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Republicans override another Gov. Eric Holcomb veto. A new revenue forecast projects billions more for the new state budget. And the latest anti-abortion measure is set to become law. 

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A photo of the Capitol building in Washington D.C., the night after rioters violently occupied the Capitol in January 2021. (Courtesy of Garret VanHoy)

A heavy metal guitarist from Indiana has become the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

He's expeceted from federal custody soon according to an order setting conditions for his release post to the public docket.

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In the wake of several recent shootings, many of them involving young people, South Bend community and city leaders led a peace march through part of the city’s west side on Friday. 

 

To date, the South Bend Police Department has responded to 36 shooting incidents, nine of which were fatal.

 

Speaking to the crowd, Imani Unidad Executive Director Debra Stanley said marches like this are a beginning, rather than an end. 

 

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The unemployment rate in Indiana continues to creep lower according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It estimates 3.9 percent of the state’s available labor force was unemployed in March, down just 0.1 percentage points from February. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted the statewide mask order last week. But experts say the municipalities and counties that have maintained some kind of mask order are helping keep cases and hospitalizations down.

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The Sierra Club has won a lawsuit against BP for pollution violations at its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana. The plant exceeded its limits for particle pollution from 2015 to 2018 and also failed to do required follow-up tests.

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Indiana's legislative leaders say school funding remains a top priority as the latest revenue forecast indicates an additional $2 billion available in the next state budget, and education groups are urging them to "go big" sending more money to K-12 schools.

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Republican lawmakers set up a potential court fight Thursday when they overrode Gov. Eric Holcomb’s recent veto of emergency powers legislation.

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Indiana lawmakers will have about $2 billion more to use in the new state budget after an updated projection of state tax revenues was unveiled Thursday.

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A bill that will give health care providers additional protections from COVID-19 liability lawsuits is on its way to the governor’s desk. Some trial lawyers worry the bill will limit Hoosiers from seeking legal action for their loved ones.

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A bill that would get rid of state protections for some wetlands in Indiana narrowly passed the Senate. There’s only one stop before the controversial bill becomes law — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk.

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One of the biggest debates of the COVID-19 pandemic has been when and how to open school buildings without putting more people at risk of infection, and a recent study finds a smaller than expected relationship between in-person schooling and the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana communities.

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Experienced professionals may soon have another pathway to become teachers in Indiana, under a bill lawmakers say is designed to help combat the teacher shortage. 

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After a year without minor league baseball, tickets went on sale today for the South Bend Cubs’ first games of 2021, brining with them the promise of a summer season.

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Indiana’s latest anti-abortion measure will likely soon become law after House legislators sent it to the governor Wednesday.

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A controversial bill that aimed to standardize where wind and solar farms could be located in the state was withdrawn in the state Senate on Tuesday. Despite a lot of changes to HB 1381, sponsors didn’t feel they could get the votes needed to pass it.

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For the first time in over two months, no WVPE listener counties are in the “blue” on the state’s color-coded COVID-19 tracking map.

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Businesses in St. Joseph County can still be fined up to $250 dollars for failing to enforce mask-wearing among employees. The County Council voted to keep the enforcement measure in place until the health department’s mask order expires on May 27. 

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Indiana lawmakers are fine-tuning a state law that forces school districts to offer vacated buildings to charter school organizations, despite an ongoing court challenge from schools.

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Pharmacists are often the first, and in some cases, the only health care providers in rural Indiana communities.

Combatting misinformation and hesitancy regarding COVID-19 vaccines has been one of their greatest challenges, and the FDA’s decision Tuesday to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could make that work even harder.

Trevor Thain is the President of Topeka Pharmacy in northern Indiana. He serves a rural community with fewer than 1,500 residents.  

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Despite more than 1.4 million Hoosiers fully vaccinated, the state is seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations. That’s because the state is in a race against more infectious variants. 

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Indiana’s new, two-year, $36 billion state budget is headed for its final negotiation phase after the Senate approved its version of the spending plan Tuesday.

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Indiana surpassed 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday. After weeks of declining cases, the state is seeing a slow uptick.

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High school courses in areas including cosmetology and culinary arts will keep their state funding in a version of the budget approved by the Senate after language that would’ve cut their funding was removed from the current budget bill.

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday it is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after national guidance to do so. The state is working to supply vaccination sites with other vaccines. 

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A bill that originally aimed to remove protections for Indiana’s wetlands has undergone some big and somewhat contradictory changes.

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The South Bend Common Council passed a resolution on Monday against voter suppression efforts from state and federal legislators.

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Indiana House lawmakers debated a ban on so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports Monday.

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More than 18,000 unaccompanied minors were taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, according to federal data. Many are fleeing dire situations in Mexico and Latin America. Some of the children may find foster homes in Indiana. 

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The Elkhart County Health Department has announced several opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccine over the next month:

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