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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are showing no signs of slowing down school reopenings that are just weeks away even as the state has seen higher rates of people testing positive and being hospitalized for the coronavirus. Some Indiana school districts are poised to resume classes starting in late July under guidelines issued by state education officials last month. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday that it is important for education and mental health reasons that students return to schools.

A video showing hundreds of people partying at the Diamond Lake Sandbar in Michigan on the Fourth of July despite the pandemic went viral over the weekend. Now Cass County officials are looking to take action against the party organizers.

The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis Set To Reopen

Jul 6, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is opening to the general public later this week for the first time since shutting down in mid-March during the pandemic. While it will open its doors on Saturday, the museum management is putting a variety of measures in place to lower risks of infection. That includes setting visitor capacity at 3,000 and requiring the wearing of masks for everyone older than 2. The museum says it has also stepped up cleaning protocols and improved the circulation of air through the facility in a bid to stem any spread of the novel coronavirus.

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,469. The state announced more than 46,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 496,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indianapolis Officials Ordering Mandatory Face Masks

Jul 2, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Face masks will be required in all public places in Indianapolis beginning next week, despite a recent decline in confirmed coronavirus cases in the city. Mayor Joe Hogsett said Thursday that the new mandate takes effect July 9. It requires face coverings in all indoor public spaces unless a person is alone in an office or eating at a restaurant. The Indianapolis mandate follows similar mask requirements by officials in St. Joseph, Elkhart and LaGrange counties in northern Indiana. Gov.

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The state of Indiana is launching a public service campaign to urge Hoosiers to wear a mask when in public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Indiana Hits "Pause" On Reopening Plan, Moves To 'Stage 4.5'

Jul 1, 2020
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced that the state will not fully move forward to its final reopening phase, Stage 5. That stage had no capacity limits and was supposed to take effect over the July 4 holiday weekend. 

Holcomb says most things will remain unchanged from the current Stage 4 that the state is currently in. 

Holcomb says the volatility that is being seen in some parts of the state "gives us pause and prompts us to press pause on the reopening again." 

Michigan Governor Announces Plan To Reopen K-12 Schools

Jul 1, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s governor has unveiled her plans to return students to the classroom this fall for the first time since schools were closed in March in favor of remote learning to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters Tuesday that the Safe Start plan requires districts to make safety plans in preparation for the upcoming school year and includes $256 million from the state to support those efforts. The plan lays out requirements and makes recommendations for districts to follow. Different stages are tied to Whitmer’s six-phase regional approach to economically reopening the state.

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Many Hoosiers who are unable to pay their energy bills won’t face shutoffs for another 45 days. On Monday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered some utilities to continue the moratorium on shutoffs through Aug. 14. 

Monday the St. Joseph County Health Department in Indiana announced an extension of the county's face mask order.

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health announced it would offer more free COVID-19 testing next week in Elkhart County. Elkhart County will remain in Stage 4 through July 17 as the rest of the state moves to Stage 4.5 of the 'Back on Track' plan to reopen Indiana's economy. 

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 33 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,427. The state announced nearly 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 470,000 Hoosiers tested.

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New claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana have continued to rise slightly for three weeks in a row. At the same time, the number of people continuing to get benefits is slowly decreasing.

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The Indiana Women’s Prison has taken hard measures to contain the coronavirus. Many inmates in the prison have spent long periods locked in their cells — which have no toilets, running water or air conditioning — with limited opportunities for relief. 

As temperatures rise over the summer months, advocates and those with loved ones inside certain housing units, known as the cottages, worry about the heat and long periods of confinement. They fear it could cause health problems for the inmates, and say that the treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. 

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 17 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,394. The state announced more than 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 444,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana Jobless Claims Up By Nearly A Third Last Week

Jun 25, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a third more Indiana workers filed initial unemployment claims last week compared to the previous week. The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of new claims totaled 31,885 during the week of June 20, compared to an adjusted number of 24,017 the week before, the department reported. That’s an increase of 7,868. Indianapolis Business Journal reports that before the coronavirus pandemic, Indiana typically saw fewer than 3,000 initial unemployment claims per week.

Marshall Co. Blueberry Festival Canceled For 2020

Jun 25, 2020
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The Marshall County Blueberry Festival has been canceled for 2020. 

(Below you can read the organization's post from their website.)

While the Board of Director and our Volunteers have certainly worked diligently to put on our event, we have reached the point where we needed to make a final decision that it is not possible for us to be confident that we can realistically meet all the Governor Holcomb's requirements in the reopening of Indiana.

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Farmers around Indiana have faced challenges marketing their products to potential buyers, and the coronavirus pandemic made the problem worse. A joint effort between Purdue University and Microsoft will help connect local farmers directly to customers online.

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According to the latest figures released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health on Wed., June 24 Elkhart County saw a day that tied its second highest yet for new COVID-19 cases. The county reported 101 new cases. That ties the case count on June 12.  June 17 remains the day the county saw its highest case count yet, with 112 new cases on that day. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 27 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,377. The state announced nearly 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 426,000 Hoosiers tested.

As of Tuesday, The University of Notre Dame is still planning on hosting the first presidential debate in September despite the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after an announcement from the University of Michigan that it is backing out of hosting the second presidential debate due to work needed to prepare the Ann Arbor campus for the fall semester during the pandemic.

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A Notre Dame football player tested positive for COVID-19 Monday as 91 other athletes at the university were tested. The Fighting Irish said they are taking precautions moving forward.

2nd Presidential Debate Moves From Michigan To Florida

Jun 23, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The nonpartisan commission that sponsors presidential debates says a debate that had been scheduled to be held in Michigan will now take place in Florida. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Tuesday that that Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami will host the debate originally set for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The commission says the university concluded it is no longer "feasible" to host the debate.

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The South Bend Common Council passed a resolution Monday night supporting the nationwide Medicare for All program and the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

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As Indiana’s economy reopens, many companies are ending the extra pay they offered essential workers during the shutdown, but one labor union is asking an Indiana-based poultry processor to bring hazard pay back.

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It’s safe to say there have been other things on Hoosiers’ minds than the environment these days. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the health of Indiana residents, but also jobs and local economies. Meanwhile, people across the country are protesting acts of violence by police officers against black men and women. 

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 23 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,350. The state announced more than 42,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 412,000 Hoosiers tested.

Notre Dame Sees $100M-Plus Revenue Shortfall For Next Year

Jun 21, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is projecting a more than $100 million revenue shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year in part because of the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent to Notre Dame staff, faculty and students last week, university President the Rev. John Jenkins and other top administrators cited “financial aid expenditures, flat endowment payout, lower auxiliary revenue and projected lower levels of philanthropy” during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

(Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

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Indiana’s unemployment rate fell more than 5 percent in May according to data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. However, the same report revised April’s rate upwards from what was already a record high. 

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