INDIANAPOLIS—A case of rubella (German measles) has been diagnosed in an international student at Valparaiso University in Porter County. State and local health officials are working with the university to identify potential additional cases.
Rubella is a contagious, viral respiratory disease transmitted primarily through direct or droplet contact. Rubella is rare in the United States due to the widespread availability of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, however visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected before or during travel. Indiana had one case of rubella in 2012, but prior to that, the state had not had a case since 1996.
The major public health risk associated with rubella is congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), which occurs when a pregnant woman is exposed to rubella. Infection may cause severe birth defects or death in an unborn baby.
Individuals in the Porter County area and on campus may have been exposed to rubella. If you visited the following locations on Sunday, July 7, 2013, please contact your health care provider to check your immunization status.
• Target (2420 Laporte Ave., Valparaiso)
• 7-11 (708 E. Lincoln Way, Valparaiso)
Valparaiso University is contacting students, faculty and parents who may have been exposed.
More than 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to rubella and more than 99 percent will be protected after receiving a second dose. One dose of rubella-containing vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella) is needed to be fully protected. Individuals are encouraged to check with their health care providers to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date.
Children are routinely vaccinated for rubella at 1 year of age, and again at 4-6 years of age before going to kindergarten.
In children, rubella usually causes a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body, accompanied by a low fever (less than 101 degrees). These symptoms last two or three days. Older children and adults may also have swollen glands and symptoms like a cold before the rash appears. Aching joints occur in many cases, especially among young women. About half of the people who get rubella do not have symptoms.
What you can do
If you are experiencing the symptoms of rubella and feel you may have been exposed, stay home and call your doctor. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and alert your doctor if you think you have been in contact with an infected person. If you are ill with rubella, remain home and away from others, especially pregnant women, unvaccinated infants and people with diseases affecting their immune systems.
For more information about rubella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Rubella/.
To visit the Indiana State Department of Health, go to www.StateHealth.in.gov.
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President of COPS Cycling for Survivors Foundation, and Mstr. Trooper of the Indiana State Police, Rich Crawford at the Porter County Sheriffs Department headquarters in Valparaiso
Drivers on US-30 need to be aware of a police motorcade escorting some 50 cyclists participating in the COPS Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride is in the right lane traveling westbound on US-30 from Valparaiso to Merrillville. Mstr. Trooper Rich Crawford, President of the organization says fifty-one cyclists set out on Monday on a thirteen day trip that will cover nearly one-thousand milles around the perimeter of the state. Crawford says funds raised during the ride help surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty. The group is traveling to Merrillville, to remember Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on a training run near the Lake County Jailm and Indiana Department of Corrections Officer Timothy Betts, who suffered a heart attack while escorting a prisoner to the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
Support vehicle for Cycling for Survivors cyclists at Porter County Sheriffs Department in Valparaiso on Friday, July 12, 2013
Cycling for Survivors cyclists depart for Graceland Cemetery before heading westbound on US-30 toward Merrillville for an overnight stay before leaving for the 65 mile trip to Kentland Saturday morning
(photos courtesy Jay Stevens & Radio One Communications)
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A 30 year old Gary man was taken into custody after leading police on a chase Thursday afternoon. The Times reports police attempted to arrest Danielle Johnson after receiving information about his alleged involvement in a possible drug deal in a restaurant parking lot off US 20, but Jackson fled east on US 20 evading authorities until he apprehended in a business parking lot in the 300 block of US 20 in Burns Harbor. According to the article, Jackson had his 11 year old son in the vehicle with him during the pursuit, who was released to relatives.
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STARKE/LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of State Road 39, between SR 8 and U.S. 30, beginning Monday, July 15th through the end of the day Tuesday, July 16th. Crews will perform a chip seal and fog seal operation to preserve the road surface. Please note: this project is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions aren’t ideal.
Drivers wishing to travel northbound on SR 39 will be detoured west on SR 8, north on U.S. 421, east on U.S. 30 and back to SR 39. Drivers wishing to travel southbound on SR 39 will be detoured west on U.S. 30, south on U.S. 421, east on SR 8, and back to SR 39.
The chip-seal process consists of distributing a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new wearing surface. Chip-sealing extends the life of a roadway by protecting it from moisture, ultra-violet degradation, and any other damaging exposures.
