Indiana State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/61AWJWUA5A/feeder Indiana State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 29 Aug 2020 14:34:36 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Indianapolis Public Schools project $18M budget deficit for next school year https://cbs4indy.com/news/education/indianapolis-public-schools-project-18m-budget-deficit-for-next-school-year/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:06c03cc0-4a83-c307-dc0f-c6ea84cac1ab Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:08:28 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Public Schools said a decline in enrollment amid the pandemic has led to a $15 million budget deficit this academic school year. "It’s a big question mark, obviously, for every district to see what choices those families make," said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. The district’s projections for next year’s budget is even [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Public Schools said a decline in enrollment amid the pandemic has led to a $15 million budget deficit this academic school year.</p> <p>"It’s a big question mark, obviously, for every district to see what choices those families make," said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson.</p> <p>The district’s projections for next year’s budget is even further down the slope. On Tuesday, district leaders said they could be forced to lay off employees due to an anticipated $18 million shortfall in the 2021-2022 school year.</p> <p>"Our priority is to ensure that classroom instruction -- teaching and learning -- is impacted as little as possible by any reductions we have to make," said Johnson.</p> <p>Johnson said the state average for total tuition support has increased 15% since 2013-2014, however, IPS has seen an increase of $17.</p> <p>"I’m not sure what that percent is, but it’s no where close to 15%, which I think is the headline there," said Johnson.</p> <p>Based on this, the district said they have to continue to make recommendations for more equitable state funding. </p> <p>IPS Chief Financial Officer Weston Young explained there are two types of funding: foundation funding, which gives every student or district equal amounts of funding, and complexity funding, which gives more to districts with low-income students.</p> <p>"Right now, the base of complexity hasn’t been funded or increased the last few years," said Young. "That’s critical. At some point, their equal is not equitable."</p> <p>Young said district leaders continue to make sure equitable funding is at the forefront of state lawmaker's decision making. They strive to ensure complexity funds are being awarded at the same or greater rate as foundation funding.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Rep. Gregory Porter agrees with the district. He said complexity funding has actually fallen 50% over the past decade from 20% to 10%.</p> <p>"IPS is continuously, even though they have more students, they continuously lose money," said Rep. Porter.</p> <p>"The flaw in the theory of 'everyone gets something' is the fact that everyone is not at the same place or existing under the same conditions," said Johnson. "Which means we need to fund equitably and acknowledge the differences that exist, versus funding equally."</p> <p>IPS district leaders emphasize they have not yet finalized any budget reductions for this year or next. They said those recommendations&nbsp;will be made by late spring.</p> IPS faces $15M budget shortfall this academic year, $18M deficit projected for 2021-2022 https://fox59.com/news/education/ips-faces-15m-budget-shortfall-this-academic-year-18m-deficit-projected-for-2021-2022/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:b3454551-8c27-d3c8-7cc5-74ee7fffd180 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:08:27 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Public Schools said a decline in enrollment amid the pandemic has led to a $15 million budget deficit this academic school year. "It’s a big question mark, obviously, for every district to see what choices those families make," said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. The district’s projections for next year’s budget is even [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Public Schools said a decline in enrollment amid the pandemic has led to a $15 million budget deficit this academic school year.</p> <p>"It’s a big question mark, obviously, for every district to see what choices those families make," said IPS Superintendent Aleesia Johnson.</p> <p>The district’s projections for next year’s budget is even further down the slope. On Tuesday, district leaders said they could be forced to lay off employees due to an anticipated $18 million shortfall in the 2021-2022 school year.</p> <p>"Our priority is to ensure that classroom instruction -- teaching and learning -- is impacted as little as possible by any reductions we have to make," said Johnson.</p> <p>Johnson said the state average for total tuition support has increased 15% since 2013-2014, however, IPS has seen an increase of $17.</p> <p>"I’m not sure what that percent is, but it’s no where close to 15%, which I think is the headline there," said Johnson.</p> <p>Based on this, the district said they have to continue to make recommendations for more equitable state funding. </p> <p>IPS Chief Financial Officer Weston Young explained there are two types of funding: foundation funding, which gives every student or district equal amounts of funding, and complexity funding, which gives more to districts with low-income students.</p> <p>"Right now, the base of complexity hasn’t been funded or increased the last few years," said Young. "That’s critical. At some point, their equal is not equitable."</p> <p>Young said district leaders continue to make sure equitable funding is at the forefront of state lawmaker's decision making. They strive to ensure complexity funds are being awarded at the same or greater rate as foundation funding.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Rep. Gregory Porter agrees with the district. He said complexity funding has actually fallen 50% over the past decade from 20% to 10%.</p> <p>"IPS is continuously, even though they have more students, they continuously lose money," said Rep. Porter.</p> <p>"The flaw in the theory of 'everyone gets something' is the fact that everyone is not at the same place or existing under the same conditions," said Johnson. "Which means we need to fund equitably and acknowledge the differences that exist, versus funding equally."</p> <p>IPS district leaders emphasize they have not yet finalized any budget reductions for this year or next. They said those recommendations&nbsp;will be made by late spring.</p> Cold front passes and warm up ends; Winter backs-off for the foreseeable future https://fox59.com/weather/cold-front-passes-and-warm-up-ends-winter-backs-off-for-the-foreseeable-future/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:831249db-091a-75eb-cbf9-d280cdbe2c52 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:14:35 +0000 WARMEST OF THE YEAR For the second straight day, we enjoyed very mild air and many locations in north-central Indiana that failed to crack 50-degrees Tuesday got there Wednesday before a cold front slipped through. The front arrives shortly before 1:30 pm Wednesday in Indianapolis but not before reaching 58-degrees, the warmest of 2021 and [...] <h3><strong>WARMEST OF THE YEAR</strong></h3> <p>For the second straight day, we enjoyed very mild air and many locations in north-central Indiana that failed to crack 50-degrees Tuesday got there Wednesday before a cold front slipped through. The front arrives shortly before 1:30 pm Wednesday in Indianapolis but not before reaching 58-degrees, the warmest of 2021 and the warmest since mid-December.</p> <p><strong><em>Wednesday's high was more typical for the normal high for March 30th through April 1st</em></strong>.</p> <p>The winds will have shifted area-wide to the northwest this evening and the colder air will settle south through the night. By sunrise Thursday, most locations will have returned to below freezing temperatures and even a chance of a snow flurry or two early in the morning.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png" alt="" class="wp-image-1087905" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png 1280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/ADI-Today-High-Temp-8.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087904" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png 1280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/SKYCAST-Temperature-Meteogram-Tomorrow-1.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <h3><strong>REAL WINTER DISSAPPEARS</strong></h3> <p>The cold wave has ended and after a stretch that included 15 straight days below freezing and over a foot of snow, we have returned right back to the default winter pattern of December and January. The bitter cold is alive and well in northern Canada but shows no signs of coming south for perhaps the next two weeks! The west to east jet stream pattern - meteorologists call "zonal" will provide more milder days ahead. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png" alt="" class="wp-image-1087906" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png 1280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-1.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png" alt="" class="wp-image-1087907" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png 1280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/NA-temps-2.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>One week ago bitter cold gripped the Nation with 73% of the country covered in snow. Today temperatures return to 80-degrees in south Texas and brutal cold is a memory and snow cover has reduced by more than half of what is was last week. It appears that we have returned to our default pattern to start the winter that produced nearly 60% of the days above normal from December 1st through late January. <strong><em>It certainly is premature to declare winter dead with all of March ahead but there is a strong likelihood that winter's worst is behind us.</em></strong> Stay tuned, March can be sneaky!!! </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="801" height="458" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-18th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?w=801" alt="" class="wp-image-1087901" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-18th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=801,458 801w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-18th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=157,90 157w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-18th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=300,172 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-18th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=768,439 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-18th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-18th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=50,29 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 801px" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="801" height="458" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-24th-2021-snow-cover.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087903" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-24th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=801,458 801w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-24th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=157,90 157w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-24th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=300,172 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-24th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=768,439 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-24th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Feb-24th-2021-snow-cover.jpg?resize=50,29 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 801px" /></figure> <p></p> Johnson County superintendents send letter to Governor Holcomb in hopes of getting educators vaccinated https://fox59.com/news/education/johnson-county-superintendents-send-letter-to-governor-holcomb-in-hopes-of-getting-educators-vaccinated/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:c2fda142-ac9a-288e-5207-caf096616411 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:12:51 +0000 JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – School superintendents are coming together to request that the state prioritize educators when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, students are back in class at Indian Creek Middle and High Schools. “It’s almost a restart to the year,” said Tim Edsell the Superintendent of the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United [...] <p>JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – School superintendents are coming together to request that the state prioritize educators when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>As of Monday, students are back in class at Indian Creek Middle and High Schools.</p> <p>“It’s almost a restart to the year,” said Tim Edsell the Superintendent of the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation.</p> <p>COVID-19 cases are trending down in Johnson County, and that makes Edsell excited to get back to some sense of normalcy, but safety is still a top priority.</p> <p>“To have that vaccination available and to prioritize it for our teachers will provide a more comfortable level and assurance that they're safe also,” Edsell added.</p> <p>Edsell is one of the six superintendents in Johnson County to send this letter to Governor Eric Holcomb.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-scribd wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-scribd wp-embed-aspect-9-16 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe title="Letter to the Governor by Superintendents" class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/495878574/content" data-aspect-ratio="0.7735849056603774" scrolling="no" id="495878574" width="900" height="1000" frameborder="0"></iframe><script type="text/javascript"> (function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "https://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })() </script> </div></figure> <p>“We as school leaders in Johnson county are respectfully requesting that the Governor would prioritize our educators,” said Edsell.</p> <p>The letter says, now that Johnson County returned to yellow and students are back in class, “We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the anxiety and fear that this decision brings to our educators.”</p> <p>Edsell added, “Let’s make sure we have the vaccinations for our high impact people of our elderly, but at the same time we know that education just like in the medical field they are doing some incredible work, and we want them safe.”</p> <p>Governor Eric Holcomb and state health leaders have said the state will continue prioritizing those at the biggest risk of death and hospitalization until the state receives more vaccine doses.</p> <p>"When the supply is there, I hope they turn out in droves to get vaccinated,” said Holcomb during this weekly briefing.</p> <p>Edsell and the other Johnson County superintendents appreciate the guidance they’ve received so far, however, prioritizing educators, they say would bring relief to those who have been working around the clock.</p> <p>“We know that it is so important that our students are being taught in person by our teachers,” said Edsell.</p> <p>Teachers in surrounding states like Illinois, Ohio and Michigan are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> Johnson County school superintendents send letter in hopes of getting educators vaccinated https://cbs4indy.com/news/coronavirus/johnson-county-school-superintendents-send-letter-in-hopes-of-getting-educators-vaccinated/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:3ed0df15-d897-a8cb-855f-1db186fddb64 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:08:12 +0000 JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – School superintendents are coming together to request that the state prioritize educators when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, students are back in class at Indian Creek Middle and High Schools. “It’s almost a restart to the year,” said Tim Edsell the Superintendent of the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United [...] <p>JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – School superintendents are coming together to request that the state prioritize educators when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>As of Monday, students are back in class at Indian Creek Middle and High Schools.</p> <p>“It’s almost a restart to the year,” said Tim Edsell the Superintendent of the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation.</p> <p>COVID-19 cases are trending down in Johnson County, and that makes Edsell excited to get back to some sense of normalcy, but safety is still a top priority.</p> <p>“To have that vaccination available and to prioritize it for our teachers will provide a more comfortable level and assurance that they're safe also,” Edsell added.</p> <p>Edsell is one of the six superintendents in Johnson County to send this letter to Governor Eric Holcomb.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-scribd wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-scribd wp-embed-aspect-9-16 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe title="Letter to the Governor by Superintendents" class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/495878574/content" data-aspect-ratio="0.7735849056603774" scrolling="no" id="495878574" width="900" height="1000" frameborder="0"></iframe><script type="text/javascript"> (function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "https://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })() </script> </div></figure> <p>“We as school leaders in Johnson county are respectfully requesting that the Governor would prioritize our educators,” said Edsell.</p> <p>The letter says, now that Johnson County returned to yellow and students are back in class, “We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the anxiety and fear that this decision brings to our educators.”</p> <p>Edsell added, “Let’s make sure we have the vaccinations for our high impact people of our elderly, but at the same time we know that education just like in the medical field they are doing some incredible work, and we want them safe.”</p> <p>Governor Eric Holcomb and state health leaders have said the state will continue prioritizing those at the biggest risk of death and hospitalization until the state receives more vaccine doses.</p> <p>"When the supply is there, I hope they turn out in droves to get vaccinated,” said Holcomb during this weekly briefing.</p> <p>Edsell and the other Johnson County superintendents appreciate the guidance they’ve received so far, however, prioritizing educators, they say would bring relief to those who have been working around the clock.</p> <p>“We know that it is so important that our students are being taught in person by our teachers,” said Edsell.</p> <p>Teachers in surrounding states like Illinois, Ohio and Michigan are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> Indiana bill puts a check on 'no prosecute' policies https://cbs4indy.com/news/indiana-bill-puts-a-check-on-no-prosecute-policies/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:6592a3ed-5baa-d78f-206b-572819bb4271 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:03:07 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS– Some Indiana lawmakers are trying to create a check on local “no prosecute” policies. “There’s been a growing trend across the United States,” said SB 200 author Republican State Sen. Mike Young. He said his bill was inspired by prosecutors in other states with blanket policies against prosecuting certain crimes. “Trespassing, shoplifting,” said Young. [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS– Some Indiana lawmakers are trying to create a check on local “no prosecute” policies.</p> <p>“There’s been a growing trend across the United States,” said <strong><a href="http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/200">SB 200</a></strong> author Republican State Sen. Mike Young. </p> <p>He said his bill was inspired by prosecutors in other states with blanket policies against prosecuting certain crimes. </p> <p>“Trespassing, shoplifting,” said Young. "Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and receiving stolen property."</p> <p>Those are just some of the crimes Young said are part of these 'no prosecute' policies elsewhere in the country. </p> <p>The only example of this happening here in Indiana, according to Sen. Young, is at the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. </p> <p>“It’s totally about the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and marijuana,” said Democratic Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. </p> <p>Mears said the bill is being pursued because he decided not to prosecute people if they have less than 30 grams of marijuana on them. However, Young disagreed with those claims. </p> <p>“This bill is not about the Marion County Prosecutor, this was started before he was the prosecutor and has nothing to do with him," said Young. "It has to do with any prosecutor in the state of Indiana that decides to have a policy to prosecute certain crimes.”</p> <p>The bill says the Indiana Attorney General will appoint a special prosecutor for the crimes county prosecutors categorically decide not to charge. We reached out to AG Todd Rokita on this bill but have yet to hear back. </p> <p>“We have a system in this country, if you don’t like the law, you can come to the legislature and get it changed,” said Sen. Young. </p> <p>The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council opposes this legislation saying some are making these decisions not to prosecute certain crimes based off limited resources.</p> <p>“If the General Assembly wants us to prosecute everything all of the time then give us the money and resources to do that,” said Dave Powell with the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.</p> <p>Mears said a check on power already exists since prosecutors are elected.</p> <p>“If the community is not satisfied with the direction the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is going, they can vote with their voices and their feet at the ballot box, they can elect somebody different,” said Mears. </p> <p>Some have expressed concerns that policies like Mears' can confuse the public and make them think marijuana is now legal in Indiana. </p> <p>“The policy is very clear and it’s also very simple. If you have less than 30 grams of marijuana on your person, we’re not going to prosecute you. We are going to prosecute you if you deal it, if you consume it in public, or if you drive under the influence of marijuana." said Mears. “That's not a complicated policy. Nobody has said to me, 'Wow, this is really ambiguous, we can’t figure out what you are doing here.'”</p> <p>Mears said he decided to make this policy because small marijuana possession charges were disproportionately impacting the black community. The office is also focused on increased violent crimes in the county and this frees up resources for that. </p> <p>“I’m going to make sure that this office does everything that it can do to address racial inequality in the criminal justice system and we are going to aggressively protect the rights of everybody here in Marion County,” said Mears. </p> <p>The bill passed the Indiana Senate and now heads to the Indiana House of Representatives for consideration.</p> Indiana looks to put a check on local 'no prosecute' policies https://fox59.com/news/politics/indiana-looks-to-put-a-check-on-local-no-prosecute-policies/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:04ee8aba-8b6c-1bf9-e28f-3cf0c211fd60 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:02:57 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS– Some Indiana lawmakers are trying to create a check on local “no prosecute” policies. “There’s been a growing trend across the United States,” said SB 200 author Republican State Sen. Mike Young. He said his bill was inspired by prosecutors in other states with blanket policies against prosecuting certain crimes. “Trespassing, shoplifting,” said Young. [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS– Some Indiana lawmakers are trying to create a check on local “no prosecute” policies.