republicans are nursing some wounds after suffering big losses in a number of races during last night's off-year elections. good evening, i'm eli roberts-- you're watching 44news at ten. the question now is what this may mean for next year's midterm elections - as well as the 2020 presidential race. these kinds of elections generally don't go all that well for the party that controls the white house, and that certainly held true last night. democrat ralph northam's win keeps the governor's seat in virginia in democratic hands in a surprisingly lopsided victory. couple that with another win for democrats in the new jersey governor's race and a host of other contests. in fact, democrat danica roem beat one of virginia's longest serving republican members in its house of delegates, becoming the first openly transgender person in the country to win a seat in a state legislature. but, the question tonight is what does it mean going forward? sabato says "you would expect a democrat to be elected when there's a republican president, particularly when the gop president is unpopular and he is unpopular in virginia. you know, he's popular in red states, but he's not popular in blue states and virginia's blue." there are challenges ahead for democrats. ralph northam may have won in virginia, but he had to cut off his own victory speech after being heckled by protesters on the left-- upset about his opposition to sanctuary cities. local political forces are also reacting to last night's election. with the democrats taking the night -- both sides are now focusing their attention to this time next year. with midterm elections right around the corner, republicans and democrats agree on one thing -- putting the best candidate forward. wayne says: "to be honest i was a bit stunned that it was a big night for democrats and so i think that is a clear message that we as republicans can't sit back and take things for granted, the good news about it all is that we of course have some elections coming up in 18 and that we have a lot of enthusiasm for people wanting to run for office. ryan says: "you know anytime democrats are winning around the co0untry its a good thing for the deomcrat brand i think in indiana we realize that the democrat brand has been damaged and we're gonna do a better job at offering candidates who are sticking up for hoosiers and making sure hoosier lives are getting better." parke says another republican point of focus in the coming year will be voter turnout. now heres chief meteorologist chad evans with a first check of the forecast. the man charged with killing three members of a newburgh family while driving drunk last november found out how many years he'll spend behind bars today. mason hartke pleaded guilty to three counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. the accident happened last november 19th - killing david, sophie and ruth ann rinehart. today (wed) nearly a year later - hartke told the rinehart family and a judge that it was the biggest mistake of his life. hartke was ultimately sentenced 15 years with at least 10 and a half to be served in prison. the state also recommended that hartke enroll in a rehab program that could drastically reduce his sentence. attorneys for one of two men charged in the deaths of an evansville couple want a change of venue. during a hearing this morning (11/8) - deshay hackner was appointed a public defender. that lawyer withdrew hackner's request for a speedy trial. a new hearing date was set for november 16th. this is all in connection with a double homicide late last month. police found dewone broomfield and the body of mary woodruff in a home on maryland street last month. before broomfield died - police say he identified hackner and william rice as his killers. two of the newest members of the evansville police force got to meet some of their fans wednesday. speck and blondie -- and their officer companions -- met with members of the boys and girls club during their official welcoming ceremony. the e-p-d foundation was able to help secure the funds for the horses through a partnership with one main financial. the primary uses for the horses will be crowd control during special events and public relations. billy says: the public as you saw here earlier and right now i'm watching the horses they eat it up they absolutely love it and were getting a lot more interaction than i thought we would with them" as for right now e-p-d will stick with just two horses but may expand the program in the future. governor holcomb's agenda dealt a bit of a blow today for veterans groups - hoping to see some support for medical marijuana in indiana. 44 news anchor chris cerenelli joins us now with the battle that could be brewing between veterans' groups and the statehouse - chris? the governor made it clear that he does not support legalizing medical marijuana. the american legion department of indiana and other organizations argue that thereús plenty of support for it. holcomb said he canút get behind the idea right now because the u-s food and drug administration has not changed its stance. but the american legion insists - it could go a long way to help our veterans. they encourage hoosiers to contact lawmakers to let them know their stance. holcomb also said today he wants to do more to attract veterans to the state once they leave active service. supporters of medical marijuana say not supporting the issue will only hurt that goal. 24:09-'i believe we are losing veterans every day to our neighboring states who are offering this to are citizens.' (15) holcomb 11:57:20 weúre not there in this state and at this time right now iúm trying to get drugs off the street not add more into the mix 30 and so iúm just not supportive of that 33 if they canút get medical marijuana on the agenda, the american legion hopes it can convince the state to recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value. cc 44 news. there are thousands of veterans suffering in silence from soul injuries as they deal with what they saw and did in war. but a local veteran and his wife are leading the effort to help heal these injuries. bruce and sue gipson from princeton are organizing a fallen comrade ceremony for the first time in the tri-state. the ceremony is an opportunity for veterans to get the support and forgiveness they may need after battle. bruce went through the ceremony earlier this year - and said it helped with his p-t-s-d. the fallen comrades ceremony is a free event for all veterans and their families. it is thursday, november ninth from 6-30 to eight p-m at the evansville national guard armory. college sports involve millions of dollars-- but none is supposed to go to players. with the recent scandal the question of pay for play is being raised again. coming up in a story you'll only see on 44news we dig deep into the issue. but first-- the march of dimes helps families going through tough times. we'll meet a tri-state family who knows that first hand next on 44news at ten. the annual march of dimes signature chefs auction happened in evansville tonight. it brought together experts from the medical community - as well as local families who have been impacted by the work the march of dimes does - right here in the tristate. 44news reporter chelsea koerbler shows us just how important the event can be. jeff and kacey wilson's hands may be full "never a dull moment that's for sure." but so are their hearts.
