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Good day to you on this foggy Monday & Happy New Year to you…

A woman is being named the new acting chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for the first time in history.  Mayor Joe Hogsett named Valerie Cunningham as the interim chief Saturday. Cunningham has held several roles in IMPD over the past two decades.  Most recently, she served as the deputy chief of the patrol division.  She replaces, Former Chief Troy Riggs who abruptly resigned a couple of weeks ago after less than a year in the position.

A five-year-old is hospitalized after being shot on the far east side of Indianapolis.  Authorities say the child was rushed to Riley Hospital Saturday after being shot on New Year’s Eve. The incident happened in the four-thousand bock of Newburgh Drive. Police said the shooting appears to be accidental. Various media reports say she’s listed in critical condition.

Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating a fatal accident that happened in the early hours of New Year Day. Police say a 55-year-old woman walked into the path of a car near 16th and College Avenue and was killed. That car’s driver stayed at the scene and took a breath test. Police say the driver cooperated and they don’t suspect intoxication as a reason for this fatality.

Firefighters say a west side home is a total loss after an early morning fire. There aren’t any reports of injuries. Firefighters say they saw flames shooting out of the top of the house along Crawfordsville Road not long after midnight. Investigators are now looking for a cause.

A Muncie man is starting his 2017 in jail after police say he pulled out a pistol and started shooting. It happened about five in the morning Sunday. Frankton Police and the Madison County Sheriff’s office say Jordan Mace was shooting at the SUV when they arrived. Mace told police he doesn’t know why he was shooting. He simply says the people in the SUV gave him a ride back to his car.

Indy Metro Police say the new year rang in with more than a dozen gunshots in Indianapolis. IMPD says at least 16 people reported gunshots or stray bullets hitting homes and vehicles as people celebrated the arrival of 2017. One person was found shot in a parking lot on East St. Joseph Street early this morning. The victim is in stable condition, but isn’t cooperating with police.

Indianapolis is ringing in the new year with its first baby born in the city in 2017.  Kennedy Aberdeen Long was brought into the world at 12:27 a.m. at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.  Parents Bobby and Joanna Long say their seven-pound-one-ounce baby girl is “perfect.”

We should know who will fill the State Auditor’s post by day’s end. Governor-elect Eric Holcomb is expected to name a new auditor today in Fort Wayne. Holcomb has to make a new pick because the current Auditor Suzanne Crouch is his new Lieutenant Governor-elect.

The State of Indiana gets new  leadership when the next administration  takes office next week. Governor Mike Pence will be officially out of office and on to his next federal office–Vice President. Governor-elect Eric Holcomb’s inauguration takes place next Monday, January 9th, 11am at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It’s free to attend. Doors open at 10 a.m.


ISIS is claiming responsibility for the deadly New Year’s attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Officials say a man opened fire inside a popular nightclub, killing at least 39 people and wounding nearly 70, including one American. The gunman is still evading capture.

President Barack Obama is reflecting over his two terms in office on Twitter.  In his New Year’s Day tweets, the President talked about what he called the “remarkable progress” that Americans have made possible these past eight years. Obama touched on job growth, the Affordable Care Act, clean energy development and marriage equality. He added that it’s been the privilege of his life to serve as the President and that he looks forward to, quote, “standing with you as a citizen.”

Expect President-elect Donald Trump to be a busy man after he takes the oath of office January 20. Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told ABC’s “This Week” Trump on his first day plans to repeal several executive orders made by President Barack Obama over his two terms in office. Spicer didn’t specify which orders will be repealed, only that they will be ones that “have hampered both economic growth and job creation.”

Millions of American workers are getting pay raises this week. The minimum wage in 22 states and the District of Columbia went up on New Year’s Day. Nearly three-quarters of the increases are the result of ballot initiatives.

The man who killed nine people in a South Carolina church is the subject of a competency hearing today. It comes just a day before the penalty phase of Dylann Roof’s federal hate crimes trial is set to begin. The 22-year-old Roof was convicted last month in the shooting deaths during Bible study at Charleston’s historically black “Mother” Emanuel AME Church in 2015. The pastor was among Roof’s nine victims.

Remembering Pulse…Three survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando are participating in today’s Tournament of Roses Parade in California. They’ll ride in a float titled “To Honor and Remember Orlando.”  It will include a giant dove flying over a field of 49 stars, representing each of those killed in the attack. The nightclub’s owner and residents who helped in recovery efforts will also ride on the float.

Legal gun owners no longer need a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Missouri. New rules went into effect yesterday after lawmakers last year overturned the governor’s veto of the law.  A lawmaker here in Indiana is seeking a similar move once the session begins at the Statehouse.

The military wants to see soldiers cut back on energy drinks. The Defense Department says consuming too many energy drinks can lead to serious health damage. Military officials have noticed a growing number of service members are swilling down energy drinks instead of water, particularly troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Health experts point out that energy drinks contain a lot of caffeine, which can cause serious health problems including faster heartbeat, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, nervousness, and muscle tremors.

CNN’s Don Lemon (who is also a contributor on our “Tom Joyner Morning Show”) is the toast of the internet after he downed shot after shot of tequila and got his ear pierced on live TV New Year’s Eve. The host of “CNN Tonight” was covering the celebration from New Orleans with co-host Brooke Baldwin.  She noticed the liquor was having an effect as Lemon began to engage in a little soul searching about life and relationships in the year to come. At one point his mic was cut as he started to talk about how terrible 2016 had been. As for the piercing, Lemon settled on the ear piercing but not before taking off his shirt and briefly considering the nipple. Many on Twitter seemed to agree that hashtag drunk Don Lemon was the best thing on television. Much better, than a non-singing Mariah Carey who couldn’t hear from her earpiece and bombed lip-syncing live in Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Carey’s three-song set was plagued by technical difficulties. Carey’s reps said that the singer’s “ear piece was not working” and that she was “flying blind.”

In Sports…

The Colts are ending the 2016 season on a high note. Andrew Luck led the team on a masterful fourth quarter drive to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 Sunday. But the win doesn’t help. Their 8-8 season isn’t good enough to take them to the playoffs.The win was also the last for #98 Robert Mathis, who’s now retiring. It’s Black Monday around the NFL–a day known for staff firings. All eyes will be on the front office at the Colts today.

The AFC playoff field is set. The New England Patriots earned the number-one seed after finishing with the best record in the NFL at 14-and-2. The Kansas City Chiefs grabbed the two-seed and the AFC West Division title after beating the Chargers coupled with Oakland’s loss in Denver. The Pats and Chiefs will have first-round byes. Pittsburgh is the third-seed and Houston is the fourth. The Steelers will host the sixth-seeded Miami Dolphins during Wild Card weekend. The Texans will entertain the fifth-seeded Oakland Raiders.

Sports meets Activism…

Authorities say two demonstrators climbed the rafters at a Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears game and dropped a banner in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.  After their climb yestersay, the protestors dangled from the top of U.S. Bank Stadium alongside a large banner that read “U.S. Bank Divest” with the hashtag “NoDAPL.”  The two protestors later said they targeted U.S. Bank because they had issued a credit line to the company responsible for the pipeline.


“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is rocketing to the top of the four-day holiday weekend box office. Taking in an estimated $65-million this weekend, the Walt Disney blockbuster approached the $440-million mark in North America. Rounding out the top five…the animated holiday flick “Sing,”

Sony’s “Passengers,” Disney’s animated “Moana” and Denzel Washington’s “Fences”.

Indianapolis Weather…

Foggy on this Monday morning followed by occasional showers this afternoon. Thunder possible. Today’s High: 53 degrees.


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