</p> <p>“There’s been a growing trend across the United States,” said <strong><a href="http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/200">SB 200</a></strong> author Republican State Sen. Mike Young. </p> <p>He said his bill was inspired by prosecutors in other states with blanket policies against prosecuting certain crimes. </p> <p>“Trespassing, shoplifting,” said Young. "Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and receiving stolen property."</p> <p>Those are just some of the crimes Young said are part of these 'no prosecute' policies elsewhere in the country. </p> <p>The only example of this happening here in Indiana, according to Sen. Young, is at the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. </p> <p>“It’s totally about the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and marijuana,” said Democratic Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. </p> <p>Mears said the bill is being pursued because he decided not to prosecute people if they have less than 30 grams of marijuana on them. However, Young disagreed with those claims. </p> <p>“This bill is not about the Marion County Prosecutor, this was started before he was the prosecutor and has nothing to do with him," said Young. "It has to do with any prosecutor in the state of Indiana that decides to have a policy to prosecute certain crimes.”</p> <p>The bill says the Indiana Attorney General will appoint a special prosecutor for the crimes county prosecutors categorically decide not to charge. We reached out to AG Todd Rokita on this bill but have yet to hear back. </p> <p>“We have a system in this country, if you don’t like the law, you can come to the legislature and get it changed,” said Sen. Young. </p> <p>The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council opposes this legislation saying some are making these decisions not to prosecute certain crimes based off limited resources.</p> <p>“If the General Assembly wants us to prosecute everything all of the time then give us the money and resources to do that,” said Dave Powell with the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.</p> <p>Mears said a check on power already exists since prosecutors are elected.</p> <p>“If the community is not satisfied with the direction the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is going, they can vote with their voices and their feet at the ballot box, they can elect somebody different,” said Mears. </p> <p>Some have expressed concerns that policies like Mears' can confuse the public and make them think marijuana is now legal in Indiana. </p> <p>“The policy is very clear and it’s also very simple. If you have less than 30 grams of marijuana on your person, we’re not going to prosecute you. We are going to prosecute you if you deal it, if you consume it in public, or if you drive under the influence of marijuana." said Mears. “That's not a complicated policy. Nobody has said to me, 'Wow, this is really ambiguous, we can’t figure out what you are doing here.'”</p> <p>Mears said he decided to make this policy because small marijuana possession charges were disproportionately impacting the black community. The office is also focused on increased violent crimes in the county and this frees up resources for that. </p> <p>“I’m going to make sure that this office does everything that it can do to address racial inequality in the criminal justice system and we are going to aggressively protect the rights of everybody here in Marion County,” said Mears. </p> <p>The bill passed the Indiana Senate and now heads to the Indiana House of Representatives for consideration.</p> Cooler for the rest of the week; more rain is on the way https://cbs4indy.com/weather/a-little-cooler-for-the-rest-of-the-week-more-rain-is-on-the-way/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:68807f1d-59fb-8124-dca8-556e5a48bbc5 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:51:17 +0000 Wednesday was the warmest day of the year so far with a high of 58 degrees. The 58-degree high was the warmest day in Indianapolis since we made it to 65 degrees on December 11, 2020. A cold front moved across the state in the afternoon and brought gusty winds and a few clouds. Temperatures [...] <p>Wednesday was the warmest day of the year so far with a high of 58 degrees. The 58-degree high was the warmest day in Indianapolis since we made it to 65 degrees on December 11, 2020. </p> <p>A cold front moved across the state in the afternoon and brought gusty winds and a few clouds. Temperatures began to fall late in the day and it will be colder overnight. Although it will be cooler for Thursday, the mild trend will continue as we are expecting high temperatures in the 40s and 50s through the weekend. </p> <p>We are gaining daylight at more than two and a half minutes per day, so average temperatures are rising. We are 18 days from the start of daylight saving time and 24 days away from the start of spring. </p> <p>February has been a cold, snowy month, and there is no snow in the seven-day forecast. Our next precipitation will come in the form of rain, moving in late Saturday through Sunday. March begins early next week, and the new month will start with rain.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800869" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/WINTER-SPECIAL-1.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>Wednesday was the warmest day of the year so far.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800870" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/FROPA-1.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>Temps began to fall Wednesday afternoon.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800871" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/5-HORIZONTAL-BARS.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>February has been a cold month so far.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800872" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/MONTHLY-PRECIP-2-SNOWFALL-12.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>We've had above average snowfall this month.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800874" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/TWO-EVENT-COUNTDOWN-1.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>Spring is just a few weeks away.</p> What the rollout of Johnson and Johnson's vaccine could look like in Indiana if approved https://fox59.com/news/what-the-rollout-of-johnson-and-johnsons-vaccine-could-look-like-in-indiana-if-approved/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:d280bf91-ceaa-bf9c-9970-f0ece030e706 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:34:05 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this afternoon that Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine meets the requirements for emergency use authorization. Friday a panel will meet to make the recommendation. “I think with this approval or the authorization of Johnson and Johnson we will have a much bigger supply of vaccines,” said IU [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this afternoon that Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine meets the requirements for emergency use authorization. Friday a panel will meet to make the recommendation.</p> <p>“I think with this approval or the authorization of Johnson and Johnson we will have a much bigger supply of vaccines,” said IU Health’s Methodist Hospital, Medical Director for Infection Prevention, Dr. Lana Dbeibo.</p> <p>Johnson and Johnson has committed to providing 20 million shots upon the initial rollout and 100 million by summer. Each dose counts for one person.</p> <p>“This is a big number of vaccines for a third of the U.S. population which is great news,” said Dr. Dbeibo.</p> <p>It’s what we need to hear while working to achieve herd immunity which could come faster than expected.</p> <p>“So really looking at summertime now with the one dose vaccines to achieve at least some level of herd immunity that we can be confident in that will allow us to begin to transition into some normalcy,” said Regenstrief Institute, Director of Public Health informatics, Dr. Brian Dixon.</p> <p>There are a lot of factors that will play into how fast we can reach herd immunity if Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose vaccine is approved. It comes down to supply, demand, and if we have enough people to continue putting shots into arms.</p> <p>“We still have some people in line so to speak, to come back for the second dose who are signed up to get the two-dose vaccine,” said Dr. Dixon.</p> <p>Another challenge is the demand. On Tuesday nearly 90,000 Hoosiers that became eligible registered within hours.</p> <p>“We’re going to be limited by the number of humans that we have in the state available to give shots,” said Dr. Dixon.</p> <p>And the final question that remains is will there be enough vaccine supply?</p> <p>“Vaccine supply is definitely something we are going to continue to watch because we are going to be limited by how much vaccine the federal government allots to the state,” said Dr. Dixon.</p> <p>Experts recommend people get whatever vaccine they can get first regardless of the number of doses. Those with allergies may want to look at Johnson and Johnson.</p> <p>Hospitals and clinics are now working to create a game plan for a potential roll out.</p> <p>“All vaccine sites are working with the state health department very closely following their lead on how we are going to be scheduling people for a new vaccine,” said Dr. Dbeibo.</p> <p>Another positive, experts say is the fact the Johnson and Johnson can be stored in a refrigerator allowing more pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals to administer vaccines to a larger amount of people. Which could help the Hoosier state reach herd immunity possibly by the end of summer.</p> Noblesville Schools dedicates first-of-its kind center for community use https://fox59.com/news/noblesville-schools-dedicates-first-of-its-kind-center-for-community-use/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:05e95514-ad34-932e-dbd1-a704ff2ab57d Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:20:03 +0000 NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Noblesville Schools on Wednesday dedicated a first-of-its kind community center that offers new, flexible usage options for Noblesville Schools and residents alike. Highlights of the Noblesville Schools Community Center include: Over 15,000 square feet of total space Two large classroom areas Four offices Onsite kitchen Technology learning spaces 7,500 square foot open space with [...] <div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow aligncenter" data-effect="slide"><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_container swiper-container"><ul class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_swiper-wrapper swiper-wrapper"><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087883" data-id="1087883" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/DSC_5372-2.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087881" data-id="1087881" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/DSC_5457.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087882" data-id="1087882" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Annex-Room-2.png?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087880" data-id="1087880" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/DSC_5421.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087879" data-id="1087879" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/DSC_5392.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li></ul><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-prev swiper-button-prev swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-next swiper-button-next swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a aria-label="Pause Slideshow" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-pause" role="button"></a><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_pagination swiper-pagination swiper-pagination-white"></div></div></div> <p>NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Noblesville Schools on Wednesday dedicated a first-of-its kind community center that offers new, flexible usage options for Noblesville Schools and residents alike.</p> <p>Highlights of the Noblesville Schools Community Center include:</p> <ul><li>Over 15,000 square feet of total space</li><li>Two large classroom areas</li><li>Four offices</li><li>Onsite kitchen</li><li>Technology learning spaces</li><li>7,500 square foot open space with hard surface flooring, technology equipment &amp; high ceilings that can be used as one open space or separated for multiple groups</li></ul> <p>The facility is located off of Field Drive between Noblesville High School and Noblesville East Middle School. Noblesville Schools says it will provide dedicated space for the district’s enhanced alternative education program “Millers Success Academy,” as well as adult education classes, public meeting space and space for indoor team practices. </p> <p>The community center will also be used by the district’s special education partners at the Hamilton Boone Madison County Co-op for their “Limitless” program, which provides ongoing education for young adults with special needs. </p> <p>“With the community scheduling more than 14,000 hours of programming every year in our facilities, and with one of the largest high schools in the state, this additional space in Noblesville was desperately needed and we expect it to be a very popular area for events,” said Noblesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer.</p> <p>Noblesville Schools says the center has been over two years in the making and cost the district $6 million, which was financed through a bond without the use of referendum dollars or an increase in the tax rate. Per state guidelines, the bond cannot be used to fund staff, programs or student needs, Noblesville Schools noted.</p> <p>“We can’t wait to share this new space with the community and for everyone to begin enjoying it,” added Niedermeyer.  </p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.noblesvilleschools.org/Page/8376" target="_blank">Sponsorships</a>, including naming rights, are available for the event space. Organizations interested in <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.noblesvilleschools.org/Page/8376" target="_blank">sponsorships</a> should contact the district’s marketing and communications department.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://vimeo.com/516249195" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more on the Noblesville Schools Community Center. </p> Noblesville Schools dedicates $6M center for community use https://cbs4indy.com/news/noblesville-schools-dedicates-6m-center-for-community-use/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:c8303988-5b94-92fb-456f-8fd446502bb1 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:20:01 +0000 NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Noblesville Schools on Wednesday dedicated a first-of-its kind community center that offers new, flexible usage options for Noblesville Schools and residents alike. Highlights of the Noblesville Schools Community Center include: Over 15,000 square feet of total space Two large classroom areas Four offices Onsite kitchen Technology learning spaces 7,500 square foot open space with [...] <div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow aligncenter" data-effect="slide"><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_container swiper-container"><ul class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_swiper-wrapper swiper-wrapper"><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-800947" data-id="800947" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/DSC_5372-2.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-800945" data-id="800945" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/DSC_5457.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-800946" data-id="800946" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Annex-Room-2.png?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-800944" data-id="800944" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/DSC_5421.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-800943" data-id="800943" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/DSC_5392.jpg?w=900" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Noblesville Schools Community Center (Photo By Noblesville Schools)</figcaption></figure></li></ul><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-prev swiper-button-prev swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-next swiper-button-next swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a aria-label="Pause Slideshow" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-pause" role="button"></a><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_pagination swiper-pagination swiper-pagination-white"></div></div></div> <p>NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Noblesville Schools on Wednesday dedicated a&nbsp;first-of-its kind&nbsp;community center that offers new, flexible usage options for Noblesville Schools and residents alike.</p> <p>Highlights of the Noblesville Schools Community Center include:</p> <ul><li>Over 15,000 square feet of total space</li><li>Two large classroom areas</li><li>Four offices</li><li>Onsite kitchen</li><li>Technology learning spaces</li><li>7,500 square foot open space with hard surface flooring, technology equipment &amp; high ceilings that can be used as one open space or separated for multiple groups</li></ul> <p>The facility is&nbsp;located off of Field Drive between Noblesville High School and Noblesville East Middle School. Noblesville Schools says it will provide dedicated space for the district’s enhanced alternative education program “Millers Success Academy,” as well as adult education classes, public meeting space and space for indoor team practices.&nbsp;</p> <p>The community center will also be used by the district’s special education partners at the Hamilton Boone Madison County Co-op for their “Limitless” program, which provides ongoing education for young adults with special needs.&nbsp;</p> <p>“With the community scheduling more than 14,000 hours of programming every year in our facilities, and with one of the largest high schools in the state, this additional space in Noblesville was desperately needed and we expect it to be a very popular area for events,” said Noblesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer.</p> <p>Noblesville Schools says the center has been over two years in the making and cost the district $6 million, which was financed through a bond without the use of referendum dollars or an increase in the tax rate. Per state guidelines, the bond cannot be used to fund staff, programs or student needs, Noblesville Schools noted.</p> <p>“We can’t wait to share this new space with the community and for everyone to begin enjoying it,” added Niedermeyer. &nbsp;</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.noblesvilleschools.org/Page/8376" target="_blank">Sponsorships</a>, including naming rights, are available for the event space. Organizations interested in <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.noblesvilleschools.org/Page/8376" target="_blank">sponsorships</a> should contact the district’s marketing and communications department.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://vimeo.com/516249195" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more on the Noblesville Schools Community Center. </p> GOP lawmakers: Schools can reopen with no additional funds from Congress https://cbs4indy.com/news/washington-dc-bureau/gop-lawmakers-schools-can-reopen-with-no-additional-funds-from-congress/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:01e5fb9a-3e5a-abf6-9cfe-271c05b1d04e Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:15:01 +0000 Republicans have turned to reopening schools as their political rallying cry to try to win back key components of their base: suburban voters and women. <p>WASHINGTON, DC (NEXSTAR) — Republicans have turned to reopening schools as their political rallying cry to try to win back key components of their base: suburban voters and women.</p> <p>GOP lawmakers continued their push Wednesday for students' safe return to the classroom with money Congress approved last year, but Democrats still want billions more to make that happen.</p> <p>"Parents can see that virtual learning simply isn't working," said Sen. John Boozman, R-AR.&nbsp;</p> <p>Boozman reports nearly 70 percent of his state's public school students have returned to the classroom, despite different COVID-19 challenges in each district.</p> <p>"They moved ahead with the same goal: finding the best and the safest way to get and keep children and teachers in the classroom," Boozman said.</p> <p>Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, said his state also has the same percentage back in school, but he worries more than half the students nationwide are still at home.</p> <p>"We are doing immeasurable damage, immeasurable damage to a generation of children,” Kennedy said.</p> <p>In his Covid relief plan, President Joe Biden included an additional $130 billion to help K through 12 schools reopen.</p> <p>"It's not a matter of money," Kennedy said.</p> <p>Republicans argue states have only spent about $5 billion of the $70 billion Congress approved in past relief bills.</p> <p>"This bill does not dedicate real money to reopen schools," said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA.</p> <p>Scalise said the president’s proposal does not require schools to spend the money on reopening this year, but Democrats argue the legislation will fund new ventilation systems, personal protective equipment, and widespread testing.</p> <p>"It's our hope that some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will stop playing politics," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY.</p> <p>Jeffries will vote for the package later this week in the House then Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, is prepared to send it to President Biden’s desk with or without the GOP.</p> <p>"If congressional Republicans want to oppose all of that, my response is good luck," Schumer said.</p> GOP lawmakers: Schools can reopen with no additional funds from Congress https://fox59.com/news/washington-dc-bureau/gop-lawmakers-schools-can-reopen-with-no-additional-funds-from-congress/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:5f7164f4-b1cb-8fcb-d9e9-841752ee9f7f Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:15:00 +0000 Republicans have turned to reopening schools as their political rallying cry to try to win back key components of their base: suburban voters and women. <p>WASHINGTON, DC (NEXSTAR) — Republicans have turned to reopening schools as their political rallying cry to try to win back key components of their base: suburban voters and women.</p> <p>GOP lawmakers continued their push Wednesday for students' safe return to the classroom with money Congress approved last year, but Democrats still want billions more to make that happen.</p> <p>"Parents can see that virtual learning simply isn't working," said Sen. John Boozman, R-AR.&nbsp;</p> <p>Boozman reports nearly 70 percent of his state's public school students have returned to the classroom, despite different COVID-19 challenges in each district.</p> <p>"They moved ahead with the same goal: finding the best and the safest way to get and keep children and teachers in the classroom," Boozman said.</p> <p>Sen. John Kennedy, R-LA, said his state also has the same percentage back in school, but he worries more than half the students nationwide are still at home.</p> <p>"We are doing immeasurable damage, immeasurable damage to a generation of children,” Kennedy said.</p> <p>In his Covid relief plan, President Joe Biden included an additional $130 billion to help K through 12 schools reopen.</p> <p>"It's not a matter of money," Kennedy said.</p> <p>Republicans argue states have only spent about $5 billion of the $70 billion Congress approved in past relief bills.</p> <p>"This bill does not dedicate real money to reopen schools," said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA.</p> <p>Scalise said the president’s proposal does not require schools to spend the money on reopening this year, but Democrats argue the legislation will fund new ventilation systems, personal protective equipment, and widespread testing.