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Colleges and universities contributing to higher number of COVID-19 cases in counties

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Reopening Indiana colleges and universities is leading to spikes in COVID-19 cases in certain counties, state health officials said Wednesday.  Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box explained that as counties with major universities have reopened this fall, cases have continued to increase. In particular, Box noted at a virtual […]

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Indiana National Guard provides relief for Hoosiers throughout pandemic

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana National Guard has spent the COVID-19 pandemic delivering food, helping to administer tests for the virus, providing emergency medical care, distributing food aid and supporting prison staff around the state.  Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, provided an update Wednesday to the Public Safety […]

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Chief Justice Rush tests positive for COVID-19

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The Office of Judicial Administration issued a news release Monday noting the positive test. Court spokesperson Kathryn Dolan said the chief justice is not hospitalized and is in the early stage of the virus. She is […]

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August state revenues see boost from late income tax payments

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — State revenue totals for August surpassed estimates despite the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly thanks to $80 million in individual income tax payments that were collected last month. Indiana’s monthly revenue report, released Friday, shows that general fund revenues are still lower than expected when excluding payments that were deferred or late. […]

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RESTART Act aims to help small businesses through COVID-19 pandemic

By LaMonte Richardson Jr. TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, joined Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet from Colorado in a digital discussion Thursday morning to push for extended federal assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, called “Saving small businesses from permanent closure,” was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, […]

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Indiana COVID-19 case count passes 100,000 after Labor Day weekend

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana crossed a milestone 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Labor Day weekend, a little over six months after state leaders asked Hoosiers to stay home as the pandemic intensified.  Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a virtual press update Wednesday the numbers — now totaling at 101,485 cases and 3,173 confirmed […]

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Legislators debate alternate locations for 2021 session

By Taylor WootenTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators may visit alternate locations for House and Senate sessions in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic — if they can agree on an appropriate budget and staffing needs. Members of the new Legislative Continuity Committee met Wednesday for the third time in their effort to determine when, where and […]

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Indianapolis to spend CARES Act funds on countering homelessness

By LaMonte Richardson Jr. TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and housing advocates announced Tuesday a new effort to help those currently experiencing homeless find stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hogsett said $7.1 million in CARES Act funding will be used towards a rapid re-housing program. Partners at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and […]

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Social distancing measures lead to new look for interim study committees

By Taylor WootenTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Changes are being made to how interim study committees are run because of the COVID-19 pandemic — and some adjustments are causing concern by limiting public access. Individuals who wish to submit materials for review by a committee, including documents, written or pre-recorded testimony and exhibits, must now contact the […]

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Small business owners see new bailout package as a lifeline

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Rick Harris’ company, Upland Management, boomed with the rise of the convention business and was on pace to make from $1.5 to $1.7 million this year. But then came COVID-19, which led to Gov. Eric Holcomb shutting down schools, events, and almost all but essential businesses in March. As a result, […]

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