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Get In the Know With Kim’s Friday News & Sports Headlines

Happy Friday to you on this United Way “Big Kickoff” Friday. The United Way of Central Indiana is teaming up with the Indianapolis Colts today on Monument Circle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a community fair and launch of the volunteer and fundraising season. Live music, boxed lunches, local celebs and lots of fun–you’re invited to join them for the lunchtime celebration.

The Obama administration could announce relaxed regulations on trade with Cuba today. Sources say the new regulations will allow American companies to establish subsidiaries in Cuba and to partner with Cuban entities. The administration is also going to allow cruise ships and ferries to travel to the Caribbean island under general licenses, instead of forcing them to apply for special licenses.

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Hillary Clinton is scolding Donald Trump for not correcting an anti-Muslim member of his town hall audience in New Hampshire. The Democratic presidential frontrunner went on Twitter last night to say Trump’s failure to denounce false statements about the President and hateful rhetoric about Muslims was, quote “disturbing and just plain wrong.” When asked by an audience member, “when can we get rid of Muslims,” Trump seemed a little uncomfortable and said, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things.”

The Texas teenager suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school is looking at other education options. The father of Ahmed Mohamed, 14, told WFAA-TV  Thursday night that he’s taking his son out of MacArthur High School in Irving and is looking at private school or home-schooling alternatives. Mohamed was handcuffed and taken into custody Monday after a teacher thought his homemade clock looked like a bomb and the school called police.

Another government shutdown threat is underway.  The House votes today on a bill to cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood for a year. Republicans are outraged over undercover videos that appear to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for fetal tissue from abortions. Some conservatives say they won’t vote for a spending bill to keep the government open unless the bill cuts funding for Planned Parenthood—a move that critics say could threaten the health of women because of the critical services the organization provides. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said congressional Republicans are also pushing hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate tax cuts while jeopardizing women’s healthcare.

A friend of accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is now under arrest. Joey Meek had been under investigation for allegedly making false statements to law enforcement as well as accusations he concealed evidence of a crime. Dylann Roof is charged with killing nine members of historically black church “Mother” Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston South Carolina back in June.

Here at home…

Carbon monoxide poisoning be the reason behind the deaths of two women on the city’s near eastside. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says the victims were found Thursday inside a home on Trowbridge Street. A man in the house was breathing faintly when rescuers arrived. Neighbors told police that a portable generator was being used to power that house.

IMPD is investigating the robbery of an IUPUI student. Officials say the attack happened in Lot 73 near the Sigma Theta Tau world headquarters on Indiana Avenue and West Street Thursday morning. The victim was hit in the head before being robbed.  Students who are uneasy about walking alone today on the downtown campus can be escorted by a campus police officer. (So if you’re heading to “the yard,” the Safewalk service is available by calling 317-274-SAFE.)

Ironically, a new study out of IUPUI’s Polis center says crime has been on a decline for years, here in the city. However, many cities including Chicago, Louisville, and New York are much safer. Violent crimes have trended up in the period of the study starting in 2007.  The study called “Trends in Crime” says the most crime-ridden neighborhood is the area around New York Street and Sherman on the city’s east side.

More than 300 citations are being issued to Indianapolis hotels for code violations. The Department of Code Enforcement conducted a series of sweeps this week, looking for things like bedbugs, roaches and electrical issues. Hotel owners have between 30 and 90-days to fix their violations.  More details on the citations will be released in the coming days.

A former Indiana millionaire is set to be released from federal custody Friday morning. Marcus Schrenker is wrapping his sentence in Florida for a conviction related to an attempt to fake his own death. He was worth $10 million when he jumped from an airplane and was caught days later. He says he will find a way to pay back $650,000 he’s accused of scheming from clients.

A former Edgewood police officer who pleaded guilty to causing a deadly crash is getting the maximum sentence. James Foutch was ordered on Thursday to serve eleven years in prison, with three of those years suspended. Investigators say in April of 2014, Foutch was off-duty and under the influence of prescription drugs when he plowed into another car at more than 90-miles-an-hour. The crash killed a man and injured his pregnant wife.

Indy Sports:

The ladies of the Indiana Fever lost Game One of the WNBA’s Eastern semi-finals on the road Thursday night to the Chicago Sky. The score was 77-72. They’re back in action Saturday night downtown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Eastern. Goooooo Fever!

Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton didn’t participate in practice Thursday due to his knee injury. You may recall, Hilton had to leave Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Bills due to sustaining that injury. Despite Hilton’s status and sitting out practice, head coach Chuck Pagano is optimistic Hilton will be able to play during the team’s season home opener. The Colts host the Jets Monday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

Updated Friday Indianapolis Friday:

Scattered thunderstorms have developed and are moving across the area, but cloudy later. Today’s high: 87 degrees.

Finally…

A lot of Apple users say their devices are crashing when they try to upload the new iOS9 operating system. Twitter and other social media are buzzing with complaints from people reporting an error message telling them “Software Update Failed.” People who own older model iPads and iPhones say their devices lock up on a “swipe to upgrade” page.

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