</p> <p>"It's our hope that some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will stop playing politics," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY.</p> <p>Jeffries will vote for the package later this week in the House then Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, is prepared to send it to President Biden’s desk with or without the GOP.</p> <p>"If congressional Republicans want to oppose all of that, my response is good luck," Schumer said.</p> States pass their own virus aid as they wait on Washington's help https://cbs4indy.com/news/states-pass-their-own-virus-aid-as-they-wait-on-washingtons-help/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:0591fb11-f330-3b44-3cae-ce3a52886baa Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:06:39 +0000 Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the the pandemic's economic fallout. <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the the pandemic's economic fallout.</p> <p>Maryland and California recently moved forward with help for the poor, the jobless, small businesses and those needing child care. New Mexico and Pennsylvania are funneling grants directly to cash-starved businesses. North Carolina's governor wants additional state aid for such things as bonus pay for teachers and boosting rural internet speeds.</p> <p>The spending also provides fuel for critics who say states don’t need another massive infusion of cash from Congress. The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion relief plan would send hundreds of billions of dollars to state and local governments.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://kfor.com/news/third-stimulus-checks-key-vote-coming-that-will-impact-1400-payments/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Third stimulus checks: Key vote coming that will impact $1,400 payments </a> </aside> </div> <p>Governors and lawmakers say their state spending is targeted at Americans who remain desperate for help nearly a year after the pandemic began shuttering businesses.</p> <p>In Maryland, where direct stimulus checks were being distributed as part of more than $1 billion in relief, Catrina Garrett said the boost from the state was crucial. Garrett, a 35-year-old single mother with a part-time job, said it will help her pay rent and catch up on bills.</p> <p>“A lot of people will need this, and it will help families that have not been able to provide for their children,” said Garrett, who lives in Baltimore with her three kids.</p> <p>Other states are considering significant spending to provide more relief to residents. Governors and lawmakers have said they are concerned the economy and job prospects will deteriorate even further before Congress acts on the Biden plan. A slow start to the nationwide vaccination program also has tempered expectations that inoculations will be widespread soon enough to rescue businesses that have struggled with shutdown orders.</p> <p>Under a bill awaiting the governor's signature, New Mexico would provide $200 million in direct grants to businesses, which could use them to pay rent and mortgages. It’s part of a proposed state pandemic relief package that also would provide a $600 tax rebate to low-wage workers, a four-month tax holiday for restaurants as they recover from indoor-dining restrictions and a waiver on liquor store license fees.</p> <p>Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said aggressive action is needed to ward off business closures and evictions as Congress deliberates.</p> <p>“The cascading effect, it’s actually a problem that most states are grappling with ... waiting for the relief money out of the feds,” she said. “We need to be able to hold up, to shore up businesses moving forward, and we want them to have security to hold their current employees and potentially hire more.”</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://kfor.com/news/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > FDA finds Johnson &amp; Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine effective and safe </a> </aside> </div> <p>In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed a $7.6 billion relief package that includes $600 in one-time payments for about 5.7 million residents, including immigrants who were left out of previous relief initiatives. Another $2 billon is going to struggling businesses.</p> <p>Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, signed legislation last week with bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled legislature for one-time stimulus payments of $300 for individuals and $500 for families, reaching about 400,000 people. It also provides up to $9,000 in sales tax relief for small businesses.</p> <p>“Absent of a federal response, the states are having to step up,” said Robin McKinney, co-founder and CEO of the CASH Campaign of Maryland, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income residents file taxes.</p> <p>The spending also shows that many states have proved unexpectedly resilient during the pandemic, with better-than-projected tax revenue and healthy budgets. Critics say the stronger-than-expected state finances undermine the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion plan.</p> <p>“Congress has already allocated more than $4.5 trillion to address this crisis, including roughly $400 billion for state and local governments," U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, a Florida Republican, said this month.</p> <p>Some governors are facing pushback from their own legislatures.</p> <p>North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, unveiled a $695 million emergency budget proposal that would use state money to address needs related to the coronavirus.</p> <p>While Republicans in charge of the legislature haven’t dismissed his ideas, they are unlikely to pass such a sweeping package. They noted that they approved another COVID-19 relief package in February that distributed more than $2.2 billion in federal money for vaccine preparations, to schools and to prevent evictions. They also are still figuring out how to spend another $1.8 billion in federal money that Congress approved in December.</p> <p>“We are addressing the needs,” said Republican state Sen. Brent Jackson.</p> <p>Cooper said North Carolina’s coffers currently have nearly $6 billion to spare, an amount roughly equal to 25% of the state’s annual budget. He wants to spend it on bonuses for educators and school staff, hazard pay for state law enforcement officers, rural broadband and small businesses.</p> <p>“People need help immediately, and we have both the means and the power to get it to them,” he said.</p> <p>In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, earlier this month signed legislation using $145 million in reserves from a worker’s compensation fund for grants of up to $50,000 to owners of hard-hit bars, restaurants and hotels. The money is expected to be available next month.</p> <p>Industry representatives said the money is helpful but won’t reach many who work in Pennsylvania’s 30,000 such businesses. And for some of those who do receive it, the extra state aid represents just a fraction of the financial hit they have taken during the pandemic.</p> <p>Susan Williams, who with her sister owns a bar in Pittsburgh and another just outside the city, plans to apply for the grants.</p> <p>Her businesses remain under restrictions that include serving at 25% capacity, no seating at the bar and 11 p.m. last calls. The bars are closed part of the week to keep from losing money, and there’s nothing left over to pay tax bills that arrived this week.</p> <p>“They know damn well we haven’t been open," Williams said. "They basically choked our income, but they’re still sending our tax bills. It’s insane.”</p> More than 3.4 million Texans still facing disrupted water supplies, authorities say https://fox59.com/news/more-than-3-4-million-texans-still-facing-disrupted-water-supplies-authorities-say/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:20dde718-d71a-6732-fe06-de87a0442cd0 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:05:49 +0000 A little more than 3.4 million people in Texas in 204 counties still had issues with their water supply as of Tuesday evening, compared to over 7.9 million people a day earlier, a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said. <p>(Reuters) — A little more than 3.4 million people in Texas in 204 counties still had issues with their water supply as of Tuesday evening, compared to over 7.9 million people a day earlier, a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said.</p> <p>A<a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/southwest/water-disruptions-power-issues-persist-in-texas-as-storm-recovery-begins/"> deadly winter storm</a> caused widespread blackouts last week across Texas, a state unaccustomed to extreme cold, killing at least two dozen people and knocking out power to more than 4 million people at its peak.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/us-news/southwest/biden-to-travel-to-houston-friday-as-texas-recovers-from-winter-storm/" class="promo-link__link" > Biden to travel to Houston Friday as Texas recovers from winter storm </a> </aside> </div> <p>"As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 44 Public Water Systems are non-operational, affecting 18,019 Texans. 1,205 PWSs are on a boil water notice, affecting 3,422,760 Texans. 712 boil water notices have been rescinded. 204 counties are reporting PWS issues," the spokesman said in an emailed statement. </p> <p><em>(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)</em></p> <p><em>© Copyright Thomson Reuters 202</em>1</p> States pass their own virus aid as they wait on Washington's help https://fox59.com/news/states-pass-their-own-virus-aid-as-they-wait-on-washingtons-help/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:adacf6ae-347b-b2b1-e9ad-92ce057776cf Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:05:46 +0000 Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the the pandemic's economic fallout. <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the the pandemic's economic fallout.</p> <p>Maryland and California recently moved forward with help for the poor, the jobless, small businesses and those needing child care. New Mexico and Pennsylvania are funneling grants directly to cash-starved businesses. North Carolina's governor wants additional state aid for such things as bonus pay for teachers and boosting rural internet speeds.</p> <p>The spending also provides fuel for critics who say states don’t need another massive infusion of cash from Congress. The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion relief plan would send hundreds of billions of dollars to state and local governments.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://kfor.com/news/third-stimulus-checks-key-vote-coming-that-will-impact-1400-payments/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Third stimulus checks: Key vote coming that will impact $1,400 payments </a> </aside> </div> <p>Governors and lawmakers say their state spending is targeted at Americans who remain desperate for help nearly a year after the pandemic began shuttering businesses.</p> <p>In Maryland, where direct stimulus checks were being distributed as part of more than $1 billion in relief, Catrina Garrett said the boost from the state was crucial. Garrett, a 35-year-old single mother with a part-time job, said it will help her pay rent and catch up on bills.</p> <p>“A lot of people will need this, and it will help families that have not been able to provide for their children,” said Garrett, who lives in Baltimore with her three kids.</p> <p>Other states are considering significant spending to provide more relief to residents. Governors and lawmakers have said they are concerned the economy and job prospects will deteriorate even further before Congress acts on the Biden plan. A slow start to the nationwide vaccination program also has tempered expectations that inoculations will be widespread soon enough to rescue businesses that have struggled with shutdown orders.</p> <p>Under a bill awaiting the governor's signature, New Mexico would provide $200 million in direct grants to businesses, which could use them to pay rent and mortgages. It’s part of a proposed state pandemic relief package that also would provide a $600 tax rebate to low-wage workers, a four-month tax holiday for restaurants as they recover from indoor-dining restrictions and a waiver on liquor store license fees.</p> <p>Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said aggressive action is needed to ward off business closures and evictions as Congress deliberates.</p> <p>“The cascading effect, it’s actually a problem that most states are grappling with ... waiting for the relief money out of the feds,” she said. “We need to be able to hold up, to shore up businesses moving forward, and we want them to have security to hold their current employees and potentially hire more.”</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://kfor.com/news/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > FDA finds Johnson &amp; Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine effective and safe </a> </aside> </div> <p>In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed a $7.6 billion relief package that includes $600 in one-time payments for about 5.7 million residents, including immigrants who were left out of previous relief initiatives. Another $2 billon is going to struggling businesses.</p> <p>Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, signed legislation last week with bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled legislature for one-time stimulus payments of $300 for individuals and $500 for families, reaching about 400,000 people. It also provides up to $9,000 in sales tax relief for small businesses.</p> <p>“Absent of a federal response, the states are having to step up,” said Robin McKinney, co-founder and CEO of the CASH Campaign of Maryland, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income residents file taxes.</p> <p>The spending also shows that many states have proved unexpectedly resilient during the pandemic, with better-than-projected tax revenue and healthy budgets. Critics say the stronger-than-expected state finances undermine the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion plan.</p> <p>“Congress has already allocated more than $4.5 trillion to address this crisis, including roughly $400 billion for state and local governments," U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, a Florida Republican, said this month.</p> <p>Some governors are facing pushback from their own legislatures.</p> <p>North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, unveiled a $695 million emergency budget proposal that would use state money to address needs related to the coronavirus.</p> <p>While Republicans in charge of the legislature haven’t dismissed his ideas, they are unlikely to pass such a sweeping package. They noted that they approved another COVID-19 relief package in February that distributed more than $2.2 billion in federal money for vaccine preparations, to schools and to prevent evictions. They also are still figuring out how to spend another $1.8 billion in federal money that Congress approved in December.</p> <p>“We are addressing the needs,” said Republican state Sen. Brent Jackson.</p> <p>Cooper said North Carolina’s coffers currently have nearly $6 billion to spare, an amount roughly equal to 25% of the state’s annual budget. He wants to spend it on bonuses for educators and school staff, hazard pay for state law enforcement officers, rural broadband and small businesses.</p> <p>“People need help immediately, and we have both the means and the power to get it to them,” he said.</p> <p>In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, earlier this month signed legislation using $145 million in reserves from a worker’s compensation fund for grants of up to $50,000 to owners of hard-hit bars, restaurants and hotels. The money is expected to be available next month.</p> <p>Industry representatives said the money is helpful but won’t reach many who work in Pennsylvania’s 30,000 such businesses. And for some of those who do receive it, the extra state aid represents just a fraction of the financial hit they have taken during the pandemic.</p> <p>Susan Williams, who with her sister owns a bar in Pittsburgh and another just outside the city, plans to apply for the grants.</p> <p>Her businesses remain under restrictions that include serving at 25% capacity, no seating at the bar and 11 p.m. last calls. The bars are closed part of the week to keep from losing money, and there’s nothing left over to pay tax bills that arrived this week.</p> <p>“They know damn well we haven’t been open," Williams said. "They basically choked our income, but they’re still sending our tax bills. It’s insane.”</p> New details emerge about 21-year-old wounded in exchange of gunfire with IMPD https://fox59.com/news/crimetracker/new-details-emerge-about-21-year-old-wounded-in-exchange-of-gunfire-with-impd/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:966066cf-57ea-4444-a870-beec3b224e5d Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:30:57 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- We're learning new information about the suspect wounded in a police shooting on Indy's east side. That 21-year-old suspect remains hospitalized following a shooting Tuesday afternoon near 34th and Forest Manor. One woman whose home sits right next to where the shooting took place claims she witnessed the shooting and doesn’t blame police [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- We're learning new information about the suspect wounded in a police shooting on Indy's east side.</p> <p>That 21-year-old suspect remains hospitalized following a shooting Tuesday afternoon near 34th and Forest Manor.</p> <p>One woman whose home sits right next to where the shooting took place claims she witnessed the shooting and doesn’t blame police for pulling the trigger.</p> <p>“He ran from there to here, and he turned and shot at the police officers, and they in turn shot him,” said Earnestine Harris.</p> <p>After hearing those gunshots, Harris took out her phone and recorded video of the suspect’s car with the passenger side door open right in front of her home.</p> <p>IMPD claims the shooting started with a traffic stop after officers with the crime gun intelligence center spotted 21-year-old Tavon Macklin.</p> <p>Police insist he exchanged gunfire with police following a very brief pursuit.</p> <p>“You know, sometimes if you pull out a gun, it ends pretty bad.&nbsp;I don’t believe in violence,” said pastor Donald Edwards Jr. with the Church of Glory.</p> <p>Court records show in mid-December Macklin tampered with the strap on his GPS monitor, and warrants were issued for his arrest.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2016, Macklin was convicted of two robberies that took place in 2015.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="2016" height="1512" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087801" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg 2016w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?resize=120,90 120w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?resize=1536,1152 1536w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?resize=50,38 50w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?resize=876,657 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>Court records show Macklin was wanted on warrants for tampering with his GPS device.</figcaption></figure> <p>Just a few hours after Tuesday's shooting, police searched the suspect’s home on Dequincy Street and allegedly recovered several more firearms.</p> <p>While following up on the story Wednesday, a FOX59 photographer spotted a large gun clip, which was still loaded, at the exact spot where Macklin fell.&nbsp;That clip was handed over to IMPD.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="540"src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?w=540" alt="" class="wp-image-1087799" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg 1512w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=68,90 68w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=225,300 225w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=768,1024 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=540,720 540w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=1152,1536 1152w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=100,133 100w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=200,266 200w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=520,693 520w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=1040,1386 1040w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=38,50 38w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?resize=876,1168 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 540px" /><figcaption>Picture of large gun clip recovered by FOX59 at the scene of Tuesday's shooting.</figcaption></figure> <p>Although Macklin has not been charged with murder, police also claim he was wanted for questioning in an ongoing homicide investigation.</p> <p>Police reports confirm that investigators believe Macklin may have been involved in a robbery that resulted in a deadly shooting at a gas station last month on South Keystone.</p> <p>Fortunately, no officers were hurt during Tuesday's shooting, and pastor Edwards, whose church sits right next to the scene, hopes the incident doesn’t damage the public's trust in IMPD.</p> <p>“There are some good cops and bad cops, good people and bad people.&nbsp;So our job is to try and mend our relationship with officers,” said Edwards.</p> <p>IMPD Chief Randal Taylor commented off camera, “We had information our subject was armed, and we needed to get him off the street. It turned out as well as could be expected. Our officers made the right moves and did the right things.”</p> <p>Police did not release a booking photo of Macklin because they say they don’t want to harm the ongoing homicide investigation.</p> <p>The shooting was recorded on at least police worn body cameras, but IMPD is not yet releasing that footage.</p> New details emerge regarding 21-year-old wounded in exchange of gunfire with IMPD https://cbs4indy.com/news/crime/new-details-emerge-regarding-21-year-old-wounded-in-exchange-of-gunfire-with-impd/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:d00565ff-7045-eb28-49b3-71d0b59cfac0 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:24:09 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- We're learning new information about the suspect wounded in a police shooting on Indy's east side. That 21-year-old suspect remains hospitalized following a shooting Tuesday afternoon near 34th and Forest Manor. One woman whose home sits right next to where the shooting took place claims she witnessed the shooting and doesn’t blame police [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- We're learning new information about the suspect wounded in a police shooting on Indy's east side.</p> <p>That 21-year-old suspect remains hospitalized following a shooting Tuesday afternoon near 34th and Forest Manor.</p> <p>One woman whose home sits right next to where the shooting took place claims she witnessed the shooting and doesn’t blame police for pulling the trigger.</p> <p>“He ran from there to here, and he turned and shot at the police officers, and they in turn shot him,” said Earnestine Harris.</p> <p>After hearing those gunshots, Harris took out her phone and recorded video of the suspect’s car with the passenger side door open right in front of her home.</p> <p>IMPD claims the shooting started with a traffic stop after officers with the crime gun intelligence center spotted 21-year-old Tavon Macklin.</p> <p>Police insist he exchanged gunfire with police following a very brief pursuit.</p> <p>“You know, sometimes if you pull out a gun, it ends pretty bad.&nbsp;I don’t believe in violence,” said pastor Donald Edwards Jr. with the Church of Glory.</p> <p>Court records show in mid-December Macklin tampered with the strap on his GPS monitor, and warrants were issued for his arrest.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2016, Macklin was convicted of two robberies that took place in 2015.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/violation-pic.