Must-have tips for planning a stress-free road trip – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

From her breakout performance in “Father of the Bride” films to hit television shows such as “According to Jim” and “Nashville,” Kimberly Williams-Paisley has entertained generations of fans on both big and small screens. But her favorite role is “mom,” and with such an active, busy life, family vacations are important to Kimberly.

Summer is on the horizon and experts are predicting one of the biggest summer travel seasons ever, Kimberly has partnered with Hilton to share her game-changing tips to make your next getaway more enjoyable, convenient and stress-free. Whether it’s finding a room with enough space for everyone in the family, including the pet, or booking a hotel that lets busy moms like Kimberly finally enjoy a break during breakfast.

She joined us Monday on “All Indiana” with advice to make your next trip a breeze.

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Air travel picks up during spring break – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — According to the Transportation Security Administration 2,290,587 people flew nationwide Friday.

That’s compared to about 2,538,384 on this same day 3 years ago.

Jennifer Bauer and her family were flying from Indianapolis to Orlando for a week.

Bauer and her son flew to Florida a year ago for spring break and the skies were a lot less busy.

“Definitely less travelers, nobody was out traveling, masks everywhere, and just more low key than it is right now,” Bauer said.

Traditional spring break hot spots, like Florida and ski destinations out west, continue to be popular for travelers.

“This week we are expecting one of our busiest weeks of the year. So far, we’re expecting 18 million people to fly on United during the total spring break travel period,” Nicole Carriere, a spokesperson for United Airlines said.

As March comes to a close, the TSA is expecting daily passenger travel will surpass 90 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Travelers are taking notice.

“I actually haven’t flown since COVID, so I would say about the same,” Taylor Hurst, who flew to Indianapolis from Phoenix Saturday said.

One thing that is not staying the same is airfares, according to Bauer who booked her trip three months in advance.

“Flight prices have definitely gone up. It was a lot more expensive to fly this spring break than last spring break,” Bauer said.

Travelers still must wear a mask in the airport, and on board all commercial aircraft.

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Vacation destination ideas, deals, travel tips – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

Spring is finally here, and if you haven’t already made plans for vacation and staycations, the time to do it is now.

Jennifer Weatherhead, travel & lifestyle Expert, joined us Monday with suggestions for travel destinations and deals.  

Weatherhead has visited 73 countries, hiking in Peru, the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan and diving with great white sharks in South Africa. 

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Arrowhead enthusiast among Indianapolis show exhibitors

INDIANAPOLIS — Most of the time, if a guy is accused of being a Neanderthal, it is not a compliment.

But no one is prouder of his Stone Age connections than David Meinders, who if he could would travel back in time a few million years.

Meinders is from Illinois, temporarily since he is planning on moving, but recently, he spent several days in Indiana holding down a booth at the gargantuan Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show.

There were more than 500 exhibitors present in late February, but Meinders stood out as someone who carves his own stone arrow tips in emulation of primitive man. While he hunts deer with his handiwork, he does imagine what it would have been like to stalk woolly mammoths and sabre-tooth tigers with a bow and arrow.

Meinders, who is developing the modern informational tool of a website, operates a company called Stone Age Outdoors. He makes and sells arrowheads as well as arrows with feathers that he paints. And he blames this rare passion on a third grade teacher.

“The teacher brought in some stone arrowheads,” said Meinders, who is now 55, and still remembers how examining them influenced him.

Bow hunters make up a small percentage of hunters across Indiana and the whole country, taking most of the annual deer harvest (and other species) with firearms.

Of those who focus on bow hunting, some wield crossbows, others use compound bows and others pull back on recurve bows. Longbows, or traditional bows, were used across cultures for hunting and self-defense for hundreds of years or longer.

Traditional bows are usually made of wood and are simply constructed. They also are rarely used in the 2020s. Hunters who employ the simplest of bows might be interested in using the simplest of arrowheads. Those could be Meinders’ customers.

Meinders began bow hunting when he was about 17, and about 17 years ago, he shifted his focus to hunting with his stone tips on his arrows at a time when most tips are metal.

“I have a lot of people say, ‘That’s so cool,’” Meinders said. “But it’s a hard sell.”

Manufacturers of hunting equipment are not focused on churning out products that take people back in time. When they make new items for the market, the goal is to attract buyers by informing them the new equipment should help hunters shoot straighter and make kill shots from farther away.

Meinders said the public relations from those companies overwhelms his lower-key salesmanship relating to pre-history.

“They think it’s not as good as what we have today,” Meinders said of stone arrowheads and simple bows and arrows.

He thinks it’s all in the hands of the archer.

“It’s a matter of where you hit the deer,” he said.

Meinders’ points are small, and he even had a dishfull on display, designed to entice the curious or even convince a passerby to purchase such a souvenir tip for $2.

David Walters of Greencastle was on the prowl at the show, and he was intrigued. A bow hunter of deer and elk, he examined Meinders’ Stone Age stuff, becoming more interested by the moment and indeed saying, “That would be cool” to hunt with that utensil. “I’ll try.”

