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Good day to you on what has been a slick Friday in the Indy-metro area, making for a tough commute.
An IndyGo bus was involved in an accident Friday morning at Washington Street and White River Parkway–demonstrating how slick the Friday morning commute was for area motorists. Where ever you may go today, give yourself extra time.
Here’s a follow up to the fatal stabbing that happened earlier this week at the edge of Riverside Park here in Indy. Prosecutors say a mother of three is dead because of a fight over her boyfriend. Marion County prosecutors filed formal murder charges on Thursday against teenager Lesley Mena. Mena is only 17 years old. Police say she stabbed and killed Mireya Arciga in a fight on Monday. Indianapolis Metro Police investigators say the fight started because of jealousy over Arciga’s boyfriend.
An overnight murder/suicide has a Central Indiana city on edge. Police say a woman died after being shot and critically injured Thursday night by a suspect who was found dead hours later by a SWAT team. This happened in near-by Columbus, Indiana. WTHR-TV reports, police officers there found the female victim, shot multiple times just north of downtown Columbus and the SWAT team and crisis negotiation unit were called to deal with a man inside a house in the same area. Police say that SWAT team used a robot probe to go in and that’s how they found the man dead inside around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning. Neither of the two has been identified and the investigation is on-going.
Several people are facing charges in connection with a drug trafficking investigation at the Marion County Jail. Officials say, earlier this month, a deputy received a tip that an interior window in Marion County Jail 2 had been tampered with. The investigation was launched and a search of the jail cell uncovered about four-ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be synthetic marijuana, a half-gram of cocaine and cigarettes. Officials say four people, including three inmates have been arrested in connection with this drug enterprise. Officers are still looking for one other person.
It’s a big night for firefighters here in Indy. WISH-TV reports the Indianapolis Fire Department will honor more than 140 of their own Friday night at the department’s 25th annual IFD Recognition Ceremony. It’s going down at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, downtown, at 8 p.m.
Saturday is all about serving others and learning how to effectively do so for some here in the city. Christ Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the Second Annual Urban Servant Leadership Un-Conference. This is a UniteForChange initiative to develop leaders who understand, are passionate about and want to engage urban communities for the future. It gets underway with registration at 8 a.m. and runs to 4:30 p.m. with lots of free workshops at Ivy Tech Community College’s downtown campus on Fall Creek Parkway. Get more details HERE.
People here in Indiana are waiting to see what will happen to the Affordable Care Act. Listen to my #NaptownNewsie story about a new study showing the effect that repealing Obamacare could have on this state by clicking HERE.
A plan to ban all abortions in the state is now not getting a hearing at the Indiana State Capitol. State Representative Ben Smaltz, who heads the panel that would’ve considered the proposal, said Thursday that he couldn’t get past the fact that the legislation didn’t include exceptions to allow a woman to end her pregnancy in the case of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life. Abortions’-rights supporters called the proposed law unconstitutional and unnecessary.
Former Indiana Governor, Vice President Mike Pence will break from tradition when he speaks in person at the March for Life rally today. It’ll be the first time in the event’s 43-year history that a sitting vice president, or president, addresses the march in Washington in-person. The president of March for Life said Pence’s speech will be an historic moment for the pro-life event. Former presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan addressed the event by phone. Pence’s congressional and gubernatorial focuses included his dedication to the pro-life movement. Anti-abortion activists will protest the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe versus Wade ruling that opened the door for legal abortions in the U.S. at today’s annual event.
President Trump’s chief White House strategist says the media is “the opposition party,” and should “keep its mouth shut.” In an interview with The New York Times, Steve Bannon called the mainstream media “outright activists for the Clinton campaign” that have “no power” as a result of the election. Bannon is a former executive at Breitbart News–the Euro-populist right and American racist-‘Alt right’ alternative news organization.
The Trump administration appears to be backing off a call for a 20-percent tariff on goods imported from Mexico.White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus now says the tax is just part of a “buffet of options” being considered to pay for Trump’s campaign-promised border wall. On Thursday, the president of Mexico canceled his visit to the U.S. to sit down to chat with Trump. The Mexican president recently said his country doesn’t believe in building walls and they’re not paying for it.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev penned an op-ed for Time magazine. In it he writes that the world and its leaders look like they’re preparing for war. Check out what he had to say, HERE.
Try, try, and try again. That’s what the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is now doing as they reapplied for a permit for the project again. TransCanada submitted the application to the State Department on Thursday. The move comes just days after President Trump signed an executive order reviving the proposed pipeline which would run through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. Former President Barack Obama‘s administration rejected the company’s application back in 2015.
Sign me up! A former U.S. Secretary of State says she’ll sign up if President Trump creates a registry of Muslims in the U.S. In a conference call with the Refugee Council USA Thursday, Madeleine Albright also said it would be tragic if Trump decides to close the door on refugees on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is today. Albright’s parents converted from Judaism to Catholicism 1941 after their native Czechoslovakia was disintegrated by Hitler. During the presidential campaign, Trump floated the idea of making a registry for American Muslims and has talked about a temporary ban on Muslim refugees.
The Pacers ended a three-game slide as they got the win over the Timberwolves, 109-103, Thursday night in Minneapolis. Here’s what happened…Paul George led the way with 32 points, Myles Turner added 23 on 10-of-14 shooting, and Jeff Teague finished with 20 points, 13 assists, and eight boards. The Pacers now stand at 23-and-22 overall with a 7-and-16 road record. It will be a busy Friday night in downtown Indy. They’ll get the opportunity to keep the momentum rolling as they host the Sacramento Kings tonight at Bankers Life Stadium. Tip is at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Pacers forward Paul George has been named a reserve for the NBA All-Star Game. This is George’s fourth All-Star appearance. Other Pacers will take part as well. Glenn Robinson, III, will compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest and Myles Turner will play in the Rising Stars Challenge.
It’s Pro Bowl week in the NFL! Indianapolis Colts player T.Y. Hilton is in Orlando to represent the AFC squad at Sunday’s ProBowl. Punter Pat McAfee was also voted in this year’s game, but won’t play due to injury. Kickoff is 8 p.m. Eastern and the AFC-NFC battle can be seen on ESPN.
Serena and Venus Williams will play for the women’s singles championship at the Australian Open. The Williams sisters took different routes to the final in their semi-final wins on Thursday. Venus reached her first Grand Slam final in nearly eight years with a 6-7,6-2, 6-3 win over unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe, while Serena had no trouble with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, handling the Croatian player, 6-2, 6-1. The ladies say no matter what happens, they’re cool and they win in this historic match. Why history? The William’s Sisters will be the two oldest players ever to compete in a Grand Slam final. Venus is aged 36 and Serena is right behind her at 35. For Hoosiers to catch the match-up live, plan for either a late night or really early morning depending on your tastes. The battle of the Williams’ Sisters on center court gets underway Saturday morning at 3:30 a.m. Eastern. Coverage begins on ESPN at 3 a.m.
Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy this afternoon. High 33 degrees.