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  • Photo of snake at Indy park causes concern, experts weigh in

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A picture of a snake wrapped around a dock at a central Indiana park is creating worries among frequent hikers, but experts say the animal does not pose a threat to families. They are urging the public to know what to look for, in case they do encounter a dangerous snake. The photo was posted on the Eagle Creek Sailing Club Facebook page. Dozens of comments show concerns over the animal being a copperhead snake, which is […]

  • IPS holds last community meeting about potential high school closures

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Public Schools leaders are holding the final meeting about potential high school closures Thursday night. The fifth meeting was added after strong turnout to the originally scheduled events. The district is considering closing some high schools due to low enrollment. In the last 53 years, IPS has lost nearly 20,000 high school students. A task force recommended the district close three of its seven high schools in order to be more efficient. The task force estimates […]

  • Monroe County school board passes school lunch debt policy, some worried about “lunch shaming”

    MONROE COUNTY, Ind. – A measure passed by the Monroe County Community School Corporation board is creating some concerns about school lunch shaming. On Tuesday night, board members voted 4-2 in favor a policy about how to handle students who do not have lunch money. Monroe County students are allowed to charge three meals. After that, staff must give students a peanut butter sandwich and milk, instead of a hot meal. “They have a conversation and make the switch with […]

  • Some Wayne Township students are graduating with high school diploma and associate’s degree

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time, a handful of Ben Davis High School students have earned their college degrees before getting their diploma. The students all took elective courses at the Area 31 Career Center. Starting this school year, teens who participate in the Pharmacy Technician or Precision Machining Technology programs are able to get their associate’s degrees through Vincennes University. Jaelin Compton, 17, is among the students who already picked up his college degree, at no cost. “I feel […]

  • Runners, organizers keeping an eye on the weather ahead of Mini Marathon Saturday

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – More than 40,000 runners are expected to participate in the 2017 500 Festival Mini Marathon Saturday. Organizers are keeping a monitoring the radar, with rain expected race morning. Indianapolis has gotten more than three inches of rain in the last three days. Flooding concerns even shut down the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to shut down Thursday. Drivers have been dealing with high water on roads around central Indiana. But, Mini Marathon officials say the race will happen “rain or […]

  • IMPD officers gather at latest homicide scene for ‘roving roll call’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — More than 20 IMPD officers started their work day by bringing attention to violent crimes in one neighborhood. The Northwest District members held their roll call at 32nd Street and Clifton Avenue, the location of the city’s latest homicide. Northwest District Commander Michael Jefferson invited neighborhood residents and members of the Indy Ten Point Coalition to join officers for the roving roll call. After attendance was taken, Jefferson encouraged those in uniform to keep working the streets and […]

  • Downtown Indy home values rise as population continues to grow

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The influx of people moving downtown continues as home prices reach an all-time high, according to Downtown Indy Inc. City leaders are now focused on reducing violent crime and panhandling, as more people spend time in the center of the city. Construction projects are underway up and down Mass Ave. In 2016, 1,124 apartment units were added in Downtown Indianapolis and rental rates per square foot are up. Frank Leemhuis is moving downtown this week. “I love […]

  • ‘Indianapolis Promise’ aims to give high school seniors more options

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A new initiative from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett aims to give all students access to education beyond high school. The ‘Indianapolis Promise’ was announced at the State of the City address. While the impact of the program would be far reaching, the cost is still unclear. “We must work to ensure that every child in Indianapolis has full access to a quality post high school credential,” Hogsett said during the speech. The program would provide any student who […]

  • Bloomington council bans vaping in restaurants, public places

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Electronic cigarette users will have to keep in mind new regulations in Bloomington. The city’s common council added electronic smoking devices to its smoking ordinance Wednesday night. The change means ‘vaping’ is prohibited wherever smoking is not allowed. “The public has a right to clean air,” said common council member Chris Sturbaum (D-District1). “There’s nothing wrong with vaping, and people can do that. But when it’s in the public realm, they have to respect other people’s right to […]

  • New online tool helps Columbus track hate crimes

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – A new online tool is giving Columbus residents a way to easily report hate crimes to the local Human Rights Commission. Anyone who feels targeted by a hate crime or bias can visit the city’ website and fill out a digital form. They also have the option to remain anonymous. “We’re getting lots of reports of people who feel uncomfortable,” said Ian Kohen, chairman of the Human Rights Commission in Columbus. “So, we wanted to make sure […]