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Roughly 100 cars circled the Westville Correctional Facility Tuesday in protest of what the drivers say are dangerous health conditions regarding COVID-19 within the prison.

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Hoosiers have until May 4th to register to vote for Indiana’s 2020 primary election.

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — General Motors in Kokomo is hiring for more than 1,000 full- and part-time workers in Kokomo to help it meet demand for medical ventilators during the coronavirus outbreak. GM has said it wants to produce 30,000 ventilators by the end of August. The starting wage for the temporary positions starts at $16.67 per hour. The work is for a minimum of eight to 10 hours per day.  Part-time employees will work 16-32 hours per week. A virtual job fair will be held at 11 a.m. May 6 to help applicants learn more about the opportunities.

Indiana Reports 1st Death Of Prison Guard With Coronavirus

Apr 27, 2020
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The U.S Small Business Administration began accepting applications again Monday morning for the Paycheck Protection Program. Representative Jackie Walorski answered questions from Michiana residents via Zoom about the loan program.

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Indiana has a higher response rate on the Census than the country as a whole, according to the latest Census data. The U.S. Census Bureau reports more than 57 percent of Hoosiers had responded as of Friday – more than the national response rate of a little more than 53 percent. 

According to the response rate map created by the Census, Minnesota has the highest response rate with 64 percent. More than 78 million households across the country have been counted for the census, as of Friday. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 72 additional deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 813. The state announced more than 15,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 81,000 Hoosiers tested.

Roadblock To Reopening Michigan Economy - Child Care

Apr 26, 2020
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A new report suggests restarting Michigan’s economy will face a serious roadblock – a lack of child care.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children estimates that 41% of Michigan’s licensed child care slots will be lost....as many providers don’t have the money or staff to reopen.

Simon Workman is the director of Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress. 

He says many child care operators were barely breaking even before the pandemic...

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COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — A 12th inmate has died from COVID-19 complications at a southern Michigan prison where more than 50% of inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Lakeland prison in Branch County has a large share of Michigan's older prisoners and is the first to test everyone. The Corrections Department said 785 of roughly 1,400 prisoners at Lakeland have tested positive. Only a fraction of all prisoners have been tested statewide, but the infection rate was 56%. There has been at least 33 deaths. Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit to try to force the release of immigrants with health problems at the Calhoun County jail. They're being held there by federal immigration authorities.

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has provided a list of dates, times and places where food will be distributed.

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Mishawaka Police say late Friday night they broke up a large gathering of what they are calling "anti-social distance" cruisers. 

The crowds in hundreds of vehicles were in the parking lot at McKinley between Grape and Hickory. Police say they had to call for backup and barricades. It took them 30 minutes to disperse the crowds. Mishawaka police say the gathering violated the state's "stay at home order."  Watch the video captured by WVPE's Justin Hicks below to see more of the scene before police broke it up.

Michigan Lawmaker Apologizes For Wearing Questionable Mask

Apr 25, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker has apologized for wearing a face mask that appeared to depict the Confederate flag during a vote at the state Capitol.

Republican state Sen. Dale Zorn of Ida said in a statement Saturday he was sorry for his "choice of pattern" on the face mask he wore the day before.

He says he didn't "intend to offend anyone" and that "those who know me best know that I do not support the things this pattern represents.

The face covering was a red mask with blue stripes and white stars. He says his wife made it.

 

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PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) — State excise police have halted a northern Indiana drive-in theater’s plans to open for the season, telling county officials current coronavirus restrictions prevent drive-ins from throwing open their gates to cars loaded with moviegoers.

The Tri-Way Drive-In Theatre had announced that it would start its season this weekend in the city of Plymouth, about 25 miles south of South Bend.

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The St. Joseph County, Indiana Health Department released new data Friday on the breakdown of COVID-19 among different demographics.

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It’s been roughly one month since Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a stay-home-order due to the coronavirus. St. Joseph County, Indiana officials discussed when it may be safe for the county to start reopening during a virutal press conference Friday.

