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Kim’s Wednesday News & Headlines

Dense fog across the state has definitely had a negative impact on Wednesday morning’s commute. State police say two people are dead from separate crashes on Interstate-65 that blocked traffic both ways in White, Tippecanoe and Jasper counties. That first crash happened around ten o’clock Tuesday night near State Road 18. They say another person was killed in a secondary crash from the backup of the earlier accident. ISP says heavy fog was a contributor.

Almost $6 million in cash and 100 kilos of cocaine is confiscated after a drug bust in Fort Wayne.  Authorities say an investigation led by the city’s Safe Streets task force led to the take-down of Northern Indiana’s largest cocaine distribution network.  Federal officials say about 80-percent of the cash and assets taken will be turned over to local law enforcement to use at their discretion.

Indianapolis metro police are looking for a man they say robbed at least three Indianapolis gas stations Tuesday morning. They say he was in and out of each store in about 30 seconds and robbed each about three hours apart.  The man’s caught on surveillance video wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a black stocking cap.  Police say he was driving a gray PT Cruiser.

The smell of chlorine will be fading from Indy water faucets soon. Citizens Energy Group says they started using free chlorine to disinfect the water system for routine cleaning last month.  They say it will be gone by March 16th.

Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing this morning in breaking news after an Army helicopter crashed in the Florida Panhandle. A spokesman at Eglin Air Force Base says there’s no word on what caused the crash but there were what he called “weather issues” overnight. Yes Eleven are feared dead as search and rescue teams are working. So far they found some debris around 2 a.m.

Things are continuing to be tense at the University of Oklahoma, even after the school has given the students who led a racist chant captured on video the boot.  OU’s President said the school has “zero tolerance” for racist behavior, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity students on the video created a hostile learning environment for others. More than 100 students rallied on campus last night as a response to the video.

We’ve learned that one of the fraternity members leading the racist chant has apologized. Sigma Alpha Epsilon member Parker Rice released a statement to the “Dallas Morning News” Tuesday and admitted that joining fellow fraternity members in racist chants was a mistake. Rice added that he has since withdrawn from the university and that his family has been subjected to threatening calls and posts on social media. Also the parents of another SAE member Michael Pruitt released a statement online later that evening admitting that their son made a mistake and will live with the consequences of the incident. The frat’s chapter and house were officially shut down Tuesday.

Ferguson, Missouri’s city manager is stepping down.  This, following a Justice Department report that outlined widespread racial bias in the city’s police department and court system.  John Shaw announced his resignation at a city council meeting. He’d served in the post since 2007. The Justice Department investigated the city and its police department after the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Indianapolis Sports: The Indiana Pacers routed the Magic Tuesday night 118-86.  The Pacers, have now won six straight. The Pacers host the Bucks tomorrow night downtown.

The Indianapolis Colts are off and running in free agency. The team has agreed to terms with both running back Frank Gore and now former Eagles defensive end Trent Cole.  The team is reportedly interested in veteran wide receiver and seven-time pro-bowler Andre Johnson from the Texans. Also the Indianapolis Star reports they are holding onto safety Mike Adams by extending his contract for two years.

Indianapolis Weather: Areas of dense morning fog across the metro area…clearing by 10 a.m. Then, cloudiness. Today’s High, 61 degrees.

Make it a great day!

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