MCPD SWAT Trains At Abandoned House
Yesterday afternoon the Michigan City Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) utilized an abandoned house in the City limits for training. This is a normal practice and the neighbors of the residence where the training occured were notified. MCPD said this type of training allows the SWAT Team to maintain their skills. A statement by MCPD noted that the department’s use of abandoned houses that are set to be demolished by the City of Michigan City adds realism and gives a more hands-on experience.
Drug Take Back Day This Weekend
On Saturday, April 28th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 15th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. This program is for liquid and pill medications. Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards. The drugs may be dropped off at any Indiana State Police Post, except the Toll Road Post. The event will be on Saturday, April 28th, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Location info can be found on www.in.gov/isp . The Drug Take Back events are the safe, popular and responsible way for the public to legally and dispose of prescription drugs. No questions asked.
Robbery at Metro PCS on Franklin St.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson reminds voters to request Absentee Ballot by April 30th
Indiana’s Primary Election is right around the corner. Tuesday, May 8th is Primary Election Day– polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early in-person or absentee – but the deadline to request an absentee ballot is quickly approaching. To cast an absentee ballot by mail in the 2018 Primary Election, you must request an application from the county clerk’s office by 11:59pm on Monday, April 30th. Applications may be submitted in person, by fax, email or by mail. You can cast your ballot by going to your county clerk’s office. Some counties have additional early voting locations. To find out where you can vote, check online at IndianaVoters.com or download the Indiana Voters app on your smartphone or tablet. Early voting in the clerk’s office ends Monday, May 7 at noon.
American Legion Westville Bingo Event
Tomorrow, the Westville American Legion is organizing CASH BINGO at American Legion Post #21 on Highway 421 in Westville. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the games begin at 6 p.m. The $20 entry includes cards for all the regular games; special games are sold separately. There is an 80% payout on all Bingo games. There are cookies and other special games to win.. Food, snacks, and drinks are available, no outside food or drink please. This is a smoke free hall and players must be 18 years or older in order to play. Contact 785-2923 with questions.
Job Opening for Regional Dispatcher Through the Indiana State Police
The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for a Regional Dispatcher position at the Lowell Post which is located at 1550 East 181st Avenue, Lowell. Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services. The Lowell Regional Dispatch Center serves both the Lowell and Lafayette Districts of the Indiana State Police. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required. Two years of public safety communications experience and emergency medical technician certification are preferred. Pay starts at $30,082 per year. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 27, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit http://careers.IN.gov
State Officials Asking Residents to Avoid Planting Bradford Pear Trees
Drive around Indiana, or anywhere in the Midwest, and you’re likely to see some trees that turn green early and have a beautiful white bloom early in spring. They’re likely Bradford pears, but state officials aren’t big fans and are asking residents to avoid planting them. Megan Abraham with the Department of Natural Resources says they’ve become very popular because they’re inexpensive and grow quickly. The problem is they’ve become invasive, taking over space where native grasses and plants, along with oak, maple or hickory trees should be. When Bradford pears first came on the market it was thought that they were sterile, but then they started cross pollinating, and new varieties started flowering. Abraham says millions of dollars a year are spent on pear trees in Indiana, and not only are they harming native vegetation, they’re not very sturdy and snap easily because they grow so fast.
Horizon Bank’s 44th Annual Coho Classic
Join Horizon Bank for the 44th Annual Coho Classic coming up on May 4th-6th! There will be 5 tournaments packed into one event for the top prize of $12,000.00 in the pro division! To get more information and to sign up, head to www.hoosiercohoclub.org
SPRING CLEAN WITH SECURE SHRED
Start your Spring cleaning or continue your Earth Day celebration with 50% off drop off shredding services at Secure Shred, a division of Opportunity Enterprises. Now through May 4, 2018, patrons can bring their boxes and bags of personal items needing to be shred and receive 50% the cost. That makes each pound of shred materials just $0.08. To translate that, a typical drop off box of shred is a banker’s archive box that is about 2/3 full. These boxes typically weigh about 40 pounds, or just $3.20 with the promotion.
