5 things you need to know for Friday, June 29


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know today:

1) The man accused of killing four journalists and a staffer at Maryland's The Capital Gazette newspaper appears in court this morning on five murder charges after police rushed in and swiftly arrested him. He has only been identified as a white man in his late 30s, but police say he had a long, acrimonious history with the newspaper, including a lawsuit and years of harassment of its journalists on social media. Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County called it a targeted attack in which the gunman "looked for his victims." A GoFundMe account set up by a reporter from a different organization has raised more than $60,000 as of 7 a.m. to help the journalists and their families pay for medical bills, funeral costs, newsroom repairs and other expenses.

2) The former CEO of American Senior Communities will be sentenced today. Investigators say James Burkhart and the former COO collected millions of dollars over six years through kickbacks from vendors. Those vendors serviced nursing homes and facilities managed by ASC. The U.S. Attorney's office is recommending a 12-year sentence for Burkhart -- the maximum sentence for the combination of money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud charges he faces. Our Anne Marie Tiernon and Bob Segall will be at today's sentencing. You can see their coverage tonight on Eyewitness News.

3) IPS is investigating reports of sexual misconduct at Arsenal Tech. When we asked about it, the district sent a statement saying, "The district is aware of an alleged incident at Arsenal Technical High School that was reported on June 1st. All of the necessary reports were filed immediately to CPS and Title IX. Protecting our students is our top priority and we will continue to be diligent in our efforts."

4) More heat and humidity arrive for the final days of June. Kelly Greene says an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect today through Sunday evening for north central Indiana with heat indices between 105 and 110 degrees, and a Heat Advisory is in effect for central Indiana this afternoon until 8 p.m. Saturday. It will be hot and hazy this afternoon with a breeze out of the south from 5 to 10 mph. Afternoon highs climb into the low 90s. It will be clear and muggy this evening with temperatures only falling into the mid 70s.

5) Eli Lilly celebrates the grand opening of a new research facility today. Building 302 is expected to help the company innovate. Researchers there will focus on making medicine for things like diabetes, tumors, and pain management.

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