Gov. Eric Holcomb

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Planned Parenthood says it will continue providing abortion services in Indiana under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order banning elective surgical procedures.

It’s unclear whether Holcomb wants to halt abortions.

Holcomb’s order requires all health care facilities to postpone or cancel elective, non-urgent surgical or invasive procedures during the COVID-19 crisis, unless doing so would risk the patient’s health, as determined by their doctor.

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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. Today Indiana's number of coronavirus cases and deaths continued to climb. 

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State Health Commissioner Kris Box says the peak of Indiana’s COVID-19 infections is still more than two weeks away.

Box says it’s difficult to tell how many Hoosiers may become infected with the novel coronavirus. 

But she says, based on forecasting models from other states and other countries, that peak is likely after the governor’s “Stay-At-Home” order is currently set to expire.

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At 2:30 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other Hoosier state officials will provide a briefing regarding the latest details of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

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Indiana officials say they hope to have help soon for Hoosiers in need of child care and “gig economy” workers.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says securing child care opportunities – in the wake of school closures from COVID-19 – is a top priority. She says the state is working to identify available resources and regions most in need.

“We are also well aware we need to target our priorities to health care, hospital providers and public safety employees,” McCormick says.

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Indiana officials are still optimistic the state’s economy will bounce back from the effects of the novel coronavirus.

Congress is close to approving a $2 trillion stimulus package that will help states, businesses and workers. Indiana officials say that will bolster the state’s already strong position to combat economic hardships due to the coronavirus.

Unclear How Indiana Will Enforce Stay-At-Home Order

Mar 24, 2020
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A statewide order for Hoosiers to stay at home unless conducting essential business goes into effect at midnight.

But it’s unclear how that order will be enforced.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says his stay-at-home order is not meant to be a “hammer” but to emphasize the need to socially distance and self-isolate, thus curbing the spread of COVID-19.

“[The police] are not going to be pulling people over going to and from work," Holcomb says. "If we get into a situation where someone is flaunting, we’ll have to address that on a case-by-case basis.”

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s "Stay-At-Home" order comes as the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to grow in Indiana. One economist says Holcomb’s actions are less far-reaching than other states and could help the economy take less of a hit.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a statewide “Stay-At-Home” order for Indiana Monday. While there are new restrictions across the state, there are a number of things you can do and businesses that can stay open. 

Gov. Holcomb's 'Stay-At-Home' Order For Indiana Takes Effect At 11:59pm

Mar 23, 2020

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he signed an executive order to require Hoosiers to stay at home unless it is an essential errand, work or business effort as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

The order is in effect from March 25-April 6.

"It is spreading to all counties," Holcomb said.

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health released info late Tuesday regarding a new executive order signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in the ongoing response to COVID-19.

Indiana Governor Letting School Districts Decide On Closings

Mar 13, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's governor says he's leaving the decision on whether schools should be closed to local leaders, even as his top health official acknowledged uncertainty over how widespread the coronavirus is in the state.

Dozens of school districts have closed for at least two weeks, and the Indiana high school boys basketball tourney was called off Friday.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is warning people to take precautions seriously to slow the spread of the virus. Indiana has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 illness.

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Health care facilities that perform abortions will now have procedures to follow for burying and cremating fetal remains based on legislation headed to the governor’s desk.

It’s the only abortion-related bill that advanced this session.

Hands-Free Driving Law Heads To Governor Holcomb

Mar 10, 2020
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Indiana is just the stroke of a pen away from becoming the 22nd state to ban cell phone use while driving unless hands-free.

The House and Senate overwhelmingly sent the bill to the governor Tuesday.

The bill says people can’t hold or use their cell phones while driving unless utilizing hands-free or voice-activated technology.

Indiana Governor Backs Path For Forcing Out Attorney General

Mar 6, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor is endorsing a proposal that could force the state's attorney general from office over allegations that he drunkenly groped four women.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said Thursday that he supports a bill endorsed by the Indiana House that would prohibit anyone whose law license has been suspended for at least 30 days from serving as attorney general.

Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill is awaiting the state Supreme Court's decision on a recommendation that he face a minimum 60-day suspension.