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The state utility commission wants to hear from you Wednesday night on whether to give Citizens Energy the rate hike the company is seeking. Citizens wants more of customer’s hard earned dollars–to the tune of about $6 more per month, because it says the money is needed to pay for repairs to Indianapolis’ aging infrastructure. If you’d like to weigh-in on whether to give the utility company the additional dollars with an increase that customers will see on their bills, then the utility commissioners will listen to input at public meeting at 6 o’clock this evening in Manual High School’s auditorium. Manual is located just south of downtown Indy on Madison Avenue.

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U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will be here in Indy later on this Wednesday. He’s scheduled for a 4 p.m. appearance this afternoon at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School on West 11th and Martin Luther King Jr. Streets. Duncan will join-in on a moderated discussion about Indy’s pre-Kindergarten programs and the “Your Life Matters” programs where he’ll also interact with the students. Though the program is closed to the general public, President Obama’s education chief will get some first-hand knowledge about how things are done educationally in this city and share some of his guidance on the president’s program, “My Brother’s Keeper” and more.

The Indiana Department of Revenue is giving Hoosiers the opportunity to pay their past-due taxes free of penalty, interest and collection fees. Tax Amnesty 2015 runs through November 16th. Existing liabilities for periods ending prior to January 1, 2013 are eligible. Taxpayers who participated in the 2005 amnesty can’t in this one.

The start of “Hump Day” has been a busy for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. They’ve had to deal with another gun crime on the city’s northwest side. An unknown suspect shot a man in the leg in the 3900 block of Gateway Court around 7:15 a.m. When IMPD arrived at the scene, they found the victim awake and breathing. His name hasn’t been released, however he has been taken to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment. At this hour, we don’t know his condition but police are still searching for the shooter in that incident.

Police in Hamilton County have also been busy as well this morning. Thieves there were busy in a residential neighborhood, attempting to break into cars when witnesses spotted their activity and called it in. Police quickly responded but three suspects fled. The authorities set up a perimeter as a part of their hot pursuit, and they were later able to capture the car break-in trio, taking them into custody.

The FBI is continuing their investigation into the CEO of American Senior Communities. The company provides long-term care to the elderly.  On Tuesday morning, agents raided the Carmel home of James G. Burkhart, located in affluent Hamilton County. They also raided the company’s Indianapolis headquarters.  Officials say the investigation is related to a criminal matter, but still haven’t released any of the specific details.

Despite being really busy on this Wednesday, IMPD reported some good news. The department says there are fewer homicides so far this year than last year. They say 91 murders were reported this year between January 1 and September 13. They logged 98 murders for the same period last year, a decline of seven percent.

A cold case has grown hot again. A man arrested in California has admitted to the 2002 killing of a woman here in Indiana. Natalie Horsley was found dead at a Hendricks County construction site and her case remained cold for years. The Indianapolis Star reports investigators used DNA samples to make a possible connection to a person of interest in Solano County. They obtained a DNA sample from Marco Galindo after he was arrested there on a traffic warrant last week.

A former Indiana University student has been charged with two counts of rape in connection with an assault reported at a fraternity house. John Phillip Enochs was arrested Tuesday for the incident last spring. Police say the victim reported the incident at the Delta Tau Delta house where she was held against her will in a room by an attacker she didn’t know. They say security video shows Enochs entering the room with the woman.

ISIS is threatening to “repeat September 11th” by sending hoards of suicide bombers and truckloads of explosives to the U.S. The terrorist organization has posted a ten-minute video online titled “We Are Back in America.” The video includes quotes from 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, photos of the destroyed World Trade Center and footage of ISIS terrorists beheading people.

The lone survivor of the on-air killings of a Virginia TV crew is reflecting publicly as she recovers from that attack. On Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Vicki Gardner said the whole incident happened very quickly. The first shots missed Gardner and she decided her best bet for survival was to play dead. After the gunman killed reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, he shot Gardner in the back. The gunman was a former TV co-worker of both Parker and Ward.


The GOP presidential candidates are expected to go after Donald Trump at the televised Republican debate. The outspoken billionaire has been the surprise front-runner of the 2016 GOP campaign. The top eleven candidates running for president on the GOP ticket will debate each other on issues affecting the country. Expect the outsiders, former businesswoman Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson–who has pulled up in the polls to the number two spot–to join the usuals such as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to launch more focused, issue oriented attacks on Trump. The debate will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California and will air live on CNN at 8 p.m. Eastern on CNN.

In Sports…

The Indianapolis Colts are cutting ties with running back Vick Ballard. The running back was known to be injury-prone and was waved by the team on Tuesday. At age 25, Ballard played in one game in the past two seasons after dealing with ACL and Achilles injuries. He led the team in rushing in 2012 with 814 yards.  In other team moves, Zurlon Tipton was re-signed to the practice squad, and Josh McNary was placed on the active roster.

Indianapolis Weather…

Sunny across the city with a High around 85 degrees.


New Twitter data finds some Americans saying they’d want to leave the country if Donald Trump becomes president. Of the 4.5 million tweets sent between August 7 and September 9 about Trump, about four-percent promised to bolt from the U.S. if the business mogul wins the White House next year. Around 75-thousand of those tweets said they would move to Mexico.



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