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The Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued by the National Weather Service in Indianapolis expired early Tuesday morning for some of the outlying areas. Northern Tipton County and Howard County which includes Kokomo were two of them. It rained and stormed all night providing great sleep for some and keeping others wide awake. The rain continued into the Tuesday morning commute making it necessary for commuters to give themselves some extra time to get to work or school.
In some breaking news on Tuesday morning…
Indianapolis appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg, Inc. is filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, according to an announcement from their corporation Tuesday morning. In a statement, company President and CEO Robert J. Riesbeck, said, “We’ve given it a valiant effort over the past 12 months…We have conducted an extensive review of alternatives and believe pursuing a restructuring through Chapter 11 is the best path forward to ensure hhgregg’s long-term success.” They filed petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Also, the company made a deal where an anonymous party will purchase hh gregg’s assets.
Indianapolis Metro Police investigators told reporters they have a few lingering questions about a deadly shooting that happened Monday night at a south side gas station. Officers said the clerk at the Phillips 66 station on Keystone Avenue shot and killed a robber there. Police found the suspect lying just outside the gas station’s front door, leading them to have more questions.
Indianapolis’s Ten Point Coalition could soon become Indiana’s Ten Point Coalition. Organizers of the stop-the-violence group said Monday that they continue to get calls to bring their work to other cities across the state. Ten Point’s Reverend Charles Harrison said folks in Muncie and Kokomo recently launched their own versions of the group.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is trying to clarify remarks he made about slaves. In his first remarks to HUD employees on Monday, Carson spoke about “other immigrants” who “came here in the bottom of slave ships” but still had a dream. In a statement posted on Facebook Monday night, Carson said he’s very much aware that the slave narrative and immigrant narrative are two entirely different experiences. The statement versus his speech leaves many questioning who prepared the statement for Secretary Carson.
House Republicans are taking their first step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare. They revealed their own plan, which will be considered by two House committees starting Wednesday. It provides monthly tax credits to help lower and middle-class Americans buy coverage if they don’t get it from their employer and keeps existing condition protections in place.
President Donald Trump says the Obama administration is to blame for the release of “122 vicious prisoners” from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. In a tweet Tuesday morning, he says those prisoners have returned to the battlefield, adding, quote, “Just another terrible decision!” His tweet comes amid reports that a man who had been held at Gitmo was killed by a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. NBC News fact checked President on Tuesday morning’s “Today Show.” They report the prisoners were released on former-GOP President George W. Bush’s watch, not President Barack Obama’s. Therefore, President Trump’s latest Tweet is also not truthful.
The opening stages of NFL free agency begin today as teams may begin negotiating contracts with unrestricted free agents. Players and teams can’t officially sign contracts until Thursday afternoon. Top free agents for the Indianapolis Colts include cornerback Darius Butler, tight end Jack Doyle, and outside linebacker Erik Walden.
The 2017 NFL Combine here in Indianapolis ended on Monday. Highlights from this year’s combine include John Ross breaking the 40-yard dash record, top linebacker Reuben Foster being sent home, and the dominating performance of the event by defensive end Myles Garrett. The Indianapolis Colts own the 15th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, which kicks off in Philadelphia on April 27.
In NBA action Monday night… The Pacers trailed the Hornets by 21 at halftime and couldn’t recover. They went on to lose in Charlotte, 100-88. Paul George piled up 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in defeat. The Pacers fell to 32-and-31 on the year. The Pacers are back at home Wednesday night hosting the Pistons.
It’s a day to pull out your favorite rubber boots, to get to work or school anyway…
Windy with showers and thundershowers during this morning, then skies turning partly cloudy during the afternoon. Today’s High: 58 degrees.
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