Morning News Podcast: Thursday, December 1st


Two major statewide offices in Indiana will not have incumbents in 20-24, and the scramble for Governor and US Senator is already underway. Republican Senator Mike Braun has filed paperwork to run for Governor in two years, when term-limited Governor Eric Holcomb must step down. Braun’s move will leave his Senate seat up for grabs in ’24, when he would have been up for reelection.

Gasoline prices this week hit the lowest levels seen since Russia invaded Ukraine back in February. The local average is around $3.50 a gallon, down from $4.25 just two months ago. It’s hard to remember, but this is part of a normal pre-pandemic pattern: prices fall in the fall and early winter, and go up again in February and March, due to lower demand during the winter.

The Vatican’s website was down yesterday due to a suspected cyberattack. Several Vatican sites were offline throughout the day and the official website was down well into the evening. The suspected attack happened a day after the Kremlin criticized Pope Francis’s latest condemnation of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Americans donated more than three-billion dollars to nonprofits on Giving Tuesday. That’s 15-percent more than last year and 25-percent more than in 2020. The number of people participating also went up about six percent over last year.

Notre Dame men’s basketball got an important early season win in last night’s ACC/Big Ten challenge game against Michigan State, downing the 20th ranked Spartans 70-to-52.

The 7th ranked Irish women host number 20 Maryland tonight at Purcell Pavilion on Live 99-9.

5th ranked Purdue beat Florida State, 79-69. 10th ranked Indiana over number 18 North Carolina, 77-65.

NBA: the Chicago Bulls lost at Phoenix, 132-113. The Indiana Pacers lost at Sacramento, 137-114.

Hockey: the Chicago Blackhawks fell at home to Edmonton, 5-4. The Detroit Redwings lost in a home shootout to Buffalo, 5-to-4.