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(WISH) — Click here for final scores as they are reported from high school football sectional games across central Indiana.
Watch game coverage on News 8 at 11 or stream it. Coverage starts at 11:08 p.m.
Talking to young people about suicide, depression
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The newest number for the CDC show suicide rates have grown 33% in the past two decades.
That rise includes all age groups but there is a growing concern about the number of young people taking their lives.
Dr. Brian Wagers, at Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health, stopped by Daybreak Thursday.
He talked about the new report, signs parents should become aware of, pressures and mental health issues young people are facing and why such a conversation is needed.
To learn more and watch the entire segment, click on the video.
Water Safety Warnings
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Area first responders are preparing for a busy weekend. With hot and dry conditions expected, they’re expecting more people to be out on the water.
According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, water levels are back down to a safe level. However, they are reminding people it can still be dangerous.
Firefighters are asking anyone who plans to get out on the water to stay within their experience level. That includes knowing how the water works.
Levels have gone down but some areas can still be higher than others. First responders said people can run into serious issues kayaking or boating through a dam that’s low because the water underneath is too high.
Kevin Jones, a firefighter with IFD, said even when conditions are calm, they still get called out on rescues.
“It’s not biased, it will do what it wants to do and it’s unforgiving so even if it is calm water, there’s always danger associated with that,” said Jones.
He said it’s important for anyone over 21 who plans to safely consume alcohol, to stay hydrated.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A shark attack has killed a Southern California woman vacationing in the Bahamas.
Royal Bahamas Police Force Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle says 21-year-old Jordan Lindsay of Torrance was attacked by three sharks on Wednesday near Rose Island while snorkeling with her family.
KABC-TV says Lindsay’s parents and other family members saw the sharks and yelled a warning but she didn’t hear them in time. Officials say her arms, legs and buttocks were bitten and her right arm was severed.
She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation issued a statement expressing its condolences and “deepest sympathies” to the family.
CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) –This week about 700 kids are learning what it takes to be a firefighter. Carmel firefighters organize the massive event each year. Firefighter Tim Griffin says it takes about 40 to 45 off-duty firefighters and their families to volunteer each day in order to host the day camp.
Griffin said the camp gives kids a chance to be active and also learn fire safety. They participate in several obstacle courses and mock training exercises with firefighters by their side.
One firefighter is even taking extra steps to make sure all the kids get the full experience. Jordan Cox partnered with a camper named Logan. Logan must use a wheelchair, but that would make most of the activities impossible for him, so Cox carries Logan through the exercises and obstacles.
Firefighter for a Day Camp is full for 2019. Visit the City of Carmel website for details on next year’s event. Registration is typically held in May.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two issues that could determine the distribution of political power for the next decade await resolution on the Supreme Court’s final day of decisions before a long summer break.
Chief Justice John Roberts could well be the author of decisions on both politically charged topics Thursday, whether to allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census and place limits on drawing electoral districts for partisan gain. The census results and the rules by which political districts will be redrawn following the next population count help determine how districts are drawn and where.
Roberts has repeatedly said he doesn’t want the public to view the court as just another political entity, even now that it has five conservatives appointed by Republican presidents and four liberals appointed by Democrats. Yet decisions in these cases could amplify criticism of the court.
The justices are set to take the bench at 10 a.m. EDT, with five cases in all still unresolved. Congressional redistricting is at issue in two cases, from Maryland and North Carolina. The others include control of a large portion of eastern Oklahoma that once belonged to Indian tribes and the rights of unconscious, suspected drunken drivers.
Roberts is the only justice who has yet to write an opinion in cases argued in March and April, when the court heard the redistricting and census cases, respectively. Justices customarily write at least one opinion every month that cases are argued. In addition, the chief justice often, but not always, takes on the burden of deciding the most difficult issues facing the court.
That he also is the justice closest to the center of the court only magnifies Roberts’ role in the outcome of cases with the potential to alter political power across the United States.
The census case involves an attempt by the Trump administration to ask everyone about their citizenship status in the 2020 census. The last time the question was broadly asked was in 1950.
The administration argues it needs the data to improve enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, but the census’ own experts have said that including the question would make the count less accurate. The Justice Department had never previously sought a citizenship question in the 54-year history of the landmark voting rights law.
Democratic-led states and cities, and civil rights groups challenging the citizenship case, have argued that the question would discourage immigrants from participating in the census, taking power away from cities and other places with large immigrant populations and reward less populated rural areas.
When the case was argued in April, it appeared that the conservative justices were poised to allow the question to be asked.
But the issue has become even more controversial in recent weeks with the public release of evidence found on the computer files of a now-dead Republican redistricting consultant. The question’s opponents say the evidence shows the citizenship question is part of a broader plan to increase Republican power.
The administration has said the new allegations lack merit, but federal judges in New York and Maryland have said the matter deserves more investigation
The high court is reviewing two court decisions in which federal judges found that Republicans in North Carolina and Democrats in Maryland went too far in drawing congressional districts to benefit their party at the expense of the other party’s voters.
The Supreme Court has never invalidated districts on partisan grounds, but the court has kept the door open to these claims. The court has struck down districts predominantly based on race.
North Carolina Republicans want the justices to rule out federal lawsuits making claims of partisan gerrymandering. The justices also could impose limits on the practice for the first time. It was not clear at arguments in March that any conservative justice was prepared to join the liberals to limit partisan line-drawing, which can result when one party controls the state legislature and the governor’s office.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Here’s a look at Thursday’s business headlines.
Duke Energy renewables will use new technology to help protect bats at its wind sites.
Bats are often drawn to the spinning turbines.
To help discourage them from approaching, Duke Energy renewables is working with NRG Systems, Inc. to install an innovative bat deterrent system.
The technology uses ultrasound to block the sonar that bats use to navigate in the dark, causing them to avoid areas around the wind turbines.
It’s been shown to reduce fatalities by 50 percent.
P & G expands
Procter and Gamble is expanding its offering of sleep aids, including gummies for kids.
The drug-free, non-habit forming products help people fall asleep naturally, according to the company.
The key ingredient is melatonin, a hormone found in the body that helps regulate sleep.
All of the items are Vick’s Zzquil brand.
Bill paid online
Nearly three-quarters of all bills will be paid digitally by 2022.
That’s thanks to rising customer familiarity with digital payments, and the rise in digital payment options.
Between housing costs, utilities, taxes, insurance and loans, Americans paid an estimated $3.9 trillion in online bills in 2018.
Walmart and Ebay
Walmart is hoping to steal some fire from Amazon Prime Day.
The retailer is planning to release thousands of “special buys” and “rollbacks” – which is Walmart’s term for discounts between July 14 and July 17.
Those dates coincide with Amazon’s Prime Days and Target’s Days.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Uncomfortable start to Thursday morning with temperatures in the lower 70s with a mostly cloudy sky. Highs will warm to the upper 80s again this afternoon with feel-like temperatures in the lower 90s today!
A few isolated showers this afternoon with lots of dry time! Tonight low will cool to the lower 70s.
Friday will be a dry day with highs breaking into the 90s for the first time in Indy this year! High of 91° with a mostly sunny sky. Heat indices will warm to the upper 90s!
A very summer-like weekend with 90s for both days and an isolated storm chance. Nothing to cancel plans over!
Next week, highs will cool just a bit with most areas in the upper 80s with feels-like temperatures in lower to mid-90s. We see a better chance of showers and storms through midweek with highs cooling to the mid-80s.