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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he talked with the presidents of Purdue and Indiana University ahead of the decision to resume Big Ten football this fall.

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Indiana won’t participate in the payroll tax deferral for state workers offered by President Donald Trump last month.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday $51 million in funding to continue expanding access to broadband in the state. The investment comes at a time when COVID-19 has made reliable internet even more critical.

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BREAKING: Gov. Holcomb just announced that the state will remain at Stage 4.5 and that the face mask mandate will remain in place for another month . That mandate has no consequences for those who do not comply. 

Here is a link to the details of Stage 4.5 in Indiana's "Back on Track" plan. 

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Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus say Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announced steps on addressing racial inequity are a start – but still far from what’s necessary to fix the state’s pervasive problems.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants to be a “barrier buster” to help reduce racial inequality in the Hoosier State.

Indiana Governor Urged To Expand Mail Voting During Pandemic

Aug 1, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two former Indiana lieutenant governors called for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to expand mail-in voting Friday as the coronavirus continues. Without a broad mail-in voting option, former Indiana lieutenant governors John Mutz and Kathy Davis said Friday that fewer voting locations and long lines at polls will further suppress minority, disabled and low-income voters. Mutz, a Republican who severed under former Gov.

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Hoosier renters and homeowners will be shielded from evictions and foreclosures for another couple of weeks.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state will stay at Stage 4.5 until August 27 based on current trends showing increases in COVID-19. 

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During a news conference designed to address the pandemic, Gov. Eric Holcomb began his remarks with a tribute to Joe Kernan. 

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Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) broke ground on the company’s $158 million expansion in the state. The project is still on track despite the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19.

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Voter advocates want Hoosiers to be able to vote by mail in this year’s general election.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 77 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,706. The state announced more than 62,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 701,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb reversed course Friday – the executive order establishing a statewide mask mandate will include no criminal penalty.

That comes after significant pressure over the mandate from some Republican lawmakers and local law enforcement officials.

Holcomb emphasized in his announcement Wednesday that the order wouldn’t focus on enforcement.

“The mask police will not be patrolling Hoosier streets,” Holcomb said.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb says he’s confident he has the legal authority for his order requiring Hoosiers to wear masks in public.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill, in a non-binding opinion, says Gov. Eric Holcomb doesn’t have the authority to mandate Hoosiers wear masks in public or attach a criminal penalty to that order.

Gov. Holcomb Creates Mask Mandate, Kicks In Monday

Jul 22, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: As of July 27 Indiana residents will be required to wear masks in certain situations. Gov. Eric Holcomb said the order will apply to anyone ages 8 and older in any indoor public or business areas and at outdoor public spaces when sufficient distancing can’t be maintained. Gov. Holcomb made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. He listed a host of reasons why he feels this is necessary. He says compliance and enforcement of a mask mandate are always in question. He says he is appealing to one's civic duty to comply with it.

NEW: Indiana Staying At Stage 4.5 In Reopening, Elkhart Co. Stays At Stage 4

Jul 15, 2020
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that Indiana will stay at Stage 4.5 through the end of July at least. Elkhart County will stay at Stage 4. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported over the last week. She says if you compare that to a month ago, there were 3,000 cases a week. 

Box says the state still expects another coronavirus surge this fall when flu season hits. 

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The state’s largest teachers union called on Gov. Eric Holcomb to take a more direct role in how, or if, schools reopen for in-person teaching.

The Indiana State Teachers Association met with Holcomb Tuesday to express concerns about the return to classroom teaching. The virtual meeting was a follow-up to a letter Holcomb received from the association last month, with ten “requests” to address the impact of the pandemic on the 2020-21 school year.

Indiana Governor Defends Officer Response To Assault Report

Jul 9, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he is "proud" of the state's Department of Natural Resources amid criticism that the agency's conservation officers didn't adequately respond to the reported assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a lake last weekend. The governor said during a news conference Wednesday that the agency's officers acted according to protocols. But Katharine Liell, a lawyer for Vauhxx Booker, the man who says he was attacked, is calling on the governor to do more.

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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." 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch delivered their state Republican Party convention speeches in a very different way this year – televised, in the party’s first virtual convention due to COVID-19.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of Indiana’s Department of Labor is stepping down as the agency disputes a federal investigation’s findings that the agency prematurely dismissed citations and fines against Amazon in the death of a warehouse employee. Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday’s resignation announcement by Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble was not related to the investigation. Ruble has led the department since he was appointed in 2013 by then-Gov. Mike Pence and will leave July 24.

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Higher education institutions have been asked to take a 7 percent cut in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Gov. Holcomb will hold a news conference at 1:30 to discuss the protests over the weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state’s award of a $17.9 million contract for operating dozens of coronavirus testing sites across Indiana came weeks after a company executive gave $50,000 to the governor’s reelection campaign. WANE-TV reports the campaign contribution to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb by Optum executive Grant Verstandig was made March 4. State officials announced April 28 the selection of company subsidiary OptumServe Health Services for the testing sites.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana’s total number of deaths among people with confirmed or presumed coronavirus infections has topped 1,900. The state’s 48 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths occurred as far back as May 2, increasing the total number of such deaths to 1,764. Officials also added one death for a total 149 people who have died from probable infections of COVID-19. Gov.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional confirmed deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,678. The state announced more than 28,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 189,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says it’s disappointed the governor’s office has not decided to implement a work share program. It’s a common system in other states that lets workers keep jobs while accessing some unemployment benefits.

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