UPDATE: Fishers police have provided additional information regarding a crash that took place in February.
FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — One man was killed and three other men were injured in a crash that took place Feb 16.
The police identified the 4 men as:
- 26-year-old Devon Delting of Muncie
- 44-year-old Abdirizak Hassan of Fishers
- 49-year-old Peter Monn of Indianapolis
- 47-year-old Brent Jameson of Anderson
Jameson is deceased while the other three men were hospitalized.
Police said Wednesday in a statement that Monn suffered a medical emergency which caused him to lose control of his car. Once he lost control, he crossed the centerline into Southbound traffic.
Fishers Police Department says the crash occurred near the intersection of East 126th Street and Allisonville Road at 12:40 p.m. That is next to Prairie View Golf Club and River Glen County Club.
There will be no criminal charges filed at this time.
SEYMOUR, Ind. (WISH) — A federal judge in Indianapolis on Thursday ruled the Jackson County Public Library violated the U.S. Constitution when it permanently banned a man over an anti-Trump poem.
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled the library violated Richard England’s First and Fourteenth amendment rights when it banned him in November 2020.
England, 68, had written a poem entitled “The Red Mean” protesting then-President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Know no good,
Bring out your dead,
Let them eat cake,
Off with your head.
Before you become
Donald Trump’s clone,
Know Satan’s reward
Is only a loan.
Liars are losers,
Haters are cruel,
Oh what a pity
To die such a fool.The Red Mean by Richard England
He left the unsigned poem at the circulation desk of the Seymour Library for an employee he was friendly with.
Another employee found it and notified Seymour police, who informed England he would be arrested for trespassing if he returned to the library branch.
Pratt ruled England’s poem was not a true threat, and that he “was engaged in expressive activity when he left The Red Mean at the circulation desk in November 2020 and such speech implicates the First Amendment and its protections.”
Pratt also ordered a full reinstatement of England’s library privileges.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that it is ending a policy that limited asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The use of public health powers had been widely criticized by Democrats and immigration advocates as an excuse for the United States to shirk its obligations to provide haven to people fleeing persecution. The policy went into effect under President Donald Trump in March 2020. Since then, migrants trying to enter the U.S. have been turned away more than 1.7 million times.
The policy, known as the Title 42 authority, named for a 1944 public health law to prevent communicable disease, will end on paper April 1, but it will not take effect until May 23, to allow border officials time to prepare.
“After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC director has determined that an order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,” the CDC said in a statement.
The decision is expected to draw more migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Department of Homeland Security said this week that about 7,100 migrants were coming daily, compared with an average of about 5,900 a day in February — on pace to match or exceed highs from last year, 2019 and other peak periods. But border officials said they are planning for as many as 18,000 arrivals daily.
(CNN) — White House press secretary Jen Psaki plans on departing the Biden administration in the coming weeks and heading to MSNBC, two people familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday.
Psaki has not officially signed a contract with the progressive cable news network, but the talks are in the advanced stages, the people said.
Axios, which first broke the news, reported that Psaki will host a show for NBC’s streaming platform Peacock. She will also appear on MSNBC’s shows.
MSNBC declined to comment.
A White House official declined to confirm Psaki’s future plans. But the official said, “Jen is here and working hard every day on behalf of the President to get you the answers to the questions that you have, and that’s where her focus is.”
It’s not clear who will replace Psaki when she does step down. The White House declined to comment on the matter, but deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will almost certainly be under consideration. White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, who made her debut briefing the press this week, is also a likely contender.
Multiple television networks expressed interest in hiring Psaki, according to one of the people who spoke to CNN.
Psaki, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, is expected to remain in the press secretary role through the White House Correspondents Association’s annual dinner, its first in three years, which is on April 30.
When she makes the move, Psaki will become the second senior White House communications official to depart for MSNBC. Symone Sanders, who was the senior spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, left the White House earlier this year and will begin hosting an MSNBC show on weekends in May.
Psaki has served as press secretary since President Joe Biden first took office in January 2021. In the years prior, she was a CNN political commentator. And before that she worked in the Obama administration as a White House communications director and State Department spokesperson.
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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 682,000 small SUVs because the windshield wipers can fail.
The recall covers the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain from the 2014 and 2015 model years.
Ball joints in the wiper module can rust, causing one or both wipers to fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
Dealers will inspect the module and repair or replace it.
