There was a lot of news for a Friday, here it is.  And while you’re at it, sign up for the daily Statewide Summary.


So as Indiana reopens for business what impact has COVID-19 had on restaurants, hotels, and sporting events and what will it look like going forward?  (Indy Politics)

An Indianapolis barbershop owner is planning to reopen his business in spite of restrictions from city leaders that require him to keep his business closed for now because of the coronavirus pandemic.  (WIBC)

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is giving restaurants, houses of worship and retail shops the green light to reopen later this month — with restrictions — but keeping bars and nightclubs shut down until further notice amid the coronavirus outbreak.  (Times of Northwest Indiana)

Coronavirus cases have begun to tick back up in St. Joseph County since Indiana allowed businesses to start reopening May 4, a county health official said Friday.  (South Bend Tribune)

COVID-19 has turned out to be not as deadly in Indiana and the Fort Wayne region as expected, and residents should have confidence as the community reopens if they continue to keep up their guard.  (Journal Gazette)

We’re continuing to answer questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19, and the latest batch showed that there’s still a lot of confusion about testing. Who needs it, how is it done, where is it done—and more.   (WFYI)

State lawmakers have created a special committee to develop contingency plans in case the state has to shut down again in a resurgence of COVID-19 or another emergency.  (The Statehouse File)

House Speaker Todd Huston has removed Rep. Jim Lucas from two committees and demoted him in another in response to Lucas’s Facebook post of black kids dancing with the words “We gon’ get free money!”  (Indy Star)

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Friday it could take two to three days after Election Day for votes to be counted and results to be determined given the high number of absentee ballots counties will have to process.  (IBJ)

Lawyers for Indiana’s attorney general argued Friday that he has the legal right to remain in office even while serving a 30-day suspension of his law license for groping a state legislator and three other women.  (AP – Indiana)

The Indiana Gaming Commission approved Friday an application to operate an inland casino in Vigo County.  (Tribune Star)