ProPublica: The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped This School District From Suing Parents Over Unpaid Textbook Fees

ProPublica: The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped This School District From Suing Parents Over Unpaid Textbook Fees. “When the pandemic started, several school districts in Indiana halted a long-standing practice: suing families for unpaid textbook fees. But one school district has filed nearly 300 lawsuits against parents, and others also have returned to court.”

WSBT: Thousands of historic photographs to be digitized in St. Joseph Co. Public Library project

WSBT: Thousands of historic photographs to be digitized in St. Joseph Co. Public Library project. “A monumental task is ahead for the St. Joseph County Public Library. Soon, it will begin to digitize thousands of old photo negatives. The pictures were taken by the South Bend Tribune over the course of 5 decades and the negatives were recently donated to the library. The library was awarded an $11,802 grant to digitize a portion of the photo negatives.”

‘I was there’: Promoter shares details of past concerts at Indiana Rock History database (IndyStar)

New-to-me, from IndyStar: ‘I was there’: Promoter shares details of past concerts at Indiana Rock History database. “[Steve] Sybesma played a large role in thousands of shows that happened in Indiana, thanks to his time as co-owner of concert company Sunshine Promotions from 1974 to 2000. As the ultimate live music insider, Sybesma is sharing event details that can’t be found anywhere else. Beyond the basics of a concert’s date, headlining performer and supporting acts, the Indiana Rock History project frequently discloses attendance figures, what artists were paid and how much money was collected in ticket sales.”

WTHI: Indiana partners with ‘180 Skills’ to open free library of workforce skills courses

WTHI: Indiana partners with ‘180 Skills’ to open free library of workforce skills courses. “The State of Indiana has partnered with ‘180 Skills.’ Together, they are opening a free online library of courses. These courses are designed to improve general employability skills. This includes acing a job interview, mastering Microsoft Office products, and improving communication skills.”

WDRB: Indiana to launch color-coded COVID-19 map to help with guidance for counties

WDRB: Indiana to launch color-coded COVID-19 map to help with guidance for counties. ” Indiana health officials are creating a new tool to help provide guidance to schools and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indiana’s State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, announced plans for a new color-coded map at the end of August, during Governor Eric Holcomb’s weekly COVID-19 briefing.”

Searchable Database: Tracking COVID-19 at central Indiana Schools (The Indy Channel)

The Indy Channel: Searchable Database: Tracking COVID-19 at central Indiana Schools. “The database below will be used to track confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by school districts in central Indiana. The database below will be regularly updated as new information is received and confirmed by our news team here at WRTV. As far as how quickly cases have been reported since schools opened their doors last week, the Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says the numbers are not surprising and they had anticipated cases to come in quickly after schools began reopening.”

WTHR: State releases detailed Indiana nursing home COVID-19 data for the first time

WTHR: State releases detailed Indiana nursing home COVID-19 data for the first time. “For months, as nursing homes across Indiana struggled to control the spread of COVID-19, the real toll of the pandemic was kept secret. State leaders refused to release data showing the number of cases and deaths inside each facility. Following pressure from AARP, state lawmakers, 13News and other media outlets, the Indiana State Department of Health has now released the information.”

Journal & Courier: Ivy Tech offering free classes and training for 10,000 Hoosiers affected by coronavirus

Journal & Courier: Ivy Tech offering free classes and training for 10,000 Hoosiers affected by coronavirus. “Anyone living in Indiana is now eligible to take specific classes and training for free, part of a program offered through Ivy Tech Community College. The free classes are available for 10,000 participants and are part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s ‘Rapid Recovery for a Better Future’ program, a $50 million initiative under the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, with funding applied toward education, workforce and individual needs.”

WTHR: New search tool reveals COVID-19 cases & deaths at Indiana nursing homes

WTHR: New search tool reveals COVID-19 cases & deaths at Indiana nursing homes. “…despite a lack of transparency by state officials and many nursing home operators, data showing what is happening inside Indiana long-term care facilities is now being exposed as local and federal agencies begin to release COVID-19 data that is crucial in understanding the spread of the virus. After weeks of collecting this data, 13News is now releasing the information in a searchable online database to help seniors and their families make more informed healthcare decisions.”

Inside Indiana Business: Local Radio Show Joins National Library

Inside Indiana Business: Local Radio Show Joins National Library. “A weekly radio show in Indianapolis focused on Indiana history is getting national recognition. Hoosier History Live, which airs on WICR-FM at the University of Indianapolis, has been selected for inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America. The producers of the weekly call-in radio show say they will be editing select past shows for distribution on the library, as well as Indiana Memory, a statewide digital library.”

Indiana History Blog: Coping with Quarantine in a Pre-Digital Era

Indiana History Blog: Coping with Quarantine in a Pre-Digital Era. Read this and marvel over how much feels familiar. “At the height of World War I, Spanish Influenza ravaged Hoosier servicemen and servicewomen. Fortunately, city and health officials acted quickly in the fall of 1918, resulting in Indianapolis having one of the lowest casualty rates in the country, according to IHB historian Jill Weiss Simins. But how were Hoosiers’ daily lives impacted by the dread malady? As we can now relate, the public was consumed with news reports about the pandemic and resultant quarantine, which we will re-examine here via Newspapers.com and the freely-accessible Hoosier State Chronicles.”