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Right now on Indiana Newsdesk:

The governor is lifting all of the state’s COVID restrictions. But is the decision driven by science or politics?

The state won’t allow expanded vote by mail. So it’s falling to local election officials to make sure poll workers and voters feel safe.

Seven men have now been executed this year in Terre Haute. They all died by the same method – a lethal dose of pentobarbital. Ahead why Chris Vialva, who was executed yesterday – is calling it “state sanctioned murder.”

And we remember Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her visit to Indiana University in 1998.

Those stories plus the latest news headlines from across the state right now on Indiana Newsdesk!

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September 25, 2020

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State COVID Restrictions Lifted, Safe Voting, Federal Executions | Indiana Newsdesk

Is lifting the state’s COVID restrictions driven by science or politics? Local election officials are working to make sure poll workers and voters feel safe. Seven men have been executed this year in Terre Haute. And we remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s visit to IU.

September 25, 2020

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Lethal Injection

Medical Expert Criticizes Federal Government’s Lethal Injection Protocol

A medical doctor says the federal government’s method of executing inmates amounts to “experimentation.”

September 25, 2020

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Midwifery Gains In Popularity Around Indiana

Community Hospital North in Indianapolis recently launched a midwifery department. Midwives are nurses that specifically work with women throughout their entire pregnancy.

September 23, 2020

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Community Calls For More Transparency On MCCSC COVID-19 Metrics

An online petition was formed last week that makes specific demands for teachers and district-wide coordination, especially concerning the district’s metric committee.

September 21, 2020

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Democrats Rally At Young, Braun Offices Over Supreme Court Vacancy

A small group rallied outside the Republican senators’ Indianapolis offices Monday in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death late last week.

September 20, 2020

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Excuse Or Not, It's Still Unclear Who Can Vote By Mail This November In Indiana

Indiana's decision to spend federal CARES Act dollars to secure additional PPE for in-person voting, instead of giving county clerks resources to bolster mail-in voting like plays a role.

September 18, 2020

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Wild Life in Need

Mother Pleas Son's Clemency, Wildlife In Need Owner Warrant | Indiana Newsdesk

A plea from a mother whose son is scheduled to be executed in Terre Haute next week. The Indianapolis Zoo is removing animals from a southern Indiana wildlife center. And more on the resumed Big Ten football season.

September 18, 2020

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Indiana's Marching Hundred Still Practicing, Ready For Halftime Shows On Big Screen

The Big Ten postponed football this fall due to the pandemic, but a big part of Indiana University’s game day isn’t sitting on the sidelines. Indiana’s marching band hasn’t stopped, but adapted to the new normal.

September 17, 2020

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Christopher Vialva

Death Row Inmate’s Mother Pleads With President Trump To Spare Her Son

In 2000, Christopher Vialva, then 19, was convicted in federal court of shooting Todd Bagley in the head near Ft. Hood, Texas. The court said Vialva also killed Bagley’s wife Stacie and burned the bodies in the couple’s car.

September 17, 2020

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Mayor John Hamilton

Bloomington Mayor's Tax Hike Proposal Fails

The tax hike was part of Mayor John Hamilton’s “Recover Forward” plan to help the city's financial needs by funding issues such as climate change, economic stability and social justice during the coronavirus pandemic.

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September 16, 2020

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Neighbors Defend Owner Of Southern Indiana Exotic Animal Facility

Over 80 animals have been removed from a southern Indiana wildlife center under a court order from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) following abuse allegations.

September 11, 2020

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Veterinarians Booked, Teen Rape Victim Speaks Out | Indiana Newsdesk

People are avoiding doctor’s visits, but it could take you months to get an appointment at your veterinarian’s office. An Indy teen who says a classmate raped her is speaking out. And are masks required when exercising?

September 11, 2020

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Indianapolis Teen Demands Justice After Being Raped

Kayla Dillinger was 17 at the time of the incident and wants the world to know her story.

September 11, 2020

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Veterinarians Having A Rough Time Keeping Up With Demand For Services

While many human hospitals have struggled financially during the pandemic, especially early on, veterinary hospitals are currently busy as ever – with no signs of things slowing down anytime soon.

September 10, 2020

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Do People Have To Wear Masks While Exercising On The B-Line Trail?

We had more than one question to our City Limits: Coronavirus project about what the rules are on the B-Line Trail in light of tightened rules during the pandemic.

September 5, 2020

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Hundreds Turn Out For Pro-Trump Boat Parade At Lake Monroe

A parade of hundred of boats decked out with Trump flags departed from the Lake Monroe dam and traveled en masse toward the Cutright State Recreation Area.

September 4, 2020

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Funding Schools, Food Insecurity, 3 Experts On COVID-19 | Indiana Newsdesk

How the state will calculate school funding to guarantee online schools have stable funding. Three experts talk about what we’ve learned during the pandemic. And more people are in need, but it’s more difficult to get donations.

September 4, 2020

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CANDLES Holocaust Museum Feels Strain Of Adapting To COVID-19

Across the country, museums are struggling with lower revenue and foot traffic due to the pandemic. The CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute is one Indiana museum that's felt the strain.