Walters forked over $20 for a handmade arrow tip.

Meinders said it takes a certain kind of stone to shape into the tips. It is incorrect to assume walking out the front door and plucking a rock off the street means the find will have the appropriate properties for carving.

Some of Meinders’ stone originates in Texas, and some comes from Iowa. He said he has accrued a following at an Iowa outdoors show, and some of his stone is called “Burlington Chert,” which is from that state and others in the Midwest.

“You can’t just pick up any rock and make it work,” he said.

A family of three from Yorktown paused to review the display. Dad Josh Baker said, “I’m very much a nostalgic kind of person.”

His 8-year-old son, Memphis, is already an avid outdoorsman with his own trapline and had some money to spend after trapping rabbits, coyotes and raccoons. He studied the $2 dish but then sprung for a brightly colored $12 arrow with stone tip and painted feathers that Meinders often supplies to the Boy Scouts.

While Memphis was paying, Meinders turned the discussion to one of his selling points — right up Josh Baker’s alley.

“Go hunting like your grandpa,” Meinders said.

Or your great-great-great-grandpa times 20.

For Meinders and the select few, the Stone Age beckons and those long extinct animals heard about only in school. Meinders would like to know if those stone-tipped arrows were able to fell the toughest mammals of them all.

“I always do think of those primitive people and how did they bring down a mastodon,” Meinders said. “If they ever make a time machine, I’ll be the first in line.”

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Details on Indiana University’s NCAA Tournament draw – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — For the first time since 2016, the Indiana Hoosiers are going dancing.

But, it wasn’t all good news for Indiana Head Coach Mike Woodson on Selection Sunday.

Indiana (20-13, 9-11) earns a 12 seed and will travel to Dayton to meet fellow 12 seed Wyoming (25-8, 13-5) in a NCAA Tournament First Four game on Tuesday night. 

The winner of the game will then travel to Portland to meet the five seed St. Mary’s on Thursday night in Dayton, Ohio. 

“At the end of the day we’re in, ” Woodson said on Sunday evening. “Got to play the play-in game. That’s my only concern right now. We’ve got to go and start studying, getting ready for Wyoming, and get our guys ready to go tomorrow in practice and get on a plane and head to Dayton to play Wyoming.”

For the Hoosiers, this a daunting draw which includes a 4.5-hour flight from Ohio to Portland for practice on Wednesday if they can knock off Wyoming on Tuesday night. 

“Hey, listen, it’s what it is… we’ve got an opportunity to win a game and advance on,” Woodson said. “This is what you play for. This is what you come to school to be a part of if you’re playing basketball. It’s not going to be hard for me to get these guys to understand what’s at stake here. We’re in the tournament. We want to try to stay in the tournament. That’s what it’s all about.”

On Friday night, the Cowboys fell in the Mountain West Semifinal to eventual conference champion Boise State.

The team is by a pair of impressive scorers, 6-foot-9 forward Graham Ike (19.6 PPG, 9.6 REB) and 6-foot-7 senior guard Hunter Maldonado (18.4 PPG). 

Indiana senior guard Rob Phinisee shared the anxious energy among the Hoosiers as they waited for their bid during the final bracket of the selection show. 

“Yeah, we were super nervous, just super anxious just because we were the last region,” Phinisse said. “Every time a region came up we thought we were going to get chose, so we were the last region, everyone just super anxious about it. But yeah, everyone is just super excited, and now we just have to get right to work and get ready because quick turnaround against Wyoming in Dayton, and guys are just super excited and ready to go.”

Tip-off time and broadcast information will be updated when it becomes available. 

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INDOT reminds drivers to plan ahead for travel during Big Ten tournament – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — With the Big Ten Tournament coming to Indianapolis this week, the Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to plan ahead if they’re headed to Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

INDOT says routes to the Fieldhouse may be impacted by construction on the North Split.

Exits currently open to traffic on the north side of the downtown inner loop:

  • I-70 westbound Meridian Street/Pennsylvania Street exit
  • I-70 westbound MLK/West Street exit
  • I-65 southbound MLK/West Street exit
  • I-65 southbound Meridian Street exit
  • I-65/I-70 C/D exit ramp to Michigan Street

Exits currently open to traffic on the south side of the downtown inner loop:

  • I-70 to West Street exit
  • I-70 to Illinois Street/Meridian Street exits
  • I-65 northbound to Washington Street exit

Southbound I-65 and westbound I-70 can be accessed from Washington Street.

Vermont Street is set to close on Monday, March 14, for retaining wall installation and will remain closed through late March. During the closure, eastbound traffic will be directed to New York Street while westbound traffic will be rerouted to Michigan Street.

