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Air conditioner maker Carrier is changing its mind about moving thousands of manufacturing jobs from here in Indianapolis to Mexico. The New York Times reports President-elect Donald Trump and Indiana Governor/Vice President-elect Mike Pence have reached a deal with the company to keep close to a thousand of those jobs in the city. Trump and Pence will be at Carrier Thursday to officially announce the deal. On the campaign trail, Trump often chided Carrier’s plan to move two-thousand jobs from Indiana to Mexico. Carrier said they were moving 1,400 jobs at the time.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened early on Wednesday morning on the city’s far east side. According to Fox 59, IMPD received the call around 5:30 a.m. and headed to the 2700 block of Lullwater Lane. That’s located in the area of 30th Street and North German Church Road. It’s there they found a body lying on the ground. The victim is male, between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, and IMPD says he was shot in head. Police haven’t identified the young man yet. They’re working on it and say there appears to be no witnesses. This is the city’s 136th homicide.
IMPD is still investigating the city’s 135th killing of the year. Investigators say they found a 22-year-old man dead in the 4000 block of Windhill Drive just after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Officers don’t have a description of a shooter or a possible motive.
Indiana State Police are searching for a vehicle that hit and killed a Rushville man on I-465. Sergeant Rich Myers says Jeffrey Smith was struck Tuesday morning near Keystone Avenue while he was standing near his broken down crane on the side of the Interstate. Police are looking for a maroon Ford pickup truck with heavy front-end damage.
Funeral services are being held today for four sisters who were killed in a fire in their home last week in Flora Indiana. The Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper reports service will be held at 10 a.m. inside the gymnasium at the Carroll Jr./Sr. High School. The girls, Kionnie Precious Welch, 5, Kerriele Danyell McDonald, 7, Keyara Janell Phillips, 9, and Keyana Latrice Davis, 11, died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation. Their mom, Gaylin Rose, was critically injured in the blaze on November 21 but was released from the hospital after treatment of her injuries over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Rose’s family is currently seeking contributions “to rebuild Gaylin’s life,” according to obituaries. Donations should be made to: Lafayette Bank & Trust, 805 E. Columbia St., Flora, IN 46929, C/O Gaylin Latrice Rose. The school is located at 2362 IN-18, Flora, IN.
Leaf collection in Indianapolis is about to end. The Department of Public Works says Friday is their final day of pickup. After that, all leaves will have to be placed inside your 96-gallon cart to be picked up. If you have bags of leaves, you can place them as one of your two heavy trash items for the month.
The woman who helped craft Indiana’s Medicaid program could soon be in charge of crafting a replacement for Obamacare. President-elect Donald Trump nominated Seema Verma Tuesday to serve as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma helped write Indiana’s Medicaid Plan, HIP, and the Medicaid alternative to Obamacare, HIP 2.0. She also heads a health care consulting firm. The Mike Pence-effect? Verma is the latest person with Hoosier ties to be nominated for a job in Trump’s administration.
Speaking of Vice-President-elect Pence, he told Fox News Tuesday that repealing and replacing Obamacare is the top priority when Donald Trump enters the White House In January. He told the right-leaning news channel, “it’ll be the first thing out of the gate.” Pence said it should be a source of encouragement to Americans that the Trump administration will replace Obamacare with what he called “real solutions.”
Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita could be the next man in charge of the federal budget. Rokita is currently the number two person on the House Budget Committee. The top Republican, Georgia’s Tom Price, could leave to helm Health and Human Services in the Trump Administration. It’s not an automatic promotion, but Rokita says he wants to use his position on the committee to help find a replacement program for Obamacare.
A new report says Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman used campaign money to take his family on a vacation to California. But the Indiana Republican may avoid any Congressional punishment. Stutzman is leaving Congress in January. Yesterday, the House Ethics Committee said it’s going to keep its investigation open. If the probe isn’t wrapped-up by the time Stutzman leave Congress, the case will disappear.
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Preventing Diabetes is a topic of health for today and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition and the Black Women’s Healthy Imperative want you to join them for a national Twitter chat on the subject. They’re using the hashtag #StopDiabetesChat and it gets underway this afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern. This health initiative is designed for participants to learn the facts to stop or delay type-2 diabetes which is ravaging the black community and leading to other health issues such as kidney failure and dialysis, blindness and amputations.
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President-elect Donald Trump continues the process of trying to fill his cabinet. Trump had dinner Tuesday night with potential secretary of state nominee Mitt Romney and chief of staff Reince Priebus. Romney told reporters they talked about international affairs and he has found the meeting “engaging and enjoyable.” The smiling faces captured on camera were in sharp contrast to the heated rhetoric between the two Republicans during this past presidential campaign.