Indiana Freezes Much State Hiring With Coronavirus Tax Hit

Apr 24, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s state government has imposed a widespread hiring freeze and other limits on spending as officials brace for a major financial hit from the coronavirus crisis.

A memo issued this week by the State Budget Agency directs department leaders to take action for reducing expenses, along with no vehicle or furniture purchases.

The state's office of management and budget said no state employees have been laid off yet but officials will look closely before filling any jobs other than those directly helping with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Ramadan, the month of fasting and prayer in Islam began at sunset Thursday. Though the holiday is deeply personal, some group celebrations will be missed this year. 

In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calandar. It celebrates God giving Muhammad the first chapters of the Qur’an, Islam’s holy text. Muslims spend the month praying and fasting during the day.  

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The Indiana Packers Corporation will suspend operations Monday at its Delphi processing facility, according to a letter to farmers today.

The move follows a similar decision by Tyson Foods, which closed its Logansport facility earlier this week after more than 100 employees there tested positive for COVID-19.

BREAKING NEWS: Deadly Shooting In South Bend

Apr 24, 2020

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a deadly shooting that occurred overnight.

Chicago Businessman Buys Indiana Beach Amusement Park

Apr 24, 2020
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MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — A Chicago businessman has bought a northern Indiana amusement park that abruptly closed in February and hopes to reopen the 94-year-old tourist destination's rides and other attractions this summer if coronavirus restrictions allow. White County Commissioner John Heimlich said Thursday that Gene Staples purchased Indiana Beach before its former owner, California-based Apex Parks Group, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 8.

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Erosion along Lake Michigan is pitting neighbor against neighbor in Indiana. While some want to build barriers to protect their property along the lake, others want to block those efforts.

Gov. Whitmer Extends Michigan's Stay-At-Home Order

Apr 24, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15 while relaxing restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating. The measure is designed to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. It immediately replaces one that was scheduled to expire next week. The Democratic governor's order says people are now required to face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores if they can medically tolerate it. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. Big-box retailers no longer have to close off garden centers and areas dedicated to selling paint and carpet.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 45 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 706. The state announced more than 13,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 72,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Covid-19 outbreaks have forced several meatpacking plants across the United States to temporarily close, including a large Tyson meatpacking plant in Logansport, Indiana. The closures are starting to affect local meat farmers.

Michigan Food Banks Running Low, State Calls For Donations

Apr 23, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Businesses around Michigan are being urged to donate food to the Food Bank Council of Michigan and other nonprofits to help restock food pantries struggling to meet demand during the coronavirus pandemic. The Detroit News reports that demand is rising and food banks are operating at four times their normal capacity. The council also likely won’t receive food through a federal program until July.

Republicans Vow To Cut Gov. Whitmer's Emergency Powers

Apr 23, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature want to dilute the power of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. They say they'll meet Friday to pass bills to rein in Whitmer's emergency powers and create a committee to oversee the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak. Republicans are unhappy with the breadth of Whitmer's stay-at-home order, though polling shows the public believes she's made the right calls. Whitmer is expected to extend it past April 30 but with modifications.

Indiana Tops 500,000 Job Losses

Apr 23, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials say more than half a million people in Indiana have applied for unemployment benefits over the past five weeks as job losses mount across the country. Indiana had about 75,000 new jobless claims filed last week. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has said he might ease some business restriction next week. But Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said Thursday some business leaders were worried about lifting restrictions too fast, which he believed risked causing renewed outbreaks.

 

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says the federal Payment Protection Program, or PPP, funding is meant for small businesses – and big companies that received some of the money should return it.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's inundated unemployment system saw 134,000 new filings last week but is reporting progress in processing claims and getting money out the door during the coronavirus pandemic.

Figures released Thursday show that the state has seen nearly 1.2 million initial applications over five weeks, including 134,000 last week.

Rising Water Threatens The Great Lakes Shoreline Too

Apr 23, 2020
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As sea levels rise, the nation’s Atlantic and Pacific coastlines are eroding — putting homes and businesses in jeopardy. But climate change also is increasing erosion on what’s called the nation’s “third coast” — the Great Lakes shoreline. 

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