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U.S. Highway 36 near Danville is back open after a multi-car pile up with a pedestrian struck on this Hump Day.

An unpopular redesign plan that’ll merge two high schools within the Indianapolis Public Schools district is moving forward. The IPS board voted Tuesday night to move the International Baccalaureate program from Gambold Prepatory to Shortridge Magnet. Shortridge’s Law and Public Policy program will then be moved to Arsenal Tech. Complaints about this plan come from some Shortridge parents who think their African-American kids are being moved out to accommodate white families that have moved into the area, making it easier for their kids to attend school in a more exclusive academic program. Yet another part of the redesign proposal that includes moving students from Broad Ripple’s media and mass communications magnet to Arsenal Tech has been tabled for now.

 

A man killed while trying to rob a pawn shop on the city’s northeast side is likely linked to other robberies around Indianapolis.  Investigators say Tyerre Allen, 25, was shot Tuesday afternoon by a customer at the Cash America Pawn store on East 38th Street. IMPD says Allen was recently released from the Indiana Department of Correction for a robbery several years ago.

 

Johnson County authorities have 18 people in custody after a raid on a suspected meth and heroin operation. They say the raid by about 50 officers from different agencies was the result of an undercover operation targeting dealers. They say they hope the operation put a dent in trafficking in the Edinburgh area.

A former Colorado sheriff’s deputy indicted this week for the murder of his wife is behind bars in Bloomington. Tom Fallis, who moved to Indiana two-years ago with his children, was arrested Tuesday morning. When Fallis’ wife died in 2012, her death was originally ruled a suicide, but the case was reopened in April after police learned of new evidence.

A woman and her two dogs are dead following a fire on the city’s east side. Investigators believe the victim accidentally started Tuesday’s blaze while smoking. This is the 18th fire death in Indianapolis this year.

Do you think it’s cold here in Indy? (It is!!!) However, much of the nation is shivering thanks to an Arctic blast that seems like it won’t quit. A powerful storm continues to dump heavy snow on parts of upstate New York and more is on the way. Over half a dozen deaths are being blamed on the storm so far in New York, New Hampshire and Michigan.

The Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast is coming to a halt in Congress, for now. A bill authorizing construction of the pipeline fell one vote short of the 60 vote needed for passage in the Senate. The House easily passed a similar measure Friday. Indiana’s Senator Joe Donnelly voted in favor of the pipeline project moving forward. It is likely that this hotly contested project will be reintroduced for passage when a newly elected and Republican-controlled Congress takes over next year.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says his activation of the National Guard does not indicate officials are expecting violence. A grand jury decision on whether to bring criminal charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in August, is expected soon.

Netflix is holding up the launch of Bill Cosby’s new stand up comedy special. “Bill Cosby 77” was set to premiere on the streaming service next week, but the film and online video provider announced late Tuesday that it’s hitting the pause button. The news comes after several women have now publicly accused the 77-year-old comedy legend of sexual assault, including the latest, model and businesswoman Janice Dickinson.

Back here at home, if you feel like you’ve gotta get away…Allegiant Air is adding non-stop flights from Indianapolis to the Big Easy. The flights to New Orleans will be available twice a week from February 5th through May 5th. Last week, the airline announced it would start flying to Las Vegas and three Florida cities.

Sports:

A team source told ESPN that the Colts have no interest in signing free agent running back Ray Rice.  Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore when Rice was the premier “back” for the Ravens.  Rice is seeking immediate reinstatement following his indefinite suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy…knocking out his then fiancée.

 

Ironically the Blue ‘n Gold take the floor on a bleek anniversary for the franchise and the National Basketball Association. The Pacers host the Charlotte Hornets tonight in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Both teams enter at 4-and-7 on the year on this 10th anniversary of the brawl, better known as the “Malice in the Palace” between the Pacers and the Pistons in Detroit. This Wednesday night match-up, is the first time that former Pacers player Lance Stephenson returns to his old home floor. Tip between the Pacers and the Hornets is at 7 p.m.

* See the “Malice in the Palace” video that started as an altercation between the Piston’s Ben Wallace and the Pacers’ Ron Artest that spilled over into the stands below:

Indianapolis Weather:

Cloudy with increasing winds later in the day. High 39 degrees.

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