All types of paper, magazines, junk mail, newspapers, bills, receipts, stapled booklets, even things with paper clips can all be shred and recycled. Did you know that Secure Shred recycles the equivalent of 60 trees every working day? All because of people like you – people that care about our environment and want to protect themselves from identity theft.
When you shred with Secure Shred your information is safe and secure. Secure Shred is National Association for Information Destruction certified. It is a trusted source of document destruction for banking, medical, legal, and business customers across Northwest Indiana. Shouldn’t you trust your info to the professionals?
It also feels good to make a difference. When you shred your materials with Secure Shred you are providing jobs for individuals with disabilities. They take pride in knowing they are allowing you to clean up your home and secure your information all while helping the environment.
Secure Shred is located at Opportunity Enterprises at 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso. Patrons should use Door #7 on the east side of the building. Secure Shred drop off hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm. Please mention the Earth Day promotion when you drop off your shredding. This promotion is not valid on regularly scheduled business pick-ups or route service. For questions, please contact Ann Byrnes at 219-464-9621 ext. 249 or [email protected].
Upcoming Roadwork In Michigan City
The City of Michigan City would like to announce that The Ohio Street Reconstruction Project, between Country Road 400 North and US Highway 20, is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 30th. Traffic along that stretch of Ohio Street will be reduced to one lane, in the northbound direction with a posted detour for southbound traffic. All necessary measures will be taken to maintain access for local businesses and residents. This project, which is scheduled to be substantially completed by Friday, November 30th, will include the installation of new utilities and storm sewers. Future notifications and updates will be announced as construction moves forward. The City of Michigan City appreciates your patience during this project.
LA PORTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ACCEPTING MERIT PATROL DEPUTY APPLICATIONS
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for Merit Patrol Deputy. Applicants who successfully complete and pass the various stages of the hiring process will be ranked on a list for any future vacancies that may arise within the Merit Division of the Sheriff’s Office. The hiring process will include the following stages: application phase, physical agility testing, written examination, computerized voice stress analysis examination, background investigation, Merit Division interview panel and a Merit Commission interview. Applications can be found online by accessing the Sheriff’s Office website: www.laportecountysheriff.com or by picking them up at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 3:00 PM (CST). Completed applications can be dropped off at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office, sent via standard mail, or as a scanned attachment and sent via email. Applications will not be accepted via facsimile. All completed applications being sent via standard mail shall be sent to the following:
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Captain Derek J. Allen
809 State Street
La Porte, Indiana 46350
All completed applications being sent via email shall be sent to the following: [email protected] Any questions should be directed to Captain Allen at 219-326-7700 Ext. 2283 or at the previously listed email address.
Tree Seedlings Give Away
AGREEMENT REACHED IN NIPSCO’S PROPOSAL TO MODIFY NATURAL GAS RATES
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) natural gas customers will see a lower rate increase than originally proposed in the company’s pending regulatory rate review, as a result of a collaborative agreement reached with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), industrial customers and the NIPSCO Gas Supplier Group.
The proposed agreement is subject to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) review and approval, and new rates would be phased in over two years with the first phase occurring in the fourth quarter of 2018.
“This is a great outcome for our customers, our communities and the company as we continue to focus on increasing value and service across each of those areas,” said NIPSCO President Violet Sistovaris. “It also provides a platform for continued investments in public safety and other programs to better serve customers now and into the future.”
What to expect on a customer’s bill
Based on the settlement, if approved as filed, an average residential customer would see an overall increase of approximately $8 per month instead of $10 as in the original proposal.
Included within the overall bill change will be an increase in the fixed monthly customer charge from $11 to $14, which is also lower than what was originally proposed.
New rates will also include the lower tax rate from federal tax reform.
The change for individual commercial and industrial customers will vary depending on usage patterns, but on average, rates for overall commercial and smaller industrial customers would also increase less than the original proposal.
