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While governor, he lobbed public ‘jabs’ at Hillary Clinton over her emails, on this busy Friday we learned he was doing something similar and he’s now under fire.
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A new report says Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct some official public business while he served as Indiana governor. The Indianapolis Star reports Pence used his personal AOL account to communicate with advisers on a number of topics including sensitive info and Homeland Security, in some cases. According to the newspaper’s report, Pence’s private email was also apparently hacked last summer. The Vice-President’s office is defending his use of that private email. They said he “fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention.”
A train-car collision on the city’s north east side left one motorist seriously injured early Friday morning according to WTHR-TV. Indy Metro Police said they believe the car was southbound on Sherman Drive, disregarded the crossing arms at Massachusetts Avenue and was hit by that train around 1 a.m. dragging it down the block. The driver is listed in serious condition at Eskenazi Hospital.
A serial rapist learned he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars. Randy Pitts was sentenced on Thursday to 100 years in prison. He raped three women during a ten-day period back in the summer of 2015, and he also tried to sexually assault a woman in the bathroom of downtown’s Circle Center Mall. Pitts pleaded guilty to the charges last September.
An Indianapolis faith leader is calling for a peace rally following several murders in one of the city’s most deadly neighborhoods. Just last week, a mother was shot to death in an alleyway near 10th and Rural, and a 17-year-old was killed outside a nearby church. Reverend Malachi Walker told FOX 59 he hopes the rally that he’s planning serves as a wake-up call. He told the station he’s planning to hold in in the coming weeks, but the details are still being worked out.
A proposed state law will require a conviction before police can take your stuff. The Indiana Senate this week approved changes to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. Right now, police departments can seize cars or cash they think are connected to criminal activity. This new plan that’s enroute to the Indiana House stops that. Police departments say asset forfeiture is an important tool in their mix.
In business news… Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer HHGregg is shutting down 88 stores and three distribution sites. The reason according to their officials is poor sales. This is slated to be a major job loss as well. Officials said roughly 1,500 workers will be let go by the middle of next month. The move follows the New York Stock Exchange decision to delist HHGregg for its failure to meet the minimum listing requirement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is recusing himself from taking part in any investigations involving the Trump campaign’s contact with Russians in the run-up to the November election. But dozens of Democratic lawmakers are calling for the former Republican senator from Alabama to resign. Sessions said during his confirmation hearing that he had not talked with any Russian officials, an answer to a direct question by Minnesota Senator Al Franken, however the truth is, he actually met twice with the Russian ambassador before the election. Sessions now admits he met with that ambassador, but only in his capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
President Donald Trump is defending his AG, calling the controversy over AG Sessions’ meeting with the Russian ambassador “a total witch hunt.” Trump issued a statement calling Sessions an “honest man.” Trump believes Sessions didn’t say anything wrong when he said during a confirmation hearing that he’d never had contact with Russians. Regardless, Capitol Hill Democrats are still calling for Sessions to resign, saying the nation’s top law man lied under oath.
Eleven states are dropping their lawsuit over a transgender bathroom order. The Obama administration had directed schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. But a court put it on hold. President Trump rescinded that order last month.
Instead of talking hoops, an NBA legend prefers to use his time these days talking about hope. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a guest of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Muslim Student Association Thursday night. He told a crowd gathered there of hundreds that he hopes Muslims will speak up when they hear people criticize their beliefs. He also told them that President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign slogan was, “dog whistle talk to make America a place of white supremacy again.”
A group of ten governors is working to avoid millions of dollars in federal healthcare cuts when Republicans replace Obamacare. The governors met with Vice President Mike Pence who’s leading the ‘repeal and replace’ charge last Sunday. They’re worried that repealing the Affordable Care Act without a detailed replacement will take coverage away from millions of Americans and pass the costs on to the states. Sources told Reuters that during the hour-long meeting, the governors presented Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with a proposal to reform the Medicaid program for the poor. More than 30 states expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.
On-field workouts start today at the NFL Scouting Combine here in Indy. The event downtown at Lucas Oil Stadium will allow team executives and scouts to get a close look at potential NFL players ahead of the April 27 draft in Philadelphia. Running backs, offensive linemen, special teams players and place kickers are up first. The NFL Combine Experience is open for football and NFL fans at the Indy Convention Center. The interactive experience is a public attraction open daily through Sunday.
The Wisconsin Badgers’ fifth loss in six games–this time to Iowa, gave Purdue the Big Ten regular-season title outright versus having to be a co-champ.The Boilermakers who beat Indiana noted in a Tweet that they don’t have to share.
Sunny skies. Expect a cool High of 36 degrees.