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The Indiana federal lawmakers who voted to block Joe Biden from becoming president will likely face little to no consequences – and may even benefit politically from their choices.

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The U.S. Department of Labor issued a rule earlier this week that attempts to help employers decide if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, but reactions are mixed among groups in the state.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb passionately defended the accomplishments of his first four years in office this week as he prepares to be sworn-in for his second term.

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The high traffic on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination registration website has caused delays and crashes, according to state health officials. 

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Legislation debated in an Indiana Senate committee Thursday would ban local governments from ever decreasing police or fire department budgets, unless there’s a revenue shortfall.

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School leaders in Indiana are making plans for their staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In some counties, initial doses have already become available for teachers, while others are still waiting without much information about when they'll get their shot.

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Indiana House Republicans plan to make a lot of one-time investments in the 2021 session to address their top legislative priorities, while Senate Republicans' 2021 agenda is tightly focused on fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hoosier business leaders overwhelmingly voiced support for a bill that would protect organizations from many lawsuits related to COVID-19. 

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U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) backed off a plan to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election Wednesday after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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Indiana lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to provide schools full funding for students learning remotely because of COVID-19. Lawmakers say the legislation may only be temporary to address changes caused by the pandemic.

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Indiana officials defended the state’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine while announcing more Hoosiers can soon schedule appointments.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun dropped his objections to Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes after a mob of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn't saying whether he supports efforts by some fellow Republicans in Congress to challenge Joe Biden’s election victory over President Donald Trump.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Sen. Todd Young says he will vote to uphold Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, going against President Donald Trump’s push to overturn the presidential election.

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Indiana state and local officials celebrated Monday after the NCAA announced all the men’s March Madness games will take place in central Indiana. Leaders expect the investments made to host the 68 teams will pay off.

Indiana House, Senate Democrats Unveil 2021 Agendas

Jan 6, 2021
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House and Senate Democrats' 2021 legislative agendas are focused on issues that they say the pandemic showed to be incredibly urgent.

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The Indiana House and Senate are making changes to the way they conduct business for the 2021 legislative session – one everyone agrees will be “unique.”

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Over the holidays, the federal government signed a law that would increase unemployment benefits to out-of-work Hoosiers. But Indiana has not yet announced when it will begin sending out an additional $300 in unemployment benefits.

Indiana will host all of this year’s NCAA March Madness Men’s tournaments following discussions with state and local officials about logistics and health concerns.

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Parkview Health in northeast Indiana administered some of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the state on Monday. Along with inoculating their own staff, Parkview will serve as a vaccination site for other health care workers in the state as well. 

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The governor's teacher compensation commission unveiled its report on teacher pay Monday, which includes a list of more than 30 recommendations to raise educator salaries. 

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Indiana will begin receiving its first doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, and anticipates receiving more at least weekly. 

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Indiana state courts are not allowed to hold in-person jury trials until at least March. That’s per a new order from the Indiana Supreme Court.

Indiana Casts Its 11 Electoral College Votes

Dec 14, 2020
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Indiana cast its 11 electoral votes for President Donald Trump Monday as the nation’s Electoral College helps wrap up the 2020 presidential election.

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Hoosiers are split over whether Indiana lawmakers should draw their own districts – as they currently do – or an independent commission should be responsible for redistricting.

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Indiana lesbian couples will be able to include both people’s names on their children’s birth certificates after a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

Cisco Is Now An Endangered Species And Illegal To Catch

Dec 14, 2020
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Last month, Indiana declared three animals endangered species in the state — including a native coldwater fish called the cisco. Because runoff pollution and algal blooms have polluted its habitat, the fish’s numbers have been going down for decades.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 551 additional confirmed deaths over the last week – the most reported in a single week during the pandemic, and nearly double the high reported in April. That brings the state’s total to 6,495 confirmed deaths. ISDH also reported nearly 43,000 new cases in the last week.

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INDIANAPOLIS - There is now a third round of COVID-19 response grants available for communities to apply for to help those impacted by the pandemic. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs are working with and overseeing the program. Crouch says some Northwest Indiana counties were awarded grants during the initial launch of the program in April and in the second round, in August.

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The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is trying to speed up the process for resolving disputes about unemployment eligibility by making unscheduled phone calls. Lawyers say making the process faster could be a good thing, but worry it could have unintended consequences.