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Indiana’s average unemployment rate in 2020 – 7.1 percent – increased nearly 4 percentage points compared to the year before.

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Join us this week as we talk with scientists about the Perseverance rover and what we will discover about life on Mars from its exploration.

Signs outside of a coronavirus testing facility in Bloomington.

The Indiana Department of Health is reporting 786 COVID-19 cases and nine additional confirmed deaths. The latest data brings Indiana's total case number to 663,511 and the total death toll to 12,200.

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IU Health South Central Region Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Handel is beginning to see elements of what a post-COVID-19 new normal could look like.

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Why Columbus had a head start on the coronavirus response, when Columbus could reach herd immunity, scheduling summer events, Riverfront project costs are going up, and Exhibit Columbus returns.

The Pfizer covid-19 vaccine.

During a news conference on Jan. 6, the governor and health officials outlined their vaccine roll out plan – which is different from their interim plan in October. 

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A longtime heavyweight in Indiana's gambling industry is selling his stake in a Gary casino project and permanently giving up his state casino license after allegations of financial wrongdoings by him and a business partner.

INDOT is placing temporary signs on highways leading to host cities to commemorate the historic month and help guide fans and teams.

Games will be played throughout Indiana beginning Wednesday in Evansville, Indianapolis, Bloomington and West Lafayette.

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The Indiana Department of Correction faces paying more than $500,000 in legal fees in its unsuccessful fight to keep its execution drugs secret.

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IU Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Handel said people who have Down Syndrome, have had solid organ transplants, are on dialysis, have sickle cell disease or are in treatment for cancer are eligible to be vaccinated.

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Many people who have used their homes to work remotely in the past year won’t be eligible to claim a tax deduction for home-related work expenses – even if they haven’t stepped foot in an office since March.

Vernon Jordan

Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young.

Young’s announcement Tuesday came via a short video message on social media. In it, he defended his record, saying he promised Hoosiers he would deliver “conservative results.”

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Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) has authored a bill to allow speed cameras in highway construction zones for two years now. He said its biggest obstacle has nothing to do with Indiana.

Crawfordsville High School teacher Emily Race

The pressure to track kids down, get them engaged in school, and come up with lesson plans they can do remotely or in-person is a lot for one person to handle. Crawfordsville language arts teacher Emily Race said she's exhausted.

AquaBounty's first batch of its genetically engineered salmon eggs arrived at the end of May 2019.

AquaBounty Technologies original date for harvesting the genetically modified salmon was at the end of last year. But, President and CEO Sylvia Wulf said salmon prices collapsed because of the way COVID-19 has affected the economy.

A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine.

The Indiana Dept. of Health lowered the minimum age to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to 55 years old Tuesday morning, along with announcing three new mass vaccination sites across the state.

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Crawfordsville High School teacher Emily Race

The pressure to track kids down, get them engaged in school, and come up with lesson plans they can do remotely or in-person is a lot for one person to handle. Crawfordsville language arts teacher Emily Race said she's exhausted.

AquaBounty's first batch of its genetically engineered salmon eggs arrived at the end of May 2019.

AquaBounty Technologies original date for harvesting the genetically modified salmon was at the end of last year. But, President and CEO Sylvia Wulf said salmon prices collapsed because of the way COVID-19 has affected the economy.

A healthcare worker receives a dose of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine.

The Indiana Dept. of Health lowered the minimum age to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to 55 years old Tuesday morning, along with announcing three new mass vaccination sites across the state.

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Holly McLauchlin is Bloomington Utilities communications director and said it is difficult to pinpoint a cause for the breaks. The age and material of pipes are factors, but she said water temperature could also play a role. 

The Butterball poultry processing plant in Carthage, Missouri is one of several major plants that employ many Latinx immigrants.

Missouri’s vaccine rollout has stumbled and the state routinely lags towards the back of the pack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers in the Latinx community are especially troubling.

Indiana's Mackenzie Holmes drives to the basket against Ohio State Saturday.

The Indiana women’s basketball team cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history Monday, earning the No. 10 spot in the latest Associated Press poll.

A screenshot of video of a boat fire at Hoosier Hills Marina on Patoka Lake, Feb. 19, 2021.

A Monday news release from IDEM said that most of the fuel in the 12 total affected boats was consumed by the fire on Feb. 19.

A CDC rendering of a microscopic image of the new coronavirus.

Indiana has provided the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 1,000,321 Hoosiers, in just more than two months – with nearly 570,000 Hoosiers fully vaccinated.

Youth apprentices with CareerWise Elkhart County participate in a team-building activity while Jason Harrison of Horizon Education Alliance supervises.

An Indiana program to keep college graduates in the state will expand its focus to a broad range of work-based learning opportunities as it aims to connect everyone from high schoolers to adults to the workforce.

 Indiana has administered 992,727 initial vaccine doses, with 565,722 Hoosiers fully vaccinated.

The Indiana Department of Health reported 195 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,142 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 6,000 new cases in the last week.

A healthcare worker speaks with someone in a coronavirus drive thru testing facility in Bloomington.

The COVID-19 death toll is 12,142. Another 431 probably deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom there’s no positive test on record, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

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One photo shows the official in blackface and a black wig while wearing a shirt reading “Kill Whitey.” He is standing next to a person dressed in a white Ku Klux Klan robes. The photos were reportedly taken around 2003.

A collage of photos of former IU football player Chris Beaty.

Cathedral High School announced last week that $100,000 donated to the school from a GoFundMe campaign will go toward the new Chris Beaty ’00 Endowed Memorial Tuition Fund.

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The funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will go to 40 of Indiana’s public housing authorities for projects such as replacing roofs, upgrading heating systems and other improvements.

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Lawmakers face another two months of jostling over the new two-year state budget, a proposal to increase Indiana’s cigarette tax and calls for greater police accountability.

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The 897 newly diagnosed cases bring the state’s total to 660,942 since the start of the pandemic, the Indiana Department of Health said Saturday.

vaccine cubicle at the Monroe Co Convention Center

Some rural communities are facing an uphill battle to administer the vaccine. How racially restrictive covenants limited access for African-Americans to get a home during the 20th century. And an Indiana Statehouse update.

Former President Barack Obama in 2011.

Carbon emissions at power plants in the U.S. have gone down by 38 percent since 2005 levels — that's six percentage points more than the target set by the Clean Power Plan.

The Indiana Statehouse.

The Indiana General Assembly wraps up the first half of its session: the House passes the state budget, the Senate shackles the governor over emergency powers and elimination of Indiana’s handgun licenses is a step closer. 

A map generated by SAVI at IUPUI shows rates of internet access by race.

Data analysis by the research group SAVI at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis shows that 28% of Black Hoosiers do not have a computer or reliable internet service at home. 

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