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A state Senate bill that would remove protections for Indiana’s wetlands passed out of committee on Monday by a vote of 8-3. Supporters of the bill say the state’s unnecessary wetland regulations have driven up home prices and caused headaches for farmers.

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Indiana businesses and institutions are one step closer to being protected from COVID-19 lawsuits. A House committee passed the bill but some still worry the protections go too far.

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Republicans in a House committee Monday voted to make it harder for Libertarian Party candidates for Indiana governor and U.S. senator to get on the ballot.

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At Monday night's meeting of the South Bend Community School Board, plans were announced to close two elementary schools, Tarkington and Hay. The schools were chosen based on capacity, not academics – Hay uses less than half of its capacity, while Tarkington uses less than 60 percent according to school officials. 

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A bill that would gradually expand assistance for impoverished Hoosiers with children easily passed a committee vote Monday with only two senators opposing it. It now goes to the Senate floor. 

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An Indiana lawmaker wants to ban state and local governments from ever again imposing many of the COVID-19 restrictions in place over the last year.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are reporting fewer new coronavirus cases and the lowest number of related hospitalizations since early November as the state’s downward trend that began late last year continued. The Indiana State Department of Health said Monday an additional 2,210 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, down from the 2,565 new cases reported Sunday. Another 12 people have died from COVID-19, raising Indiana’s pandemic toll to 9,728, including both confirmed and presumed infections.

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St. Joseph County and City of Mishawaka representatives will meet tonight, Jan. 25, to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Mishawaka’s economy, and how it might recover in the coming year.

Mishawaka Common Council President Gregg Hixenbaugh said Mishawaka’s retail, restaurant and service industries have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s economic fallout. 

 

UPDATE: Indianapolis Officials Make Arrest In Mass Shooting Of 6 People

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in the killings of five people, including a pregnant woman, who were shot to death inside a home. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that the name of the suspect who was arrested Monday was “not being released at this time since the suspect is a juvenile.” Police earlier said the fatal shootings were discovered Sunday by police who had been called to investigate reports of a person shot first discovered a juvenile male with gunshot wounds. IMPD spokeswoman Aliya Wishner says the suspect is not the same juvenile wounded in the shooting.

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DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Detroit are disclosing more details about the alleged acts of a former Marine from Michigan who was at the U.S. Capitol riot. Authorities say Michael Foy of Wixom struck police at least 10 times with a hockey stick during the Jan. 6 attack. A judge will decide Monday whether Foy will remain locked up while facing charges in Washington. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hank Moon says Foy took 10 swings at police and subsequently crawled into the Capitol through a broken window. Investigators have the hockey stick.

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Indiana lawmakers want to make a few changes to the state’s vote-by-mail system in the wake of a surge of mail-in ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The House is formally transmitting the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for the trial in that chamber the week of Feb. 8. Watch the ceremony live when it is expected to start at approximately 6:55pm.

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Indiana State Police have announced they are investigating a death at the State Prison in Michigan City. The man who died was from Goshen, 30-year-old Daniel Heflin. Heflin pleaded guilty to murder in Elkhart county nearly a decade ago. 

A St. Joseph County School Embraces Solar Power For Energy

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WALKERTON, Ind. (AP) — A school in northern Indiana expects to be powered by the sun by March. The project at North Liberty Elementary in St. Joseph County is part of a broader effort to improve energy efficiency in the John Glenn district. Principal Randy Romer says the 846 solar panels can be used as an education tool as students learn how output varies depending on the weather. A monitor will be placed in a common area so students can see how much power is being produced.

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Today Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. You can also listen live on 88.1 WVPE.  

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NEW: According to Elkhart Police they have confirmed that Maria and Sasabino have returned home and are safe.  

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Elkhart Police say that a couple in their 90's has gone missing and police are seeking help from the public to locate them. 

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The Internal Revenue Service is warning Hoosiers to look out for scams around the latest round of federal COVID-19 relief payments.

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A Michigan county Republican party is censuring GOP Congressman Fred Upton for voting to impeach former President Trump.  

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The State of Michigan is expanding the use of the Michigan National Guard and deploying nearly 300 more troops to help with COVID-19 vaccination and testing. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If Michigan could administer 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day, it could hit its goal of inoculating 70% of people age 16 and older by August. At the current rate, about 29,000 per day, it would not finish until a year from now. The issue is limited supplies. It is something Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and health officials hope can be addressed as new President Joe Biden takes the helm. In the first six weeks of the monumental undertaking, Michigan has gotten 182,000 doses a week — 52% of what is needed to get 50,000 shots in arms per day. 

Benton Harbor, St. Joseph Plan To Erect King Statues

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Two neighboring cities in southwestern Michigan are making a public commitment to social justice by installing statues of Martin Luther King Jr. in both communities. Benton Harbor is 84% Black, and St. Joseph is 84% white. Each city will also erect separate statues of a resident who is remembered as a social justice leader in each city. Benton Harbor Commissioner Edward Isom says art has a unique ability to enhance both communities. The goal is to have the statues up in 2022. Donations will be accepted.

U Of M Athletic Dept. On Pause Due To COVID-19 Variant

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The entire University of Michigan athletic department is pausing after several positive tests for the new COVID-19 variant  that transmits at a higher rate. The state Department of Health and Human Services issued the mandate Saturday, with the school saying it follows the positive COVID-19 tests for several individuals linked to the athletic department. The entire department could be in quarantine for two weeks. The 11th-ranked women’s basketball team was set to play at home against Purdue on Sunday. That was one of four athletic events the school had scheduled.

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Mass vaccinations and clinical trials are converging and challenging researchers. 

Dr. Anna Lok is the assistant dean for clinical research at Michigan Medicine. The health system is part of two COVID-19 vaccine trials: AstraZeneca's, and Johnson & Johnson's.

Lok says the two trials recruited about 400 patients. Then the Pfizer vaccine became available. Then came the phone calls and emails.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb delivered a very different State of the State address, while legislative activity was halted all week over security concerns. 

Late Friday, the Elkhart Co Prosecutor released new information into the month-long investigation into the killings of two teen sisters in Elkhart and the death of their father. Investigators say Jeffrey Marvin killed his two children, Lexis (age 18) and Haley (age 15.) 


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NEW: Friday evening the Elkhart County Health Dept. announced that all weekend plans for pop-up clinics have been canceled.  That impacts weekend plans aimed at vaccinating the Amish and it also impacts plans for next week's Tolson Center pop-up clinic vaccinations. 

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The Elkhart County Health Department will operate a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Clinton Frame Church in Goshen on Saturday, Jan. 23. 

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At their weekly COVID-19 update, Berrien County health officials once again asked for patience as they work to vaccinate the nearly 40,000 county residents who are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

County Health Officer Nicki Britten said the county’s vaccine allotment is based 75 percent on its population of adults age 65 and older, and 25 percent on its population of essential workers. 

 

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The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) says it inspected and issued COVID-19 citations to ten Michigan businesses, including one in Berrien County. MIOSHA says the businesses were cited for serious violations for failing to protect workers and take safety precautions.

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Slot machines, blackjack and roulette could be coming to South Bend’s Four Winds Casino in the near future.

The Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Governor Eric Holcomb announced that they successfully negotiated a tribal-state compact to authorize Class III gaming at the South Bend casino.

 

The agreement is the first of its kind in state history, and is the result of a year and a half of negotiations between the Pokagon Band and the state.

 

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As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the U.S., numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy and efficacy persist. The stakes are high, as numbers of deaths and cases break records. A panel of experts from Harvard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles questions about COVID-19 vaccination. Live coverage is expected to begin at noon. 

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