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Elkhart County Drops Fines For Face Mask Non-Compliance

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Elkhart County Commissioners today voted to drop the potential for fines for non-compliance with the county's face mask health order. The county is also bringing its guidance in sync with the state's current guidance as it relates to the size of social gatherings. 

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 168 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,310 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 5,500 new cases in the last week.

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As of Wednesday, Hoosier educators became eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine through federal pharmacies, and some local school districts have already organized clinics for teachers and staff.

South Bend Community Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings says the school district partnered with the Meijer on Portage Road to offer over 1,100 shots to staff members at a clinic on Thursday.


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Public school leaders and educators across Indiana are sending a message to lawmakers in protest of school choice legislation at the Statehouse, with several school boards passing formal resolutions in opposition to the measures.

Reflections: How A Year Of COVID-19 Affected America

Mar 5, 2021

It's been a year since the COVID crisis started to dominate our lives. To mark that milestone, our journalists revisited their reporting and collected some significant moments. 

The past 12 months are unlike any other in memory. Everyone in the U.S. has been impacted by this pandemic — in big ways or small ones. We’ve all adjusted in ways that are difficult,  and even the most minor day-to-day sacrifices can become exhausting.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb was jabbed with the COVID-19 vaccine shot as the state's first mass vaccination clinic opened Friday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Holcomb sat wearing a face mask in the front passenger seat of an SUV while getting the shot in his right arm of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine being given during the drive-through clinic.

Agreement Could Free Robert Indiana's Estate From Lawsuit

Mar 5, 2021
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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A New York-based copyright holder that sued the late artist Robert Indiana a day before his death has reached a settlement with his estate and the foundation set up to transform the artist's home into museum. The settlement, disclosed this week, brings the legal wrangling over the estate of the artist known for his iconic "LOVE" series closer to an end. The agreement, which has not been made public, would become effective in May upon settling of a final detail.

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State lawmakers heard from experts on Thursday on what Indiana utilities and regional grid operators are doing to prevent blackouts like the ones in Texas. In many ways comparing the two states’ energy systems is like apples and oranges.

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Indiana small businesses – particularly in the hospitality industry – are a step closer to getting help from the state to recover from the pandemic.

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President Joe Biden has opened up federal COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to K-12 teachers and child care workers, with many in Indiana already making plans to get their shot at federal pharmacy program sites.

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Some Hoosiers are finding out money from their income tax refunds are being taken by the Department of Workforce Development to pay off unemployment benefits they received by mistake. However, the department has suspended other types of collections during the public health emergency declared by the governor.

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The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, responsible for helping get companies to locate and add more jobs in the state, will soon have a new leader. 

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Goshen Community Schools has announced plans for a return to in-person learning Monday through Friday for students in 6th-12th grade starting March 15. 

Court Speeds Up Decision On Endangered Bat Protections

Mar 4, 2021
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A court has ordered the federal government to decide whether the northern long-eared bat should be listed as an endangered species by the end of next year. Because of the deadly fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, the bat’s numbers have gotten dangerously low.

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Hoosier K-12 teachers and child care workers can now get the COVID-19 vaccine through a federal program, outside of the state’s plan.

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Indiana’s average unemployment rate in 2020 – 7.1 percent – increased nearly 4 percentage points compared to the year before. Keep in mind: many economists say, due to problems with data collection, it could be even higher.

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NEW: Gov. Eric Holcomb just announced Indiana has lowered the age eligibility threshold for getting the COVID-19 vaccine to age 50 as of today. 

Hoosiers can visit and select a location from one of nearly 400 clinics around the state.

Holcomb announces he is getting his vaccination this Friday. Holcomb also says that based on an announcement from the Biden administration, teachers will be able to get vaccinated through the federal pharmacy program.

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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. 


Most Americans who have used their homes to work remotely in the past year won’t be eligible to claim a tax deduction for home-related work expenses – even if they haven’t stepped foot in an office since March.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, many people who would otherwise have to report to work in person began working from home. And while it’s common for self-employed workers to claim deductions related to their home office workspaces, most American workers don’t actually qualify.

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Indiana opened registration beyond first responders and health care workers on Jan. 8, allowing Hoosiers 80 and older to schedule appointments for vaccines. On March 2, the state expanded that to Hoosiers 55 and older.

Indiana High Court Splits Over Revealing Execution Drugs

Mar 2, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Correction faces paying more than $500,000 in legal fees in its unsuccessful fight to keep its execution drugs secret. A 2-2 split among Indiana Supreme Court justices leaves in place a lower court ruling that ordered the prison agency to release the information. The Supreme Court’s order issued last week also means the state must pay the legal fees of an anti-death penalty attorney who has been seeking information about Indiana’s lethal injection drugs for seven years.


The Concord School Board voted Monday night to approve a resolution calling on Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to prioritize teachers and school staff for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. 

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St. Joseph County was recently recognized for being “solar-friendly” and for protecting pollinator habitats in its development projects. The county received the SolSmart Gold designation for meeting national benchmarks to encourage the growth of solar energy. 

SolSmart helps local governments meet those national benchmarks by streamlining zoning approvals and reviewing planning and zoning guidelines. St. Joseph County was recognized for having efficient permitting and zoning processes and training staff on solar energy codes, among other things.

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Hoosiers likely won’t be getting speeding tickets from highway speed cameras anytime soon. That’s after House Bill 1465 to create a pilot program for such cameras is all but dead this session.

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) officially launched his bid for another six years in the U.S. Senate.

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Middle and high school students in the South Bend Community School Corporation could soon return to a four-day week of in-person classes. The school board approved a pilot program at its meeting on Monday, March 1.

Edison and Jefferson Middle School and Riley and Adams High School will be the first to send students back for a four-day week.


Chief Academic Officer Brandon White said the schools were chosen since their principals had already contacted him and expressed interest in participating in a pilot program. 


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The South Bend Community School Board approved the beginnings of a plan to turn around two underperforming elementary schools at its meeting Monday night.


Today Notre Dame announced it will be offering a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic later this month at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

BREAKING NEWS: Indiana has just lowered the age at which Hoosiers are eligible for the 

COVID-19 vaccine to 55 and up.

BREAKING: Indiana Lowers Age Eligibility For COVID-19 Vaccine To 55

Mar 2, 2021


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana residents age 55 to 60 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. It's the latest expansion of the state’s vaccine rollout. The Indiana Department of Health also announced Tuesday the opening of three mass vaccination sites through partnerships with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg. The clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday. To schedule a vaccine, Hoosiers can visit and select a location from one of nearly 400 clinics around the state.