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Hoosiers have one week left to register to vote for the 2020 general election.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 73 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,354. The state announced more than 117,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1.3 million Hoosiers tested.

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This weekend, most businesses throughout Indiana will be able to fully reopen if they choose. While Stage 5 lifts capacity limits on businesses, bars and restaurants still face other restrictions.

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden haven’t made any campaign stops in Indiana this general election cycle. But Hoosiers got a chance to hear from a presidential candidate Sunday evening – Libertarian Jo Jorgensen.


Less than half of the number of 18- and 19-year-olds are registered to vote in Indiana this year compared to 2016. That decline is the worst in the nation.

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The Indiana State Department of Health and IUPUI will begin the third phase of its COVID-19 tracking study on Sept. 29. This round of the study is set to include children as participants for the first time.


Many of Indiana's school leaders are grappling with tension in their communities as they consider how and when to bring more kids back into schools, but teachers say they're feeling more pressure than ever to manage classes in-person and online, as well as their own safety.

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Walmart is addressing the increase of e-commerce demands with plans for a new facility just outside of Indianapolis. The new e-commerce fulfillment center will be the company’s largest in the country.

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Preliminary data shows schools across Indiana have reported nearly 1,900 total cases of COVID-19 among staff and students. 

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could have huge implications for the future of reproductive rights and access to abortion.

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The Indiana University School of Medicine received a grant of up to $12.3 million aimed at developing a new drug that could potentially help treat opioid withdrawal syndrome.The grant will kick off a five-year project, from research and initial trials on patients to production of the drug. 

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Barring a last-minute curveball from the federal courts, Indiana will be one of only four states without expanded vote-by-mail for the 2020 general election, amid an ongoing pandemic.

Indiana residents must be registered to vote 29 days before each election. What do you need on Election Day? What do you need to register to vote? Can you vote if you’re homeless? We’re answering your questions submitted through the Indiana 2020 Two-Way. 

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Hoosier voters will be able to go to court this fall to ask for polls to stay open longer if there are problems on Election Day.

Indiana Expands Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

Sep 23, 2020
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Indiana is expanding a small business COVID-19 relief program after it struggled to get many Hoosier businesses to apply.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he’s lifting almost all of Indiana’s COVID-19 restrictions.

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Indiana officials said they’re allocating an additional $25 million from the CARES Act towards the state’s Next Level Jobs program. The program offsets the costs of certain types of training for workers and employers.

More Unemployed Hoosiers Report Problems Being Fixed

Sep 23, 2020
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Indiana is making progress getting state unemployment benefits to those who qualify for it.

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U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) both say they'll vote for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the Nov. 3 election.

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The Cass County Council voted to approve bonds for a controversial zinc oxide manufacturing plant last week. Waelz Sustainable Products wants to locate the plant in the county after the project was rejected in Muncie.

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The federal government plans to increase the fees for asylum seekers and applicants for U.S. citizenship in early October. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 67 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,281. The state announced more than 111,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1.3 million Hoosiers tested.

Study Emphasizes COVID-19 Effects Worsened by Obesity Rates

Sep 22, 2020
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Indiana is one of 12 states with an obesity rate of at least 35 percent among adults, according to a new national report. 

DWD Puts In Request For Federal Unemployment Loan

Sep 22, 2020
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The Department of Workforce Development requested to borrow $300 million from the federal government to pay state unemployment insurance claims. Those receiving unemployment benefits will be paid as usual, but it could mean higher payroll taxes for businesses in the future.

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Indiana is withdrawing from purchasing land for a fourth port. This comes three years after an agreement to potentially purchase the land was first signed.

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Indiana’s food banks are in critical need of volunteers. The state is putting out a call for help ahead of the end of the month – when the need increases significantly.

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly announced Wednesday its COVID-19 antibody drug is showing results in reducing hospitalizations from the virus. This is the company’s first data to be reported on mild to moderate cases but still needs to be reviewed by peers.

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If Indiana wants to attract certain businesses, the state will have to help them go green. That’s what speakers representing economic development organizations told members of the state’s 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force. 

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More than $61 million in federal funding from the CARES Act is making its way into Indiana schools to support remote learning needs.

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill would rather a court eliminate the current vote-by-mail option for Hoosiers aged 65 or older than allow every eligible voter to cast a mail-in ballot.