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Fire fighters were busy Tuesday morning battling three unrelated house fires and now investigators are doing the tough work of determining a cause.  The fires were in the 800 block of N. Tuxedo Street on the near-east side then in the 300 block of N. Dearborn Street, located about half a mile away. Shortly thereafter, another blaze broke out at 7300 block of Johnson Road. At the Tuxedo Street location, one firefighter suffered a possible shoulder injury while battling that blaze.

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Tornado sirens across Indiana are being tested today.  The first was a statewide tornado drill Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m. The next will be Tuesday evening at 7:35 p.m. The drills are part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Officials say it’s important to remind and educate everyone about the threats from severe weather and how to avoid them.

Organizations that help to fight crime and violence on the ground of communities here in the city are getting new support. The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition is thanking the Indianapolis City-County Council for making more resources available to do that work this summer. The resources are in the form of $400,000 to groups who patrol the streets. Reverend Charles Ellis of the Ten Point says they are especially excited that these funds will aid groups involved in street patrols and conflict mediation of high risk audiences.

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Indiana State Troopers say what started as a compliance check ended with a $400,000 drug bust. The State Police say they found the drugs in a stop in Putnam County, located west of Indianapolis. The haul included over 600 marijuana edibles, as well as pills and fentanyl patches. The truck’s driver and passenger are now looking at a list of drug charges.

We’ve learned more about the incident against two women found in a Boone County barn. They may have been targeted.  Police say 76-year-old Helen Fix and her 41-year-old caregiver were on their daily walk Friday evening when they were approached by a man wearing a ski mask.  Investigators say the caretaker was strangled with a rope and beat over the head before being sexually assaulted. Fix wasn’t injured. The two women were found by another care taker, who had arrived for a shift change.

Hamilton County police are searching for at least a dozen people there who are accused of fleeing the county’s work release program.  Each of them is now wanted for failure to return to lawful detention… in some cases, some of them are wanted for several other warrants. Pictures and names of the wanted can be found on the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.  A spokesman told The Indianapolis Star tracking down someone who violates their work release can be difficult because of the mobile society we live in.

The latest round of ‘spot raises’ in state government is worth over two-million dollars. WRTV-6 reported that former Governor Mike Pence handed-out just over $2-million in ‘spot raises’ in his last year in office. The Department of Transportation and the BMV saw the most raises, handing.

Marsh Supermarket is closing another Indianapolis location. This is the third closure this year. As for a reason, officials said the store on East 86th Street in Nora Plaza is being shut down because of poor performance. The store will close for good on April 8 at 5 p.m.


FBI Director James Comey told a politicians there has been an ongoing investigation into the possibility of collusion between Russia and members of the Trump campaign team. Comey dropped that bombshell Monday during a highly-anticipated House hearing. In addition to that nugget, Comey also made clear that he’s seen no evidence of wiretapping at Trump Tower as President Donald Trump alleged on Twitter, blaming former President Barack Obama.

The families of 800 victims of 9/11 are taking Saudi Arabia to court over the terrorist attacks. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals. The families have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court describing how Saudi officials allegedly supported hijackers Salem al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar in the months before the attacks.


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Supreme Court-nominee Neil Gorsuch will be answering questions from lawmakers Tuesday morning. The 49-year old Gorsuch is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Trump nominated Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died more than a year ago. Gorsuch is a federal judge in Denver. Monday was opening day in the confirmation hearings, which are expected to run two-to-three days.


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Ready to laugh in these trying times? Comedian Dave Chappelle pops up on Netflix today with a pair of never-before-aired performances. Fans will get a chance to check out Chappelle’s shows from the Hollywood Palladium in 2016 and Austin City Limits in 2015. “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin” each run an hour long. They feature the comic touching on a host of issues from the Netflix hit “Making a Murderer,” to Ebola, racism and Bill Cosby – who he labels, “the Stephen Curry of rapes.”

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No autopsy will be performed on the body of Chuck Berry. The 90-year-old rock-and-roll legend died Saturday at his home near St. Louis. His doctor told TMZ that Berry died of natural causes and that an autopsy will not be performed. Also, while Berry may no longer be with us, he not only left behind tons of music for future generations he also passed some along for possible alien races.  Berry’s 1958 song “Johnny B. Goode” is included on a golden record carried aboard NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft. In 2013 Voyager became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system and reach interstellar space where anyone coming across it will find greetings from Earth in over 50 languages, sounds of nature and an hour and a half of all types of music, including Berry’s hit.



Cloudy skies today with a slight chance of a rain shower. The High: 59 degrees.


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