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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) says nine more Hoosiers have died from flu-related illness. ISDH confirms a total of 31 flu-related deaths this season in a report released Friday.

15 cases were people age 65 years or older. ISDH says children under five, adults over 65 and people with chronic diseases like asthma or diabetes are at higher risk.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box says the flu season is well underway and she expects it will likely get worse in coming weeks.

Cruise Line: Grandpa Leaned Out Window Before Girl's Fall

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MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean Cruises says an Indiana man charged with negligent homicide in his young granddaughter’s fatal fall from a cruise ship window leaned out of that window for several seconds before he lifted the child up to it and she fell.

The cruise line’s Jan. 8 court filing comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the parents of Chloe Wiegand accusing Royal Caribbean of negligence in her fatal plunge from the 11th floor window in July in Puerto Rico.

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has declined to declare an emergency at Lake Michigan beaches that have been eroded by high water levels and storms.

Tyler Trent's Cells Lead To Groundbreaking Therapy

Jan 17, 2020
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Researchers at Indiana University have found a new therapy that significantly slows tumor growth in some cells. It was developed from cells donated by Tyler Trent, a Purdue University student with bone cancer who died last year.

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It’s been exactly 100 years since Indiana approved the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

Hundreds of people – most of them women – celebrated the historic anniversary at the Statehouse Thursday with state legislators and officials, including Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the fourth woman to hold that office. Crouch says while 2020 is a time to celebrate women’s democratic achievements, there’s still work to be done.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging an Indiana university breached its contract by providing substandard living assignments to thousands of students staying in residential halls where mold was found.

Circuit Court Judge Holly Harvey's ruling comes as Indiana University's residence centers Foster and McNutt are being renovated, where mold was a problem during the 2018-19 school year.

Those projects made more than 2,000 beds unavailable at the residence halls forcing students to live off campus.

Indiana Gov. Holcomb Keeps Padding Huge Campaign Cash Lead

Jan 15, 2020
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has continued adding to his already huge campaign cash advantage over his potential Democratic rivals.

New state campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show the Republican governor raised nearly $2 million in the last six months of 2019, leaving him with about $7.25 million in the bank for his 2020 reelection bid.

The governor’s fundraising dwarfs that of the two Democratic candidates, health care business executive Woody Myers and tech business executive Josh Owens.

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In recent weeks, Puerto Rico has suffered dozens of earthquakes – the strongest one with a magnitude of 6.4 – leaving the residents of the island without electricity, some without water and hundreds have lost their homes.

Barbara Laboy, a native from Puerto Rico living in Indianapolis, is working with her husband to help send help in the form of supplies to Puerto Rico. 

“Bueno ahora mismo yo tengo familia durmiendo en parques,” Laboy says. "[Well, right now I have family sleeping in parks.]"

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Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued a call to arms for everyone involved in the state’s justice system in her annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday.

Rush hailed much of the work that’s already been done in Indiana – from problem-solving courts to improved court technology to pretrial and criminal justice reform. But she also urged the state to push further in those efforts.

“Some people need to be incarcerated. More people just need help," Rush says. "A strong justice system must do both.”


A Senate committee Wednesday passed its own version of a bill to raise the legal smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21.

The Senate bill differs slightly from its House counterpart. Both measures create harsher penalties on retailers who sell tobacco products to underage buyers – something Indiana State Medical Association President Lisa Hatcher says is vital.

Man Who Is Indiana's Oldest State Employee Retiring At 102

Jan 15, 2020
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A 102-year-old man who is Indiana's oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it's time to go.”

Bob Vollmer plans to report to work for the last time Feb. 6 as a surveyor for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

He joined the DNR in 1962.

The World War II veteran still travels Indiana collecting technical field data and confirming boundary lines for DNR-managed properties, but he says that his body is telling him it's time to retire.

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The Indiana House has voted to eliminate the last remaining township assessor offices around the state.

House members voted 53-44 Tuesday in favor of the bill abolishing the 13 township assessor offices that remain in nine counties.

The bill would transfer to county assessor offices those duties for determining the value of buildings and land for property taxes.

The 13 township assessor offices remain after voters decided to retain them in 2008 referendums allowed under a law that abolished more than 950 such offices across the state.

Indiana Councilman Says He Regrets Remarks About Muslims

Jan 15, 2020

An Indiana city council member who made insulting comments about Muslims on social media in 2015, years before he was elected, says he regrets posting those remarks and no longer holds those views.

Greg Jones is a Republican member of the Kokomo Common Council.

The Kokomo Tribune reports he posted incendiary remarks about Muslims and their religious beliefs on Facebook in June 2015, four years before he was elected to the council in the city about 40 miles north of Indianapolis. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb proposed a new plan to free up state dollars for teacher pay in his State of the State address Tuesday. That plan could be implemented this year – but Holcomb wants to wait for 2021.

Republicans insist that further efforts to boost educator salaries must wait until the 2021 budget session. Holcomb’s new plan (targeted for next year) would use one-time dollars to pay down part of a teacher pension fund.

In turn, $50 million a year will be generated to redirect to teacher pay,” Holcomb says.

Eli Lilly Announces Two Discounted Insulin Pens

Jan 14, 2020
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Eli Lilly announced plans Tuesday to offer less expensive versions of two of the company’s insulin pens, eight months after introducing a reduced-price liquid insulin. 

State and federal lawmakers have criticized drug companies for a jump in insulin costs in recent years.

The company plans to sell discounted versions of Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen and Junior Humalog Junior KwikPen for 50 percent less than current list price. Both pens will be available by mid-April. The insulin will carry a list price around $265 for a package of five.