January 14th, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” The predominant strain of influenza sweeping through Indiana this year is the same one that caused a nationwide pandemic that resulted in about 40 Indiana deaths in 2009.
But state respiratory epidemiologist Shawn Richards said Monday that this season is different than that outbreak for one chief reason.
"What is different than in 2009 was that this was a novel strain that had not infected humans," Richards said. "Now, we've had a few years around the virus ... Now, it's just considered a typical strain."
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s school resource officers (SRO) were expected to officially take their stations in the schools last week.
With most of Whitley Countyâ€™s school districts closed due to Winter Storm Ion, the official start date was put on hold.
Smith-Green Community Sch-ools, Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Whitko Community Schools all received state grants to help fund school safety equipment and school resource officers.
That money went into effect Jan. 1, and SROs were expected to take their posts after students returned from Christmas Break, Jan. 6.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Domestic Violence Task Force is preparing for a February event aimed at teens.
Johanna Orozco, a victim of teen dating violence, will be speaking at two area high schools as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.
Local task force members have planned a series of events targeted at high school students during the month of February, one being Orozcoâ€™s appearance at both Columbia City High School and Whitko High School Feb. 5
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” One week after Winter Storm Ion hit Whitley County â€” dumping more than 16 inches of snow on streets and roadways and closing schools across Northeast Indiana â€” the work and school week returned to normal Monday.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department put the finishing touches on downtown snow removal Friday, using dump trucks to haul away excess snow to fully reopen parking in the city. County highway trucks continued to open the more than 600 miles of country roads, and state highway crews worked to remove ice from U.S. 30 and state highways.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state will be closed two days in observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
BMV Commissioner Don Snemis announced Monday that the BMV offices will be closed Saturday and Monday in observance of the holiday for the slain civil rights leader. Most license branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, except for those that operate on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule.
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission says this will be the 23rd year the state has commemorated the King holiday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading into his second State of the State address with a broad agenda and friendly Republican majorities in the audience of lawmakers he'll be addressing.
The governor is set to pitch legislators on a second-year agenda centered around a business tax cut and a series of education measures.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Members of the House Ways and Means Committee are pondering a locally controlled cut in the business personal property tax.
The House's budget and tax panel planned to meet Tuesday to consider a House Republican plan that would allow counties to decide whether to eliminate the state's tax on business equipment. Senate Republicans have crafted a different measure that would eliminate the tax for most small businesses and cut the state's corporate income tax.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” An effort to write a gay marriage ban into the Indiana Constitution hit a road bump Monday as a House chairman delayed a key vote on an issue that sailed through the General Assembly three years earlier.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee were scheduled to vote on the proposed ban and a companion measure, but Chairman Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, delayed the vote after nearly four hours of testimony on the issue.
KENDALLVILLE(Jan. 14, 2013) - Police and fire personnel in Noble County worked to corral an aggressive rodeo bull Monday evening.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Noble County Sheriff's Department received several calls about a cow running loose, according to a department statement.
Area media reported that the owner also contacted police about retrieving the animal. The animal was described as a rodeo bull with large horns. The bull got loose after being transferred for transport.