BUDGET TO GET PARTISAN VOTE IN HOUSE TODAY: The Indiana House will vote Monday on a two-year state budget that increases funding for education by $378 million, allocates $180 million for COVID-19 relief grant programs, and increases the state’s cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack (Carden, NWI Times). It almost assuredly will advance to the Senate on a party-line vote, with all 71 Republicans supporting House Bill 1001 and the 29 House Democrats voting no. In the weeks ahead, the Republican-controlled Senate will revise the House budget to prioritize items and programs it believes are most important, and then negotiators from the House, Senate and the Republican governor's office will hammer out and approve a compromise state budget on or before April 29. The expected Democratic votes against the House budget legislation Monday stem partially from tradition — Republicans voted against the Democratic-crafted budget when Democrats last controlled the House during the 2009-10 sessions. But Democrats also want to signal to Hoosier voters they would have different spending priorities if Democrats were the ones writing the budget.

 

U.S. TO PASS GRIM 500K COVID DEATH MILESTONE TODAY: The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus (AP). A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined. “It’s nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The U.S. virus death toll reached 400,000 on Jan. 19 in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis was judged by public health experts to be a singular failure. The nation could pass this next grim milestone on Monday. President Joe Biden will mark the U.S. crossing 500,000 lives lost from COVID-19 with a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House. Biden will deliver remarks at sunset to honor the dead, the White House said. He’s expected to be joined by first lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.

 

GOTTLIEB SAYS COVID DOWNWARD TREND ‘LIKELY TO CONTINUE’: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the Food and Drug Administration during the Trump administration, predicted Sunday that declining COVID-19 infection rates are "likely to continue" due to more Americans receiving their vaccines and the amount of people who have already contracted the coronavirus. "This has taken a tragic toll on the United States, but we should be optimistic, in my view," Gottlieb said in an interview with "Face the Nation." "I think we're going to continue to see infection rates decline into the spring and the summer. Right now, they're falling quite dramatically. I think these trends are likely to continue."

 

U.S. ON VERGE OF VACCINE SUPPLY BREAKTHROUGH: It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days (AP). Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer. Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks. That means the act of delivering injections will soon be the dominant constraint, and it’s prompting the Biden administration to push to dramatically expand the universe of those who will deliver injections and where Americans will meet them to get their shots. “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, and it’s very different to get it in someone’s arms,” Biden said Friday as he toured Pfizer’s manufacturing plant in Portage, Michigan. The company is set to double its pace of vaccine deliveries in the coming weeks.

 

TRUMP PLANS TO ASSUME CONTROL OF GOP NEXT WEEKEND: In his first post-presidential appearance, Donald Trump plans to send the message next weekend that he is Republicans' "presumptive 2024 nominee" with a vise grip on the party's base, top Trump allies tell me (Allen, Axios). A longtime adviser called Trump's speech a "show of force," and said the message will be: "I may not have Twitter or the Oval Office, but I'm still in charge." Payback is his chief obsession. I've learned that Trump advisers will meet with him at Mar-a-Lago this week to plan his next political moves, and to set up the machinery for kingmaking in the 2022 midterms. Trump is expected to stoke primary challenges for some of those who have crossed him, and shower money and endorsements on the Trumpiest candidates. State-level officials, fresh off censuring Trump critics, stand ready to back him up. Trump's speech Sunday at CPAC in Orlando is designed to show that he controls the party, whether or not he runs in 2024.

 

TRUMP COMMANDS GOP LOYALTY IN USA TODAY/SUFFOLK POLL: If there's a civil war in the Republican Party, the voters who backed Donald Trump in November's election are ready to choose sides. Behind Trump. An exclusive Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll finds Trump's support largely unshaken after his second impeachment trial in the Senate, this time on a charge of inciting an insurrection in the deadly assault on the Capitol Jan. 6. By double digits, 46%-27%, those surveyed say they would abandon the GOP and join the Trump party if the former president decided to create one. The rest are undecided. "We feel like Republicans don't fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day," Brandon Keidl, 27, a Republican and small-business owner from Milwaukee, says in an interview after being polled. "But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don't ever push back."