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087801"/><figcaption>Court records show Macklin was wanted on warrants for tampering with his GPS device.</figcaption></figure> <p>Just a few hours after Tuesday's shooting, police searched the suspect’s home on Dequincy Street and allegedly recovered several more firearms.</p> <p>While following up on the story Wednesday, a FOX59 photographer spotted a large gun clip, which was still loaded, at the exact spot where Macklin fell.&nbsp;That clip was handed over to IMPD.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/suspects-gun-clip.jpg?w=540" alt="" class="wp-image-1087799"/><figcaption>Picture of large gun clip recovered by FOX59 at the scene of Tuesday's shooting.</figcaption></figure> <p>Although Macklin has not been charged with murder, police also claim he was wanted for questioning in an ongoing homicide investigation.</p> <p>Police reports confirm that investigators believe Macklin may have been involved in a robbery that resulted in a deadly shooting at a gas station last month on South Keystone.</p> <p>Fortunately, no officers were hurt during Tuesday's shooting, and pastor Edwards, whose church sits right next to the scene, hopes the incident doesn’t damage the public's trust in IMPD.</p> <p>“There are some good cops and bad cops, good people and bad people.&nbsp;So our job is to try and mend our relationship with officers,” said Edwards.</p> <p>IMPD Chief Randal Taylor commented off camera, “We had information our subject was armed, and we needed to get him off the street. It turned out as well as could be expected. Our officers made the right moves and did the right things.”</p> <p>Police did not release a booking photo of Macklin because they say they don’t want to harm the ongoing homicide investigation.</p> <p>The shooting was recorded on at least police worn body cameras, but IMPD is not yet releasing that footage.</p> If Johnson and Johnson gets EUA, what could that mean for Indiana? https://cbs4indy.com/news/if-johnson-and-johnson-gets-eua-what-could-that-mean-for-indiana/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:f8324780-7984-2a3b-d233-a1a6e6b29350 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:23:56 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this afternoon that Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine meets the requirements for emergency use authorization. Friday a panel will meet to make the recommendation. “I think with this approval or the authorization of Johnson and Johnson we will have a much bigger supply of vaccines,” said IU [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this afternoon that Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine meets the requirements for emergency use authorization. Friday a panel will meet to make the recommendation.</p> <p>“I think with this approval or the authorization of Johnson and Johnson we will have a much bigger supply of vaccines,” said IU Health’s Methodist Hospital, Medical Director for Infection Prevention, Dr. Lana Dbeibo.</p> <p>Johnson and Johnson has committed to providing 20 million shots upon the initial rollout and 100 million by summer. Each dose counts for one person.</p> <p>“This is a big number of vaccines for a third of the U.S. population which is great news,” said Dr. Dbeibo.</p> <p>It’s what we need to hear while working to achieve herd immunity which could come faster than expected.</p> <p>“So really looking at summertime now with the one dose vaccines to achieve at least some level of herd immunity that we can be confident in that will allow us to begin to transition into some normalcy,” said Regenstrief Institute, Director of Public Health informatics, Dr. Brian Dixon.</p> <p>There are a lot of factors that will play into how fast we can reach herd immunity if Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose vaccine is approved. It comes down to supply, demand, and if we have enough people to continue putting shots into arms.</p> <p>“We still have some people in line so to speak, to come back for the second dose who are signed up to get the two-dose vaccine,” said Dr. Dixon.</p> <p>Another challenge is the demand. On Tuesday nearly 90,000 Hoosiers that became eligible registered within hours.</p> <p>“We’re going to be limited by the number of humans that we have in the state available to give shots,” said Dr. Dixon.</p> <p>And the final question that remains is will there be enough vaccine supply?</p> <p>“Vaccine supply is definitely something we are going to continue to watch because we are going to be limited by how much vaccine the federal government allots to the state,” said Dr. Dixon.</p> <p>Experts recommend people get whatever vaccine they can get first regardless of the number of doses. Those with allergies may want to look at Johnson and Johnson.</p> <p>Hospitals and clinics are now working to create a game plan for a potential roll out.</p> <p>“All vaccine sites are working with the state health department very closely following their lead on how we are going to be scheduling people for a new vaccine,” said Dr. Dbeibo.</p> <p>Another positive, experts say is the fact the Johnson and Johnson can be stored in a refrigerator allowing more pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals to administer vaccines to a larger amount of people. Which could help the Hoosier state reach herd immunity possibly by the end of summer.</p> IUPUI highlights changes due to COVID in annual community report https://fox59.com/news/iupui-highlights-changes-due-to-covid-in-annual-community-report/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:070c8faa-1a13-d968-2337-ca37a8805a76 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:11:15 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- Universities and colleges have made many changes over the last year due to the pandemic And it’s something the chancellor of IUPUI highlighted in his annual report to the community. Chancellor Nasser Paydar discussed how the university has been promoting health and safety on campus and throughout the state. Over the last year, [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- Universities and colleges have made many changes over the last year due to the pandemic And it’s something the chancellor of IUPUI highlighted in his annual report to the community.</p> <p>Chancellor Nasser Paydar discussed how the university has been promoting health and safety on campus and throughout the state. Over the last year, IUPUI has been responsible for contact tracing in Marion County and the School of Medicine is conducting the nation's first statewide prevalence study.</p> <p>The university made a 5-percent budget cut this year in order to keep every staff member employed and help keep the community healthy.</p> <p>"We used the faculty that we have in the school to guide us and help us. We converted two laboratories in Indianapolis on our campus to be able to test, to make covid tests and so we started testing everyone," Paydar said.</p> <p>Lust last week, more than 9,000 people were tested on the IUPUI campus and just 30 positive cases came back. Currently, all students on campus living in residence halls are tested twice a week.</p> IUPUI highlights changes due to COVID in annual community report https://cbs4indy.com/news/iupui-highlights-changes-due-to-covid-in-annual-community-report/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:5fd17acd-ddca-ce6f-7bd2-4475d17f6592 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:11:12 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- Universities and colleges have made many changes over the last year due to the pandemic And it’s something the chancellor of IUPUI highlighted in his annual report to the community. Chancellor Nasser Paydar discussed how the university has been promoting health and safety on campus and throughout the state. Over the last year, [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- Universities and colleges have made many changes over the last year due to the pandemic And it’s something the chancellor of IUPUI highlighted in his annual report to the community.</p> <p>Chancellor Nasser Paydar discussed how the university has been promoting health and safety on campus and throughout the state. Over the last year, IUPUI has been responsible for contact tracing in Marion County and the School of Medicine is conducting the nation's first statewide prevalence study.</p> <p>The university made a 5-percent budget cut this year in order to keep every staff member employed and help keep the community healthy.</p> <p>"We used the faculty that we have in the school to guide us and help us. We converted two laboratories in Indianapolis on our campus to be able to test, to make covid tests and so we started testing everyone," Paydar said.</p> <p>Lust last week, more than 9,000 people were tested on the IUPUI campus and just 30 positive cases came back. Currently, all students on campus living in residence halls are tested twice a week.</p> Judge bans enforcement of Biden's 100-day deportation pause https://fox59.com/news/politics/judge-bans-enforcement-of-bidens-100-day-deportation-pause/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:a2e8f640-7870-db4a-60c1-c540774a904d Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:00:00 +0000 HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on [...] <p>HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state.</p> <p>Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He has also instituted other guidelines on whom immigration and border agents should target for enforcement.</p> <p>Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on Jan. 26 that the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and that the U.S. failed to show why a deportation pause was justified. A temporary restraining order the judge issued was set to expire Tuesday.</p> <p>Tipton's ruling did not require deportations to resume at their previous pace. Even without a moratorium, immigration agencies have wide latitude in enforcing removals and processing cases.</p> <p>But in the days that followed his ruling, authorities deported 15 people to Jamaica and hundreds of others to Central America. The Biden administration has also continued expelling immigrants under a separate process begun by Trump officials, who invoked public-health law due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The legal fight over the deportation ban is an early sign of Republican opposition to Biden’s immigration priorities, just as Democrats and pro-immigrant legal groups fought Trump’s proposals. Almost four years before Tipton’s order, Trump signed a ban on travel from seven countries with predominantly Muslim populations that caused chaos at airports. Legal groups successfully sued to stop implementation of the ban.</p> <p>It was not immediately clear if the Biden administration will appeal Tipton's latest ruling. The Justice Department did not seek a stay of Tipton's earlier temporary restraining order.</p> Judge bans enforcement of Biden's 100-day pause on most deportations https://cbs4indy.com/news/politics/judge-bans-enforcement-of-bidens-100-day-pause-on-most-deportations/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:b164eb76-4cd7-b6d2-df6f-1b222514e3ad Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:59:35 +0000 HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on [...] <p>HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state.</p> <p>Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He has also instituted other guidelines on whom immigration and border agents should target for enforcement.</p> <p>Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on Jan. 26 that the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and that the U.S. failed to show why a deportation pause was justified. A temporary restraining order the judge issued was set to expire Tuesday.</p> <p>Tipton's ruling did not require deportations to resume at their previous pace. Even without a moratorium, immigration agencies have wide latitude in enforcing removals and processing cases.</p> <p>But in the days that followed his ruling, authorities deported 15 people to Jamaica and hundreds of others to Central America. The Biden administration has also continued expelling immigrants under a separate process begun by Trump officials, who invoked public-health law due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The legal fight over the deportation ban is an early sign of Republican opposition to Biden’s immigration priorities, just as Democrats and pro-immigrant legal groups fought Trump’s proposals. Almost four years before Tipton’s order, Trump signed a ban on travel from seven countries with predominantly Muslim populations that caused chaos at airports. Legal groups successfully sued to stop implementation of the ban.</p> <p>It was not immediately clear if the Biden administration will appeal Tipton's latest ruling. The Justice Department did not seek a stay of Tipton's earlier temporary restraining order.</p> 'Trending in right direction': Holcomb extends public health orders ahead of March Madness https://fox59.com/news/gov-holcomb-state-officials-give-covid-19-pandemic-response-update/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:1781d1c9-a3a9-8c8a-f2a4-91d095cba151 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:50:46 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS––"We are trending in the right direction … but this is not a mission accomplished moment,” Governor Eric Holcomb said during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing. “From where we were a month ago to where we are today is remarkable." Holcomb continued to tout the state’s progress in positivity and hospitalizations, but said the world will be [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS––"We are trending in the right direction … but this is not a mission accomplished moment,” Governor Eric Holcomb said during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing. “From where we were a month ago to where we are today is remarkable."</p> <p>Holcomb continued to tout the state’s progress in positivity and hospitalizations, but said the world will be watching Indiana as we head into March Madness.</p> <p>He announced the extension of the color-coded county restrictions and current public health emergency executive order for another month as March Madness approaches.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="867" height="491" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png" alt="" class="wp-image-1087788" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png?resize=867,491 867w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png?resize=300,170 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png?resize=768,435 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 867px" /></figure> <p>The state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive. As of the February 22 update, the ISDH County Metric map shows 39 Blue, 50 in Yellow and 3 in Orange.</p> <p>This week, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced this week that Hoosier eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expanded to those aged 60 years and over.</p> <p>As of Wednesday, ISDH said 920,930 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 482,564 are fully vaccinated.</p> <p>State Health Commissioner Dr. Box and ISDH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver reported that Indian could be seeing the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine very soon––potentially next week, if approved.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Weaver shared a graphic on Indiana’s vaccination rates:</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="874" height="488" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087789" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=874,488 874w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=160,90 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=300,168 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=768,429 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=320,180 320w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=256,144 256w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=290,162 290w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=280,157 280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 874px" /></figure> <p>Dr. Box said clinics have been “amazing partners” in the vaccination effort so far, but they all need to follow the eligibility guidelines established by the state.</p> <p>Recently, some clinics have been holding events outside of the state’s guidelines and vaccinating people outside of the eligibility range. Dr. Box said doses will be withheld from clinics that have violated the state’s vaccination guidelines.&nbsp;</p> <p>She said Indiana wants to provide “ethical and equitable access to the vaccine across all 92 counties. We can not achieve that goal if sites deviate from those guidelines.”</p> <p>Dr. Weaver added that Indiana will no longer be providing vaccines to people who do not live in Indiana. She said be prepared to show documentation proving you live in Indiana when you show up to your appointment.</p> <p>According to Dr. Box, the virus continues to mutate, and the UK variant is present in Indiana. As always, she implored Hoosiers to continue to wear masks, socially distance and get tested.</p> <p>Dr. Box cited another week of significant improvement in positivity, and said hospitalizations are at 100 daily average admissions, when they were at 500 in late November and early December.&nbsp;</p> <p>ISDH reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="646" height="434" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/October-7-to-February-24.gif?w=646" alt="" class="wp-image-1087702"/></figure> Gov. Holcomb extends public health orders, looks forward to March Madness https://cbs4indy.com/news/gov-holcomb-health-officials-provide-update-on-indianas-coronavirus-response/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:212535b9-8486-0088-b226-fdf941aabb6b Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:50:44 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS––"We are trending in the right direction … but this is not a mission accomplished moment,” Governor Eric Holcomb said during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing. “From where we were a month ago to where we are today is remarkable." Holcomb continued to tout the state’s progress in positivity and hospitalizations, but said the world will be [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS––"We are trending in the right direction … but this is not a mission accomplished moment,” Governor Eric Holcomb said during Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing. “From where we were a month ago to where we are today is remarkable."</p> <p>Holcomb continued to tout the state’s progress in positivity and hospitalizations, but said the world will be watching Indiana as we head into March Madness.</p> <p>He announced the extension of the color-coded county restrictions and current public health emergency executive order for another month as March Madness approaches.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvA_OpGXUAc9TY2.png" alt="" class="wp-image-1087788"/></figure> <p>The state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive. As of the February 22 update, the ISDH County Metric map shows 39 Blue, 50 in Yellow and 3 in Orange.</p> <p>This week, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced this week that Hoosier eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expanded to those aged 60 years and over.</p> <p>As of Wednesday, ISDH said 920,930 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 482,564 are fully vaccinated.</p> <p>State Health Commissioner Dr. Box and ISDH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver reported that Indian could be seeing the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine very soon––potentially next week, if approved.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Weaver shared a graphic on Indiana’s vaccination rates:</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/EvBCbIzXYAUggz3.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087789"/></figure> <p>Dr. Box said clinics have been “amazing partners” in the vaccination effort so far, but they all need to follow the eligibility guidelines established by the state.</p> <p>Recently, some clinics have been holding events outside of the state’s guidelines and vaccinating people outside of the eligibility range. Dr. Box said doses will be withheld from clinics that have violated the state’s vaccination guidelines.&nbsp;</p> <p>She said Indiana wants to provide “ethical and equitable access to the vaccine across all 92 counties. We can not achieve that goal if sites deviate from those guidelines.”</p> <p>Dr. Weaver added that Indiana will no longer be providing vaccines to people who do not live in Indiana. She said be prepared to show documentation proving you live in Indiana when you show up to your appointment.</p> <p>According to Dr. Box, the virus continues to mutate, and the UK variant is present in Indiana. As always, she implored Hoosiers to continue to wear masks, socially distance and get tested.</p> <p>Dr. Box cited another week of significant improvement in positivity, and said hospitalizations are at 100 daily average admissions, when they were at 500 in late November and early December.&nbsp;</p> <p>ISDH reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/October-7-to-February-24.gif?w=646" alt="" class="wp-image-1087702"/></figure> IU plans for in-person fall 2021 semester, return to 'mostly normal' https://fox59.com/news/iu-plans-for-in-person-fall-2021-semester-return-to-mostly-normal/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:4abf240b-55e4-6c5e-7dba-82052e103633 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:40:02 +0000 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's 2021 fall semester will be in person on all IU campuses, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced Wednesday. McRobbie added that the university expects the fall semester will return to mostly normal operations. "This decision has been made on the basis of advice from IU's medical and public health experts [...] <p>BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's 2021 fall semester will be in person on all IU campuses, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced Wednesday. </p> <p>McRobbie added that the university expects the fall semester will return to mostly normal operations.</p> <p>"This decision has been made on the basis of advice from IU's medical and public health experts who have been leading the university's comprehensive and successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year now," McRobbie said in a release. "It has also been made possible because of the dedicated, determined and creative actions of our students, faculty and staff, to whom we are deeply grateful."</p> <p>University officials say that while the fall of 2021 may not look exactly like pre-pandemic semesters, it won't be like fall 2020. IU will likely continue to have some health and safety precautions in place, but the state of the pandemic and how much of the IU community is fully vaccinated will greatly impact health practices.</p> <p>"As we have learned from the experience of the past year, in the face of this deadly pandemic we cannot set any of our plans in stone," McRobbie said. "As long as the pandemic is with us, we must be ready to adjust course rapidly, and we will constantly review our plans, activities and operations.</p> <p>"However, because of the outstanding efforts of the entire IU community on all campuses across the state in successfully battling the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year, I am very confident that we will see a successful return to mostly normal university operations in the fall."</p> <p>The university says it implemented a number of health and safety policies to safely allow as many on-campus activities as possible throughout the 2020-21 academic year. IU noted that positivity rates have continued to fall and have recently been below 1% in part because of these policies.</p> <p>IU says ongoing mitigation testing of students, faculty and staff has played a major role in enabling the university to manage COVID-19 on campus, with tens of thousands of tests completed each week. IU strongly encourages everyone to <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://news.iu.edu/stories/2021/01/iu/inside/13-expert-answers-your-covid-19-vaccine-questions.html" target="_blank">get vaccinated as soon as they're eligible</a>.