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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 646 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 33,068 the total number of Indian…

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The Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau is joining in on the forgivable loan program party. The Visitors Bureau has earmarked $175,000 to hand out to hotels and motels, banquet halls and conference centers, event centers and visitor attractions that have been directly affected and have lost revenue due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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When toy stores in Burbank, California, were forced to close due to COVID-19, Brian Volk-Weiss wanted to document the struggles toy stores are experiencing. He took on a documentary-style series that visits toy stores from around the world, and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles is one of them.

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Howard County had the highest unemployment rate in the state for the month of April. The county’s April non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, the most recent available, was 34.1%, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In raw numbers, the bureau estimates 14,035 of the county’s 41,165 total workers were unemployed in April.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 370 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories.

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For the first time in over two months, around 1,500 employees on Tuesday returned to the Fiat Chrysler plants in Kokomo and Tipton, where COVID-19 safety protocols have changed the face of the workplace there like no other time in history.

Indiana State University's 2020-21 operating budget, which takes effect July 1, is already down about $10 million from where it was two years ago, primarily the result of fewer students and less tuition revenue. The university says it has focused on

NEW DELHI — At first, the kitchen at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara cooked 40,000 meals each day for the hungry who live on the streets of India’s capital city, or who have lost their livelihoods to the coronavirus lockdown.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s environmental organizations are struggling to stay afloat as the coronavirus pandemic has halted spring events that usually attract members and donors, which are crucial for their operations.

In their third year of offering activities aimed at expanding knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Ivy Tech Community College are planning STEM summer camps for area students in a new format for 2020. 

INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s award of a $17.9 million contract for operating dozens of coronavirus testing sites across Indiana came weeks after a company executive gave $50,000 to the governor’s reelection campaign.

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In coming weeks, the United States Department of Agriculture will begin accepting financial relief applications from farmers who report losses related to COVID-19.

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For what felt like the first time in forever, Taylor Community School Corp. students saw many of their teachers, administrators and bus drivers during two parades over the course of three days.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Amid falling revenues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Eric Holcomb has asked state agencies to plan for 15% budget cuts for fiscal year 2021.

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, area high schools have had to postpone or cancel their graduation ceremonies. Schools from Tipton and Miami counties have begun to make decisions about their graduations during the fluid situation.

Private college administrators are closely watching fall enrollment numbers. Funds from tuition, fees, and room and board are the primary source of revenue for the vast majority of private colleges. With the unemployment caused by COVID-19, a larger than average number of families may have financial difficulty affording education.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

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INDIANAPOLIS — More than 40% of Indiana’s COVID-19 deaths can be traced back to the hundreds of long-term facilities that care for the most vulnerable Hoosiers, but the state doesn’t breakdown the information by type of facility or track testing of facility staffers.

WASHINGTON — Views of how government at all levels is handling the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. have deteriorated somewhat over the past month, as a growing minority of Americans prefer that states lift restrictions on social and economic life.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell huddled Thursday at the White House as Republicans stake out new plans to phase out coronavirus-related unemployment benefits to encourage Americans to go back to work.

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s newest executive order, released Thursday afternoon, differed slightly from the changes announced at Wednesday’s press conference.

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate confirmed John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence on Thursday, with Democrats refusing to support the nomination over fears that he will politicize the intelligence community’s work under President Donald Trump.

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After intense discussion and diligent planning, Purdue Extension announced May 15 that 4-H fairs can be held this year. The fairs can take place after the Purdue University restrictions on face-to-face events end June 30, as long as they fall in line with the state’s Back on Track plan.

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INDIANAPOLIS — All but three of Indiana’s 92 counties will move into Gov. Eric Holcomb’s third phase for reopening Friday, two days ahead of his previously announced timeline.

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Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Kokomo Family YMCA will reopen, with restrictions, starting next week.

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Ivy Tech Community College has announced how it plans on handling the Fall 2020 semester. Currently, classes are set to begin Aug. 24. The college will be having face-to-face classes once again but will also offer online courses.

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The Fiat Chrysler plants in Kokomo and Tipton are set to restart next Tuesday, and the company has already brought back some team leaders and skilled-trade workers to prepare for relaunching the factories.

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 300,000 Hoosiers have filed unemployment claims since the coronavirus pandemic hit Indiana, with $1.4 billion in benefits paid out to claimants through the Department of Workforce Development.

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COVID-19 continues to take a toll in lives and jobs as Indiana slowly reopens to business and prepares for the June 2 primary. African Americans account for nearly 15% of all positive cases, and nearly 16% of all deaths, although they only make up 9.8% of Indiana’s population. That is why the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus petitioned Gov. Eric Holcomb to create the COVID-19 Health Disparities Task Force that will focus on some of the issues affecting the health of African Americans, Latinos and other minorities.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 614 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 26,655 the total number of Indian…

INDIANAPOLIS — An additional 27 people in Indiana, including one in Howard County, have died with confirmed or probable coronavirus infections, pushing the state’s death toll to more than 1,500 people, health officials said.

SAN CRISTOBAL, Ecuador — Before the coronavirus, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on the Galapagos Islands were considered so rare that hospitals didn’t have a single intensive care unit bed.

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