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Memorial Services for Nelson Mandela Today, Obama Featured

Tens of thousands of people are gathered in the rain in Johannesburg Tuesday morning to say goodbye to former South African President Nelson Mandela. The anti-apartheid champion passed away last week at the age of 95. Three former U.S. presidents, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are all in attendance. U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were greeted with thunderous applause after their arrival. President Obama addressed the masses saying this is rightly a time of mourning but also a time to celebrate Mandela’s heroic life.

Charges May Be Filed In Child’s Death

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a three-year-old boy. Investigators say the child accidentally shot himself in the head Saturday night after grabbing the gun from a kitchen counter while reaching for chocolate milk. A decision on charges isn’t expected until after the boy’s funeral.

Girlfriend Of Home Invasion Suspect Arrested

A woman accused of hiding a home-invasion suspect is now facing charges. Police arrested Sierra White on Monday. She is believed to be the girlfriend of Adrian Anthony and allegedly helped him evade police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Vigil Held For Killed High School Student

Noblesville High School is mourning the loss of a 16-year-old girl shot and killed at a friend’s house. More than 100 people gathered at Morse Reservoir Monday night for a vigil for Aubrey Peters. Police say 20-year-old Jacob McDaniel accidentally shot Peters Sunday night at his home while showing off a gun. McDaniel has been charged with reckless homicide.

Food Stamp Schedule Changing

More than 900-thousand Hoosier residents are going to find January to be financially difficult. A new schedule for food stamps will change and be spread out over three weeks. Everyone now receives benefits at the beginning of each month. The plan will allow recipients who plan ahead to extend benefits in December to the last week of January.

Panhandling Proposal Needs Some Work

A plan to restrict panhandling in Indy is going to need additional reviews by the City-County Council.The proposal went back to the committee Monday for discussions on revisions, including how to handle “street performers”. Councilors want to keep downtown businesses thriving without the negative impact of panhandlers.

Master Plan For Indy Tourism

A master plan is receiving close to 200-thousand dollars to attract tourists to the Circle City. The Capital Improvement Board voted on the campaign Monday. The blueprint creates new products and activities to satisfy visitors to Indianapolis where tourism is a major industry.

Governor Announces Cost-Saving Steps

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is selling the state’s airplane to help minimize a projected revenue shortfall. On Monday, Pence also announced he’s delaying expenses planned for the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, is requiring agencies to hold back an additional one-and-a-half-percent of their appropriations, and is requiring a two-percent reserve on university operations and line items. The state’s November revenue report showed 141-million-dollars less than projected for the current fiscal year.

In Sports…

Pacers Host Heat Tonight

It’s a battle of the East’s best two teams Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the Pacers host the Heat. Indiana comes in at 18-and-3 while the defending champs are 16-and-5. It’s the first of four meetings between the squads. Tip is set for 7:00 Eastern.


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