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A woman is recovering Wednesday after becoming the city’s latest shooting victim during a robbery attempt that ended in a hail of bullets. The incident happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning on the city’s northeast side. WTHR-TV reports that police told them the woman had just returned home from work to Lace Bark Lane near 38th and German Church Road. They said as she got out of her car, she was approached by two men asking her for money. When the victim told them she didn’t have any, that’s when they shot her multiple times. The victim was taken to Eskenazi for treatment but is expected to be okay. Police ask you to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS, if you have any info on this case.

Two teens charged with murder are also now accused of several other crimes here in the city. Indianapolis Metro Police say Zion Smith, 16, and Jaquisha Love, 18, were both arrested in connection with a shooting last month that left one person dead and another critically injured. Investigators say they’re also responsible for three other shootings, as well as two robberies.

A Noblesville teacher is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. It’s said to have happened in 2012, but no one was notified until earlier this month. School officials say they contacted the police department immediately and the teacher has resigned. As of yet, no charges have been filed in the case.

Indianapolis school managers aren’t planning to close any schools next year, but they are planning a sweeping restructuring that’ll have more stand-alone schools. They unveiled a plan on Tuesday, that moves away from the community school model where students are housed from fifth grade through high school in the same school. Indianapolis Public Schools’ Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said the plan should end some of the “struggles” in the middle grades in Indy’s public schools.

Speaking of schools…Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz wants public school families in the state to get some help with their back-to-school costs. Ritz is asking lawmakers to approve a $1,000 tax credit that can help them pay for everything from back-to-school supplies or local school textbook rental fees. Ritz estimated that the cost to the state could be as much as $30-million.

Results from a study by the Indiana State Department of Health show one in five babies tested at Indiana hospitals was addicted to drugs.  Martha Allan who serves the department as the Director of Child Health said about 300 babies were tested at four hospitals across the state. She says their researchers suspect the results could be an under-representation of how bad drug addiction in Hoosier newborns could be. Five more hospitals are being added as testing sites for the next stage of the study.  Allan said they hope to have results from the expanded study by early next year.

The former CEO at Hendricks Power Cooperative is accused of embezzling more than $500,000. Investigators say over a six-year period, Donnis Mizelle of Avon, used the utility company’s expense account to pay for personal items, including jewelry, tickets to sporting events, groceries and a vacation. The Hendricks County Flyer reported that no amount was too small for the popular executive in the community, who also consistently falsified expense reports. Officials say Mizelle has already agreed to plead guilty. He faces up to 20 years in prison, along with fines and restitution payments.

Seven is the magic number. That’s the number of tornadoes the National Weather Service said reportedly touched down here in Indiana during Monday’s severe weather. Their preliminary report indicates at least seven on the ground—one was rated an EF-Two, while three were classified as EF-One and three others as EF-Zero. The agency’s findings are expected to be finalized today.


Torrential Rains Bring Historic Floods To Southern Louisiana

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The death toll is rising in the flooding in Louisiana. Areas flooded in the state that have never seen flood waters and were untouched by the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At least 11 people are now reported dead.  More than 30,000 others were rescued and evacuated, according to Governor John Bel Edwards, since Saturday. Actor, activist and Louisiana native, Wendell Pierce is among the property loss victims. His Baton Rouge home is now gone due to the devastating floods. FEMA is sending thousands of workers to Louisiana to assist with recovery efforts and the American Red Cross is ramping up their efforts in the area, as well. HOW YOU CAN HELP:  They’re asking you to visit their web for information on donating to relief efforts or volunteering.

The Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered last month was about to join Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Seth Rich’s father says his son learned four days before his death that he’d been chosen to work on the Democratic nominee’s presidential campaign. The 27-year-old Rich was shot in the back before dawn on July 10, about a block from his home in a quiet Washington, DC neighborhood. Rich’s father told Britain’s “Daily Mail” that his son’s watchband was torn, so he believes the killer tried to rob the young man. Various reports indicate nothing from Rich, including jewelry or wallet, were taken. The founder of WikiLeaks inferred recently that Rich was their source for DNC emails and he may have paid the price for that dangerous activity with his life.  

The Hillary Clinton campaign says rumors that the Democratic presidential candidate is in poor health just aren’t true. Even GOP rival Donald Trump has publicly questioned Clinton’s physical stamina to be president. Tuesday night, the campaign put out a statement from Clinton’s doctor that she’s in excellent health and condemned Trump for, “peddling deranged conspiracy theories.”

Donald Trump is making some changes to his campaign’s leadership after dropping in the polls against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Multiple outlets report that senior adviser Kellyanne Conway is now going to be campaign manager. Paul Manafort—who has been plagued by scandal this week for allegedly accepting millions of dollars off-the-books from a pro-Russian Ukranian governmental faction will now shift to campaign chair while Breitbart News co-founder Stephen Bannon has been hired as campaign CEO. Some Trump supporters, like Trump super-PAC head, Ken McKay, deny that this is another campaign shake-up.

In addition to the changes, Trump is getting help from a guy with more time on his hands than he ever anticipated. Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is now reportedly working as a Trump adviser. The New York Times recently reported Ailes is helping the Republican presidential nominee prepare for the upcoming debates with Democratic nominee Clinton. Ailes was recently ousted from the cable network over a long string of sexual harassment charges.

