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Good Day to you on this A Day Without a Woman. More on that below, but first, a drug sting nets several suspects here in Central Indiana…
More than three-dozen people are facing charges following a six-month drug investigation in Johnson County. Federal, state and local law enforcement officers attempted to serve 43 warrants on Tuesday and made 28 arrests. Officials say nearly 75-percent of the felonies committed in Johnson County each year are drug-related.
An overnight house fire on the city’s east side has left a family homeless and without many of their pets. The Indianapolis Fire Department said several of their pets either died or have gone missing in the blaze and subsequent commotion at a home near Keystone Avenue and New York Street around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Two people escaped, and took with them some of their pets including a box of kittens. According to various media reports, at least two dogs and several cats were killed. The had roughly 19 pets. The home is a total loss. Fire officials say smoke detectors were inside but they didn’t work.
An update on another deadly blaze that happened last Friday in the city…
That fire has claimed another life. A four-year-old critically injured in that house fire has succumbed to his injuries. Officials say Cayden Yates died on Monday, making him the city’s fourth fire fatality this year. Yates was injured in that blaze last Friday in the 700 block of East Terrace Street. His grandfather and ten-month-old brother were also killed in the blaze, which is believed to have been caused by a space heater.
Colts defensive lineman David Parry is facing up to five-years in jail for a cart incident in Scottsdale, Arizona. Parry was officially charged on Tuesday with multiple felonies stemming from his arrest back on February 25. Police say he hit the driver of a taxi cart, then took the vehicle which looks like a golf cart, and crashed it into an apartment complex’s gate. By the way, he’s accused of resisting arrest in this incident as well.
Some good news for our airport…
Indianapolis’ airport is once again the best of its size in the country. On Tuesday the Airports Council International ranked Indianapolis International Airport the best airport that serves over two-million passengers in a year. This is the fifth year Indy’s airport has won the award.
This is A Day Without a Woman coinciding with today’s International Women’s Day. Marches are planned all across the nation and many women will be staying away from their jobs today to observe this day that puts issues such as economic equality and discrimination in the spotlight. Whether you’re staying home or not, participants (both women and men supporters) are asked to wear red to represent love and the labor movement—equal pay for equal work. They’re also asked not to spend any money unless it’s with a woman or minority owned business. Planned Parenthood is doing a teach-in here in Indy today to discuss women’s health in observance.
Republicans at the Indiana statehouse say they don’t know yet how the Obamacare replacement will impact the state. Republican lawmakers and Governor Eric Holcomb’s office said on Tuesday they’re still waiting for the details of the plan. Indiana’s Indiana Hospital Association says it’s waiting for specifics on how the plan from Republicans in Washington D.C. will impact patients in Indiana.
Speaking of the plan… Congress starts considering the new Republican health care plan today. Two committees plan separate markup sessions where they’ll take the measure apart line by line and consider possible amendments. The plan to replace Obamacare prominently features tax credits and health savings accounts. But folks on both sides of the aisle and other stake holders aren’t happy…one is the AARP. They’re taking issue with it and are officially opposing the “American Care Act.” The lobbying group for older Americans objects to a provision that would allow insurers to charge older policy holders up to five times what they charge younger customers. The ratio currently is three-to-one. Opponents also oppose provisions that target the poor by allowing insurers to charge a 30-percent penalty fee. For example, if a customer drops a plan (stops paying because they feel they can’t afford the premium and lets the insurance go) then returns to a plan later, the next insurer is able to charge them 30-percent more. Authors say it’s to incentivize always purchasing insurance.
Detroit is in town for some NBA action. The Indiana Pacers are back on the home court tonight playing host to the Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers have captured wins and suffered losses over its last seven games. On Monday they had another setback in Charlotte with a loss to the Hornets 100-88. The Pacers are currently sixth in the East at 32-and-31, one game ahead of both the Pistons and Bulls.
Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Joe Reitz is hanging up his cleats. Reitz has retired from the NFL after six seasons. The 31-year-old started 44 of the 73 career games he played in with the Colts. Reitz appeared in 13 games last season with six starts. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan.
Sunny and windy. Today’s High: 59 degrees. Tonight’s Low: 36 degrees.
Animal rights activists and animal lovers are applauding the City of Indianapolis. New ramps were installed in the downtown canal to save baby ducks and geese from drowning. City officials made the decision after learning that some ducklings and goslings couldn’t get out of the water. The wooden ramps were installed near Vermont Street near the Canal Street Apartments. PETA has praised the city for “doing the right thing” in striving to co-exist with local wildlife.
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