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Indianapolis Power and Light is thanking its customers for their patience and understanding as they are still working to restore service. Severe weather Friday left about 45,000 people in the dark. Significant progress had been made by Sunday afternoon, but another round of rough weather that popped up in the late afternoon caused more outages and flooding and set that number back. In a tweet, IPL mentioned the folks working to get your juice back on 460 people including IPL crews, contractors and assistance from neighboring utilities. The power company says they are dealing with equipment damage on the city’s northeast side. They expect to work Monday morning into the afternoon to get the power back on for most of its customers.
After tornadoes ripped through Howard County last Wednesday leaving a path of destruction particularly in Kokomo, life will start to look like it’s getting back to normal for the area’s school children. Classes resume in Kokomo today and students will get back to hitting school.
An Indianapolis City-County councilor is providing the community with an opportunity this evening to discuss the future of transportation here in Marion County. Ninth District councilor William Oliver is hosting a community meeting for two hours beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church regarding the proposed Marion County Transit Plan referendum. The group Transit Drives Indy will make a presentation. They’re a coalition of individuals, businesses, agencies and institutions across the county who educate voters on the benefits of public transportation. The referendum is a chance for voters in the county to get a say in the potential raise to their income taxes to pay for a major investment in public transportation and increased bus service. Oliver wants to make sure Indy’s citizens have the chance to be fully informed of all the factors surrounding the issue of how people get around in this city. The church is located in the 3200 block of North Meridian Street.
A surprise grant given to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will help the department launch its cadet program. The $100,000 grant was presented to Chief Troy Riggs Saturday night by The Indianapolis Foundation. The IMPD Cadet Program is designed to educate, mentor and employ inner-city high school graduates who are interested in public safety. Riggs told The Indianapolis Star, he hopes the program will launch in January.
Indiana’s Chamber of Commerce is picking sides in the state’s U.S. Senate Race. Local and national chamber officials are set to criss-cross the state today to support Republican Todd Young. Take note, the Chamber was a former supporter of Democrat Evan Bayh during his previous term in Senate.
President Obama‘s old campaign manager says Donald Trump is a psychopath. David Plouffe said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Donald Trump is a psychopath by the clinical definition and displays all the symptoms including, “the grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying and lack of empathy and remorse.” He said he believes Trump’s choices on the campaign trail will result in defeat.
Foreign hackers are reportedly targeting state elections systems. Yahoo News says the FBI has uncovered evidence of breaches in two state election databases. Yahoo identifies the states as Arizona and our western neighbor, Illinois. The FBI is advising state elections officials to boost security of their computer systems. There are concerns that hackers could delete names from voter registration lists before national elections in November.
A memorial is planned in Mississippi today for two Catholic nuns who were murdered last week. In Lexington Sunday, people gathered at a small church for a wake. The man arrested for the crime, Rodney Sanders, is due in court today, as the investigation is continuing into why he allegedly stabbed them to death in their home. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation hasn’t determined a motive for the crime and says it does not appear to have been robbery.
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Two brothers are facing murder charges in the shooting death NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin. Police in Chicago say they’ve arrested Darwin and Derren Sorrells in the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four children. Police say Aldridge was pushing her baby in a stroller Friday when the brothers fired shots at a third man who was their intended target. Aldridge was hit in the head and the baby wasn’t injured. The Sorrells brothers are charged with first-degree murder.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he will keep sitting during the National Anthem because of injustice. He says it’s an effort to bring awareness and make people realize what’s going on in the country. Kaepernick feels that police are getting away with murdering civilians and not facing just consequences. Since taking his stance, that is well within his rights, Kaepernick has been the target of racist online trolls.
There’s increased security at the U.S. Open as first round play gets underway today in New York. The 700,000 people attending tennis matches should expect to see concrete barriers, extra police and walk-through metal detectors. Heightened security was put in place following mass shootings in the U.S. and terrorist attacks in Europe. Kids’ Day was held over the weekend and wasn’t without scandal. A man tried to kidnap an eleven-year-old girl by grabbing her wrist, but fled after she broke free and kicked him. Police are still looking for the suspect.
Though Stephen Morris led the Colts on two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter of the game, the Eagles still got the best of them and they lost 33-23 Saturday in pre-season play. Quarterback Andrew Luck was 13-of-18 for 134 yards for the Colts, but took three sacks. Robert Turbin had an 81-yard touchdown run called back because of holding, and the Colts finished with 39 rushing yards. The preseason wraps this Thursday with a near-by road game against the Bengals. In the meanwhile, they’ll trim their roster down more in stages. They currently have an 81-man roster which has to reduce to 75 by Tuesday and 53 by Saturday.
In WNBA action, the Indiana Fever will host the Phoenix Mercury Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Saturday, the ladies took a loss to the Mystics, 92-69, at home. That was their first time hitting the hardwoods for a game since coming back from the Olympic break. The Fever’s record now sits at 12-and-13 on the year.
A mix of sunshine and clouds today. It’s another day of the threat of stray showers or thunderstorms. Special note: Forecasters say the city of Muncie in particular will be subject to just what it doesn’t need after Sunday’s heavy downpour, more rain and flooding. The High: 87 degrees.
The wife of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali is calling everyone to serve their fellow man. She is launching a service campaign “Ali In All of Us” and wants you to join up. Click here to listen to Mrs. Lonnie Ali who spent some time here on “Access Indy with Kim Wells.”