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Protesters continue to march against police violence in cities across Indiana. Indianapolis and Fort Wayne’s protests over the weekend resulted in police confrontation and vandalism. South Bend’s protest went largely without police intervention. 

Michael Puente is live in St. John, IN covering a peaceful protest.

Here's part two of Michael's coverage:

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Today: “Times” reporter Dan Carden  joins us to talk about the stories he put out in print and online, including an update on primary elections. Julian Marsh, Executive Director of the Gary Housing Authority joins us to discuss the collaboration with FAITH Community Development Center to spearhead the COVID-19 Food Relief Initiative. The drive-up food giveaway will take place every Thursday in June.

How Racism, Health Disparities Harm Black Americans

Jun 4, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

Demonstrations are flaring up across the country to protest the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police. They’re also calling attention to broader inequalities. One of those areas—health disparities—kills Black Americans in massive numbers.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 10 additional confirmed deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,032. The state announced more than 35,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 278,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Despite worries about COVID-19's impact on the economy, voters appear to be supporting funding proposals from school corporations across Indiana. Unofficial results show 16 out of the 18 school funding referendum measures passing. 

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Indiana announced Wednesday it will test all nursing home staff for COVID-19 over the next month.

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Today: Today: Noted Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus is with us to talk about his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns that are published online and in print. Indiana University regional campuses and Ivy Tech Community College sign guaranteed admissions agreement. Ivy Tech Vice President of Academic Admissions, Dr. Russ Baker, joins us to talk about what that means for students across the state. And we revisit conversations about a teen advocate working to keep kids safe in Gary.

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Frank Mrvan seems to have captured an upset victory in yesterday’s Democratic primary for Northwest Indiana’s congressional seat.


Hammond, IN - A mostly peaceful  protest in Hammond, Indiana Tuesday afternoon resulted in  the arrest of one man and police using pepper spray on a crowd of about a hundred young people.


HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Rep. Pete Visclosky’s choice to replace him after 36 years in Congress won the Democratic primary in the party’s northwestern Indiana stronghold.

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More than a dozen school districts are seeking voter approval for referendum funding during today's primary election, and leaders and school officials say the pandemic has changed how they talk about their proposals.

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A total of 2,022 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19, one month after Indiana began reopening businesses. State officials say their analysis of the data still supports reopening. 

MUNSTER- An Indiana State Trooper shot a 30 year-old Crown Point man after that person reportedly pinned that trooper to a police car with his vehicle.

The "Times" reports Eric Douglas led police on a chase early Tuesday with several passengers in his car, including a young child.

Munster police responded to a "suspicious" silver Nissan Sedan at about 12:30 a.m.  Police say Douglas sped off without headlights on and tried to ram a Munster police car before taking off eastbound on I- 80 from Kennedy Avenue. He eventually crashed into a roundabout in East Chicago.

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

Today is Election Day in Indiana as the state expanded vote-by-mail to anyone who wanted it for this year’s primary, a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brandon Smith has a special report on why it may take days for the final tally of many races to come in as more than 500,000 Hoosiers requested an absentee ballot. Mark Edward Wilows is a children’s book author. He joins us to discuss his latest project-- the heartwarming story “Silas and Sophie”.

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

NW Indiana man shot by state trooper following pursuit

Jun 2, 2020

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — State police say a northwestern Indiana man was shot and wounded by a state trooper he allegedly wedged between his vehicle and the officer’s cruiser following an overnight vehicle pursuit.

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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 State Department of Health reported nine additional confirmed deaths Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,976. The state announced nearly 35,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 266,000 Hoosiers tested.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

On March 23, just hours before Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the closure of non-essential businesses, the South Bend Police Department received this 911 call. It’s from a staff member at the local WorkOne office.

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Crown Point, IN - About 100 protestors gathered in Crown Point, Monday afternoon, to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd was the Minneapolis, MN man who was killed after now former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 mintues. Floyd cried out "I cannot breathe," while Chauvin knelt on his neck.

HAMMOND -  Peaceful protests in Hammond over the weekend led to  a larger police intervention on Saturday, after a small group broke-off from the event and headed for 80/94.  Hammond Police Department Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Steve Kellogg says the police action was to protect the safety of all.  

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

Indianapolis imposes curfew after 2 nights of violence

May 31, 2020
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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.