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It’s Columbus Day. All federal offices and most banks and credit unions are closed today because of the holiday. City, county and state offices are open. Schools and public transit are on a normal schedule. Some people hold this particular holiday in a critical historical light.  Others have already made changes. To read more, click HERE.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is reassuring the public that this state is ready for any potential health threat arising because of Ebola. That’s after a webinar he recently held with health care providers across Indiana focusing on the virus. Healthcare officials in Dallas and the Centers for Disease Control confirmed on Sunday that a nurse has contracted the virus after treating an Ebola patient who later died. They say the worker wore full protective gear while caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan. The unnamed worker is isolated and is being treated. She is the first person in the U.S. to contract Ebola here on American soil. Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed with the disease in America.


Healthcare workers are worried that they’re not getting the training and equipment they need to protect themselves against Ebola. Katy Roemer of the nurses union, National Nurses United said in a demonstration on Sunday that nurses and others put their lives at risk and deserve protection and respect and have been asking the hospitals across the nation for the proper training. She says they’re not trying to spread fear and panic but hospitals need to acknowledge they’re not prepared and they want readiness. To read more on the nurse’s concerns, click HERE.

TODAY: Indiana University in Bloomington is hosting a forum to talk about the Ebola threat from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Whittenberger Auditorium in the I.U. Memorial Union.

A shooting victim is in the hospital this Monday morning for treatment after being shot around 3:30 a.m. at a Marathon gas station at Lafayette Road and Tibbs on Indy’s northwest side. This shooting escalated from an argument at a downtown nightclub, according to police. The victim is at Eskenazi Hospital. At this time, the victim’s condition hasn’t been released.

Nearly three-thousand people gathered at Monument Circle on Sunday to ban together with area churches pledging to take back Indianapolis. City Mosaic is planning to use five major initiatives to make a difference, including education, housing, jobs, family transformation and church revitalization.

A member of a Christian singing group is dead following a crash on I-65 in Boone County. Investigators say the group’s RV lost control near Lebanon early Sunday morning and drove into a wooded median, killing the driver. There were three passengers on board, but only one member of The Southern Quartet was injured.

Six people rescued from the sky ride at the Indianapolis Zoo are okay. The Indianapolis Fire Department was called to the Orangutan Exhibit Sunday evening when two gondolas became stuck about 40-feet off the ground. Each person rescued was secured using a harness system and brought down in a lift bucket. Twelve other riders were able to get off with the help of a ladder.

Indianapolis Metro Police are warning people who regularly use the Monon Trail to be careful after hours. This warning comes after a man was beaten and had his bike stolen by four suspects in an attack on Friday night. The 57-year-old victim was still hospitalized on Sunday, but was listed in good condition. Indy Parks recently extended trail hours after much input from the public who wanted to utilize the trail as an option for commuting into downtown Indy by bike. The Monon Trail is now open 5 a.m. to midnight.

On our “bootleg patrol”–Close to $500,000 dollars in counterfeit goods are now in possession of excise officers after a flea market raid. Police filled up two trucks and a trailer at Sunday’s bust at Liberty Bell Carpet and Flea Market on the east side. Among items taken were purses, watches, shoes that were knock offs of brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. No one was arrested.

Rescue animals got a new lease on life in a successful adoption fair over the weekend here in the city. The Indy Mega Adoption Event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is one of the state’s largest and featured 24 rescue groups and 1,300 animals. Organizers say the adoption fair is a more positive environment than a shelter and it gives people the chance to see more animals at one time. Nearly 1,000 cats and dogs have awakened this morning stretching and licking their paws, looking for a little breakfast in their new fur-ever homes.

Indianapolis Weather: Thunderstorms are moving through Central Indiana impacting the city. A few storms may be severe. Today’s High: 77 degrees.

I’m Kim Wells.


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