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Good morning on this last day of Early Voting…

We’ll get a sense of just how much damage Sunday night’s storms left behind later this morning. Forecasters say a strong line of thunderstorms cut across the Indianapolis area last night—we’re sure you probably heard them. The National Weather Service even issued a tornado warning for parts of Marion and Hendricks counties. Indianapolis Power and Light Company reported over a thousand outages, and city crews say several streets across the area flooded.

Investigators with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the death of a ten-year-old boy. Officials say he was shot in the Sunday evening on the city’s east side near Vermont and Gale Streets. Police are investigating whether it was self-inflicted, but they are not commenting any further on this case at this time.

The Butler-Tarkington neighborhood is celebrating a milestone in their fight against crime—200 days without a homicide. The victory was recognized Sunday with a safety march and rally. Reps from IMPD say they’re committed to making 200 days without a homicide just the beginning of a peaceful period in the popular Indy neighborhood.

IMPD officers joined forces with the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force to help them capture a suspect wanted for murder out of St. Joseph County. This happened in the afternoon of April 28th when both police units located 21-year-old Howard Fleming in the area of 10th Street and Bosart Avenue. At the time of Fleming’s arrest, he was carrying a handgun and had cocaine in his possession. He was taken into custody without incident. In addition to his murder warrant out of St. Joseph County, Fleming will now face preliminary charges, here in Marion County, for Possession of a Handgun without a License and Possession of Cocaine.

In Hoosier Politics…

Indiana is a battleground in the race for the White House. There’s no doubt about it. Ted Cruz is jabbing Donald Trump for earning the support of former boxing champion Mike Tyson. While campaigning to Indy’s north, in Lafayette, the Texas senator compared Tuesday’s primary to a choice between Indiana Governor Mike Pence and boxer Mike Tyson. Pence has endorsed Cruz, while Tyson has expressed support for Trump. Cruz is pulling out all the stops here in the state ahead of the polls opening tomorrow. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Cruz trailing front-runner Donald Trump by double digits across the state. Trump has 49-percent support, while Cruz is at 34-percent. The poll also says 58-percent of Indiana voters don’t like Cruz’s partnership with Ohio Governor John Kasich, the poll says they ‘disapprove.’ A win here in Indiana is crucial for Tea Party die-hard, Cruz, as he tries to stop Trump from winning the Republican nomination ahead of this Summer’s GOP Convention in Cleveland. Even without a mathematical chance to secure the GOP nomination, Ted Cruz says he is competing the “entire distance.”

POLITICAL APPEARANCES TODAY:  Trump, Cruz and Democrat contender Bernie Sanders are here in the Circle City today for a final push for Hoosier votes. Trump will hold a rally at 4 p.m. in Carmel at the Center for the Performing Arts, while Cruz will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.  Sanders will hold a rally at 7:30 p.m. on Monument Circle. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton campaigned in the city Sunday. Clinton made a surprise stop at the Lincoln Square Pancake House downtown on Meridian Street and then headed to a rally at Douglas Park. She’s not scheduled to be here in the city today.

Today is the last day for early voting. You can cast your ballots for the presidential and the critical local races at the county clerk’s office here in Marion County, Hancock and Hamilton Counties until Noon. 

Above, I mentioned, Indiana Governor Mike Pence endorsed Cruz—a move he made last Friday. He has explained his pick publicly. Pence says he’s voting for Cruz because he likes Ronald Reagan.The governor penned an editorial for the Indianapolis Star on Sunday with a detailed explanation. Pence wrote Cruz is a Reagan-Republican, dedicated to smaller government. The governor’s editorial didn’t once mention Donald Trump.

A well-known local political blogger is dead. IMPD is investigating Gary Welsh’s death as a suicide. His body was found early Sunday morning. In Welsh’s final blog on Friday, he wrote about Indiana’s primary election, saying “If I’m not around to see the vote results, my prediction is that Trump wins Indiana with just shy of 50-percent of the vote, but he will carry every single congressional district and sweep the delegate race.”

In National News…

Seattle Police say May Day protests that turned violent left at least five officers injured and nine people in custody. Protesters in downtown Seattle threw rocks, flares, bricks and molotov cocktails at officers. Meanwhile, May Day demonstrators in Los Angeles filled the streets to call attention to workers rights and immigration issues.

The estate of musical legend Prince will be the subject of a court hearing today. The 57-year-old superstar died unexpectedly late last month, leaving behind an estimated $300 million and no known will. A judge in Carver County, Minnesota appointed a special administrator last week and scheduled today’s probate hearing after Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson asked the court to step in. Prince was married and divorced twice and had no living parents or children who could inherit his estate.

In Sports…

It’s now over for the Pacers for the season. Seven was not a lucky number and they are now heading home. The club lost Game Seven of Round One of the NBA 2016 Playoffs Sunday night in Toronto, 89-84. It’s the first time the Toronto Raptors won a playoff series since 2001. Paul George had 26 points for the Pacers, and George Hill scored 19 more in the loss.  So Happy Vacation guys! It’s time for the rest of us to get ready for some Summertime basketball watching the Indiana Fever rock the WNBA.

Indianapolis Weather…

Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. Today’s High: 63 degrees.


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