It has been more than 25 years since NIPSCO’s base natural gas rates have increased, and in 2010, a regulatory review led to a slight decrease. Since that time, NIPSCO has repeatedly been the lowest-cost provider in Indiana – and among the lowest-cost providers in the nation – while improving service, reliability and safety to customers.
NIPSCO anticipates that, with the newly proposed rates, it will remain among the lowest-cost providers.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson reminds voters to request Absentee Ballot by April 30
Indiana’s Primary Election is right around the corner. Tuesday, May 8th is Primary Election Day – polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early in-person or absentee – but the deadline to request an absentee ballot is quickly approaching.
To cast an absentee ballot by mail in the 2018 Primary Election, you must request an application from the county clerk’s office by 11:59pm on Monday, April 30th. Applications may be submitted in person, by fax, email or by mail.
“Voting is a right that many have fought for; please don’t take it for granted,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “If you are casting an absentee ballot this spring, I urge you not to delay and to request your ballot today. Waiting until the last moment increases the chance that your request will not be received in time. An absentee application only takes a few minutes to complete, so set aside that time today.”
Early voting in-person is ongoing. You can cast your ballot by going to your county clerk’s office. Some counties have additional early voting locations. To find out where you can vote, check online at IndianaVoters.com or download the Indiana Voters app on your smartphone or tablet. Early voting in the clerk’s office ends Monday, May 7 at noon.
AG Curtis Hill leads 15-state coalition seeking dismissal of lawsuit against energy and manufacturing companies
Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that Indiana is leading a 15-state coalition in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against various energy and manufacturing companies. Indiana is joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming in the amicus brief.
Attorney General Hill issued the following statement regarding the matter:
“California localities cannot dictate national energy policy or curb economic activity that occurs outside California. Unfortunately, we have seen a trend of certain states drifting farther and farther away from real America. This is just the most recent example.
“We will let our amicus brief speak for itself at the courthouse. However, this matter should be dismissed because the suit filed by California municipalities is not about the law; rather, it is about circumventing separations of power and using California judges as the arbiters of national energy policy. New York City and various Colorado municipalities have filed copycat actions.
“While today California cities sue energy manufacturers to make up for massive deficits, tomorrow we could see suits against other job creators.
“Our amicus brief should send a loud message that the rest of the nation will not stand idle while California tries to become its own regulatory empire.”
Attached, see the amicus brief filed April 19.
STATE AUDITOR KLUTZ ANNOUNCES INDIANA’S 25TH CONSECUTIVE FINANCIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz, CPA, announced that for the Twenty-Fifth consecutive year, Indiana has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945 to encourage state and local governments to go beyond the minimum reporting requirement of financial data. The award was based on the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which details Indiana’s financial landscape and accounts for all state funds as of June 2017. The CAFR also includes other financial, demographic, economic and statistical data. The CAFR, which was released in December 2017, is prepared in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as prescribed in pronouncements by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). It is primarily used by stakeholders currently investing or looking to invest in Indiana and is influential in the state’s AAA credit rating given by the three major credit rating agencies; Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Ratings.
Indiana Department of Education Announces Recipients of First-Ever K-6 STEM Acceleration Grants
On Friday, The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced the recipients of the State’s first-ever K-6 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Acceleration Grants. The awards will be used for important research efforts to provide Indiana leaders with evidence of impact from STEM activities happening in classrooms across the state. Grant funds are to be used for research, surveys, and related staff support initiatives. These activities will develop recommendations to improve elementary and secondary student achievement and participation in STEM subjects throughout Indiana. Additionally, this will improve coordination among the various STEM programs. Through this opportunity, IDOE will enhance student success by accelerating exposure to and learning in the STEM disciplines for grades K-12. IDOE will provide STEM support activities during the 2018-2019 school year to help schools who have an interest in accelerating, scaling, or starting school activities based in STEM. 11 schools are receiving Indiana’s first-ever grant of this nature including School City of Mishawaka. To learn more about IDOE efforts to increase STEM education across the state, please visit: www.doe.in.gov .
