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Indianapolis Power and Light is hoping to have power completely restored before the heat wave hits.  Some of the hottest temperatures of the year are expected this Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration weekend. More than 400 workers are still trying to restore power following Monday and Tuesday’s storms. They’re hoping to be done by midnight tonight.

Indianapolis metro police along with Homeland Security are holding a press conference later today to detail security plans for keeping you safe downtown during the 45th Annual IBE Summer Celebration. IBE events continue today, including the Corporate Luncheon which features various awardees including actor Anthony Anderson from ABC’s hit show “’black-ish” and former Indianapolis Colts player Reggie Wayne. The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. in Halls D & E of the Indiana Convention Center. It’s also Children’s Day in Halls J & K.  The Music Heritage Festival I gets underway tonight featuring R&B group Blackstreet, R&B and funk bands Al Hudson & One Way and The Original Lakeside on the American Legion Mall at 6 p.m. To see other planned IBE events, click HERE.

Two people are hospitalized from a crash in a construction zone. Police say a car hit a construction worker on Meridian Street south of 116th Street just before midnight Thursday night. The car flipped several times. The worker’s injuries are serious. The driver is also hospitalized.

Indiana has a$210 million surplus. It’s the second largest amount in state history. Governor Mike Pence says fiscal year 2015 ended in the black, in part because of his request that most agencies hold back four-and-a-half-percent of their budgets.

Walmart is hiring for a new Neighborhood Market store in Indy. It’s location hasn’t been announced yet, but is expected to open this fall. Applications can be submitted online or at a temporary hiring center at 7411 Heathrow Way, Suite C.

President Obama says federal and local authorities will be thorough and prompt about getting answers on Thursday’s deadly shootings at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He said the FBI is taking the lead in the investigation. The President offered his deepest condolences to the families of the four Marines who were killed. He said it was heartbreaking that individuals who have served our country with great valor would be gunned down in this fashion.

Investigators are continuing their investigation into whether the suspected shooter in the Chattanooga shooting spree was inspired by ISIS. The FBI says Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, is the gunman in those fatal shootings. NBC News says he was a naturalized citizen from Kuwait. Abdulazeez is believed to have opened fire at an Armed Forces recruiting center before shooting and killing four Marines at a Naval Reserve Center.

We now know that Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof will go on trial in July of next year. Roof appeared in court Thursday and the judge set a tentative trial date of July 11. The judge also extended a sweeping gag order he issued last week. A number of media organizations want evidence released including 911 calls, coroner’s reports and witness statements. The start of Roof’s trial would be just over a year from when the 21-year-old white supremacist shot nine people to death in historic black church, Emanuel A.M.E. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder plus three for attempted murder. He also faces a separate weapons charge.

The words “I can’t breathe” continue to echo as a rallying cry one year after Eric Garner’s death on a Staten Island sidewalk.  The unarmed Garner died July 17th, 2014, after he was placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer for selling loose cigarettes. A cell phone video captured Garner’s struggle as he was wrestled to the ground by four officers, handcuffed and placed on his stomach. One year after Garner’s death, people living and working in the neighborhood where he died say nothing much has changed since his death.

In Sports…

The Indiana Fever take their five-game win streak on the road as they face the Mystics at the Verizon Center in DC tonight.

Indianapolis Weather…

You may need to keep your umbrellas with you and pack a little rain gear as a part of your plans for tonight’s free IBE concert at the American Legion Mall. We know you go early and stake out a spot for your family and friends. There’s a chance for scattered thunderstorms today with a high of 91 degrees.

Make it a safe “Summer Celebration” weekend!  Join me on “Access Indy” with Kim Wells on 106.7 WTLC on Sunday Mornings at 8 a.m.

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