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President Joe Biden repeatedly emphasized a need to better compete with China during his first address to Congress. That’s a message U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) has been preaching for a while.

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Everyone age 16 and older has been able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana for over a month now, but only at designated vaccination sites or clinics. Health officials in St. Joseph County are now working to get the vaccines into local doctors’ offices.

St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said making vaccines available at the doctor’s office will remove barriers for people who aren’t comfortable with the state’s online registration system, or who don’t have reliable transportation to a vaccination site.


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People who were recently released from prison often have a hard time getting hired. But some northern Indiana companies are looking to hire those returning citizens to fill gaps in their workforce. 

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Voters in the Elkhart Community School district will decide whether to pass the district’s $122-million-dollar referendum on Tuesday.

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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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A memorial at Lucas Oil Stadium over the weekend honored the eight killed in a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility. Gov. Eric Holcomb and other elected officials shared letters, video messages and prayers.

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There’s another lawsuit seeking to strike down a new Indiana law that gives lawmakers more power to act during a public emergency.

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita wants Gov. Eric Holcomb’s lawsuit against the General Assembly to stop before it goes any further.

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Indiana lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session with huge amounts of new money for schools and a controversial expansion of school choice, but several other education policy changes have been signed into law that aren't related to the budget.

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Indiana is likely headed to court over abortion legislation again after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s latest anti-abortion measure into law.

Governor Signs Controversial Wetlands Bill Into Law

Apr 30, 2021
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Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a controversial bill into law that takes away state protections for many of Indiana’s wetlands.

President Joe Biden focused his first address to Congress on pitching his two latest policy proposals: the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.

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Indiana lawmakers are calling the budget they passed this legislative session "historic," largely because of the education funding included in it, but the General Assembly also made substantial changes to school accountability that give local leaders more control to address poor school performance.

Stan Wruble, head of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, resigned Thursday to take a job outside of the county.

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As a recent state report shows, the rate of Hoosier high school graduates going to college is at its lowest point in recent history.  For some, it’s the cost keeping them out of classrooms.  And a surprisingly high cost is textbooks.  But an Indiana initiative is trying to change that, by encouraging college professors to use free open-source textbooks.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has understandably drawn focus away from other public health issues over the last year. But, as the pandemic begins to wane, South Bend city and neighborhood leaders are re-focusing on efforts to combat lead contamination.


Over 80 percent of the housing in South Bend was built before 1978, when the federal goverment banned lead-based paint.


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Labor unions and local officials across Indiana recognized an annual Workers Memorial Day on Wednesday. One event in South Bend unveiled a memorial to essential workers who died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toyota is investing $803 million to further expand its facility in southwest Indiana. This is the most recent major investment the Japanese automaker has made over the last few years.

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The Indiana Department of Health is asking state vaccine providers to accept walk-in appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. That’s as demand has dropped off. 

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Indiana lags behind the national average for COVID-19 vaccines, with just less than 27 percent of the state’s total population fully vaccinated. When pointing to more rural zip codes, health officials said they’re working with the Indiana Rural Health Association to help improve vaccination rates. 


The latest update to Indiana’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map shows a mix of improving and worsening conditions, locally. 


Three counties in the WVPE listening area are in the “orange” category, which indicates high spread of the coronavirus. Elkhart and LaPorte counties maintained their orange status from last week, while LaGrange County moved to the orange from the less-serious “yellow” category.


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Indiana University’s Janet McCabe will officially become the deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment to the second highest position at the agency on Tuesday by a vote of 52-42.

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Journalists at the Indianapolis Star and the South Bend Tribune are criticizing corporate owner Gannett for race and gender pay gaps. They say the disparities were uncovered when 14 unionized papers analyzed combined wage data to publish a nationwide study

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The Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend will turn 100 next year, and as the anniversary approaches, city leaders are planning for the theater’s next 100 years.

The city’s Venues, Parks & Arts department announced a $30 million fundraising campaign on Tuesday to coincide with the theater’s centennial.


That money will help fund a massive expansion of the building, including a parking garage and a reimagined outdoor plaza. 


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Gov. Eric Holcomb sued the Indiana General Assembly Tuesday over legislation that would give lawmakers more authority to intervene during a public emergency.

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Elkhart County hospital officials are urging community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the county’s hospitals once again near capacity.

In a video message to the community, Elkhart General Hospital's Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Michelle Bache, said the hospital’s inpatient census has increased by 68 percent in just the past week.


“We are approaching inpatient numbers that haven’t been seen since the very beginning of the year,” she said.

Holcomb Vetoes Bill Requiring Label On E15 Gasoline

Apr 27, 2021
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Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed a law that would require gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be labeled at the pump. E15 gas can harm the engines of cars built before 2001, as well as some motorcycles, boats and lawnmowers.

Holcomb said the Environmental Protection Agency already requires E15 to be labeled and called Senate Enrolled Act 303 an “unnecessary and confusing” additional layer of government.


Many trees and shrubs have burst into bloom lately, and as nice as they may be to look at, not all of them are good for the environment – some are invasive, meaning they outcompete native species and upset the local ecosystem.

The South Bend Common Council moved to ban some of those invasive plant species at its meeting on Monday.

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Fewer high school graduates in Indiana are enrolling in college according to a recent report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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Indiana will remain at nine congressional districts for the next decade after national and state census figures were released Monday.