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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 1,607. The state announced more than 27,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 177,000 Hoosiers tested.

Hoosier Lottery Opens Payment Offices By Appointment Only

May 18, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Hoosier Lottery says that beginning Monday its prize payment offices in Indianapolis, Mishawaka and Evansville will re-open by appointment only for in-person redemption of prizes of $600 or more. To schedule an appointment, players should call 1-800-955-6886. Due to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak, all appointments must be scheduled in advance. Same-day appointments may not be available. The lottery says prizes up to $599 may be redeemed at Hoosier Lottery retailers.

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DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan health department said Sunday that 11 new COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Michigan overall, though no new deaths were registered in Detroit for the day. The number of recorded deaths from COVID-19 in the state now stands at 4,891. The Detroit News reported that the 11 deaths reported Sunday is the lowest daily toll for Michigan since March 24. Detroit’s death toll stands at 1,257, with 22 new cases registered  Sunday.


CENTREVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A county prosecutor in southwestern Michigan who is accused of drunken driving told police that he crashed into a fence after a “coughing fit.” The incident involving St. Joseph County prosecutor John McDonough occurred Monday in Lockport Township. The recording of the 911 call was released Friday. McDonough said he needed a tow truck but then was able to remove his vehicle. The dispatcher told him that an officer was headed to the scene. McDonough, who faces re-election, hasn’t publicly talked about the crash. He has a court hearing next Thursday.

Buttigieg Backing SBCSC Ballot Issues

May 16, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is encouraging South Bend voters to raise property taxes for school improvements and salary increases in the June 2 election. Voters are being asked two questions: $54 million to update safety and security, and an additional $20.8 million a year for eight years to pay for things like increased teacher salaries. Taxpayers would see an increase in property taxes of about 40 cents for every $100 of assessed value. Buttigieg says the plan will keep the district's progress moving.

Man Charged In Death Threats To Michigan Governor, AG

May 16, 2020
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WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 32-year-old man has been charged with terrorism for making credible death threats against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said Friday that Robert Tesh made the threats via social media to an acquaintance on April 14. She says authorities concluded the message amounted to "credible threats to kill." She hasn't provided any detail about the threats or how they were determined to be credible. Tesh was arraigned April 22 on a threat of terrorism charge.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for Indiana’s attorney general are arguing he has the legal right to remain in office even while serving a 30-day suspension of his law license for groping four women. The arguments filed Friday with the state Supreme Court come after Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb asked the justices whether GOP Attorney General Curtis Hill loses his elected position as state government’s top lawyer when his law license suspension takes effect Monday.

Indiana Reports 46 More Dead; Statewide Total Tops 1,700

May 16, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) — Indiana health officials say 46 more Indiana residents have died from coronavirus illnesses, putting the state's pandemic death toll from confirmed or presumed cases of coronavirus above 1,700. According to data from the Indiana State Department of Health, most of the newly confirmed deaths occurred Thursday and Friday. Statewide, 27,280 people in Indiana have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. That includes 656 additional people whose testing results were confirmed Friday.


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Employees from five casinos rallied in Indianapolis Friday, forming a “car caravan” around the Statehouse and Monument Circle. They urged lawmakers not to allow casinos to reopen until they’re given affordable health care and can ensure safety.

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There are 18 days left until the June primary. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says county election officials are prepared for both in-person and vote-by-mail ballots during the pandemic. 

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The Department of Workforce Development has paid out $1.4 billion in unemployment benefits since March, with about $440 million coming from the state. Meanwhile, the agency is still dealing with high call volumes and many unresolved claims.

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St. Joseph County and City of South Bend Officials gave an update to the local COVID-19 response during a virtual press conference Friday.

Deputy Health Officer Mark Fox says the County is starting to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Ball State Commencement Rescheduled For October 10

May 15, 2020
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Ball State University will hold a mid-October commencement ceremony to honor graduates who completed degree requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.

President Geoffrey Mearns says a survey of the university community showed an overwhelming desire to hold an in-person ceremony, rather than virtual.

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As if shoreline erosion wasn't enough, communities and property owners on Lake Michigan are now dealing with another problem due to record high water levels - trash. Up and down the lake, large amounts of it are washing up on shore. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 26 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,508. The state announced more than 26,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 160,000 Hoosiers tested.