In addition to Seema Verma to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.and Republican Georgia Representative Tom Price to be U.S. secretary of health and human services, Trump announced on Tuesday he’s nominating Elaine Chao for transportation secretary. Chao is the wife of one of President Barack Obama’s biggest detractors, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Chao also served as the secretary of labor for the eight years of the George W. Bush administration. There are also reports Trump will pick hedge fund manager Steven Mnuchin, (pronounced “muh-NOO-chin”), for treasury secretary. Mnuchin is an American banker, film producer, and noted political fundraiser who has a background as a former partner for Goldman Sachs (a second generation employee at the company behind his father) —and the same Goldman Sachs that Trump derided on the campaign trail as he said his opponent Hillary Clinton had too close ties to Wall Street. As of this report, the pick of Mnuchin is a done deal.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says Donald Trump is delusional for tweeting that citizens voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, allowing her to win the popular vote. He told Conan O’Brien on Tuesday night’s “Conan” show, “It’s delusional and totally insane, nobody believes that who studies elections or election patterns.” Sanders said by Trump saying this, he is allowing Republican leaders to implement voter suppression, making it harder for minority groups to participate in the voting process. He also said he’s worried about the future of our country and about a president-elect who ran a campaign on bigotry and hate. He told the host the media is in part to blame for Trump’s popularity and challenged the media to focus on real issues instead of sensational comments.
Donald Trump is reportedly leaving the business world. Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to say that he is in the process of legally leaving his businesses. He says he will hold a press conference in New York on December 15 to discuss his departure from his businesses.
House Democrats are behind closed doors, choosing their leadership team for the next Congress. Nancy Pelosi is facing her first real challenge as Democrat leader. California’s Pelosi is seeking re-election as Minority Leader and faces a challenge from Ohio’s Tim Ryan.
Severe storms have killed five people in Alabama and Tennessee overnight. Three of the victims died when a tornado hit Northeastern Alabama. At least six others were injured, including three children who were seriously injured in DeKalb County after a twister destroyed a day care center. Meantime, wildfires continue to burn in the eastern mountains of Tennessee. Three people have died and 14,000 have been evacuated from the tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Investigators are working to learn what caused a pipeline explosion just north of Kansas City’s airport last night. Firefighters say no one was hurt. The blast ripped apart a pipeline that carries ethane and propane. Kansas City International Airport managers say the fire and the explosion didn’t affect airport operations.
Rocker Neil Young is calling on President Barack Obama to stop violence against those protesting an oil pipeline in North Dakota. In a Facebook post, Young said Dakota Access pipeline protesters are facing “unnecessary and violent aggression” from the National Guard and local law enforcement. He called the protests “an awakening.” Remember the protesters are there because of what they say is an environmental threat to the Dakota Sioux tribe’s drinking water—potential breaches, leaks, explosions. (Refer to the previous Kansas City story as an example.)
Closing arguments begin today in the Michael Slager trial. Slager was a North Charleston police officer when he shot Walter Scott in the back after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. He’s also accused of trying to plant a weapon near Scott’s dead body in the sight of a fellow officer who backed him up. Slager took the stand on Tuesday in his own defense and testified that he got into a struggle with Walter Scott when the man grabbed the officer’s Taser. The video taken by a witness showed no such thing. In fact, it showed Scott running away from the officer.
Fidel Castro’s ashes will travel across Cuba today on a ceremonial journey. The cremated remains of the former Cuban leader will travel from the capital of Havana to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, where Castro launched his revolution in 1953. It will take the funeral procession carrying the ashes three days to make the 550-mile trek.
There’s a big jump in private sector hiring for November. Wednesday’s ADP private payrolls jobs report shows companies added 216,000 new positions this month, nearly double October’s gain. Employers in the professional and business services categories added the most jobs followed by education and health services. Large firms led the way, hiring 90,000 workers in November.
The Indiana Pacers begin a five-game road trip out West tonight in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Other stops on this swing include LA, Golden State, Phoenix and Dallas. The Pacers tip off with Portland tonight at 10 o’clock Eastern.
With Andrew Luck’s status still up in the air, the Indianapolis Colts have begun preparations for their road trip to New York. Here’s the reality, the Colts are in a virtual must-win situation at 5-and-6, the Jets sit at 3-and-8—losers of seven of their last nine match ups. The teams will have an extra day to get ready as they meet on “Monday Night Football.”
Expect a mix of clouds and sun on this ‘Hump Day.” There’s a slight chance of a rain shower looming. Today’s High: 52 degrees. Clouds this evening with a partial clearing late. Tonight’s Low: near 35 degrees.
Fan voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 is being extended. Voting was supposed to wrap up on December 5 but will now last until December 15. Reports indicate Journey is currently leading the race. Included in this class are Chaka Khan, Chic, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex, Tupac Shakur and Reggae/Punk band Bad Brains. If you’d like to get in on the voting and let your voice be heard, log on to RockHall.com or just click HERE to vote.
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