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The Senate on Wednesday narrowly voted to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, elevating a longtime civil rights attorney to the third-highest position inside the Justice Department on the same day the agency announced renewed efforts to monitor local police practices.

Gupta was confirmed by a vote of 51 to 49, with only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, breaking ranks to join Democrats in approving her nomination.

Liz Tallent was by her computer, ready. She's the marketing and special events director at The Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., a 1,050-cap venue that has hosted everyone from songwriter Nick Lowe, to Sublime cover band Badfish, to rapper Danny Brown. Like every other music venue, The Orange Peel was hit hard by the pandemic shut downs. Distanced indoor events would barely break even, and because of how the space is set up, there hasn't been a real way to do outdoor events, either.

Columbus, Ohio, police have released the name of the officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, saying officer Nicholas Reardon fired his weapon after police were called to the scene Tuesday afternoon due to a report of a disturbance.

In an update on Wednesday, Columbus police revealed more details about what transpired, including releasing 911 recordings and police videos of the shooting.

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The Indianapolis 500 will bring fans back this May after having none at last year’s race, at 40 percent capacity.

Indiana is among seven states selected to pilot a federal initiative to increase employment for those experiencing mental health conditions. The Department of Labor is calling it the “ASPIRE” initiative, short for Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment.


Gov. Eric Holcomb said the state’s new, $37 billion state budget will be “transformational” for Indiana’s future.

Legislative leaders are calling the new state budget a “historic win” for teachers, students and schools. Gov. Eric Holcomb and top Republican lawmakers announced the latest budget proposal Tuesday, which includes the state’s biggest investment in K-12 education — nearly $2 billion in state funding for schools over the next two years. 

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is extending the deadline for filing the federal application for student financial aid. 


The head of Indiana’s Senate Democratic caucus called on legislative leaders to work together to help prevent gun violence after Thursday night's mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility.

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A bill that aims to help communities with failing septic systems connect to city water and sewer service is heading to Governor Holcomb’s desk.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 72 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,815 confirmed deaths. The state also reported more than 9,000 new cases in the last week, the most reported in a single week since mid-February.

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Indiana’s Red Flag Law could have stopped 19 year-old Brandon Hole from legally buying the guns he used to kill eight people at a FedEx facility last week, but the Marion County Prosecutor said the law has significant limitations. 

The unemployment rate in Indiana continues to creep lower according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It estimates 3.9 percent of the state’s available labor force was unemployed in March, down just 0.1 percentage points from February. 

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