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I hope everyone is staying healthy as we take a moment of silence on this beautiful Memorial Day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our ideals.

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IU, the largest university in the state, is trying to navigate its way to reopening after suspending most in-person operations, including research and instruction, in March.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Thursday to move Indiana into Stage 3 of his pandemic reopening plan, which begins Friday, but the governor removed movie theaters and playgrounds from the schedule.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday said he would activate Stage 3 of his pandemic reopening plan on Friday—two days earlier than previously scheduled

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Beginning Friday, restaurants in Marion County can begin serving sit-down customers outdoors. Restaurants will still be prohibited from serving customers indoors, although that restriction could be lifted June 1

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Norbert Krapf’s emails always bring the promise of an adventure. Southwest by Midwest, newly published by Dos Madres Press, shares Krapf’s journey of  connectivity with America’s Tribal Cultures.

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New rules could be coming for Paycheck Protection Program loans. An additional stimulus bill making its way through the House of Representatives is likely to include revisions to key aspects of the CARES Act.

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U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy

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About 186,000 people in Indiana were estimated to be infected or previously infected with COVID-19 at the end of April, according to preliminary study results released Wednesday by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

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Shortly after the beginning of our current apocalyptic pandemic, Indianapolis based artist Matt Aaron was thinking about that nursery rhyme from the plague and thought about how we were in the midst of our own modern day plague. Inspiration Struck. 

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The grants announced Tuesday range from $20,000 to $125,000 and were targeted to organizations that help minority communities and marginalized populations such as immigrants, refugees and LGBTQ residents.

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When John “Chumley” Smartz introduced me to a new band he was representing way back in the mid-90s, I never thought this band called Planet Earth would end up producing two members who would go on to have great success in the national alt-rock and Americana scenes.

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Included in this memo is the Indy Chamber’s latest loan update for the PPP Loans as well as their locally-sourced Rapid Responses Loan fund. 

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Indiana unemployment officials said Thursday that payments to Hoosiers who traditionally had been ineligible to receive benefits will begin today. Those people include independent contractors, self-employed or those with limited work histories.

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Poised to “re-open” in midst of “exercise good health safety” presents another challenge in knowing how to balance ‘I’m tired of this’ against ‘is it worth endangering self along with others.’

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‘Giving Tuesday’ reports show an essential truth: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Arts, culture, humanities and sports organizations re-invented their usual systems of delivery and turned live performance, exhibition, lecture, conversation, exploration— into virtual hands-on, participatory and joyful moments.

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Marion County will continue to enforce a stay-at-home order until May 15, despite the state of Indiana’s Back on Track plan that indicates the county could ease restrictions and start to reopen businesses May 11. The restrictions also apply to places of worship in Marion County, delaying their opening.

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For the first time in its history, the Indiana Supreme Court will hold oral arguments using videoconferencing when it hears cases in May. That will honor social distancing guidelines during the ongoing public health emergency caused by coronavirus pandemic, it said Friday. 

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Nuvo, an alternative newspaper in Indianapolis, plans to cease publication at the end of May. The word came in a note from Kevin McKinney, who was first Nuvo’s publisher and then its foundation director when the publication tried to reinvent itself as a non-profit.

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Because I respect the educators, their programs and results at WTS, I will vote for the Operating Bond issue. This provides $16 million annually for eight years in the WTS budget.

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Indiana Landmarks is celebrating its 60th anniversary year through virtual experiences for this interim.

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It is time for NUVO to retire in its present form. We had thirty good years (March was our anniversary), but there is not broad enough financial support or interest today, especially with the impact of the pandemic, for us to continue.

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American Pianists Association “Episode One: from their home benches,” on  April 26, featured Dominic Cheli, one of the five 2021 Awards finalists, and 2007 Awards Winner Dan Tepfer, in conversation, and a bit of riffing on their pianos about the enduring delight of creating your own variation of Bach’s “The Goldberg Variations,” the popular designation for his Klavier-Ubung, iv, [Klavier Exercise] published in 1741/2.

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Sequestration gives me time for more things with limited use. Recently, I’ve been developing a comprehensive spreadsheet of Indiana regions.

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Quarantine Jeff has been soaking up a lot of local music, finding old CD treasures in the likes of musty CDs by Transportation, Mysteries of Life and Transmatic. I’ve found that searching “FOX 59 AM 2001” on YouTube brings up all kinds of awesome video of local bands like Wonderdrug, Sindatico and Bigger Than Elvis rocking out at an insanely early hour. I’ve also discovered a couple new favorites on iMusic.

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