</p> <p>"Having the vast majority of the IU community vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the keys to allowing an increase in in-person courses and activities on campuses this fall," said Aaron Carroll, director of mitigation testing; and associate dean for research mentoring and distinguished professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine. "All of the vaccines currently available are highly effective. Plus, our testing data continues to show very manageable levels of COVID-19 on our campuses. We are optimistic that should the current trends continue, we'll be back on campus together this fall."</p> Indiana University plans for in-person fall 2021 semester, return to 'mostly normal' https://cbs4indy.com/news/indiana-university-plans-for-in-person-fall-2021-semester-return-to-mostly-normal/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:dca67d60-8763-6892-eeb8-ca3b96a8b9d3 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:40:00 +0000 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's 2021 fall semester will be in person on all IU campuses, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced Wednesday. McRobbie added that the university expects the fall semester will return to mostly normal operations. "This decision has been made on the basis of advice from IU's medical and public health experts [...] <p>BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's 2021 fall semester will be in person on all IU campuses, IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced Wednesday. </p> <p>McRobbie added that the university expects the fall semester will return to mostly normal operations.</p> <p>"This decision has been made on the basis of advice from IU's medical and public health experts who have been leading the university's comprehensive and successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year now," McRobbie said in a release. "It has also been made possible because of the dedicated, determined and creative actions of our students, faculty and staff, to whom we are deeply grateful."</p> <p>University officials say that while the fall of 2021 may not look exactly like pre-pandemic semesters, it won't be like fall 2020. IU will likely continue to have some health and safety precautions in place, but the state of the pandemic and how much of the IU community is fully vaccinated will greatly impact health practices.</p> <p>"As we have learned from the experience of the past year, in the face of this deadly pandemic we cannot set any of our plans in stone," McRobbie said. "As long as the pandemic is with us, we must be ready to adjust course rapidly, and we will constantly review our plans, activities and operations.</p> <p>"However, because of the outstanding efforts of the entire IU community on all campuses across the state in successfully battling the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year, I am very confident that we will see a successful return to mostly normal university operations in the fall."</p> <p>The university says it implemented a number of health and safety policies to safely allow as many on-campus activities as possible throughout the 2020-21 academic year. IU noted that positivity rates have continued to fall and have recently been below 1% in part because of these policies.</p> <p>IU says ongoing mitigation testing of students, faculty and staff has played a major role in enabling the university to manage COVID-19 on campus, with tens of thousands of tests completed each week. IU strongly encourages everyone to&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://news.iu.edu/stories/2021/01/iu/inside/13-expert-answers-your-covid-19-vaccine-questions.html" target="_blank">get vaccinated as soon as they're eligible</a>.</p> <p>"Having the vast majority of the IU community vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the keys to allowing an increase in in-person courses and activities on campuses this fall," said Aaron Carroll, director of mitigation testing; and associate dean for research mentoring and distinguished professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine. "All of the vaccines currently available are highly effective. Plus, our testing data continues to show very manageable levels of COVID-19 on our campuses. We are optimistic that should the current trends continue, we'll be back on campus together this fall."</p> Deadly shooting under investigation on Indy's north side https://fox59.com/news/deadly-shooting-under-investigation-on-indys-north-side/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:cae13fa2-5593-66c9-1506-8e94a3ffb9aa Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:29:21 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS-- Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the north side of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. Officers were called to the 4900 block of Caroline Avenue, west of the E. 49th Street and N. Keystone Avenue intersection, just after 2:30 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. This story is developing. <p>INDIANAPOLIS-- Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the north side of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. </p> <p>Officers were called to the 4900 block of Caroline Avenue, west of the E. 49th Street and N. Keystone Avenue intersection, just after 2:30 p.m.</p> <p>The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. </p> <p><em>This story is developing. </em></p> Investigation underway after deadly shooting on north side of Indianapolis https://cbs4indy.com/news/investigation-underway-after-deadly-shooting-on-north-side-of-indianapolis/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:323b7c7e-7a4a-7754-fbdb-18ecdb8b3c32 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:29:16 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS-- Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the north side of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. Officers were called to the 4900 block of Caroline Avenue, west of the E. 49th Street and N. Keystone Avenue intersection, just after 2:30 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. This story is developing. <p>INDIANAPOLIS-- Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the north side of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. </p> <p>Officers were called to the 4900 block of Caroline Avenue, west of the E. 49th Street and N. Keystone Avenue intersection, just after 2:30 p.m.</p> <p>The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. </p> <p><em>This story is developing. </em></p> Gov. Holcomb, state officials give COVID-19 pandemic response update https://fox59.com/news/gov-holcomb-state-officials-give-covid-19-pandemic-response-update/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:993fa6cf-e505-4033-b683-b4baaa3c8bb9 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:34:34 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS––Governor Eric Holcomb and state officials will provide the latest updates to Indiana's coronavirus pandemic response in a briefing Wednesday afternoon. The virtual press conference is expected to begin at 2:30 p.m. and can be viewed live on this page. The governor will be joined by the state's top health officials, including State Health Commissioner [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS––Governor Eric Holcomb and state officials will provide the latest updates to Indiana's coronavirus pandemic response in a briefing Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p>The virtual press conference is expected to begin at 2:30 p.m. and can be viewed live on this page.</p> <p>The governor will be joined by the state's top health officials, including State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box, and ISDH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver.</p> <p>The briefing comes as the state sees a continued drop in positivity rates and hospitalizations. In addition, the Indiana State Department of Health announced this week that Hoosier eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expanded to those aged 60 years and over.</p> <p>As of Wednesday, ISDH said 920,930 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 482,564 are fully vaccinated.</p> <p>The health department reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.</p> <p>The state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive. As of the February 22 update, the ISDH County Metric map shows 39 Blue, 50 in Yellow and 3 in Orange.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="646" height="434" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/October-7-to-February-24.gif?w=646" alt="" class="wp-image-1087702"/></figure> Gov. Holcomb, health officials provide update on Indiana's coronavirus response https://cbs4indy.com/news/gov-holcomb-health-officials-provide-update-on-indianas-coronavirus-response/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:a392ee70-2950-cdac-c6e6-a6202ca9b396 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:34:32 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS––Governor Eric Holcomb and state officials will provide the latest updates to Indiana's coronavirus pandemic response in a briefing Wednesday afternoon. The virtual press conference is expected to begin at 2:30 p.m. and can be viewed live on this page. The governor will be joined by the state's top health officials, including State Health Commissioner [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS––Governor Eric Holcomb and state officials will provide the latest updates to Indiana's coronavirus pandemic response in a briefing Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p>The virtual press conference is expected to begin at 2:30 p.m. and can be viewed live on this page.</p> <p>The governor will be joined by the state's top health officials, including State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box, and ISDH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver.</p> <p>The briefing comes as the state sees a continued drop in positivity rates and hospitalizations. In addition, the Indiana State Department of Health announced this week that Hoosier eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expanded to those aged 60 years and over.</p> <p>As of Wednesday, ISDH said 920,930 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 482,564 are fully vaccinated.</p> <p>The health department reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.</p> <p>The state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive. As of the February 22 update, the ISDH County Metric map shows 39 Blue, 50 in Yellow and 3 in Orange.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/October-7-to-February-24.gif?w=646" alt="" class="wp-image-1087702"/></figure> Colts’ offseason concerns: Cornerback https://cbs4indy.com/news/colts-offseason-concerns-cornerback/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:1224d208-63eb-db3d-3ac2-a2e87ee90ffb Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:08:27 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS – We’re reaching the do-it-or-else milepost with Rock Ya-Sin. Or have we already passed it? The Indianapolis Colts were convinced they solved a long-term issue at cornerback when they resisted the temptation to trade out of the 2nd overall spot in round 2 of the 2019 draft and selected Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin. They loved his [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS – We’re reaching the do-it-or-else milepost with Rock Ya-Sin.</p> <p>Or have we already passed it?</p> <p>The Indianapolis Colts were convinced they solved a long-term issue at cornerback when they resisted the temptation to trade out of the 2<sup class="">nd</sup>&nbsp;overall spot in round 2 of the 2019 draft and selected Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin. They loved his size (6-0, 190), physical style that was rooted in his prep days as a two-time state wrestling champion at Southwest Dekalb (Ga.) H.S. and competitive disposition.</p> <p>As the second day of the draft began, general manager Chris Ballard was fielding inquiries to trade down.</p> <p>“We had action,’’ he said at the time. “I kept telling our guys, ‘Look, we move down and we pass this guy that we love . . . we’re going to be regretting it.</p> <p>“At the end of the day we end picking a guy we loved.’’</p> <p>Two years later, the Colts still are waiting for that guy to establish himself.</p> <p>There have been flashes, to be sure, and it’s worth reminding everyone that cornerback might be the NFL’s most unforgiving position.</p> <p>“It’s hard to play corner in this league. The rules make it hard,’’ Ballard said. “They call PI on any freakin’ bump that happens.’’</p> <p>That reality aside, here’s another: Ya-Sin is entering into a consequential year 3. He’s started 21 of 28 career games, but his lack of consistency has frustrated the coaching staff and resulted in diminished playing time over the final half of last season.</p> <p>As a rookie, Ya-Sin logged more playing time than anyone on defense: 851 snaps, 82.3%. All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard was next at 80 percent. Last season, Ya-Sin’s playing time dropped to 53.3%. After handling a season-high 93% of the snaps (56 of 60) in the week 11 win over Green Bay, his snap counts dropped to 37.5%, 45.3%, 67.6%, 33.3% and 57.4% as coordinator Matt Eberflus turned to T.J. Carrie.</p> <p>Losing too many coverage battles and drawing too many penalties forced the team’s hand. Ya-Sin has been penalized 15 times in 28 games (one was declined), the most by a Colt over the past two seasons. Guard Mark Glowinski is next with 12.</p> <p>A concussion forced Ya-Sin to miss the regular-season finale against Jacksonville and the playoff loss at Buffalo.</p> <p>“Rock had his good moments and he had his rough moments, no different than a lot of second-year corners,’’ Ballard said. “Rock knows he’s got to make some improvements, but I think he’s got the right attitude to do it.’’</p> <p>Ya-Sin insisted he’s “harder on myself and more critical of myself than anybody is. My putting the defense in a bad situation, that’s unacceptable.</p> <p>In the Colts’ 45-26 loss to Tennessee in week 12, Ya-Sin aided a Titans’ drive that broke a 14-all second-quarter tie. On third-and-5, his pass interference penalty wiped out a Ryan Tannehill incompletion. On a third-and-goal at the 3, he was flagged for illegal use of the hands that negated a sack. Instead of settling for a field goal, the Titans scored a TD.</p> <p>“Having fouls is frustrating to me, not necessarily being frustrated with the officials or the offense, just being frustrated with myself knowing that I can play better,’’ Ya-Sin said. “I just have to do that moving forward.’’</p> <p>The options as the Colts look to upgrade their cornerback situation:</p> <h4><strong>INTERNAL SOLUTION</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>Going?:</strong>&nbsp;Xavier Rhodes (expiring contract), T.J. Carrie (expiring contract).</li><li><strong>Here:&nbsp;</strong>Kenny Moore II, Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell III, Isaiah Rodgers.</li><li><strong>Comment:</strong>&nbsp;Moore is the constant, the difference-maker on the back end of the defense. Over the past three seasons, he’s piled up a team-high 10 interceptions, 26 passes defensed, 12 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. His leaping, one-handed interception in front of Raiders tight end Darren Waller was nothing short of spectacular.</li></ul> <p>Whether the returning supporting cast will suffice hinges on Ya-Sin’s ability to emerge, Tell to be a factor after opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and Rodgers to take that necessary step from year 1 to year 2.</p> <p>The key to the position, though, is how aggressive Ballard is at re-signing Rhodes and perhaps Carrie. The Colts invested modest one-year, prove-it free-agent contracts on both last season, and the returns exceeded expectations.</p> <p>Rhodes bounced back from two subpar seasons in Minnesota and established himself as the Colts’ top corners, and one of the best in the NFL. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the league’s No. 9 corner with a 77.3 rating. His last two seasons with the Vikings: No. 109 (47.9) and No. 100 (58.2).</p> <p>Rhodes, who turns 31 in June, had two interceptions – one a pick-6 against the Jets – and tied Moore with 12 passes defensed, and Ballard wants to retain him.</p> <p>“We like Xavier,’’ he said. “I think we’ll wait and see how it works out in free agency.’’</p> <p>Considering the depressed salary cap for 2021, the market might not be as robust for Rhodes as he’d like. His best option might be from Indy.</p> <p>The Colts signed Rhodes to a one-year, $3.25 million contract offseason.&nbsp;<a href="https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fspotrac.com%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%7CGMargason%40fox59.com%7C339339f913674ba60cc808d8d8f6806e%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637497900525430648%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=pVy9CzInV4dGUVzvYBtTzCCFsfRg%2F%2BAmPqiWBHjW8bc%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" class="">Spotrac.com</a>&nbsp;projects he could command a two-year, $14.7 million deal this offseason.</p> <h4><strong>VETERAN SOLUTION</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>Free agents-to-be:</strong>&nbsp;Patrick Peterson, Arizona; Richard Sherman, San Francisco; Jason McCourty, New England; Josh Norman, Buffalo; A.J. Bouye, Denver; D.J. Hayden, Jacksonville; Brian Poole, NY Jets; Mackensie Alexander, Cincinnati; Mike Hilton, Pittsburgh; Michael Davis, LA Chargers; Kevin Johnson, Cleveland; Ronald Darby, Washington.</li><li><strong>Comment:</strong>&nbsp;Re-signing Rhodes undoubtedly would eliminate this from the Colts’ “To do’’ list. Failing that, it would be out of character for Ballard to throw a big contract at a corner. Might Hilton, 26, or Poole, 28, be reasonable alternatives?</li></ul> <h4><strong>DRAFT SOLUTION</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>Top prospects:</strong>&nbsp;Patrick Surtain II, Alabama; Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech; Jaycee Horn, South Carolina; Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky; Elijah Molden, Washington; Aaron Robinson, UCF; Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State; Kary Vincent Jr., LSU; Shaun Wade, Ohio State; Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina.</li><li><strong>Ammunition:</strong>&nbsp;21<sup class="">st</sup>&nbsp;overall pick in round 1; 22<sup class="">nd</sup>&nbsp;pick in round 2, 54<sup class="">th</sup>&nbsp;overall.</li><li><strong>Comment:</strong>&nbsp;The Colts have traveled this route with mixed results. While the jury remains out on Ballard’s 2019 draft – Ya-Sin, a second-rounder, and Tell, a fifth-rounder – similar investments in ’17 didn’t pan out. Quincy Wilson, a second-rounder, was traded to the New York Jets after three seasons while Nate Hairston, a fifth-round pick, was sent to the Jets after two seasons.</li></ul> <p>Even if Ballard is able to re-sign Rhodes, no one should be surprised if he looks to add a young corner through the draft. And we’re not necessarily talking about a mid- or late-round pick.</p> <p>The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has Ballard taking Georgia corner Tyson Campbell with the 21<sup class="">st</sup>&nbsp;overall pick.&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" class="" href="https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnfl.com%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%7CGMargason%40fox59.com%7C339339f913674ba60cc808d8d8f6806e%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637497900525440642%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=MIFEOsFWuuCjkAfYgVW%2FiT7WDiSSUOhgsydjjk33mQc%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">NFL.com</a>’s Daniel Jeremiah agrees with the targeted position, but not the target. He projects Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II to the Colts at No. 21.</p> <p><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://fox59.com/tag/colts-blue-zone-podcast/" target="_blank">Listen to the Colts Blue Zone Podcast for weekly coverage and analysis of the Indianapolis Colts.</a></strong></p> <p>You can follow Mike Chappell on Twitter at&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/mchappell51" target="_blank">@mchappell51</a>.</p> IFD responds to near east side house fire, 1 in critical condition https://cbs4indy.com/news/ifd-responds-to-near-east-side-house-fire-1-in-critical-condition/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:bc2ce47e-4a5a-c141-019b-2bb8f243371f Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:43:42 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS––An Indianapolis man is in critical condition after a house fire on the city's near east side. The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) responded to a residence fire with entrapment on the 1600 block of English Avenue around 11:04 a.m. Wednesday. Officials said a man who lived at the home was taken to the hospital in [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS––An Indianapolis man is in critical condition after a house fire on the city's near east side.</p> <p>The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) responded to a residence fire with entrapment on the 1600 block of English Avenue around 11:04 a.m. Wednesday.</p> <p>Officials said a man who lived at the home was taken to the hospital in serious condition.</p> <p>Another resident was able to escape with no injuries. Fire teams rescued one cat, but said several other cats were unaccounted for.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087691"/></figure> Man in critical condition after near east side house fire https://fox59.com/news/man-in-critical-condition-after-near-east-side-house-fire/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:43762fe1-c8b0-acb3-907f-11d64ae6198d Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:43:36 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS––An Indianapolis man is in critical condition after a house fire on the city's near east side. The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) responded to a residence fire with entrapment on the 1600 block of English Avenue around 11:04 a.m. Wednesday. Officials said a man who lived at the home was taken to the hospital in [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS––An Indianapolis man is in critical condition after a house fire on the city's near east side.</p> <p>The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) responded to a residence fire with entrapment on the 1600 block of English Avenue around 11:04 a.m. Wednesday.</p> <p>Officials said a man who lived at the home was taken to the hospital in serious condition.</p> <p>Another resident was able to escape with no injuries. Fire teams rescued one cat, but said several other cats were unaccounted for.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="2048" height="1536" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087691" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg 2048w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?resize=120,90 120w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?resize=1536,1152 1536w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?resize=50,38 50w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/635878666.jpg?resize=876,657 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> Third stimulus checks: Key vote coming that will impact $1,400 payments https://fox59.com/news/national-world/third-stimulus-checks-key-vote-coming-that-will-impact-1400-payments/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:1a2ae879-1261-2df0-b4a1-c024a924d99c Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:37:30 +0000 You'll want to keep your eye on a Friday vote to see if the proposal that includes $1,400 stimulus checks moves forward. <p>WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The House of Representatives plans to vote Friday on President Joe Biden's&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/politics/covid-stimulus/breaking-down-the-1-9t-coronavirus-plan/" target="_blank">$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief</a>&nbsp;bill, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks for most Americans.