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As schools move more of their students back to virtual learning, internet connectivity remains a significant hurdle for some families. But in Vigo County, the school district is deploying a fleet of Wi-Fi-equipped buses as part of its strategy to help bridge the gap. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 311 additional confirmed deaths over the last week – the most reported in a single week during the pandemic. That brings the state’s total to 5,040 confirmed deaths.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

More than 5,000 Hoosiers have now died from COVID-19. While state officials have tried to slow the spread of the virus, some health experts say it wasn't enough. 

Stutzman Resigning From Indiana House, Blames Governor

Nov 24, 2020
Courtesy of the Indiana House Republican caucus

Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) announced Tuesday she is resigning her seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. And she’s blaming Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

The Indiana State Teachers Association is calling on the governor and schools to take more action as schools have reported more than 15,000 COVID-19 cases. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

More Hoosiers voted in the 2020 general election than in any election in state history, crossing the 3 million-voter mark for the first time.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

As coronavirus infection rates skyrocket across the state, many school districts are going back to full-time virtual learning. But that poses a problem for working parents as a temporary paid leave program expires at the end of the year.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

State and fedCaerally-funded workforce programs need to continue sharing data and resources while adapting to changes brought by COVID-19. That's the biggest takeaway from Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency annual workforce programs report for legislators.

Courtesy of NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office

Indiana University is working to clean up debris in space. Things like old satellites and booster rockets have put hundreds of millions of pieces of litter in Earth’s orbital space. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana casinos have a few new rules to follow after Gov. Eric Holcomb’s latest COVID-19 executive order.

Nearly 4 million Hoosiers could be eligible for money from credit bureau Equifax after a 2017 data breach – but they have until Dec. 16 to file a claim.

Alan Mbathi / IPB News

Indiana has crossed 300,000 positive COVID-19 cases. Monday’s newly reported cases were the fewest in nearly a week – though the state has reported more than 5,000 cases every day since Nov. 10. 

Samantha Horton / IPB News

After low prices the last few years, wholesale turkey prices increased during the pandemic by about 15 percent over last year. The increase will hit those with lower incomes especially hard.

As of Sunday, 5,040 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The most recent 1,000 confirmed deaths were reported over the span of just 24 days.

Courtesy of SHPE

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, or SHPE, is connecting with high school and college students, and helping them prepare for possible job opportunities. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent, continuing an encouraging downward trajectory since the start of the pandemic. But the number of people in the labor force is falling too – and that’s not a good sign.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb will continue quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19, despite negative test results Friday.

Courtesy of Governor Holcomb's office

Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint Katie Jenner as Indiana's first-ever appointed education secretary. Holcomb announced his pick for the state's top school official in a statement Thursday.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Hoosier Environmental Council outlined its priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The group will talk about some of those at their annual Greening the Statehouse event that takes place virtually on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. We talked with HEC executive director Jesse Kharbanda about some of these priorities. He said many of them reflect the challenging time we’re in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

As COVID-19 numbers continue to surge across the state, more hospitals are forced to send non-emergency patients elsewhere. But that doesn’t mean local hospitals will stop caring for patients needing urgent care. 

Alan Mbathi / IPB News

Within the next decade, nine coal plants in Indiana are expected to close or partially shut down. While that may mean cleaner air, it can also have repercussions for the towns that host these plants. In the first in our two-part series, we look at how the transition away from coal could play out in the southern Indiana town of Petersburg.

Mitch Legan / WTIU/WFIU News

Indiana’s top health official says every college student heading home from school should act like they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Ivy Tech is launching what may be the country’s first commercial driver’s license program, comprised of academic and practical coursework, where students can use federal student loans to pay for it.

Courtesy of the governor's office

Indiana government has its first-ever cabinet officer dedicated to equity and inclusion.

Courtesy of Governor Holcomb's office

Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint Katie Jenner as Indiana's first-ever appointed education secretary. Holcomb announced his pick for the state's top school official in a statement Thursday.

Brock Turner / WTIU

A task force charged with developing a statewide energy plan voted to pass its final recommendations to the Indiana legislature on Thursday. Its report suggests lawmakers determine how the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission can ensure reliable electricity.

Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Democrats say the General Assembly is not prepared to safely conduct its legislative session in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holcomb In Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure

Nov 17, 2020
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb is quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.

Republicans Reject Indiana House Mask Mandate

Nov 17, 2020
Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Republicans rejected an effort Tuesday to require House lawmakers to wear masks during the upcoming legislative session.

Jeanie Lindsay / IPB News

The Indiana State Board of Education is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the way the state calculates school letter grades. 

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