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Right now on Indiana Newsdesk:

Indiana is one of many states that has a mandatory mask order in place, but legal experts disagree on whether the governor has the authority to enforce it.

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase. Coming up, one of the heads of IU Health joins us to talk about the hospital system’s capacity and what they’ve learned since March about treating patients with the virus.

Could the coronavirus crisis lead to a housing crisis? Ahead, how a local project is trying to keep eviction cases from going to court as the state’s eviction moratorium expires next week.

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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 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.

August 3, 2020

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Artists Complete 'Black Lives Matter' Mural In Downtown Indianapolis

Artists painted a mural depicting the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Indiana Avenue in downtown Indianapolis last weekend.

July 31, 2020

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Covid Testing Frustrations, Recouping Hotel Costs | Indiana Newsdesk

Health departments are trying to improve COVID-19 testing sites. MCCSC revised reopening plans. And a woman’s fight to recoup $1,600 in hotel costs after IU canceled spring commencement.

July 31, 2020

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People Seeking COVID-19 Tests Find Bloomington Site Abandoned

State contractor OptumServe and its subsidiary LHI aimed to open 50 COVID-19 testing sites across Indiana and provide 100,000 free tests per month. It’s falling short of those goals.

July 30, 2020

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Purdue Study Confirms Coronavirus Reversed Growing Farmland Values

An annual study from agricultural economists at Purdue University revealed farmland prices in Indiana were increasing until the coronavirus pandemic injected market uncertainty.

July 30, 2020

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Woman Still Fighting For $1600 Hotel Refund After IU Spring Graduation Canceled

When the Coronavirus forced the cancellation of Indiana University’s spring graduation, it also canceled plans for families who planned on visiting Bloomington that weekend.

July 28, 2020

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MCCSC Pushes Start Date Back A Week, All Schools Will Start Teaching Online

The start date for all Monroe County Community Schools is now August 12 instead of August 5.

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July 24, 2020

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Holcomb Reverses Course: No Penalty In Mask Mandate

Gov. Eric Holcomb reversed course Friday – the executive order establishing a statewide mask mandate will include no criminal penalty.

July 24, 2020

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Open Letter To Woolery Market Asks About Anti-Racist Efforts

The People’s Cooperative Market sent an open letter to leaders of the Woolery Market asking how they plan to work against racism and protect vulnerable communities.

July 24, 2020

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Coronavirus Wastewater Testing 'An Extremely Valuable Tool' In Predicting Outbreak

Researchers from Yale University first discovered a link between swelling infection rates with rising levels of coronavirus in municipal wastewater plants. Growing levels in samples correlated with rising infection rates.

July 23, 2020

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How Are Indiana's Bee Colonies Faring? Recent Survey Data Shows Mixed Results

Honey beekeepers in the U.S. lost about 22 percent of their colonies this past winter. While that might not sound good, the Bee Informed Partnership says that’s the second lowest winter colony loss it’s seen in more than a decade.

July 21, 2020

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MCCSC Board Approves Five-Day Week For High Schools, Tables Possible Changes

Bloomington High School South principal Mark Fletcher said nearly 1,200 of 1,700 South students had responded to a survey on the five-day week, and of those students, about 60 percent were interested in physically going to school five days.

July 20, 2020

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Greenwood Couple Renews Vows With 'Wish Upon A Wedding' Before Pandemic

Wish Upon A Wedding is a nonprofit organization that grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness and life-altering circumstances. 

July 17, 2020

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Third Federal Inmate Executed This Week In Terre Haute

Dustin Honken was convicted of murdering five people in Iowa in the 1990’s.

July 17, 2020

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Federal Executions Resume, Charges Filed In Vauhxx Booker Case | Indiana Newsdesk

The governor is delaying the state’s reopening plan because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, but is that enough? The federal government resumed executions in Terre Haute. And charges are filed on the men accused of attacking Black activist Vauhxx Booker near Lake Monroe.

July 17, 2020

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Prosecutor To Charge Two Men With Criminal Confinement, Battery In Vauhxx Booker Case

According to a news release, "these represent all criminal charges the Prosecuting Attorney has filed based upon these events."

July 15, 2020

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Residents Speak In Support Of Fully Funding Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office

After talks of defunding the sheriff's department at a law enforcement town hall in late June, several community members shared a different perspective.

