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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s top health officials warned Friday that spread of an especially contagious coronavirus variant is “significantly increasing” across the state, with more than half of the population still unvaccinated.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor is traveling to the Persian Gulf country of Qatar for what the state economic development office says is an effort to boost business relationships with the region.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s COVID-19 precautions further eased Thursday under new executive orders issued by the governor, even as he cited worries about the state’s lagging vaccination rate.

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ELKHART — A contingent of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) employees was working to restore more than 9,900 remaining customers — down from 13,000 customers at peak — who lost electrical service Saturday and into Sunday morning after a barrage of severe storms.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Marion County judge ordered Friday that Indiana must continue the federal government's unemployment benefits, putting a temporary stop to Gov. Eric Holcomb's move to drop the state from the program.

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ELKHART — About 1,600 customers in the Elkhart area were still without power Tuesday as utility crews worked to repair electrical lines and poles knocked down from powerful storms Sunday evening and early Monday.

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ELKHART — Storms that produced heavy rain and damaging winds brought down trees and left thousands without power in Elkhart County.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will drop out of the federal program providing an extra $300 in weekly payments to unemployed workers and other programs that expanded unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor announced Monday.

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SOUTH BEND — The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership is preparing to apply for up to $50 million of $500 million that is becoming available in state funding for economic development.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents receiving unemployment benefits will again have to show they are actively searching for work as the governor is reinstating a requirement that he lifted soon after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state.

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ELKHART — Coronavirus-related restrictions were eliminated in Elkhart County and elsewhere on Monday after state legislators overrode Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of a bill that requires county elected officials to approve any health orders that are more stringent than the state’s.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's governor told members of the Sikh community and others who gathered at a downtown Indianapolis football stadium Saturday to remember the eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse that he knows their anguish from the attack is far from over.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Police scoured a Fedex facility in Indianapolis and interviewed scores of witnesses Friday in search of a motive for the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S., as family members of the eight victims spent agonizing hours waiting for word on their loved ones.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana educators called Thursday for a bigger school funding boost to help improve the state's lagging teacher pay, as new projections showed state tax collections are expected to bounce back stronger than expected from the pandemic recession.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials halted the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine around the state Tuesday after federal officials recommended a “pause” in its use to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed expansion of Indiana's private school voucher program would be scaled back under the new state budget plan from state Senate Republicans, while still boosting the program's spending by about 25%.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a quarter of Indiana residents age 16 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state health officials said Wednesday.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Supporters of boosting Indiana’s cigarette tax expressed frustration Friday with a decision by state Senate Republicans to drop any increase from their state budget proposal being released next week.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is sticking by his decision to lift the statewide mask mandate next week amid concerns from health experts about more contagious coronavirus variants and a request from President Joe Biden for states to keep such rules in place.

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INDIANAPOLIS — State officials opened up COVID-19 vaccination eligibility on Monday to all Indiana residents 30 and older and announced a push to vaccinate up to 100,000 people in the state’s heavily populated north with a drive-thru clinic and mobile units.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Republican lawmakers remain resolute on their push for a big expansion of Indiana’s private school voucher program in the face of pushback from public school leaders across the state.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Another 20 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, pushing the state’s pandemic toll to more than 13,000 deaths over the past year, state health officials said Friday.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A day after Indiana’s governor announced plans to relax statewide precautions meant to stem coronavirus spread, the state’s top health official was cautioning Hoosiers that it’s still too early to return to “normal” life.

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ELKHART — Elkhart County’s unemployment rate was at 3.5 percent in January, up from 3.0 percent one year earlier, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Tuesday.

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ELKHART — Local members of the Indiana Senate and House touted their accomplishments and faced critical questions about school funding Friday during a Third House session, much as they did during a similar session more than a month ago.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents age 55 to 60 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials announced Tuesday as Indiana’s supply of shots continued to increase.

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INDIANAPOLIS — More than 1 million Indiana residents have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than half of those individuals are now fully vaccinated, state health officials said Monday.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers 60 to 64 are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, the Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday, the latest expansion of the state’s vaccine rollout.

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OSCEOLA — State Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, is seeking to replace Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who announced last week that she is stepping down.

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INDIANAPOLIS — More than one-third of the proposed state funding hike for Indiana schools could go toward the state's private school voucher program under a Republican-backed plan that could boost the program's cost by nearly 50% over the next two years.