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INDOT is getting the state’s major interstates ready for a busy weekend of holiday travel. Beginning today, trucks will be out on I-465, I-65 and I-70 laying down a protective brine mixture. The residue will help prevent overnight frost from affecting roadways and bridges.
Anyone heading to an airport today may want to be sure that they’ve packed along a little extra patience. That’s because Thursday and Friday are expected to be the busiest days for airports this holiday season. Airlines for America says about 2.4 million Americans will be flying today.
We now know when you can pay your respects to a former legendary leader of this city. Hoosiers will be able to say their final goodbyes to former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut at a public memorial service after the holidays. Here are the details:
- Location: Second Presbyterian Church at 7700 North Meridian Street.
- The calling will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017, 3-8 p.m.
- The memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 11 a.m.
Hudnut led Indianapolis for 16 years which makes him the longest serving mayor of this city. He passed away Saturday at the age of 84.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Troy Riggs is stepping down at the end of the year. Riggs made his decision known on Wednesday. During an afternoon press conference, he called the decision very tough personally and professionally. When questioned why, he cited financial concerns as a key reason for his departure. Riggs didn’t say what his next job will be, but did note that it wouldn’t be in law enforcement.
Two death investigations have been keeping Indy Metro Police busy…
IMPD investigators are looking on this Thursday for at least two suspects connected to a deadly shooting late Wednesday night on Indy’s east side. When officers arrived at the 1500 block of North Gladstone Avenue just before midnight they found a victim lying there suffering from at least one gunshot. An EMS cres pronounced him dead there on the scene. Police haven’t released his name but we do know the victim is a 48-year-old male. Police are continuing this investigation and ask you to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) with any info that may help them in this case.
Also, police have more questions than answers about a badly burned body found on the city’s northeast side. IMPD officers found the body near 37th and Drexel late Wednesday night. Investigators aren’t saying how the person died or if they were dead before being burned.
Indiana is reporting its first flu-related death this season. State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams used his announcement on Wednesday to encourage Hoosiers to get a flu shot. To help prevent the spread of flu, health officials say you should practice the “Three Cs” – clean, cover, contain. You should properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water; cover your cough and sneeze into your arm or a disposable tissue; and stay home from school or work when you’re sick.
In some good news… An 80-year-old man with dementia reported missing in Fishers is now safe. His name is Jack Terwilliger. He disappeared Wednesday afternoon while walking his dog. Police say he was found several hours later, but police didn’t release any other details.
There’s shock and admittedly some anger in North Carolina. Lawmakers there have ended their special session without repealing the state’s controversial ‘bathroom bill.’ The General Assembly adjourned Wednesday without passing a motion to repeal House Bill 2 which requires transgender people to use bathrooms that match their biological gender listed on a birth certificate. Proponents say they are protecting women and children. Here’s the overall reaction…the state has lost conventions, sporting events and a lot of business because the law is thought to be discriminatory.
The Republican strategist who helped President-elect Donald Trump win the presidency will become the highest-ranking woman in the White House. Trump’s transition team announced Thursday a promotion for talking head Kellyanne Conway. Conway has now been appointed counselor to the president.
Murder rates are creeping higher in most U.S. cities, but they are still not at the levels seen two decades ago. A new Wall Street Journal survey shows 16 of the nation’s 20 largest police departments are reporting higher murder rates this year than in 2015.
A black man is being accused of burning down a historically black church and writing “Vote Trump” on the wall. In a follow-up, Mississippi State Police arrested Andrew McClinton on Wednesday and charged him with arson. McClinton was a member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville. The fire was set on November 1, a week before the presidential election.
Still shopping for Christmas? There might be three more shopping days left but today is the last to order gifts from Amazon Prime and have them delivered before December 25. As far as what sorts of gifts Amazon is primed to deliver, anything electronic is very hot. In the not electronic category is the “Harry Potter” Paperback Box Set and a deal on “Star Wars” Lego sets.
The Indiana Pacers host the Boston Celtics tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They’re coming off a 118-111 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday. Tip is at 7p.
Sunshine and clouds mixed. Today’s High: 36 degrees Tonight’s Low: 23 degrees.
Finally…or like whatever…
The most annoying word or phrase of 2016 is –(drumroll please) “whatever.” For the second year in a row, “whatever” tops a Marist College list of the words used in casual conversation that most annoy people. “No offense, but…” is second on the annoying list. Among people under the age of 30, the phrase “I can’t even” takes top honors. See some of the other annoying phrases and how they breakdown HERE.
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