"it's crazy like what did you do before you had kids or three kids all at one time?" after trying to get pregnant for more than a year the wilson's turned to intrauterine insemination. with about a 20 percent success rate - the wilsons were hoping at least one of the three eggs would be fertilized. but they got more than expected - triplets.
"to find out you're gonna have three of them at the same time is kind of you don't really know what to say." kacey says she had the best pregnancy - until the thirty week mark when her doctor told her to get as much rest as possible. four weeks later - doctors made the decision to induce her because one of the babies stopped growing. owen was the first of the triplets born - weighing four pounds three ounces. next came lilly - at 4 pounds 12 ounces - and finally carter made his entrance weighing 5 pounds 7 ounces.
"you know they were so small and i was afraid to touch one, like i was going to break it or something." the babies for the most part were healthy but wou ld spend the next four weeks in the nicu at saint vincent. they had to learn to eat - and control their brady's - which is when an infant will stop breathing for at least 15 seconds and their heart rate will begin to slow. kacey says the hardest part of having the triplets in the nicu, was having to leave them.
"it was just an emotional roller coaster because you want your babies home." the wilsons are from petersburg - so kacey stayed at the ronald mcdonald house on saint vincents campus for a few days after the babies were born - and then stayed with family in evansville. she credits the incredible doctors and nurses at saint vincent for making the transition easy.
"to do what they do i mean it takes a strong person to have their types of jobs. the nurses were amazing at saint vincent they treated our kids like they were our own today - owen, lilly and carter are spunky and sweet one year olds - but above all they're healthy.
"i have met a couple people who were in the nicu who weren't as lucky as us, as far as their stay and what they just learned how to eat and all that stuff i couldn't imagine what other families have to go through." for more information on the signature chefs auction and how to donate to the march of dimes - visit our website at wevv.com. tonight will be cold-- but we're heading towards another warm up. chief meteorologist chad evans is here with a look at what's ahead in the full forecast. weather tease it's an issue that's been talked about for years -- paying college athletes. with the schools and the ncaa pulling in millions and millions of dollars -- should the athletes be entitled to any of that money? 44news reporter jeff goldberg joins us now after a detailed investigation. jeff. brought back to light by the recent shoe deal scandal that rocked college athletics -- is the issue of paying college players. it's an issue that's been talked about at length for years but can anything be done? meet stan simpson -- center for the owensboro colonels recently formed aba team. the 6'10 big man started playing basketball at just 14 -- which is later than most. stan says: "growing up i'm from a rough place in chicago illinois i come from the south side of chicago." stan was lucky and played ball at legendary simeon high school -- which has produced the likes of derrick rose and jabari parker. he decided to play basketball everyday because it was better than his other options. stan says: "it's either basketball or the streets so a lot of people choose basketball." but not everyone is blessed with stan's height or natural ability around the rim. after receiving 5 d1 scholarship offers the big man decided to stay in state and take his talents to champaign. stan says: "i earned a big ten scholarship for your own state is big for me and my family." he played for one season at u of i before head coach bruce weber was axed. simpson bounced around for a season before landing at memphis -- under the then second youngest coach in division one basketball josh pastner. simpson says: "it was somebody you could relate to still like in tune with coaching and everything." during simpson's two years at memphis - coach pastner earned a reported 2.2 million dollars. the basketball program itself brought in a little more than 8 and a half million dollars in 20-13 alone. that's according to official university of memphis financial reports. all the while - simpson was eligible for a bit of financial aid -- but he was not eligible for any of the money he helped the university earn. so does simpson feel as though he was entitled to some of that money? some of the money his image and his ability on the floor made for the university? stan says: "during college yes especially when you know how much money they are making." and that's the fundamental issue with college athletics right there. stan's one and only job has been basketball -- after college basketball took him across the globe. stan says: "i've been to chech republic, belgium, mexico, and switzerland." but the issue is -- he could have been earning money -- at least a piece of the revenue he helped pull in for the tigers. kevin brown -- a university of indiana professor who has spoken at length about the subject - says this process goes against basic american values. kevin brown says: "what's so troublesome about this issue of college athletes is that we don't just have another area american life where people who generate the revenue by right can't get paid for the revenue they generate." so for simpson to earn what he could be entitled to would make