 

COLLINS JOINS MANCHIN IN COMING OUT AGAINST TANDEN: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will vote against Neera Randen (Politico Playbook). “The Director of OMB is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the federal budget and plays a significant role in any Administration’s fiscal and regulatory agenda," Collins said. "Congress has to be able to trust the OMB director to make countless decisions in an impartial manner, carrying out the letter of the law and congressional intent. Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency. Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend." This may be a death blow to the nomination of Tanden, who once tweeted that Collins is “the worst.” On Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) came out against her. That left the White House scrambling to find a single Republican to back Tanden (assuming she maintains support from the remaining 49 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus). Collins is close to Manchin, who endorsed her 2020 reelection and worked with her to pass the most recent Covid relief bill.

 

DISNEY CEO CHAPEK CREDITS HIS REGION ROOTS: Hammond native Bob Chapek became the seventh CEO of The Walt Disney Co. about a year ago as the coronavirus pandemic swept around the world, just days before the virus claimed its first victim in the United States (Pete, NWI Times). "About three days after I started the job I had to close about 80% of the business other than TV networks," he said Friday while giving a Zoom talk to Indiana University. "That was difficult because it something unprecedented and unheard of. No one could have imagined that. At the same time, it was my job to make sure the company survived when you have money going out the door because we paid our cast members or employees for a long time before the businesses restarted." Chapek, who earned his bachelor's degree in microbiology at Indiana University, addressed more than 1,700 Indiana University students, faculty and alumni virtually in an hourlong interview conducted by fellow IU alumnus Douglas Freeland. "The Region is a no-nonsense tough environment," Chapek said. "You get what you earn in the Region, and you don't expect any more than what you work hard for. I was always just amazed at my parents and how hard they worked coming out of World War II. They built a life for themselves and my sister and myself. I think some of those lessons and work ethic really resonate to this day and are really part of my DNA."

 

IU STRUGGLES TO GET TRACTION UNDER MILLER: After another failure, another disappointment, another opportunity to build positive momentum transformed in the space of 40 minutes into a faceplant, the feeling that Archie Miller’s IU tenure can’t gain the necessary speed is inescapable (Osterman, IndyStar). What’s worrisome for Indiana is the accompanying question, one that feels increasingly unavoidable: Will it ever? In Year 4, the project can’t grow because there’s no foothold for it. IU has no clear identity to serve as its cornerstone. You need a foundation to build from, but cannot build the foundation. Where does that leave Indiana? Because In college basketball, there is no more dangerous catch-22. The Hoosiers lost Saturday, 78-71, to the worst Michigan State team in decades. Twice, they led by double figures. Michigan State went extended stretches incapable of executing competent 30-second possessions — much less stringing them together — and yet the Hoosiers lowered their own standard until they were embarrassed. A team that wants to hang its hat on its defense gave up points at a 120-a-game pace for the last 15 ½ minutes. “Very disappointing day for our team,” Miller said postgame.

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Mike Pence's decision to skip CPAC next weekend is indicative of where the Republican Party stands at this early juncture in the wilderness. For Pence to show would risk enduring the wrath of Donald Trump supporters, who put a bounty on his head on Jan. 6. Moving forward, Pence will need a security detail. For Hoosier Republicans, Mike Allen's reporting that for the former president, "payback is his chief obsession" is illustrative of the GOP dilemma. For a healthy political party, winning elections should be the main goal, which the GOP failed to do with loss of two Georgia U.S. Senate seats last month as exhibit A. - Brian A. Howey

 

Campaigns

 

WHITCOMB SEEKS TO LEAD INDEMS:  Indiana’s Democratic Party is in line to get a new leader, and the daughter of a former Republican governor of Indiana is hoping to get the job (Darling, WIBC). Trish Whitcomb is the daughter of the late former Gov. Ed Whitcomb, who served as governor from 1969 to 1973. Whitcomb has had a prominent career in politics having served as campaign manager for Glenda Ritz in 2012, who had an upset victory for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. That’s the last statewide office that Democrats have held in the last decade. Whitcomb hopes to take over as the leader of the State Democratic Party with current party chairman, John Zody, expected to step aside in March. “People vote for a reason. Either they are unhappy or they really want to see a change,” Whitcomb told WISH-TV’s All Indiana Politics. “For the last several election cycles we have seen the unhappiness come out in voters. That’s why the Trump wave was so strong.”

