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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.



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. 


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.



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.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on a  crash Friday morning that left a teen dead and seriously injured another driver. 


The University of Notre Dame is hosting one of Indiana’s mass vaccination clinics on campus Friday and Saturday. State health officials expect to administer just under 6,000 doses of the one shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Indiana residents who registered ahead of time. They say all appointments are already taken. 

Subaru’s Lafayette auto plant began vaccinating workers on Friday as part of a statewide plan to ramp up vaccinations.

By next week the company hopes to vaccinate up to one thousand employees per week.

 Scott Brand is the Executive Vice President of Subaru Indiana Automotive. He said over 7,000 people work at the plant.

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Indiana House Republicans refused to debate a redistricting reform proposal Thursday, using legislative procedure to block an amendment from House Democrats.

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Utility consumers and Indiana’s public finance arm will likely have a voice on a task force charged with developing the state’s energy policy. That’s according to an amended bill, HB 1220, that would extend the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force for another two years.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill incorporating civics education into Hoosier students’ middle school curriculum is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk after House lawmakers voted Thursday to pass the measure. The legislation requires every student in the state to complete a one-semester course in civics education in either sixth, seventh or eighth grade. All public, charter and state-accredited private schools across the state must require each student to successfully complete the course, beginning with students who begin sixth grade during the 2023-24 school year. Republican State Rep.

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Elkhart County’s health officer said she feels the state department of health’s COVID-19 metrics for the county are “slightly deceiving.” 

At the county board of health meeting Thursday night, Dr. Bethany Wait said that while Elkhart County is in the state’s “yellow” designation, which indicates moderate spread of the virus, the county’s positivity rate has risen steadily over the last few weeks.

According to data from the National College Attainment Network, the percentage of Indiana high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is down 10 percent from last year.

Angela Workman, vice president of programs at the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, said the stress the pandemic has placed on families over the last year may play into why fewer high schoolers are applying for the FAFSA.


Several Elkhart County institutions are pooling their data to improve child wellbeing and safety in the county.

The Elkhart County Child Dashboard will use data from local nonprofits, healthcare systems, schools and government agencies to track factors that could affect different aspects of child wellbeing. 


Rebecca Shetler Fast, director of Elkhart County’s youth mental health network, The Source, and the lead on the project, says that kind of cross-sector collaboration isn't common.


The Indiana Dept. of Health has announced that a million Hoosiers have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Defense Dominates, Hoosiers Beat Belmont In Women's NCAA Tourney Game

Mar 25, 2021
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Indiana had barely earned its biggest win in NCAA Tournament history when coach Teri Moren emerged from her locker room soaked from head to toe.

There could still be a lot of basketball ahead for the Hoosiers, but Moren saw no reason to stop the party after Indiana secured its first Sweet 16 appearance with Wednesday's 70-48 win over Belmont.

"Those kids were pretty excited, got me pretty good in the locker room," Moren said. "That's OK. Wet pants, wet shirt, wet hair ... Just to watch the pure joy these kids have right now is well worth it."

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University is planning its first-ever spring homecoming, months after school officials postponed the traditional fall campus celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university announced Tuesday that its spring homecoming will start April 26 and end May 1 with the Cardinals’ annual spring football game. The Star Press reports that a majority of the homecoming events will be held virtually, while others will involve socially distanced campus activities, including the school's popular annual homecoming “Bed Race” competition.

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Legislation, HB 1152, to penalize fraud in the unemployment insurance system passed through the General Assembly and is on its way to Gov. Eric Holcomb. The Department of Workforce Development asked for the changes to go after people gaming the system.

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Lawmakers' efforts to expand school choice options are facing pushback from more than a hundred school corporations in Indiana, but a top lawmaker says a key piece of legislation that’s part of that effort won't have another hearing. 

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Indiana officials Wednesday defended the decision to end all statewide COVID-19 restrictions, weeks or months before all Hoosiers will get a chance to get vaccinated.

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Many Hoosiers should expect long waits to get a COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible to schedule appointments next week.

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday the state will open vaccine eligibility to anyone over age 16 on March 31, and end the statewide mask mandate April 6, raising concern among some local health officials.

St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said local officials weren’t expecting the mask order to end and vaccine eligibility to open so close together.