INDOT reports that US-421 remians closed between State Road 8 and State Road 10 in southwestern La Porte County due to a multi-vehicle crash that occurred shortly before 2p.m. Friday. Reporteldy one of the vehicles involved was a semi grain hauler. La Porte County Sheriff's police are advising drivers to find alternate routes for about the next hour as US-421 will remianed closed while an accident investigation is underway....
A multi vehicle crash in the center lane of eastbound I-94 near mile marker 22 has caused the closure of two additional lanes as crews work on the scene. Traffic tipsters are reporting all lanes eastbound I-94 are backing up at least five miles. Drivers should expect solid congestion and long delays until the accident scene is cleared.
(photo: courtesy of INDOT shows eastbound traffic backing up)
Additional information from the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Michigan:
Individual patients may have received drugs from Kentwood Pharmacy as early as 2004, and continuing through 2010, which were misbranded or adulterated. Examples of such misbranded or adulterated drugs include mislabeled drugs, discolored drugs, or expired drugs. Persons who believe they may have been victims of this crime because they received or paid for drugs supplied by Kentwood Pharmacy between 2004 and November 2010, which were misbranded or adulterated are asked to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan.
Potential victims may contact the Western District of Michigan U.S. Attorney’s Office by visiting the office’s website and accessing a form related to this case at: http://www.justice.gov/miw/programs/victimwitness.html Alternatively, potential victims may call the office’s Victim Witness Unit at (616) 808-2034 and provide the information over the phone....
MAC Medical Supply Company has relocated warehouse and shipping operations from Tinley Park, Illinois, to Lake County in northwest Indiana, with plans to create up to 40 new jobs by 2016.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says the company is investing one-point-six-million-dollars to lease, renovate and equip a new facility at 92-hundred Calumet Avenue in Munster. Chief Executive Officer Millie Maddocks, who acquired the company in 2000, grew up in the Region and has been a resident of Munster for more than twenty years.
"MAC chose to move to Indiana because of lower property and payroll taxes, affordable warehouse and office space, a favorable corporate environment, a stable workforce and proximity to major highways," said Maddocks. "These factors combined save the company considerable overhead, allowing for a more competitive advantage in the company's marketplace."
"More than anything else, job growth depends on building a climate that is favorable for business," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "MAC Medical's move to the Hoosier State reminds us once again that Indiana's cost of doing business, fiscal stability and superior workforce have given us one of the best competitive advantages in the country. Indiana is open for business."
The facility, which became operational in August, will allow the company to expand its distribution operations. MAC Medical has already begun hiring warehouse, marketing, sales and office associates for its new Munster facility.
Founded in 2000, MAC Medical distributes primarily American-sourced medical supplies to health care purchasers and hospitals around the world, including customers through its contracts with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. It specializes in distributing a wide range of medical and surgical products such as sterile specimen containers, chemotherapy protection and safety devices, wound care supplies, surgical instrument care solutions, sterile lubricating gels and mortuary supplies.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered MAC Medical Supply Company, Inc. up to $250,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 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 town of Munster supports the project.
"We are excited about MAC Medical's desire to relocate from Illinois to Munster," said Joseph Simonetto, president of the Munster Town Council. "The town council and redevelopment commission have worked very hard to make Munster a place where businesses want to locate and people want to live. It is wonderful to see a corporation like MAC Medical recognize Munster's adherence to a high standard of quality of life and wish to be a part of it. I am confident that MAC Medical will be a great asset to our community."
MAC Medical Supply Company is certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
State health officials today announced the state’s first death in Indiana this year from West Nile virus. The Indiana Department of Health said privacy laws prevent them from saying what county the death occurred in. Twenty human cases have been reported in Indiana this year, three in Porter County, and one in Lake. In 2012, 77 human cases and eight deaths occurred in Indiana.
“Although we’re past the normal peak season for West Nile virus, which was in August and September,” said Jennifer House, DVM, Director of Zoonotic and Environmental Epidemiology at the Indiana State Department of Health, “there’s still a risk of becoming infected on warmer days when mosquitoes are biting, so Hoosiers should continue to take precautions.”
The state health department says West Nile virus usually causes West Nile fever, a milder 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.
Link to Indiana State Department of Health map: http://gis.in.gov/apps/ISDH/Arbo/
State health officials say the following steps will help protect from West Nile virus:
· 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;
· Avoid places where mosquitoes are biting; and,
· When possible, wear pants and long sleeves, especially if walking in wooded or marshy areas.
Individuals who think they may have West Nile virus are advised to see their health care provider.
Additional information from the Indiana State Department of Health:
There is no vaccine and no cure for West Nile virus, Saint Louis encephalitis or Eastern equine encephalitis for humans.
No mosquito samples have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis or Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in 2013.
For historical data on West Nile virus activity in Indiana, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/statsMaps/finalMapsData/index.html.
For more information about mosquito safety, visit the Indiana State Department of Health atwww.StateHealth.IN.gov . Follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1
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In Gary, the 5x5x5 Project is moving on to the Glen Park area for the final Gary community clean-up before winter. City officials say the cleanup has been moved from this Saturday, October 19 to November. Organizations or individuals interested in helping should call the Gary Mayor’s Office for information.
In East Chicago, there's a callout for volunteers for a community wide effort to revitalize the city. This Tuesday, October 22nd, residents will be picking up, cleaning up and painting in an area of Main and Broadway to 139th Street, as the beginning of The Harbor Project ultimately meant to extend throughout the city. Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Main and Broadway at 10:00 a.m.. The event will begin with announcements from Mayor Anthony Copeland. Refreshments will be provided.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a job fair for seasonal Winter program workers at a job fair next week. Potential employees are advised to attend the event scheduled for Thursday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST), at the INDOT Rensselaer Subdistrict (1130 E. Maple, Rensselaer, IN). INDOT says successful hires will work as seasonal INDOT maintenance crew staff, and as plow drivers during snow events this winter. Positions are available based out of Rensselaer, Winamac, and Monticello.
Applicants Must Have
• Valid CDL
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Ability to pass a drug test successfully
INDOT says priority at the job fair will be given to those who apply online in advance at http://www.in.gov/spd/2334.htm under the Job Bank ID #586315....
Starting this evening in Hammond (Fri Oct 18), the Indiana Department of Transportation says both the south and northbound Cline Avenue ramps to westbound I-80/94 will be closed through this Monday morning (Oct 21) for repaving. INDOT says it's part of a larger project involving the Borman Expressway between Cline Avenue and the Illinois state line. Drivers wishing to travel from Cline Avenue to westbound I-80/94 will be detoured east on 80/94 to the northbound Broadway (SR 53) exit, then back on I-80/94 westbound.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For road closure info and news from INDOT, you're invited to like them at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov . The LaPorte District toll free number is 1-855-GO-INDOT....
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