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Indiana virus death toll now 139, total cases near 5,000

Apr 6, 2020
Alan Mbathi / IPB News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say 12 more COVID-19 deaths have driven Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic to 139, while the total number of cases approaches 5,000, The Indiana State Department of Health said Monday that with 536 new cases confirmed, the total number of Indiana residents known to have the coronavirus has risen to 4,944.

Central Indiana had more than half of the new cases. Marion County, home to Indianapolis, had the most new cases at 204, while adjacent Hamilton County had 35.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two additional cases of the new coronavirus have been diagnosed in Indiana, boosting the state’s total COVID-19 cases to six.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Tuesday two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 were found in patients in northeastern Indiana’s Adams County and in Boone County, just northwest of Indianapolis. Officials announced Monday that an elementary school student in Hendricks County, just west of Indianapolis, has a presumptive positive case of the coronavirus, as does an adult in northeastern Indiana’s Noble County.

New Housing Report Sheds Light On Disparity

Feb 17, 2020

Housing disparity influenced by race is apparent in cities across the Midwest and a new analysis focuses on what this inequality looks like in Marion County.

White Indianapolis residents are more likely than black residents to be home-owners, and the value of homes in majority black neighborhoods are considerably lower.  The median home value in these neighborhoods is $41,000 less than the county average.

A new fund will direct money to Indiana programs that address social issues related to health. Indiana University Health is providing $100 million to create the Community Impact Investment Fund.

Advanced Energy Job Sector Growing in Indiana

Sep 4, 2019

The national business group Advanced Energy Economy is reporting a 4 percent growth in Indiana jobs last year. That means more Hoosiers than ever are working in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announces a lawsuit against the Sackler family. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s Attorney General filed a new lawsuit aimed at the family behind Purdue Pharma. The state becomes the latest to accuse members of the Sackler family of exacerbating the opioid crisis.

Food insecurity in Indiana is down slightly according to an annual report from Feeding America but Hoosiers are still more likely to face hunger than the national average.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marion County is launching a needle exchange program that will enlist a vehicle the size of a small school bus to combat Indianapolis' soaring hepatitis C rate by distributing clean syringes and collecting used ones.

The vehicle unveiled Wednesday by the county's health department will begin visiting two east side Indianapolis neighborhoods next week. But it could eventually make stops in other neighborhoods, based on recommendations by police and health officials.

Syringe Access Program Rolls Out In Indianapolis

Apr 10, 2019
The new Marion County syringe exchange mobile unit is unveiled in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s ninth syringe exchange program was launched in Marion County. 

More Pence-Carrier Deal Emails, Documents Released

Nov 21, 2018

More than a 1,000 pages of emails and documents from the office of then-Gov. Mike Pence have been published online for public viewing, following a series of public records requests by the Citizens Action Coalition

Indiana Records First West Nile Virus Deaths

Sep 25, 2018

Indiana recorded its first two deaths from the West Nile Virus this week. One is in Marion County and one in Grant County.

Marion County health officials say the county hasn’t had a death from the virus that is carried by mosquitoes since 2012. 

The Marion County Health Department offers these tips to reduce the risk of becoming infected.

The latest state report on the number of children determined to have died because of abuse or neglect came out today. The analysis details the deaths of 59 Hoosier children killed in 2016.

There were 77 children who died in 2015.

The report found children 3-years-old and younger are at the highest risk for abuse and neglect, which is consistent across the U.S. 

Marion County Election Board Settles Lawsuit, Will Create Five Early Voting Offices

Jul 13, 2018

The Marion County Election Board has agreed to create five new early voting centers – the result of a settlement agreement reached earlier this week.

Common Cause Indiana and two branches of the NAACP filed a federal lawsuit against the board last summer.

The advocacy group argued the lack of early voting offices around Marion County was a constitutional issue, since a trip to the county's single downtown location was unreasonable for many residents.

Indianapolis, state and health officials announce a syringe exchange program for Marion County. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Hepatitis C cases in Marion County are up so much, the public health department in Indianapolis declared an epidemic. A syringe exchange program is part of the county’s answer. 

Marion County Public Health Director Virginia Caine spelled out a proposal for a syringe exchange program Thursday. 

Federal Judge: Marion County Must Open More Early Voting Sites

Apr 26, 2018

A federal judge ruled Marion County must provide at least two new early voting satellite sites before the November election.

Common Cause Indiana, the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP and others filed suit last year arguing the county’s single early voting site suppressed voting.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker agreed with their argument in an injunction issued Wednesday.

Former Indy Mayors Celebrate Legacy Of Richard Lugar

Nov 13, 2017

From right to left – former U.S. senator and Indianapolis mayor Richard Lugar, current mayor Joe Hogsett, and former mayors Greg Ballard, Bart Peterson and Steve Goldsmith. (Photo by Drew Daudelin) 


All living mayors of Indianapolis gathered Monday to celebrate the legacy of former mayor and U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, on the 50th anniversary of his election as mayor.

Lugar served two terms as mayor, starting in 1968. He served as U.S. Senator for Indiana from 1977 to 2013.

More apartments are becoming smoke-free in Marion County.

Smoke Free Indy, a group from the Marion County Health Department, surveyed over 300 properties this year, and found 24 percent do not allow smoking. In 2015 only 14 percent were smoke-free, and when the group first surveyed apartment complexes in 2013 only 4 percent prohibited smoking.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited a high-performing private Indianapolis high school Tuesday, where nearly every student receives a voucher. She toured Providence Cristo Rey High School on a fact-finding mission and meet students and staff.

DeVos’ school visit follows a Monday speech in Indianapolis where she alluded to “an ambitious” federal expansion of school choice. DeVos did not lay out details of what a federal program could look like.

A state board that authorizes charter schools voted Monday to cancel plans for a group of Indianapolis business professionals to open schools in Marion and Clark counties.

The reason?