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Hoosiers got likely their last chance this session to testify on the new, two-year, $36 billion state budget Thursday.

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Legislation is inching forward that tells employers they must respond to pregnant workers when they submit written requests for accommodations, but doesn’t require them to grant them. Advocates for pregnant women actively oppose HB 1309 that is headed to the Senate floor following a 6-4 vote in the committee. 

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It’s spring break season for area schools, just as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations begin to rise nationwide.

As of April 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still doesn’t recommend domestic or international travel, even for fully vaccinated people. But, St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said he expects many people to travel anyway.

 

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Indiana is supplying big businesses and higher education institutions with the COVID-19 vaccine, to help vaccinate their employees and students.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb will veto legislation that allows lawmakers to call themselves into special session during a public emergency.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is still dumping all statewide COVID-19 restrictions April 6, even as his top state health official warns of worsening spread.

Elkhart County health officials announced Wednesday the more contagious California variant of the coronavirus has been detected in the county. 

County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait also said Wednesday that she was awaiting the release of Governor Holcomb's executive order to make a decision about the county's mask mandate. 

(Read the full release from the health department below.)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill requiring Indiana doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment that could stop the abortion process is a step closer to approval in the Republican-dominated Legislature. The state Senate’s health committee voted 7-4 Wednesday to advance the proposal despite objections that it would force doctors to provide dubious information.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have advanced legislation that would make it easier to overturn local health orders or enforcement actions. The move comes amid complaints from conservatives about Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s statewide response to the coronavirus. The Senate bill creates a process allowing the public to appeal local health orders to county or city elected boards. Such orders can include citations, fines or an order to close a business. After an appeal is filed, the enforcement action is halted until the matter is resolved.

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The Indiana legislature is set to redraw boundaries for congressional and statehouse districts this year, but some groups argue that allowing legislators to draw their own districts is unfair. One of those groups has been seeking citizen feedback on redistricting, including from northern Indiana’s District 2. 

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Indiana's latest update to the county-by-county color-coded map is showing fewer counties in blue than lasat week. Blue is the color indicative of the least COVID-19 transmission. In the WVPE listening area, only LaGrange, Marshall and Pulaski counties are in blue this week. 

Two counties in east central Indiana are in orange. Last week only one county was in orange. 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has opened up COVID-19 vaccinations to all Hoosiers age 16 and older in the state’s latest expansion of its vaccination efforts days before it plans to lift a statewide mask mandate. Gov. Eric Holcomb had announced Wednesday’s planned vaccine expansion to those 16 and older last week, while also announcing plans to lift the mask mandate and remaining COVID-19 business restrictions on April 6.

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The percentage of small businesses saying they will have to possibly close in the next six months dropped from 25 percent last December to 13 percent in a recent survey, conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will hold a news conference to update Hoosiers on the state's efforts to combat COVID-19. 

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Environmental groups and some lawmakers worry a bill, HB 1436, could pressure regulators to approve pollution permits they would otherwise deny. The Hoosier Environmental Council said an amendment has dramatically improved the bill, but it could still have unintended consequences.

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St. Joseph County’s face mask mandate will stay in place until May 27, more than a month and a half after the statewide mask mandate ends on April 6. But, the measure may face some pushback from county leaders.

Andy Kostielney, president of the St. Joseph County Commissioners, said local mayors and business leaders wanted to see the health department’s mandate downgraded to an advisory. 

 

Second Juvenile Bald Eagle Fatally Shot In Western Indiana

Mar 30, 2021
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SHELBURN, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers are investigating the second shooting death of a juvenile bald eagle in western Indiana this year. Officers located the second dead eagle in a rural area of northern Sullivan County about 8 miles west of the town of Shelburn.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump recently rattled off the names of those he viewed as future leaders of the Republican Party, including Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz along with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Conspicuously absent from the list: Mike Pence. The former vice president is steadily reentering public life as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024. He’s writing op-eds, delivering speeches, preparing trips to key primary states and launching an advocacy group that will likely focus on promoting the Trump administration’s accomplishments.

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Middle school and high school students in the South Bend Community School Corporation will now have the option to return to full-time in-person learning after spring break.

After piloting the district’s reopening plan at two middle schools and two high schools earlier this month, the board voted to send all secondary students back at its meeting on Monday.

 

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Legislation that tells pregnant workers they can ask employers for workplace accommodations in writing and without retaliation will be heard in the Senate this week. But advocates for women say they'll oppose it, because it doesn’t require employers to provide them. 

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The Senate approved a bill Monday that allows the General Assembly to call itself into special session during a statewide public emergency – legislation that could be unconstitutional.

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Last fall, the City of South Bend, enFocus and the South Bend Community School Corporation partnered to provide internet access to students during the pandemic. Now, leaders say more than 1,700 of the district’s students are connected.

City officials say about 30 percent of South Bend residents don’t have adequate broadband access, which comes out to about 3,500 students who may struggle to participate in e-learning.

 

The St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. has just released information indicating the local face mask order will be extended through May 27. However, it appears the face mask order will end for good on May 27. The public health order says it will not be "renewed, revised or extended beyond May 27, 2021."

You can read more in the release below. 

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Indiana’s men’s basketball program reached into its storied past to try to revive a program that recently has failed to meet expectations, hiring former star player Mike Woodson as its head coach. 

 Mike Woodson may be a name unfamiliar to today’s players, but it is one that resonates with long-time fans of Indiana basketball.  And as the new head coach of the Hoosiers, Woodson is eager to remind the players of today what it means to play at Indiana.     “It’s going to be my job to bridge the gap between the young people who don’t know who coach Woodson is and the old timers who do know who I am,” Woodson said. 

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Hoosiers in northwest Indiana – and across northern Indiana – will soon have access to more COVID-19 vaccination opportunities. 

The Indiana Dept. of Health has announced another lowering of the age for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. As of today those 30 and older can sign up. 

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Monday morning, St. Joseph Co. health officials announced another new variant of the coronavirus has been detected in the county. 

Deputy County Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said the "California" variant is less contagious than the U.K. variant, which was identified in the county earlier this month. But, he said it’s still about 20 percent more contagious than the original strain, and it doesn’t seem to be as sensitive to the current vaccines.

 

Fox said that shouldn't stop people from getting their shots. He said they’ll still provide some protection, and will ultimately keep new variants from emerging.

 

“Even though this variant may not be as responsive to the vaccines, they will help decrease the conditions that allow different variants to flourish,” Fox said.

 

Fox said if community members want to stop the spread of more contagious variants, all they have to do is carefully follow the mitigation strategies – wearing a mask, washing their hands, and keeping their distance from anyone outside their household.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 81 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,617 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 6,000 new cases in the last week.

AP Source: Hoosiers To Hire Mike Woodson As Coach

Mar 28, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will hire former star player and longtime NBA coach Mike Woodson as its new head coach. A person with knowledge of the decision confirmed the hiring to The Associated Press on Sunday. The person requested anonymity because no official announcement has been made. Woodson has spent 22 of the last 23 seasons coaching in the NBA, including stints as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. He has never coached at the college level, but played for Bob Knight. Woodson finished his college career as Indiana's second 2,000-point scorer.

 

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A police car that notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger stole after his daring escape from a northwest Indiana jail will get a police motorcade and a parade next month when it returns to the scene of his jailbreak. After Dillinger escaped from jail in Crown Point, Indiana, in March 1934 by fooling jailers with a gun carved out of wood, he stole Lake County Sheriff Lillian Holley’s 1933 Ford V8 police car and drove it to Chicago.

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