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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. 

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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.

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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.

More Than 100 Groups Ask Holcomb To Veto Wetlands Bill

Apr 26, 2021
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More than 100 groups are asking the governor to veto a bill that would remove protections for many of the state’s wetlands. They delivered a letter to Holcomb on Monday. The signatures include city leaders as well as groups representing environmentalists, wildlife advocates, hunters, and more.

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Indiana high school students taking career and technical courses like cosmetology and welding are wrapping up a statewide competition this week. Due to the pandemic, it looks a little different this year as students compete virtually.

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Indiana University’s new president-elect, Pamela Whitten, began a tour of IU’s regional campuses in South Bend this week. 

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Newly-appointed Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan announced Monday she will run in next year’s election to keep that position.

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At a time when more Hoosiers are getting outside, the legislature has made even more budget cuts to Indiana’s underfunded and understaffed environmental agencies.

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Apple plans to invest $100 million to build a new state-of-the-art distribution center in central Indiana as a part of its Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 49 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,864 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 6,700 new cases in the last week.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) are asking Hoosiers living in the 574 and 219 area codes to start dialing area codes when making all phone calls.  

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday it is lifting its pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following federal guidance.

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An ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips is causing automobile makers in Indiana to temporarily halt production. The problem is highlighting continued issues with the global supply chain.

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One of Indiana’s largest coal plants is expected to close in the next seven years. Indiana Michigan Power had already planned to close half of the Rockport coal plant in Spencer County. But until now, the fate of the plant’s other half was up in the air.

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As the legislative session came to a close, lawmakers chose not to expand a program aimed at helping the state’s most impoverished families. Policy groups say a change is direly needed since Indiana’s benefits reach the fewest families of all Midwestern states. 

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Lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a $37 billion state budget. Unemployment benefits will be taxed. And a ban on vaccine passports.

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St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox expressed concern at the county's COVID-19 update on Friday that vaccinations in the county might be plateauing.

 

He said there are now 30 distribution sites around the county, and enough available appointments for everyone who wants a shot to be able to get one.

 

However, he said the county’s vaccination rate still isn’t rising as steeply as it has been over the last several weeks.

 

A St. Joseph County measure that allows the health department to fine businesses for failing to enforce mask-wearing will officially stay in place until May 27. 

That’s after the County Council voted to override the Board of Commissioners’ veto on the measure Friday morning.

 

The fines only affect businesses, not individuals, and can only be levied for improper masking among employees, customers.

 

Following the conviction earlier this week of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who murdered Georgia Floyd, the South Bend chapter of Black Lives Matter held a virtual rally Thursday night in honor of Floyd and other victims of police shootings.

 

BLM – South Bend co-leader Jorden Giger said Chauvin’s conviction is cause for celebration. But, he also said that real justice would mean people like George Floyd and Eric Logan, who was shot and killed by a white South Bend police officer, would still be alive.

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