Get In the Know With Kim’s Monday News & Headlines
Good morning to you and everyone on this frosty Monday in Indianapolis.
The Department of Public Works says crews have been out since yesterday treating and plowing the roads. Up to four inches was expected through Monday morning. A real-time map of what streets are being cleared and what’s been plowed in the last several hours is available at the Indy Snow Force page on the Department of Public Works website. Be careful if you’re out and about.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard are ordering flags to be lowered at all state and county buildings to honor the 26-year-old humanitarian worker Abdul–Rahman Kassig who was beheaded by a militant terror group. ISIS released a 15-minute video on Sunday morning which included Kassig’s killing. The former Army Ranger formerly known as “Peter” Kassig hailing from North Central High School and Butler University was captured by militants last year while doing humanitarian work in Syria. President Obama is calling Kassig’s murder, “an act of pure evil.” Pence also condemned Kassig’s killing.
Two people are dead following a hit and run on the Indy’s west side. Metro police say the two Hispanic men were hit early Sunday morning while walking across North Lawndale Avenue near the intersection of 38th Street and North High School Road. Police are looking for a black 2005 to 2007 Ford Focus with possible front-end damage and a missing side mirror.
Indianapolis police are saying the man found shot dead in a doorway of a home was a robbery victim. The unidentified victim was found lying at the front door Saturday night. Police say he was shot near his vehicle on Aspen Way near Lawrence and ran to a nearby house where he died.
Indiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving a Marion police officer. Marion officials say a man identified as Chris Cook was running from an officer yesterday morning when the officer shot him. They say Cook was carrying a gun and appeared to turn toward the officer when he was shot. Cook is in serious condition.
The atmosphere in suburban St. Louis is growing more tense, by the hour. People in Ferguson, Missouri are awaiting a grand jury that could come at any moment. Sunday marked the 100th straight day that demonstrators took to the streets to demand that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson face criminal charges for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Recently, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper obtained audio records between police and dispatchers in Ferguson showing that the timeline of events surrounding the shooting of Brown was a very short period of time which could dispel any connection between Brown and a store robbery reported in the area.
It’s not looking good for the Ebola-infected surgeon being treated in a Nebraska hospital. Officials with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha say Dr. Martin Salia is in extremely critical condition on Monday morning. He’s an American citizen who contracted Ebola while treating patients in his native country of Sierra Leone. Salia is the third Ebola patient to undergo treatment in the hospital’s Biocontainment Unit and is believed to be more sick than any patient brought into the country so far. Doctors say they are doing everything possible to save him, but it’s an “hour-by-hour” situation.
Another woman is coming forward with allegations of sexual assault against comedic legend, Bill Cosby. According to “Hollywood Elsewhere,” a publicist named Joan Tarshis claims Cosby raped her twice, with the first incident taking place in 1969 when she was 19. She explains that she hesitated to go public with the allegations because she felt ashamed, but felt the time was right since others have come forward. On Sunday, Cosby’s lawyer, John Schmitt, addressed the rape allegations that have resurfaced over the last few weeks. In a statement on Cosby’s website, he pointed out that the accusations are decades old and have been discredited. He adds that the entertainer “does not intend to dignify” the allegations with a comment.
Back here at home, one of the state’s largest roundabouts is opening today in Speedway. The circle where Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road all come together officially opened to traffic at 5 a.m. The $15 million project was part of a redevelopment plan launched by the Speedway Redevelopment Commission in 2007.
The Colts are adding an “L” to their season record after Sunday night’s televised loss to the New England Patriots. The “Horse” left the field at Lucas Oil Stadium with a final score of 42-to-20. Up next, the Colts take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 23rd.
Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is underway and President Obama wants to make sure all Americans are taking advantage. During his weekly address, Obama urged Americans to explore the options available. The President also urged those who missed their chance to sign up last year to get a jump on enrolling for 2015. Despite a disappointing rollout last year, more than seven-million people signed up for coverage using HealthCare.gov. Obama promised the website would be faster and easier to use this year.
MONDAY’S INDIANAPOLIS WEATHER:
Cloudy skies hovering over the Circle City. A few snow flurries are possible with a High of 26 degrees.
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