Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are Tuesday night’s big winners in the high interest New York primary. After both protected their home turf, today, both front-runners have moved on. Trump has moved on to, right here in Indiana for a 3 p.m. campaign rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. FOX 59 is reporting the U.S. Secret Service is coordinating efforts between local and federal law enforcement–heightened security at the fairgrounds that much of which, supporters and the public will never see. Whether supporting or protesting, attendees need a ticket to get into Trump’s rally–doors open at noon. Access free tickets to the event on his campaign web, HERE.
Governor Mike Pence is meeting with Trump at the Governor’s residence before that rally begins. A Pence spokesperson says he’s willing to meet with all three Republican presidential candidates when they come to town ahead of Indiana’s May 3rd primary. He may get his chance. Texas Senator Ted Cruz will attend the Indiana GOP Spring Dinner tomorrow evening.
In a related story…The Maryland State Education Association says it’s against Donald Trump holding a rally at a Maryland public high school later today after he leaves Indiana. That teachers union is calling on the local school board to reverse its decision to let Trump campaign on school grounds in the city of Berlin because they say his “divisive, fear-mongering rhetoric” have no place in Maryland’s public schools.
Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, has landed a new gig. He’s joining the staff at the University of Indianapolis, according to an announcement from UIndy this morning. Ballard’s official title for this position is Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives. He’ll work day to day with the Mayoral Archives. U-Indy President Robert L. Manuel said “He’s been a vital partner in UIndy’s efforts to enhance the quality of life in our own neighborhood and throughout Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Public Schools is getting 100 new, propane-fueled buses with seat belts. The Board of School Commissioners approved the lease Tuesday. Digital cameras will also be used on the new buses. Officials say they’ll increase safety, and reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
A custodian with Daleville Schools is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Brady Milam was arrested Monday. Police say he had sex with a 14-year-old girl inside the high school earlier this month. Investigators work isn’t done regarding this alleged perp. They’re also looking into letters Milam wrote to another 14-year-old student and say more charges may be filed against him.
Metro police continue to look for answers after parts of a man’s body was found floating in the White River. The victim was identified Tuesday as James Rice, but a cause of death hasn’t been released yet. Rice’s torso was found Sunday morning near North White River Parkway West Drive and West New York Street. IMPD officials say this investigation continues.
Reverend Wayne Moore of Baptist Ministers’ Alliance says faith leaders would like to develop a commission that will work with the community and current administration to improve IMPD’s community relations. Moore said it’s about combatting issues and getting resolutions for the community when issues arise. The leaders would like to follow a model similar to what’s been put into place in Chicago–a Police Accountability Task-Force. They met with city leaders and police officials earlier this week.
Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis is ready for a very special service today, even if they can’t yet smoke marijuana. The church’s Facebook page says there’s a service planned for today, 4/20 which has become the day for marijuana smokers to celebrate–“Weed Day.” The Church of Cannabis is inviting everyone to “dance and have fun while enjoying the music from our band!”
In National News…
During Tuesday night’s Dem Primary victory speech in New York, Hillary Clinton told supporters that victory is in sight, and reached out to supporters of Bernie Sanders saying, “There is much more that unites us than divides us.”
There will be no fun and games today in Flint…Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to announce criminal charges today stemming from the Flint water crisis. The “Detroit Free Press” reports that at least two and possibly four people will be slapped with felony and misdemeanor offenses. One of those to be charged is a Flint city official who allegedly signed false reports about water testing.
Comedian Tracy Morgan is adding his name to the list of celebrities boycotting Mississippi over the state’s controversial Religious Accommodations Act. Morgan canceled his upcoming appearance in Tunica, citing the new law as the reason. Opponents claim the law legalizes discrimination against the LGBT community.
The three Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray before he was injured in police van and died a week later are the focus of a pretrial hearing. A judge is set to hear arguments today on whether Officer Garrett Miller can be forced to testify at the upcoming trials of Officer Edward Nero and Lieutenant Brian Rice. Last month, Maryland’s highest court ruled Officer William Porter could be compelled to testify against five fellow cops while he awaits retrial in the same case. Gray passed away a year ago yesterday.
There will be no jail time for former NYPD officer Peter Liang. Liang received a reduced sentence of criminally negligent homicide and five years probation yesterday in the shooting death of an unarmed African American man in a Brooklyn housing project. Akai Gurley’s family says they will keep fighting to get justice.
Viacom is warning Dish Network subscribers that they might lose a few networks tonight. The two companies have been negotiating for several months about which Viacom networks Dish would carry, and for how much. Wall Street analysts have said that Viacom needs the distribution Dish Network brings more than Dish needs Viacom’s networks.
Generally cloudy today. Slight chance of rain. High 77 degrees.
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