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On Saturday we will celebrate America’s birthday, although there are curmudgeons like me who argue that the “country” really had begun much earlier, well before that famous vote on July 4, 1776.

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Local school superintendents say with clear guidelines in place from the Department of Education and the Indiana High School Athletic Association, coaches and student athletes are set to begin conditioning next week in preparation for the upcoming sports season.

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“Dear Abby” is a well-known advice column published daily in the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. It’s likely that you’ve read a few of Abby’s opinions over the years. You feel that your advice would have been better than hers!

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INDIANAPOLIS — Face masks will be required in all public places in Indianapolis beginning next week, despite a recent decline in confirmed coronavirus cases among residents, city officials announced Thursday.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

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The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen.

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CARMEL — A bishop suspended a suburban Indianapolis Catholic priest from public ministry on Wednesday for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers to "maggots and parasites" in a recent church bulletin.

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The following information comes from reports provided by the Vincennes Police Department, the Vincennes Fire Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department, the Washington City Police Department or the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department…

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will keep capacity limits in place for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues because of worries about a possible increase in coronavirus cases across the state, Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday.

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Armed with a fresh influx of money, members of the city’s Urban Enterprise Association met Tuesday for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown and bolstered several ongoing improvement projects with monetary awards totaling more than $66,000.

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The Knox County Public Library has joined forces with three teachers from James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School to launch a new online tutoring program for children who may have fallen behind due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

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NEW YORK — Arizona recorded more coronavirus deaths, infections, hospitalizations and emergency-room visits in a single day than ever before in a crisis Wednesday across the Sunbelt that sent a shudder through other parts of the country and led distant states to put their own reopening plans…

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For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections, as worries shift from major cities to rural areas.

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SOUTH BEND — St. Joseph County public health officials have extended their mask order through Sept. 7, and Elkhart County officials have decided to implement a similar order.

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WASHINGTON — The nation's top health officials are banking on a new approach to dramatically boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus: combining test samples in batches instead of running them one by one.

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Nearly 3 inches of rain fell in about an hour’s time Saturday, filling low-lying areas and intersections with water and causing at least some brief flash flooding.

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Knox County climbed over the weekend, bringing the total to 61.

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County and city elected officials have formed a committee to figure out how best to spend more than $1.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

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SOUTH BEND — Two adjacent northern Indiana counties have implemented or extended orders requiring people to wear face masks to impede the spread of the coronavirus.

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People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works — and maybe offer a reality check.

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CRAWFORDSVILLE — The Montgomery County Plan Commission gave a favorable recommendation to solar park regulations and changes to the make-up of the commission.

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BLOOMINGTON — The Monroe County Council has approved an interlocal agreement with township officials to help provide supplemental assistance — up to $100,000 — to residents hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The following information comes from reports provided by the Vincennes Police Department, the Vincennes Fire Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department, the Washington City Police Department or the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department…

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I was over at the Civil War monument the other evening, and I discovered that when you're nearby the stone tablet with the Declaration of Independence carved into it, and you lean way over and tilt your head just right — and squint if you're nearsighted — you can just make out a corner of th…

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Governors in places seeing huge spikes in coronavirus infections often cite statewide data to assure the public they have plenty of hospital capacity to survive the onslaught, even as the states routinely miss the critical benchmarks to guide their pandemic response.

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