him an employee of the university -- something experts say the universities don't want. kevin says: "once they become employees it triggers all of those protections employees have." that includes things like workman's comp -- so when a player goes down with a debilitating knee injury -- the university may be on the hook for life. or minimum wage -- which may not be a problem for revenue earning sports like football and basketball -- but for those sports that don't make any revenue it would be an issue. kevin brown says: "do you have to pay some of these athletes who are on limited scholarships money." so while experts are doubtful players like simpson will ever get paid while they're in college - there is one idea floating around - to get players their due. it would involve a select group of universities that would pony up the money for their athletes. kevin brown says: "and they're going to get the better athletes they're going to get more of the publicity what you would effectively create would be this sort of super college sports league in football and basketball." there is also something to be said about the value of earning the right to walk with a diploma in hand. stan was able to graduate with his degree -- which not all athletes are able to accomplish. he says he's fighting for a shot in the n-b-a but he is ready to fall back on his degree should it not pan out in the end. jg 44news. there will be three brothers out of harrison playing for vermont men's basketball next year. stick around - the journey of robin duncan airs next in sports. harrison senior robin duncan will play division one basketball at vermont next next year. his commitment is now down on paper. but if you know the duncan's history and ties at vermont, you'd know the decision to join the cata-mounts runs in the family. nick ruffolo has the story. the last name duncan is shared by many across the globe ... but in evansville ... the duncan name is a little different. when you combine it with harrison basketball ... it becomes synonymous with success on the court. (nat pop) that was ernie duncan ... a redshirt sophomore at the time ... on the big stage in the first round of the ncaa tournament. he and brother everett duncan both play at vermont ... and both come from harrison high school. (nat pop) now it's the third in line's turn to make a splash. robin duncan ... the youngest of the duncan trio ... is a senior with the warriors ... and will soon be joining his brothers on the v-cats. (nat pop) robin committed to vermont on national signing day ... and continued the family tradition of d-i basketball.
"... it was just too hard of an opportunity to pass up." but the family name wasn't always a good thing. living in the shadow of his older brothers ... robin would feel the pressure to live up to the hype.
"... but now it's kind of faded." with a little growth and a little confidence ... he's learned to play his own game. a game that is invaluable to harrison with the 2017-18 season fast approaching.
"... set the culture with this program." yes ... next year we will see all three duncan brothers on the vermont men's basketball roster. only time will tell though if that is what harrison is talking about in 2018. because robin hopes the warriors fans will also be talking about a sectional title ... and the magical postseason run he left behind. nick ruffolo ... 44sports duncan was out there with the rest of the warriors as they kicked off the season with the first official practice. harrison held tryouts monday and tuesday ... but this was the first time the team hit the hardwood. duncan is one of four leaders coming back for the warriors ... as the squad looks to improve on a 13 and 10 record. right now, the upper-classmen presence is helping the team prepare for the regular season.
"when you're in these first couple of practices ... you have drills and things ... and the guys who have been around know what to do on the drills and can help the younger guys. we have robin duncan ... a four year varsity basketball player and that's huge. when you have him ... when you have riley epley and you have guys who have been around the program ... it makes practice smoother and quicker and those younger guys listen to them." and reports are just coming in that colts corner-back vontae davis will have season-ending groin surgery. and based on the reports we've received - it doesn't look like he's planning to stay in indianapolis. we'll gather more details as they become available. the study of art can be complicated from time to time-- especially when an unexpected discovery is made. we'll tell you about a new finding in a van gogh next on 44news at ten. a grasshopper immortalized forever inside a 128-year-old van gogh painting... a curator at the nelson-atkins museum in kansas city, missouri found the insect trapped inside the painting titled "olive trees". they were examining the painting with a microscope for a new catalog when a researcher ran across what she thought was a leaf. it turns out it was a dead grasshopper. they say it's really not that uncommon-- but definitely adds a new element to the painting's story. van gogh painted "the olive trees" in 18-89. final weather toss... that's our time for this ááááday night...remember, 44 news is always on at wevv.com, facebook and twitter for the latest overnight news join 44news this morning starting at five a.m. that's our time for this ááááday night...remember, 44 news is always on at wevv.com, facebook and twitter for the latest overnight news join 44news this morning starting at five a.m.