INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know today:
1) President Donald Trump will be in Indianapolis tonight to campaign for Mike Braun. He's scheduled to speak at Southport High School at 7 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is slated to join him. Students will be released from the high school at 12:30 so that the Secret Service can conduct their security protocols before President Trump's arrival. Tonight's visit will also impact evening rush-hour traffic. There will be temporary closures from the Indianapolis International Airport to the high school between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., then police will shut down portions of Shelby Street and Banta Road on the south side.
2) A vast majority of Indiana's school districts are still struggling to find qualified teachers amid the state's lingering teacher shortage. Indiana State University's annual survey of Hoosier school superintendents shows 91 percent say their districts had a teacher shortage this fall. That's slightly better than the 94 percent who reported teacher shortages last fall. Terry McDaniel, an ISU professor of educational leadership who conducts the survey, says the shortage remains because school districts "don't pay well" and teaching remains a tough job.
3) Mold repairs in Indiana University student dormitories should be done by today. The university installed more than 3,000 HEPA air purifiers in the dorms to help prevent more mold from forming. These purifiers clean the air up to 12 times per hour. The university is offering free laundry services for students in Foster, McNutt and Teter halls. On top of that, IU announced they're giving a $3,000 credit to students who had to find somewhere else to live. The school is also sharing the mold testing results for each student to check their room. You can find those by clicking here.
4) We are slowly putting the rain behind us as we sail into the weekend. Chuck Lofton says temperatures this morning will be in the lower 40s and afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 40s. There won't be much of a change from the low to the high due to clouds, with just a slight shower chance. This means most high school football games will be dry this evening, but it will be cool. You will need the heavier coats. By tomorrow morning, temperatures fall into the middle 30s.
5) An employment and resource fair runs today at the MLK Center near west 40th and Meridian from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tomorrow, a gun buyback program will take place in the center's parking lot from noon - 5 p.m. Both events are part of the Indy Cease Fire weekend, an effort to stop violence in the city.