This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced new restrictions for counties designated as orange or red on the state’s COVID-19 map, which includes Tippecanoe County. How are local officials factoring in these new guidelines as they plan for the next steps to slow down the community spread of the coronavirus?
Johnson & Johnson has resumed its COVID-19 vaccine trial in northwest Indiana nearly a month after the company paused the study. In northwest Indiana, the study is being coordinated through Buynak Clinical Research in Valparaiso. The clinic is currently looking for participants for the trial.
The Indianapolis police officer who shot and killed Dreasjon Reed will not face an indictment, according to the special prosecutor appointed to oversee the case.
Reed was killed six months ago following a police chase that he streamed live on social media. A six-person grand jury said there was insufficient evidence to charge IMPD Officer Dejoure Mercer with a crime.
A union representing employees at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Midwest is celebrating the end of the Trump administration. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 said the president’s leadership has made it difficult for them to do their jobs.
A program to extend unemployment benefits for workers who have used up other forms of benefits is ending this week, although data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows around 3,000 Hoosiers are currently using the program.
The small amount of economic growth Indiana University economists forecasted a year ago vanished with the pandemic. Authors of the 2021 forecast expect that it will take next year and beyond to fully recover.
A clearer understanding of the pandemic’s impact on Indiana’s public schools is starting to take shape.
New data from the Indiana Department of Education shows the number of students attending traditional public or charter schools fell by nearly 15,000 students, or about 1.5 percent compared to last fall.