 

Sunday Talk

 

POTTINGER SAYS CHINA SOUGHT PANDEMIC COVERUP: Former deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, who served under former President Donald Trump, claimed China attempted to cover up the coronavirus in the early days of the crisis, cutting out its Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and instead relying on its military to contain the deadly virus. In an interview with "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday, Pottinger said the head of the Chinese CDC was unaware the coronavirus was spreading throughout the nation until late December 2019. "It looks like the Chinese CDC to some extent was cut out because the Chinese Communist Party turned to its military to try to cover this thing up, to try to contain it until it was too late," Pottinger said. "And the consequences we're all feeling now."

 

GOV. HUTCHINSON WON'T SUPPORT TRUMP IN 2024: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said Sunday that he would not support former President Trump if he ran for the White House again in 2024, pointing to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," the Republican governor was asked by host Dana Bash if he would vote for Trump should the former president run in 2024. “No, I wouldn't. It's time," Hutchinson responded. "He's going to have a voice ... as former presidents do. But there's many voices in the party," the governor added. "He should not define our future. We have got to define it for ourself."

 

HURD SAYS TRUMP SHOULDN'T HAVE GOP ROLE: Former Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said Sunday that the GOP should have little if anything to do with former President Trump following the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Speaking with NBC's "Meet the Press," Hurd argued that the Republican Party had lost both houses of Congress and the White House over the past four years as a direct result of the former president. "I think very little, if not none at all," Hurd said when asked about what role Trump should play in the GOP's future. "This is a president that lost the House, the Senate, the White House in four years. I think the last person to do that was Herbert Hoover, and that was during the Great Depression." "We should be talking to disaffected Democrats" who do not support ideas such as reducing funding to law enforcement or expanding immigration, Hurd added, pointing to the failure of House Democrats to pick up any seats from Republicans during the November election.

 

SCALISE VISITS TRUMP: House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who last week visited former President Trump at Mar-a-Lago, on Sunday deflected blame away from Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol. Scalise told host Jonathan Karl on ABC's “This Week” that he “ended up” at the former president's Palm Beach resort during a visit to Florida to fundraise when asked if he spoke to Trump about taking responsibility for a mob of his supporters overrunning the Capitol during Congress’s official Electoral College count affirming President Biden’s win. “I was in Florida doing some fundraising throughout a number of parts of Florida, ended up at Mar-a-Lago, and the president reached out, and we visited,” Scalise said. “I hadn’t seen him since he had left the White House, and it was actually good to catch up with him. I noticed he was a lot more relaxed than his four years in the White House.”

 

SULLIVAN SAYS U.S. IN TOUCH WITH IRAN OVER HOSTAGES: National security adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday said the Biden administration has begun discussions with Iran regarding the American hostages the Islamic Republic currently holds. CBS's "Face the Nation," host Margaret Brennan asked Sullivan if hostage negotiations had begun, noting that at least five American hostages are being held in Iran. “We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage, the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran,” Sullivan said.

 

WEINGARTEN SEES NO PERFECT SCHOOL REOPENING SCENARIO: The president of the American Federation of Teachers, the U.S.'s second-largest teachers' union, said Sunday that there is "no perfect solution" for opening schools safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic while pointing to successes that some municipalities have had with efforts to reopen. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Randi Weingarten told host Chuck Todd that New York City officials had led the way in providing access to vaccines for teachers and imposing safety precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in schools. "There's no perfect solution, but frankly I think New York City has done a pretty good job in terms of showing the way," she said. "Big school district, lots of issues in terms of old buildings, and we learned a lot from what New York City did in September and October."

 

PROGRESSIVES WANT TO KEEP RELIEF INCOME LEVELS: The chair of the House Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), is urging Democrats to resist calls to reduce the number of Americans who will receive direct payments under an upcoming COVID-19 relief plan by lowering the income cutoff in the package. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Jayapal explained that under a proposal floated by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and some others, millions of Americans who received relief checks under a plan passed in December would be left out of the newest round of payments. "That doesn't make any political sense to me, but more than that we know that millions of Americans lost their jobs in 2020," Jayapal told CNN.

 

HOUSTON MAYOR SAYS BIDEN VISIT WON'T BE DISTRACTION: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) said Sunday he did not believe a visit to Texas by President Biden would be a “distraction” after winter storms devastated the state’s energy grid. “We certainly would welcome him and he would not be a distraction, [nor] a burden,” Turner said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. The mayor told CBS’ Margaret Brennan that the city’s areas of greatest need involved restoring plumbing infrastructure affected by the winter weather. “With so many homes across the city having pipes that burst because of the frigid weather, and major leaks, major water damage, we need a lot of plumbing materials and supplies right now. We have a number of licensed plumbers but could use even more,” he said.

