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Get In the Know With Kim’s Tuesday News & Sports Headlines

The Indianapolis Colts are retaining head coach Chuck Pagano putting speculation about his future to rest. More on this story below in sports.

Local:

A family of seven people escaped a blaze Tuesday morning in Indy. A cautionary tale played out when Indianapolis Fire crews responded to a house fire overnight in the 3300 block of Argyle Court. IFD officials say this blaze was caused by a space heater that was placed too close to a chair which then ignited it. There were no working smoke detectors in the home however one of the family’s children woke up, smelled something burning and alerted the rest so they got out without major injuries. Fire fighters say always keep at least a 3 foot perimeter around a space heater and never leave it unattended. One person was taken to Community Health Network for breathing difficulty treatment.

A woman critically injured in a house fire in Speedway is dead. Officials announced Monday that Penny Stewart passed away after being placed on life support for organ donation over the weekend. Stewart was pulled from the burning home last Friday. Her live-in boyfriend, former Sprint Car driver Greg Staab, remains in critical condition.

Metro Police are investigating the first homicide of the new year. This shooting happened around 11 o’clock Monday night near 21st Street and North Arlington Avenue on the city’s east side. That’s the Arlington Green Apartments, and where police say a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses say they heard several shots and saw a person run off but no description has been provided. If you have any tips, call Crime Stoppers at 317- 262-TIPS.

In National News:

President Obama will tell the nation this morning how he intends to reduce gun violence. Obama is expected to outline executive actions to require more gun sellers to get a license and limit the ability of criminals and mentally unstable people to get a gun. On Monday, Obama said that the recommendations he’d make are within his legal authority.

The leader of an armed self-described militia that has seized a federal building in Oregon says he doesn’t think the standoff will end violently.  Ammon Bundy told Fox News last night that he’s there to defend his freedom and liberty, and not to die.  Bundy’s group took over a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest a prison sentence for two ranchers convicted of arson.

Fact-checkers are calling Donald Trump’s new TV ad deceptive.  The ad shows dozens of people swarming across a border while a narrator says the Republican frontrunner will stop illegal immigration by building a wall “on our southern border that Mexico will pay for.”  Fact-checker PolitiFact says the video was posted by an Italian network last May and actually shows Moroccans crossing the border into a Spanish city.

In Sports:

The Heat rallied from an 18-point deficit and pulled out a 103-100 overtime win over the Pacers.   Paul George scored 32 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but missed a three-pointer to end the game.  Indiana has dropped six of its last nine games, falling to 19-and-15 overall.  The team is back in action Wednesday as they hit the road against the Orlando Magic.

The Indianapolis Colts will remain #ChuckStrong. The team has extended the head coach’s contract with a four year deal. In a late night move Monday night, the Colts announced they are staying the course with both Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson. Pagano’s future with the team had been rumored to be on the bubble and likely over after a sketchy season and the Colts missing the playoffs with an 8-and-8 record.

The world’s top women’s tennis player is suffering an injury setback to start the year.  Serena Williams has pulled out of the Hopman Cup with inflammation in her knee. The 34-year-old was playing the event as a tune-up to the season’s first Grand Slam event, the Australian Open scheduled in a couple weeks.

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Indianapolis Weather:

Lots of sunshine. High 33 degrees.

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