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Twenty-two-year-old Riley Williams was arrested Monday for allegedly participating in the theft of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the attack on the Capitol building on Jan. 6. She was released from jail Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Mask up or you won't be allowed to board a plane, train or bus. President Biden signed an executive order Thursday, requiring passengers to wear face coverings during interstate travel.

It's one of 10 executive orders signed by the president today aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 400,000 Americans.

Airlines and their employees have been seeking such a federal mask mandate almost since the pandemic began, as they've struggled to deal with score of passengers who refuse to follow the airlines' own mask-wearing rules.

Senate confirmation hearings can get a little heated. But Pete Buttigieg, President Biden's high-profile nominee for secretary of transportation, got a reception that was downright warm.

"You know what the hell you're talking about, and that's pretty damn refreshing," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., when he got a chance at the mic at Buttigieg's hearing on Thursday.

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According to NASA, 2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record globally. Though it was only the 14th the hottest year for Indiana, it marked the sixth year in a row that temperatures were above normal.

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Indiana's high school graduation rate held steady in 2020, according to new data from the State Department of Education. 

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Clinton County re-entered the state’s orange COVID-19 category this week after spending some time in the red. How can residents maintain this progress in the weeks and months ahead?


You may not associate streaming movies on Netflix with carbon emissions, but researchers at Purdue University are trying to change that. 


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After setting more than a dozen COVID-19 records between October and December, Indiana has started the new year with significantly lower cases and deaths than those record-setting months.

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Now-former Vice President Mike Pence flew to his hometown Columbus, Ind., today after attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration­.

Supporters greeted the former Indiana governor and his family when they landed at the Columbus Municipal Airport this afternoon just before 3 p.m.

Because of the historic nature of today's events, WBAA News on 105.9 FM and AM 920 has an updated on-air schedule for this evening:
7pm - NPR Special Coverage of White House News Conference with incoming Press Secretary Jen Psaki
8pm (approx.) - All Things Considered, including remarks from President Biden & Vice-President Harris from their primetime special
10pm - Fresh Air with Terry Gross
11pm - BBC World Service

Rural public health workers are asking residents to reach out to older neighbors who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to see if they need help getting it. 



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The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Indiana for how it has handled special education during the pandemic.

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More than 62 percent of the state’s total deaths have been reported since Indiana moved to Stage 5 of its reopening plan on Sept. 26.


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