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Good day to you on this National Joe Day…not sloppy joe as in sandwich, but Joe the name…today honor’s folks named “Joe.” In today’s headlines…there are a couple of Joe’s in action–one locally, Mayor Joe Hogsett and one nationally, Former Vice President Joe Biden. Click for the Biden story.
Many workers want to take Carrier’s early retirement offer, enough to possibly save some jobs. The company said last week as many as 250 workers have said they want to take the early retirement option. Carrier managers say they’re still planning to eliminate up to 550 jobs, but the early retirements may trim a few jobs off that list. Though some jobs at the company were spared in a tax incentive deal with the man who would go on to become president, Donald Trump, the company is still moving some operations across the border to Mexico where it had already built a factory.
Four people accused of robbing at least 14 area businesses are facing charges. Indianapolis Metro Police (IMPD) say three men and one juvenile were arrested Friday night, shortly after a robbery was reported at the Del Taco on North High School Road. The group is believed to be connected with several robberies since the beginning of the year at predominately Mexican-owned businesses.
IMPD says one man is behind bars after trying to out run officers in a stolen SUV. The chase started about 7:00 Sunday night on Rural Street and ended a few blocks later in the Fountain Square neighborhood when the driver crashed into a used car lot. IMPD officers say no one was hurt in the chase or the wreck.
The police department is also trying to build stronger ties with one of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. On Saturday, Mayor Joe Hogsett and IMPD Chief Bryan Roach walked the streets near Tenth and Rural. While there, they talked with business owners and those who live in the area to get opinions on what the city can do to make it better. Last month, a tip led the arrests of a dozen people at a drug house known as “The Candy Store.”
A mass shooting at a nightclub in near-by Cincinnati, Ohio is the largest of its kind in the U.S. this year, according to media reports. There are so far no arrests in a mass shooting at a Cincinnati nightclub that took place over the weekend. Police say an argument led to gunfire inside the Cameo Night Club early Sunday. One person was killed and 15 others were injured, one critically. Mayor John Cranley called the tragedy “one of the worst days in the history of Cincinnati.”
The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land after the failure to pass Trumpcare on Friday. Now the White House is putting healthcare reform in its rear view mirror and moving on the tax cuts. Budget director Mick Mulvaney told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the administration will let Obamacare collapse. He predicts voters will blame Democrats when that happens and not Republicans for failing to pass a replacement plan. Mulvaney said the administration will revisit health care later if asked.
There are growing calls for a federal investigation into the disappearances of nearly two dozen girls from Washington, DC. The Metropolitan Police Department in DC has acknowledged that there are 22 open cases involving children reported missing this year. Some have pointed out the glaring similarity of the victims—that’s most of them are children of color – black and Latina girls. As a result, the Congressional Black Caucus is calling for a federal investigation. The CBC says it’s concerned that when children of color go missing, “authorities often assume they are runaways rather than victims of abduction.” The Justice Department says Attorney General Jeff Sessions was briefed on the matter on Friday. So far, there’s no public plan from him on how the Justice Department will address the matter.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will now head a new office that aims to overhaul and streamline the federal government. NBC News reported that Trump will announce senior White House adviser Kushner’s appointment sometime Monday.
Speaking of announcements, Indiana University made a pretty big one from their athletics department and now a new era of men’s basketball is beginning at the college. Dayton’s Archie Miller was hired to replace Tom Crean, who was fired last week. Miller will be formally introduced Monday afternoon at Assembly Hall on the Bloomington campus. Calling IU basketball one of the greatest programs in the country, Miller says he’s honored to be the head coach and can’t wait to get started.
All Indiana schools are out of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the Final Four is now set. On Friday, it was ‘Dawg Down’ as Butler fell to North Carolina, 92-80, in Sweet 16 action. Then Sunday night in Elite Eight action, North Carolina went on to knock down the Kentucky Wildcats in an exciting game. Now UNC will face Oregon and South Carolina will play Gonzaga. That’s your Final Four. The games are Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
Though we’ve told you all morning the big story in the IHSAA Boy’s Basketball State Championships is the Crispus Attucks Tigers winning another state championship after a 58 year drought. They weren’t the only ones. Congratulations also to the state’s other prep champions. Indianapolis west side powerhouse Ben Davis won in the 4A division. They beat Fort Wayne North Side 55-52. Frankton was victorious in the 2A division. They took on Crawford County and ran away 60-32. Tindley won in Class A. The Indianapolis school, located in the Avondale-Meadows neighborhood, beat Lafayette Central Catholic 51-49. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks came out on top in the 3A division beating Twin Lakes 73-71. Attucks was the first all-black school in the country to win a state championship. That was in 1955. They won again in 1956 and in 1959. During that time it was winner-take-all. The schools weren’t broken into divisions. A superstar from that legendary era who went on to NBA greatness, Oscar “Big O” Robertson, attended Saturday’s Championship games downtown Indy at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He awarded the Attucks players their champion medals.
Considerable cloudiness in the Indy area today. Occasional rain showers this afternoon with thunder possible. Today’s High: 67 degrees. Expect thunderstorms tonight as well. Tonight’s Low: 53 degrees.
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