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Pence To Return To Indiana Following Biden Inauguration

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will be returning to his southern Indiana hometown Wednesday afternoon following the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The Indiana Republican Party says the former Indiana governor and his wife Karen are expected to attend Biden’s inauguration and will then fly into the Columbus Municipal Airport, where they will be greeted by some supporters. Pence grew up in Columbus and some family members still live there.

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More than 62 percent of the state’s total deaths have been reported since Indiana moved to Stage 5 of its reopening plan on Sept. 26.

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The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Indiana for how it has handled special education during the pandemic.

Baby Born On Toll Road

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Indiana State Police say a trooper helped with the birth of a baby on the Toll Road in LaPorte County last Friday. The baby, the family and the trooper are all reportedly doing fine. 

(You can read more in the Indiana State Police release below.)

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Indianapolis-based design firm Performance Services has been chosen to build the consolidated Elkhart County Courts facility. The County Commissioners approved the partnership at their biweekly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Last week, the county’s Technical Review Committee interviewed project teams and ranked them using factors like local participation and courthouse facility experience. Out of three finalists, Performance Services scored the highest.


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The Indiana Department of Health and the Department of Homeland Security will open a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Bend this weekend, with 1,200 doses available over two days.

St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Bob Einterz said the state likely received a small increase in its allotment of doses, and is opening the clinic to ensure those extra shots make it into people’s arms.


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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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South Bend and St. Joseph County leaders asked “Where Do We Go from Here?” at the 35th annual Martin Luther King Day program on Monday, Jan. 18. 


Darryl Heller, Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at Indiana University South Bend, gave a virtual keynote speech addressing that question.


“Where we want to go from here is back to something resembling normal," he said. "We cannot – and should not – settle for normal. Where we go from here needs to be better: more honest, more just and more inclusive.”

Elkhart City leaders recognized the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 18, with a gathering at the Civic Plaza. 

(You can read the full release from the City of Elkhart below.)

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American farmers continue to be more optimistic about their current situation even during an ongoing pandemic. The December Purdue Ag Economy Barometer survey results reflect improvements in trade and government aid.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI says a heavy metal guitarist who was photographed with the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and is accused of spraying police officers with a pepper-based bear spray irritant has been arrested. The agency says Jon Ryan Schaffer turned himself in Sunday after he was featured on an FBI poster seeking the public's help in identifying rioters.

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No one showed up Sunday for a “Stop The Steal” rally at the Indiana Statehouse despite FBI warnings of armed protests planned for all 50 state capitols.

Tribute In Indy Is "Shining A Light" On MLK Legacy

Jan 16, 2021
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A special "Shinning A Lights" presentation honors Martin Luther King Jr. is seen on the side of the Indianapolis Power & Light Company downtown headquarters, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Indianapolis. Guests can hear part of the I Have a Dream speech with photos. 

Bond Revoked For NW Indiana Man Charged In Capitol Riots

Jan 16, 2021

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal magistrate has revoked the bond for a northwest Indiana man awaiting sentencing in a gang-related case after the FBI charged him for allegedly taking part in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. The magistrate granted the federal government’s motion Thursday to revoke bond for 32-year-old Kash Lee Kelly. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports the government’s request came after the FBI charged the Hammond man with unlawful entry to a restricted area and other charges for allegedly joining Donald Trump supporters in storming the U.S. Capitol.


A bicyclist died in South Bend Friday after colliding with a semi. 

One-Time Indiana Home Of 9th U.S. President Being Restored

Jan 16, 2021
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VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — The one-time Indiana home of the nation's ninth president is getting a $1.2 million restoration that will spruce up the more than 200-year-old mansion's main floor with new windows and porches. Contractors recently started working on Grouseland, the Vincennes residence that was William Henry Harrison's home when he was governor of the Indiana Territory. Harrison was elected U.S. president in 1840.

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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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St. Joseph County and South Bend City officials were able to offer some positive news at their biweekly COVID-19 update on Friday, Jan. 15. 


The county’s Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox says the county’s 7-day rolling average of new cases has improved steadily since Thanksgiving, and the post-holiday “bump” in new daily cases has not been dramatic. 


He also says county hospitalizations are at their lowest point since the beginning of October.


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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A Kentucky woman says she was fired from her nursing job at a southwestern Indiana hospital after posting on Facebook that she had entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots. Lori Vinson of Morganfield, Kentucky, says she was fired on Jan. 8 by Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville, Indiana. She says the paperwork states that she was terminated for admitting to engaging in criminal behavior at a high profile event, while her Facebook account revealed her employer.


There is a body of laws that dictates what has to happen in the time between a new president's election and when they take office. More importantly, there’s a host of democratic norms that – if followed – will make the transition a smooth one.

This year, though, many of those norms have been broken.


Elkhart County Teen Sentenced To 63 Years For Murder

Jan 15, 2021

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A teenager who was 13 when accused of killing another youth in northern Indiana was sentenced Thursday to 63 years in prison. Alphonso James III, now 16, was convicted of murder in the death of 18-year-old Jaren Minies in Elkhart last September. Minies was shot multiple times during a dispute over a gun, money and a video game system. Elkhart Circuit Judge Michael Christofeno found James guilty in a bench trial last year. Christofeno sentenced James on Thursday to the 55-year advisory prison term for murder plus eight years for aggravating circumstances.

Photo Of The Week - Winter Grazing

Jan 14, 2021
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WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features a snowy pasture. Thanks to Neil Boston who captured this image outside of Bristol on January 3rd. He says he took the photos with a Pixel 5 phone. The picture could be a timeless image. 

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

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Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken.

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A legislative committee hearing this week was disrupted when dozens of people who showed up to testify refused to wear masks – which are required in the Statehouse.

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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.

Goshen Community Schools announced it will allow upper-level students to return to in-person learning after the Martin Luther King holiday on Jan. 18. That’s despite Elkhart County’s return to the “red” on the state’s county-by-county COVID-19 tracking map.


Starting Jan. 19, Goshen students grades 7-12 will return to in-person learning four days a week, with a virtual learning day on Wednesday. 


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A state House bill aims to stop Indiana cities from banning gas stoves and other natural gas equipment in new homes and businesses. Cities in states like California, Ohio, and Massachusetts have passed such ordinances because of climate concerns.

600 Indiana Guard Troops Going To DC To Aid Biden Security

Jan 14, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 600 Indiana National Guard soldiers are being sent to Washington, D.C., to help with security for next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. State officials said Wednesday they were also monitoring possible armed protests but didn’t yet have any threats of violence at Indiana locations. Gov. Eric Holcomb said he had authorized 625 Guard soldiers going to Washington from Saturday until two days after Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal inmate who could be executed less than a week before President Donald Trump leaves office was a gang member who was sentenced to death for the slayings of seven people in Richmond, Virginia, in 1992. Corey Johnson is one of three members of the Newtowne gang who received the death penalty under a federal law that targets large-scale drug traffickers. Johnson was scheduled to die Thursday at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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The seven Republican and two Democratic U.S. Representatives from Indiana did not break with their respective parties Wednesday, in an historic House vote that saw President Donald Trump impeached for the second time.

The House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump after a few hours of debate that were divided evenly between the parties. 

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was one of only four attorneys general who refused to sign a letter from a national bipartisan group of state and territory officials condemning the insurrection at the United States Capitol last week.

Rokita said he didn’t sign because the National Association of Attorneys General didn’t release a similar letter following national unrest last summer.