Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement today urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel as winter storms continue throughout much of the state. Governor Pence says, “Hoosier motorists may be assured that the State of Indiana will continue to monitor the road conditions and weather and will respond with all available resources.” Since the storms hit the Hoosier state late Wednesday into Thursday morning, INDOT has deployed more than 740 trucks and crews and will continue to work to clear roadways as the snow continues to fall.
Road conditions are accessible at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf. For up-to-date county travel statuses, Hoosiers are encouraged to visit http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/....
While geared toward those 50 years and older, the A-A-R-P Smart Driver Course can help any driver learn the skills to stay safe behind the wheel.
According to Indiana state coordinator Lesley Pence, trained instructors cover the ever-changing challenges on the roads, including construction, cul-de-sacs, roundabouts and dangerous weather conditions.
"There are so many new things that are happening that it is a learning process, and even though we might be a little older, we have to continue to learn to deal with changing road conditions."
Pence said 97 percent of those who take the course change at least one driving behavior, and that another important aspect of what they teach people in class is when to look for those signs that it is time to consider giving up driving.
"Unfortunately we all have to cross that bridge someday, and we think that we can help with that so people realize that maybe it is time to turn in the keys."
Pence said the course is helping to both to build confidence in older drivers, and to keep them and others safe on the roads.
"A number of older people have come back to me and said, 'You know, what we actually learned in class did save our lives.' That's why it's so important to give these people something that can help them and keep them driving longer on the road."
The AARP Smart Driver course is offered in both classroom and online settings, and you do not need to be an AARP member to take it. Additionally, some insurance companies offer discounts upon completion of the course. For more information about courses in Indiana, you can go to http://states.aarp.org/category/indiana/
New videos have surfaced of a missing Michigan doctor from Kalamazoo - showing her with an unknown man in a hotel room. Is this the clue investigators have been searching for? ABC news reports the bizarre videos show 30-year-old Teleka Patrick talking to, singing, buying flowers and cooking for a mysterious possible love interest. "I am dressed up for you." Teleka's family says they say they thought she was single. And now because of this new discovery, police are scouring her computers.
Patrick's car was later found with a flat tire the night of December 5th in a ditch on the side of westbound I-94, just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit....
Two men were arrested Tuesday afternoon after a physical altercation erupted, stemming from the attempted theft of a purse, at the Portage Wal-Mart. Portage Police report a witness reported hearing a woman screaming for help, and located her in the laundry detergent aisle, where a black male in a red coat was reportedly attempting to flee with her purse. The suspect, later identified as 19 year old Charles Reed III, was grabbed by the witness and an altercation ensued until other patrons came to hold down Reed until Loss Prevention and police arrived. Reed is charged with felony theft and misdemeanor battery, for allegedly striking a patron. A 20 year old Lake Station man, who witnesses say was in the mix of the altercation, was arrested on a warrant in Lake Station for failure to appear for never obtaining a license and conversion....
Hoosiers northwest Indiana are bracing for several more inches of snow today as folks try to clear the streets of flakes that have already fallen. In the last two-days, the National Weather Service in Chicago reports the heaviest snowfall in parts of Valparaiso, with seven-point-seven inches of snow, six-point-four inches has fallen in Porter. A Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect for portions of northwest Indiana until midnight, with a Lake Effect Snow Advisory continuing for the rest of northwest Indiana until 6am Friday. For more snowfall totals, visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=lot&storyid=99294&source=0...
In Highland, police are reminding residents that snow route parking restrictions are in effect. Highland Police report if you are on a snow route, please remove your vehicle from the street, so plows can clear them. Vehicles in designated snow routes that are not moved face ticketing and towing....
A stabbing in LaPorte last week remains under investigation. LaPorte Police announced today they were called out to the 500 block of Philadelphia Street at approximately 12:40am on Friday and during their investigation a woman informed officers she and her boyfriend had been drinking and while sitting down to eat, she alleged her boyfriend starting calling her obscene names and began slapping her. Police report the woman said she took a steak knife from a kitchen drawer and swung it towards him, stabbing him in the side. The man was later transported to South Bend Memorial for his injuries. ...
