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Tuesday’s News & Headlines with Kim Wells

A family of four is being checked out for smoke inhalation after escaping a house fire. It happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning just south of downtown near East and Morris Streets. One dog died in the fire. Officials say the house did not have working smoke detectors.

The search for a missing pilot from Indy is over and his body has now been recovered.  Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen says the body of Glenn Foy was found Sunday inside the wreckage of his plane in a rural area southwest of Lebanon. Nielsen says the plane’s cockpit was deeply embedded in the ground.  Foy was reported missing April 6th, several days after he took off from Eagle Creek Airport.

A domestic violence call at a Plainfield WalMart ended in the discovery of a mobile meth lab. Plainfield Police were called to the WalMart on Main Street Monday night on a report of a man hitting a woman in the parking lot. They say they found the suspect, Stephen Bailey, sitting in his Pontiac along with a mobile meth lab.

A new $76 million sports arena is being proposed in Fishers. GK Sports and Entertainment is looking for incentives from the town to build a massive fieldhouse and a 6,000 seat arena. They’re asking for a $2 million tax abatement, waiver in permitting fees, and other incentives.

Indiana’s hiring a global PR firm to help rebuild the image from the fallout of the religious freedom law. Officials announced hiring Porter Novelli Monday to devise a public relations strategy. The cost is expected to be around $2 million plus whatever is needed to buy advertising.

A final Senate vote on a bill that would repeal Indiana’s Common Construction Wage is expected by the end of this week.  On Monday, hundreds of Hoosiers gathered at the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to reject the proposal. The Common Construction Wage allows local communities to determine the wages paid on public works construction projects for their area. Supporters of the repeal say it leads to higher wages and costs taxpayers more money, while opponents say it ensures quality workers and helps Indiana families earn higher paychecks.

It’s an exciting day for 40 probationary Indiana State Police troopers. The 74th recruit academy troopers get their patrol cars at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning in a public ceremony on Indy’s east side.

A reserve sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma is charged with shooting and killing a Tulsa man. Prosecutors charged Robert Bates, 73, with second-degree manslaughter Monday for the shooting death of Eric Harris earlier this month. It appears Bates meant to use his taser.

Marco Rubio is now a candidate for president. The Florida Republican senator formally launched his White House bid during a rally in Miami Monday. Rubio said it is time to start crafting a “new American century.”

Hillary Clinton is apparently a fan of Chipotle. The former Secretary of State stopped at a Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio Monday on her way to kick off her presidential campaign in Iowa. Store manager Charles Wright told “ABC News” that the restaurant’s employees didn’t recognize Clinton, who was wearing large sunglasses. She’s making her way to Iowa in her “Scooby Doo” van to hold round table discussions at a local community college today.

A Senate panel is taking up a bill today that the White House says could derail the Iran nuclear negotiations. The measure would give Congress two months to review any final deal and prevent President Obama from removing sanctions while that review is ongoing.  The U.S. and partners recently struck a framework agreement with Iran and the deadline for a final deal is June 30th.

New York City joins the world in observing a grim anniversary. It was one year ago today that hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.  The Empire State Building will be lit in red and purple tonight to draw attention to the fact that so many of the girls are still missing.

Cloudy and dry in Indy today. The high, 66 degrees.

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