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ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An appeal filed by an Indiana woman convicted in a crash that killed three children crossing a highway to board a school bus contends the state didn't present enough evidence that she was criminally reckless. A brief filed with the Indiana Court of Appeals argues the state didn't prove Alyssa Shepherd acted recklessly as opposed to negligently. A Fulton County jury convicted Shepherd of three counts of reckless homicide and other charges. A judge sentenced her to four years in prison.

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Members of the Indiana 2020 Two-Way asked us how different places of worship and religious organizations are approaching reopening in-person services. To join, text “elections” to 73224.

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A bill that would provide workplace accommodations for expectant mothers will not be part of lawmakers’ summer study session. In response, many policy groups across the state say they are disappointed with the legislature.

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A little more than 30,000 Hoosiers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the economic impact of COVID-19 drags on. That adds to the quarter of a million people who continue to get unemployment benefits from the state.

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Teacher compensation was shaping up to be a hot ticket policy item for lawmakers in 2021, after thousands of educators flooded the Statehouse six months ago to highlight teachers' and public schools' financial needs. 

Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk Called Off Due To Pandemic

May 14, 2020
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan summer tradition is being canceled because of the coronavirus. Officials decided Wednesday to call off the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge. Tens of thousands of people usually join the walk every year. It's the only time the nearly 5-mile-long span is open to pedestrians. The bridge links Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas and crosses the channel that connects Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say an additional 27 people in Indiana have died with confirmed or probable coronavirus infections, pushing the state’s death toll to nearly 1,650. The Indiana State Department of Health recorded 26 newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths, along with one additional death considered coronavirus-related by doctors but without confirmation of the illness from test results.

Indiana Jobless Claims Reach 640,000 Since Coronavirus Hit

May 14, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 30,000 people applied for unemployment benefits in Indiana last week even as many business restrictions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak were eased in most of the state. Federal statistics released Thursday show Indiana has had about 640,000 people seek jobless aid over the past eight weeks. Indiana reported processing nearly 69,000 applications for a separate federal program set up for the self-employed and gig workers.

Another Big Concert Rescheduled At ND

May 14, 2020
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Notre Dame announced that the George Strait concert on campus originally planned for August is now postponed until August of 2021. 

Murder Suspect Wanted In Holland, Michigan, Arrested In St. Joseph Co., Indiana

May 14, 2020
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St. Joseph Co. Sheriff William Redman says his department captured a man wanted for murder out of Holland, Michigan. The Associated Press is reporting that the body of a 52-year-old woman has been found in a western Michigan hotel room. The Ottawa County sheriff’s office says deputies were called to the Holland Township hotel about 1:45 a.m. Thursday after a relative of the victim expressed concern to authorities about her well-being. Authorities learned the Holland woman was last seen at the hotel.

Sunday ND Holds First Ever Virtual Commencement

May 14, 2020
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Sunday the University of Notre Dame will take its commencement ceremony online for the first time ever.


The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit is searching for a suspect or suspects following an assault and killing in South Bend Wednesday night. 

(Read the updated full CMHU release below.) 

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) has positively identified the deceased victim from yesterday evening’s shooting investigation on E.McKinley Avenue and his family has been notified. He has been identified as Kelvin Stanford, Jr. (B/M), 17 years old.

Michigan Settles Suit After Landmark Right To Read Ruling

May 14, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has announced a settlement in a lawsuit over poor reading skills that was filed on behalf of Detroit schoolchildren, weeks after a federal appeals court issued a groundbreaking decision recognizing a constitutional right to education and literacy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the plaintiffs announced the agreement early Thursday. They say the settlement "will help secure the right of access to literacy for students in Detroit who faced obstacles they never should have faced." Details of the agreement will be released later Thursday.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 38 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,482. The state announced more than 25,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 154,000 Hoosiers tested.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers say they are concerned about the safety of nursing home residents in facilities that also care for people recovering from the coronavirus, questioning policies adopted by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At issue is a month-old executive order that lays out rules for the admission or readmission of people who test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Republicans worry about infected people sharing a building with residents who don't have the virus.