September 4, 2020

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COVID-19 Pandemic Puts Families, Food Banks On the Brink

The repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic are huge and are making it impossible for some people to meet even their basic needs.  

September 4, 2020

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What Have We Learned About COVID-19 So Far? A Discussion With Bloomington Experts

Indiana University epidemiologist Ana Bento, IU Health infectious disease Dr. Tom Hrisomalos and Graham McKeen, IU’s assistant director of public and environmental health, discuss what we’ve learned about the coronavirus.

September 3, 2020

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With 30 Quarantined Chapters, IU Recommends Greek Houses To Close

Indiana University officials said Thursday that in some fraternity and and sorority houses, the 7-day positivity rate among members being tested for COVID-19 was above 50%.

September 2, 2020

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Indiana Board Of Education Makes Change To Fully Fund Schools Virtual During COVID-19

The Indiana State Board of Education approved a method Wednesday to maintain funding for schools reopening virtually this fall after warnings of possible cuts from lawmakers last month.

August 28, 2020

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MCCSC Re-Entry Plan, Delaying Doctor Visits Due To COVID-19 | Indiana Newsdesk

The state mask mandate continues for another month. Monroe County education leaders say they have a plan for in-class learning. The effect of delaying doctor visits for long-term health. Business losses after the Indy 500.

August 28, 2020

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Hoosiers Hesitant To Return For Preventative Care, Non-Essential Medical Procedures

For Indianapolis mother Demaris Contreras, the decision to take her daughter to the emergency room after a fall during cross country practice earlier this month was beyond difficult.

August 27, 2020

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Businesses Around Speedway Feel The Impact Of An Indy 500 Without Spectators

When the Indy 500 ran without spectators last weekend, it wasn't just the hundreds of thousands of fans who were missing – it was also the millions of dollars they pump into local shops and restaurants.

August 26, 2020

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Only Native American On Death Row Executed In Terre Haute

The only Native American on federal death row was put to death Wednesday, despite objections from many Navajo leaders who had urged President Donald Trump to halt the execution on the grounds it would violate tribal culture and sovereignty.

August 26, 2020

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MCCSC Will Return To In-Person Learning Under New COVID-19 Metrics

The school board approved a new reentry plan that attempts to address several concerns parents and teachers made earlier this month.

August 21, 2020

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IU Preparing For Classes Monday, Governor Addresses Racial Inequities | Indiana Newsdesk

Indiana University starts Monday and the school is taking a number of precautions. Indiana approved additional benefits for unemployed Hoosiers. The Governor lays out a plan to address racial inequities in the state.

August 21, 2020

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'I'm Really Fearful': IU Classes Start Monday As University Plays Catch-Up On Testing

Indiana University will join institutions such as Purdue, Notre Dame and Indiana State in offering at least some in-person classes.

August 21, 2020

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After Spring COVID-19 Outbreak In Cass County, Logansport Schools Prepare To Reopen

On the first day back to school at Fairview Elementary, Tami McMahan's classroom sits empty. The only students you'll find in here are on a screen. 

August 19, 2020

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Navajo Man On Federal Death Row Seeks Stay Of Execution

The only Native American on federal death row is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put his execution on hold while he seeks review of a lower court decision over potential racial bias in his case.

August 18, 2020

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Holcomb Announces New Cabinet Officer For Equity, Mandates Body Cameras

The first step of Holcombs plan is creating a new cabinet post – Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer – to work across state government.

August 14, 2020

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Enforcing Crowd Sizes, College Towns With No Football | Indiana Newsdesk

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase. Local health departments say they don’t have the resources to enforce crowd sizes. And college towns will take a big economic hit with no Big Ten sports this fall.

August 14, 2020

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With Fall Sports On Hold, Local Restaurants Brace For Impact On Bottom Lines

The local economy likely will take a massive hit without thousands of fans visiting Bloomington for home football games.

August 14, 2020

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'I Will Lose Sleep': Local Health Depts. Scramble For Plans As Holcomb Depends On Local Control Of Large Events

Many local health departments charged with restricting the size of large gatherings are unclear exactly how they will enforce directives from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

August 7, 2020

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Coronavirus Coverage: Mask Enforcement, Evictions, Reducing Tuition | Indiana Newsdesk

Does the governor have authority to enforce a mask mandate? IU Health joins us for a COVID-19 update. How a local project is trying to keep eviction cases from going to court. And should universities reduce tuition?

August 7, 2020

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Students Want IU to Lower Tuition During Pandemic

A Kelley School of Business student launched a petition to persuade Indiana University to reduce the tuition rate after many classes moved online during the coronavirus pandemic.

August 7, 2020

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Does Governor Have Authority To Enforce Mask Mandate? Legal Experts Weigh In

Indiana is one of many states that has a mandatory mask order in place, but legal experts disagree on whether or not the governor has the authority to enforce it with criminal penalties.

August 7, 2020

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With Eviction Moratorium Set To Expire Next Week, Local Legal Project Prepares For Spike

A June study from the Aspen Institute says around 20 million people across the country could be at risk of eviction by September – with potentially 448,730 of them residing in Indiana.

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