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In breaking national news…we’re watching Brooklyn. As many as three dozen people are hurt following a train derailment in Brooklyn Wednesday morning. New York City fire officials say there are at least 30 people with injuries and a handful appear to be serious. It happened around 8:20 a.m. Eastern at the Atlantic Terminal. Reports are coming in that the train jumped track six. Emergency crews are on the scene evaluating the injured. Some appear to have leg, arm, back or head injuries. Several were being strapped to back boards and loaded into ambulances. No word yet on what caused the derailment.
Back here in Indy…
Indianapolis Metro Police say that two employees of an east side fast food eatery are dead after being shot inside the business early Wednesday. That business is Jordan’s Fish & Chicken located at 21st Street and Post Road. Police were called there overnight, according to WTHR-TV, just after 1 a.m. IMPD investigators are trying to determine what time the shooting happened, but a relative told them family became suspicious when their calls to the restaurant went unanswered. They followed up, by checking in-person and that’s when a relative found the victims dead behind the counter. Those employees are described as two men in their late 30s or early 40s. Police aren’t releasing their names yet. If you have any info on this heinous crime, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
A former Indianapolis Public Schools counselor accused of having a sexual relationship with two students will spend six-years on home detention. Shana Taylor was sentenced on Tuesday. As part of her plea agreement, Taylor admitted to sending inappropriate photos to the students in exchange for the dismissal of child seduction charges. Taylor also won’t have to register as a sex offender as a part of her deal, but Shana Taylor agreed to relinquish her teaching license.
The first of four teens is facing charges for the post-Christmas fight at Castleton Square Mall. Prosecutors filed the charges on Tuesday. They’re not saying which charges or the accused’s name though, because of the suspect’s age. Police say the four female teens started fighting over a teenaged boy. Officers say the fight grew from there.
It’s a 20-year sentence for the man Indianapolis Metro Police say is responsible for shooting five people. A judge sentenced Dominique Stone to 15 years in prison and another five years of community corrections on Tuesday. IMPD investigators say Stone is the triggerman behind a 2015 shooting that sent two women and three children to the hospital.
An Indianapolis Walmart employee is accused of attacking a customer. IMPD says the attack happened on New Year’s Eve at the West Tenth Street location near I-465. The victim told police Michael-Candice Ingram grabbed her by her hair and punched her in the back of the head after they got into an argument over a “money gram.”
Middle class drivers here in Indiana will feel a new gas tax the most. Purdue researcher Larry DeBoer says Indiana lawmakers punched a hole in the state budget with income and inheritance tax cuts. Now, he says, lawmakers want to fill it with a gas tax for roads. DeBoer says middle class taxpayers buy more gas than they inherit money, and they will be the ones to feel the brunt of any new gas tax. Remember that gas tax kicked in on January 1.
A plan to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics is being scrapped. After a firestorm of controversy, House Republicans held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to remove the plan from a package of rules for the new Congress. Supporters said reigning-in the Ethics office would give lawmakers more control over internal investigations. House Republican leaders, like Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and Democrats opposed the Ethics rules change. President-elect Donald Trump questioned the move in a Tweet.
The GOP continues their march to dismantle the Affordable Care Act with two key players expected on Capitol Hill today to work their angles. On one side, President Barack Obama is set to work with his party to preserve his signature health care bill and on the other, Vice-president-elect Mike Pence who in his role as Governor of Indiana has worked as an opponent of ‘Obamacare’ towing the Republican party line. Both sides will hold strategy meetings with their own camps with Pence set to unroll President-elect Donald Trump’s priorities. Congressional Republicans plan to move quickly to repeal the healthcare reform law, though they’ve not released any firm plan to replace it.
Chuck Schumer is reacting to Donald Trump’s Tweet claiming his intelligence briefing on alleged Russian cyberattacks was delayed, and suggesting officials need more time to “build a case.” The Senate Minority Leader told MSNBC Wednesday morning that the president-elect’s challenging of the intelligence community is, “really dumb.” Meanhwile, Julian Assange, the man who actually released the hacked democratic emails, says the Russian government was not the source. See Trump’s Tweet below:
Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton will be among the guests present at Donald Trump’s swearing in. Aides to former President Bill Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Clinton say the two will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20 in Washington D.C. The Clintons have been keeping a relatively low profile since Hillary Clinton suffered an electoral college defeat by Trump in the election. (She did win the popular vote by nearly three million votes, however.) George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush said they’ll also attend the inauguration.
Charles Manson is in the hospital. Sources say the notoriously murderous cult leader was transported from a California Prison to a hospital in Bakersfield. State officials aren’t confirming the report, citing federal and state privacy laws. The 82-year-old is serving nine concurrent life sentences for conspiracy to murder seven people, including heiress Abigail Folger and actress Sharon Tate who was 8-and-a-half months pregnant at the time they stabbed her to death. Manson believed the murders would help ignite an apocalyptic race war.
Jurors return to a South Carolina courtroom to consider the fate of a self-avowed white supremacist who gunned down nine people at a Bible study at ‘Mother’ Emanuel AME Church. They’ll decide whether Dylann Roof gets the death penalty or life in prison. Roof—deemed mentally competent by a judge—will serve as his own lawyer in court.
Ford Motor Company is going to create 700 jobs at its Flat Rock, Michigan plant instead of moving car production to Mexico. Ford’s CEO says it’s directly the result of the presidential election, giving credit to the policy ideas of President-elect Donald Trump for the change of heart. Trump had criticized Ford’s plans for a $1.6-billion plant in Mexico and even threatened import tariffs. Trump took to Twitter again in response. Click below to see his Tweet:
The Indiana Pacers captured the win 121-116 over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night on the road at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Paul George scored 32 points to lead the Pacers whose record has now climbed back to an even 18 and 18.
The Indianapolis Colts are lucking out again this season. The team will not be represented at the Pro Football Hall Of Fame inductions this year. Former Colts running back Edgerrin James was left off of the list when this year’s 15 finalists were revealed. James, who is now in his third year of eligibility, is the Colts’ all-time leading rusher and one-of-four players to have 1,500 yards in a season, four times. Former general manager Bill Polian was an inductee in 2015, Super Bowl-winning former head coach Tony Dungy and star former player Marvin Harrison made the cut last year.
College Hoops…In a first for Butler University, the Bulldogs will take on the number-one ranked college team tonight in college hoops action. Number-18 ranked Butler faces top-ranked Villanova at Hinkle Fieldhouse, tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern. Also tonight, 23rd-ranked Notre Dame welcomes number-nine Louisville with a 9 p.m. Eastern start time. Purdue is back in action at Ohio State Thursday. he Hoosiers will look to snap their slide when they welcome Illinois to Bloomington this Saturday.
Colder on this Wednesday. Sunny skies with Today’s High: 25 degrees. Tonight’s Low: 17 degrees. Preview: Expect snow showers with up to an inch of accumulation on Thursday.
Congratulations to Hoosier-born entertainer Janet Jackson!!! The 50-year-old pop star and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, welcomed their first child Tuesday– a baby boy named Eissa. Eissa means… “Yahweh (God) is salvation.” A representative said in a statement that, “Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably.” So mommy and baby are fine. Congrats to the Al Mana/Jackson family.
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