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    INDIANAPOLIS — When new Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston walked out of the Indiana House of Representatives on March 11 with the COVID-19 pandemic just beginning to get a death grip on his state, he recalled, “I remember leaving this chamber believing something historic could be taking shape.”

      As a physician and former state public health official, I’m troubled. I never imagined that political pressure would ever drastically influence the decisions of the Federal Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These agencies are traditionally very i…

        It is not just the communities with stations along the rail lines that will have opportunities to flourish with the advent of the rail projects, but nearby communities will also be able to leverage this investment through the establishment of feeder bus routes to and from the train.

        NextEra Energy plans to invest $300 million to $350 million for a 200-megawatt facility. That’s the equivalent of powering about 65,000 homes, NextEra’s Matthew Johnson told Valpo Chamber members Thursday at a breakfast meeting.

        Authorities say a fire at the historic Haley Mansion in Joliet caused $1.25 million in damage. WGN-TV reports that the fire broke out Wednesday. The cause is still under investigation, but the Joliet Fire Department says the fire was accidental and began on the mansion's third floor. No one was in the mansion at the time, and no one was hurt. The first and second floors sustained water damage but should be able to be repaired. Patrick Columbus Haley and his wife, Mary Anastasia Darcy, built the mansion in in 1891. Construction took around two years.

        Ford will return to Formula One as the engine provider for Red Bull Racing in a partnership announced Friday that begins with immediate technical support this season and engines in 2026. Red Bull powertrains and Ford will partner on the development of a hybrid power unit that will supply engines to both Red Bull and AlphaTauri when new F1 regulations begin in 2026. The American automaker dominated F1 in the late 1960s and 1970s as an engine manufacturer with Cosworth and Ford is the third most successful engine maker in F1 history with 10 constructors’ championships and 13 drivers’ championships.

        Officials have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed on the south side of Indianapolis last month. WXIN-TV reported Friday that the Marion County Coroner's Office identified the pilot on Thursday as 20-year-old Shane Pennington II. National Transportation Safety Board findings released Friday identified Pennington's plane as a Cirrus SR20. An examination of the plane revealed no mechanical problems. The plane crashed near some railroad tracks in a residential area on the afternoon of Jan. 24 after leaving the Indianapolis Executive Airport. Pennington was the lone occupant.

        In the South Dakota Senate, a group of far-right Republican lawmakers are looking to challenge the establishment by pushing for hardline stands on social issues. Most recently, one state senator was suspended, then reinstated and censured, after she allegedly harassed an aide because the aide had vaccinated her child. Senate leaders have called that situation a personnel issue and have said little about it. But it's a sign of growing tensions within the GOP. Nationally, the Republican Party has been plagued with similar strains of controversy.

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