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The summer of 2021 may go down as one of the busiest for the folks at Beck Service Center South of Indianapolis.

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MCCSC guidelines are calling for students to wear masks when school starts next week, but some want masks to be optional. How to protect your car from catalytic converter theft. And a Bloomington non-profit is recruiting out-of-state remote workers.

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Twenty-six people are hospitalized with the virus in Monroe County, down from 33 yesterday. Hospitalizations hit a low of 12 patients July 15.

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Jesse Lowery, James “Stuff” Parks and Earl Wharton-El have been friends since the fourth grade, growing up in Indianapolis and attending Crispus Attucks High School together.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’ll be monitoring Indiana’s COVID-19 data as the State Fair begins. But he’s convinced it will be safe.

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Indiana is in the midst of the sharpest spike of COVID-19 cases since the earliest days of the pandemic. But Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is in “a different place” as he defends his decision not to reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

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The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced this week scholarships through the Build, Learn, Grow program will be available until March 2022. They were initially slated to end this October. 

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It took a world record performance to keep Lilly King from an improbable gold medal Thursday night at the Tokyo Olympics.

Gov. Eric Holcomb did not reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions as he extended Indiana's public health emergency for the 17th time.

Gov. Eric Holcomb opted not to reimpose any COVID-19 restrictions Thursday as he extended the state’s public health emergency for another month.

Pam Pontones, Dr. Kristina Box and Dr. Lindsay Weaver gave an update on the coronavirus Feb. 27.

Watch live as Gov. Eric Holcomb provides an update on COVID spread and health restrictions.

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Hoosiers caught violating Indiana’s hands-free driving law will now get an added penalty: points on their driving record, enough of which can lead to a suspension of their license.

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The program is offered through Indiana’s Next Level Jobs and paid for by the Workforce Ready Grant. Applicants must live in Indiana, have a high school diploma or GED, and have not previously received a Next Level Jobs certificate.

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The state listed 795 Hoosiers hospitalized with the virus today, up from 781 yesterday. The state started out with 684 hospitalized COVID-19 patients Monday. The state’s hospitalizations have been on the rise for the last month.

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In August, federal agents charged Zhao Kaikai with a visa violation and lying to U.S. government officials. They said he lied about connections to the Chinese military.

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Indiana-based craft distiller West Fork Whiskey broke ground on its second location Tuesday. The company said it will be one of the state’s largest agritourism destinations.

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One victim is hospitalized as the result of a stabbing reported early yesterday morning on the north side of town.

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The Indiana State Fair was canceled in 2020 for the first time since World War II.

The Indiana State Fair returns, starting July 30, a year after it was canceled for the first time since World War II. And there are some things a little different about this year’s event.

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President Biden nominated two Hoosier attorneys to head the northern and southern federal judicial districts.

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Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said the goal of the program is to get high school students excited enough to receive their COVID-19 shots. 

A map of the fictitious Site 81 at Lake Monroe

Google ‘Lake Monroe’ and you’ll get the expected tourist, boat rental, realty property and Department of Natural Resources links. But if you dig down a bit, you can also find a link to something called ‘Site 81.’

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The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy – which trains the majority of police across the state – temporarily halted operations because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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An invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly has arrived in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it was found in Switzerland County — located about halfway between Cincinnati and Louisville.

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He said breakthrough cases are bound to happen – IU President Pamela Whitten is an example. However, considering she only experienced mild symptoms, it is a good sign of things to come.  

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Health officials reported 29 new COVID-19 cases in Monroe County Wednesday but no additional deaths. That’s the most new cases recorded for the county since April 20. Newly reported daily cases have been on a gradual rise since June 9.

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Public safety officials announced Wednesday that the man who carried out a mass shooting this spring at an Indianapolis FedEx facility was motivated by suicide, not racial bias.

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A task force made up of Bloomington and Indiana University representatives has suggested two new names for Jordan Avenue.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb won’t reimpose any mask mandates in Hoosier schools, only urging students, teachers and staff to mask up amid a surge of COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reversed course on its mask guidance, once again suggesting all individuals wear masks indoors in areas where COVID-19 cases are surging.

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Indiana’s Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco won the silver medal in the 3-meter synchronized springboard diving event at the Tokyo Olympics Wednesday.

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The Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University want to build a stretch of highway that would charge electric cars as they drive. INDOT said electrifying the state’s highways would reduce pollution and support Indiana companies that make parts for new electric heavy trucks.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb will decide later this week whether to reimpose any COVID-19 restrictions as the delta variant surges in Indiana.

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More than 100 drivers at a Pepsi bottling facility in northwest Indiana have been on strike for over two weeks now, fighting against a proposed increase in health care costs.

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The new protocols modify the COVID guidelines currently in place, and closely follow updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – with slight modifications for vaccinated teachers.

Bloomington Annexation Map

The county has scheduled three upcoming events on annexation where residents can come and ask questions in-person before the Bloomington City Council's public hearing on August 4. 

Sample Gates on IU's campus, August 2019.

The ethical exemption is in addition to medical and religious exemptions previously allowed by the university, but it does not mean more people are opting out. Carney said almost 85 percent of all IU campus communities have reported getting at least a first dose of the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.

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