Other current closures include:

  • Alabama Street: Closed under I-65 between 11th and 12th Street through mid-March. Northbound traffic will be detoured up Fort Wayne Street to Central Avenue while southbound traffic will be redirected onto 16th Street to Central Avenue.
  • Michigan Street: Closed under I-65 between Davidson Street and Pine Street through mid-March. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Washington Street throughout the duration of the closure
  • Market Street: Closed under I-65 between Davidson Street and Pine Street through late-March. Eastbound and westbound vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to Washington Street throughout the duration of this closure.
  • 10th Street: Closed under I-65 and I-70 between College Avenue and Highland Avenue through mid-April. Eastbound and westbound traffic will be detoured to 16th Street throughout the duration of this closure.
  • Lewis Street: Closed between 13th and 16th streets through mid-March. Throughout this closure, vehicular traffic will be detoured to 13th Street, Roosevelt Avenue, Commerce Avenue and 16th Street. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the Monon Loop.
  • Ohio Street: Closed under I-65 between College Avenue and New York Street through late-March. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to New York Street throughout the duration of this closure.

For more information on the North Split project, or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311.

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State agency searching for locations listed in ‘The Green Book’ Black travel guide – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Researchers in Indiana are looking for locations listed in a book that helped Black travelers coming through Indiana in parts of the 20th century.

The Green Book was a traveler’s guide published for Black people from the 1930s to the 1960s. It listed locations that were safe for Black people to stay, eat, and have fun.

Historians are racing to track down Indiana’s locations and record the stories behind them. Over three decades of circulation, nearly 200 places in Indiana were listed in the Green Book.

Many of those places are no longer standing and are lost to history, so the Indiana Department of Natural Resource Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is leading efforts to find the remaining locations in Indiana.

America was a difficult place for Black and African-Americans when Sandra Branch was growing up in the 1950s and ’60s. But, at the time, she didn’t know just how difficult. She says her parents tried to keep much of it from her.

For Branch, family road trips back down south from Indiana would start bright and early. There was no stopping for food or to use the restroom.

“Actually, for me that’s all I knew. My mom would fried chicken she’d boil eggs, a sheet of bread, and snacks,” Branch said. “That was what we traveled with and that was just the way it was.”

Her story of traveling while Black isn’t just her own; it’s the story of countless others, many of whom utilized The Green Book to find safe places to stop while traveling.

And safety was key. At that time, where you stopped mattered, according to Jeannie Regan-Dinius, director of special initiatives with the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

“African-Americans traveling across the country couldn’t stay in the hotels, couldn’t get gas at certain gas stations,” Regan-Dinius said.

Regan-Dinius and Maddi Hellmich are working to track down those safe places to stop in Indiana.

“The photos here are at Fox Lake Resort and this was in northern Indiana, outside of Angola,” Hellmich said, gesturing to some black-and-white photographs. “This was am African-American resort that people from around the state, and from the Midwest, would visit in the summer.”

Indianapolis had a number of locations in the Green Book between the ’30s and ’60s, including hotels, restaurants, and hair salons. Many of them were located along Indiana and Senate Avenues.

“With the Green Book project, my favorite part has been finding out who these business owners were,” Hellmich said.

Hellmich and Regan-Dinius say they hope to get one of the buildings that is still standing listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the buildings are gone. They’ve been demolished for a variety of reasons and the only way we know about them is through the Green Book,” Regan-Dinius said.

The Indiana DNR hopes to start heading out in the spring and summer to visit some of the locations from the Green Book. But, in the meantime, the DNR is asking that you check your attics for the book and look into your family history. Your information could help people hold onto a special part of history.

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Space travel business not expected to slow anytime soon – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Jane King looked at the growing business of space travel and previewed what’s to come during her appearance on Daybreak on Monday.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX broke its own annual orbital launch record last year and is looking to pick up the blistering pace in 2022 to and average rate of one flight per week.

The company successfully completed 31 launches in 2021, which beat its previous record of 26 in 2020.

For context, SpaceX represented about one-fifth of the world’s successful orbital rocket launches last year — roughly the pace of China.

Jeff Bezos made news when he, his brother, actor William Shatner and a crew flew into space.

Bezos’ company, Blue Origin, recently bought Honeybee Robotics, best known in the space industry for developing robotics systems — notably drills and other mechanisms — for use on space missions.

In 2020, global space-related activities generated $447 billion, with commercial work accounting for almost 80% of it.

Sinead O’Sullivan, a self-described “interplanetary economist” at Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, says spending money on space is actually a way to increase the economy on earth very, very efficiently. O’Sullivan notes, for example, that every dollar the government spends in the space industry translates to about $50 in societal value, such as skilled jobs and new products or services.

This year should be a big one for space exploration with a pair of massive rockets — both more powerful than the Saturn V that flew the Apollo astronauts to the moon — getting ready to fly as part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Artemis mission.

The mission aims to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2025.

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News For all of my travel-istas: @FrontierCare and @SpiritAirlines are merging… – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

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Holiday travel tips – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

This holiday season many people will be opting to travel for the first time since the pandemic.

Meggan Kaiser, travel expert & author, joined us today to help navigate the busiest travel season in years

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