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Good day to you as Indy’s latest winter storm hit the city at one of the worst times possible, the morning drive time rush. Forecasters say Indy will see most of its one-to-three inches of snow during Tuesday morning’s commute. The city and places south were expected to see the heaviest snowfalls and big heavy wet flakes are falling fast at this time. You have to get north of Kokomo to see less than at least an inch of snow.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is proposing an overhaul of Marion county’s criminal justice system—one that’s called inefficient and inadequate. He introduced a plan Monday calling it “bold in its conception and immense in its scope.” It includes building a new judicial center campus, including a jail that would house up to 3,000 beds. A location hasn’t been selected yet. The last time a criminal justice complex was proposed was under former-Mayor Greg Ballard with an exorbinate budget and site chosen West of downtown by the White River at the old GM Stamping Plant. Many democratic City-County councilors stood in opposition to that plan. Hogsett’s new plan also focuses on identifying criminals who suffer from mental illness and drug addiction in an effort to decrease jailing. The Indianapolis Star reports the upfront costs of executing this plan are still undetermined as well as the financing model that will be used to pay for it. It will be a major focus of work to come for the City-County Council to figure out.

Indianapolis Fire Department personnel were busy Tuesday morning battling a house fire on the city’s eastside– one that left a man and woman injured. The home is located on North Gibson Avenue, near 10th Street and Post Road. Both of the occupants, according to an IFD tweet “…were transported in serious condition to Eskenazi (Hospital) after occupant says dropped cigarette catches home on fire. Blaze under control.”

Investigators are calling a deadly weekend shooting on Indy’s northeast side self-defense. Metro Police commanders said witnesses confirmed the shooter thought he was going to sell a phone, but the sale turned into a robbery. Police said the man shot and killed the 19-year-old who was trying to rob him.

An Indianapolis man is dead following an accident at the IPL construction site in Martinsville. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department says a rigging device failed and the worker was struck in the head by an I-beam. This is the second death this year at the Eagle Valley Combined Cycle power plant. In March, a contractor there was killed when he became pinned between a trailer and a truck.

Four-years after Sherese Bingham was found dead at White River State Park, the search continues for her killer.  A candlelight vigil was held Monday night to mark the anniversary of her death. Investigators said Bingham was walking her dogs along the canal when she was shot in the chest. According to various media reports, at one point, the victim’s husband was held as a suspect but was released for a lack of evidence. Family members are hoping the vigil will encourage someone with information to come forward. Know something? Say something. Crime Stoppers allows you to be anonymous by calling 317-262-TIPS.

Some workers at the to-be-closed Rexnord plant say the company is starting to shut things down. WRTV-6 is reporting crews spent part of the weekend dismantling some pieces of equipment. Rexnord is set to move about 300 jobs to Mexico in June. The company isn’t saying when they’ll start to close the facility here in Indianapolis.


President Barack Obama will sign the CURES Act today. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says this signing it will likely be President Obama’s last public bill signing ceremony. The bipartisan measure provides more than $6-billion for medical research of deadly diseases. It also boosts federal funding for mental health research and for the fight against the opioid  epidemic.

President-elect Donald Trump has made a prime administration pick on Tuesday morning, going with a life-long Texas oilman, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of state. Trump’s camp issued a press release Tuesday morning touting Tillerson as one of the “most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers in the world.” Tillerson has raised several eyebrows, despite Trump’s praise, over his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his lack of government or diplomatic experience. According to that release, here’s a bit about Tillerson’s background. Outside the oil industry, Tillerson has served as director of the United Negro College Fund. He’s also a former Eagle Scout and served as the National President of the Boy Scouts of America. He will likely face a tough confirmation hearing due to his close ties to Russia’s president.

Also, the Trump administration is continuing the mission to fill his cabinet despite Tuesday’s major announcement. Sources tell NBC News former Texas Governor Rick Perry is Trump’s pick to lead the Energy Department. Perry serves on the board of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Speaking of Dakota…a leaky pipeline has spewed thousands of barrels of oil into a North Dakota creek. The flow has since been stopped. The state’s Department of Health says 42-hundred barrels of crude, or more than 176,000 gallons, poured into a Little Missouri River tributary from the pipe owned by Wyoming-based True Companies. The site of the spill is about 150 miles from where thousands have been protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Testimony continues today in the trial of accused Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof. On Monday investigators said they found a list of churches, a gun and a Confederate flag in Roof’s car after the mass shooting. Prosecutors say racial hatred drove Roof to kill nine African-American worshippers at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Episcopal Church in June 2015. He faces 33 federal hate crime charges and a possible death sentence.

A Pennsylvania judge today considers who will be allowed to testify at Bill Cosby’s upcoming sexual assault trial. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. Prosecutors want the jury to hear testimony from 13 other women with accusations against the comedian.

In Sports…

The Pacers are happy to be back home. The team won its second straight home game Monday night. They’re calling this one a beatdown. Paul George scored 22 on way to a 110-94 win Charlotte Hornets. Myles Turner also scored 22 points, and Jeff Teague had “almost” a triple-double.

Indianapolis Weather…

First a note: Behind Tuesday’s major snowfall is a prediction of extremely cold temperatures. As you prepare for the arctic blast forecasted for later this week, don’t forget about your pets. An ordinance that went into effect in September 2015 requires cats and dogs be kept in a temperature-controlled environment when the outside temperature hits 20-degrees or below, or if there’s a wind chill warning. Thursday’s high is only expected to be in the middle teens.  Violators could be fined $25 for the first offense and up to $200 for the second.

Snow Tuesday morning will transition to snow showers during the afternoon. Winds are due out of the south shifting to the northwest at 10-to-15 miles per hour with snow accumulating between one to three inches. Today’s High: 33 degrees. Tonight’s Low: 12 degrees.


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