Owners will be notified by letter starting May 2.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is issuing two recalls covering over 737,000 vehicles to fix oil leaks and trailer braking systems that won’t work.
The oil leak recall includes the 2020 through 2022 Ford Escape SUV and the 2021 and 2022 Bronco Sport SUV with 1.5-Liter engines.
A housing can crack and oil can leak onto engine parts, possibly causing fires.
The trailer brake recall includes F-150 pickups from 2021 and 2022, as well as the 2022 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.
Also covered are the 2022 Maverick pickup, and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
A software error can stop trailers from braking.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Here’s a look at Thursday’s business headlines with Jane King.
More than 1 million evictions prevented in 2021
The federal government’s Emergency Rental Assistance program helped prevent more than 1 million evictions last year.
An estimated 1,360,000 renters avoided an eviction filing in 2021 as a result of the government’s rent relief program, according to Princeton University’s eviction lab.
Some meat prices set to increase
Chicken breast, ground beef and pork prices are set to surge higher.
However, analysts say the cost of pricier meat cuts should level out this year.
The Evercore analysis said pork and ground beef could climb as high as 20% year-over-year during the same period.
Google Maps investigation continues
The Department of Justice is still pursuing an investigation that began in 2020 into whether Google’s integration of Maps with other Google software illegally suppresses competition, therefore breaking antitrust laws.
It is looking at Google automotive services that gives carmakers a branded bundle that contains maps, the Play store, Assistant and some other relevant apps to use in vehicles.
There is concern that may be too much control over information.
Lawmakers issue warning to Netflix
U.S lawmakers are warning Netflix to limit the exposure of young people to smoking and vaping imagery.
The senators cited a report by the Truth Initiative — a public health nonprofit group — saying Netflix has shown more depictions of smoking or vaping in shows aimed at young people than any other channel for the last four years.
Two Netflix shows, “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Umbrella Academy,” each showed more than 200 instances of smoking or vaping in their 2020 season.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — U.S. Sen. Todd Young on Friday announced he will be voting against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Katanji Brown Jackson.
It’s another no vote from Senate Republicans, who are largely but not entirely lined up against her. Young joins fellow Indiana Sen. Mike Braun in deciding not to confirm Jackson.
“The role of a Supreme Court justice is to apply the law as written and uphold the Constitution, not legislate from the bench,” Young said in a statement. “Both Judge Jackson’s record and testimony during her confirmation hearings indicate that she does not adhere to originalism as her guiding judicial philosophy.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote Monday with a vote by the whole Senate to follow.
Susan Collins is the only Republican senator who’s said they will vote to confirm Jackson.
It appears Jackson has the votes needed to be confirmed by the Senate with the help of a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris if needed.
(AP) — America’s employers extended a streak of robust hiring in March, adding 431,000 jobs in a sign of the economy’s resilience in the face of a still-destructive pandemic, Russia’s war against Ukraine and the highest inflation in 40 years.
The government’s report Friday showed that last month’s job growth helped shrink the unemployment rate to 3.6%. That’s the lowest rate since the pandemic erupted two years ago and just above the half-century low of 3.5% that was reached two years ago.
Despite the inflation surge, persistent supply bottlenecks, damage from COVID-19 and now a war in Europe, employers have added at least 400,000 jobs for 11 straight months. In its report, the government also sharply revised up its estimate of hiring in January and February by a combined 95,000 jobs.
The job growth in March, though solid, was the lowest since September and slightly below what economists had expected. Still, Vincent Reinhart, chief economist at Dreyfus and Mellon, said the numbers show that “the U.S. economy continues to have underlying momentum and that firms are taking workers when they can.″
The March report sketched a bright picture of the job market, with steady hiring and rising wages. Average hourly pay has risen a strong 5.6% over the past 12 months, welcome news for employees across the economy. For leisure and hospitality workers, including people who work in hotels, restaurants and bars, average pay has jumped 11.8% from a year earlier — “a clear sign that employers are desperate for staff,” said Saru Jayaraman, president of One Fair Wage, which advocates for better pay and conditions for service employees.
For most workers, though, pay raises aren’t keeping up with the spike in inflation that has put the Federal Reserve on track to raise rates multiple times, perhaps aggressively, in the coming months. Those rate hikes will result in costlier loans for many consumers and businesses. In the meantime, worker pay raises, a response in many cases to labor shortages, are themselves feeding the economy’s inflation pressures.
