@kwellscomm Wednesday’s PraiseIndy.com News & Sports
We hope you’re bundled up today as you move out and about the city and that you did the same for your kiddo’s as they headed off to school on this ‘Hump Day.’ The temps were oppressively cold on Wednesday morning–in the upper 20’s. Indy Snow Force was still out in force making sure roadways were clear after Tuesday’s snowstorm that led motorists into lots of slide offs and over 100 other accidents. At least three-inches of snow was reported here in the city, while other areas saw freezing rain.
Many more Indianapolis public schools are failing the state’s latest standardized test. New numbers show 42-percent of Indy schools received an F for the 2015-2016 school year. That’s up from just 18-percent a year ago. Just three schools in the city got an A on the I-STEP.
Hundreds of Indiana National Guardsmen may have to repay thousands of dollars in re-enlistment bonuses. The word comes after an audit shows 443 citizen soldiers may have been given a $1.5-million too much in bonus payments between 2004 and 2015. The Guard says it appears to be a simple accounting mistake.
A school bus driver in Madison County could be looking at charges after forgetting an eight-year-old on the bus. Heather Johnson says her son fell asleep on the bus. School leaders say that happens. But the driver is supposed to check and make sure no one is left behind. The school and the police say that didn’t happen in this case.
Eli Lilly is going to discount its insulin for some users. Beginning January 1, 2017, those who don’t have health insurance or who are in the high-deductible phase of a health plan will be able to save 40-percent. The discounted drug will be available through a company called Blink Health. The price break will be offered for Humalog, Humulin and Basaglar.
A man known as one of ‘America’s TV Dads’ is dead. 69-year-old Alan Thicke died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son. The Canadian born, hockey-loving Thicke, was best known for his role as, Jason Seaver, on the 80s sitcom “Growing Pains.” He also hosted talk shows, games shows and wrote several TV theme songs. He’s also the voice of numerous commercials on radio and TV. Thicke is survived by his third wife, Tanya, and his three sons, including singer Robin Thicke who called his father the greatest man he ever met.
President-elect Donald Trump will meet today with the brains behind Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco. There could be some tension at today’s tech summit, as many industry leaders supported Trump’s democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for President. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may also attend the summit. Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post.
As another cease-fire is called for in Syria, demonstrations erupt here in the U.S. Syrians in New York, and their supporters, are protesting Russia’s role in the battle of Aleppo. About 100 people showed up for a demonstration Tuesday night outside Russia’s mission to the UN in New York City.
As we remember the tragic deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut back in 2012 where a gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults, before taking his own life today, we are also learning that Liberty University wants to build the first National Rifle Association-approved shooting range on a U.S. college campus. If built, the $3-million facility on their land in Virginia would be open to the public and local law enforcement.
Speaking of guns…I’ll be talking about a non-traditional and new perspective to the national conversation on gun violence in this country and in our own backyards on “Access Indy with Kim Wells” this Sunday, December 18, at 8 a.m. Eastern on 106.7 WTLC-FM. You’ll never guess which community is leading the new charge.
Prosecutors say they expect to wrap up their case today against the man accused of murdering nine people last year in a South Carolina church. They say Dylann Roof was motivated by racial hatred when he opened fire during their Bible study session at the historically black ‘Mother’ Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Polly Sheppard is expected to take the stand today in court. Sheppard was at the church during the shooting spree, that Roof allegedly spared, because he wanted her to tell people what he had done. Roof is facing 33 hate crimes charges and could receive the death penalty if convicted.
Bill Cosby’s pretrial hearing for sex assault charges continues in a court room near Philadelphia today. Cosby, 79, is facing accusations that he drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. Yesterday Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill told lawyers for both sides to keep their voices down as they argued about whether other women who have accused the comedian of similar crimes will be allowed to testify. More than 50 women have come forward against Cosby with allegations going back decades but this is the only criminal case.
A Philadelphia man who stole a piece of artwork from the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville is claiming he thought it was a poster from the gift shop. The painting of the late boxing champ by artist LeRoy Neiman is valued at five-thousand dollars. WDRB-TV is reporting that Gerald Garrett also claimed he tried to mail it back to them. He was arrested in Philadelphia last week on theft charges. The artwork so far has not been recovered.
Elsewhere in Sports…
It’s another road trip for the Pacers. They begin a three-game swing tonight in Miami against the Heat. The Pacers also visit New Orleans and Detroit during this road trip. Tip is at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN and Fox Sports Indiana.
Not only was there sad news in entertainment today, but in sports as well. Former Colts player Konrad Reuland is dead. He passed away Monday at the age of 29 after suffering a brain aneurysm. Reuland had been a tight end with the Colts in 2014 and played in three preseason games this year. He played college football at Notre Dame and Stanford. His last NFL team was the Baltimore Ravens.
Partly cloudy, with a few periods of sun. Today’s High: 27 degrees. Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Tonight’s Low: 7 degrees.
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