State Health Commissioner Monitoring Protests’ Impact on COVID-19 Numbers

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box demonstrates how to put on a face mask during a recent COVID-19 briefing.

It may take a few days to learn the impact of recent protests on Indiana’s COVID-19 numbers. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said Wednesday that she’s concerned that the large gatherings could lead to an uptick in cases.

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Indiana National Guard, State Police Ready to Respond to Potential Violence

Governor Holcomb addresses the weekend’s violence during a press conference Monday.

State officials are outlining their response to this weekend’s violence. In a press conference Monday, Governor Holcomb said protests started out as an “understandable and needed” response to the death of George Floyd, but took on a tone of organized crime.

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Federal Funding May Boost Remote Learning Opportunities for Indiana Schools

State officials haven’t made any decisions yet about how schools will reopen, but they are looking to use federal funding to boost remote learning opportunities. During state officials’ COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Johnston said the state is applying for money from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.

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Most Tyson Employees with COVID-19 Now Doing Well, According to State Health Commissioner

Those infected with COVID-19 at the Tyson meatpacking plant in Logansport are generally doing well, according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box. “Fortunately, the average age of those individuals was 40 or 42 – I can’t remember – so most of those individuals have done extremely well,” Box said during state officials’ COVID-19 press conference Monday.

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Indiana Supreme Court Denies Governor’s Request for Clarification on Attorney General’s Office

The Indiana Supreme Court has denied a request for clarification from Governor Eric Holcomb on the suspension of the attorney general’s law license. Curtis Hill is suspended from practicing law starting today, with automatic reinstatement in 30 days. The governor’s legal team wanted to know if that meant Hill was no longer qualified to serve as attorney general under state statute, creating a vacancy in the office.

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Governor Asks Supreme Court If Hill’s Suspension Means He Can Appoint a New Attorney General

Governor Eric Holcomb is asking for clarification on whether he can appoint a new attorney general, now that Curtis Hill’s law license has been suspended. In a document filed with the Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday, the governor’s attorneys note that a prosecutor has to be duly licensed to practice law under state statute, and Hill wouldn’t be allowed to fulfill many of his duties during the 30-day suspension.

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Governor Figuring Out Next Steps Following Suspension of Attorney General’s Law License

Governor Eric Holcomb says he still needs to figure out his next steps, now that the attorney general’s law license has been suspended. The Indiana Supreme Court Monday suspended Attorney General Curtis Hill from practicing law in the state for 30 days beginning May 18, after a state representative and three legislative assistants accused him of inappropriate touching at an event in 2018.

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