Indiana

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Indiana collected far more in taxes last month than even recent rosy projections anticipated, which leaves the state well-positioned heading into the final month of the current fiscal year.

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The Hoosier Lottery is on track to break sales and revenue records this year, delivering more money than ever back to the state.

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Indiana opened registration to all Hoosiers 16 and older on March 31. Following federal approval, the state expanded eligibility to Hoosiers 12 and older on May 13.

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Local health officials across Indiana can no longer impose emergency rules stricter than the state’s after Republicans overrode the governor’s veto. Local legislative bodies – county commissioners or city councils – will have to enact those restrictions instead.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 73 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,937 confirmed deaths. The state also reported nearly 8,000 new cases in the last week.

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The latest update to the state’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map shows several counties across Northern Indiana, including Elkhart County, in the more-serious “orange” category.

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State leaders will provide an update on House Bill 1001, Indiana’s two-year budget .

Gov. Eric Holcomb will be joined by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, House Speaker Todd Huston, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, Rep. Tim Brown, Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means; Sen. Ryan Mishler, Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations; and Office of Management and Budget Director Cris Johnston.

Watch live here:

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A bill that aims to help communities with failing septic systems connect to city water and sewer service is heading to Governor Holcomb’s desk.

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A photo of the Capitol building in Washington D.C., the night after rioters violently occupied the Capitol in January 2021. (Courtesy of Garret VanHoy)

A heavy metal guitarist from Indiana has become the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

He's expeceted from federal custody soon according to an order setting conditions for his release post to the public docket.

Autism Awareness

Apr 14, 2021

Last year the Indiana Department of Education counted almost 17,000 students with autism spectrum disorders.

Today we talk about the prevalence of ASD in Indiana, and talk to educators about teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorders as well as educating others about ASD. We also talk about the impact of acceptance and inclusiveness for individuals with ASD.

Produced by Tim Brouk.

Guests:

Aaron Wallace
Associate Director of Education, Dynamic Minds Academy

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A bill that originally aimed to remove protections for Indiana’s wetlands has undergone some big and somewhat contradictory changes.

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Indiana legislative leaders are planning to postpone the official end date of the 2021 session by several months because, they say, of delays around redistricting.

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A bill prioritizing monument protection heads to the governor. A controversial elections measure dramatically scaled back. And legislation eliminating handgun licenses shot down in the Senate.

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Indiana Senate Republicans unveiled their $36 billion two-year state budget proposal Thursday – making a number of changes to the House’s K-12 funding plan and focusing heavily on one-time spending.

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A House committee dramatically scaled back a controversial bill Thursday that would have imposed new voter identification requirements on absentee ballot applications.

23.7% Of Hoosiers Fully Vaccinated

Apr 8, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say nearly a quarter of Indiana residents age 16 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Indiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard showed Wednesday that a total of 1,291,190 Hoosiers — or 23.7% of Indiana’s residents who are at least 16 — have been fully vaccinated. Another 1,827,696 first doses of vaccine have been administered statewide. State officials made all state residents age 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on March 31.

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The Indiana House made a final vote of approval Tuesday on legislation directed at the Indiana State Teachers Association. Now, with a stroke of the governor’s pen, it would become a law critics say is an attempt to weaken the state’s largest teacher union.

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Black vultures have been harassing and sometimes killing calves, costing Indiana cattle farmers money. Purdue University researchers need farmers’ help to study the problem so they can come up with solutions.

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The Indiana Department of Health’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map shows fewer counties in the least serious “blue” category for the second week in a row.

All WVPE listener counties are now in the “yellow” category this week, except for LaGrange and Pulaski County. They’re still in the blue, which indicates the lowest spread of the virus.

 

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Members of the religious coalition Faith in Indiana gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday to do two things: call on Gov. Eric Holcomb to use part of Indiana’s share of the American Rescue Plan on gun violence intervention programs, and ask for a summer study committee to revisit proposed legislation for driving cards.

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A bill telling pregnant workers they can ask for workplace accommodations without retaliation is one step away from becoming law after it passed a final vote in the General Assembly.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Indiana Republican lawmakers to change the way local health officials are allowed to do their jobs during a public emergency.

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Religious organizations would be shielded from many health orders in future public emergencies under legislation approved by the House Tuesday.

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House lawmakers voted Tuesday to prioritize protecting monuments and statues across the state, even cutting off some funding from local governments that don’t.

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Indiana doctors would be forced to tell patients about so-called “abortion reversal” protocols under legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday.

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Republican lawmakers want to require an extra check of a voter’s identification on absentee ballot applications. Supporters say it’s about election security. Opponents argue it will unfairly cost some Hoosiers their vote.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana’s most prominent corporations is criticizing an Indiana proposal that opponents maintain will make mail-in voting more difficult by requiring voters to submit identification numbers with their ballot applications. The bill’s Republican sponsors say the proposal is aimed at preventing voter fraud by having similar voter ID requirements for mail voting as the state requires of people casting ballots in-person at polling sites. Eli Lilly and Co.

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Monday night was the last game of March Madness, but Indy’s hospitality industry hopes this NCAA financial boost is just a start. The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is the last hotel hosting teams. It now looks to the future of how the 2021 tourism and convention season will define this year’s business outlook.

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Legislation headed to the governor’s desk would allow lawmakers to call themselves into special session during a public emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elkhart Co. Extends Face Mask Mandate

Apr 5, 2021

The Elkhart Co. Health Officer has extended the county's face mask mandate through May 14th. 

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