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Some St. Joseph County and City of South Bend officials knocked Governor Eric Holcomb’s decision to begin lifting the stay-at-home order announced on Friday. Local officials say it's too soon. 

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Rapid COVID-19 antibody testing will soon be available for uninsured Elkhart County residents at the Center for Healing & Hope. The clinic provides affordable medical services to people with little to no health insurance and support for undocomented immigrants.

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller received a response from Special Prosecutor Ric Hertel on his request for more information from the investigation into the shooting death of Eric Logan.

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Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. 

You can watch it live here.

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After a bit of back and forth, The Tri-Way Drive-In Theatre in Plymouth plans to open for the season Friday and Saturday according to its Facebook page.

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African-Americans across the country are dying from the new coronavirus at a much higher rate than whites. Experts have a lot of explanations, but they also say more data is needed. In Indianapolis, a new no-cost testing program hopes to increase COVID-19 testing in African-American communities.

Marion County, the county that covers metro Indianapolis, is setting up free test sites to address health disparities.  It started Thursday in Arlington Woods, a predominantly African-American neighborhood that is the county’s biggest hotspot for COVID-19 cases. 

(Hoosiers By The Numbers)

About 57,000 Hoosiers were among the 3.8 million Americans who filed to receive unemployment benefits last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The trend is continuing downward since the state’s “Stay-At-Home” order in March.

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This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. on April 30, 2020 to include new information on Edwards' release date.

On the day Scottie Edwards died, he nearly fell over on the way to the bathroom. A pair of fellow inmates at the Westville Correctional Facility propped him up and got him to sit down on a toilet. 

“He had been sick for about a week and a half,” says one inmate named Josh in a recorded call. He asked to be identified by his first name, because he fears retaliation from prison staff. 

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Some parts of Indiana that have struggled with pollution are now meeting federal air quality standards. That’s according to three years of data from state and federal environmental agencies. Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency say that’s good news for people with asthma and other lung conditions. 

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The Indiana Manufacturers Association is asking the governor to allow all manufacturing facilities to open - from production lines to distribution centers. The association sent reopening recommendations asking for clear safety rules, but not additional regulations.

This Time, Pence Wears A Mask As He Tours Indiana Plant

Apr 30, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, he wore a mask. Vice President Mike Pence donned a face covering as he toured a General Motors/Ventec ventilator production facility in Indiana on Thursday. He had come under fire for failing to wear one earlier this week at the Mayo Clinic. Pence on Thursday toured the General Motors facility in Kokomo, which has already manufactured hundreds of the units. The visit came hours after Pence's wife, second lady Karen Pence, defended her husband's decision to not wear a mask during a Tuesday visit to the Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota.

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Members of the Indiana 2020 Two-Way asked us about what work might look like as Indiana slowly reopens sectors of the economy. To join, text “elections” to 73224.

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The RV industry in northern Indiana is preparing to reopen in early May. RV manufacturers and dealers are brainstorming ways to keep employees safe as the coronavirus crisis continues.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An additional 81,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment in Michigan last week, bringing the six-week total to more than 1.2 million amid the coronavirus pandemic. The number of new filings dropped for the second straight week, according to a federal report released Thursday. Michigan has had some of the highest number of jobless claims in the country. People can get benefits for about nine months, roughly three months longer than usual. They will receive an additional $600 a week through late July under the terms of a federal relief package.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protesters are back at the Michigan Capitol to denounce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home order and business restrictions. They're try to put pressure on Republican lawmakers who are meeting to consider extending Whitmer's coronavirus emergency declaration hours before it expires.

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A group dedicated to pursuing vote-by-mail for every Hoosier in every election is suing the state to help make that a reality this fall.

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Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers announced proposals Wednesday to provide more state-level support for Hoosier small businesses suffering from the COVID-19 crisis.

Employers Begin To Plan Strategies To Reopen Safely

Apr 30, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb says that he’ll detail the future of the “Stay-At-Home” order Friday and may give safety guidelines to allow some businesses to reopen. But workplaces will likely need to operate differently to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Indiana residents must be registered to vote 29 days before each election. What do you need on Election Day? What do you need to register to vote? Can you vote if you’re homeless? 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 63 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 964. The state announced more than 17,100 total confirmed cases, with more than 91,500 Hoosiers tested.

Elkhart provided it’s first virtual conference to give an update to it’s COVID-19 response Wednesday night. 

Elkhart officials spent a lot of time focusing on testing.

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HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan’s Holland usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the city’s tulips. Officials are asking them not to -- for now -- as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Mayor Nathan Bocks asks visitors Tuesday in a city-produced video “please do not come to Holland to see the tulips this year.” Full blooms in some of Holland’s tulip beds are expected by May 1.

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Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers says it’s too soon for Gov. Eric Holcomb to begin loosening COVID-19 restrictions on Hoosier businesses.

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Indiana will launch a privately-run call center to take the lead on contact tracing for COVID-19 – interviewing positive patients and finding out who they’ve been around to track the spread of the virus.

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President Donald Trump declared meat processing plants “critical infrastructure” to keep facilities operating through the COVID-19 crisis. Indiana is home to two pork production facilities that have closed temporarily due to increased cases among workers.

STEVE BURNS

The Amish community in Elkhart County has been hard at work over the last month sewing and donating face masks. The group collectively donated roughly 4,500 masks to Goshen Health.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 57 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 901. The state announced more than 16,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 87,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana officials announced a partnership Tuesday that will dramatically expand the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

Online Ballot Request Form Posted For Indiana Primary

Apr 28, 2020
https://indianavoters.in.gov/MVPHome/PrintDocuments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana voters can now submit online their requests for a mail-in ballot for the state's June 2 primary election. The request form was posted online Tuesday on the state's voter registration site _ www.IndianaVoters.com. The electronic form submits the ballot request to election officials, rather than voters having to mail the ballot application form to their county election office. Election officials are promoting mail-in voting as a way to protect the safety of voters and polling site workers by reducing the amount of in-person voting.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Senate are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lift her five-week-old ban on nonessential medical and dental procedures, saying the decision to resume should be left to hospitals and health providers. Tuesday's resolution is the latest move by Republicans pushing the Democrat to ease restrictions she adopted to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Whitmer, who says social distancing is saving lives, wants legislators to extend an emergency declaration by 28 days.

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