Drivers should exercise caution during these projects. Loose stone will be present on the roadway during the initial cure of the asphalt and can damage windshields and paint on vehicles that may be following each other too closely. It is recommended when travelling on a recently chip-sealed road to slow down and allow additional space between vehicles.
The fog seal is being applied on top of the chip-seal work. The fog seal is a light application of asphalt material that can lock in loose stone and help with dust problems. It also makes the road black, which makes pavement markings more visible.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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A non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training will receive over one-million dollars in grant money for youth development. Indiana US Congressman Pete Visclosky announced today that Anew Life Youth Development Corporation will receive the funds for its YouthBuild Gary program, who works with partners throughout Northwest Indiana to assist youths looking to build professional skills while earning their degree. The Corporation's Executive Director, Pastor Marvin Davis, says the opportunity will allow them to build a stronger network of services for the YouthBuild Gary Program, and allow 60 selected youth a great pathway to self-sufficiency.
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Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart on Thursday issued a statement regarding the newly passed Firearm Concealed Carry Act, saying the earliest date an individual could be issued a conceal-carry license and be authorized to carry a concealed handgun under the Act would likely be February 10th, 2014. Sheriff Dart also reminds the public that conceal-carry licenses issued by other states does not authorize you to be able to carry a concealed handgun in Illinois, and that possession of a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card does not authorize the carrying of a concealed handgun under the Act.
Meanwhile, published reports say 14 Illinois County State's Attorney's report they will not arrest those carrying a handgun who have a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card, despite state police officials warning that they will arrest anyone carrying a gun.
Carrying a concealed handgun without a license constitutes aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, which is a felony, and punishable by one-to-three years in prison.
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Vector Control is conducting the mosquito adulticiding (spraying for adult mosquito control.) The department started spraying on the outer perimeter of the city in late June and will continue working their way into the middle of the city until all areas have been treated. At that point, the process will start over again and spraying will continue until the mosquitoes are no longer a nuisance.
In addition to the adulticiding, vector control is also larvaciding low lying areas where there is standing water. With the excessive rain and warm temperatures, mosquitoes are particularly thick this season. Residents can help alleviate the breeding of new mosquitoes by addressing these items on their property:
- Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers
- Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard
- Clean gutters periodically
- Keep drains, ditches & culverts clean of weeds & trash so water will drain properly
- Cover trash containers to keep out rain water
- Repair leaky pipes & outside faucets
- Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week & store them indoors when not in use
- Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation
- Fill in tree rot holes & hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete
- Change water in bird baths & plant pots or drip trays at least once a week
- Keep grass cut short & shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there
The City of Michigan City would like to thank our citizens for their patience and active participation in these efforts.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Vector Control Department at 873-1500.
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In Crown Point, Saints Peter and Paul Macedonian Church is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. His Beatitude, Archbishop G. G. Stefan of Ohrid and Macedonia, arrived for this week's event. The church at 97-hundred Broadway was built in 1988, but the original church was built in the 51-hundred block of Virginia Street in Gary's Glen Park neighborhood and consecrated in 1963. Officials say the church was the first Macedonian Orthodox church to be built in North America.
From Indiana DNR Law Enforcement: Indiana Conservation Officers are offering a Boater Education course on July 13, 2013 from 9am – 5pm CDT at the Koontz Lake Homeowners Association clubhouse. The course is being sponsored by the Koontz Lake Homeowners Association and is free of charge. The clubhouse is located at 10896 E Cherokee, Walkerton. Lunch will be provided.
The class covers a wide variety of information, including:
• General information concerning boats and maintenance
• Information to make your boating experience safe and more comfortable
• Tips on how to be a more courteous vessel operator
• Laws and regulations you must follow
Upon successful completion of the class, boaters 15 years and older with an Indiana ID can operate motorboats on state waters.
Pre-registration is required.
On-line: go to http://www.register-ed.com click on Indiana, follow steps to sign up.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the state's cash reserves have grown to nearly two-billion dollars. Thursday Pence was joined by State Auditor Tim Berry in announcing Indiana has closed the books on fiscal year 2013, which ended June 30th, with a nearly 483-million dollar budget surplus -- almost 100-million dollars higher than the budget bill projected. Officials also say the state's reserves have grown to more than one-point-94 billion dollars.
