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Cloudy, foggy and rainy on this Independence Day morning.

There’s a real chance of heavy rain this afternoon that may clear by fireworks time. Know that a number of local fireworks shows –some of the smaller ones in some of the outlying areas are being delayed until the weekend (check with your suburb) but the big one that Indy looks forward to, the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast is—as of right now—still on for this evening after dark. That’s around 10 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to blast from the top of Regions Tower and you can see it from various areas. Also this morning, CarmelFest is ON, celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial as a special emphasis this year. The parade route is Main Street in Carmel at 10:30 a.m. rain or shine. Click HERE to see other area Fourth of July events. (List courtesy of

In other local headlines today…

Indianapolis Metro Police have a violent home-invasion on their hands that happened on this Monday morning on the city’s west side. In it, a 60-year-old man was beaten unconscious and robbed. The victim’s home is located in the 600 block of Lyons Avenue near Holt Road and Michigan Street and this happened shortly after 6:30 a.m., according to WTHR. Police say he called them for help after he regained consciousness. During the break-in money and other items were taken and the victim may know who attacked him. If you have any info on IMPD’s latest investigation, call Crime Stoppers. You can do so anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS.

The search continues for a missing local activist. Family, friends, and members of Indianapolis’s non-profit community are looking for Carina McDowell. McDowell is the executive director of Fall Creek Gardens Urban Growers Resource. She disappeared last week. Police say she was last seen walking to a bus stop in the Riverside Park area.

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence had a busy weekend when he left the state to take a meeting and play golf with presumptive GOP Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Pence and his wife spent time with Trump and his wife, Melania. Pence will meet with Trump one more time before the July 15 deadline to get off Indiana’s November ballot. (One can’t be listed both federally and for statewide office at the same time.) Pence’s campaign says Trump didn’t promise or offer the Vice President’s slot at their weekend get-together. Pence is on the reported short list of possible Trump VP picks. (See who else is on that list below in the national headlines.)

Investigators think a young driver slid on the wet pavement and ended-up inside a house on the city’s southeast side Sunday. Paramedics rushed the driver to the hospital. Rachelle Bales and her family say they were home when they heard the crash. They now have a sizable hole in the front of their house. IMPD investigators are still waiting to determine an official cause for the wreck.

IndyGo buses will roll out of downtown Indy tonight until a bit after 11 p.m. to accommodate the holiday crowd who gathered to watch the fireworks. Today is the last day of free bus rides celebrating the new public transportation hub. The Julia M. Carson Transit Center opened just over a week ago in downtown across from the City-County Building at Washington and Delaware Streets. Regular fares on the fixed route and open door-paratransit buses resume Tuesday.


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The lowest fuel prices in more than a decade are driving a record number of Americans to hit the road this 4th of July across the country. AAA motor club says about 43 million people are traveling this holiday. The roads should be pretty packed today as many travelers wrap up a three-day weekend. Slow it down, buckle up and never drink and drive. Our police officials in Indiana are joining law enforcement colleagues across the nation to offer traditional holiday warnings to be careful out there—here, in the city and across the state, rain slick roads are hampering travel in some areas.

Preparations for the Capitol Fourth concert featuring ten musical acts on the National Mall are almost complete. Security is being tightened at this year’s celebration in light of recent terror attacks—both foreign and domestic. Besides the star studded concert, there are of course going to be fireworks.  The National Weather Service reports thunderstorms are possible there as well.

Authorities aren’t taking any chances when it comes to security this Independence Day elsewhere. Law enforcement presence is particularly higher at airports, train stations, and other transit centers. The boost follows recent terror attacks in places like Orlando, Istanbul, Brussels, Bangladesh and Baghdad. Above, we talked about the ‘Nations’ Capitol’. Here’s what it means for the ‘Big Apple’. For the first time ever, the NYPD is deploying its heavily-armed Critical Response Command during July 4th celebrations. Mayor DeBlasio isn’t playing.

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton isn’t saying much about her weekend meeting with the FBI. Clinton spoke with NBC’s “Meet the Press” about her e-mail controversy. She said she won’t comment on the review, but she’s been answering questions about the case for more than a year and has released about 55-thousand pages of e-mails.

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As the GOP convention in Cleveland draws closer, speculation is mounting about who will be Donald Trump’s choice for VP. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who is in the middle of a heated reelection campaign, remains on that short selection list. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are also reportedly on the short list for ‘Veep’.

Dog Scared Of The Fireworks

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The 4th of July can be stressful for pets, as loud noises from fireworks can spook many of them. A new drug is looking to help the problem. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to help pets with anxiety from loud noises. The drug can have a calming effect without sedating pets. The FDA warns that dogs with heart, breathing, liver or kidney problems shouldn’t take the drug. If your pet is afraid of the loud noise and extra excitement, stop and make a safe calming space for them that’s all their own.


The Pacers were busy during the opening days of NBA Free Agency. Indiana agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with center Al Jefferson. The Pacers did lose Solomon Hill and Ian Mahinmi. Hill agreed to a four-year, $48 million dollar deal with New Orleans, while Mahinmi got a four-year, $64 million dollar deal from the Wizards.

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If you’re out and about on this rainy holiday, maybe a baseball game is on your shortlist for your family. With the wet weather a later start time may be an advantage to get the game in—but Indianapolis Indians officials will watch the skies. The Indians open a three-game home series against Louisville tonight at Victory Field.  First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. Eastern time.


It’s rubber boot weather today. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect here in the city and across Central Indiana for most of the day. The FFW is also in effect for southern Indiana. Thunderstorms today—some severe—with a high of 81 degrees.


Purple Rain

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The shirt Prince wore in “Purple Rain” has a new owner. The New Romantic-style ivory silk shirt and a black-and-white blazer from the 1984 film sold for nearly $100,000 each. The garments were auctioned off at a Profiles in History sale in California. Also, a pair of knee-length high-heeled boots from the 1988 “Lovesexy” tour sold for around $18,000, while a necklace from his “Diamonds and Pearls” music video fetched just over $8,000.


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