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As of Sunday, 5,040 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The most recent 1,000 confirmed deaths were reported over the span of just 24 days.

Tippecanoe County Health Department

Tippecanoe County has passed a COVID-19 testing positivity benchmark, activating a county health department order now set to take effect Tuesday.

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In a controversial finish, Minnesota held on to edge Purdue, 34-31, in a rare Friday night Big Ten game for the Boilermakers.

The play in question was an offensive pass interference call with less than a minute left in the game on Boilermaker sophomore tight end Payne Durham. The Boilermakers (2-2) were in a position to win the game on a 19-yard apparent touchdown pass that would have given the Boilermakes the lead.

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Indiana government has its first-ever cabinet officer dedicated to equity and inclusion.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday he’s chosen Karrah Herring to fill the newly-created position.

Book Review: She Came to Slay

Nov 20, 2020

Harriet Tubman has a life story like no other. She was an American Abolitionist, Union army spy, leading suffragist, and more. The resume of this American hero is impressive. She Came to Slay gives an in-depth look at Tubman's story through an expansive timeline, illustrations, photos, data, and more. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint Katie Jenner as Indiana's first-ever appointed education secretary. Holcomb announced his pick for the state's top school official in a statement Thursday.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: it’s one week before Thanksgiving, and healthcare systems and COVID-19 testing capacities across west central Indiana are under increasing strain as case numbers keep going up. How are local officials and medical providers impacted by what’s happening across the region, in addition to what's happening close to home?

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Indiana’s top health official says every college student heading home from school should act like they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the percentage of cases among 18- to 30-year-olds is rising – a troubling sign, she said, as colleges prepare to send students home for break.

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Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Wednesday the local surge in COVID-19 cases is reaching a “crisis level”, as the systems in place to help infected residents continue to strain under rising case counts. This includes area hospitals, as more coronavirus patients arrive in need of care; testing facilities, with longer wait times for both tests and results; and contact tracing, as the health department grapples with multiple days yielding over 100 -- and 200 -- reported cases.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana health care workers say they’re no longer the front line of attack in the fight against COVID-19 – they’re the last line of defense as spread of the virus worsens.

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Democrats say the General Assembly is not prepared to safely conduct its legislative session in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Indiana Senate Democrats made their “last-ditch” call Tuesday for redistricting reform ahead of lawmakers redrawing legislative district lines in the 2021 session.

The minority caucus has unsuccessfully pushed for reforms for more than a decade.

Republicans Reject Indiana House Mask Mandate

Nov 18, 2020
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Republicans rejected an effort Tuesday to require House lawmakers to wear masks during the upcoming legislative session.

Democrats proposed a House rule to require members to wear a mask while on the floor, in the hall or in committee and conducting official House business or potentially face a fine, censure or other penalty.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb will continue quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19, despite negative test results Friday.

The governor’s office Tuesday announced several members of the governor’s security detail tested positive. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box advised both Holcomb and his wife Janet to begin quarantine immediately.

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