Gov. Holcomb Calls Lawmakers Back for Special Session May 14
Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a proclamation calling a special session of the 120th Indiana General Assembly Monday, May 14, 2018. The Constitution of the State of Indiana provides that the governor may call a special session at his discretion if he believes public welfare requires it. The governor’s to-do items were included in the final versions of 4 bills.
Schools and School Safety:
·Deliver on the governor’s request for additional funding for the Indiana Secured School Fund by providing $5 million now and for fiscal year 2019. These additional funds will allow the state to provide increased financial support for school safety to more schools.
·Allow school corporations to obtain funding advances of up to $500,000 for school security equipment and capital purchases. Total advances may not exceed $35 million.
·Provide Muncie schools a one-time $12 million loan to remain operational and make needed capital improvements.
Federal Compliance Issues:
·Update the state’s tax code to conform with federal tax changes by updating state’s conformity date to Feb. 11, 2018. Indiana’s current conformity date is fixed by statute at Jan. 1, 2016. If the state’s conformity date is not updated, taxpayers will calculate their taxes twice to file—once under 2018 rules for federal taxes and once under 2016 rules for state taxes.
·Comply with IRS rules to protect federal taxpayer information and assure access to federal tax data.
Man Leads Police On a Chase on the Indiana Toll Road
Early Sunday morning, an Illinois man tried to flee from a trooper on the Indiana Toll Road but couldn’t outrun him. Trooper Alaa Hamed initially lost sight of the vehicle in question after an initial pursuit but four minutes later saw the Impala come from an alley adjacent to the intersection of Indianapolis Blvd and 115th Street. A pursuit began again and the driver eventually fled from the car at a dead end and jumped over the fence. Hamed caught and tackled him in a backyard of a residence and placed him in custody. Found next to the driver were two separate 5 gram individual packaged baggies containing suspected marijuana. The driver was identified as 35 year old Bernard R. Harrison of Chicago. Hamed found $3,665.00 on Harrison who was also wearing an ankle monitor (on probation in Illinois for twenty-four months for an OWI). Harrison was taken to Lake County Jail in Crown Point and charged with: Driving While Suspended, Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement, Failure to Identify, Reckless Driving, Dealing and Possession of Marijuana.
Drunk Driver Loses Control and Strikes Another Drunk Driver on 249
Early Saturday evening, an intoxicated driver lost control while trying to get onto the interstate and hit another intoxicated driver. A 2005 Toyota Highlander, driven by 21 year old Jacqueline Adan of Hammond, was north bound on State Road (SR) 249 when she exited to the on-ramp to I-94 west bound. Adan failed to negotiate the curve, ran off the roadway, went northeast through the grassy median onto the I-94 west bound to SR 249 exit ramp where she hit a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by 32 year old Leonard Scott, 32 of Michigan City that was slowing down for the stop sign at the end of the ramp. Adan and a seventeen year old passenger also from Hammond, were taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso with non-life threatening injuries. Adan tested over twice the legal limit of .08% BAC (blood alcohol concentration) at .16%. She was taken to the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso where she was charged with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) Endangerment, OWI Class A Misdemeanor, and OWI Class C Misdemeanor. Scott was also taken to Porter Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He too was taken to the Porter County Jail where he was charged with OWI Refusal Class C Misdemeanor.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s Being Held in Washington Park
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter announced that the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Michigan City will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Washington Park. The event is a wonderful opportunity for local residents to rally behind a cause that affects more than 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s and their 338,000 Indiana caregivers. Sign up as a team captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk or 800.272.3900.
Indiana Department of Health Urges Hoosiers to Vaccinate to Protect from Hepatitis A
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging Hoosiers to get vaccinated and take other steps to protect themselves from hepatitis A if they plan to travel to states that are experiencing outbreaks of the disease. Kentucky and Michigan have reported significant outbreaks of hepatitis A, a highly contagious viral infection of the liver. Kentucky has more than 300 cases, the majority of which have occurred in the Louisville area, and Michigan has more than 800 cases, including 25 deaths. Indiana, which typically sees fewer than 20 cases of hepatitis statewide each year, has confirmed 77 cases since January, many of which are related to an outbreak in southern Indiana.
