Morning News Podcast: Wednesday, February 1st


Voter registration in St. Joseph County will be supervised by the county clerk’s office going forward, after Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the separate board of voter registration and transfer four deputies to the clerk’s office. The approved resolution states that party affiliation of employees doing registration must be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. The four deputies attended the meeting, all voicing support for the move. St. Joseph County was one of only three in Indiana with a separate board of voter registration.

President Biden says the declared health emergency for COVID will be allowed to expire in May, after more than three years. The change will bring an end to some free vaccine, testing, and other services the government has paid for during the emergency. About 500 people still die of COVID on average every day in the U-S.

NFL player Damar Hamlin is partnering with the American Heart Association to promote CPR awareness. Hamlin is starting a campaign following his on-field cardiac arrest January 2nd that left him hospitalized. The medical team who performed CPR on Hamlin that day is credited with saving his life.

NFL teams with coaching vacancies are starting to fill them. The Denver Broncos will hire former Saints coach Sean Payton, and the Houston Texans tapped 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans. The Indianapolis Colts are still interviewing candidates.

College basketball: 21st ranked Indiana lost at Maryland last night, 66-55. Illinois got a home win over Nebraska, 72-56. Top ranked Purdue hosts Penn State tonight in West Lafayette.

NBA: the Chicago Bulls lost at home to the LA Clippers, 108-103. The Detroit Pistons host Washington tonight.