@kwellscomm TLCnaptown.com Tuesday News & Sports Headlines
An IndyGo bus crashed on the southwest side this early this morning seriously injuring the drivers of both of the vehicles. The IndyChannel is reporting that the bus collided with a pickup truck. Other reports indicate that it was head-on. This crash happened a bit after 5:15 at Lynhurst Drive near Minnesota Street. Two people were taken to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment.
Hillary Clinton is touring a pair of plants in northern Indiana today as part of her Hoosier state swing. The Democratic front-runner is the latest candidate for the White House to visit the state ahead of next Tuesday’s primary. Clinton will first visit Munster Steel in Hammond, then tour the AM General Plant in Mishawaka. Senator Bernie Sanders is coming to Indiana too. He’s set for another campus swing, this time at both Purdue and Indiana Universities. The Democratic runner-up is also trying to rally the faithful ahead of next week’s vote. He’ll be at the Cordova Recreational Sports Center at Purdue at 9 a.m.in West Lafayette and later at 5:00 p.m. at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington. The GOP race is active too. Donald Trump is trekking back to Indiana for his second visit tomorrow, as well. And he’s bringing a ‘big gun’ with him. He’ll campaign in the evening at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum again at 6 p.m. and he’ll be joined by legendary former IU basketball coach Bobby Knight.
The head of IMPD is creating a board that will review the guidelines for police pursuits. The goal is to reduce the number of chases. IMPD figures show there were 452 pursuits last year, damaging 386 vehicles at a cost of more than 900-thousand-dollars. Chief Troy Riggs says the overriding concern is the safety of officers and those in the path of the pursuit. The review committee is expected to recommend new guidelines on August 1st.
Bob Evans Farms is closing more than two-dozen of its underperforming restaurants, including three in Indiana. The Bob Evans on West 71st Street is on the list, along with the Greenwood and New Castle locations. The three Indiana restaurants were company-owned and officially closed over the weekend.
In National News…
Voters in five states head to the polls today. It’s presidential primary day in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are expected to do well again after big wins in New York’s primary last week. Both are inching closer to securing enough delegates to nail down the nominations in their parties.
The city of Cleveland has reached a $6 million settlement with the family of Tamir Rice over the police shooting death of the 12-year-old boy. Mayor Frank Jackson confirmed the news Monday pointing out that the settlement does not include any admission of guilt. The city will pay the Rice family half of the settlement this year and half next year.
The reaction: The head of the Cleveland police union says the settlement awarded to the family of Tamir Rice should be used to educate children about using look-alike firearms. The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, Steve Loomis, released a statement saying he hopes the Rice family and their attorneys use a portion of the settlement to educate the youth of Cleveland about the dangers of real and fake guns. The statement comes after Monday’s word that the city had settled a lawsuit with the family to the tune of $6 million. Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer while holding a pellet gun outside a recreation center in 2014—seconds after police arrived on the scene without questioning or investigating whether the child had a toy.
Religious leaders are objecting to Mississippi’s new religious objections law. Dozens of Methodist leaders from around the state and the nation criticized the law in an open letter published Monday. The letter says the law goes against Christian teachings to love and respect all people. The ministers are joining legal experts, businesses, and human rights groups who say the law discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The law allows churches and some private businesses to deny services to LGBT people because of religious beliefs.
Investigators are focusing on the role that drugs may have played in Prince’s death. According to the Star Tribune, authorities believe painkiller abuse may have taken a toll on the pop icon in the time leading up to his death. Minnesota’s Carver County Sheriff’s Office says the official cause of death will not be available for a couple weeks. Prince was 57 when he passed away suddenly last Thursday. The superstar musical icon was still recovering from double hip surgery from a few years ago, according to the Mirror and had revealed he was born Epileptic for the first time on the Tavis Smiley television show. It’s unknown what the status of his Epilepsy was in recent years.
A limited number of Colts season tickets are going on sale. They’ll be available beginning at 10 a.m. The tickets are at the loge and upper level areas of the stadium. The Colts will open their regular season at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 11 against the Detroit Lions.
The Indiana Pacers are in action tonight for Game Five in this first round of the NBA Playoffs. They need to win two of their next three games to send the Toronto Raptors home…or they’ll be on vacation. The Pacers took Game Four handily with a 100-83 win on Saturday, protecting their home floor at Bankers Life Fieldhouse downtown. Tonight’s tipoff at the Air Canada Centre is at 6 p.m. Eastern and will be shown on TNT.
A large portion of the Midwest will have their eyes on the skies today as severe weather is expected to bring strong tornadoes and hail. The storm system could bring straight-line winds of up to 70-miles-per-hour in some areas of Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Meteorologists are predicting several twisters to break out with baseball-sized hail possible.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms here in Indy today. The High: 79 degrees.
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