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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb was jabbed with the COVID-19 vaccine shot as the state's first mass vaccination clinic opened Friday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Holcomb sat wearing a face mask in the front passenger seat of an SUV while getting the shot in his right arm of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine being given during the drive-through clinic.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will hold a news conference to update Hoosiers on the state's efforts to combat COVID-19. 

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The Concord School Board voted Monday night to approve a resolution calling on Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to prioritize teachers and school staff for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. 

Hoosiers will live under a COVID-19 public emergency in Indiana for at least another month. That’s after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he will renew the emergency another 30 days, through March.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law Thursday legislation giving businesses and institutions liability protections from most COVID-19 lawsuits.

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The governor’s authority to declare disaster emergencies would be severely restricted under legislation unanimously approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing that flags be flown at half-staff across the state in honor of former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh, who died last week at age 61 after a battle with brain cancer. Holcomb issued the order Friday, asking that flags be lowered, including by businesses and state residents, to half-staff until sunset on Feb. 18. Bayh, who was an attorney and wife of former Gov. Evan Bayh, died on Feb. 5 in McLean, Virginia. She was Indiana’s first lady for eight years after her husband, a Democrat, became governor in 1989. The Bayhs have twin sons.

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Changes made Thursday to a House bill would give the legislature more power to weigh in on emergency declarations made by a governor.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 258 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 9,340 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 15,500 new cases in the last week – the fewest weekly reported total since late October.

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Republican legislative leaders are supportive of the Regional Recovery Program Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled in his State of the State address.

Holcomb: Indiana COVID-19 Crowd Size Limits Being Relaxed

Jan 28, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s crowd size limits will be relaxed starting next week following recent improvements in the statewide COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates. Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday that the new rules will allow gatherings at up to 25% capacity at venues in counties with the two highest risk levels of coronavirus spread on the state’s four-level rating system. The new rules starting Monday will replace the current 25-person crowd limit for the highest-risk counties that’s been in place since mid-November.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered a very different State of the State address, while legislative activity was halted all week over security concerns. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to create a new, regional development initiative that he says will help the state’s economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's annual State of the State address will be a virtual event Tuesday night rather than delivered before the typical joint session of the General Assembly. Holcomb had been planning to give the speech before a small audience at the Statehouse in observing COVID-19 precautions. But that was called off when he announced the closure of the Statehouse until Thursday because of possible protests related to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is shutting down state government buildings in Indianapolis for most of next week. He said it’s out of “an abundance of caution” surrounding threats to other state capitols related to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Indiana Republican legislative leaders aren’t totally sold on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposal to spend nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars this year to pay down state debt instead of direct relief for Hoosiers struggling during the pandemic.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s new state budget proposal would spend $1.13 billion over the next two years on one-time initiatives. And almost none of that would be direct relief for Hoosiers struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lawmakers are debating whether to give the General Assembly more opportunities to cancel a governor’s public emergency order.

Indiana Governor Starts New Term, Says State Clawing Back

Jan 11, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb began his second term in office by looking at the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state is "steadily clawing" its way back. Holcomb swore the oath of office Monday during a ceremony before family members and several state officials at the Indiana State Museum, where those attending wore masks as COVID-19 precautions. The 52-year-old Republican governor said he would "remain laser focused" on managing the state's recovery from the pandemic and distributing the coronavirus vaccines. Lt. Gov.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb passionately defended the accomplishments of his first four years in office this week as he prepares to be sworn-in for his second term.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn't saying whether he supports efforts by some fellow Republicans in Congress to challenge Joe Biden’s election victory over President Donald Trump. Holcomb, who was Vice President Mike Pence’s hand-picked successor as Indiana governor, said Tuesday he wasn’t taking a stand on the Electoral College vote challenge that has support from Indiana Sen. Mike Braun and at least two of the state’s seven Republican U.S. House members. Holcomb says “It’s up to them what they do." Indiana Republican Sen.

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A group of about 20 protesters rallied outside the Statehouse Tuesday against Gov. Eric Holcomb’s public health emergency orders.

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Hospitals across Indiana can once again schedule non-emergency, elective surgeries after Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday he’ll lift the temporary ban on such procedures.

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health has updated its county-by-county COVID-19 map and it shows that Elkhart, LaGrange and Pulaski counties are in red. The red designation is the most serious on the map. A total of two dozen Hoosier counties are in the red as of now. 

For a third straight week, more than a quarter of Indiana counties are rated with the highest risk level of coronavirus spread in Wednesday’s state update that continued to show no area in the low or moderate community spread zones. The Indiana State Health Department tracking map labels 24 of the state’s 92 counties the most dangerous red category, down two from a week ago. All other counties are in the next-riskiest orange rating of the four-level system. The new county ratings come a day after state officials announced a flaw in Indiana’s COVID-19 reporting that is expected to change the state’s overall positivity rate and the metrics for individual counties once corrected.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing back at the idea of curtailing the emergency powers he’s used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled his agenda for 2021 Thursday, one which focuses more on studying, assessing and extending previously announced initiatives than taking new actions. 

Indiana Releases Teacher Pay Report

Dec 14, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel tasked with finding ways to make Indiana teacher salaries more competitive has released its long-awaited report. In its report released Monday, the commission convened early last year by Gov. Eric Holcomb recommends a mix of cost cutting and spending shifts aimed at raising average teacher pay from $51,000 to at least $60,000. It says that such a raise would increase Indiana’s average teacher salary ranking from ninth-highest to third-highest in the Midwest and third-highest among Indiana’s neighbors.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana hospitals must postpone or reschedule non-emergency surgeries for the next few weeks as COVID-19’s surge worsens statewide.

Gov. Holcomb Ends His Two Week Quarantine

Dec 2, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has ended a quarantine that started two weeks ago after several members of his security detail were confirmed infected with the coronavirus. Gov. Eric Holcomb's spokeswoman said Tuesday that he has resumed his normal schedule and not experienced any symptoms of the respiratory disease. The governor and first lady Janet Holcomb both tested negative for COVID-19 on Nov. 20. He also tested negative for COVID-19 in mid-October after State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box announced she and some family members were infected.

Stutzman Resigning From Indiana House, Blames Governor

Nov 24, 2020
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Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) announced Tuesday she is resigning her seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. And she’s blaming Gov. Eric Holcomb.

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