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More jobs are heading to Indy. Angie’s List is expanding its headquarters here in Indy and adding 1,000 new jobs over the next five years. The company announced on Tuesday that it will spend $40 Million to buy and renovate the former Ford manufacturing facility currently owned by IPS on the near-eastside.
A 17-year-old jockey critically injured in an accident at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino is dead. Officials say Juan Saez was airlifted to Methodist Hospital Tuesday evening after being thrown from his horse. Track officials say his horse, Montezuma Express—clipped the heels of the horse in front of him. Montezuma Express had to be “put down.” In a separate incident, a second horse named Platitude also fell at the track and was also euthanized.
A distracted driver is catching the heat for causing that crash Tuesday morning on Interstate-65 that injured more than a dozen people in Greenwood. Police believe Logan Thompson, 22, was checking his cell phone when he swerved off the road, struck the cable barrier in the median, then bounced back onto the interstate where he was then hit by a double-decker Megabus en route to Chicago from Atlanta with a stop here in Indy. The Megabus then rolled over after the crash. That same cable barrier caught the bus while it was down on its side and is being praised for saving lives.
Indiana House Republicans released their agenda for the 2015 legislative session on Tuesday. According to The Indianapolis Star, highlights include keeping a balanced budget while boosting school funding, pushing ethics reforms and improving public safety. In a statement, Governor Mike Pence said, “I appreciate the priority they are placing on education and maintaining an honestly balanced budget that lives within our means, protects strong reserves, and preserves a strong balance sheet for Indiana.”
Indianapolis metro police are looking for a suspect who carjacked a WXIN-TV Fox 59 news crew. They say the armed suspect approached the news crew Tuesday night as they were getting ready to do a live shot, and told them to get out of the vehicle. The SUV was recovered about 20 minutes later with all the camera equipment still there. Police say he just took a few personal items.
In national news…
A second Dallas healthcare worker is testing positive for Ebola. A Texas Department of State Health Services spokesperson says the Dallas hospital worker reported a fever on Tuesday and was immediately isolated. This worker also cared for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan who died last week. Earlier this week, reps from a nurses’ union, National Nurses United, sounded the alarm about increased training and equipment to keep themselves safe from Ebola. They said, hospitals need to acknowledge they’re not prepared.
Nurses on staff at that Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Duncan have also spoken specifically about what was going on during Duncan’s visits there. They have described unsafe and chaotic conditions with regard to his treatment. Through a national nurses’ union, some of the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said Duncan was left for several hours with other patients and was not in isolation the second time he came to the hospital.
The news of now a second worker at that hospital testing positive for Ebola comes on the heels of a big donation to fight this deadly virus. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are giving $25 Million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to fight Ebola. Zuckerberg says grants such as this help frontline responders in their work. He stresses that Ebola needs to brought under control before it turns into another global health crisis like HIV or polio.
President Obama won’t nominate a new Attorney General until after next month’s midterm elections. Senate Democrats have been pushing the White House to delay his pick to avoid any possible controversy before the November elections. To read more about this story that you might have missed, click HERE.
GAME NIGHT TONIGHT: The Pacers are in preseason action Wednesday night against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tonight’s game will be played at Cincinnati’s Cintas Center. The Blue n’ Gold is just 1-and-2 so far in this preseason. Tip off is 7:00 p.m. and the game will air on NBA TV.
Happy Birthday to Tito Jackson. Born in 1953, this Gary, Indiana native is a singer and guitarist who is an original member of the musical groups The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons. Tito is aged 61.
Indianapolis Weather: Cloudy with occasional showers Today’s High: 56 degrees.
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