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A traffic stop took an ugly turn leaving an Indianapolis Metro Police officer recovering from being shot by a motorist and left that motorist dead after a shootout with other officers. IMPD commanders say this incident began on Georgetown Road near 71st Street early Monday evening. Investigators say the suspect sped away from that traffic stop, then, started shooting at officers. The wounded officer was shot in the foot, but he’s expected to recover. He has been released from the hospital Tuesday morning, according to various media reports. IMPD officers chased the suspect through the city, to the south side, then back to the north and eventually to the east of downtown, where the chase ended, and the suspect was killed. I witnessed a part of the chase…it was amazing and frightening.
Employees affected by Carrier’s plant leaving Indy will be getting help to get their financial future back on track. Mayor Joe Hogsett says the Your Money Plan program will last for four months and offer workshops that will help 1,400 employees with their finances. The workshops include stabilizing their income, continuation of benefits and making sure expenses are in check. The program is part of the task force that has over $1-million to spend on helping laid off workers.
Speaking of workers…The school year is almost here, and a growing number of central Indiana schools are worried about having enough bus drivers, so they’re hiring. Districts include Warren, Washington and Perry Township schools, and Johnson County’s Franklin Community Schools. Some districts are offering incentives; like $250 sign-on bonuses and pay of $16 an hour. All drivers have to pass a background check and a drug test.
The state of Indiana has a record amount of money in the bank. Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch said on Monday that the state ended the latest budget year with a $50-million surplus despite a drop in state revenues. Crouch says Indiana has record $2.4-billion in reserves.
One of the Republicans who wants to be Indiana’s next governor has a big name in her corner. Congresswoman Susan Brooks yesterday announced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is backing her bid to replace Mike Pence on the November ballot. Pence is backing his Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb. Indiana’s Republican Central Committee could make the GOP governor candidate replacement decision today replacing Pence on the ballot. They are scheduled to caucus at 10 a.m. for two to three hours and hold a press conference at its conclusion. The candidates vying for the position are expected to be in attendance including Congressman Todd Rokita, Holcomb, Brooks and State Senator Jim Tomes.
Indiana’s Democratic delegation is focusing a lot of their time and energy back home this week. Former lawmaker Vi Simpson told the state’s Dems who are in Philadelphia for this week’s convention to unite and take back the governor’s mansion. Simpson says Bernie Sanders supporters and Hillary Clinton supports can agree to back John Gregg back home in Indiana this fall.
After a leadership shake-up that included an ousting of the organization’s chair, cheers, boos, and protests, at ‘Day One’ of the Democratic National Convention, the night was filled with impassioned speeches by First Lady Michelle Obama, Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and the now conciliatory and vindicated Senator Bernie Sanders who urged his presidential race delegates to shift their support to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton for president to stop Republican Donald Trump from rising to power. Mrs. Obama who may have stolen the evening, took the stage calling Clinton steady and measured, someone who never buckles under pressure. She noted that because of Clinton, her daughters now take for granted that a woman can be President of the greatest country on Earth. Sanders also spoke of children and families. He however, drummed home the message that too much was at stake in November’s election and made a plea to his supporters that are thinking of not casting their ballot for Clinton. He said, “If you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the supreme court justices that Donald Trump would nominate.”
On this ‘Day Two’ of the #DNC2016 in Philadelphia, some mothers of African-Americans killed in run-ins with the police or who subsequently died after altercations will speak tonight. Today’s theme is “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families.” Speaking tonight will be members of a group known as “Mothers of the Movement.” They include the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Sandra Bland.
‘Day One’ in Philly didn’t end without a mention of Indiana Governor and now GOP Vice Presidential running mate, Mike Pence. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy was one of the first speakers to take the stage on opening night, urging Dems to throw their support behind Clinton. But, he also blasted Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying his words are bad but his actions are worse. Malloy says Trump’s choice of Pence as his running mate is a prime example of his bad decision making.
Blue and white will be proudly on display in Anderson Tuesday morning. The Indianapolis Colts open training camp today. The Colts are hoping to build on last year’s injury-plagued season. The first open practice is Wednesday afternoon. The team will have eleven practices that are open to fans, including a night practice next Tuesday.
You can feel the cool down coming today. It will be generally cloudy with a High of 84 degrees.