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Fewer cars on the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to better air quality in many parts of the world. But state officials say it’s harder to tell what impact "Stay-At-Home" orders have had on air quality in Indiana overall.

While some air pollutants have gone down, others have gone up. Scott Deloney heads up the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Air Programs Branch.

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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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Indiana will hold some in-person voting opportunities for its June 2 primary election.

The state already extended vote-by-mail to any Hoosier who wants to cast a ballot that way. But Secretary of State Connie Lawson says some voters feel strongly about going to their polling place.

Still, the state is going to limit in-person voting to just one week leading up to and including Election Day on June 2.

Indiana Newspaper Folds Amid Pandemic

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CLINTON, Ind. (AP) — A small western Indiana newspaper has folded, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Publisher George “Sonny” Carey says Friday’s editions of The Daily Clintonian in the Vermillion County community of Clinton were its last.

Carey says COVID-19 and the resulting lack of advertising revenue was the final straw for the paper.

He says he "wanted to keep it open, but it’s not viable.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Trustees at Indiana University have allowed school leaders to borrow up to $1 billion to counter a potential budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The trustees approved the request Friday. University spokesman Chuck Carney says the university is in good financial shape, but the request offers peace of mind for the university to continue operations during difficult times.

The university’s largest source of revenue is tuition. The school remains in operation during the pandemic, but has stopped in-person classes for the spring and summer.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A Catholic priest in western Indiana has stopped hearing drive-through confessions at the request of the Indianapolis Archdiocese amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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President Trump is speaking from the Oval Office at 9pm about the coronavirus. The World Health Organization labeled the outbreak a pandemic earlier in the day.

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