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Gov. Eric Holcomb insists Indiana officials did everything right in an investigation into a worker death at an Amazon warehouse.

That’s after a news story alleges state officials sought to “manipulate” that investigation to clear Amazon.

A state safety inspector in an article by Reveal says he investigated the death of an Indiana Amazon worker and found the online retail giant failed to properly train him. 

All IN: Safety Culture At Amazon

Dec 5, 2019
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Two years ago, a worker at an Amazon facility in Plainfield, Indiana died after a 1,200 pound forklift crushed him.

After a state safety inspector found it might have happened due to a lack of training, he says Governor Eric Holcomb and other state officials worked to shift blame away from Amazon, hoping to avoid bad press while the state competed to host the company's new headquarters. Holcomb says it didn't happen.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb sent cease and desist letters to Reveal and the Indianapolis Star last week over reports he pressured a state safety inspector into reducing penalties against Amazon.

And a legal expert says those letters could signal an impending lawsuit.

Governor Questioned Over Indiana’s Probe Of Amazon Death

Nov 26, 2019
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(Note: 88.1 WVPE will air a 'Reveal Special: Behind Amazon’s Smile' Friday, Nov. 29 at 1 PM)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's governor is facing calls from Democrats to explain his role in Amazon being cleared of responsibility for a warehouse worker's death despite initial findings of four major safety violations.

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  PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon has proposed using the site of the former home of the Detroit Lions as a distribution center in a $250 million project that could bring 1,500 jobs.

Details of plans for the Pontiac Silverdome site in suburban Detroit were made public Wednesday night.

Amazon Opens New Facility In Indiana

Sep 5, 2019
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GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon has opened a new packaging center in suburban Indianapolis.

Seattle-based Amazon this week officially opened the so-called fulfilment center after last year signing a lease in Greenwood, where a FedEx distribution center was planned before that company backed out. Amazon earlier said it was hiring more than 1,000 full-time workers for the facility.

Greenwood's council approved tax breaks on property taxes for the building and equipment.

Amazon Planning New Delivery Center In The South Bend Area

Apr 24, 2019
Peter Ringenberg

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon is planning a delivery center in northern Indiana.

Amazon Logistics announced Tuesday that it plans to speed up deliveries in the South Bend area by working with small businesses and independent contractors through the center.

The announcement coincides with a document filed recently with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and others filed with the South Bend Building Department, suggesting plans for an Amazon delivery center near South Bend International Airport.

The investment is part of Amazon Web Services' plan to use renewable energy for 100 percent of its services.