January to mid-March. The application deadline is October 31st.
It is a full-time internship, so the Statehouse website urges each student to work with their academic adviser if they are still in school to stay on a 4-year degree path. Most Indiana colleges and universities offer a full semester of academic credit to students who complete the legislative internship program.
When applying, interns choose one of four concentrations within the internship program: member services, communications, fiscal/policy and computer/technology.
Students interested need to apply before the October 31 deadline. For more detailed information and to apply online, visit www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern.html. The website provides many informative videos and additional information about each department to assist applicants....
A 20 year old man was apprehended by Gary Police Monday, with the help of a Lake County K-9. Gary Police report around 6pm, in the East Glen Park area, 41st Avenue and Pennsylvania Street, officers came across several subjects walking in the roadway and when they asked them to stop, the 20 year old fled and was seen throwing a handgun on the railroad tracks in the area, which officers retrieved. A K-9 was called in to assist, which tracked the man to an alley in the 39-hundred block of Delaware Street, where he was apprehended and taken to the hospital for injuries sustained by the K-9. The suspect, who had a warrant for his arrest from the City of Gary, faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm, for not having a valid gun permit and resisting arrest....
Gary Police are investigating a homicide that took place this morning, reported to be the 40th in the city this year. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says officers were dispatched to the 15-hundred block of Delaware Street, just after 9:30am, and upon arrival, found a 39 year old man in the drivers seat of a black SUV with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. Corp. King says the man was pronounced dead at the scene and his name is being withheld until notification of next of kin. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Gary Police and ask for Sgt. Dan Callahan....
The Michigan City Police have received complaints regarding an ongoing scam involving fraud suspects representing themselves as "Microsoft" technical support employees.
Seniors and less savvy computer owners believe that their computers are regulated or taken care of by "Microsoft".
These scammers convince their "customers" to spend several hundred dollars as part of the fraud.
The current phone scam employs similar tricks to that of a fake antivirus software scam circulating the internet, also known as "scareware," which tricks users by displaying a fake virus attack.
In Michigan City a live phone version of the scam involves suspects who call and impersonate help desk engineers from legitimate software companies on their behalf.
The scammers then pretend to warn users their PCs could be infected with malware and offer a free security check. The suspects will "cold call" their victims and create a sense of urgency that a computer fix is critical.
In reality, the scammers trick victims into allowing them to remotely access the user's computer and download malware. The scammers then ask for a credit card payment from the user to continue the "repair," which usually involves downloading fake security software to delete the malware the scammer just secretly installed.
This scam has mainly affected seniors and those new to computing who believe they are actually speaking to a Microsoft representative. Some calls can last hours and will always involve a "Green Dot" credit card payment for "services." Most of the suspects in this scam are located overseas even though caller ID information may display common U.S. phone numbers. Take the time to warn those less computer savvy family and friends about this scam.
Microsoft will NEVER initiate UNSOLICITED phone calls or emails regarding computer repair!
Pratt Paper (Indiana), LLC, d/b/a Pratt Industries, a recycled paper and packaging company, announced plans today to locate a paper mill here, creating up to 137 new jobs by 2018.
The Conyers, Ga.-headquartered company will invest $260 million to construct a new 100 percent recycled paper facility adjacent to its existing box-making plant in Valparaiso. The project, which will be completed by July 2015, will occupy a new 250,000 square-foot building on a 50-acre site. It will include a wastewater pre-treatment facility and road improvements. When it reaches its full capacity, the new facility will produce an increased 360,000 tons of recycled paper each year.
Pratt, which currently employs more than 311 associates in Valparaiso and more than 4,000 across North America, plans to begin hiring paper machine operators, equipment operators, electrical and instrumentation technicians, shipping representatives, waste yard personnel, shift supervisors and maintenance associates late next year.
“This new facility will allow us to better service the needs of our expanding customer base not only in the Midwest, but throughout the United States," said Anthony Pratt, owner and chairman of Pratt. "And Indiana is a perfect fit for us. We've been a part of the business community here for many years now and we know there is a skilled, reliable workforce available to us. It's also gratifying to work with such dedicated public officials who realize the importance of attracting well-paying manufacturing jobs to the state.”
