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Happy Tuesday! It’s back to work today for many after a three-day weekend of cookouts and celebrations, culminating in last night’s spectacular July 4th fireworks display downtown from atop the Regions Tower.

Today could be the only dry day of the week. Forecasters say there’s a chance for rain and storms starting tomorrow. That’s not good news for right here in parts of central and southern Indiana. Residents of these areas are still drying out from the weekend rain that caused some local flooding problems.

The Democrat running for Indiana Governor says Mike Pence’s flirtations with Vice President are as much about “bailing” on the state as moving to DC. John Gregg says Pence is looking to bail out on the race for Governor. Pence is reportedly on the short list of Vice Presidential candidates for Donald Trump. The two are set to meet again just days before Pence’s deadline to decide about the November ballot. Pence and Trump got together over the holiday weekend for a meeting and golf.

The man suspected of brutally beating a 60-year-old man in his home could go before a judge later today. Police caught up with and arrested William Joerendt Monday, the same day as the attack. They say Joerendt targeted his girlfriend’s uncle because he thought the man had a large sum of cash. Metro Police investigators say he beat the victim unconscious. Joerendt is now looking at robbery charges.

Investigators think a missing non-profit director may have left on her own. IMPD officials are following their hunch that Carina McDowell is on the run. Police won’t say why that’s their theory.  McDowell’s husband isn’t buying it, though. He says he and his wife are happily married.

Metro Police investigators want to know why an Indy woman’s SUV swerved out of traffic and into the back of a stopped semi-truck. Police say Myah Smith died in the wreck on I-74 Monday. Police say the truck was on the shoulder, and they’re not sure why Smith hit it.

Metro police are saying this one wasn’t an accident. IMPD investigators say bartenders at John Wayne’s Food and Spirits on the city’s south side told the man he’d had too much to drink. That’s when police say the man got into his van and drove into the front of the building. No one in the bar was hurt and the bar’s manager says they’ll be open for business later today.

Jailers here in Marion County are investigating a prisoner’s death. Guards say they found Walter Gamble dead in his cell Saturday. Gamble was facing a series of sex charges. The sheriff’s office says it’s investigating.

Police in northern Indiana thought they were going to find a homemade firework. Instead, deputies in Porter County say they found an IED Monday. The sheriff’s office says their bomb squad destroyed two jars of flammable liquid connected to a pipe bomb and attached to a long fuse.

IMPD Officer Perry Renn IMPD stopped to remember one of their fallen on the second anniversary of his death in a Facebook post today. It reads, “July 5, 2014 Officer Perry Renn, paid the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in the line of duty. To an ever grateful community, department, and country we remember his courage and his service to mankind. ‪#‎NeverForgotten” Photo: IMPD


Six officers charged in Freddie Gray death

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The next Baltimore police officer, facing trial in the death of Freddie Gray heads to court today for a pretrial hearing. Lieutenant Brian Rice is hoping to have all charges against him dismissed after the first case ended in a hung jury and a judge acquitted two other officers. Rice is facing involuntary manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct charges.

A measure that aims to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns is before the House this week. Speaker Paul Ryan said it’s common sense that suspects on terror watch lists shouldn’t be allowed to buy guns. But he said he wants to be sure there are due process provisions for people who mistakenly wind up on those lists.

President Obama

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President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be on the campaign trail today. The likely Democratic nominee will join the President on Air Force One to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for a 3 p.m. Eastern time rally. GOP candidate Donald Trump will also be in North Carolina rallying supporters in Raleigh.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is ready for the next phase of its Jupiter mission. The spacecraft performed a suspenseful insertion maneuver to place itself in orbit Monday night. The mission will give scientists a view beneath the upper atmosphere of the gas giant for the first time.

So-called “super bacteria” is showing up in the waters off of Rio de Janeiro as the countdown to the Games continues. Scientists discovered the drug-resistant bacteria just one month before the Summer Olympics open in problem-riddled Rio. Researchers said today the bacteria got into the city’s waterways when sewage from local hospitals got dumped into the bay.


Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers

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Lance Stephenson may be back in a blue and yellow uniform this season. The former Pacers player is reportedly interested in returning to the team. The Indianapolis Star is quoting sources who say Stephenson is open to coming back to Indy after the Memphis Grizzlies passed on his option.


A mix of clouds and sun today. The High: 88 degrees.


Malia Obama and America share a birthday. Independence Day was celebrated with award-winning artists Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae at the White House Monday. The President led everyone in singing “Happy Birthday” to his oldest daughter, who turned 18.


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