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Video of the statue arriving on campus (courtesy Indiana State University):
Authorities say both directions of State Road 114 remain closed at the Jasper/Pulaski County line due to an earlier motor vehicle accident. The crash is on the Pulaski County side, which is south of Francesville. No details were being released on the accident at this time. No word on how long the highway will be closed at that location....
Citizens and activists from Indiana are joining hundreds from around the Midwest in Chicago today to give the Environmental Protection Agency their thoughts on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Today's public listening session wraps up a total of eleven held around the country. Katy McFadden with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign says the EPA is asking for the public's ideas before going to the drawing board. A new rule is being issued in June 2014. The EPA is also accepting comments online. The session is from 9am to 4 pm at the Metcalfe Federal Building on Jackson Boulevard. [Photo courtesy/EPA]...
This is separate from NIPSCO’s proposed one-billion dollar plan to improve its electric infrastructure, which would raise electric rates through 2020, with the first increase of 0.4 percent taking effect in 2015, and increases growing each year, reaching 1-point-7 percent in 2020.
Here's more info from the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor:
(News Release) The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting written comments from Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) customers on the utility’s $713 million plan for natural gas transmission, distribution and storage system improvements. NIPSCO intends to seek incremental gas rate recovery of the costs as the projects proceed, through a new rate adjustment mechanism.
The OUCC – the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) – is reviewing the utility’s plan and has not yet taken a position in the pending IURC case. The OUCC anticipates completing its review and filing testimony on January 10, 2014.
NIPSCO has filed its request under a new Indiana law (Senate Enrolled Act 560) approved earlier this year.
- The law allows an investor-owned electric or natural gas utility to seek IURC approval of a seven-year infrastructure improvement plan.
- If the plan is approved, the utility may then adjust rates every 6 months, subject to IURC and OUCC review, to recover project costs as they are incurred.
- The rate adjustments – under a new Transmission, Distribution, and Storage System Improvement Charge (TDSIC) mechanism – may not exceed two percent of the utility’s total retail revenues each year.
- Twenty percent of the costs must be deferred until the utility’s next base rate case, which must be filed before the end of the seven-year period.
- The proposed projects throughout its natural gas service territory would be built from 2014 through 2020.
- Projects would include replacement of aging infrastructure, installation of new transmission mains, the installation of automated valves, and expansion into rural areas that currently do not have natural gas service.
- NIPSCO plans to file its first TDSIC natural gas rate increase request in September 2014.
- If the 7-year plan is approved by the IURC, NIPSCO’s first natural gas TDSIC rate increase of approximately 1.0 percent would take effect in 2015. The annual rate increase amounts from 2016 through 2020 would vary annually, ranging from 1.5 percent to 1.9 percent each year. The average annual percentage increase over the 7-year term is 1.4 percent.
- Under the new law’s timing requirements, the IURC must issue a final order on the 7-year plan no later than May 1, 2014.
For more information on this case and the new law, please visit www.in.gov/oucc/2750.htm.
This proposal – referred to by NIPSCO as its Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Plan – is separate from the utility’s electric infrastructure plan. For information on NIPSCO’s electric plan and cases, please visit www.in.gov/oucc/2747.htm.
An IURC technical evidentiary hearing in the natural gas case is scheduled to start February 10, 2014 at the PNC Center (101 W. Washington St.) in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney and Commission questioning of expert witnesses who have filed technical testimony on behalf of the case’s formal parties.
Consumers who wish to submit written comments may do so via the OUCC’s Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, or by mail, email or fax:
- Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Fax: (317) 232-5923
Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.
(IURC Cause No. 44403)
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving.
Visit us at www.IN.gov/OUCC , www.twitter.com/IndianaOUCC or www.facebook.com/IndianaOUCC
The Duneland Y is hosting their annual Dancing Like the Stars Fundraiser this weekend to raise much needed funds for their Family Assistance Program. If you love the TV show, you'll wanna come watch eight local community leaders battle it out on the dancefloor! Local celebrities include: Mike Anton, Laura Gerhardt, Rick Lewis, Jacci Moore, Ann Marie Riley, Nancy Sutton, Nancy Veselica and Kyle Yelton.
To purchase tickets or vote for your favorite contestant contact the Duneland Y in Chesterton at 219.926.4204. Be sure to listen to Annie's full interview at News Audio On Demand here on our website....
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is holding a Soup Dinner this Sunday and you are invited. The Empty Bowls Project will be held Sunday at Temple Israel (601 N. Montgomery) in Gary from 1-3pm. Tickets are $5 and all money raised will benefit The Food Bank's mission. Last year the Food Bank distributed over 5.1 million pounds of food, and served over 5,000 individuals a week. For more on the Empty Bowls Project listen to our full interview with Food Bank Advocacy Manager, Megan Sikes at News Audio Audio On Demand....
Yesterday's Porter County Give Day surpasses last year's total. By late Thursday afternoon, more than 200-thousand dollars had already been collected through walk-in and online and matching gifts for the Porter County Community Foundation's “Porter County Give Day,” a 24-hour event Thursday where a portion of each online donation was being matched from a 75-thousand dollar match pool from various donations and sponsors. According to portercountygiveday-dot-org this morning, over 280-thousand dollars was collected to benefit kids via 25 participating nonprofits. Donations were collected online through 11:59 pm last night. Last year's Give Day total was 186-thousand dollars. ...
