@kwellscomm WTLC News for Tuesday
One Indianapolis neighborhood gets a new grocery today and a lot more. You’ve probably driven by the north Keystone Avenue transformation there near 56th Street from the land of high-end Cadillacs and used vehicles to today’s end game. That end-game is a new Meijer with fresh fruits and vegetables, a pharmacy and more on a bus line on the city’s northeast side. A 192,000 square foot Meijer Supercenter opened its doors at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning bringing with it, according to WTHR-TV, the creation of 280 jobs in the North Kessler area.
Hoosier Democrats are taking issue with Donald Trump and his comments about a judge with ties to Indiana. Judge Gonzalo Curiel was born in East Chicago, went to law school at Indiana University. Trump said Curiel should step aside from the Trump University case because his parents are from Mexico and he might not be impartial. Indiana Democratic Chairman John Zody on Monday called on Republicans in the state to rebuke Trump and stand with the judge.
A new state audit says the former mayor in Lawrence didn’t keep the books straight and left the city exposed. The report from the Indiana State Board of Accounts says former Mayor Dean Jessup failed to reconcile bank statements, spent money the city didn’t have and was late in depositing some city fees. It also says Jessup used water money to pay a nephew’s salary and never sent a dime in sales taxes to the state. Current Deputy Mayor Jason Fenwick admits the confusion. He says they had no idea how much money the city had.
The latest cadet class for the Indy Metro Police Department is the most diverse ever. IMPD commanders say nine of the 33 members of this year’s class are African-American. Three are Latino and one is Asian. There are also a number of women. The recruits now face six weeks of classroom training and another 20 weeks of learning in the field.
Indiana’s health commissioner is warning hospitals and doctors to be on the lookout for syphilis. The state is seeing another spike in the sexually transmitted disease. Last year, doctors reported 285 cases. That’s up from the year before, it was just 168. State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says it’s very important people with the disease get treatment as soon as possible.
The White House is sharing a video online of a touching encounter President Obama had during his stop here in Indiana last week. Lester Townsend attended the event at Concord High School in Elkhart and said he never thought he’d live to see such a moment. You see, 108-year-old Mr. Townsend is the grandson of a slave. Given that history, and all of his years on earth, he says meeting the first African-American president of the United States was thrilling.
Hillary Clinton reportedly has the delegate support she needs for the Democratic presidential nomination. She would be the first woman in U.S. history to earn the presidential nomination of a major political party. She looks to extend her lead in the delegate count today as voters in six states head to the polls to cast their ballots.
The last known surviving 9-11 search dog is dead. Bretagne (pronounced: Brittany) was a 16-year-old golden retriever that joined nearly 100 other canines to search for victims in the rubble of the World Trade Center. She was euthanized Monday at a vet clinic outside Houston. Bretagne and her owner Denise Corliss were part of a Texas task force that responded to New York in the wake of the 2001 attacks. Giving her her due…Nearly two-dozen firefighters and others gathered at the vet’s office to tell Bretagne goodbye on her way in. Her body was covered with an American flag on the way out. Bretagne had returned to New York City last year on her 16th birthday for a special celebration. FEMA also paid tribute to her in a Tweet: (click photo to read)
Happy Birthday Prince, the music legend would’ve been 58 today. He’s being honored in his home state of Minnesota today, There it’s officially “Prince Day.” We’re honoring him too all day…on-air, online, and we’re hosting a screening of “Purple Rain” at the Indiana State Museum and IMAX downtown Indy on West Washington Street tonight at 7 p.m. Join us.
Clouds. You may want to hold onto your umbrellas today because there’s a slight chance of showers. High: 74 degrees.