The steady job growth has failed to buoy President Joe Biden’s flagging popularity, with the gains overshadowed in the public’s mind by chronically high inflation. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine driving oil and gasoline prices higher, Biden has announced plans to release a million barrels of oil daily from the U.S. strategic reserve for the next six months.
Since the pandemic struck in 2020, many Americans have remained on the sidelines of the job market, a trend that has contributed to the worker shortage in many industries. But in an encouraging sign for the economy, 418,000 people began looking for a job in March, and many found one. Over the past year, 3.8 million people have rejoined the labor force, meaning they now either have a job or are looking for one.
Across the economy, hiring gains were widespread last month. Restaurants and bars added 61,000 jobs, retailers 49,000, manufacturers 38,000 and hotels 25,000. Construction jobs rose by 19,000 and have now returned to their pre-pandemic level.
Some economists sounded a note of caution, though, suggesting that the prospect of much higher borrowing rates engineered by the Fed will inevitably slow the job market and the overall economy.
“We continue to expect that the Federal Reserve will move rates up expeditiously to counter surging inflation, and that this report only adds more urgency to their plans to do so,’’ said Mike Fratantoni, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association.
For now, the job market continues to rebound from the coronavirus recession. Fueled by generous federal aid, savings amassed during the pandemic and ultra-low borrowing rates orchestrated by the Fed, U.S. consumers have spent so fast that many factories, warehouses, shipping companies and ports have failed to keep pace with their customer demand. Supply chains have snarled, forcing up prices.
The proportion of Americans who are either working or looking for work — the so-called labor force participation rate — ticked up to 62.4% last month, the highest since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020. Even so, the participation rate remains a full percentage point below its pre-pandemic level, limiting the pool of potential job applicants employers can choose from. Many Americans remain on the sidelines because of lingering health concerns and trouble finding childcare.
“You can’t keep adding 400,000 workers a month without running out of workers,” said Reinhart, a former high-ranking Fed economist.
Reinhart said he expects higher interest rates, on top of the expiration of government aid, to eventually slow hiring to “a more sustainable” pace.
“The bad news,” he said, “is we haven’t yet recovered the pre-pandemic level of employment, and it will take longer” to get there.
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh suggested Friday that the streak of hiring gains may be “sustainable for a little while” but that “the key to us going forward” would be drawing more Americans back to the job market.
Karen Fichuk, CEO of the staffing company Randstad North America, noted that the economy now has a record 1.7 job openings for every unemployed person.
“Even if you get all the unemployed workers back, it still leaves a gap,’’ she said. “We need to attract people back into the workforce.’’
In particular, Fichuk said, businesses need to draw more women back by, for example, offering flexible hours and childcare centers or stipends for childcare expenses.
It’s unclear how long the economy can maintain its momentum of the past year, especially as high inflation pinches family budgets and the Fed’s rate hikes slow economic activity. Hourly pay, adjusted for higher consumer prices, fell 2.6% in February from a year earlier — the 11th straight month in which inflation has outpaced year-over-year wage growth. According to AAA, average gasoline prices, at $4.23 a gallon, are up a dizzying 47% from a year ago.
At the same time, the job market has kept hurtling ahead. Employers posted a near-record 11.3 million positions in February. Nearly 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs, a sign of confidence that they could find something better.
At Threshold Brands, a company in Newport Beach, California, that operates eight brands specializing in home services and repair, franchisees are struggling to hire fast enough to keep up with orders.
“If they could just add more people, they could meet all that demand,’’ said Hagan Kappler, the company’s CEO. “They’re having to turn business away.’’
Some businesses are trying novel ways to hire and retain employees. InHome Therapy in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, needs highly skilled physical, occupational and speech therapists to treat patients in their homes. Besides paying therapist salaries of $90,000 to $120,000 a year, InHome provides company cars and helps employees repay student loans.
“They longer they stay with us,” said CEO Matt Murphy, “the more of their student loans we’ll help them pay back.”
AP Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indy Eleven take the field at Carroll Stadium for the first time this season Saturday night after opening with three straight games on the road.
Their matchup with LA Galaxy II can be seen live on WISH-TV.
Josh Mason, the Eleven’s vice president of marketing, visited Daybreak to preview the home opener and brought along a friend.
Mason discussed the team’s goals for this season, upcoming theme nights and the changes being implemented by new head coach Mark Lowry.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.