Get In the Know With Kim’s Tuesday News & Sports Headlines
Good morning to you as voting has gotten underway across the state of New Hampshire on this Fat Tuesday, the start of Mardi Gras which is a snowy and slick Fat Tuesday for Indy.
The New Hampshire Primary is the first-in-the-nation primary. Early results are in from the three tiny towns that voted overnight. The nine registered voters in Dixville Notch cast their ballots at Midnight Eastern Time for Ohio Governor John Kasich and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Hart’s Location also went for Kasich and Sanders, while Millsfield went for Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton. It’ll be one to watch today.
In politics back here at home…
Governor Mike Pence is expected to name Eric Holcomb as his running mate today. Holcomb dropped out of the U.S. Senate race Monday. Governor Pence is running for re-election and according to The Indianapolis Star, he may name Holcomb as his running mate during a press conference sometime on this Tuesday. Holcomb would replace Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann who is seeking a job as the president of Ivy Tech Community College.
Indy Snow Force is out in effect working on the slick roads so you have a safer commute. If you’d like to see where they’ve been working all morning and where the roads have been salted, you can check out their map which is posted here on this web.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is coming back to Indianapolis. Her visit is about a celebration of good policing. It’s a part of a cross-country tour to the cities that have excelled in each of the six pillars discussed in the final report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Lynch says she’ll highlight some of the innovative efforts used by police departments to build trust with their communities, foster cooperation and enhance public safety. As of now, Lynch’s visit to Indy is tentatively set for April. When we get an exact date, we’ll let you know. She was here in Indy in July 2015 to address the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference which was hosted by the Indianapolis NOBLE committee.
We now know what caused a school bus to jump a curb striking two students and killing their beloved principal. A crash report from Indy Metro Police says the driver of the school bus is at fault for the accident. IMPD released that report on Monday and it says Christine Beeler got out of the driver’s seat without engaging the parking brake. That caused the school bus to roll forward, striking Susan Jordan, the principal of Amy Beverland Elementary, and two ten-year-old students. It’s still unknown if Beeler will face charges.
Former Park Tudor basketball coach Kyle Cox remains in federal custody. Prosecutors are appealing a judge’s decision to release him on home incarceration. That ruling was issued Monday following a two-hour detention hearing, but was stayed. Cox is accused of trying to convince a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him.
Black History Month activities continue today, here in the city, as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosts its 32nd Annual Celebration of Black History Concert tonight at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle downtown. This annual event will feature the Metro Youth Orchestra, Chelsea Tipton, II of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and a 17-year-old violin virtuoso, Ade Williams. There will even be a special tribute to our own late-Amos Brown. Mays Chemical and the Indianapolis Recorder sponsor the event again at the symphony tonight which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he’s thinking about running for President. Bloomberg told the Financial Times he’s outraged by the current discussion from the candidates, that it’s an insult to the voters and the public deserves better.
Deliberations could begin soon in the police shooting death of an unarmed black man in New York City. This after NYPD officer Peter Liang, accused of manslaughter in Akai Gurley’s death, took the stand Monday morning. Liang, who testified in his own defense, got choked up on the stand. He told the jury how he and his partner spent less than a minute talking about calling for help, after his gun went off in a dark Brooklyn housing project stairwell. This contradicts his partner’s testimony who said they spent four minutes discussing what to do. Liang said the shooting was accidental. Closing arguments and deliberations are expected to start today.
As the Bronco’s celebrate their Super Bowl win with a parade and rally today, we’re learning Peyton Manning’s mother wants him to retire from professional football. Olivia Manning told the Los Angeles Times that winning the Super Bowl was the best way to go out and that it may not be a good idea for his physical health to continue playing. Manning wouldn’t say whether he would retire or continue playing following his second Super Bowl victory.
The Indianapolis Colts are raising the price of season tickets. The increase ranges from one-percent to six-percent. For the cheapest season tickets, the price was bumped from $440 to $460. Colts owner Jim Irsay says there will be no increase in 2017.
The Pacers put down a mark in the win column Monday night when they got past the Lakers 89-87 at home. In a game that was NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s last visit to Indy before he retires from the game, Paul George scored 21 points and pulled down nine at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Monta Ellis hit two late free throws to seal the win while Myles Turner added 14 points and 13 boards for the ‘Blue ‘n Gold’, which has won three of its last four games. The team is back in action Wednesday against the Hornets at home.
Flurries and snow showers. Today’s high…29 degrees.
While it is Fat Tuesday which starts the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, it is also a great day for people who love breakfast. It’s “National Bagel Day” and “National Pancake Day”. So take your pick of your favorite breakfast carb. At participating Einstein Bros. Bagels, you can receive a free bagel and schmear with any purchase by printing off a coupon from their website.
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