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Students Need To Be In Classrooms, With Masks, This Fall, Education Secretary Says

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has a message for schools across the country ahead of the new school year: Students need to be in classrooms. "That's where students learn best," Cardona told NPR's A Martínez. "Schools are more than just places where students learn how to read and write — they're communities. They're like second families to our students." On Monday, the U.S. Education Department will release a roadmap for the return to school , encouraging districts to invest in social...

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Fort Wayne And West Texas Connect Through Public Radio Career

After graduating from Canterbury High School in 2015, Indiana native Jacob Rockey embarked on an unconventional journey that would eventurally lead him to a career in public radio in the town of Marfa, west Texas, population 1,531.

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Holcomb Defends Not Reimposing Any COVID-19 Restrictions Amid Surge

Indiana is in the midst of the sharpest spike of COVID-19 cases since the earliest days of the pandemic. But Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is in “a different place” as he defends his decision not to reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

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WBOI Presents: "There Is A Field"

This week, we are bringing you “There is a Field,” a conversation from the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. We’ll hear from Michael Spath, the center’s executive director, in a conversation with playwright Jen Marlowe, and actors Darius Khalil Gordon and Lara Alqasam, on their film “There is a Field,” its themes, and its connections with the experience of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color in the United States.

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As Hoosiers enter August with federal guidelines suggesting even the vaccinated mask up to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the highly-infectious Delta variant makes up 100 percent of all new samples.

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Purdue University and the City of West Lafayette both announced on Friday they will reinstate indoor mask mandates for students, staff, and visitors to campus or city buildings regardless of vaccination status.

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In July, U.S. News and World Report named Fort Wayne the second most affordable place to live in the country, as part of its 2021-22 “best places to live” rankings.

TOKYO — We're in the home stretch of the most dramatic Olympics in recent memory, held against great odds amid a global pandemic in a country where many Japanese residents didn't want it to happen at all.

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has a message for schools across the country ahead of the new school year: Students need to be in classrooms.

"That's where students learn best," Cardona told NPR's A Martínez. "Schools are more than just places where students learn how to read and write — they're communities. They're like second families to our students."

Pockets of the American West continued to burn over the weekend, as another nine large fires were reported on Saturday in California, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

The 87 fires still active in 13 states have consumed more than 1.7 million acres. Just shy of 3 million acres have been scorched since the start of 2021, with months left in what experts predict will be a devastating fire season.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’ll be monitoring Indiana’s COVID-19 data as the State Fair begins. But he’s convinced it will be safe.

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State health officials say they’re not mandating masks in K-12 schools amid a surge of COVID-19 in part because local officials told them they want to make those decisions.

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Indiana is in the midst of the sharpest spike of COVID-19 cases since the earliest days of the pandemic. But Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is in “a different place” as he defends his decision not to reimpose any statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

President Biden nominated two Hoosier attorneys to head the northern and southern federal judicial districts.

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