WRTV: Center for Black Literature & Culture debuts new website, interactive kiosks

WRTV: Center for Black Literature & Culture debuts new website, interactive kiosks. “The Central Library in Downtown Indianapolis is home to the Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC), but you don’t have to even be in the State of Indiana to access one of its newest community resources….The CBLC also has a new website, bringing users artifacts, videos, photo galleries and more.”

Fort Wayne NBC: Lawmaker proposes bill to promote ivermectin as effective treatment for COVID-19

Fort Wayne’s NBC: Lawmaker proposes bill to promote ivermectin as effective treatment for COVID-19. “A state representative from Goshen believes health providers should not discourage use of the drug ivermectin to treat coronavirus patients, and he is pushing a bill in the Indiana General Assembly to get that done. The FDA, however, does not think use of the drug for COVID-19 is a good idea.”

WBIW: New Indiana Floodplain Information Portal now available

WBIW: New Indiana Floodplain Information Portal now available. “A new Indiana Floodplain Information Portal (INFIP) is available that will save users valuable time. INFIP is designed to show flood risk associated with Indiana water bodies and provide information specifically for local and state floodplain permitting. The information is based on the regulatory floodplain limits, as floods exceeding the regulatory floodplain can and do occur.”

WTHR: State health commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

WTHR: State health commissioner tests positive for COVID-19. “State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Indiana Department of Health. IDH said Box tested positive through a rapid test Tuesday morning after becoming symptomatic Monday night. Her symptoms included muscle aches, chills, coughing and a sore throat.” This is Dr. Box’ second infection.

Coronavirus: State reports 12,000+ cases in one day, Holcomb ‘blindsided’ by Rokita comments (WVPE)

WVPE: Coronavirus: State reports 12,000+ cases in one day, Holcomb ‘blindsided’ by Rokita comments. “Indiana reports more than 12,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. State health officials raise the alarm about Indiana’s overwhelmed hospitals. And Gov. Eric Holcomb said he was ‘stunned’ by Attorney General Todd Rokita’s comments saying he ‘doesn’t believe any numbers any more.’ ”

Journal Gazette: Hard time lies ahead, say state officials

Journal Gazette: Hard time lies ahead, say state officials. “With almost half of Hoosiers unvaccinated, Indiana faces tough times in the weeks ahead, top state health officials said Wednesday during a COVID-19 update. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who convened the news conference, predicted ‘the next few weeks are going to be difficult.’ He cited the prospect of more cases caused by the fast-spreading omicron variant, rapidly filling hospitals and a shortage of tests and effective treatments.”

‘Come and count them’: Indiana hospital CEO addresses Rokita’s COVID-19 numbers comment (IndyStar)

IndyStar: ‘Come and count them’: Indiana hospital CEO addresses Rokita’s COVID-19 numbers comment. “Indiana health care leaders and CEOs on Thursday pushed back at comments Attorney General Todd Rokita made during a recent televised interview in which he questioned the accuracy of the state’s COVID-19 data and attributed hospital staffing shortages to vaccine mandates. That is not the case, said Brian Tabor, president of the Indiana Hospital Association, though it’s a claim raised time and time again about the health care sector.”

Associated Press: Gov. Holcomb COVID update: Indiana governor pushes back on state AG’s skepticism as cases surge

Associated Press: Gov. Holcomb COVID update: Indiana governor pushes back on state AG’s skepticism as cases surge. “Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has condemned recent comments made by the state’s attorney general, who alleged that Indiana’s COVID-19 data is inflated and ‘inaccurate.’ The Republican governor said Wednesday he was ‘stunned and somewhat blindsided’ by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s claims that non-COVID illnesses or deaths in the state have been ‘inappropriately categorized as COVID.’”

JournalStar: Teachers file class-action lawsuit against Peoria-area school districts over COVID rules

JournalStar: Teachers file class-action lawsuit against Peoria-area school districts over COVID rules. “Teachers in two Woodford County school districts are among plaintiffs in a lawsuit that seeks to end state COVID-19 mitigation efforts as an employment requirement. Attorney Thomas DeVore filed the lawsuit Monday in Sangamon County Circuit Court in Springfield. Defendants include Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.”

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority: Lt. Gov. Crouch, IHCDA unveil comprehensive dashboard to assist communities with housing inventory

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority: Lt. Gov. Crouch, IHCDA unveil comprehensive dashboard to assist communities with housing inventory. “Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and partners from the Housing Working Group, which represents stakeholders from around the state, today released a housing dashboard that includes a statewide inventory of housing in Indiana…. Information can be compared county by county, including housing stock in Indiana by age, by price, by number of units in a structure, by number of bedrooms in a unit, and more.”

WTHR: Indiana school district goes online after just 2 weeks of in-person classes

WTHR: Indiana school district goes online after just 2 weeks of in-person classes. ” Another school district is back to e-learning after a rise in coronavirus cases and quarantines. And, it’s just two weeks into their school year. The Shenandoah Community School District’s nearly 1,400 K-12 students returned to remote learning Monday after the director of the Henry County Health Department told district officials cases were headed in the wrong direction and becoming worrisome.”