Get In the Know With Kim’s Wednesday News & Sports Headlines
Amanda Blackburn’s husband is “baffled” by her murder. On ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday, Pastor Davey Blackburn said she didn’t have any enemies and “spent her life pouring her life out to people.” Blackburn says knowing that his 15-month-old son will grow up without his mom has been one of the hardest things to process. Amanda Blackburn was shot in the head and killed in her Indianapolis home last week.
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A handgun found near the Blackburn home isn’t believed to be connected to her murder. Officials say on Saturday, a man walked into a fire station in the Broad Ripple neighborhood and claimed he found the gun about a block-and-a-half away from the Blackburn house. A metro police spokesman said he’s not sure why someone would pick up a gun near a known crime scene instead of calling police to come to the scene and investigate.
More than 20 people thought to be involved in a drug trafficking ring linked to Mexico are now behind bars. State and local law enforcement joined forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration and raided several homes around Indianapolis starting early Tuesday. In addition to the arrests, officers recovered 19 pounds of meth and 16 guns.
The fight at the Indiana statehouse over civil rights and religious liberty is picking up where it left off. Religious leaders and advocates rallied at the Capitol Tuesday. Indiana lawmakers are still struggling to decide whether to add protections for gays and lesbians to the state’s laws.
In International & National News…
An all-night anti-terror raid on the outskirts of Paris is over. Gunfire and explosions rang out at different times through the night as heavily-armed soldiers, police and SWAT teams carried out the operation. Their target was the suspected mastermind of last week’s Paris terror attacks, but it’s unclear if he was in the apartment building that was targeted. At least three people were killed, including a woman wearing a suicide belt who blew herself up. Several others have been arrested. French President Francois Hollande is applauding the forces that carried out this morning’s massive anti-terror raid.
The White House is reassuring governors about the vetting process of Syrian refugees coming into the U.S. Over 30 governors took part in a White House conference call Tuesday night after dozens of governors, including Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence, said they wouldn’t accept refugees into their states because of security concerns. Administration officials assured the governors that refugees are only allowed in the U.S. after undergoing what it calls the “most rigorous screening and security vetting” of any group entering the country.
Two of Ben Carson’s top advisers say the Republican presidential candidate is struggling to master the complexities of the Middle East and national security. They told The New York Times in an interview that intense tutoring was having little effect on the retired neurosurgeon. His advisor on terrorism and national security, Duane Clarridge, said, “Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East.”
Baseball season may be over but we do have some news. Major League Baseball is coming to Indianapolis—for at least one game. The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will play an exhibition game at Victory Field on April 2, 2016. Mark your calendars. The Indianapolis Indians have been the AAA affiliate of the Pirates since 2005. The ‘Tribe’ has also had a long history with Cincinnati in affiliations off-and-on dating back to 1939.
The Indiana Pacers are in Philadelphia to take on the 76ers tonight on the road. Indiana is coming off a 96-95 loss to the Bulls in Chicago Monday. The Pacers are 6-and-5 but have been victorious in six of their last eight games since starting the season at a deficit of 0-and-3. Tip is at 7:00 p.m. Eastern in the Wells Fargo Center.
Expect high winds here in the city today. Rain likely. Thunderstorms possible. And a high of 62 degrees.
Make it a great day!
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