5 things you need to know for Thursday, Aug. 9


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

1) State Police confiscated $1 million worth of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 yesterday. A trooper stopped a tractor-trailer near the 41 mile marker in Putnam County and found 260 pounds of hydroponic marijuana that was being concealed by the truck's load of fresh lettuce. The lettuce was being taken from Colorado to Florida. Two drivers of the semi, identified as 33-year-old Jorge Blanco-Diaz of Miami and 40-year-old Adan Labanino Delacruz of Cutler Bay, Florida, were both arrested on felony charges of dealing marijuana.

2) A state lawmaker went to Colorado to learn more about legalized marijuana, has he has become a leading voice in legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Indiana. State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, went to Illinois last year to tour a grow center and dispensary there. Last week, he spent five days doing the same in Colorado, visiting Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Colorado is a state where cannabis is legal for both medical and "recreational" use, so when we asked if he tried it, Lucas didn't flinch when he said, "Sure, I enjoyed the freedom Colorado offers to responsible adults and it was amazing." He said he tried cookies, edibles, smokes and vape sticks. Marijuana for medical use is now legal in 30 states. Ten allow recreational use.

3) A husband and wife in Wabash County are working to return a burial flag found at garage sale. Aaron and Jennifer Gillum say they discovered the flag and an obituary for Joe David Long who died 25 years ago in Lebanon. They purchased the flag for $7 and Aaron posted the find on Facebook, hoping to get in contact with Long’s family. That post was shared over 2,000 times, and word reached the family in less than three days. Gillum originally planned to deliver the flag personally, but can't because of car trouble. He plans to mail the flag to Long’s sister in Frankfort. Long’s family says they don’t have any relatives who live near Wabash County but think the flag may have been purchased from a storage unit sale of an estranged family member.

4) Today still remains Chuck Lofton's pick-of-the-week with plenty of sun, warm highs in the upper 80s and those storm chances mainly holding off until after 5 p.m. But we'll be on radar watch up north during the evening as storms may intensify south of Lake Michigan and dive southward, possibly bringing gusty wind and hail. There's a marginal risk for severe weather from Peru and Delphi north. The weather pattern remains rather unsettled tomorrow into Monday of next week with a daily chance for showers and storms.

5) Your Facebook feed is no doubt filled with photos of your friends' smiling children, ready to hop on the bus for the first day of school. This year, one Indiana family wanted to put a different take on the annual tradition. Lindsey McCollum shared a photo with us showing her three daughters, Aaliyah, Skylah and Lily, literally holding on to the last moments of summer. One sister is pouting on the front step and another has her arms wrapped tight around her father's leg as he tries to pry the third from the front door.

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