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COVID-19 has been “totally devastating” for some Hoosier fireworks companies. One company owner says his business needs help to survive – and a proposal from U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) could be the answer.

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Lawmakers approved several new education laws during the legislative session earlier this year, and many go into effect with the new fiscal year, July 1.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana will largely press pause on its reopening plan instead of moving to the final phase this weekend.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,448. The state announced more than 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 484,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Many Hoosiers who are unable to pay their energy bills won’t face shutoffs for another 45 days. On Monday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered some utilities to continue the moratorium on shutoffs through Aug. 14. 

New Laws Take Effect July 1

Jun 30, 2020
Lauren Chapman

The 2020 legislative session ended in March – but many of the major education and health care measures passed by the state legislature go into effect on Wednesday. 

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The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created to help small businesses in response to the coronavirus is set to expire Tuesday. According to some advocates, most businesses owned by people of color did not get the chance to take full advantage of the program.

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The state has approved Duke Energy’s rate increase, but for less than half as much money as the utility had requested. The utility had asked for $395 million last July and was approved for $146 million.

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Many Hoosiers who are unable to pay their energy bills won’t face shutoffs for another 45 days. On Monday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered some utilities to continue the moratorium on shutoffs through Aug. 14. 

BMV Will Begin Charging Late Fees Again On July 1

Jun 29, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will begin charging late fees again July 1.

Late fees had been suspended the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 33 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,427. The state announced nearly 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 470,000 Hoosiers tested.

Hands-Free Driving Law Takes Effect July 1

Jun 29, 2020
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Hoosiers can no longer use their cell phones while driving unless they’re hands-free, starting Wednesday.

Courtesy of the Holcomb administration

Thousands of Hoosier renters facing eviction in the coming weeks might get a little help from the state.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 27 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,377. The state announced nearly 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 426,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana schools will have access to a grant program aimed at improving remote learning. The $61.6 million for the state-run program comes from the federal CARES Act.

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It’s safe to say there have been other things on Hoosiers’ minds than the environment these days. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the health of Indiana residents, but also jobs and local economies. Meanwhile, people across the country are protesting acts of violence by police officers against black men and women. 

Courtesy of the Governor's Workforce Cabinet

The Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is getting more than two million dollars to support the state’s Rapid Recovery Plan. It’s intended to help with workforce training programs and career coaching in light of the pandemic.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate fell more than 5 percent in May according to data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. However, the same report revised April’s rate upwards from what was already a record high. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 23 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,350. The state announced more than 42,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 412,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 39 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,304. The state announced more than 41,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 384,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for attorney general made pitches to state party delegates Thursday in a virtual convention broadcast. The in-person convention was canceled this year due to COVID-19.

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Hoosiers protected under the DACA program and their advocates across the state are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to prevent the government from ending it. But their happiness is tempered by the lack of action towards permanent legal protection for the roughly 10,000 Indiana residents.

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As state officials work to figure out how to address tax revenue losses due to COVID-19, local governments are facing shortfalls of their own.

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Almost 100 workers in Indiana drove laps around the Statehouse as part of a national Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice. It’s sponsored by labor unions across the state and led by the AFL-CIO.

Weinzapfel Is Democrats' Nominee For Attorney General

Jun 18, 2020
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Former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel is the Indiana Democrats’ nominee for attorney general.

Vectren Plans To Go 60 Percent Renewable Energy By 2025

Jun 18, 2020
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In the next five years, the Indiana utility Vectren will make a huge shift toward renewable energy and away from coal. That’s according to the utility’s latest 20-year plan. 

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The spread of COVID-19 seems to be slowing down in Indiana – that’s according to the latest results in a statewide study of the virus, led by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

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Indiana fiscal officials expect the state to fall between $3 to 4 billion short of its current two-year state budget.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 25 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,265. The state announced more than 40,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 363,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The state wants to know where recycling could use a boost in Indiana. The Department of Environmental Management plans to conduct a statewide recycling study. 

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