5 things you need to know for Tuesday, Aug. 7


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know today:

1) Storms raced through Indiana overnight dumping heavy rain and causing power outages to thousands of homes. Be Weather Aware today with the continued risk of storms. Though increased clouds and storms keep us from reaching 90 degrees, Chuck Lofton says it's still going to be very humid with highs still in the 80s. If you are headed to the Indiana State Fair, remember to download the WTHR Weather app to keep up with storms that could affect things later in the day.

2) A federal judge has ordered the Evansville Vanderburgh school district to allow a transgender student to use bathrooms matching his identified gender. Judge William Lawrence signed an injunction Friday, just days before classes resume, after the 17-year-old sued when he was told to use the female restroom or bathrooms in the nurse's office. School officials said the student could use the male bathroom if his birth certificate was changed to identify him as a male. The ACLU of Indiana says the student was born in a state that won't do that unless a surgery takes place. The ACLU says the teen is under a doctor's care and getting hormone therapy.

3) Sen. Joe Donnelly is teaming up with Marion County leaders to talk about the growing drug problem in the state. They're expected to call on the federal government to increase spending on drug enforcement during a 10:45 a.m. press conference. We'll pass on what we learn through our WTHR News app and WTHR.com.

4) Police departments across the state are hosting their National Night Out events tonight. They're meant to help departments connect with the community and honor law enforcement. Our own Chuck Lofton will be out at the Avon event at 5 p.m. Make sure to stop by and say hi!

5) The Lip Sync Challenge continues. In the newest local video, Franklin PD's 6 minute video not only shows off their lip-syncing skills but also their dance moves. Each song in the video was strategically chosen for its iconic dance from MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" and the Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive: to N'Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and dozens of others.

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