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The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus unveiled an expansive justice reform plan Thursday that reimagines policing across the state.

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The central Indiana region will need to withdraw almost 30 percent more water 50 years from now than it does today. That’s according to the first of several reports from the Indiana Finance Authority on the region’s water needs. 

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Attorneys for a Native American man set to be executed August 26th in Indiana say the government isn’t following proper execution protocols.

Lezmond Mitchell, a member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, was convicted of murdering a grandmother and her granddaughter in 2001.

Documents filed in Arizona Federal Court say the Bureau of Prisons is in violation of a 1937 statute that says: “The manner of inflicting the punishment of death shall be the manner prescribed by the laws of the State within which the sentence is imposed.”

Racial Justice Protesters Arrested In Kosciusko County

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Indiana State Police report they arrested three protesters from Milwaukee Wednesday for allegedly blocking traffic in Kosciusko County. The protest group is on a march for racial justice from Wisconsin to Washington DC for a national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington.  All three were taken to jail and later released. 

One of the group leaders, Frank Sensabaugh, posted a Facebook Live broadcast of what happened.  Sensabaugh also goes by the name Frank Nitty according to media reports out of Milwaukee. 

Holcomb Aims To Provide Some School Funding Certainty

Aug 12, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb and Republican legislative leaders want to provide schools with more certainty about funding for at least the first half of the new school year.

Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Quarantines After Exposure

Aug 12, 2020
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2 Indiana Cops Charged With Battery In Protesters' Arrests

Aug 12, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two Indianapolis police officers on battery and other charges following an investigation into allegations that they used excessive force while arresting demonstrators at a protest in May over the death of George Floyd. Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mear announced Wednesday that a grand jury indicted Johnathan Horlock and Nathanial Schauwecker. Horlock faces three counts of battery, official misconduct, perjury and obstruction. Schauwecker faces four counts of battery and two counts of official misconduct.

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says talks over another federal coronavirus relief package remain at an impasse.

ISP: Nappanee Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Aug 12, 2020
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Indiana State Police have announced the arrest of a Nappanee man on child porn charges. 

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UPDATE: On Wednesday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered state-regulated utilities to offer payment plans of at least six months for their customers. Late fees, disconnection fees and reconnection fees have also been suspended until Oct. 12. 

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It’s been one year since a northwest Indiana steel facility’s spill into a Lake Michigan waterway — which killed about 3,000 fish and forced beaches to close temporarily. The Environmental Law & Policy Center said ArcelorMittal’s pollution violations haven’t stopped in 2020. 

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Indiana's moratorium on evictions is set to expire this week and additional pandemic unemployment benefits have already ended, and schools are on edge for what it could mean for students with unstable housing. 

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Nearly 9 percent of students at a Delaware County school district have been quarantined after a single case of COVID-19 has been confirmed.

About 2,600 students attend Delaware Community Schools, which began in-person classes last Thursday.  Officials say a football player at Delta High School is the district’s only official positive COVID case.

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The National Weather Service out of North Webster, Indiana, has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down Monday night. Both were category EF-1 tornadoes. One touchdown occured six miles southwest of Wakarusa with maximum wind speeds of 110 miles per hour. The other touched down one mile north of North Webster with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour. 

99.7% Of ND Students Test COVID-19 Free

Aug 10, 2020

Monday, Aug. 10th was the first day of class for Notre Dame students. The university released data about the testing procedures the students on campus went through prior to coming to campus.

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Indiana wants Daleville Community Schools to repay $2.2 million in state funds connected to the inflated student enrollment at two shuttered virtual schools the district authorized.

In a special report relesaed Friday, the State Board of Accounts (SBOA) found Daleville did not independently verify enrollment counts related to fees it received from the virtual charter schools, nor did the district submit invoices for the fees to be paid.

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Nearly half of the state’s long-term care facilities have experienced at least one case of COVID-19 among residents, according to a significant data release today by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Of 754 facilities required to submit data, almost half or 344 have experienced at least one positive resident case.  At least one resident death has been reported by 235 facilities. During a press call yesterday, state health officials said they expected a public dashboard to be released next week. 

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The fight over vote-by-mail continues in Indiana as Gov. Eric Holcomb and Republicans remain opposed to expanding the system for this year’s fall election.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 60 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,835. The state announced more than 74,000 total confirmed cases – including four days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 841,000 Hoosiers tested.

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A street mural reading "Black Lives Matter" in Downtown Indianapolis was defaced over the weekend. On Sunday morning the artwork on Indiana Avenue was covered with splatters of gray paint.

Indy 10 Black Lives Matter organizer Leah Deeray posted a video on Instagram and described the vandalism as an expected response from those against their cause.

"It is still beautiful, we still love it. And yeah, we are going to keep fighting," Deeray said. "This mural did not stop anything. We are going to keep fighting."

Man Dies After Being Hit By Boat On Lake Wawasee

Aug 10, 2020
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SYRACUSE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a central Indiana man has been killed in a boating accident on Lake Wawasee. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says responders were dispatched around 6 p.m. Saturday to reports of a person being struck by a boat. Investigators say 20-year-old Nathaniel Mroz of Fortville was one of three people being pulled on a tube behind a boat when they were thrown off into the water. As the boat was trying to pick up the people, it hit Mroz. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. Mroz was wearing a life jacket.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of a powerful new supercomputer from Dell that will support a wide range of research. Purdue says the high-performance computer cluster called Anvil will significantly increase the capacity available to the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. It serves tens of thousands of researchers across the U.S. Purdue has been a partner in the project for the past nine years. Anvil will be funded by a $10 million Science Foundation grant.

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PERU, Ind. (AP) — Some Indiana campgrounds have been packed this summer with campers seeking a taste of the great outdoors following months of restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. John Cardwell owns the Hidden Creek Campground near the northern Indiana city of Peru. He says within a few weeks of opening the members-only campground this year all camping sites had been booked for the season. He told the Kokomo Tribune that people see camping as a safe getaway during the pandemic compared with staying in hotels or flying. State recreational areas are also seeing high demand.

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Via a Facebook post, the Elkhart Co. Health Dept. has announced another twist in the school reopening plan. The latest information is that schools *can* now choose to open for in-person instruction. This comes one day after the county's superintendents took part in a conference call with the county's health officer and were given the impression that they needed to move to online instruction only through September. 

Indiana Senate Leader Warns Less Funding For Schools Online

Aug 7, 2020
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Indiana On Pace To Deplete Jobless Benefits In September

Aug 7, 2020
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Indiana is getting more people with mental health and substance use disorders connected with “peer supports” – trained professionals who have personal experience with those challenges.

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Indiana schools are reopening for the new academic year, with some reporting cases of COVID-19 among staff or students, and the state's top school official says efforts to find people who have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus is proving difficult.

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Indiana workers’ union representatives rallied today, calling for Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun to support the HEROES Act before the Senate goes on a five-week vacation starting August 7.  

The rally began in Indianapolis in front Young’s office before moving to Braun’s.

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