</p> <p>On Monday, the budget committee held the first major vote for the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/politics/covid-stimulus/stimulus-check-latest-house-democrats-advance-1-9-trillion-covid-19-aid-bill/">591-page package</a>, as Democrats continue to debate issues such as raising the minimum wage and how much aid to funnel to struggling state and local governments; the measure passed the panel on a largely party-line vote of 19-16.</p> <p>As of now, Americans who received a check in the last round of direct payments would get one with this potential third round. While that could change as the measure makes its way to the full House and then over to the Senate, the current plan keeps income thresholds at the same mark for those $600 payments.</p> <p>If you need a refresher, anyone who made $75,000 or less will get the full amount -- and couples earning $150,000 or less will get $2,800 in relief payments. As your income level increases above those thresholds, the amount you will receive decreases. The current plan calls for a phase out of direct payments for single people earning $100,000 and couples earning $200,000.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/heres-what-to-do-if-your-second-stimulus-check-hasnt-arrived-yet/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Here’s what to do if your second stimulus check hasn’t arrived yet </a> </aside> </div> <p>Republican leaders and even some Democratic lawmakers have called for and proposed lower thresholds to ensure the direct payments are targeted to Americans who need them the most. However, President Joe Biden has pushed back at that. </p> <p>"Now's the time we should be spending. Now is the time to go big," Biden said during a CNN event last week. </p> <p>In addition to those $1,400 payments, the $1.9 trillion relief proposal includes an<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/child-tax-credit-clears-budget-committee-who-would-qualify-for-monthly-checks/" data-type="URL" data-id="https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/child-tax-credit-clears-budget-committee-who-would-qualify-for-monthly-checks/" target="_blank"> increase to child tax credits</a> and offers an extra $400 weekly federal unemployment benefits through August. It would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, shuttered schools, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, and struggling airlines and other businesses.</p> <p>Though Democrats have the majority needed to get the deal pushed through, it hasn't been an easy process. </p> <p>Democrats' thin 10-vote House majority leaves little room for defections in the face of solid Republican opposition, and they have none in a 50-50 Senate they control only with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote. Internal Democratic disputes remain over raising the minimum wage, how much aid to funnel to struggling state and local governments and whether to extend emergency unemployment benefits another month.</p> <p>But at this point, Democrats across the party's spectrum show little indication they're willing to embarrass Biden with a high-profile defeat a month into his presidency.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://fox59.com/news/3rd-stimulus-with-the-impeachment-trial-over-when-could-you-see-1400-payments/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > 3rd Stimulus: With the impeachment trial over, when could you see $1,400 payments? </a> </aside> </div> <p>Such a setback would deal early blows to Biden, new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in what could be her last term as speaker. It could also wound congressional Democrats overall by risking repercussions in the 2022 elections if they fail to unite effectively against clear enemies like the pandemic and the frozen economy.</p> <p>“You think very seriously before casting a deciding vote against your own party's president's legislative agenda,” said Ian Russell, a Democratic consultant. But he cautioned that lawmakers must decide “for themselves how their vote is going to play out" at home.</p> <p>The issue that's provoked the deepest divisions is a progressive-led drive to boost the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly over five years. The current $7.25 minimum took effect in 2009.</p> <p>“It was the No. 1 priority for progressives,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in an interview last week. “This is something we've run on and something we've promised to the American people.”</p> <p>An overall relief bill, including the minimum wage boost, is expected to clear the House, and likely the Senate as well. But the minimum wage boost's fate is shaky in the Senate, where Joe Manchin of West Virginia, perhaps the chamber's most conservative Democrat, has said $15 is too expensive. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has suggested she might oppose it, too.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wjhl.com/news/national/stimulus-check-why-you-may-want-to-file-your-taxes-immediately/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Stimulus check: Why you may want to file your taxes immediately </a> </aside> </div> <p>More ominously, the Senate parliamentarian is expected to rule soon on whether the minimum wage provision must be tossed from the bill. Under expedited procedures Democrats are using, items that aren't principally budget-related can’t be included, and it's unclear if Democrats would have the votes to overturn such a decision.</p> <p>Yet with every Democrat having leverage because virtually all votes are needed, there have been no overt threats to take the entire bill down unless they get their way.</p> <p>Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., his chamber's chief minimum wage sponsor, said Democrats must “act boldly” and approve a package with the minimum wage increase. He answered indirectly when asked if he'd be willing to compromise to keep the plan in the overall bill.</p> <p>“Every Democrat understands that at this moment in history, this unprecedented moment of pain and suffering for working families, it is absolutely imperative we support the president, that we do what the American people want and we pass that package,” he said in an interview.</p> <p>Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., a leading House moderate, also signaled distaste for intractable demands. The pathway to success is to “push as hard as you can to get as much as you can now that you want, not compromise your principles and know that tomorrow’s another day,” he said.</p> <p>Republicans said the measure's higher minimum wage and increased unemployment benefits would cost jobs or discourage people from seeking work, and said much of the spending was wasteful.</p> <p>“This is the wrong plan for America’s working class,” said Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., the budget panel's top Republican. Across the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Democrats were pushing “Band-Aid policies like they’re planning for another year of stagnation, instead of trying to set up success.”</p> <p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p> Key vote Friday will impact $1,400 stimulus checks https://cbs4indy.com/news/national-world/key-vote-friday-will-impact-1400-stimulus-checks/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:538438cf-edcf-6c7c-1648-d40d71a7bb85 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:32:52 +0000 You'll want to keep your eye on a Friday vote to see if the proposal that includes $1,400 stimulus checks moves forward. <p>WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The House of Representatives plans to vote Friday on President Joe Biden's&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/politics/covid-stimulus/breaking-down-the-1-9t-coronavirus-plan/" target="_blank">$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief</a>&nbsp;bill, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks for most Americans.</p> <p>On Monday, the budget committee held the first major vote for the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/politics/covid-stimulus/stimulus-check-latest-house-democrats-advance-1-9-trillion-covid-19-aid-bill/">591-page package</a>, as Democrats continue to debate issues such as raising the minimum wage and how much aid to funnel to struggling state and local governments; the measure passed the panel on a largely party-line vote of 19-16.</p> <p>As of now, Americans who received a check in the last round of direct payments would get one with this potential third round. While that could change as the measure makes its way to the full House and then over to the Senate, the current plan keeps income thresholds at the same mark for those $600 payments.</p> <p>If you need a refresher, anyone who made $75,000 or less will get the full amount -- and couples earning $150,000 or less will get $2,800 in relief payments. As your income level increases above those thresholds, the amount you will receive decreases. The current plan calls for a phase out of direct payments for single people earning $100,000 and couples earning $200,000.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/heres-what-to-do-if-your-second-stimulus-check-hasnt-arrived-yet/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Here’s what to do if your second stimulus check hasn’t arrived yet </a> </aside> </div> <p>Republican leaders and even some Democratic lawmakers have called for and proposed lower thresholds to ensure the direct payments are targeted to Americans who need them the most. However, President Joe Biden has pushed back at that. </p> <p>"Now's the time we should be spending. Now is the time to go big," Biden said during a CNN event last week. </p> <p>In addition to those $1,400 payments, the $1.9 trillion relief proposal includes an<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/child-tax-credit-clears-budget-committee-who-would-qualify-for-monthly-checks/" data-type="URL" data-id="https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/child-tax-credit-clears-budget-committee-who-would-qualify-for-monthly-checks/" target="_blank"> increase to child tax credits</a> and offers an extra $400 weekly federal unemployment benefits through August. It would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, shuttered schools, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, and struggling airlines and other businesses.</p> <p>Though Democrats have the majority needed to get the deal pushed through, it hasn't been an easy process. </p> <p>Democrats' thin 10-vote House majority leaves little room for defections in the face of solid Republican opposition, and they have none in a 50-50 Senate they control only with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote. Internal Democratic disputes remain over raising the minimum wage, how much aid to funnel to struggling state and local governments and whether to extend emergency unemployment benefits another month.</p> <p>But at this point, Democrats across the party's spectrum show little indication they're willing to embarrass Biden with a high-profile defeat a month into his presidency.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://fox59.com/news/3rd-stimulus-with-the-impeachment-trial-over-when-could-you-see-1400-payments/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > 3rd Stimulus: With the impeachment trial over, when could you see $1,400 payments? </a> </aside> </div> <p>Such a setback would deal early blows to Biden, new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in what could be her last term as speaker. It could also wound congressional Democrats overall by risking repercussions in the 2022 elections if they fail to unite effectively against clear enemies like the pandemic and the frozen economy.</p> <p>“You think very seriously before casting a deciding vote against your own party's president's legislative agenda,” said Ian Russell, a Democratic consultant. But he cautioned that lawmakers must decide “for themselves how their vote is going to play out" at home.</p> <p>The issue that's provoked the deepest divisions is a progressive-led drive to boost the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly over five years. The current $7.25 minimum took effect in 2009.</p> <p>“It was the No. 1 priority for progressives,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in an interview last week. “This is something we've run on and something we've promised to the American people.”</p> <p>An overall relief bill, including the minimum wage boost, is expected to clear the House, and likely the Senate as well. But the minimum wage boost's fate is shaky in the Senate, where Joe Manchin of West Virginia, perhaps the chamber's most conservative Democrat, has said $15 is too expensive. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has suggested she might oppose it, too.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wjhl.com/news/national/stimulus-check-why-you-may-want-to-file-your-taxes-immediately/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Stimulus check: Why you may want to file your taxes immediately </a> </aside> </div> <p>More ominously, the Senate parliamentarian is expected to rule soon on whether the minimum wage provision must be tossed from the bill. Under expedited procedures Democrats are using, items that aren't principally budget-related can’t be included, and it's unclear if Democrats would have the votes to overturn such a decision.</p> <p>Yet with every Democrat having leverage because virtually all votes are needed, there have been no overt threats to take the entire bill down unless they get their way.</p> <p>Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., his chamber's chief minimum wage sponsor, said Democrats must “act boldly” and approve a package with the minimum wage increase. He answered indirectly when asked if he'd be willing to compromise to keep the plan in the overall bill.</p> <p>“Every Democrat understands that at this moment in history, this unprecedented moment of pain and suffering for working families, it is absolutely imperative we support the president, that we do what the American people want and we pass that package,” he said in an interview.</p> <p>Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., a leading House moderate, also signaled distaste for intractable demands. The pathway to success is to “push as hard as you can to get as much as you can now that you want, not compromise your principles and know that tomorrow’s another day,” he said.</p> <p>Republicans said the measure's higher minimum wage and increased unemployment benefits would cost jobs or discourage people from seeking work, and said much of the spending was wasteful.</p> <p>“This is the wrong plan for America’s working class,” said Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., the budget panel's top Republican. Across the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Democrats were pushing “Band-Aid policies like they’re planning for another year of stagnation, instead of trying to set up success.”</p> <p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p> Indiana reports 1,019 new coronavirus cases, 14 additional deaths https://cbs4indy.com/news/indiana-reports-1019-new-coronavirus-cases-14-additional-deaths/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:da6e8a54-9f1d-9ecf-4ffc-504874ecfe2d Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:07:40 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday. The latest ISDH dashboard data indicates the state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive. Since the start of the pandemic, ISDH has reported 658,043 total [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.</p> <p>The latest ISDH dashboard data indicates the state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive.</p> <p>Since the start of the pandemic, ISDH has reported 658,043 total positive cases and 12,039 total deaths in Indiana. There are also 428 probable COVID-19 deaths.</p> <p>As of February 22, the ISDH County Metric map shows 39 Blue, 50 in Yellow and 3 in Orange. The map is updated each Wednesday.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087676"/></figure> <p>The weekly score is determined by each county’s Weekly Cases Per 100,000 residents and its 7-Day All Test Positivity Rate.</p> <p>The latest hospitalization numbers show 886 total COVID-19 patients: 589 confirmed and 297 under investigation.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087677"/></figure> <p>ISDH says 36.5% of ICU beds and 80.2% of ventilators are available across the state.</p> <p>To find testing sites around the state, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/">Coronavirus.In.Gov</a>&nbsp;and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.</p> <p>Hoosiers aged 60 and older, along with healthcare workers, long-term care residents and first responders, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/">OurShot.In.Gov</a>&nbsp;or call 211 to schedule the required appointment.</p> <p>As of Wednesday, 920,930 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 482,564 are fully vaccinated.</p> <p><em>More from ISDH:</em></p> <p>Effective immediately, only individuals who live in Indiana and meet the eligibility criteria can receive a vaccine at an Indiana clinic. This will ensure that doses allocated to Indiana go to Hoosiers. All clinics have been reminded to verify eligibility prior to administering a vaccine.</p> <p>Out-of-state residents who received their first dose in Indiana can still receive their second dose at the same clinic.</p> <p>The Indiana Department of Health will host 10 vaccine clinics for eligible Hoosiers around the state from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday this week. The clinics are being added to areas where there are currently no open vaccine appointments.</p> <p>Individuals must register in advance at&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTAyMjMuMzU3ODA4NjEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL291cnNob3QuaW4uZ292LyJ9.Mpjs4KLlpRoR4ovzWUiwnWM9vR5gG7UFWbdg0cI2q1Q%2Fs%2F711740777%2Fbr%2F98222204805-l&amp;data=04%7C01%7CJBeaver%40fox59.com%7Ca38d469184e949367a2708d8d81cc575%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637496965369783458%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=cNwiu6zKl0em%2B02h6ieJKA1F%2BIMn%2B59nH%2BEhXBEW9g0%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/">OurShot.In.Gov</a>. No walk-ups will be allowed.</p> <p>The locations are:</p> <p><strong>Bartholomew County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Ivy Tech, 4475 Central Ave., Columbus</p> <p><strong>Clinton County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Ivy Tech, 251 E. Clinton, Frankfort</p> <p><strong>Dearborn County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Ivy Tech, 50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg</p> <p><strong>Greene County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Greene County Fairgrounds, 4503 W. State Road 54, Bloomfield</p> <p><strong>Lake County:</strong><br>Ivy Tech, 410 E. Columbus Dr., East Chicago</p> <p><strong>LaPorte County:</strong><strong><br></strong>3714 Franklin St., Michigan City</p> <p><strong>Lawrence County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Inn at Spring Mill State Park, 333 Indiana 60 E., Mitchell</p> <p><strong>Randolph County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Randolph County Fairgrounds, 1885 US 27, Winchester</p> <p><strong>Scott County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Rd. South, Scottsburg</p> <p><strong>White County:</strong><strong><br></strong>White County Fairgrounds, 12 N. 25 East, Reynolds</p> 1,019 new coronavirus cases, 14 additional deaths reported in Indiana https://fox59.com/news/1019-new-coronavirus-cases-14-additional-deaths-reported-in-indiana/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:3ba76db6-fdc2-a62f-a758-5cd96ceea420 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:06:18 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday. The latest ISDH dashboard data indicates the state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive. Since the start of the pandemic, ISDH has reported 658,043 total [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 1,019 more positive coronavirus cases and announced 14 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.</p> <p>The latest ISDH dashboard data indicates the state’s 7-day all-test positivity rate of 4.1%, with a cumulative rate of 10% positive.</p> <p>Since the start of the pandemic, ISDH has reported 658,043 total positive cases and 12,039 total deaths in Indiana. There are also 428 probable COVID-19 deaths.</p> <p>As of February 22, the ISDH County Metric map shows 39 Blue, 50 in Yellow and 3 in Orange. The map is updated each Wednesday.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1892" height="1176" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087676" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png 1892w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?resize=145,90 145w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?resize=300,186 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?resize=768,477 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?resize=1158,720 1158w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?resize=1536,955 1536w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?resize=50,31 50w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.52.42-AM.png?resize=876,544 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>The weekly score is determined by each county’s Weekly Cases Per 100,000 residents and its 7-Day All Test Positivity Rate.</p> <p>The latest hospitalization numbers show 886 total COVID-19 patients: 589 confirmed and 297 under investigation.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="2286" height="1002" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-1087677" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png 2286w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=160,70 160w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=300,131 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=768,337 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=1280,561 1280w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=1536,673 1536w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=2048,898 2048w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=50,22 50w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-24-at-11.53.02-AM.png?resize=876,383 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>ISDH says 36.5% of ICU beds and 80.2% of ventilators are available across the state.</p> <p>To find testing sites around the state, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/">Coronavirus.In.Gov</a>&nbsp;and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.</p> <p>Hoosiers aged 60 and older, along with healthcare workers, long-term care residents and first responders, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit <a href="https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/">OurShot.In.Gov</a> or call 211 to schedule the required appointment.</p> <p>As of Wednesday, 920,930 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 482,564 are fully vaccinated.</p> <p><em>More from ISDH:</em></p> <p>Effective immediately, only individuals who live in Indiana and meet the eligibility criteria can receive a vaccine at an Indiana clinic. This will ensure that doses allocated to Indiana go to Hoosiers. All clinics have been reminded to verify eligibility prior to administering a vaccine.</p> <p>Out-of-state residents who received their first dose in Indiana can still receive their second dose at the same clinic.</p> <p>The Indiana Department of Health will host 10 vaccine clinics for eligible Hoosiers around the state from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday this week. The clinics are being added to areas where there are currently no open vaccine appointments.</p> <p>Individuals must register in advance at&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flnks.gd%2Fl%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDEsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTAyMjMuMzU3ODA4NjEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL291cnNob3QuaW4uZ292LyJ9.Mpjs4KLlpRoR4ovzWUiwnWM9vR5gG7UFWbdg0cI2q1Q%2Fs%2F711740777%2Fbr%2F98222204805-l&amp;data=04%7C01%7CJBeaver%40fox59.com%7Ca38d469184e949367a2708d8d81cc575%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637496965369783458%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=cNwiu6zKl0em%2B02h6ieJKA1F%2BIMn%2B59nH%2BEhXBEW9g0%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/">OurShot.In.Gov</a>. No walk-ups will be allowed.