 

General Assembly

 

SENATE BACKS YEARLY HURDLE ON TEACHER UNION DUES: Indiana teachers would have to renew requests every year for automatic paycheck deduction of union dues under a bill that’s been approved by the state Senate (AP). The bill seeks to have school districts send an email to all employees who have union dues deductions with a boldface message in 14-point type that they have the right to not join the union and may stop their paycheck deduction at any time. Senators voted 27-22 this past week in favor of the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration. Twelve Republican senatorsjoined Democrats in voting against the bill. Supporters of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Phil Boots of Crawfordsville say it would allow teachers to make “informed decisions” about their union membership.

 

Congress

 

PREVIEW FOR THE WEEK: The Senate returns at 3 p.m. to take up the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield for U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Cloture vote expected at 5:30 p.m. The House is out until Tuesday.

 

GARLAND FINALLY GETS CONFIRMATION HEARING TODAY: Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland is due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday morning, as the federal appellate judge hopes to navigate his way to confirmation amid the bitter partisanship that has consumed the Justice Department in recent years (Washington Post). Republicans are expected to try to extract promises of specific investigations and prosecutions in politically sensitive cases. Already, GOP members on the panel have called for Garland to pledge to investigate the administration of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, for his handling of nursing home deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans also are likely to press Garland about the ongoing investigation of President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for possible tax or financial crimes. And if confirmed, Garland will inherit special counsel John Durham’s probe into how the FBI and other intelligence agencies investigated former president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — a case in which Republicans have repeatedly called for criminal charges to be filed against former officials.

 

HOUSE GOP WHIPPING RELIEF VOTE: Bipartisanship — at least over Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan — appears over, with House Democrats ready to approve the measure this week through a party-line vote (Axios). The GOP, which is already whipping against the bill, plans to cast it as a progressive wishlist and argue Democrats are bulldozing Republicans despite Biden's pledge to work with them. "Instead of stimulus, I call it for what it is — the Biden bailout bill," Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, tells Axios. "It's an abusive process and a lot of reckless spending."

 

CRUZ INVITED COLLEGE ROOMIE TO CANCUN: In explaining his disastrous Cancún trip, Sen. Ted Cruz failed to mention his college roommate also was along for the visit, (Axios). Axios has learned Cruz (R-Texas) invited David Panton, his longtime friend and former roommate at Princeton and Harvard Law, to join the family getaway. An aide tells Axios the senator extended the invitation only after the Cruz family planned the vacation last Tuesday. Panton accepted and flew to Mexico.

 

State

 

ISDH: SUNDAY COVID STATS - The Indiana Department of Health announced Sunday that 888 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 655,541 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard. A total of 11,947 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 35 from the previous day. Another 425 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. To date, 3,083,893 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 3,076,245 on Saturday. A total of 7,754,038 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26, 2020.

 

CORRECTIONS: PRISON GUARD KILLED BY INMATE AT MC - An inmate at Indiana State Prison stabbed a correctional officer to death and seriously wounded another officer Sunday, Indiana State Police said (Reese, NWI Times). Both correctional officers, whose names have not yet been released, were attacked by inmate Tymetri Campbell, 38, about 2:40 p.m. in a common area, police Sgt. Ted Bohner said. Both officers were taken to Franciscan Health hospital in Michigan City, where one was pronounced dead. The other officer was in serious condition, police said. Campbell was sentenced in Marion County in January 2004 to 130 years in prison for three murders, according to Indiana Department of Correction and Indiana Court of Appeals records.

 

BIG EAST: XAVIER DOWNS BUTLER - Zach Freemantle had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Xavier topped Butler 63-51 on Sunday night (AP). Colby Jones added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Musketeers. Jason Carter had 10 points for Xavier (12-4, 5-4 Big East Conference). Paul Scruggs added six assists. Butler totaled 20 points in the second half, a season low for the team.

 

Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN VISITS DOLE - President Joe Biden visited former Sen. Bob Dole Saturday afternoon, according to the White House, after the longtime Kansas senator announced earlier in the week that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer (CNN). The two had served in the Senate together and Dole is a "close friend" of the President, the White House said. Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, was one of the key Republicans to say plainly after the November election that Biden had won. "The election is over and (Joe) Biden will be president on January 20. I know the president has not conceded and he may never concede, but he will not be in the White House on January 21," Dole told the Kansas City Star in mid-December.