“Indiana is strong and growing stronger, and the Closeout Report confirms the balanced approach that we took in the enacted budget,” said Governor Pence. “I proposed an honestly balanced budget in January, and that’s what the General Assembly passed in April. The budget holds the line on spending and maintains adequate reserves while including tax relief for Hoosiers and investing in our priorities. As a result, Indiana remains the fiscal envy of the country.”
The state further strengthened its fiscal position by paying off $282 million in debt on state-owned facilities, reducing state tax-funded debt by 52 percent since the start of FY 2013. Pence also announced that the state will lower its debts by an additional $66 million by paying off the bonds for the Miami Correctional Facility. That will reduce state spending by approximately $27 million in the next two years.
“Once again, Indiana continues to be a model of fiscal responsibility,” said State Auditor Berry. “Our discipline when it comes to the state’s financial management allows us to meet our budgetary goals as well as positioning our state for a solid financial future. That is something most states today would envy.”
The FY 2013 Closeout Report is available at http://www.in.gov/sba/2362.htm
The 11th annual COPS Cycling 4 Survivors bicycle ride is scheduled to ride into the Region today. Today's 77-mile leg of the journey will take riders from Mishawaka to Merrillville. Fifty-one cyclists set out Monday on a thirteen-day trip that will cover nearly one-thousand miles around the perimeter of the state. President of the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation Rich Crawford says funds raised help surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty. The group this year is remembering Lake County Corrections Officer Britney Meux [mew] who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on a training run near the Lake County Jail, and Indiana Department of Corrections Officer Timothy Betts, who suffered a heart attack while escorting a prisoner to the segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. On August 22, 2006, retired Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin of Merrillville and Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley of Indianapolis were killed during the ride when a large box truck struck the rear of the support truck, pushing the support truck into the cyclists.
Stops on today's (Friday's) route include La Porte, the Porter County Sheriffs Department, Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, and staying overnight in Merrillville, leaving for the 65-mile trip to Kentland Saturday morning.
Here is the COPS Cycling 4 Survivors website: http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/
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The ride is scheduled to end Saturday July 20 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. You can follow the cyclists' route at www.copscycling4survivors.org/route. ...
(Photo Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security)
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has organized the second deployment of four responders to Alaska to shadow key positions and aid in operational response to the wildfires.
The Indiana team deployed on Thursday, July 11 to North Pole, AK and will return Thursday, July 18.
The IDHS responder team consists of Susan Baugher, Michael Weber, Gary McKay and Thomas Sivak. Baugher is the operations quality assurance manager for Porter County. Weber is the current deputy director for Porter County Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency (EMA). McKay is the manager of Emergency Preparedness, Safety and Bioterrorism Prevention for Community Hospital in Munster, IN. Sivak is the executive director for the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.
All will shadow their designated positions and assist in operations. Responders and their positions are:
§ Baugher and Sivak, planning section chiefs, will organize resources and develop strategies, tactics, and objectives.
§ McKay, liaison officer, will be the direct link between the incident commander and the internal and external stakeholders.
§ Weber, logistics section chief, will support the individuals affected by the incident, especially dealing with details of food, medical services, and communication.
Photo: From left to right: Michael Weber, deputy director for Porter County Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency; Susan Baugher, operations quality assurance manager for Porter County; Gary McKay, manager of Emergency Preparedness, Safety and Bioterrorism Prevention for Community Hospital in Munster, IN; and Thomas Sivak, executive director for the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today offered an amendment to the Senate Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill that would defund provisions in Obamacare if the health care exchanges put in place by the president’s health care law are not ready to enroll qualified Americans by the October deadline. The amendment is similar to the Exchange Sunset Act of 2013, legislation recently introduced by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and cosponsored by Coats.
“The Obama administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it isn’t prepared to implement its massive health care law, and as a result, Hoosiers are left with even more uncertainty about their future,” said Coats. “If the administration continues to miss its own deadlines in setting up these exchanges, why should the American people be taxed and penalized for not complying with the mandate to acquire health insurance? The president and Congress should start over and work to reform our health care system with step-by-step, market-based solutions that will drive down costs for Hoosiers and increase access to quality care.”