</p> <p>The locations are:</p> <p><strong>Bartholomew County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Ivy Tech, 4475 Central Ave., Columbus</p> <p><strong>Clinton County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Ivy Tech, 251 E. Clinton, Frankfort</p> <p><strong>Dearborn County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Ivy Tech, 50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg</p> <p><strong>Greene County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Greene County Fairgrounds, 4503 W. State Road 54, Bloomfield</p> <p><strong>Lake County:</strong><br>Ivy Tech, 410 E. Columbus Dr., East Chicago</p> <p><strong>LaPorte County:</strong><strong><br></strong>3714 Franklin St., Michigan City</p> <p><strong>Lawrence County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Inn at Spring Mill State Park, 333 Indiana 60 E., Mitchell</p> <p><strong>Randolph County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Randolph County Fairgrounds, 1885 US 27, Winchester</p> <p><strong>Scott County:</strong><strong><br></strong>Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Rd. South, Scottsburg</p> <p><strong>White County:</strong><strong><br></strong>White County Fairgrounds, 12 N. 25 East, Reynolds</p> Biden administration to deliver 25M free masks to those in need https://fox59.com/news/coronavirus/live-white-house-covid-19-team-holds-briefing-as-vaccine-makers-promise-supply-surge/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:83629113-e699-331f-8dc7-a449ddf158e1 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:41:56 +0000 President Joe Biden's administration announced a new effort Wednesday to deliver 25 million free, American-made masks to those in need across the country. <p>WASHINGTON (<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://www.newsnationnow.com" target="_blank">NewsNation Now</a>) — President Joe Biden's administration announced a new effort Wednesday to deliver more than 25 million free, American-made masks to those in need across the country.</p> <p>The washable, cloth masks will be delivered to over 1,300 community health centers, as well as 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens. </p> <p>"Not all Americans are wearing masks regularly, not all Americans have access, and not all masks are equal," White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said during a briefing Wednesday. "With this action, we are helping to level the playing field, giving vulnerable populations quality well-fitting masks." </p> <p>They'll be made available in children and adult sizes, meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/are-two-masks-better-than-one-what-experts-say-about-double-masking/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Are two masks better than one? What experts say about double-masking </a> </aside> </div> <p>Zients said the effort emphasizes the Biden administration's push to ensure equity is at the focus of the government's response to the pandemic.</p> <p>The Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture will be involved in the distribution of more than 25 million. The White House estimates they will reach 12 million to 15 million people.</p> <p>Biden has asked everyone to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his term. He also required mask-wearing in federal buildings and on public transportation.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon </a> </aside> </div> <p>The announcement comes as vaccine-makers predict that supplies should surge in the coming weeks.</p> <p>Executives of major vaccine manufacturers, such as Pfizer and Moderna, told Congress Tuesday to expect a <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" data-type="post" data-id="1590020" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">big jump in the delivery of doses</a> soon, promising they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.</p> <p>The spike is in part attributed to manufacturing expansions, as well as new vaccine authorizations. </p> <p>By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up sharply from the roughly 75 million shipped so far. </p> <p><a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" data-type="post" data-id="1590172">A third option from Johnson &amp; Johnson</a> is on the path to potential U.S. emergency use authorization, after FDA scientists determined Wednesday that the single-dose vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > FDA finds Johnson &amp; Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine effective and safe </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Biden administration said Tuesday that it expects about 2 million doses of that vaccine to be shipped in the first week, but the company told lawmakers it should provide enough of the single-dose option for 20 million people by the end of March.</p> <p>This summer, Pfizer and Moderna expect to complete delivery of 300 million doses each, and J&amp;J aims to provide an additional 100 million doses. That would be more than enough to vaccinate every American adult, the goal set by the Biden administration.</p> <p>CVS Health Corp said on Wednesday it will administer COVID-19 vaccines in six additional states, making about 570,000 doses available across a total of 17 states from Feb. 25.</p> <p>The&nbsp;U.S. drugstore chain said it has added Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania to its list of states where CVS pharmacy stores will offer COVID-19 vaccinations through the&nbsp;U.S. government's Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.</p> <p>CVS has been giving the vaccines at its pharmacies in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, as well as in several long-term care facilities.</p> <p><em>The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.</em></p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"></div> Biden administration to deliver 25M free masks to those in need https://cbs4indy.com/news/coronavirus/live-white-house-covid-19-team-holds-briefing-as-vaccine-makers-promise-supply-surge/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:506923a1-9f0d-fb64-4e94-7cf023a73575 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:41:44 +0000 President Joe Biden's administration announced a new effort Wednesday to deliver 25 million free, American-made masks to those in need across the country. <p>WASHINGTON (<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://www.newsnationnow.com" target="_blank">NewsNation Now</a>) — President Joe Biden's administration announced a new effort Wednesday to deliver more than 25 million free, American-made masks to those in need across the country.</p> <p>The washable, cloth masks will be delivered to over 1,300 community health centers, as well as 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens. </p> <p>"Not all Americans are wearing masks regularly, not all Americans have access, and not all masks are equal," White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said during a briefing Wednesday. "With this action, we are helping to level the playing field, giving vulnerable populations quality well-fitting masks." </p> <p>They'll be made available in children and adult sizes, meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/are-two-masks-better-than-one-what-experts-say-about-double-masking/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Are two masks better than one? What experts say about double-masking </a> </aside> </div> <p>Zients said the effort emphasizes the Biden administration's push to ensure equity is at the focus of the government's response to the pandemic.</p> <p>The Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture will be involved in the distribution of more than 25 million. The White House estimates they will reach 12 million to 15 million people.</p> <p>Biden has asked everyone to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his term. He also required mask-wearing in federal buildings and on public transportation.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon </a> </aside> </div> <p>The announcement comes as vaccine-makers predict that supplies should surge in the coming weeks.</p> <p>Executives of major vaccine manufacturers, such as Pfizer and Moderna, told Congress Tuesday to expect a <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" data-type="post" data-id="1590020" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">big jump in the delivery of doses</a> soon, promising they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.</p> <p>The spike is in part attributed to manufacturing expansions, as well as new vaccine authorizations. </p> <p>By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up sharply from the roughly 75 million shipped so far. </p> <p><a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" data-type="post" data-id="1590172">A third option from Johnson &amp; Johnson</a> is on the path to potential U.S. emergency use authorization, after FDA scientists determined Wednesday that the single-dose vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > FDA finds Johnson &amp; Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine effective and safe </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Biden administration said Tuesday that it expects about 2 million doses of that vaccine to be shipped in the first week, but the company told lawmakers it should provide enough of the single-dose option for 20 million people by the end of March.</p> <p>This summer, Pfizer and Moderna expect to complete delivery of 300 million doses each, and J&amp;J aims to provide an additional 100 million doses. That would be more than enough to vaccinate every American adult, the goal set by the Biden administration.</p> <p>CVS Health Corp said on Wednesday it will administer COVID-19 vaccines in six additional states, making about 570,000 doses available across a total of 17 states from Feb. 25.</p> <p>The&nbsp;U.S. drugstore chain said it has added Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania to its list of states where CVS pharmacy stores will offer COVID-19 vaccinations through the&nbsp;U.S. government's Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.</p> <p>CVS has been giving the vaccines at its pharmacies in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, as well as in several long-term care facilities.</p> <p><em>The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.</em></p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"></div> Royal court revealed: 33 Indiana women picked as 2021 500 Festival Princesses https://fox59.com/news/indy-500/royal-court-revealed-33-indiana-women-picked-as-2021-500-festival-princesses/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:35b14e26-bb50-b23e-1931-9eb4c0c5c492 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:16:05 +0000 INDIANAPOLIS -- The 500 Festival has announced the 33 women selected to serve as the 2021 500 Festival Princesses. This year's group represent 16 Indiana colleges and universities, as well as 21 Hoosier cities and towns. Each princess will receive a $1,000 scholarship, made possible by Marlyne Sexton, an Indianapolis philanthropist and president of The Sexton Companies, [...] <p>INDIANAPOLIS -- The 500 Festival has announced the 33 women selected to serve as the 2021 500 Festival Princesses. </p> <p>This year's group represent 16 Indiana colleges and universities, as well as 21 Hoosier cities and towns.</p> <div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow aligncenter" data-effect="slide"><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_container swiper-container"><ul class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_swiper-wrapper swiper-wrapper"><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="536" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087647" data-id="1087647" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/2021-PP-Intros-FB-1024x536-1.jpg?w=900" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/2021-PP-Intros-FB-1024x536-1.jpg 1024w, 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data-id="1087645" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png?w=576" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png 1200w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png?resize=72,90 72w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png?resize=240,300 240w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png?resize=768,960 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png?resize=576,720 576w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png?resize=40,50 40w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sunnie-Berning.png?resize=876,1095 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 576px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Sunnie Berning</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" width="576"alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087643" data-id="1087643" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png?w=576" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png 1200w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png?resize=72,90 72w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png?resize=240,300 240w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png?resize=768,960 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png?resize=576,720 576w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png?resize=40,50 40w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sienna-Bates.png?resize=876,1095 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 576px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Sienna Bates</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" width="576"alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087642" data-id="1087642" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png?w=576" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png 1200w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png?resize=72,90 72w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png?resize=240,300 240w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png?resize=768,960 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png?resize=576,720 576w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png?resize=40,50 40w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Sarah-Downing.png?resize=876,1095 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 576px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption 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sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 576px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Samantha Coffing</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" width="576"alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-1087640" data-id="1087640" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Rebecca-Townsend.png?w=576" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Rebecca-Townsend.png 1200w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Rebecca-Townsend.png?resize=72,90 72w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Rebecca-Townsend.png?resize=240,300 240w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Rebecca-Townsend.png?resize=768,960 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Rebecca-Townsend.png?resize=576,720 576w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Rebecca-Townsend.png?resize=40,50 40w, 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src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png?w=576" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png 1200w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png?resize=72,90 72w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png?resize=240,300 240w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png?resize=768,960 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png?resize=576,720 576w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png?resize=40,50 40w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Madeline-MacKinnon.png?resize=876,1095 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 576px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">Madeline MacKinnon</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img 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https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Haley-Phemister.png?resize=768,960 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Haley-Phemister.png?resize=576,720 576w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Haley-Phemister.png?resize=40,50 40w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/Haley-Phemister.png?resize=876,1095 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 576px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption LIVE: White House COVID-19 team holds briefing as vaccine-makers promise supply surge https://cbs4indy.com/news/coronavirus/live-white-house-covid-19-team-holds-briefing-as-vaccine-makers-promise-supply-surge/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:437056aa-b67d-5469-c8dc-458796315d80 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:11:12 +0000 The White House COVID-19 response team is briefing the public Wednesday on the nation's vaccine rollout as vaccine-makers predict that supplies should surge in the coming weeks. <p>WASHINGTON (<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://www.newsnationnow.com" target="_blank">NewsNation Now</a>) — The White House COVID-19 response team is briefing the public Wednesday as vaccine-makers predict that supplies should surge in the coming weeks.</p> <p>Executives of major vaccine manufacturers, such as Pfizer and Moderna, told Congress Tuesday to expect a <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" data-type="post" data-id="1590020" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">big jump in the delivery of doses</a> soon, promising they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.</p> <p>The spike is in part attributed to manufacturing expansions, as well as new vaccine authorizations. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon </a> </aside> </div> <p>By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up sharply from the roughly 75 million shipped so far. </p> <p><a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" data-type="post" data-id="1590172">A third option from Johnson &amp; Johnson</a> is on the path to potential U.S. emergency use authorization, after FDA scientists determined Wednesday that the single-dose vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > FDA finds Johnson &amp; Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine effective and safe </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Biden administration said Tuesday that it expects about 2 million doses of that vaccine to be shipped in the first week, but the company told lawmakers it should provide enough of the single-dose option for 20 million people by the end of March.</p> <p>This summer, Pfizer and Moderna expect to complete delivery of 300 million doses each, and J&amp;J aims to provide an additional 100 million doses. That would be more than enough to vaccinate every American adult, the goal set by the Biden administration.</p> <p>CVS Health Corp said on Wednesday it will administer COVID-19 vaccines in six additional states, making about 570,000 doses available across a total of 17 states from Feb. 25.</p> <p>The&nbsp;U.S. drugstore chain said it has added Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania to its list of states where CVS pharmacy stores will offer COVID-19 vaccinations through the&nbsp;U.S. government's Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.</p> <p>CVS has been giving the vaccines at its pharmacies in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, as well as in several long-term care facilities.</p> <p><em>The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.</em></p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"></div> LIVE: White House COVID-19 team holds briefing as vaccine-makers promise supply surge https://fox59.com/news/coronavirus/live-white-house-covid-19-team-holds-briefing-as-vaccine-makers-promise-supply-surge/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:4e4f54db-2397-07c6-f5ce-0a9b49f86780 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:11:10 +0000 The White House COVID-19 response team is briefing the public Wednesday on the nation's vaccine rollout as vaccine-makers predict that supplies should surge in the coming weeks. <p>WASHINGTON (<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://www.newsnationnow.com" target="_blank">NewsNation Now</a>) — The White House COVID-19 response team is briefing the public Wednesday as vaccine-makers predict that supplies should surge in the coming weeks.</p> <p>Executives of major vaccine manufacturers, such as Pfizer and Moderna, told Congress Tuesday to expect a <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" data-type="post" data-id="1590020" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">big jump in the delivery of doses</a> soon, promising they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.</p> <p>The spike is in part attributed to manufacturing expansions, as well as new vaccine authorizations. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/drug-executives-big-jump-in-vaccine-supply-is-coming-soon/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon </a> </aside> </div> <p>By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up sharply from the roughly 75 million shipped so far. </p> <p><a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" data-type="post" data-id="1590172">A third option from Johnson &amp; Johnson</a> is on the path to potential U.S. emergency use authorization, after FDA scientists determined Wednesday that the single-dose vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials.</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/coronavirus/vaccine/fda-finds-johnson-johnsons-one-shot-covid-19-vaccine-effective-and-safe/" class="promo-link__link" target=&quot;_blank&quot; > FDA finds Johnson &amp; Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine effective and safe </a> </aside> </div> <p>The Biden administration said Tuesday that it expects about 2 million doses of that vaccine to be shipped in the first week, but the company told lawmakers it should provide enough of the single-dose option for 20 million people by the end of March.</p> <p>This summer, Pfizer and Moderna expect to complete delivery of 300 million doses each, and J&amp;J aims to provide an additional 100 million doses. That would be more than enough to vaccinate every American adult, the goal set by the Biden administration.</p> <p>CVS Health Corp said on Wednesday it will administer COVID-19 vaccines in six additional states, making about 570,000 doses available across a total of 17 states from Feb. 25.</p> <p>The&nbsp;U.S. drugstore chain said it has added Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania to its list of states where CVS pharmacy stores will offer COVID-19 vaccinations through the&nbsp;U.S. government's Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.</p> <p>CVS has been giving the vaccines at its pharmacies in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, as well as in several long-term care facilities.</p> <p><em>The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.</em></p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"></div> Chicken lovers rejoice: McDonald's adding 3 new sandwiches to menu https://fox59.com/news/whats-trending/chicken-lovers-rejoice-mcdonalds-adding-3-new-sandwiches-to-menu/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:2e8410d6-1f96-3d92-4535-6fa8a6954894 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:16:40 +0000 McDonald's is adding a trio of chicken sandwiches to its menu starting Wednesday. The new Crispy Chicken Sandwich features what the restaurant calls a "brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat chicken." The fast food giant is serving up its new sandwich three ways: Crispy, Spicy and Deluxe. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich [...] <p>McDonald's is adding a trio of chicken sandwiches to its menu starting Wednesday.</p> <p>The new Crispy Chicken Sandwich features what the restaurant calls a "brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat chicken."</p> <p>The fast food giant is serving up its new sandwich three ways: Crispy, Spicy and Deluxe.