In the midst of all of the Trump campaign switcheroo, the GOP candidate still—somehow—had time to reach out to the African-American community for support. Speaking about law and order in Wisconsin, Trump blamed policies supported by Hillary Clinton for problems in inner cities. He said a vote for Clinton is a vote for “another generation of poverty, high crime and lost opportunities.”  He told the crowd, “I’m asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today and who wants a different and much better future.” On social media, he went further to reach out to diverse populations with a new pledge. Trump said on his Facebook page he will, “fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally.”  The candidate has been criticized for slandering Mexicans, proposing mean-spirited immigration fixes targeting Muslims and referring to friendly blacks attending his campaign rallies as “my African American.”

The New York City man charged in the murders of a Queens Imam and his associate says he’s not guilty. Thirty-five-year-old Oscar Morel was hit with first-degree murder charges at his arraignment Tuesday and is being held without bail. Prosecutors called the murders an “assassination.”  The two men, Imam Maulama Akonjee , 55, and Thara Uddin, were shot in the back of their heads in broad daylight Saturday as they left a mosque.  Prosecutors are still working on a motive but say the gun found at Morel’s apartment matches the murder weapon and that the suspect admits owning the car used in the getaway and being seen on video. Morel denies shooting the two religious leaders.

The family of Akai Gurley will receive over $4-million from New York City to settle a wrongful death suit. The money will go to Kimberly Ballinger, the mother of Gurley’s daughter, to be put into a trust fund for the child, she says desperately misses her dad and daily asks questions about him. Gurley was shot by former NYPD officer Peter Liang in a darkened stairwell at Brooklyn’s Pink Houses in November 2014. Liang will also pay $25,000 to settle the case. A jury convicted Liang in February of second-degree manslaughter.

To Your Health…

The cost of a life-saving drug injector may be putting the lives of those who suffer with severe allergic reactions at risk. The skyrocketing price of an EpiPen is a necessity for some and it’s putting a burden on some families. The price of the name brand epinephrine injection has increased 480 percent since 2009 even though the price of the actual drug inside has only gone up slightly. A two-pack of pens cost $100 seven years ago. Now it’s $600 for the same thing as manufacturer Mylan is essentially charging more for the name of the brand. In its defense, Mylan told CBS News that the company has made significant investments in the device over the years.

Home healthcare nurse giving injection to senior adult woman.

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Many marketplace health plans have fine print in the documents that allows them to refuse coverage on a wide range of services affecting women. A study by the National Women’s Law Center examined health coverage exclusions in over 100 plans offered in 16 states. The study says the exclusions are not found in the easy-to-read general summary of benefits and coverage, but in the detailed plan coverage materials. The excluded services include fetal reduction surgery, treatment for an eating disorder and treatment for infections resulting from cosmetic surgery.

Read the full report HERE.



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A scandalous crime has been confirmed in Rio, but we now know the confirmation was delayed due to fear. American swimmer, Ryan Lochte, was in fact robbed in Rio. Reports surfaced a couple days ago but until now we hadn’t heard from the victim. Lochte said he didn’t tell the U.S. Olympic Committee because he was afraid he and the other victims would get in trouble. According to Lochte, he and three other American swimmers were robbed in Rio de Janeiro early Sunday by individuals posing as police. He said the phony policemen pulled over their taxi and demanded their money and personal belongings. Lochte’s lawyer said the swimmer didn’t want the robbery to overshadow the Olympics and Team USA’s performances.  A spokesman for the International Olympic Committee denied the reports on Sunday and said they were not true.

#OlympicProportions are being met in Brazil for Team USA.

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After leading by just 10 at half, the U.S. women’s basketball team pulled away and crushed Japan 110-64 to advance to the Olympic semifinals. Indiana Fever super star, Tamika Catchings, had six points for Team USA, who will face France tomorrow. The #FinalFive is now the most decorated U.S. women’s gymnastics team in Olympic history. The team of Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian broke a tie with the 1984 and 2000 squads by winning nine medals in Brazil.

Day 11 of the Olympic games in Rio is over and Americans added nine more medals to give them 84 overall including a game’s-best 28 gold, 28 silver and 28 bronze. TEAM USA continues their dominance leading all other nations in the medal count.

What’s Up Today on Day 12?

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Pacers’ star Paul George is playing with the U.S. men’s basketball team taking on Argentina in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament later today in Rio.  It’s also another big day of track and field. Medals will be awarded in the women’s 200-meters, women’s 100-meter hurdles and women’s long jump. In the men’s competitions, the men’s 200-meter semifinals take place tonight, featuring Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt. See today’s schedule and live streams, HERE.

From Rio to Indy Sports…

Former Butler basketball star Joel Cornette is dead. Family members say he passed away Tuesday due to natural causes. Thirty-five-year-old Cornette was a 2003 Butler graduate. He was a part of the university’s first NCAA Sweet 16 team. He wore #33. Click the Tweet below to see Cornette’s photo: 

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Colts’ Quarterback Andrew Luck is on track to make his preseason debut when the team hosts the Ravens on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium downtown. Luck hasn’t played in a game since lacerating his kidney last November. He sat out of last week’s preseason opener against the Bills.

Indianapolis Weather…

The rain has moved out for the daytime hours today, making it a drier day if you’re heading to the Indiana State Fair. Overcast. Today’s High: 83 degrees.


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