement soon after the world learned of the death of the space program pioneer, war veteran and senator Thursday at age 95. Obama said that Glenn spent his life breaking barriers and inspired generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts, the ones who will eventually take mankind to Mars. Glenn made history when he became the first American to orbit the Earth aboard NASA’s “Friendship 7” space capsule in 1962. Glenn will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The dates and times for a public memorial at Ohio State University and a private burial have not yet been announced.
The trial of the white man accused of shooting and killing nine church members during a bible study at a black church in South Carolina continues today. Jurors in the Charleston church shooting trial are being shown a videotaped confession by the accused gunman. Court observers report accused shooter Dylann Roof is showing no emotion as the two-hour recording is being played. Roof was welcomed by and sat with the members, including the church’s pastor, for a half hour listening to the bible study before opening fire on the attendees last year.
Macy’s will stop donations to Planned Parenthood. A conservative watchdog that monitors corporate funding of certain causes says the decision was prompted by anti-abortion customers who made complaints about the practice. Other major retailers like Nike, American Express, Starbucks and Verizon all donate to the organization.
The epidemic of deaths from opioids is getting worse. The CDC says opioid overdoses killed more than 33,000 Americans last year. Some of those deaths involved a combination of drugs.
A new, experimental drug lowers production of a toxic protein blamed for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The drugmaker Pfizer presented results of early stage testing at the annual Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease Conference in San Diego Thursday. Pfizer tested the drug on more than 80 healthy volunteers and they saw a decrease in the production of the toxic protein by as much as 59-percent. It’s the first drug of its kind to come out of early-stage research. Next step? Testing the new drug on people with Alzheimer’s.
President-elect Donald Trump will visit two more states today on his “thank you” tour. He’s set to hold a rally Friday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Earlier in the day, he’s scheduled to make a stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a “get out the vote” rally to help Republican candidates ahead of a runoff election.
And by the way…Trump will keep his side-piece job too. While pundits and experts weigh conflict of interest angles on the Trump empire and the effectiveness of placing that empire in a blind trust while his children run the day-to-day business, we’ve learned that Trump is likely to remain Executive Producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” show. Variety magazine reports the President-elect will remain as one of several executive producer’s of the franchise, which is owned by MGM. It’s not sure what role Trump will have or if he’ll be paid. The show will return early next year with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new host.
Here’s what’s at stake…first place in the AFC South. It’s on the line Sunday when the Colts host the Texans. Indy, Houston and Tennessee are currently tied atop the division with identical 6-and-6 records. Houston won the first match-up with Indy, 26-23, in overtime in Week Six. The Colts lead the all-time series 23-to-6. Game time is at 1 p.m. Eastern from Lucas Oil Stadium downtown.
The Pacers continue their western road swing tonight. They are in Dallas on this Friday to do battle with the Mavericks tonight. Game time is at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
Cubs fans here in Indiana don’t have to travel all the way to Chicago to see the World Series trophy. The Cubs are bringing it here–‘to the people!’ The team announced Thursday that a tour for the trophy is being planned and Indianapolis is one of the stops. However, as of right now. They’re not saying when it’s coming to Indy. In addition to Indy, the Cubs are planning stops in South Bend and Ft. Wayne. Folks love those Cubbies in pockets all over the state.
On this day in 1965, Baseball Hall-of-Famer Branch Rickey died at the age of 83. As the Dodgers owner, he was instrumental in the battle to break the major league baseball color barrier. He signed and championed the legendary Jackie Robinson to the Dodgers in 1945.
Snow showers end. Sunshine and clouds mixed. More flurries possible. Today’s High: 27 degrees. Tonight’s Low: 19 degrees. Saturday…cloudy with a chance of flurries. Sunday…snow and rain mix.
Reading is so critically important for the development of children…that’s common wisdom from parents and educators alike. So the Indianapolis Public Library, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indy Reads are encouraging you to spread the joy of reading by participating in a program that provides free books for Indy’s children during the holiday season. It’s called Jingle Books. Through December 23, you can “give a book and take a book” at Jingle Books displays at all Indy Public Library locations. You can take a book home as a gift for a young child in your life and/or donate children’s books, and more. Join me on “Access Indy” this Sunday morning at 8. I’m going to talk with a multi-award winning and New York Times best-selling children’s author who wrote the books that the family films Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux were based on. Kate DiCamillo will help you with some suggestions on getting books into the hands of kids in our community this holiday season.
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