The Coats amendment would prohibit funding for the health care exchanges and individual mandate provisions should the exchanges not be operational by the required October 1, 2013 administration deadline. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggested the administration has not been consistently on schedule in setting up the exchanges, and “the timely and smooth implementation of the exchanges by October 2013 cannot yet be determined.”
“I am disappointed Senate Democrats blocked my amendment despite knowing that the administration is not prepared to implement Obamacare and meet its promises to the American people,” added Coats. “Obamacare is one of the most drastic changes in domestic policy reshaping one-sixth of our economy and impacting the lives of every American. The messy and uncertain implementation of this law coupled with its burdensome taxes and regulations is already delivering a serious blow to American families and job creators.”
The Coats amendment was cosponsored by Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The amendment failed 14-16 in a vote along party lines.
In addition, Coats supported the following amendments in the full committee markup:
· Employer Mandate Delay: This amendment would prohibit any funding that would implement or enforce the employer mandate in the health care law. The amendment failed along party lines.
· Individual Mandate Delay: This amendment would prohibit any funding that would implement or enforce the individual mandate in the health care law. The amendment failed along party lines.
· Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Repeal: This amendment prohibits any funds to be used to implement the Independent Payment Advisory Board under the health care law.
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Bob Urschel, President/CEO of Urschel Laboratories at the groundbreaking of the new Uschel Laboratories, Coffee Creek, Chesterton location.
Coffee Creek Center, Chesterton, Indiana -- "We look forward to starting another chapter in Urschel history by breaking ground today on what will become our new manufacturing and global headquarters," said Rich Urschel, Vice president of Operations at Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
The company officially purchased the Coffee Creek property earlier this month. More than 300 employees received an invitation to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony which was also attended by executives from the construction firm of Tonn & Blank, Porter County Commissioner Nancy Adams, and members of the Chesterton Town Council and other local government officials.
According to Urschel Advertising Manager, Debra Novello, the employees were bussed from Urschel's current plant on Calumet Avenue in valparaiso to the new site located on the south east end of the Coffee Creek area of Chesterton.
Following a brief lunch, specially engraved shovels were handed out as the employees and other invited guests hollowed out a giant Urschel logo in the footprint of the new building.
The purchase of approximately 160 acres will allow for future growth of the company, according to Novello. the company has been at its present location since 1958. It has experienced tremendous growth over the years, and has expanded the facility over 28 times to equal its current size of 250,000 sq. ft. In a press release, Novello said, the area that surrounds the cirrent manufacturing plant has also continued to grow leaving the facility landlocked.
Founded in 1910, Urschel Laboratories, Inc. is the global leader in food cutting technology. An engineering-driven company, Urschel continues to partner with leading food processors to discover the latest in food cutting advances. For more information visit: http//www.urschel.com.
Employees from Urschel line up for a brief lunch at the Thursday, July 11, 2013 groundbreaking of the company's new Chesterton, location
Employees listen to Bob Urschel, President/CEO of Urschel Laboratories speak at employee lunch before the groundbreaking of the company's new Chesterton, site
Porter County Commissioner, Nancy Adams expresses her appreciation to Bob Urschel, President/CEO of Urschel Laboratories for staying in the county
All 300+ Urschel employees are handed ceremonial shovels for the groundbreaking
One of over 300 Urschel employees given a ceremonial shovel that features the Urschel Laboratories' logo on the shovel's blade
Over 300 employees, company management, local government officials and othe rinvited officials line up in the foot print of the new Urschel Laboratories location to be built in Chesterton, during Thursday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony of the new facility.
The Thursday, July 11, 2013 groundbreaking of the new Chesterton, location of Urschel Laboratories
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens & Radio One Communications)
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- Cook County Sheriff's Statement on Conceal-Carry Law
- Drunk Motorcyclist Injured in Crash on US 30
- Pence Statement of Close of the 2013 Session of Gen Assembly
- Fire at Highland Shopping Plaza Under Investigation
- Boy Struck by Vehicle in Schererville While Riding Bicycle
- $2.7 Million in Refunds for IN Cunsumers in E-Book Price Case
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- Fiscal Year Closeout Shows Indiana Way Ahead
- Teen Killed, Fourth Recent Fatal Shooting
- Banner Year for Peregrine Falcon Chicks
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