The Indiana House and Senate are making changes to the way they conduct business for the 2021 legislative session – one everyone agrees will be “unique.”

Snot otter, mud dog, Allegheny alligator, old lasagna sides. Those are just a few names for the hellbender. It’s the largest salamander in the U.S. and known for the wrinkly skin on its sides.

The Indiana Department of Health reported 615 additional confirmed deaths over the last week – the most reported in a single week during the pandemic, and more than double the high reported in April. That brings the state’s total to 8,111 confirmed deaths. The state also reported nearly 32,000 new cases in the last week.

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Issues Pop Up Across Indiana

Dec 31, 2020

Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Indiana remains focused on frontline health care workers and nursing home residents. That’s even as some hospitals are reportedly vaccinating people much further down the priority list, like teachers.

Hospitals across Indiana can once again schedule non-emergency, elective surgeries after Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday he’ll lift the temporary ban on such procedures.