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Many state and city officials welcomed news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday that fully vaccinated people in the U.S. can forego masks and social distancing.

But some still stopped short of immediately implementing the changes.

The CDC said vaccinated people must follow existing state, local, or tribal laws and regulations on masks and social distancing, as well as policies at businesses and workplaces.

Chris Hodges, the principal of Gaylord High School in Otsego County, Michigan, never thought he'd be a contact tracer.

"I definitely thought, you know, 'Why — why am I doing this?'" he says with a laugh. "That's not what I went to school for."

Updated May 13, 2021 at 10:49 PM ET

This week has brought a few dizzying updates to the year-long school-reopening story.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: construction of Lafayette’s planned public safety building and parking garage is on the way after a groundbreaking ceremony for the facilities in the first week of May. What’s next as the new spaces take shape, and how will the city continue to incorporate public feedback into the process?

In our talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss how new Indiana law that gives decision-making power to local elected leaders as the debate over COVID-19 restrictions continues. How will the city work with the county on future decisions?

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An external review on the death of a Black woman doctor found the “medical management and technical care” she received from Indiana University Health did not contribute to her death. But the review also found a lack of empathy and compassion in the delivery of her care, according to a news release from IU Health Wednesday. 

Tippecanoe County health officials and county commissioners met Wednesday to discuss the future of emergency health orders and the fate of current COVID-19 restrictions.

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Indiana is sending doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to counties without it, in preparation for federal approval of that vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.


The state of Indiana indicted Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising Wednesday on 20 counts of theft. 

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Restaurants that were temporarily able to sell alcohol for carryout during the pandemic get to do so permanently after June.

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Indiana will require out-of-work Hoosiers to prove they’re actively searching for work starting June 1, or else lose their unemployment benefits. The rule came in an executive order rolling back some of the COVID-19 relief measures in place for over a year.

Tippecanoe County’s remaining COVID-19 restriction appears to have been voided after the state legislature overruled Governor Holcomb on Monday, enacting a bill that requires health orders stricter than the state’s to receive approval through local governments.


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A former northwest Indiana union official was recently sentenced to more than four years in prison for extortion after an assault on non-union workers. It started when members of a local union found out work was being done without union workers in their area.

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The Indiana Department of Health will expand vaccine eligibility to 12- to 15-year-olds starting Thursday, pending recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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