New Indiana secretary of state starts 2022 election campaign

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s new secretary of state has started her 2022 election campaign for the position a little more than a month after being appointed to the office.

Republican Holli Sullivan announced Monday she was seeking a full four-year term to “defend the integrity of Indiana’s elections.”

Sullivan is the state Republican Party’s vice chair and was in her seventh year as a state representative from Evansville when Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed her as secretary of state in March. Sullivan replaced Republican Connie Lawson, who resigned with nearly two years left in her elected term.

The secretary of state’s office oversees election issues statewide, along with registering businesses and regulating the securities industry.

The Republican and Democratic nominees for the office will be decided during their party’s state conventions in the summer of 2022. Republicans have won every secretary of state election since 1994.

One-third Hoosiers 16 and older fully vaccinated against COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly one-third of Indiana residents ages 16 and older have now been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, state health officials said Monday.

The Indiana Department of Health said that about 1.74 million Hoosiers — or 32% of Indiana’s roughly 5.3 million residents ages 16 and older — have been fully vaccinated, while 2.29 million first doses of vaccine have been administered statewide.

People fully vaccinated have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The pace of the state’s vaccination efforts can be tracked on Indiana’s COVID-19 vaccine dashboard.

Indiana officials made all state residents age 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on March 31.

The state health department also reported 702 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Monday and five more Indiana deaths from COVID-19. Those deaths raised Indiana’s pandemic toll to 13,280 confirmed or presumed coronavirus-related deaths.

Indiana’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to see general slow increases after reaching recent lows below 600 for several days in mid-March, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

As of Sunday, 893 Hoosiers were hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s down slightly from the 909 hospitalizations reported on April 11, but represents an increase over roughly the past two weeks.

Apple announces plans for central Indiana center, 500 jobs

CLAYTON — Apple is planning a $100 million distribution center near Indianapolis that could employ nearly 500 workers by the end of 2024, company and state officials announced Monday.

The distribution hub will be located in the Hendricks County town of Clayton, about 10 miles west of Indianapolis, and will be operated by XPO Logistics Supply Chain. The center is expected to accelerate delivery times for Apple customers in Indiana and the rest of the country.

Cupertino, California-based Apple said the “state-of-the-art” Indiana project is part of the company’s plan to invest $430 billion and add 20,000 new jobs across the country over the next five years.

Greenwich, Connecticut-based XPO Logistics has already begun hiring in Clayton.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered XPO up to $5 million in conditional tax credits based on the job-creation plans. The company must fulfill the hiring goals to receive the performance-based incentives.

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