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Today, WTLC News offers a tale of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers. As storm affected people are starting the process of picking up the pieces after Wednesday’s tornado outbreak, Governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence left the campaign trail to monitor recovery efforts in the state. Though there were reports of three twisters here in Indy, Howard County caught the brunt of the horrific weather with eight confirmed tornadoes in the state with several of them touching down in the county in Kokomo. Still, he agrees that things could have been much worse than they were. There have been no reports of deaths, serious injuries or looting in the wake of the nasty weather. School is canceled in Kokomo today. See photos of the devastation by clicking HERE.
In a press conference Thursday morning, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight reinforced their gratitude that there were no fatalities or serious injuries. Only 10 to 15 people had minor injuries, despite the Starbucks being leveled and several homes being destroyed, and two large apartment complexes sustained severe damage. About 200 people are displaced and are now living in shelters. Goodnight told reporters that a meeting will take place this morning at the United Way to coordinate social service efforts. They need lots of help and offers are coming in. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are both pouring into Kokomo to help homeowners with volunteers. They are accepting volunteers and donations by calling the Indianapolis office or by logging onto redcross.org. Search for Indiana.
During the same press conference, Indiana State Police reminded everyone that they and the Howard County Sheriff’s Department are in action in the aftermath of these tornadoes. They want folks to avoid the area if they have no reason to be there, traffic lights are out, power lines are still down and they are checking ID’s to make sure that people are where they’re supposed to be in an effort to protect property.
A Park Tudor employee who admitted having a relationship with a former student, is out of a job. The Indianapolis Star reports long-time football coach Tom Page has been fired. He was first placed on administrative leave when the school learned of the situation. Officials say the relationship took place more than 20-years ago.
Indianapolis is in the top ten for honesty in America. The makers of Honest Tea are out with a new survey that measures honesty and truthful statements. Indianapolis is tied for sixth with a score of 95-percent. Honolulu is the most honest city in America with a 100-percent honesty rating.
Hillary Clinton plans to accuse Donald Trump of embracing a type of conservatism linked with white nationalism and nativism. A top aide says the Democratic presidential nominee’s speech today in Nevada will focus attention on Trump’s, quote, “divisive and dystopian vision” as the Republican nominee tries to reverse his slumping poll numbers before the November election. Her remarks will come one day after Trump lashed out at Clinton during a rally, calling her “a bigot.”
The makers of the EpiPen injector are trying to bolster cost saving programs for patients after accusations of price gouging. Mylan has recently drawn public ire after the price of the pen used to treat allergic reactions shot up from $57 in 2007 up to around $500 now. Manufacturer Mylan says it will offer a savings card that will cover up to $300 for a two-pack. The company also says it’s loosening the requirements on who’s eligible for its assistance program for uninsured and under-insured patients. CEO Heather Bresch says her company is glad to help but everyone is going to have to work together to fix the healthcare system.
And we honestly have to say congratulations to former Colt Reggie Wayne who has landed a new gig. Wayne is joining the NFL Network as an analyst for “NFL Total Access.” Wayne spent 14 years with the Colts–his entire professional career.
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is swapping his Speedo for dancing shoes. “Us Weekly” cites multiple sources as saying Lochte has signed up for season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” One insider told the magazine it will be great for his image following the now-infamous Rio robbery/lying scandal.
Partly cloudy early today…followed by more scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Severe weather still looms. Today’s High 89 degrees.
Happy 100th Birthday to The National Parks Service today.