5 things you need to know Friday
A SOGGY WEEKEND
The cold front moving across the country dropped over 2 inches of rain on Indianapolis, sparking flooding around the city. The good news is that the deluge is over by this afternoon. After that, expect a cool and clear weekend, before another wave of storms douse the city with another inch of rain on Monday.
THE COST OF WINTER
The harsh winter weather that blanketed the state in record amounts of snow cost the Indiana Department of Transportation double their budget. The state spent $57-million on INDOT operations to keep the roads clear. That's $23 million more than it usually spends. Part of that money went to the 437,000 tons of salt and 5.1-million gallons of brine spread over Indiana roadways.
US 31 IS CLOSED
Today is the beginning of a construction project expected to last until Thanksgiving. US 31 will close between 136th St. And Old Meridian St. while crews transform it into a limited access highway. For now, plan to use Keystone Ave. and I-465 for detours while crews are shifting the lanes. Drivers will be able to cross 136th St. to get to Saint Vincent Hospital.
FUNERAL FOR SHOOTING VICTIM
Nathan Trapuzzano was shot to death on West 16th Street earlier this week. Visitation is scheduled today from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Stevens Mortuary on W. 10th St. His funeral will take place Saturday morning at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Police are still searching for suspects in the killing. Surveillance footage shows two men approaching Trapuzzano before he was shot. He leaves behind a young wife, who is eight months pregnant.
DAVID LETTERMAN IS RETIRING
Comedian David Letterman is retiring after 40 years in television. Letterman was born and raised in Indianapolis, and got his start at Channel 13 when our call letters were WLWI. At the time, he was known as an eccentric weatherman and anchor. Letterman has been a staple of late night television for over 32 years.