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Get In the Know With Kim’s Wednesday News & Sports Headlines

In Local News:

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Investigators say it looks like a driver clipped an Indianapolis Metro police car and then crashed. The driver died after this incident. Police are still looking into the cause of this wreck on the city’s south side late Tuesday night. IMPD officials say the officer involved wasn’t hurt.

Another IMPD officer is facing charges for allegedly assisting a criminal and providing false information.  Jason Thomas is accused of allowing his girlfriend to violate a no-contact order against him. He’s also accused of lying to investigators about her whereabouts. Thomas has been suspended from the police department and Chief Rick Hite says he’ll recommend that Thomas be fired.

Police are looking for suspects after a man was shot in the city. The incident happened on Tuesday morning near 29th Street and Rader. The victim was shot multiple times and taken to Eskenazi Hospital. At last check, he was listed in stable condition. Call police anonymously with info at 317-262-TIPS.

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Parents still don’t know how their kids did on the new ISTEP test, but local school leaders who’ve seen the grades say the test is a fiasco. A number of local superintendents are telling their local papers the test is flawed and has forced many kids to fail. The state has postponed unveiling the test results because of problems with grading.

A Castleton-area entertainment complex is in some hot water with Indiana tax collectors and its landlord. Latitude 360 is behind on its business taxes. The Indiana Department of Revenue has posted a violation notice on the business’ front doors. A department spokesman told the “Indianapolis Star,” that’s only done when they’ve “exhausted all possible remedies” to collect what’s owed. They told WTHR-TV that they then revoke that they then revoke that business’ retail merchant certificate. Reports also indicate that the business may owe more than $3 million in rent and are facing a lawsuit where they operate in Jacksonville Florida also for owing millions for rent they haven’t paid. The CEO of Latitude 360 says he’s actively working with the Indiana Department of Revenue and will re-open today.

Liquor distributors here in Indiana cannot sell beer to stores. Beer distributors also cannot sell liquor. Indiana’s largest beer distributor, wants to know why. Monarch Beverage Company wants to also sell booze and is asking an appeals court why the law says it can’t. Monarch argued before the court Tuesday to make a change. Historically, the ban on distributing both goes back to the patronage days after prohibition.

In Midwest and National News:

Chicago Police Superintendent Holds News Conference Day After Multiple Shootings In City

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The Chicago Police Department is under new leadership today, just days after a white police officer was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the news, saying he formally asked for the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. John Escalante will serve as acting police commissioner instead. Emanuel said fresh eyes and new leadership were needed to confront the challenges that Chicago faces. Also, the Chicago Urban League is calling the feds into the city to investigate police and possibly political corruption in this incident and beyond. They want a Department of Justice and Civil Rights Division investigation immediately.

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In the wake of headlines throughout the Thanksgiving holiday focusing largely on peaceful protests of African-Americans standing up for their rights and against the atrocities of systems they feel are against them, comes a startling report from the FBI. The bureau’s statistics show guns were popular items purchased on Black Friday. The FBI processed more than 185,000 background checks for gun purchases on the biggest shopping day of the year. That’s the most ever recorded in a single day. Since many in Black America were boycotting the consumerism of the start of the Christmas shopping season, many are questioning just who was arming or attempting to arm themselves and why.

An ex-wife of the man accused in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting says he had targeted the agency before. Robert Dear’s ex-wife told NBC News that he once put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic near where they lived at the time. Dear is accused of killing three people during last week’s siege, and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is dropping in the polls. The new Quinnipiac University poll out on Wednesday morning shows the retired neurosurgeon slipping into third place. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has climbed into second place at 17-percent, while Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump still remains the frontrunner with 27-percent support from Republicans. Political observers note Carson’s recent gaffes showing a lack of understanding of international affairs is at the heart of his plummeting poll numbers—this despite his recent trip overseas where it appears the only African-American candidate in the GOP field, was attempting to ‘brush up’ on the facts to boost his international chops.

Meanwhile, Trump is weighing in on matters of terrorism, again. He says collateral damage is inevitable in fighting ISIS. Trump told Fox News’ Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning, “you have to take out their families.” He said he would not want to go after the families of terrorists, but would have to. He added that as president, he would have one job and that’s to “knock the hell out of ISIS.”

The ADP jobs report shows growth for November that beat expectations. Private sector employers added 217,000 jobs last month. That’s 27,000 more jobs than economists had forecast ahead of the release of Wednesday’s report.

In Sports: 

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The surging Indiana Pacers clash with the L.A. Clippers tonight on the road. The Pacers have gotten five straight wins under their belts to enter tonight’s matchup 11-and-5 on the year. It’s a late game. Tip is at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

The NFL is pulling referee Pete Morelli’s crew from Sunday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburg Steelers. Morelli’s crew came under fire from both sides after the Cardinals-49ers game on Sunday. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians complained effectively that the ref crew “can’t count to three.”

Indianapolis Weather:

Rain early, changing to snow showers during the afternoon. Today’s High: 41 degrees.

Finally:

The movie premiere for Spike Lee’s new film Chi-Raq was held on the “Orange Carpet” Tuesday night in Chicago bringing out many celebrities. However, the day before, Lee set the record straight when it comes Chi-Raq. The filmmaker stopped by The Daily Show Monday night and said it wasn’t actually him who came up with the title for this project. He said it was local Chicago rappers who coined the term. Lee said they came up with the name to make a point that their neighborhoods are more dangerous than Iraq, something that’s been proven. Chi-Raq stars Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Cannon, Chicago-native Jennifer Hudson and Wesley Snipes.  It opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.  Why the “Orange Carpet” instead of a red one? Click HERE to learn more.

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