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INDIANAPOLIS – Federal health officials report a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths occur in the nation’s nursing homes, but the agency tracking their morbidity rates maintains a database riddled with incomplete information and errors.

VALDOSTA – A 46-year-old Black man is south Georgia has sued the Valdosta, Georgia police department claiming excessive force in a Feb. 8 incident where he was mistaken for a suspect in a panhandling investigation. His attorney is calling the incident a civil rights violation.

A pollinator habitat has sprung up in a former auto junkyard on the banks of the Wabash River, creating a space for butterflies, bees, birds, bats and small mammals.

It’s been an active offseason that has analysts from CBS Sports’ Adam Schein to NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci predicting the Indianapolis Colts could be one of the league’s most improved teams in 2020.

TULSA, Okla. — As supporters poured into the BOK Center for President Donald Trump’s campaign rally late Saturday afternoon, a crowd of about 100 people in support of the Black Lives Matter movement gathered a mile away at Franklin Hope Reconciliation Park to peacefully protest the rally’s timing while voicing messages of unity and racial equality.

Jim Irsay compares rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. to Indianapolis Colts legend Reggie Wayne. And Pittman borrows from superstars including Mike Evans, Michael Thomas, Julio Jones and Larry Fitzgerald to bolster his game. All of which suggests the high expectations for the 22-year-old this fall.

Indiana assistant coach Nick Sheridan more than doubled his salary in being promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator, while new IU strength coach Aaron Wellman received a deal that makes him among the highest-paid strength and conditioning coaches in the country.

STILLWATER, Okla. – The governing board of Oklahoma State University Friday ordered the removal of the name of the state’s 9th governor from campus halls because of his racist reputation.

It's no secret the Indianapolis Colts want to run the damn ball in 2020. But new wide receivers coach Mike Groh is part of a concerted effort to make sure the passing game holds up its end of the bargain this year as well.

Some events have the power of a match set to a mountain of dry wood. The video from Minneapolis, showing a police officer killing George Floyd in broad daylight, his knee pressed hard onto a handcuffed man’s neck as he pleads to live, all 8 1/2 minutes of it — this has been such an event.

Indiana rising junior tight end Peyton Hendershot pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass for entering his ex-girlfriend’s apartment without permission, but misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, criminal conversion and criminal mischief were dropped by prosecutors.

Indiana is going forward with plans for fans at Memorial Stadium for football this fall but will adjust depending on whatever social distancing guidelines are in place at the time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This Week's Circulars


ALBIA [mdash] Fred Steinaway passed on July 2, 2020, in Albia. No Visitation is planned. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia.

OTTUMWA [mdash] Jimmy L. Vannoy, age 74, of Hedrick, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Jim was born on October 5, 1945 the son of Theodore and Bernadine (Paxton) Vannoy in Farson, Iowa. He attended school in Farson and later gra…

OTTUMWA [mdash]Christine A. Keasling, 91, of Ottumwa, died at 3:23 a.m. July 6, 2020 at Vista Woods Care Center. Her body has been cremated. No services are planned. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.