Holcomb's Path To Re-election Likely An Easy One

Jul 15, 2019
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Gov. Eric Holcomb officially launched his re-election bid Saturday and political analysts say Holcomb’s path to a second term is likely an easy one.

No elected Indiana governor has lost a re-election bid since the state began allowing second terms in the 1970s. And Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics director Andrew Downs says it’s unlikely Eric Holcomb will break that trend.

“His polling numbers are pretty good … he also starts out with a strong financial advantage over the Democrats,” Downs says.

Hotel Trump Opened In Indiana In 1998 Is Shut Down

Jul 15, 2019
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GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 300-room hotel built opened by Donald Trump's casino company in 1998 to help draw gamblers to a northwestern Indiana casino has been shut down.

The June 30 closure came as the current owner of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary is working to move it from along Lake Michigan to a location along the busy Interstate 80-94 in the city.

Spectacle Entertainment vice president Jahnae Erpenbach says that the hotel had declining occupancy and making needed renovations didn't make sense with the upcoming casino move.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is the latest state to implement work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid, a change that opponents warn will cost some under-resourced Hoosiers their health coverage.

WFYI reports that Indiana's Gateway to Work program began July 1.

It started at 20 hours per month before increasing to 80 hours by July 2020.

Roughly 72,000 people will need to report hours of work or other activity to Indiana in order to keep their health coverage.

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A public forum in South Bend Sunday night focused on how deep-rooted issues related to policing, poverty, and education are hitting minority communities. Much of the discussion revolved around ideas to improve the historic lack of trust between minorities and the police. 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Sen. Richard Lugar will be buried later this month at Arlington National Cemetery, nearly three months after his death.

After Lugar died at age 87 on April 28 from complications of a neurological disorder, it was announced he would be buried at the cemetery that's just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The late Republican lawmaker's burial there has now been scheduled for July 24.

Michigan Fair-Goers Urged To Take Steps To Avoid Swine Flu

Jul 14, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are urging people to take precautions to avoid swine flu at county and local fairs across Michigan.

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Holocaust survivor and founder of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Eva Kor, was laid to rest in a private ceremony. 

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Indiana State Police released information about what started as a routine stop to assist a motorist but ended with the discovery of a driver who was unconscious with a syringe still in his arm. The release is below:


Climate Change Forum Loses Sponsor After Dispute Over Story

Jul 13, 2019
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NEW YORK (AP) — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender Pete Buttigieg.

Holcomb Heads Into Likely Re-Election Run With Advantages

Jul 13, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is heading into the 2020 campaign season with $6 million to spend on a probable re-election bid thanks to the leverage of leading a GOP-dominated state and no high-profile Democrats yet vying to unseat him.

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Hoosier taxpayers won’t get an automatic state taxpayer refund in 2019 despite record-level budget reserves.

A change from 2013 explains why the refund wasn’t triggered.

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Graduation rates at public colleges in Indiana continue to climb, according to a new report from the Commission for Higher Education.

This year’s annual College Completion report shows more than 40 percent of students who enroll in a public college or university graduate on time. That’s a 2 percent increase compared to last year’s report

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Gov. Eric Holcomb asked the United States Department of Agriculture Friday to designate 88 counties as disaster zones. To be able to request a county be designated an agricultural disaster area, at least 30 percent of a single crop must be damaged or lost.

Many farmers across the state were only able to plant a portion of their crops after a wet planting season caused fields to flood.

Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron says he applauds the governor’s effort to help Hoosier farmers.

Indiana Joins Nationwide Candlelight Vigil Against Migrant Detention Camps

Jul 13, 2019
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