5 Things You Need to Know this Thursday morning

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DRY TODAY WITH HIGHS REACHING 80:
The past few days have almost been like living in Florida with heat triggering afternoon thunderstorms. We'll have a bit of a rest today with most of us staying dry and highs reaching 80. Warmer but still below average. Another upper wave arrives Friday and gives us at least a chance for a thunderstorm for the opening day of the Indiana State Fair. As you would expect, the best chance would be during the afternoon. Watch Chuck's full forecast.

MAYOR PROPOSES NEW APPROACH TO FIGHTING CRIME:
The city of Indianapolis is looking for answers to its crime problem. Mayor Greg Ballard announced a proposal Wednesday that he calls a 'new' approach to fighting crime. It includes several things, such as adding police officers and enforcing new curfew laws. Learn more about the mayor's plan.

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING SHELBYVILLE WOMAN TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY:
The former boyfriend of a missing Shelbyville woman charged in connection with her disappearance will make his first court appearance today. Scott Schuck faces charges of voluntary manslaughter in the case. Police discovered human remains in the backyard of Schuck's home in the 1200 block of Elm Street. They are believed to be those of 33-year-old Rebecca Cassidy who was last seen in April 2010. Read more about the case here.

ELECTRICAL FIRE AT JW MARRIOTT HOTEL DOWNTOWN OVERNIGHT:
Indianapolis firefighters were called overnight to a fire at the JW Marriott hotel downtown. The electrical fire started in the fourth-floor mechanical room around 2:30 a.m., but was self-extinguished. Learn more here.

LAST-MINUTE PREP TODAY AT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR:
Friday is the day that many wait for all year — the start of the Indiana State Fair. But before the first ride can be taken, there are some last minute things that must be done. Watch Nicole's story about preparations for the big event.