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The entire town of Flora—a tight knit community about an hour north of Indy, continues their mourning today. Firefighters there are looking for answers about the fire that killed four young African-American girls, and sent their mother along with two police officers to the hospital early on Monday morning  Investigators want to know what started that deadly blaze and they’re searching for that cause. Carroll Consolidated Schools are making counselors available for students again today. Funeral arrangements for the girls are pending.

A fire that heavily damaged a northeast side apartment complex is under investigation. Firefighters were called to Timber Point Apartments Monday evening. It took crews nearly an hour to get the flames under control. Officials say 24 units were damaged in the blaze.

Indianapolis Metro Police (IMPD) say they’re looking for the driver of a car that killed a pedestrian in the middle of a northside street Monday night. Officers say after the car struck the victim, the driver then sped off. Investigators say it was dark, and the victim wasn’t in the crosswalk. Police are asking neighbors for any leads.

To another crash…but this one…between an IndyGo bus and pick-up truck. A dozen people are recovering from minor injuries after IMPD says an IndyGo bus slammed into a pick-up truck Monday night on the northeast side. Investigators think the pick-up truck’s driver ran a red light leaving few options for the bus driver. They’re now testing to see if the truck driver was drunk.

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Mayor Joe Hogsett wants Rexnord Bearings to pay back $380,000 in tax incentives it received. Rexnord recently announced plans to move its operations from here in Indianapolis to Mexico. Hogsett says the company isn’t in compliance with commitments it made with the city in 2009. 

Park Tudor has a new leader. The private school announced Monday that Gareth Vaughan will serve as the institution’s new head of school. The position was previously held by Matthew D. Miller, who committed suicide days after police questioned him about a sexting case that ended with former basketball coach Kyle Cox being sentenced to 14-years in prison. The Marion County coroner’s office ruled Miller’s death a suicide.

Governor-elect Eric Holcomb is adding Earl Goode to his administration. Goode served as former Governor Mitch Daniels’ chief of staff and will serve in the same  capacity under Holcomb. Holcomb says Goode’s “steady hand and voice of reason” will be a valuable asset in taking Indiana to the next level.  The administration becomes official on January 9.

Indiana’s Health Commissioner met with President-elect  Trump Monday evening. According to a release, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and Trump discussed improving doctor-patient relationships, challenges with Obamacare, and ideas for improved health care policies. As of now, Adams hasn’t commented publicly about a potential position in the federal government, but the release states he’s being considered. However, on Tuesday morning Adams took to Twitter acknowledging the meeting happened and discussing his focus. See his Tweets below:

National…

The man accused of murdering a San Antonio police officer in cold blood is telling reporters he “lashed out at someone who didn’t deserve it.”  Thirty-one-year-old Otis McKane was arrested during a traffic stop on Monday and charged with capital murder.

President Obama hosts his last Medal of Freedom ceremony today. The star-studded affair honors medal recipients Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan, Robert DeNiro, and Ellen DeGeneres, along with Robert Redford, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Diana Ross, and baseball broadcaster Vin Scully. Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda will be honored for their philanthropic work.

More Americans than ever feel the nation is divided on values that matter most. The latest Gallup Poll finds a record 77-percent of people surveyed say the nation is divided. The previous high was 69-percent in 2012. Only 21-percent of those questioned believe the nation is united. The poll was taken over five days immediately following the November 8 general election. Americans are about evenly split on whether they believe President-elect Donald Trump will do more to unify the country. Forty-five percent say he will while 49-percent say Trump will be more likely to further divide the country.

As examples…

A group of white nationalists is celebrating the victory of Trump. The alt-right group, the National Policy Institute, held their annual conference in Washington, DC on Saturday. Richard Spencer, the leader of the group who popularized the term “alt-right,” addressed the more than 200 attendees saying “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” Spencer also called for a “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” Spencer said America was designed for whites and their prosperity, and added “It is our creation, our inheritance, and it belongs to us.” A video from the event shows cheers and applause from audience members, some of which stood up and enthusiastically gave Nazi salutes.

One of the Washington, DC-area locations of Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant is apologizing for hosting the white nationalist group Friday, saying it was unintentional. The restaurant located in the district’s Friendship Heights neighborhood says the booking was last minute and the National Policy Institute made the reservation under a different name. Maggiano’s drew scorn after a tweet from inside the restaurant showed an NPI member making a Nazi salute in support of Adolf Hitler and white supremacy. Maggiano’s says it’s donated profits from that night to the Anti-Defamation League.

The same middle school that made headlines earlier this month with a video of students chanting “Build the wall!” following president-elect Trump’s win, is now in the spotlight again after a noose was found in a bathroom. A student at Royal Oak Middle School in Detroit, Michigan admitted to placing the noose in the restroom Friday. The superintendent of the school said the student they believe to be responsible was removed from the middle school effective immediately. It’s not clear whether the student had been expelled or suspended. Local police say they are continuing to investigate the incident.

A group opposing President-elect Donald Trump is launching an app people can use to punish businesses it says support Trump. The Democratic Coalition Against Trump released the “Boycott Trump” app Monday. It lists 250 companies the group says are “directly linked’ to Trump. The group wants its 150,000 supporters not to buy from businesses that include Home Depot and Coors Brewing. The coalition is an arm of the Keep America Great PAC which opposed Trump’s controversial and often hate-filled run for the White House.

2016 Only Make Believe Gala

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The actor who delivered a message to Vice-President-elect and current Indiana Governor Mike Pence from the Broadway stage at the mega hit musical “Hamilton” told CBS’ “This Morning” show, “Conversation is not harassment and I was really appreciative that Vice-President-elect Pence stood there and listened to what we had to say.” Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr in the play made a veep-to-veep statement to Pence on Friday during the curtain call that the cast hopes the Donald Trump administration will respect the rights of all Americans. In response, President-elect Trump tweeted several times about the incident calling it a harassment and demanded an apology. Dixon said on the show that there was no need for an apology and that it was simply the beginning of a conversation. From the stage Dixon asked the booing and cheering audience to be respectful during the statement and Pence said later that he wasn’t offended.

And going back on yet another campaign promise to his loyal followers before he’s even sworn-in…Trump apparently won’t make good on his pledge to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC Tuesday morning that the President-elect does not wish to pursue charges against Clinton or the Clinton Foundation (to which he has donated). During the second presidential debate, Trump made a threatening promise to ask for a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. Crowd’s regularly chanted at his rallies, “Lock her up!”

What’s wrong with ‘Yeezy?’ Rapper Kanye West is reportedly in the hospital. The Grammy winner was taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital for observation after police made a medical welfare check on him. Police reportedly decided to hospitalize him for his own health and safety. In fact, TMZ reported he was taken away from the scene handcuffed to a gurney. The news comes after Kanye cancelled his remaining tour dates following a bizarre rant over the weekend. During the show in Sacramento Saturday, West ranted about Beyonce and Jay Z, and Hillary Clinton. Then he left the show after three songs leaving fans high and dry.

In Sports…

Seattle Seahawks v Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts may be without star quarterback Andrew Luck when they take the field on Thanksgiving night at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Luck was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol after experiencing concussion-like symptoms after Sunday’s win over the Titans.

Monday night’s Pacer’s match up was a game of domination. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the home team doing the dominating. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 25 points as the Warriors dominated the Pacers, 120-83, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 21 points off the bench. Due to injuries, Paul George, Myles Turner and C.J. Miles didn’t play. The Pacers record dropped to 7-and-8 on the season.

Indianapolis Weather…

Mostly cloudy skies. High 48 degrees.

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