Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:33 PM EST
By TOM DAVIES, AP
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb touted Indiana as rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic and called during the annual State of the State speech Tuesday night for the Legislature to support a new regional development program to spark that recovery. Holcomb pre-recorded the speech that was broadcast on television and online. He chose the virtual option in light of coronavirus precautions and security concerns over possible protests across the country related to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Holcomb focused much of his speech on state initiatives responding the COVID-19 pandemic and asked for a moment of silence for the more than 9,000 Indiana residents who’ve died from the illness.