George Carberry, Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger
On Saturday, January 18, 2014, the Valpo Chamber will honor George Carberry, managing partner at Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP, with the 2013 Distinguished Community Leader Award and Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger, primary surgeon and founding partner at Vale Park Animal Hospital, with the 2013 Legacy of Service Award at its annual “Salute to Leadership" dinner, at Stongbow Inn, 2405 US 30 E. The black-tie optional evening will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m., with the awards ceremony to follow. [Photos provided]
"The Distinguished Community Leader Award is given to an individual who demonstrates a leadership role, is successful in promoting and developing business and industry, is involved and contributes to the community, has a general reputation among the community business leaders and enhances the quality of life in our community on a sustained basis," states Rex Richards, Chamber president." George embodies what this award represents."
The Legacy of Service Award gives special recognition to individuals in the community who have, over the course of time or in an extraordinary circumstance, given service to the community beyond what is expected in their profession.
"Jerry is a terrific example to which others might aspire and learn the value of community service," added Richards.
Both Carberry and Rodenbarger were nominated for the awards by their chamber peers.
Outgoing 2013 Board members, including Board Chair Jonathan Nalli, Porter Health Care System, and incoming 2014 Board Chair, Tina Bengs, Olgetree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, will also be recognized for their service.
Six Valpo Chamber businesses will also be recognized with Business Longevity Awards. Companies celebrating milestones are: 1st Source Bank, 150 years; March of Dimes, 75 years; Boy-Conn Print & Copy, Comcast Business, Ivy Tech Community College, and Raymond James & Associates each with 50 years.
Presenting sponsor for the event is Porter Health Care System. For reservations, call the Valpo Chamber at (219) 462-1105 or register online at www.valparaisochamber.org ....
In Lake County, first baby of the year was born at 12:37 am Wednesday. Anthony Michael Valsi entered the word at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, the first child for parents Melissa and Eric Valsi of Crown Point. ...
More info from INDOT:
Motorists should expect difficult driving conditions, and should avoid unnecessary travel. Always give snow plows room to safely do their work, adjust speed according to weather and road conditions, don’t follow too closely, and brake early and slowly.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service....
Today marks day five in the search for a missing Des Plaines Illinois woman officials say disappeared in flood waters in southwestern Indiana. Officials say 31-year-old Cathryn McGill was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her husband 35-year-old Adam when their pickup truck was swept off the roadway in flood waters on Highway 257 Sunday morning. Adam McGill was rescued but his wife couldn't be found. Indiana Conservation Officers say they were hopeful Wednesday after flood waters drastically receded and partially exposed the Chevy Colorado driven by the McGill’s, but new obstacles also came into view, including large debris piles mostly made up of corn stalks and trees. Officers and members of area fire eepartments spent the day completing shore and boat-based searches along with deploying divers to search the debris piles. Officers also deployed a remote operated vehicle with sonar capabilities. Search operations were set to resume shortly after daylight today. [Photo/courtesy Indiana Conservation Officers]...
Chicago National Weather Service website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/
Northern Indiana Weather Service website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/...
Tips for improving winter air quality include:
Replace manual thermostats with a programmable thermostats
Inspect heating ducts and change air filters in your heating system
Reducing vehicle idling
Use alternative transportation whenever possible
Properly maintain your vehicle through regular oil changes and maintenance services
Switch to electric snow removal products instead of gas-powered products
Replace disposable batteries with rechargeable ones to prepare for winter storm outages
Hear our interview with Kathy Luther at News Audio on Demand here at our website.
Additional info from NIRPC:
Partners for Clean Air is a coalition of Northwest Indiana businesses, industries, local governments, and community groups committed to raising awareness. To learn how your organization can be a part of Partners for Clean Air, please visit www.in.gov/idem/4130.htm
Northwest Indiana CleanAir is a partnership between the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the people and business of Northwest Indiana to help all residents Think Green & Breathe Easy — understanding and inspiring action to continue improving the air quality of our unique region. To learn more, visit www.NWICleanAir.com
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"We simply asked that the government not impose its values and policies on plaintiffs, in direct violation of our religious beliefs," said Kevin Leahy, president/CEO of Franciscan Alliance.
