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Republicans called the 2021 legislative session “transformational.” Democrats were not quite so effusive with their praise. But everyone agrees it was a session no one will likely forget, impacted in every way by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hoosier lawmakers passed a ban on COVID-19 vaccine passports in the waning hours of the 2021 legislative session Thursday.

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Maybe the biggest surprise of the 2021 legislative session happened on its final day when a new, $37 billion state budget passed with almost no opposition.

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There are a number of ways the Environmental Protection Agency under President Joe Biden can help reduce pollution in Indiana. That was one takeaway from the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Earth Day panel discussion with two former EPA employees.

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Indiana will tax unemployment benefits received in 2020 as income in legislation headed to the governor. It comes after lawmakers debated a bill that would have temporarily waived the taxes in order to match a one-time federal tax break.

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Last week's mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis – and recent news of violence against Black youth at the hands of police – has left many communities reeling.

Concerns arose recently that South Bend police officers aren’t being properly trained on the department’s new Use of Force policy.

The new policy bans the use of chokeholds, emphasizes deadly force as a last resort and requires officers to report incidences of unreasonable force they've witnessed.

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It’s going to be a lot harder for local health officials to create and enforce temporary restrictions during a public emergency under legislation approved Wednesday.

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When the Board of Public Safety passed the final version of the Use of Force policy back in January, many community groups were still calling for stronger and more specific language around the use of deadly force. 

South Bend Mayor James Mueller presented the first of those changes at the Board of Public Safety meeting on Wednesday. He said after several meetings with community leaders, the document now has a new definition and set of examples for the term “imminent threat,” as well as for “feasible” and “proportional” force. 

 

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The Indianapolis 500 will bring fans back this May after having none at last year’s race, at 40 percent capacity.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Tuesday giving pregnant employees in state agencies the right to reasonable workplace accommodations. But he also signed a bill into law that tells private employers they don’t have to grant accommodations when their employees ask.

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Thousands more overweight trucks could be headed to Indiana highways soon under legislation on its way to the governor’s desk.

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The latest update to the state’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map shows several counties across Northern Indiana, including Elkhart County, in the more-serious “orange” category.

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has vetoed the county’s face mask fine measure, just a week after the County Council voted to extend it.

The measure allows the health department to fine businesses up to $250 for failing to enforce mask-wearing among employees. 

 

The County Council voted last week to keep the ordinance in place until the health department’s mask order expires at the end of May. 

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Tuesday afternoon former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three counts related to the death of George Floyd.

Floyd's death on Memorial Day 2020 sparked protests in Minneapolis that soon spread across the country and around the world. In Indianapolis and across the state, some protests turned into clashes with police and spanned multiple days.

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Indiana is among seven states selected to pilot a federal initiative to increase employment for those experiencing mental health conditions. The Department of Labor is calling it the “ASPIRE” initiative, short for Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state’s new, $37 billion state budget will be “transformational” for Indiana’s future.

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Legislative leaders are calling the new state budget a “historic win” for teachers, students and schools. Gov. Eric Holcomb and top Republican lawmakers announced the latest budget proposal Tuesday, which includes the state’s biggest investment in K-12 education — nearly $2 billion in state funding for schools over the next two years. 

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Indiana public schools will receive nearly $1.8 billion from the latest round of federal pandemic funding.

The estimated funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Act, and schools can use it to repay expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic through September 2024.

 

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State and local health officials kicked off a five-day mass vaccination clinic in Elkhart Tuesday morning by announcing the clinic now has enough vaccine supply to accept walk-in appointments.

Deputy State Health Commissioner Pam Pontones said the clinic at the Tolson Center can vaccinate between 500 and 600 people each day, enough to offer walk-in appointments to anyone who can’t easily schedule one. 

 

She said the walk-ins will hopefully help the county reach its younger population, where she says vaccine uptake has been lower.

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is extending the deadline for filing the federal application for student financial aid. 

Indiana’s public schools will receive nearly $1.8 billion to help recover from the pandemic as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the state announced today. This is the largest ever injection of federal funds to Indiana schools.

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Indiana’s Red Flag Law could have stopped 19 year-old Brandon Hole from legally buying the guns he used to kill eight people at a FedEx facility last week, but the Marion County Prosecutor said the law has significant limitations. 

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The head of Indiana’s Senate Democratic caucus called on legislative leaders to work together to help prevent gun violence after Thursday night's mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility.

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A bill that aims to help communities with failing septic systems connect to city water and sewer service is heading to Governor Holcomb’s desk.

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Hoosier mothers will be able to stay on Medicaid for up to 12 months after giving birth under a new coverage expansion. 

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Updated April 17 at 8:58 p.m.

Indianapolis police and the FBI continue to investigate why a 19-year-old man opened fire at a FedEx facility on the city's southwest side, killing eight people and injuring several others.

IMPD identified the gunman Friday afternoon as Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana. He was a former employee at the FedEx facility.

On Saturday Hole's family declined interview requests but issued a statement apologizing:

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Vigils for the victims of Thursday night’s mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis continued on Sunday, as people gathered both in Beech Grove and downtown to honor and mourn the lives of the eight individuals who died:

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Updated April 16 at 8:43 p.m.

Indianapolis police and the FBI continued Friday to investigate why a 19-year-old man opened fire at a FedEx facility on the city's southwest side, killing eight people and injuring several others.

Just after 8 p.m. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Coroner’s Office released the names of those killed in Thursday's shooting. Police said those who died were:

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