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Communities in southeast Indiana will receive more than $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to get recovering opioid users back into the workforce. State officials celebrated the announcement at a Honda manufacturing plant Friday. 

At the event, Indiana Drug Czar Jim McClelland called the opioid crisis a “plague” and Fred Payne, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, noted that in 2018 the state lost nearly $2 billion to the opioid crisis. Both say the grant represents a significant step in solving the workforce issues created by addiction.

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An Elkhart company will pay $55,484 in back pay after a Department of Labor investigation revealed they were not paying workers properly for overtime.

157 employees at The RV Factory will receive money in the settlement over unpaid overtime. Workers at the plant were legally entitled to time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 in a week. The company was instead paying a flat daily rate.