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The new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect Wednesday. The new agreement doesn’t drastically impact Indiana agriculture, but it is still welcome news to farmers. 

The new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to help Hoosier farmers by expanding exports for poultry producers and giving American dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market.

Indiana Farm Bureau president Randy Kron said the USMCA gives farmers some certainty during a time when COVID-19 has hurt supply chains.

Watching bird feeders has become a popular activity during the Covid-19 pandemic. But if you’re bored with the usual backyard visitors, the house finches, mourning doves, and robins, there’s a lot more of the birding world to explore.

Indiana is home to a rich diversity of bird habitats and migration paths. Today we talk to a panel of birding experts about where to go, what to bring, and how to do it.

Produced by Matt Pelsor.

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After more than a week of not being able to drink their water due to hazardous chemicals, residents of Andrews have been told it's safe again. But the northeast Indiana town’s water problems aren’t over yet. 

Some laws, like the measure to hold schools harmless for a drop in statewide test scores, went into effect immediately as the legislative session ended and the COVID-19 pandemic began, while others go into effect July 1. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News) Edit | Remove

Lawmakers approved several new education laws during the legislative session earlier this year, and many go into effect with the new fiscal year, July 1.

The state of Indiana is launching a public service campaign to urge Hoosiers to wear a mask when in public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana will largely press pause on its reopening plan instead of moving to the final phase this weekend.

A statewide moratorium on evictions has been extended through July due to the pandemic. For some, that’s still not enough time to catch up on past payments. And with expanded federal unemployment benefits set to expire at the same time, some say we're headed for a so-called “eviction cliff.”

Today we find out what assistance is available to renters and homeowners right now, and whether it will be enough.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently voted to uphold DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s a victory for immigration advocates and those pushing for expanded protections and paths to citizenship, but many say the fight is far from over. 

We talk to a panel of experts and advocates about the decision. How will the DACA decision impact people in Indiana, and what might ongoing efforts around immigration look like?

Produced by Drew Daudelin.

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Barringer's Tavern, on the near southside of Indianapolis, has remained open for carryout since the beginning of the "Stay-At-Home" order. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News) Edit | Remove

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,448. The state announced more than 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 484,000 Hoosiers tested.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created to help small businesses in response to the coronavirus is set to expire Tuesday. According to some advocates, most businesses owned by people of color did not get the chance to take full advantage of the program.

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