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This weekend will be cold (and maybe perfect for trying to catch an extra hour of sleep due to the Daylight Saving Time time change that kicks in Sunday at 2 a.m.) Though it will be colder, it will mostly be snow free here in Indy. Forecasters say the snow threat for the city doesn’t come til late Sunday night into Monday morning. Even then it’ll likely be a rain/snow mix. Temps are expected to dip back into the 30s on Saturday and Sunday.
Two people are in the hospital after an east side police chase ended in a wreck. Investigators from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the chase started Thursday night along South Temple Avenue and ended at a gas station along Washington Street. Police also said the two people injured are suspected of stealing a car. The wreck left the car on its roof in the gas station parking lot.
Wounds created by the deaths of Liberty German and Abigail Williams will never heal. That’s the latest from Mike Patty, the grandfather of German, who spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since the Delphi teenage girls were found murdered last month. Patty asked that everyone take “one minute” to examine the image and audio recording captured by German’s cell phone about the time of her death. He explained that one of German’s favorite responses when asked to do something was “I will in a minute.” The suspect’s photo is in the Tweet below:
Issues of education are in Friday’s headlines as well.
The plan from Muncie schools to close a $6-million budget gap could cost teachers their last two paychecks of the year. WISH TV reported Thursday night the offer from school leaders is for up to 20-percent spending cuts. Those cuts would mean teachers losing their final paychecks. A federal mediator is working with the school district and teachers to come to terms on a new contract.
Martin University enters a new phase after its probation ended and accreditation sanctions were lifted. The Indianapolis Star reported the private, predominantly black university under the presidential leadership of Indianapolis Public Schools former superintendent Eugene White, achieved what White calls a “complete turnaround.” The university struggled under a series of quick leadership turnovers after the retirement of its founder and longtime leader, the late-Rev. Boniface Hardin. But what was at issue causing the probation was concerns about unstable finances, and low graduation and retention rates. White lead Martin University through a perilous time in the institution’s history–debt payoff, the building of its financial reserves, cutting some academic programs, and a plan to launch a school of education in the fall. more.
President Donald Trump is going back on the campaign trail next week to stump for the Republican healthcare bill, ‘Trumpcare.’ He will hold a rally in Nashville (about a five hour drive South on Interstate-65 from Indy) next Wednesday evening. The GOP bill is aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Foreign and domestic policy are dominating President Trump’s schedule on this busy Friday. Trump is due to receive his daily intelligence briefing at 10 a.m. Eastern, followed by a discussion of health care with House committee chairs. He’ll speak on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before a working lunch with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. By the way, Tillerson now won’t take part in any decisions involving the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department isn’t saying why he’s recusing himself, but the former head of ExxonMobil, is. Back to the president’s schedule…he’ll also meet this afternoon with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson after a rough week for Carson who addressed his executive staff this week and compared slaves to this nation’s immigrants.
Several more states are joining a lawsuit opposing President Trump’s revised travel ban order. New York, Massachusetts and Oregon are getting involved joining Washington state and Minnesota were already in the fight. Hawaii was the first state to formally oppose the executive order that bans travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries.
More than half of Americans apparently don’t have a problem with letting transgender people use the bathroom of their choice. A new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute finds 53-percent of Americans oppose laws requiring people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex at birth. Thirty-nine percent of people surveyed support those laws.
NFL star Michael Bennett is inspired and he plans to send all the money he makes from endorsements this year to charity. The Seattle Seahawks defensive end announced in an Instagram post that the money will go to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math programs in minority communities. Bennett is challenging other pro athletes to donate at least part of what they make from endorsements to a good cause. Bennett said the source of his inspiration was ground-breaking music artist, Chance the Rapper, who pledged a million dollars to Chicago Public Schools to support arts education earlier this week, challenging Illinois’ governor to do his job. Chance also donated $10,000 to ten schools directly through his organization Social Works Chicago to further support arts ed.
The Pacers are back in action tonight as they visit the Bucks in Milwaukee. Friday night’s tip off is set for 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Check your local listings to catch the game on television.
Remember…Daylight Saving Time kicks in on Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Turn your clocks forward by an hour when you go to bed on Saturday night. This is the time of year that we all lose an hour of sleep.
But before we do, enjoy this sunny Friday. Today’s High: 37 degrees. Tonight’s Low: 19 degrees.