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In local news…

Good morning to you on this ELECTION DAY

The polls are now open and voting will continue until 6 o’clock tonight. Take your ID’s with you to the polls so you can cast your ballots.

The mayor’s race in Indianapolis is getting most of the attention, but voters across the state will decide a number of elections today. In the Indy mayor’s race two of the three candidates say tackling crime will be a top priority. Republican candidate Chuck Brewer says he favors minimum sentences to keep criminals off the streets. Democrat Joe Hogsett is a former U.S. attorney who wants to focus on how to keep kids out of the criminal justice system in the first place. Independent Sam Carson who hails from a political powerhouse family, wants to take a different approach by reallocating current police resources, serving the poor and investing in people to get to solutions.

Metro police are investigating a fatal crash on the city’s south side. This happened Tuesday morning shortly after 5:30 a.m. on South Meridian Street near Banta Trail. Police know the victim lost part of his load off his van. When the man stopped to get out and pick it up his cargo, that’s when he has hit. It’s unclear at this hour whether this was a hit and run. The accident caused the closure of the roadway and detours during the morning rush hour while police continued their investigation of the accident.

A metro police officer was hit in the wrist after a late night shooting on the city’s near south side Monday. According to IMPD, the officer heard what he thought was gunshots just before midnight and investigated. He saw two unidentified men walking toward an alley. When he encountered the pair in the alley just east of the 1300 block of South East Street, he tried to stop them and they refused. He gave a short foot chase and it was at that time the uniformed officer was injured. IMPD commanders say the officer is being treated at IU/Methodist Hospital. The gunman got away, though police searched with SWAT teams and a helicopter. At this time, the officer is only being identified as a seven-year veteran of the force assigned to the Southeast late shift.

An off duty Marion County deputy just happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. IMPD says the deputy witnessed a crime on the near north side, in the 1300 block of West 29th Street and chased the suspect. The suspect started shooting, so the deputy fired back. The suspect was taken to IU/Methodist Hospital in critical condition for further treatment.

National News:

President Obama is explaining his push for reforming the criminal justice system. Speaking on “NBC Nightly News,” the President said reforms are about getting the best results from the system. The President also acknowledged the racial disparities within the criminal justice system.

Ben Carson is the leader in a new national Republican presidential poll. The retired neurosurgeon is the choice of 29-percent of likely GOP primary voters in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Donald Trump is second with 23-percent.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton now holds a 2-1 lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the former Secretary of State leading Sanders 62-31 percent among likely Democratic primary voters. That’s up from the 58-33 percent lead Clinton had a few weeks ago.

Sports: 

The Carolina Panthers are still among the ranks of the NFL’s unbeaten. Graham Gano’s 52-yard field goal with just over five minutes left in overtime—a set up by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck–gave the Panthers a wild 29-26 win over the Colts last night on a rainy edition of “Monday Night Football”.

A pair of protesters rappelled from an upper balcony inside Bank of America Stadium during Monday night’s Colts-Panthers game in Charlotte. The protesters unfurled a banner protesting Bank of America and were clearly visible dangling over fans and the press box.

The Pacers are in action tonight and will take another crack at their first win of the season. The Blue ‘n Gold face the Pistons on the road at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Indiana dropped to 0-and-3 on the year with a 97-76 loss to the Jazz on Saturday.  Tonight’s game is at 7:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Weather:  

Lots of Sunshine. High 75 degrees.

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