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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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ZIONSVILLE — In a move that avoided a potential legal showdown, the Zionsville Town Council voted to allow Mayor Emily Styron’s veto on two proposed ordinances to stand during an early morning meeting Monday.

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Indiana is home to a variety of tree species. While some range all across our state, a number of others have a rather limited range and only exist in a few sites, often in areas that are hostile to most other trees. I will be talking about several of these more or less uncommon trees in a series of columns. You may be surprised what these species are and where you can find them. I will start with the bald cypress.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety order and notification of penalty and levied $12,000 in a proposed fine against a Daleville-based company for violations that may have led to the death of an employee in June.

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ALEXANDRIA — As they celebrated the rebirth of Christ on Easter at a socially distanced service in the parking lot of the Madison County Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Louis Jackson III and Antonio Quinones gave birth to a plan they hope will give Black male children lifelong social support.

From time to time, county and municipal governments face the need to perform economic development planning. Generally, this means outlining priorities for investment in public infrastructure or public services. In some communities, this might be pretty complex, involving some deep thinking about urban expansion over the coming decades. Elsewhere, the planning may be modest, involving expansions of parks or improving a road access.

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