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087577" width="465" height="342" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=122,90 122w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=300,222 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=50,37 50w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=465,342 465w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 465px" /><figcaption>McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich</figcaption></figure></div> <p>The Crispy Chicken Sandwich if for those who want to keep things simple – topped with our crinkle cut pickles and served on a new toasted, buttered potato roll.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087584" width="441" height="326" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg 800w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=122,90 122w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=300,222 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=768,568 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=50,37 50w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=441,326 441w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 441px" /><figcaption>McDonald's Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich</figcaption></figure></div> <p>For those craving some spice, the Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is served with our Spicy Pepper Sauce and crinkle cut pickles on a toasted, buttered potato roll.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087588" width="381" height="282" srcset="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg 800w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=122,90 122w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=300,222 300w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=768,568 768w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=50,37 50w, https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg?resize=381,282 381w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 381px" /><figcaption>McDonald's Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich</figcaption></figure></div> <p>The Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich is perfect for those looking for a little extra somethin’ in the toppings department– served with shredded lettuce, Roma tomatoes and mayo.</p> <p>This new lineup builds upon McDonald’s tradition chicken offerings like Chicken McNuggets and the McChicken sandwich.</p> <p>“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear, and we know they’re craving more chicken options,” said Vice President of Menu Innovation Linda VanGosen. </p> <p>“We’re confident all chicken fans – from traditionalists to spice enthusiasts – will discover a new menu favorite they’ll come back for time and time again.”</p> <p>The new Crispy Chicken Sandwich will be available at participating restaurants nationwide via carry-out, Drive Thru, the <a href="https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/download-app.html">McDonald’s app</a> or <a href="https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/mcdelivery.html">McDelivery</a>. </p> Crispy, Spicy, Deluxe: McDonald's debuts trio of chicken sandwiches https://cbs4indy.com/news/viral/crispy-spicy-deluxe-mcdonalds-debuts-trio-of-chicken-sandwiches/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:c2148d7c-d3bc-9231-1c1b-6414d20dbeb2 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:16:32 +0000 McDonald's is adding a trio of chicken sandwiches to its menu starting Wednesday. The new Crispy Chicken Sandwich features what the restaurant calls a "brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat chicken." The fast food giant is serving up its new sandwich three ways: Crispy, Spicy and Deluxe. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich [...] <p>McDonald's is adding a trio of chicken sandwiches to its menu starting Wednesday.</p> <p>The new Crispy Chicken Sandwich features what the restaurant calls a "brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat chicken."</p> <p>The fast food giant is serving up its new sandwich three ways: Crispy, Spicy and Deluxe.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087577" width="465" height="342"/><figcaption>McDonald's Crispy Chicken Sandwich</figcaption></figure></div> <p>The Crispy Chicken Sandwich if for those who want to keep things simple – topped with our crinkle cut pickles and served on a new toasted, buttered potato roll.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Spicy-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087584" width="441" height="326"/><figcaption>McDonald's Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich</figcaption></figure></div> <p>For those craving some spice, the Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is served with our Spicy Pepper Sauce and crinkle cut pickles on a toasted, buttered potato roll.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://fox59.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2021/02/McDonalds-Deluxe-Crispy-Chicken-Sandwich.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1087588" width="381" height="282"/><figcaption>McDonald's Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich</figcaption></figure></div> <p>The Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich is perfect for those looking for a little extra somethin’ in the toppings department– served with shredded lettuce, Roma tomatoes and mayo.</p> <p>This new lineup builds upon McDonald’s tradition chicken offerings like Chicken McNuggets and the McChicken sandwich.</p> <p>“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear, and we know they’re craving more chicken options,” said Vice President of Menu Innovation Linda VanGosen. </p> <p>“We’re confident all chicken fans – from traditionalists to spice enthusiasts – will discover a new menu favorite they’ll come back for time and time again.”</p> <p>The new Crispy Chicken Sandwich will be available at participating restaurants nationwide via carry-out, Drive Thru, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/download-app.html">McDonald’s app</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/mcdelivery.html">McDelivery</a>. </p> FDA says J&J 1-dose shot prevents COVID; final decision soon https://fox59.com/news/coronavirus/jj-single-dose-covid-19-shot-poised-for-fda-decision/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:fe5d64b9-5d6a-d928-e5bf-4a4288e485c0 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 14:00:21 +0000 WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson &#38; Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing [...] <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson &amp; Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.</p> <p>The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. The agency also said J&amp;J's shot — one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two — is safe to use.</p> <p>That’s just one step in the FDA’s evaluation of a third vaccine option for the U.S. On Friday, the agency’s independent advisers will debate if the evidence is strong enough to recommend the long-anticipated shot. Armed with that advice, FDA is expected to make a final decision within days.</p> <p>The vaccination drive has been slower than hoped, hampered by logistical issues and weather delays even as the country mourns more than 500,000 virus-related deaths. So far, about 65 million Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine made by Pfizer or Moderna, shots that require two doses several weeks apart for full protection.</p> <p>J&amp;J tested its single-dose option in 44,000 people in the U.S., Latin America and South Africa. Because different mutated versions of the virus are circulating in different countries, researchers analyzed the results geographically. J&amp;J previously announced the vaccine worked better in the U.S. -- 72% effective against moderate to severe COVID-19, compared with 66% in Latin America and 57% in South Africa.</p> <p>Still, in every country it was highly effective against the most serious symptoms, and early study results showed no hospitalizations or deaths starting 28 days after vaccination.</p> <p>While the overall effectiveness numbers may suggest the J&amp;J candidate isn't quite as strong as two-dose competitors, all of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines have been tested differently, making comparisons nearly impossible. While it wouldn’t be surprising if one dose turns out to be a little weaker than two doses, policymakers will decide if that’s an acceptable trade-off to get more people vaccinated faster.</p> <p>J&amp;J was on track to become the world's first one-dose option until earlier this month, Mexico announced it would use a one-dose version from China's CanSino. That vaccine is made with similar technology as J&amp;J's but initially was developed as a two-dose option until beginning a one-dose test in the fall.</p> <p>The rival Pfizer and Moderna vaccines being used in the U.S. and numerous other countries must be kept frozen, while the J&amp;J shot can last three months in the refrigerator, making it easier to handle. AstraZeneca's vaccine, widely used in Europe, Britain and Israel, is made similarly and also requires refrigeration but takes two doses.</p> <p>If the FDA clears the J&amp;J shot for U.S. use, it won’t boost vaccine supplies significantly right away. Only a few million doses are expected to be ready for shipping in the first week. But J&amp;J told Congress&nbsp;<a href="https://apnews.com/article/drug-executives-congress-vaccine-supply-deb7cbd379a05f4f106e2a88165a7354">this week</a>&nbsp;that it expected to provide 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million by summer.</p> <p>European regulators and the World Health Organization also are considering J&amp;J’s vaccine. Worldwide, the company aims to be producing around a billion doses by the end of the year.</p> Another great day but a few isolated showers will develop https://cbs4indy.com/weather/another-great-day-but-a-few-isolated-showers-will-develop/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:41d16ea1-921d-2f17-5c4c-d0e79bd0a6b9 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:48:52 +0000 We're in store for another fantastic day. While we won't have quite as much sunshine as Tuesday, temperatures on Wednesday will rise back to the low and mid 50s by early afternoon. It will be breezy though and cloud cover will start to increase again, out ahead of a cold front that will start dropping [...] <p>We're in store for another fantastic day. While we won't have quite as much sunshine as Tuesday, temperatures on Wednesday will rise back to the low and mid 50s by early afternoon. It will be breezy though and cloud cover will start to increase again, out ahead of a cold front that will start dropping in from the south this afternoon. Ahead of it, a few isolated showers could develop this afternoon but most will stay dry. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800628" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/12P-Data-Driven-Meteogram-temps-WTTV.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800629" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Latest-4k-IBM-Rapid-Update-1.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800630" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/3-3.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>If you're looking for some time to get outdoors today, the best time will be midday. There will still be some sunshine around while temperatures rise into the upper 40s and lower 50s. By the afternoon, it will still be mild but cloudier conditions and the slight chance for a few showers makes it less ideal to be outside than earlier in the day.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800627" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/Best-Time-Outside.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>Temperatures start falling quickly late this afternoon and evening as winds shift out of the north. That will drive temperatures down below freezing my early Thursday morning. More dry time is ahead although the temperatures will be a little cooler these next couple afternoons. That's makes these next few days a great time to get a carwash. The only caution would be the slight chance for a few isolated showers this afternoon but since MOST stay dry, we're still marking the day as decent to run your vehicle through the wash. Saturday morning is not recommended as showers are likely to be moving through the area.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800625" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/CAR-WASH-Forecast.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1280" height="720" src="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png" alt="" class="wp-image-800626" srcset="https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png 1280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=300,169 300w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=768,432 768w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=320,180 320w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=512,288 512w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=640,360 640w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=876,492 876w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=960,540 960w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=280,157 280w, https://cbs4indy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/02/KM-7-DAY-PM-CBS-5.png?resize=50,28 50w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> J&J's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine set for FDA decision https://cbs4indy.com/news/coronavirus/jjs-single-shot-covid-19-vaccine-set-for-fda-decision-this-week/ WTTV CBS4Indy urn:uuid:6d8a3a3d-8b6d-969c-f6da-8a6d3cf18902 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:40:11 +0000 WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson &#38; Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing [...] <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson &amp; Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.</p> <p>The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. The agency also said J&amp;J's shot — one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two — is safe to use.</p> <p>That’s just one step in the FDA’s evaluation of a third vaccine option for the U.S. On Friday, the agency’s independent advisers will debate if the evidence is strong enough to recommend the long-anticipated shot. Armed with that advice, FDA is expected to make a final decision within days.</p> <p>The vaccination drive has been slower than hoped, hampered by logistical issues and weather delays even as the country mourns more than 500,000 virus-related deaths. So far, about 65 million Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine made by Pfizer or Moderna, shots that require two doses several weeks apart for full protection.</p> <p>J&amp;J tested its single-dose option in 44,000 people in the U.S., Latin America and South Africa. Because different mutated versions of the virus are circulating in different countries, researchers analyzed the results geographically. J&amp;J previously announced the vaccine worked better in the U.S. -- 72% effective against moderate to severe COVID-19, compared with 66% in Latin America and 57% in South Africa.</p> <p>Still, in every country it was highly effective against the most serious symptoms, and early study results showed no hospitalizations or deaths starting 28 days after vaccination.</p> <p>While the overall effectiveness numbers may suggest the J&amp;J candidate isn't quite as strong as two-dose competitors, all of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines have been tested differently, making comparisons nearly impossible. While it wouldn’t be surprising if one dose turns out to be a little weaker than two doses, policymakers will decide if that’s an acceptable trade-off to get more people vaccinated faster.</p> <p>J&amp;J was on track to become the world's first one-dose option until earlier this month, Mexico announced it would use a one-dose version from China's CanSino. That vaccine is made with similar technology as J&amp;J's but initially was developed as a two-dose option until beginning a one-dose test in the fall.</p> <p>The rival Pfizer and Moderna vaccines being used in the U.S. and numerous other countries must be kept frozen, while the J&amp;J shot can last three months in the refrigerator, making it easier to handle. AstraZeneca's vaccine, widely used in Europe, Britain and Israel, is made similarly and also requires refrigeration but takes two doses.</p> <p>If the FDA clears the J&amp;J shot for U.S. use, it won’t boost vaccine supplies significantly right away. Only a few million doses are expected to be ready for shipping in the first week. But J&amp;J told Congress&nbsp;<a href="https://apnews.com/article/drug-executives-congress-vaccine-supply-deb7cbd379a05f4f106e2a88165a7354">this week</a>&nbsp;that it expected to provide 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million by summer.</p> <p>European regulators and the World Health Organization also are considering J&amp;J’s vaccine. Worldwide, the company aims to be producing around a billion doses by the end of the year.</p> Are we headed back to $3 per gallon gas? https://fox59.com/news/national-world/are-we-headed-back-to-3-per-gallon-gas/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:cf48fab2-2a61-2a02-6c62-281531bfd68d Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:37:59 +0000 (NEXSTAR) - It may feel like gas prices are high right now, but come summer you may be wishing the winter fuel prices would return. The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 14 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.64, according to the Associated Press. The price at the pump has [...] <p>(NEXSTAR) - It may feel like gas prices are high right now, but come summer you may be wishing the winter fuel prices would return. </p> <p>The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 14 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.64, according to the Associated Press. The price at the pump has climbed 46 cents since Nov. 20.</p> <p>Some of the rise this past week was attributable to the deep freeze in the South, which temporarily shut down production at about a dozen refineries in and around Texas. Resumption of production there could bring some temporary relief, but the long-term outlook is not as rosy. </p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://wreg.com/news/third-stimulus-checks-heres-who-would-get-1400-under-the-plan-approved-by-a-house-committee/" class="promo-link__link" > Third stimulus checks: Here’s who would get $1,400 under the plan approved by a House committee </a> </aside> </div> <p>Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey told the AP Sunday that gas prices will likely continue to rise as crude oil costs remain high. Analysts at Gas Buddy see a similar trajectory emerging. </p> <p>"As we near spring weather, we’ll likely see another longer term rise in prices begin as refineries start to transition to summer gasoline," Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for <a href="https://www.gasbuddy.com/go/gas-price-report-february-22-2021">GasBuddy</a> said in a blog post this week. &nbsp;</p> <div class="nlp-ignore-block article-content rich-text"> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wfla.com/community/health/coronavirus/heres-what-to-do-if-your-second-stimulus-check-hasnt-arrived-yet/" class="promo-link__link" > What to do if your second stimulus check hasn't arrived yet. </a> </aside> </div> <p>De Haan told <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/02/17/winter-storm-gas-prices-near-me-rise-10-20-cents-refineries/6782353002/">USA Today</a> that $2.80 is a more likely average peak this spring, but Phil Flynn of the Price Futures Group told the paper the $3 mark is a real possibility. Even if the $3 average barrier isn't broken, rising crude oil prices likely mean averages near $2 per gallon we saw last year are long gone. </p> <p>“The era of low gasoline prices has ended and we are entering a new era of higher prices,” Flynn says.</p> <p><a href="https://www.yahoo.com/now/why-gasoline-prices-rising-high-162200876.html">Yahoo Finance</a> points to service disruptions and the pricier summer blends as contributing factors to the price rise but also sees an increased likelihood of post-vaccination travel and stimulus spending as reasons demand will surge. </p> <p>On average, residents of California and Hawaii were already paying over $3 per gallon this week, with the average price in Washington State sitting at $2.98. The lowest average is $2.20 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. </p> <p><em>The Associated Press contributed to this report. </em></p> J&J single-dose COVID-19 shot poised for FDA decision https://fox59.com/news/coronavirus/jj-single-dose-covid-19-shot-poised-for-fda-decision/ Fox 59 urn:uuid:55f0b4cd-6f7b-bdff-a233-03479757c4e9 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:36:34 +0000 WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson &#38; Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing [...] <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson &amp; Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.</p> <p>The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. The agency also said J&amp;J's shot — one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two — is safe to use.</p> <p>That’s just one step in the FDA’s evaluation of a third vaccine option for the U.S. On Friday, the agency’s independent advisers will debate if the evidence is strong enough to recommend the long-anticipated shot. Armed with that advice, FDA is expected to make a final decision within days.</p> <p>The vaccination drive has been slower than hoped, hampered by logistical issues and weather delays even as the country mourns more than 500,000 virus-related deaths. So far, about 65 million Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine made by Pfizer or Moderna, shots that require two doses several weeks apart for full protection.</p> <p>J&amp;J tested its single-dose option in 44,000 people in the U.S., Latin America and South Africa. Because different mutated versions of the virus are circulating in different countries, researchers analyzed the results geographically. J&amp;J previously announced the vaccine worked better in the U.S. -- 72% effective against moderate to severe COVID-19, compared with 66% in Latin America and 57% in South Africa.</p> <p>Still, in every country it was highly effective against the most serious symptoms, and early study results showed no hospitalizations or deaths starting 28 days after vaccination.</p> <p>While the overall effectiveness numbers may suggest the J&amp;J candidate isn't quite as strong as two-dose competitors, all of the world’s COVID-19 vaccines have been tested differently, making comparisons nearly impossible. While it wouldn’t be surprising if one dose turns out to be a little weaker than two doses, policymakers will decide if that’s an acceptable trade-off to get more people vaccinated faster.</p> <p>J&amp;J was on track to become the world's first one-dose option until earlier this month, Mexico announced it would use a one-dose version from China's CanSino. That vaccine is made with similar technology as J&amp;J's but initially was developed as a two-dose option until beginning a one-dose test in the fall.</p> <p>The rival Pfizer and Moderna vaccines being used in the U.S. and numerous other countries must be kept frozen, while the J&amp;J shot can last three months in the refrigerator, making it easier to handle. AstraZeneca's vaccine, widely used in Europe, Britain and Israel, is made similarly and also requires refrigeration but takes two doses.</p> <p>If the FDA clears the J&amp;J shot for U.S. use, it won’t boost vaccine supplies significantly right away. Only a few million doses are expected to be ready for shipping in the first week. But J&amp;J told Congress&nbsp;<a href="https://apnews.com/article/drug-executives-congress-vaccine-supply-deb7cbd379a05f4f106e2a88165a7354">this week</a>&nbsp;that it expected to provide 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million by summer.</p> <p>European regulators and the World Health Organization also are considering J&amp;J’s vaccine. Worldwide, the company aims to be producing around a billion doses by the end of the year.</p>