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Many lawyers in Indiana doing public defender work earn less than minimum wage, after accounting for overhead costs.

Michigan To Study Toll Roads

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The state will hire a firm to study the possibility of changing some freeways in Michigan to toll roads.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 67 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 2,567. The state announced more than 51,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 564,000 Hoosiers tested.

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As temperatures rise, Indiana lawmakers are calling for Governor Eric Holcomb to review the conditions at a women’s prison and intervene to protect inmates.

State Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Speedway) and State Sen. J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) spoke outside the Indiana Women’s Prison on Saturday to highlight safety concerns connected to the facility’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan's New Mask Mandate Kicks In Today

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Beginning today Michigan residents must wear a face covering both inside stores and in crowded outdoor areas.

 

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Cars circled two full blocks of downtown Indianapolis Saturday as part of protest to support transgender students. The demonstration was in response to the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis’s new policy banning transgender students from their schools. 

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According to statistics released Saturday by the Indiana State Dept. of Health (ISDH) St. Joseph County saw its largest single day COVID-19 case tally yet. On Friday the county reported 55 cases. Previously, the highest single day number of cases came back on April 16 when the county logged 46 new daily cases. In total, St. Joseph County has 2,106 cases and has seen 69 deaths. The county's positivity rate for testing is 7.2% which is still below the statewide positivity rate of 9.2 %.

Appeals Court Says 1st Federal Execution In 17 Years Can Proceed

Jul 11, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the first federal execution in nearly two decades can proceed as scheduled on Monday. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court order that had put the execution of 47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee on hold. Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.

The execution will take place at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Indiana's two largest public universities are throwing their support behind a lawsuit challenging a new federal student visa policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Former Secretary of State Todd Rokita is the Indiana Republican Party’s nominee for attorney general.

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The Indiana State Dept. of Health is hosting the following free drive-thru clinics next week: This comes after some clinics in Indiana have been impacted by the recent heat and have had to curtail hours. 

 

Goshen

Team Rehabilitation

223 Chicago Ave.

July 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Elkhart

North Side Gymnasium

300 Lawrence St.

July 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NEW: Indiana GOP Ousts Attorney General After Groping Allegations

Jul 10, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republicans have scuttled Attorney General Curtis Hill's bid for reelection following a monthlong suspension of his law license over allegations that he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party. Former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita prevailed Friday in mail-in voting by state convention delegates. The state Republican chairman said Rokita defeated Hill with 52% of the vote in a third round of voting after two lesser-known candidates finished last in previous rounds. Rokita said he entered the race because Hill had a history of "bad judgment, bad choices and not taking responsibilities" marring his time as state government's top lawyer.

Whitmer Toughens Mask Mandate; Businesses Must Deny Service

Jul 10, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is toughening a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. The governor on Friday also expanded where people must have a face covering beyond indoor public spaces. Starting immediately, they have to wear one outdoors if they cannot consistently keep 6 feet from non-household members, and while using public transportation, a taxi or a ride-sharing vehicle. Violators will be subject to a misdemeanor fine.

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The U.S. Supreme Court decided this week employees of religious elementary schools cannot sue for discrimination if they get fired, but one lawyer involved in similar cases in Indiana says there are key differences for her clients.

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LGBTQ groups and Democrats at the Statehouse are pushing back against a school policy by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The policy bars transgender students from attending schools the Archdiocese oversees

Big Ten Eliminates Non-Conference Football Games In 2020

Jul 9, 2020

The Big Ten Conference won’t play nonconference games in football or other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league made the announcement on Thursday citing medical advice, but also added the caveat that that’s only “if the Conference is able to participate in fall sports.” The announcement came a day after the Ivy League Conference canceled sporting events until at least January.  

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The results of a study conducted by a consulting firm that looked at the South Bend Police Department after a white officer shot and killed a black man last summer were made public for the first time this week. 

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The University of Notre Dame will require students to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. That’s according to the University’s website.

Nuns Protesting Upcoming Executions In Terre Haute

Jul 9, 2020
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A religious order plans to protest three upcoming executions at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute.

Members of the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary of the Woods will hold a vigil Monday afternoon before the scheduled 4:00 pm execution of Daniel Lee.

The vigil will take place on Springhill Road and US 41/150.

“Sadly the Catholic Church within our official teachings, only within the last, I think it will be two years this fall, has said unequivocally there is no reason, capital punishment, the death penalty is ever admissible,” said Sister Barbara Battista.

Purdue University announced the school is “formulating plans” to require all students to take a COVID-19 test before arriving at the West Lafayette campus for the upcoming academic year -- and for the school to cover the costs of that testing. 

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A federal judge permanently struck down a 2018 Indiana anti-abortion law that required doctors to report a long list of so-called abortion complications.

Whitmer: Health Workers Must Get 'Implicit Bias' Training

Jul 9, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All health workers in Michigan will be required to receive "implicit bias" training under a directive issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who says the mandate is intended to address the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate impact on people of color. The order requires the state licensing department to write rules requiring the training as part of the licensing and registration of health professionals.

 

Today the University of Notre Dame released a copy of a letter that the school's President Rev. John Jenkins sent to the acting leader of Homeland Security urging the department to reverse course on a plan to deport international students who don't attend class in-person in the fall due to the coronavirus.

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Indiana education officials are moving forward with a plan to let schools administer the IREAD-3 test this fall. The State Board of Education approved a resolution at it's July meeting Wednesday saying schools can use the test for fourth graders returning to school. 

PPE Shipments To Indiana Schools Will Begin Soon

Jul 9, 2020
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Indiana officials say the state will soon begin shipping personal protective equipment to Hoosier schools as they prepare to reopen to in-person classes.

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The St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office is asking for help from the public as it takes on a case in which a vehicle drove through a crowd of protestors in Mishawaka on the 4th of July.

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IN DEPT. OF EDUCATION

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are showing no signs of slowing down school reopenings that are just weeks away even as the state has seen higher rates of people testing positive and being hospitalized for the coronavirus. Some Indiana school districts are poised to resume classes starting in late July under guidelines issued by state education officials last month. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday that it is important for education and mental health reasons that students return to schools.

Gun Permit Applications Rise After Indiana Erases Fee

Jul 9, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is seeing a wave of people applying for five-year handgun permits after lawmakers erased the fee starting July 1. State police received more than 20,000 permit applications from July 1-7, compared to 2,259 during the same period last year. About two-thirds of the applications were for the no-fee five-year permits. Applicants still must pay a $13 fingerprint fee and have a background check. The new gun applications have strained the state's online system. First Sgt. Ron Galaviz says people need to be patient.

 

Ex-Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan In Care Facility With Alzheimer's

Jul 9, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A magazine article published by his alma mater says former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan has lost the ability to speak due to Alzheimer's disease and is living in a care facility. Tina Noel, who was Kernan's gubernatorial press secretary, confirmed the details of the Notre Dame Magazine report to The Associated Press, and said Kernan was diagnosed several years ago. The Democrat won three elections as South Bend mayor before being elected lieutenant governor with Gov. Frank O'Bannon in 1996.

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