Founded in 1987, Pratt is the world’s largest privately held company to produce all of its paper and packaging from 100 percent recycled products, saving the equivalent of more than 50,000 trees each day. The company produces 1.15 million tons of recycled paper annually, most of which is used to produce packaging for various market sectors including industrial, food and beverage, electronics, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Pratt Paper (Indiana), LLC up to $1.2 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority will support the project through its Deal Closing Fund. NIPSCO has also offered the company an estimated $15 million in additional energy and infrastructure incentives as part of its continued efforts to support local economic development.
The City of Valparaiso offered tax abatement and tax increment financing, as well as conduit financing through $200 million in industrial revenue bonds for the recycling facility and equipment.
“Pratt's decision to build an expansive paper recycling plant is, we believe, the single largest private taxpaying investment in the history of the city of Valparaiso, and brings profound benefits to our community. This $260M investment will create 104 permanent jobs and hundreds more during construction. Pratt's state of the art green recycling technology will help conserve America's forests and landfills. Finally, this level of investment will have positive residual benefits that will continue to expand our regional economy. It has been a real pleasure working alongside Pratt executives to pave the way for this expansion and it is clear to us why they have become the world's largest privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company.”
About Pratt Industries:
Pratt Industries is one of America's largest Corrugated Packaging Companies and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 4,000 highly-skilled, green-collar employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 25 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 20 states.
(pictured in photo (L-R) Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman Pratt/Visy Industries, Mayor Jon Costas, Eric Doder,President Indiana Economic Development Corp. at Valparaiso City Hall on Tuesday, Sept.17th, 2013. Photo courtesy Radio One Communications)
We have a new interview online today at News Audio on Demand featuring Indiana State Department of Health Senior Medical Entomologist Bryan Price talking about West Nile virus and how Hoosiers can protect themselves. We asked him about what effect, if any, the recent dry weather has had on mosquitoes and the virus, and other questions relating to recent virus activity data in the Region and the state.
Indiana State health officials recommend the following preventative measures:
· Avoid places where mosquitoes are biting;
· Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to clothes and exposed skin;
· Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home; and,
· When possible, wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.
West Nile virus can cause West Nile fever, a mild form of the illness, which can include fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some individuals will develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis and other severe syndromes, including flaccid muscle paralysis.
To reduce potential mosquito breeding grounds:
· Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water;
· Repair failed septic systems;
· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors;
· Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed;
· Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains;
· Frequently replace the water in pet bowls;
· Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically; and,
. Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish.
State health officials say individuals who think they may have West Nile virus should see their health care provider.
Link to state West Nile virus data map: http://gis.in.gov/apps/ISDH/Arbo/...
As a result of the 2012 meningitis outbreak which was linked to a compounding pharmacy, incidents of death or serious disability associated with contaminated drugs showed a significant increase in the report. Seven of these incidents were reported in 2012, all occurring in an ambulatory surgery center.
“Medical errors are serious and preventable,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess II, M.D. “I hope this report serves as a call to action to health care providers around the state to be even more vigilant in their attention to detail when caring for patients.”
The annual report is based on the National Quality Forum’s 28 Serious Adverse Events. A total of 289 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics, and birthing centers were surveyed.
A total of 100 incidents were reported in 2012, the same number reported in 2011. The most reported incidents in 2012 were:
· 30 stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission to the hospital
· 19 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient after surgery
· 15 surgeries performed on the wrong body part
· 14 falls resulting in a death or serious disability
In 2006, Indiana became the second state to adopt the National Quality Forum’s reporting standards. The reporting standards are not intended as a comprehensive study of medical errors, but rather as representing a broad overview of health care issues. Prevention of medical errors generally requires a system-based approach. By focusing on a few fundamental prevention activities and an organized prevention system, errors can be prevented.
The 2012 Medical Errors Report may be found on the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.StateHealth.in.gov
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