Good morning Columbus. What you need to know: A window into the newsroom, I-65 closed again, Amazon names HQ finalists, meet a Bull Frog

Good morning Columbus —

News people get used to whiplash, careening from one story to another to another and another. Wednesday was a day like that.

At 11 a.m., here was our lineup:

Just before noon, the unchecks started.

A truck driven by Gary Pugh slid on the road, went down an embankment and landed upside down on the frozen Driftwood River. In his flipped over truck and in freezing temperatures, Pugh somehow managed to call 911 from the river, and our photographer Mike Wolanin raced to Lowell Road. Click here for story and photos.

Delilah the cat got bumped. Here’s the miracle cat story.

Then police alerted us to a scam where victims lost $6,000. Scammers told the victims to purchase gift and phone cards to avoid arrest by the Columbus Police Department. Read this story so you do not fall victim.

Later in the day we got the sobering 2017 statistics on the number of overdose deaths in Bartholomew County. They are up 150 percent. Story here.

That made our front page a lot more crowded, and caused more bumping: The complaints about snow removal story, the Hope town hall story and the Haw Creek flood maps story.

So today’s a new day and we will go at it again. Look for those bumped stories to get posted and published soon unless of course ….

Here’s what else you need to know —

Here we go again: Wreck closes Interstate 65.
Indiana State Police troopers are on scene of multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 southbound near the 58-mile marker. Story and photo here.

Amazon names 20 finalists for headquarters, and one city is in Indiana.
Amazon’s search for a second headquarters city has triggered competition among governments around North America to attract a $5 billion project that promises to create 50,000 jobs. List of cities here.

Sophomore on the rise.
Meet Columbus North’s Evan Patterson, who talks about how he’s calming his nerves and putting in the work to become a top swimmer. Story here.

Today’s Columbus Instapic from joynerbk: Can’t wait for spring to use this.

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Scarlett Syse is group editor of The Republic. Contact her at