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Indianapolis imposes curfew after 2 nights of violence

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis mayor ordered an overnight curfew after two nights of violent protests over the Minneapolis death of George Floyd led to several shootings and widespread downtown damage.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - The Porter and LaPorte county fairs have been canceled because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fair manager Don Stoner told the "Times" the decision was made due to the risk involved and safety precautions that would have to be imposed.  He also doesn't believe with the social nature of the fair, being a time when friends get together, that social distancing would be possible.

The LaPorte County Fair, was scheduled for July 12-18 and is Indiana’s oldest county fair.

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The state announced a grant program to help small businesses that weren’t able to secure funding from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. 

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Hoosiers who vote in person for this year’s primary election will not be required to wear masks, use gloves, or observe critical social distancing guidelines.

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The United States Department of Transportation has awarded Indiana $177.5 million for two projects – one in Lake County and the other in Indianapolis.

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The number of Hoosiers filing new applications for unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week, to 26,000. But since mid-March, over 700,000 workers have applied for unemployment.

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The Indiana Broadcaster's Association provides the latest updates on coronavirus as it impacts Hoosiers.

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The Indiana Broadcaster's Association provides the latest updates on coronavirus as it impacts Hoosiers.

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Dan Thystrup is the owner of Adventureglass and has been making paddle boats for about 25 years. They’re used in recreational parks all over the world.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional confirmed deaths Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 1,907. The state announced more than 33,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 242,000 Hoosiers tested.

Utilities Want to Recoup Losses During COVID From Customers

May 28, 2020

NORTHWEST INDIANA - NIPSCO and other investor-owned gas and electric utilities want to recoup revenue it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic from its customers.

The "Times" reports the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is going to review the utilities' request.

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John Suher Sr. has worked at Honeywell in South Bend for 23 years and is president of the UAW union for the plant. He told the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus in a virtual press conference workers have been having "some major issues here with the company."

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More than a dozen school districts in Indiana are asking voters to approve funding for construction projects, general operating costs, or both, during the June 2 primary. 

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The state plans to look into how the pandemic has affected Indiana utilities and their customers. This comes just days after Gov. Eric Holcomb extended the moratorium on utility disconnections for unpaid bills by another month. 

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Nearly 550,000 Hoosiers requested absentee ballots for the 2020 primary – a huge increase from prior years after the state expanded vote-by-mail to anyone who wanted it.

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The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable." 

“Times” reporter joins us to talk about the stories he put out in print and online, including an update on the latest with massive layoffs at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City as well as White Lodging at its corporate headquarters in Merrillville. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to Karen Marlow-Kellemen, executive director of the Northwest Indiana Red Cross about a virtual version of its “Zero to Hero” program.

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A zoning change for part of the USS Lead Superfund site likely means less arsenic and lead contaminated soil will get cleaned up there. On Monday, the East Chicago city council voted 8-1 to allow the site of the former West Calumet Public Housing Complex to go from residential zoning to industrial. 

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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.

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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.

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Indiana will begin testing a new program next week that will allow some Hoosiers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits for grocery delivery.

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Blue Chip Casino to Layoff 60% of its Workforce

May 27, 2020

MICHIGAN CITY - Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is permanently laying off up to 60 percent of its workers in Michigan City due to the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic.  

The "Times" reports the layoffs will take effect between July 1 and July 14. It's not yet known exactly how extensive the layoffs will be.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the extended shutdown of Northwest Indiana's casinos and they are not allowed to reopen until at least June 14.  The mandatory closures went into effect mid-March.

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Today: The City of Gary partnered with Borden Dairy to distribute thousands of gallons of free milk as part of the Mayor’s Milk Initiative. Attorney Tony Walker  joined us to tell us more about it as well as the provide details about the weekly food distributions at the Gary Genesis Center. Indiana University Northwest announced that it’s School of Business and Economics has received an extension of its AACSB International accreditation, a designation earned by only five percent of the world's schools offering business degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 18 additional confirmed deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,850. The state announced more than 32,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 230,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Small businesses are still struggling despite federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is advocating for a bill he helped create that would provide additional help to small business owners financially hit by the pandemic.

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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.

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White Lodging Laying off 100 Workers

May 26, 2020

MERRILLVILLE - White Lodging is laying off 100 workers at it corporate headquarters in Merrillville.  

The "Times" reports the hospitality company told the Indiana Department of Workforce Development the layoffs will be permanent.

In a letter to the state of Indiana, Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Fischer said the layoffs are due to unforeseeable, dramatic and unprecedented downturn in business and occupancy arising from the coronavirus public health crisis.

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