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Workplace injuries and illnesses in Indiana have fallen to a historic low. The Indiana Department of Labor annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report for 2012 showed four out of every 100 workers sustained a non-fatal illness or injury on the job, the lowest rate since the survey was introduced in its current form in 1992. The rate also represents a one-year decline of more than seven percent from 2011, and the first drop since 2009. State officials say the most significant improvement among the major Hoosier industries was in the state’s mining industry. [Graph/Indiana Department of Labor]
News Release: INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2013) – Today the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) released its annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) report for 2012. Indiana’s non-fatal occupational injury and illness rate is 4.0 per 100 workers, the lowest experienced since the survey was introduced in its current form in 1992. The 2012 rate represents a one-year decline of more than seven percent from 2011 and marks the first time the rate has declined since 2009.
“Every Hoosier should be proud that Indiana’s workplaces are some of the safest and healthiest in the nation,” said Governor Mike Pence. “The continuing decline in the number of occupational injuries and illnesses demonstrates the dedication of employers, employees, trade associations, and professional organizations, and proves again, that Indiana is the place to do business.”
The most significant improvement among the major Hoosier industries was in the state’s mining industry (2.6 per 100 workers). The mining industry experienced a one-year decline of nearly 45 percent in non-fatal worker injuries and illnesses. The coal mining sub-industry experienced a 16 percent decline in non-fatal worker injuries and illnesses from 2011.
Some findings in the 2012 report include:
The overall state non-fatal injury and illness rate for 2012 is 4.0 per 100 workers, the lowest rate since the SOII report was introduced in its current form in 1992. The 2012 rate represents a one-year decline of seven percent from the 2011 rate.
The mining industry experienced the greatest one-year decline in non-fatal worker injuries and illnesses, 45 percent.
Nearly all major Indiana industry categories experienced a reduction in non-fatal worker injuries and illnesses in 2012.
The IDOL’s emphasis industries of agriculture, healthcare and transportation all experienced a decrease in non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses—agriculture (-24.2 percent), healthcare (-15.9 percent) and transportation (-2.2 percent).
The following major industry categories experienced an increase in non-fatal worker injuries and illnesses from 2011 to 2012: state and local government (+11 percent); arts, entertainment and recreation (+6 percent); and manufacturing (+2 percent).
For more information about the SOII, please visit: http://www.in.gov/dol/2341.htm
The IDOL will also release its annual occupational safety and health publication, IN Review, in early 2014....
Rep. Niemeyer, Councilman Strong
Republicans Lowell State Representative Rick Niemeyer and Lake County Councilman Eldon Strong of Crown Point Thursday announced they have taken a stand against the proposed Illiana Expressway. They're urging members of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission to not include the project in NIRPC's 2040 plan, a vote scheduled in December. The highway would travel by Lowell through south Lake County connecting I-65 to I-55 in Illinois. Strong says money would be better spent on existing projects, like the Gary/Chicago International Airport expansion and revitalizating the Region's Lake Michigan lakefront. [Photos/Lake County; Indiana House of Representatives]...
In Gary tomorrow, representatives from the JP Morgan-Chase Foundation will be presenting a check for over 74-thousand dollars to Habitat for Humanity. The grant is scheduled to be awarded during a ceremony in Gary City Hall at 10:30am. The grant will be used for the construction of homes in the 17-hundred block of Adams Street, otherwise known as the “Field of Dreams.” ...
On the bright side, October revenue came in at nine-million dollars above what was forecast, totaling one-point-zero-five billion, but that is still down three-point-three percent from what was taken in in October of 2012. ...
Indiana State Police are joining approximately 250 other law enforcement agencies across the state to make the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Holiday travel period safer. The annual “Safe Family Travel" campaign effort begins tomorrow and continues through December 1st. Law enforcement will be conducting high visibility enforcement efforts, including check points and saturation patrols, targeting drivers and unrestrained motorists.
Please help do you part to make the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period safe by observing the following safety rules:
- If you are planning to travel make sure you are well rested, a fatigued driver is a dangerous driver
- Avoid tailgating; remember the two-second rule
- Make sure everyone is buckled up
- Put down the electronic devices and drive
- DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
- MOVE OVERr emergency and highway service vehicles...
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A longtime Highland School Board member died this morning. The Times reports 78 year old Larry Vassar, who spent 32 years as a school board member, reportedly died in his sleep. According to the article, Vassar was a strong community supporter who loved his church and the town. The school board has 30 days to fill the remaining 13 months left on Vassar's term. Those who maybe interested are asked to contact the Highland School Board....
- Westville Correctional Center Employee Arrested
- I-65 Lane Restrictions In Lake County Friday
- Valparaiso Man Charged with Rape and Incest
- Lake Co Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick-Off in Highland
- Lake Co Govt Workers to Be Honored for Military Service
- Highland Town Council President Leaving
- Hobart Chamber Names Next Executive Director
- Issues Reported with Indiana Welfare Website
- Former Library Director Sentenced to Probation
- Semi Accident Sends Driver to Hospital
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