(For more information on hepatitis A, visit the ISDH website at https://www.in.gov/isdh/27791.htm.)
PNW Spring Class of 1,270 to be Honored at Four Commencement Ceremonies
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) honors its 2018 class of spring graduates with four Commencement Exercises on the Hammond and Westville campuses on May 4, 5 and 7. Ceremonies will be held at PNW’s Hammond Campus in the Fitness & Recreation Center at 3 p.m., Friday, May 4 for graduates of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences; at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5 for the College of Business and College of Nursing; and at 3 p.m. for the College of Engineering and Sciences and College of Technology. The fourth ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., Monday, May 7 at the Westville Campus, honoring degree candidates from each of PNW’s five degree-granting academic colleges, in the H.D. Kesling Gymnasium in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex. Each graduation program will be streamed live at www.pnw.edu/commencement-live. A reception for graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff will follow each graduation program—May 4 and 5 at Hammond in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library and May 7 at Westville in the Dworkin Center Great Hall.
Second Annual “Week of Code” Taking Place in Michigan City on May 4th-11th.
For a second year, several organizations are partnering on a “Week of Code” initiative in Michigan City. The effort will spotlight computer coding and related technologies that are fostering a “maker” culture of innovation in the region.
Michigan City Area Schools, in partnership with the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City (EDCMC), will host the community-wide Week of Code May 4 – 11. Additional sponsors and partners include Safe Harbor, the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, the Michigan City Mainstreet Association, the LaPorte County Public Library, the Michigan City Public Library, the Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City, Coder Dojo of LaPorte County, and the Arconic Foundation.
At the most basic level, “code” is a set of written instructions a human gives a machine, telling it what to do. Computer coding makes it possible to create software, websites, apps, and games, but almost anything that runs on electricity uses code. Coding is a skill desired across multiple job sectors, with demand for coding competency projected to rise in the coming years.
“With technology making its way into all aspects of the world of work, coding is becoming an essential skill. The Week of Code is building excitement and awareness among our current and future workforce,” said Clarence Hulse, EDCMC Executive Director.
Throughout the Week of Code, MCAS students at all schools, kindergarten through high school, will be engaged in a variety of age-appropriate coding activities. Two special events are also planned to kick off the Week of Code across the community:
- On Friday, May 4, from 5:00 – 8:00pm, Michigan City Area Schools will partner with the Michigan City Mainstreet Association to present “Shop and Learn,” the kickoff to MCMA’s First Friday Art Walk Summer Series and the Week of Code. From 11th Street to Lake Michigan, Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District shops will feature student innovators, coders, and engineers demonstrating a variety of hands-on tech activities. The State Champion Safe Harbor Robotics Team will showcase their award-winning robot, and patrons who visit all participating stores can win prizes.
- On Saturday, May 5, Michigan City High School (8466 W. Pahs Road) will host a “Maker Fest” from 8:30am – 1:30pm. This event will feature demos, seminars, and hands-on “maker” activities involving Ozobots, Raspberry Pi’s, coding, Internet safety, 3D printing, Vex and Lego Robotics, Paper Circuits, Bitsbox, Indiana Computer Science Standards, and more. The event is designed for teachers, parents, students, and community members. There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is requested at http://educateMC.net/code.
The 2018 “Week of Code” supplements coding units and activities already under way at MCAS schools and in after-school programs districtwide. “Next year, the State of Indiana will include computer science questions on the iLearn standardized test, starting at the elementary level. It’s crucial that students of all ages are exposed to concepts and technologies that will prepare them for success now and in future careers,” said MCAS Superintendent Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins.
For more information, please visit http://educateMC.net/code or contact the Michigan City Area Schools Technology Department at (219) 873-1211, ext. 8327.
