Get In the Know With Kim’s Wednesday News & Sports Headlines
In local news…
Let’s just call this wet ‘Hump Day’ a little fruity, like a smoothie. That’s because a semi-truck full of about 40,000 pounds of mangoes flipped early Wednesday morning causing a ramp closure from westbound I-70 to southbound I-65 in the north split. It was a mango massacre with cratefuls spilled everywhere causing work crews to wrangle and sweep up the oval-shaped fruity mess in this morning’s down pours—minus the ice and a big blender. The clean-up lasted several hours.
A man has been shot early Wednesday morning at a southwest side gas station. According to media reports, this happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 4600 block of Harding Street. That’s the location of the Pilot gas station on Harding near I-465. Metro police say he was a truck driver and was shot multiple times during an attempted robbery. He’s been taken to Eskenazi Hospital. The victim is listed in critical condition. There were no witnesses to the shooting. Police will examine area surveillance tapes for clues.
Indianapolis could be losing a school soon and its closure leaves school leaders looking to transition students. The Indianapolis Public School board could vote later this week on the plan to close the Key Learning Community School and shift students between a few other buildings. Parents are upset not just at the plan to close the school, but also the short notice they received, which leaves them scrambling.
A new anti-bullying program being used by Perry Township Schools is getting a financial boost. On Tuesday, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Indianapolis Police Foundation each donated $10,000 to the district for “MojoUp.” The program trains student groups to become bullying prevention leaders. A spokesman for the F.O.P. says bullying is a precursor to teen violence, domestic violence and adult criminality.
Governor Mike Pence is calling for legislation to prevent teacher pay from being affected by lower test scores on the new ISTEP. In a letter to the State Board of Education, he said teachers rose to the challenge and worked hard to prepare students for the higher academic standards. A drop in scores is currently expected. Pence says teachers shouldn’t be penalized on their evaluations and the determination of bonuses.
Sex offenders, here in Indy, are being told not to be home on Halloween. But police don’t want them walking the streets either. Marion County’s probation department is ordering all sex offenders still on probation to report to a meeting during the city’s official trick-or-treat hours. Those hours are between 6-8 p.m. on October 31. About 200 offenders are expected at the meeting.
In National News…
Funeral services for a murdered New York Police officer are scheduled today. Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was shot and killed in East Harlem last week. Holder was a third-generation police officer. Reverend Al Sharpton has been invited by the Holder family to speak at the services.
The fate of a South Carolina deputy involved in a violent scene with a female teen could be decided today. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an internal investigation is underway into the episode caught on video. The video shows Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields in his role as a school resource officer slamming a seated female student to the classroom floor at Spring Valley High School. Meanwhile, the South Carolina NAACP is demanding answers. During a press conference on Tuesday, state NAACP officials said Deputy Fields acted in an “aggressive and inhumane manner.” They say they are in contact with local and federal officials and expect to be kept up-to-date on the investigation.
Republican presidential candidates will gather in Boulder, Colorado for tonight’s third debate. CNBC will televise the debate, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. It will feature the front-runners Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and seven others. But before that gets underway, earlier today, House Republicans are expected to formally nominate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be Speaker of the House in a closed meeting.
The day has arrived…the season opener for the Pacers. They’ll raise the curtain on this new season against the Raptors tonight in Toronto. The contest will mark the debut of guard Monta Ellis, who signed with Indiana in July. The Pacers open the home portion of their schedule tomorrow against Memphis. Tonight’s game is at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
The Kansas City Royals have captured a wild win over the New York Mets in the World Series opener. Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice-fly in the bottom of the 14th inning Tuesday night gave the Royals a 5-4 win over the Mets at Kauffman Stadium. Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight.
Rain during the morning hours. Showers this afternoon and tonight. Wednesday’s High: 64 degrees.
You can early vote today in the upcoming municipal elections at the clerk’s office downtown in the City-County Building until 5 p.m. Vote!
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