July 14, 2020

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Hoosier Hospitals Have Lost Revenue Amid Pandemic, Especially Those That Are Small And Rural

Indiana’s 35 critical access hospitals reported spending nearly 30 percent more than they made.

July 11, 2020

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Demonstrators Rally To Support Transgender Catholic Students, Protest Archdiocese

The guidance from the Archdiocese says if a student or parent works to "legally change the students 'gender' or chemically or surgically alter the student’s given biology" the student will be requested to withdraw from the school. 

July 10, 2020

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Judge Halts 1st Federal Execution In 17 Years Citing Virus, Justice Depart. Appeals

A federal judge in Indiana on Friday halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns.

July 10, 2020

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Attack Of Bloomington Civil Rights Activist, Contact Tracing | Indiana Newsdesk

The developing story of a Bloomington Black civil rights activist getting attacked by a group of White men at Lake Monroe. Tourism officials are hoping short-term vacation rentals can draw visitors back. And is contact tracing actually working?

July 10, 2020

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What Happened Before The Incident At Lake Monroe? Here's What Vauhxx Booker Says

Booker has sat down for three separate interviews with WTIU/WFIU News over the course of the week. Here’s what he’s said.

July 10, 2020

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‘I Would Write-Up My Staff For This’: Local Health Officials Say Indiana’s Contact Tracing Efforts ‘Unacceptable’

Local health officials were optimistic; two months and more than $40 million later they’re losing patience.

July 10, 2020

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Tourism Officials Hope Vacation Rentals Can Lure Cautious Tourists Back To Bloomington

After the pandemic hit the U.S. and states began enacting lockdowns, travel plummeted to a near standstill. Hotel occupancy fell to almost 20 percent nationally in April, and is still under 50 percent in Bloomington.

July 7, 2020

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FBI Investigating Lake Monroe Incident As Possible Hate Crime

Vauhxx Booker, who is Black, was assaulted by a group of White men on the Fourth of July as he made his way through the woods to Lake Monroe to watch the lunar eclipse.

July 3, 2020

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Reopening Delay, Breweries Surviving, Fireworks Sales Booming | Indiana Newsdesk

The state is pressing pause on its reopening plan. Power companies can’t raise rates to recover revenue from lower energy demand. Craft breweries are adapting business models. And local fireworks sales are booming.

July 3, 2020

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COVID-19 Could Reshape Craft Brewing Industry

Like many industries across Indiana, the craft brewing business was booming until the coronavirus forced it to shut down for three months.

July 2, 2020

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Fireworks Sales Skyrocket Leading Up To Fourth Of July Weekend

The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) reported the consumer fireworks industry set a record by selling $1 billion worth of products in 2019. They anticipate that number will be surpassed this year.

July 1, 2020

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MCCSC Approves Plan For 2020-21 School Year, Mask Policy

MCCSC Superintendent Judy DeMuth says much of the Corporation’s plans for reopening are in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, advocating for in-person learning.

June 29, 2020

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Utilities Ordered To Keep The Lights On Until Aug. 14 Despite Unpaid Bills

On Monday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission ordered some utilities to continue the moratorium on shutoffs through Aug. 14.

June 26, 2020

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Reopening Schools, Lake Michigan Erosion | Indiana Newsdesk

Could long-term care facilities COVID-19 infections be plateauing? A look at Monroe County’s school restart proposal. And a teen who has autism is producing his own podcast so others know it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

June 26, 2020

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IU Epidemiologist: Overseas Data On Reopening Schools Encouraging, But Limited

With a little over a month until school starts, the Monroe County Community School Corporation has released a tentative plan for getting kids back to school. Parents will be able to choose between in-person or online education.

June 26, 2020

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Local Teen Shares His Experience and Wisdom Through Podcasting

He said his goal is to educate and enlighten those with autism and help them overcome their struggles, but he also has another group he is trying to reach.

June 26, 2020

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Lawmakers Set To Tackle Controversial Insurance Bill During Summer Session

A proposed piece of legislation would set a universal rate for ambulance transport costs.

June 23, 2020

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Hoosier Heights Owner Responds To Racism, Sexism Allegations

Allegations of sexual harassment, racism and unsafe working conditions are piling up against a local climbing gym.

June 21, 2020

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State Told Local Health Departments How To Hide Long-Term Care Data: Here's What We Found

"They’re starting to doubt our infrastructure, and why wouldn’t they?” one public health administrator asks.

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