(Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture)

A survey of farmer sentiment improved slightly in May after dropping substantially the last two months. Most respondents are still concerned about profitability due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

BMV Set To Allow Walk-In Customers At Branches

Jun 8, 2020
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will soon reopen to walk-in customers at its branches statewide.

Four Winds Casinos To Reopen June 15th With Some Restrictions

Jun 8, 2020

The Pokagon Gaming Authority announced Monday all of its Four Winds Casino locations in Indiana and Michigan will reopen on June 15th. 

Some changes will be in place to lower the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.


(Courtesy of Governor's Workforce Cabinet)

The Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, alongside state education and workforce agencies, announced a "Rapid Recovery For A Better Future" plan that adds millions of dollars to some existing education and job training programs. It’s meant to help workers come back from record unemployment levels due to COVID-19.

(Provided by Brandi Wetherald)

For special education students and their families, finding the right materials and support in schools can be difficult, but the pandemic is forcing schools to rethink what learning looks like – and how it’s delivered.

Thor Industries: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot

Jun 8, 2020
(AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) _ Thor Industries Inc. (THO) on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $24.1 million.

The Elkhart, Indiana-based company said it had profit of 43 cents per share.

The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 43 cents per share.

The recreational vehicle maker posted revenue of $1.68 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.42 billion.

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE

The high school class of 2020 has had to adapt to a lot of changes during their senior year due to the pandemic - everything from classes to prom to graduation.  One high school in Westville used a drive-in movie theater to give students a socially distant in-person commencement over the weekend.

Justin Hicks / WVPE Public Radio

The State of Michigan has issued a release indicating that free coronavirus testing will be available this weekend in Sturgis, Michigan. 

Indiana Issues A Plan For Reopening Schools

Jun 5, 2020
IN Dept. of Education

Today the Indiana Dept. of Education released a 38 page document offering guidance as to how schools in the state might reopen.

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Hoosiers on Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program, HIP 2.0, will now have access to some benefits while they transition to insurance from a new employer.

Indiana State Fair

The 2020 Indiana State Fair has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana had about 24,000 people apply for unemployment benefits last week as the state followed the national trend of slowing job losses after coronavirus-related business closures started in mid-March. Federal statistics released Thursday show some 240,000 Indiana residents received jobless aid for the week ending May 23. That is down from the peak of nearly 295,000 in early May just before statewide business and travel restrictions began being eased. Gov.

Gov. Whitmer Gives Testimony On Coronavirus Before A U.S. House Committee

Jun 2, 2020
Photo provided by the State of Michigan

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the Trump Administration must develop a national strategy for testing coronavirus cases and delivering protective medical equipment and supplies.

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Hoosiers shouldn’t expect full results the night of Indiana’s primary election like usual.

Ka-ching! Michigan Lifting Ban On Can, Bottle Returns

Jun 2, 2020
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Load up the trunks! Michigan residents who have been burdened for weeks with bottles and cans can return them again to stores, starting June 15. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had suspended the returns because of the possible spread of the coronavirus. As a result, bottles and cans with 10-cent deposits have been piling up in basements, garages and under the kitchen sink. There are estimates that the returnables are worth millions of dollars. Some people simply dropped cans and bottles in recycling bins or donated them to nonprofit groups.   


The Indiana Economic Development Corporation announced three new initiatives to support Hoosier manufacturing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $10 million program will focus on startup investment and technology modernization in the industry. 

Michigan State: Fall Term To Mix In-Person, Online Classes

May 28, 2020
Michigan State University

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State University says it will start the fall term on Sept. 2 with a mix of in-person and online classes. President Samuel Stanley Jr. said Wednesday that the fall term "will look different from any previous semester." Stanley posted a letter on MSU's website and invited students to a webcast to answer questions Friday night. Stanley says physical distancing and face coverings to reduce the risk of the coronavirus will be essential. In-person classes will end at Thanksgiving, followed by three weeks of remote instruction and final exams.

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,871. The state announced more than 32,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 235,000 Hoosiers tested.

(Courtesy Department of Workforce Development)

More than 1 in 4 workers experienced unemployment last month in several Indiana counties. Data released Tuesday from the Department of Workforce Development shows which areas of the state were hit hardest.

Indiana University announced its plans for the 2020-2021 school year, including a mix of online-only and in-person classes throughout both fall and spring semesters and eliminating fall and spring breaks.

A news release from the university says during the fall semester (Aug. 24-Dec.20), classes may meet either in person or online until Nov. 20. And beginning Nov. 30, classes will go virtual for the remainder of the fall semester.

IU Spokesman Chuck Carney says the university hasn’t worked out specifics on what classes will be in-person and what classes with be virtual.

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Many parents and students have voiced concerns about celebrations for high school seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools across the state are each taking a unique approach to celebrate their graduates.

Indiana's Confirmed, Presumed COVID-19 Deaths Pass 2,000

May 26, 2020
AP Photo/Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say another 18 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19, raising Indiana’s confirmed or presumed fatalities from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus to more than 2,000. The 18 additional confirmed deaths reported Tuesday by the Indiana State Department of Health occurred between Friday and Monday, and bring to 1,850 the number of Hoosiers confirmed to have died from COVID-19.

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana saw a reduction in daily traffic volume of as much as 57 percent during the “Stay-At-Home” period.

(Provided by Juan Ruffin)

While doctors and nurses are risking their lives working with COVID-19 patients in hospitals, some are risking theirs working in stores and making deliveries. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Rebecca Thiele has been talking with other essential workers whose stories need to be told. 

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

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.

Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk Called Off Due To Pandemic

May 14, 2020
John L. Russell/AP Photo

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.

(WFIU News file photo)

A class action complaint has been filed against the Indiana University Board of Trustees for COVID-19 related tuition reimbursements. 

The complaint was filed May 6, by Indianapolis-based Cox Law Office and Charleston, South Carolina-based Anastopoulo Law Firm in the Monroe County Circuit Court. 

The plaintiff is Justin Spiegel, an undergraduate student on the Bloomington campus from Illinois studying informatics, according to the complaint. 

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The pandemic forced schools to find new ways to get free meals to students, many of whom depend on them for nutrition. Statewide, nearly half of all students qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Connie Kristelli has been a food service supervisor at Indianapolis Public Schools for more than 30 years. She is one of many staffers who helped Indianapolis Public Schools serve more 242,000 meals for anyone 18 years old or younger since school buildings closed.

(Hoosiers By The Numbers)

Just under 44,000 Hoosiers filed initial claims for unemployment benefits last week. While that number declines, the Department of Workforce Development is still struggling to handle high call volumes. 

69K File For Michigan Unemployment; Pandemic Total Now 1.3M

May 7, 2020
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 69,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment last week, bringing Michigan's seven-week total in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 1.3 million. The number of new claims dropped for the fourth straight week but still approached the weekly high recorded in the Great Depression, according to federal data released Thursday. The state Unemployment Insurance Agency has said more than 1.1 million jobless have been paid benefits. To expedite claims for people waiting in a queue for help, Gov.