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Indy’s longest serving mayor, former Indianapolis Mayor William “Bill” Hudnut is dead. Family members announced Sunday that he passed away in Maryland after battling a lengthy illness. After being sworn in on January 1, 1976, he served a total of 16-years. He’s also the mayor that struck the deal to bring the Colts to this city from Baltimore and was instrumental in the city’s growth. Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut was age 84.
Students at the city’s public school have to get up and get out to school as usual on this frigid Monday. But students at a number of other central Indiana districts can sleep in. School leaders are canceling or delaying school because of today’s bitter cold. Most of the schools that decided to cancel are in rural districts and would have kids waiting at dangerously cold bus stops in the open. The closures and delays are posted here on this web.
In some good weather news, forecasters say the warm-up starts tomorrow. Indianapolis is waking-up today to its last day in the deep freeze this week. The National Weather Service says temps in the teens and sub-zero wind chills today should give way to highs near 30-degrees starting Tuesday. There is a chance for snow Wednesday night into Thursday.
Weather is being blamed for poor turnout at the annual Bleed Blue Blood Drive. Organizers expected more than 2,000 people at Saturday’s event, but because of the dangerous road conditions, only about 900 people showed up. You can still donate, though. The Indiana Blood Center will hold Bleed Blue Part Two at their office on North Meridian Street through Friday.
Seven people in southern Indiana are safe after being trapped in a cave for almost a day. Rescuers retrieved the cavers Monday morning. They’d been conducting a survey of Binkley’s Cave in Harrison County. Search crews had trouble finding them due to high water levels. The cavers were treated for hypothermia and exposure.
The woman who killed her two neighbors when her south side home exploded will learn how much time she’ll serve as punishment this week. The sentencing phase of Monserrate Shirley’s trial gets underway today in a Marion County court room, according to WTHR-TV. Shirley entered a guilty plea in the case that began as an insurance scheme in the south side subdivision of Richmond Hill. Dion and Jennifer Longworth, the unwitting couple next door to Shirley’s house paid the ultimate price when they died in the blast. Shirley testified against her accomplices in exchange for a reduced prison sentence that could range between 20-50 years in prison. The sentencing is expected to last at least two days and the judge could suspend any or all of her expected time to be spent behind bars.
A dozen dogs are looking for a new home after firefighters say a fire damaged the one they were living-in. Indianapolis firefighters say they rescued two adult dogs and ten puppies from the home on Westridge Drive. Investigators say they’re looking for a cause, and aren’t sure if the home had working smoke detectors.
Delegates to the Electoral College meet to cast their votes today. Electors will gather in all 50 state capitals and Washington, DC to carry out their duty under the Constitution. Indianapolis will see electors, because it is a capital city. Indiana’s electors are expected to vote unanimously for Republican Donald Trump. There have been numerous news reports about upset voters contacting electors, hoping to get them not to vote for Trump in a bid to stop him from getting the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. Trump has 306 Electoral College votes while Hillary Clinton has 232. Despite the push by Trump opponents it is very unlikely that 37 GOP electors would change their votes.
The former chair of the House Intelligence Committee told a Sunday morning TV show that Congress should investigate possible Russian hacking and CIA Director John Brennan. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” New York Republican Peter King blasted Brennan for leaking information to newspapers but refusing to come to Congress. King also said he’s not defending Russia and called President Vladimir Putin “evil.”
Today is the enrollment deadline for Affordable Care Act plans. Those who want coverage that starts January 1 need to sign up by the end of the day. The deadline had been last week but it was extended for a few days.
Zsa Zsa Gabor is dead. The actress and socialite, who had been in declining health for years, suffered a fatal heart attack at her home in Los Angeles, according to her long-time husband Prince Frederick von Anhault. She was preceded in death by her only child, Francesca Hilton–whom she had with then-husband Conrad Hilton, the hotel magnet. Gabor was infamously married nine times in her life. Born in Budapest, Hungary, she was the middle child of three daughters and was preceded in death by older sister Magda, and younger sister Eva, who was best known for her role on the 60s TV show “Green Acres.” Gabor was known for a variety of TV roles and film’s–notably the 1952 film “Moulin Rouge” where she played singer Jane Avril. She was 99 years old.
Gas prices are up six cents a gallon over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of stations across the U.S. finds the average price of a gallon of regular is now $2.26. The website GasBuddy shows the highest price is in San Francisco, at $2.81-a-gallon. The lowest price is in Memphis, Texas, a small town near Amarillo where regular is selling for $1.77-a-gallon. The cheapest gas in Indy as of this posting is $1.99 at a Citgo in the 6800 block of North Michigan Road.
The Colts’ latest win helped Green Bay’s playoff hopes more than their own. The Colts drubbed the flailing Minnesota Vikings on Sunday 34-6, but lost ground in the hunt for a playoff spot. Both Tennessee and Houston also won. The Colts can make the playoffs if this complicated mix happens. Thy must win their last two games, Houston must lose their final two games, and Tennessee needs to lose one of its final games as well.
Some clouds Monday morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. Today’s High: 18 degrees.
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