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As COVID-19 cases surge again in long-term care facilities around the state, health officials revealed a new plan to combat the virus during Wednesday’s press conference.

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For months, as families could no longer keep a watchful eye on loved ones in nursing homes, they had to depend on the state public health agency to ensure that the facilities provided proper protection to the frail, elderly patients in their care. But the agency had fallen behind in inspections even before the pandemic hit.

Some students made greeting cards for residents of Providence Healthcare while others crafted clay bowls for a food bank benefit. But no matter which corner of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College campus students were on Tuesday, they volunteered in honor the spirit of the college's founder, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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More than 16,000 Vigo County voters have cast an absentee ballot in early voting. Through Friday (Oct. 16), there were 16,588 absentee ballots casts, said LeAnna Moore, chief deputy clerk.

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Terre Haute is being targeted as an inaugural city for a new semi-professional basketball team. The Hoosier Hardwood Basketball Association is working to establish an inaugural season in 2021 consisting of four to six teams, including Terre Haute, Bedford, Pendleton and New Castle.

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Record-breaking COVID-19 cases in Indiana have come to Boone County. Signature HealthCARE at Parkwood on Grant Street in Lebanon has 25 residents and 12 employees who have tested positive. Worse, the Boone County Health Department reports four residents have died because of the outbreak.

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JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville Police Department recently responded to two critical incidents within 48 hours calling for the SWAT and Critical Incident Negotiation teams — one involving a hostage and the other with a direct threat to police.

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Despite the public health emergency, life goes on for Watch Us Farm, which offers jobs and life skills to high-functioning adults with special needs. Executive Director Janice Agarwal said the types of jobs have changed in response to the pandemic, but the organization is still growing.

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Because of testing complications created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana State University did not require standardized tests such as the SAT/ACT for freshmen entering in fall 2020.

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