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All IN: COVID-19 Update / Federal Case On Abortion / Refugees In Indiana

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COVID-19 cases are growing across the state with the Delta variant rapidly spreading, but what does this mean for Indiana and people who aren’t able to get vaccinated? Today we get updates on COVID-19 cases across the state. We also find out what's happening in Indiana as abortion restrictions in Texas are grabbing headlines and after a judge ruled that several state abortion laws are unconstitutional. Plus, we learn about refugees in Indiana, what it’s like to leave their homes behind and what resources are available to help them transition to a new life.

Produced by Mariam Sobh.


Lauren Chapman 
Digital producer, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Brandon Smith
Statehouse reporter, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Cole Varga
Executive Director, Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.