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - The president will receive the President’s Daily Brief at 9:45 a.m. He’ll make a small business-focused announcement at 12:05 p.m. in the South Court Auditorium. At 6 p.m., he’ll deliver remarks from Cross Hall commemorating the lives lost to Covid-19, as the nation reaches the milestone of 500,000 dead. And at 6:15 p.m., he and first lady Jill Biden will have a moment of silence and candle-lighting ceremony on the South Portico with VP Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, who are returning from Los Angeles. Press secretary Jen Psaki will brief at 12:30 p.m.  The White House Covid-19 response team and public health officials will brief at 3 p.m. The week ahead:  On Tuesday, Biden will meet virtually with essential workers and Canadian PM JUSTIN TRUDEAU (not at the same time). On Wednesday, Biden will sign an executive order on the economy and get a Covid briefing. On Thursday, he’ll take part in a vaccination event and speak virtually to the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.

 

PENTAGON: HOOSIER PILOT KILLED IN ALABAMA -  Two Air Force pilots were killed when a trainer jet crashed near an Alabama airport (WRTV). The crash involved a T-38 trainer aircraft assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. Officials from the 14th Flying Training Wing confirmed in a news release that both pilots aboard the aircraft were killed. The pilots were flying a training mission. Scot Ames Jr., 24, of Pekin, Indiana, an instructor pilot with the 50th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base, was killed in the crash, according to a press release from the Air Force. The identity of the second pilot, a student pilot from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force, hasn't been released.

 

TRANSPORTATION: BOEING GROUNDS SOME 777s - Boeing Co. BA 4.31% on Sunday told airlines to stop flying its wide-body 777 aircraft equipped with a type of engine that broke apart during a flight over the weekend near Denver, as the Federal Aviation Administration said it would order immediate inspections of those jets (Wall Street Journal). Boeing’s recommendation followed action by regulators in the U.S. and Japan aimed at the Pratt & Whitney engines found on 128 of its 777s. The United Airlines Holdings Inc. flight Saturday was the third failure involving that model plane with those engines in recent years. Safety investigators in the U.S. are trying to determine why the engine failed shortly after the Honolulu-bound plane took off, forcing it to return to Denver International Airport and leaving a trail of debris scattered over a nearby town.

 

CYBER: KROGER VICTIM OF THIRD PARTY BREACH - Kroger Co. says it was among the multiple victims of a data breach involving a third-party vendor’s file-transfer service and is notifying potentially impacted customers, offering them free credit monitoring (AP). The Cincinnati-based grocery and pharmacy chain said in a statement Friday that it believes less than 1% of its customers were affected — specifically some using its Health and Money Services — as well as some current and former employees because a number of personnel records were apparently viewed. Kroger said the breach did not affect Kroger stores’ IT systems or grocery store systems or data and there was no indication that fraud involving accessed personal data had occurred. The company, which has 2,750 grocery retail stores and 2,200 pharmacies nationwide, did not immediately respond to questions including how many customers might have been affected.

 

Local

 

INDIANAPOLIS: DISTURBANCE THIS MORNING AT JAIL — A disturbance at Marion Co. Jail II on E. Washington Street drew a large response from IMPD early Monday morning. An IMPD spokesperson said the jail was experiencing a power outage, as well (WTHR-TV). Washington St. was blocked in both directions just west of the exit from Interstate 65/70 downtown. Police have not shared information about the disturbance or any injuries involved. WRTV reported that inmates had been injured.

 

FRANKLIN: BODY CAMS COMING FOR PD — The Franklin Police Department will soon have body and dash cameras for the first time (Sanchez, WRTV). Installation is already underway to put two cameras in every police car and officers are going through four hours of training with their new body cameras. "It changes the way we as officers think because not only the officer being filmed but the person you are having interaction with so, now we are on our best behavior," Chief Kirby Cochran said.

 

TERRE HAUTE: CANDLES MUSEUM REOPENS - A western Indiana museum founded by a Holocaust survivor who championed forgiveness has reopened following a six-month-long closure prompted by the coronavirus pandemic (Indiana Public Media). The CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center reopened in Terre Haute on Friday, when 26 visitors showed up to see a new exhibit and hear the stories of Holocaust survivors. “We are excited to have people back, and we are trying to be very cautionary with our cleaning routines and safety,” museum director Leah Simpson told the Tribune-Star.