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Tony Cook

Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Recent articles by Tony:

Nursing home residents, workers in Johnson County test positive for COVID-19

Outbreak affects 8 elderly residents, a nurse and a therapist. Patients moved to hospitals. Concern runs high as virus is most lethal to the elderly → Read More

The murky world of Medicaid funding: Recycled money, accounting tricks and pay-to-play schemes

Seema Verma: Improper fund transfers could create "endless cycle of increased federal money with no skin in the game for states and no link to value." → Read More

What you need to know about IndyStar's nursing home investigation

An IndyStar investigation into Indiana nursing homes found some of the worst care in the nation despite the highest supplemental Medicaid funding. → Read More

Even with private labs offering screening, coronavirus testing remains limited

Doctors say more tests will come on line soon, but even then priorities will be placed on who does and does not get screened. → Read More

Indiana coronavirus testing ability limited to 'well over 100 people'

Gov. Eric Holcomb also defended his decision to prohibit gatherings and leave closure decisions to local school officials. → Read More

16 falls. An amputated leg. An infected tailbone. Dire conditions in Indiana nursing homes.

A resident fell 16 times. A man lost his leg. A woman's tailbone was so infected it was removed. Here are stories from nursing homes in Indiana. → Read More

A parent's guide to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Everything parents need to know for your trip to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. → Read More

Feds charge former Celadon executives with securities fraud

Former Celadon Chief Operating Officer William Eric Meek, 39, and Chief Financial Officer Bobby Lee Peavler, 40, were arrested Thursday morning. → Read More

Police arrest man suspected in shooting that killed one woman, injured another

Indianapolis police have arrested 47-year-old Jermaine Lamar in connection with the Friday shooting of two women, one of whom died. → Read More

Simple mistakes can lead to cars falling from parking garages in 'freak' accidents

IndyStar found at least 46 incidents across the country over the past 20 years, resulting in at least 22 deaths and nearly 30 injuries. → Read More

Rudy Giuliani's indicted associates attended Braun campaign event days before election

An IndyStar video shows Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman accompanied Rudy Giuliani to Indiana days before 2018 election. → Read More

Lawsuit claims former Attorney General Greg Zoeller's cousin defrauded public nursing home system

Gretchen Zoeller, daughter of pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller, denies participating in fraud scheme. → Read More

IMPD officers fired upon after surrounding Fountain Square home

IMPD officers were fired upon after surrounding a residence in Fountain Square Saturday afternoon. → Read More

Two girls, ages 2 and 5, injured in east side shooting

Two young girls shot Friday night suffered non-life threatening injuries and are listed in stable condition. → Read More

Intern says the No. 2 at DCS recruited her on LinkedIn. Then the 'creepy' text messages began.

Indiana Department of Child Services Associate Director Todd Meyer resigned after an intern reported extensive text messages to human resources. → Read More

Inspector general OKs casino boss's private flights for Gov. Eric Holcomb

Gov. Eric Holcomb violated no ethics rules when a casino executive treated him to private jet flights last year, according to inspector general report → Read More

Former lawmaker catches heat for secretive deal with Indiana veterans agency

Former state Sen. Allen Paul's arrangement with the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs is drawing scrutiny from the state's lobbying watchdog. → Read More

Nancy Pelosi rips page from Hoosier playbook amid clash with 'The Squad'

"That’s the message in San Francisco or the Bronx," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told IndyStar. "...But that’s not the message for the country. And that’s not how you govern." → Read More

Ex-Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris leaves country amid fraud allegations, lawsuits

Morris and his wife say they plan to fight lawsuits from abroad. He has moved with his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal. → Read More

Renters lived 'horrible.' Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.

Bert Whalen's Indianapolis rental homes may have more code violations than anyone else's. But the government keeps selling him properties dirt cheap. → Read More