Criminal Charges Dismissed Against Former MSU President

May 13, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon arising from the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. Simon was ordered to trial last year on charges that she lied to police about her knowledge of a sexual misconduct complaint against Nassar. The former campus doctor now is serving decades in prison. But Eaton County Judge John Maurer dismissed the case against Simon Wednesday, saying the evidence wasn't sufficient.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say about 275,000 Indiana residents have requested absentee ballots for the June 2 primary election. That's more than five times the total who voted absentee in the 2016 primary. That number announced Tuesday is about 50,000 more than a week ago. Requests for a mail-in ballots, technically known as absentee voting by mail, must be received by county election offices no later than May 21. Ballots must be received by a county election office no later than noon on Election Day, June 2, to be counted.



MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A man denied service for not wearing a mask assaulted convenience store clerk in northern Indiana. Police say the assault occurred Wednesday morning at a 7-Eleven in Mishawaka, 5 miles east of South Bend. Police say the man entered the store without wearing a mask and attempted to buy a cup of coffee. When he was told he could not be served because he wasn't wearing a mask, the man threw the  coffee on the female clerk and left.

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An estimated 186,000 Hoosiers have or had COVID-19. That number is from initial results of a statewide study by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

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Indiana continues to see a decline in the percentage of high school graduates going to college. 

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Utility companies will soon be allowed to resume disconnections for unpaid bills. The state’s consumer advocate group is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to continue protections for people unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

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The Indiana Department of Education is rejecting the latest guidance from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about how to share emergency school funding with private schools, after it spurred pushback from education leaders at all levels. 

The Potawatomi Zoo found a new way to let guests visit the animals while staying safe during the pandemic.

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The Town of Roseland is concerned with how the Motel 6 isolation facility is being managed. Roseland officials are calling on South Bend to make changes.

Indiana Coronavirus Death Toll Grows Past 1,600 People

May 13, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's coronavirus death toll has grown past 1,600 people as state health officials have added 41 fatalities involving confirmed or probable infections to the tally. The latest state statistics list 1,482 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, along with 137 deaths considered coronavirus-related by doctors but without confirmation of the illness from test results. The state health department says more than two dozen additional testing sites opened Wednesday around Indiana as part of the state's expanded coronavirus testing program.

Whitmer: 31K State Employees To Take Temporary Layoff Days

May 13, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan says 31,000, or nearly two-thirds, of state employees will take temporary layoff days through late July as the state confronts a budget shortfall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday the state will participate in a federal “work share” program. It lets employees work fewer hours but collect partial unemployment benefits to make up a portion of lost wages. For many, the furloughs will be two layoff days per two-week pay period. They will start Sunday and go through July 25.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 33 additional confirmed deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,444. The state announced more than 25,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 150,000 Hoosiers tested.

Michigan Woman At Center Of Transgender Rights Case Dies

May 12, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — Aimee Stephens, a Detroit-area transgender woman who was fired by a funeral home after she said she wanted to be recognized as female, has died. Stephens died Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court could make a decision about whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people. Stephens worked as an embalmer and funeral home director at Harris funeral home in Garden City, Michigan. She was fired in 2013 when she told her boss that she wanted to be known as Aimee, not Anthony, and would report to work wearing a conservative skirt suit or dress.


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The Indiana Republican Party’s 2020 state convention will be virtual. The party officially announced the change Tuesday, in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

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State Health Commissioner Kris Box says information gathered by the state contact tracing call center remains private.

Senator Warns Of Potential 25% Cut In Michigan School Funds

May 12, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawmaker is warning of a potential 25% cut in state funding for K-12 schools due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Sen. Wayne Schmidt, who chairs the Senate's education budget subcommittee, said Tuesday that 25% is "certainly the high end," but schools should brace for the worst. There is uncertainty over whether federal rescue aid can be used to help balance the budget. About 40% of the $14 billion in state revenues for the school aid fund comes from sales taxes.

Holcomb Wants Supreme Court's Guidance On Curtis Hill

May 12, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb wants the Indiana Supreme Court to clarify what Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license suspension means for his future.

The coronavirus crisis has forced many people to stay apart but for one newly married Michiana couple, the pandemic has had an unexpected perk. It's a modern day love story in the age of coronavirus.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants 450,000 Michiganders to be tested for the coronavirus this month, an average of nearly 15,000 a day. She said Monday the goal is critical because social-distancing measures cannot go on indefinitely until a vaccine is developed. The state wants to have 30,000 tests a day in June and beyond. Deaths from COVID-19 increased by 33 to nearly 4,600. A top state physician says there are signs Michigan may have children with a mysterious illness possibly associated with COVID-19.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 32 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,411. The state announced more than 24,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 146,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Schools are still learning what new Title IX regulations handed down from U.S. Department of Education last week mean for them as they continue dealing with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules revamp and clarify policies focused on when and how schools handle claims of sexual harassment or assault on campus. 

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Many workers concerned about their health as businesses reopen will lose their unemployment benefits when called back to work. There are exceptions, but they’ll be handled on a case-by-case basis.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say another 32 Indiana residents have died from coronavirus illnesses, raising the state’s death toll from confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 to 1,540. Statistics released Monday by the Indiana State Department of Health show that more than half of Indiana’s new confirmed COVID-19 deaths occurred on Saturday and Sunday, boosting the state’s confirmed pandemic deaths to 1,411. The state agency’s statistics show that another 129 Hoosiers have died from probable infections of COVID-19.

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This afternoon Indiana Attorney General Curtis HIll issued a statement in response to a ruling by the Indiana State Supreme Court that his law license should be suspended for 30 days.

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“I accept with humility and respect the Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling of a 30-day suspension of my license with automatic reinstatement.

Panel Forms Committee To Review Issue Of Guns At Michigan Capitol

May 11, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A commission that oversees the Michigan Capitol has formed a committee to study whether to ban or restrict guns inside the building. The State Capitol Commission voted Monday to seek input from the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The move comes after some lawmakers reported feeling intimidated by armed demonstrators protesting her orders to curb the coronavirus. Attorney General Dana Nessel says the panel can legally prohibit firearms in the Capitol. But some commission members wanted time to study the issue.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis International Airport’s top official says it could take up to three years for the airport’s flights to bounce back to the levels it saw before the coronavirus pandemic. Airport authority executive director Marion Rodriguez says the airport’s flight activity has dropped to as low as 5% of typical operations since the virus outbreak spread across the U.S. in March, and it recently served only 14 of its 53 destinations. Rodriguez says the airport could have 45% fewer flights than originally expected for the year.

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Some restaurants in Northern Indiana are opening their doors to dine-in customers Monday for the first time in nearly two months. Local restaurant owners have put some measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.


Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license will be suspended for 30 days and automatically reinstated.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 51 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 1,379. The state announced more than 24,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 140,000 Hoosiers tested.