“Franciscan Alliance is proud of its heritage as a Not-For-Profit Catholic Health Care Corporation dedicated to is Mission of Continuing Christ’s Ministry in Our Franciscan Tradition,” said Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairperson of Franciscan Alliance’s Board of Trustees “We have adhered to the tenets of the Catholic faith and continue to look to our sponsor, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, for guidance in continuing its 138-year history of providing health care to those we are privileged to serve in the United States.”
DeGuilio in his ruling noted exempting churches from the mandate but not their affiliated nonprofits would require them to, quote, "facilitate and serve as the conduit through which objectionable contraceptive products and services are ultimately provided to their employees, in violation of their unquestionably sincerely held religious beliefs," end quote. Franciscan joined with six other religion-based nonprofits in Indiana and Illinois in filing suit, citing constitutional protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act....
(Photo Courtesy of the Indiana Conservation Police)
Indiana Conservation Officers concluded their search efforts at dark this evening for a missing 31 year old Des Plaines, Illinois, woman, but say search operation will resume shortly after daylight tomorrow morning. Cathryn McGill was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her husband 35-year-old Adam McGill when their pickup truck was swept off the roadway in flood waters on Highway 257 Sunday morning. Adam McGill was rescued but his wife couldn't be found. Conservation Officers have located what they believe to be the McGill's Chevrolet Colorado submerged in water, about 75 yards from the roadway. Adam McGill was released from the hospital Monday after being treated for hypothermia....
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church asks for some self reflection this New Year. ABC News reports in his first year end prayer service at St. Peter's in Rome, Pope Francis urged people to ask themselves if they furthered their own interests, or helped others, in the past year. In his homily, the Pope asked people to reflect on whether or not they made the place they lived more liveable and welcoming. He cited Rome as a city bustling with tourists, but also one with many refugees, unemployed and underemployed people, who have the right to fair treatment, he said and to be helped by others more fortunate....
IU Health and UnitedHealthcare have been in negotiations to settle on a new agreement for 2014 before the contract expiration date on December 31, 2013. A new agreement has not yet been finalized and discussions will continue in January. Therefore, on January 1, 2014, IU Health and IU Health Physician doctors and facilities will become out of network for most patients covered under UnitedHealthcare health insurance.
IU Health has made the decision to treat UnitedHealthcare patients and their portion of the bill as ‘in-network’ as of January 1, 2014, to help avoid disruption of care and help reduce the patient’s overall costs.
“This decision is consistent with our commitment to ensuring patients have access to nationally recognized care,” said Dr. John C. Kohne, chief medical officer, Indiana University Health. “We know patients value the relationship with their physician and health care team, and we want to help them maintain those relationships without unnecessary disruption.”
This special ‘in-network’ status means that UnitedHealthcare patients may continue to receive care from IU Health doctors and IU Health facilities, but are responsible for any in-network deductible and co-pay fees. This special in-network status will apply to the portion of a patient’s bill that is based on the 2014 benefit levels.
No immediate steps are required to receive this in-network status. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments and visit care providers as they normally would. If a patient sees their IU Health provider and receives a statement that includes fees higher than anticipated (out of network fees, for example), they should call the number listed on the statement and the fees will be adjusted to in-network costs.
In the meantime, IU Health continues to be committed to working toward an agreement with UnitedHealthCare. ...
- University Releases its Annual Banned Words List
- INDOT: Plan Ahead for Snowy New Year's on the Roads
- Semi Catches Fire a Second Time on I-65
- Porter Health System CEO Leaving
- Looking Back Briefly at 2013 in Region News
- Indiana City Ringing in 2014 with Watermelon Drop
- Lawsuit Filed Over New District Map
- Motorist Saved by Off-Duty Officer, Tow Truck Driver
- I-65 Closed by Crash and Fire
- Long Delays on I-65, NB Closed at Ridge
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