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Get In the Know With Kim’s Friday Tlcnaptown.com News & Sports Headlines

If you use what’s popularly known as a “food stamp card,” which is the Hoosier Works Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT ) card to access your Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, plan ahead to do your grocery shopping. The system will be down temporarily this weekend between Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says this outage is due to them switching providers from JPMorgan Chase to Xerox. Food stamp card users won’t notice a difference after the switch, except for a new website, linked HERE.  However, SNAP and TANF card users will not be able to use EBT cards at grocery stores or at ATM’s to withdraw cash during the outage. Plan ahead.

An off-duty Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer is suspected of hitting and killing a pedestrian on Indy’s far Southside. Police say the officer may have been under the influence when he struck the victim on East Southport Road last night just before midnight.  A team of investigators was called to the scene when they suspected alcohol involvement. The officer stopped his cruiser to help the victim and was later taken to Eskenazi Hospital for a blood draw. Police officials say it’s too early to tell what will happen with his position in the department, or if he’ll face criminal charges. He’s only being identified at this time as a seven-year veteran of the force.

The assistant police chief at Butler University is allowed to still drive to work despite a recent DUI arrest. Andrew Ryan’s driver’s license was suspended earlier this month after he was accused of getting into an alcohol-fueled accident with another car. Ryan told a judge on Wednesday that his job requires him to have access to a car. A police report said Ryan’s blood-alcohol content was zero-point-27 at the time of the crash. The force placed him initially on administrative leave at work, however he is now back on the job.

Purdue University police are looking into a sexual assault reported early on this Friday morning. The school sent out a tweet urging people to avoid the area around the 600 block of North University Street. Officers were there to investigate.

Closer to home, a man has been injured in an overnight shooting in Lawrence. According to WTHR, Lawrence Police say he was shot multiple times around 1:30 a.m. in the 8600 block of East 46th Street. The victim was conscious when he was taken from the crime scene to an area hospital.  No word yet on his condition.

CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC:  The bands of Central State and Kentucky State Universities will be downtown on Monument Circle this afternoon at 4 p.m. for the Circle City Classic Pep Rally. It’s just one of many events for you on this Circle City Classic Weekend. The Classic Parade gets underway Saturday morning downtown along the route traveling on Pennsylvania and  Meridian Streets at 10 a.m. The 32nd annual Circle City Classic football game including the battle of the bands and a concert get underway at 3 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets are available at the box office.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Circle City Classic, we now know the roof at Lucas Oil Stadium appears to be working now, but no word as to whether it’s officially “fixed.” The roof opened and closed two times on Thursday, but a stadium spokesman said they’re still waiting to hear test results. Earlier this month, you may recall, a bolt fell from the roof during a Colts’ preseason game injuring three people.

GO FEVER: It’s do or die for the Indiana Fever this weekend in Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The ladies face extra pressure after losing 84-67,  to the New York Liberty Wednesday on the road. To cheer on the ladies and get in the spirit for this best-of-three series, Indiana Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel and Pacers players Paul George and C.J. Miles want you to pack the house for Sunday’s game to cheer on their sisters! They’re giving away 1,500 tickets for free starting this morning at 11 a.m. at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office. Fans can get up to 4 tickets per person for free, while they last. Additional tickets are available for purchase. The Fever are on the road to the WNBA finals and the city can cheer them on at a Fever Rally that runs also from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. across from the fieldhouse on Georgia Street. The event includes plenty of food trucks and free Fever “swag.” The Fever tip off against the Liberty on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Pope Francis has addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning. Speaking in Spanish, the Pontiff thanked members for inviting him and praised them for their efforts on behalf of people around the world. In his speech, the Pontiff argued that the abuse of the environment will have broad consequences. He also called for a renewed focus on human rights and warned about extremist ideologies, saying they can lead to tremendous atrocities. Before his address, Francis was welcomed to the UN by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and signed an official guest book. –He also has visited Ground Zero in New York City, shaking hands and greeting dignitaries after bowing his head in prayer. At this hour, he’s worshipping at a Multi-Faith service. The next U.S. city on his itinerary is “the City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia. The Pope will travel there tomorrow, where many Hoosiers have already gone to volunteer, see him in person and worship at Mass, including a group of six students and two faculty staff from Brebeuf Jesuit High School on Indy’s north side. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit leader of the Catholic Church.

It’s a great SPORTS weekend.  HBCU football and WNBA action at home and NFL action too!

Make it a great day and a fun and safe weekend. The Indianapolis Colts are on the road in-action taking on the Tennessee Titans, hoping to spoil their season home opener and get a win for the first time this season on Sunday as well…good luck to them. GO HORSE!

Indianapolis Weather…

Today’s High 83 degrees under sunny skies with intervals of clouds moving across the Indy metro.

Finally…

In tech news… Two retailers have new offerings hitting shelves today. Amazon’s Prime membership is on sale today. The price today is $67 a year, compared to the usual $99. Amazon Prime offers a range of benefits that include free two-day shipping on eligible items and unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video. And, expectations are running high as Apple begins selling its new-model iPhones as well. Both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S-Plus will be available in Apple stores as well as most AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless stores. I’ll talk with a Sprint executive about the new iPhones and more on Sunday morning on “Access Indy” at 8 a.m. Eastern on 106.7 WTLC. Listen in.

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