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Indiana Democrats look like they have a new candidate for U.S. Senate. Former candidate Baron Hill dropped out of the race Monday. CNN is reporting that Evan Bayh will run again. Bayh served from 1999 til 2011 in the Senate, then decided against re-election. Bayh is also a former Indiana governor. According to some political insiders, Bayh has more money on-hand than his Republican opponent, Todd Young, and appears set to run a race for the seat against him.
We still don’t know if Donald Trump will tap Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. But we do know the two will appear on stage together this evening at Trump’s campaign rally in Westfield’s Grand Park. Speculation is still running rampant that Pence will get the nod. He has to decide about continuing his run for governor by Friday. That’s the deadline to remove his name from the ballot because legally he cannot appear on a federal and state ballot at the same time. The event tonight begins at 7:30 p.m Eastern. Doors open three hours earlier.
Federal investigators are very interested in Muncie. The FBI reportedly is sending more agents to probe wrong doing in the city. The Star Press reports city leaders have noticed an uptick in the number of agents involved in the case. Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and other city officials all pledged cooperation in the probe.
Multiple fire units from several departments responded to the scene of a large fire at Ray’s Trash Service overnight into Tuesday morning on U.S. Hwy 40 in Hendricks County. Multiple media sources, including WTHR- TV, reported the blaze had grown massive by the time crews arrived after 1:30 a.m. Though Plainfield Fire authorities told the press the fire was “well-involved,” it was contained to one garage that housed eight of the company’s garbage trucks. The blaze interrupted the early morning rush. Traffic halted as U.S. 40 was closed until after 6 a.m. by the barrage of fire trucks at the scene. No injuries were reported. And Ray’s owner is estimating damages at $500,000.
There’s going to be a strong Indiana presence at the Republican National Convention next week. The Indiana State Police are sending 100 troopers to Cleveland for the convention. The state of Ohio is paying for the assignment. ISP commanders say the decision is simply to aid Cleveland with the huge task of providing security at the convention.
President Barack Obama is set to speak today at the memorial for five Dallas police officers killed last week in a sniper’s ambush. The White House says the President will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden, as well as former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.
Baton Rouge police are now facing a lawsuit from the convenience store owner who captured the shooting death of an African American man on camera. Alton Sterling’s death at the hands of police a week ago today sparked controversy and protests across the country. Abdullah Muflahi contends in court papers that officers locked him in a patrol car for four hours, stole the surveillance video from his store and took his cellphone following the incident.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch will answer questions about Hillary Clinton in a House hearing today. The Justice Department will not pursue charges against the likely Democratic presidential nominee for her email practices when Clinton was secretary of state. Last week, FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that Clinton was extremely careless in her handling of sensitive emails with a private server and a personal email account.
Speaking of Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee and her rival, Bernie Sanders, will campaign together in New Hampshire today. Clinton supporters are hoping that Senator Sanders will finally give Clinton a full-throated endorsement after their tough primary campaign. The rally will happen in Portsmouth, less than two weeks before the Democratic National Convention. The convention is set for Philadelphia.
The Pacers have agreed to a contract with forward Georges Niang. The Pacers selected Niang out of Iowa State with the 50th overall pick in this year’s draft. Niang averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in five Orlando Summer League games.
Some sunshine today with a thunderstorm or two possible this afternoon. The High: around 90 degrees.
If you won Friday’s $540,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot, the Indiana lottery says you need to sign the ticket and lock it up immediately. Lottery spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says the winner needs to safeguard the ticket. Rosebrough added that the winner should call the lottery and begin the process of cashing in. Financial advisers say it’s also a good idea to call a lawyer.