Indiana Department of Education Announces Recipients of First-Ever K-6 STEM Acceleration Grants
Friday, The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced the recipients of the State’s first-ever K-6 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Acceleration Grants. The awards will be used for important research efforts to provide Indiana leaders with evidence of impact from STEM activities happening in classrooms across the state. Grant funds are to be used for research, surveys, and related staff support initiatives. These activities will develop recommendations to improve elementary and secondary student achievement and participation in STEM subjects throughout Indiana. Additionally, this will improve coordination among the various STEM programs. Through this opportunity, IDOE will enhance student success by accelerating exposure to and learning in the STEM disciplines for grades K-12. IDOE will provide STEM support activities during the 2018-2019 school year to help schools who have an interest in accelerating, scaling, or starting school activities based in STEM. 11 schools are receiving Indiana’s first-ever grant of this nature including School City of Mishawaka. To learn more about IDOE efforts to increase STEM education across the state, please visit: www.doe.in.gov .
LaPorte County Student Wins AIC Essay Contest
The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) and Bliss McKnight, Inc. have named a local fourth grader as the National County Government Week essay contest winner for the AIC’s Northwest District. Madeleine McCarther’s essay was chosen over entries from other fourth graders across the district. McCarther, a student at Saint Stanislaus School, received $100 for winning the contest. One winner was chosen in each of the AIC’s six districts from among several hundred submitted from across the state. This year’s theme was ‘Keeping Indiana Safe: County Law Enforcement.’ Essays were judged on how well students discussed the county’s role in local law enforcement. McCarther was awarded the prize last month during the AIC Northwest District Meeting in Marshall County. The meeting also included a synopsis of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly by AIC legislative staff.
South Shore Reminder from WIMS
Today through Friday and April 30th-May 4th, the South Shore Line will temporarily be busing weekday (Mon-Fri) passengers between Carroll Ave. and the South Bend International Airport while crews upgrade sections of track and overhead wire. During these periods, there will be no train service to or from Hudson Lake, and Trains 401, 422 and 424 between South Bend and Carroll Ave. will be canceled. NOTE: No bikes will be transported via bus for Trains 6 and 11. Train service between Carroll Ave. and Chicago will not be impacted.
March Indiana Employment Report
Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.2 percent for March and remains lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 7,513 over the previous month. This was a result of 2,077 unemployed residents no longer seeking employment within the past four weeks, and a 9,590 increase in residents employed. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.32 million, and the state’s 63.8 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent. In addition, Indiana’s initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows. Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated at hoosierdata.in.gov and click on “infographics”.
Annual Report Ranks Indiana’s Economic Outlook Among the Best
An annual report from the Virginia-based American Legislative Exchange Council Center for State Fiscal Reform ranks Indiana’s economic outlook among the best in the country. The Rich States, Poor States index ranks states based on 15 variables, such as highest marginal personal income tax rate, property tax burden and worker’s compensation costs. The report focuses on the economic competitiveness of states. Indiana ranks third on the list, behind only Utah and Idaho. The report also looks back to measure states’ performances to-date with its economic performance ranking. Indiana comes in at number 30 in this year’s list, including cumulative GDP growth (2006-2016), cumulative domestic migration (2007-2016) and non-farm employment growth (2006-2016). You can learn more about the Rich States, Poor States ranking by visiting: www.richstatespoorstates.org/states/IN/
Roll Over Crash on 80/94 in Lake Station
A roll over crash late Wednesday night sent the driver and passenger to the hospital. Preliminary investigation by Trooper John Landowski revealed that a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 20 year old Jordyn Windsor of Portage, IN was westbound on I-80/94 in the left middle lane just east of Lake Station exit when she began to change lanes. Windsor lost control of the Malibu, going northwest across all west bound lanes, went off the roadway into the grass, rolled over and came to rest in the ditch on its roof facing northwest. Windsor and her passenger, 21 year old Tiera Steele of Gary were both taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. The Malibu had $15,000 worth of damage.