In Lake County, first baby of the year was born at 12:37 am Wednesday. Anthony Michael Valsi entered the word at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, the first child for parents Melissa and Eric Valsi of Crown Point. ...
More info from INDOT:
Motorists should expect difficult driving conditions, and should avoid unnecessary travel. Always give snow plows room to safely do their work, adjust speed according to weather and road conditions, don’t follow too closely, and brake early and slowly.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service....
Today marks day five in the search for a missing Des Plaines Illinois woman officials say disappeared in flood waters in southwestern Indiana. Officials say 31-year-old Cathryn McGill was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her husband 35-year-old Adam when their pickup truck was swept off the roadway in flood waters on Highway 257 Sunday morning. Adam McGill was rescued but his wife couldn't be found. Indiana Conservation Officers say they were hopeful Wednesday after flood waters drastically receded and partially exposed the Chevy Colorado driven by the McGill’s, but new obstacles also came into view, including large debris piles mostly made up of corn stalks and trees. Officers and members of area fire eepartments spent the day completing shore and boat-based searches along with deploying divers to search the debris piles. Officers also deployed a remote operated vehicle with sonar capabilities. Search operations were set to resume shortly after daylight today. [Photo/courtesy Indiana Conservation Officers]...
Chicago National Weather Service website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/
Northern Indiana Weather Service website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/...
Tips for improving winter air quality include:
Replace manual thermostats with a programmable thermostats
Inspect heating ducts and change air filters in your heating system
Reducing vehicle idling
Use alternative transportation whenever possible
Properly maintain your vehicle through regular oil changes and maintenance services
Switch to electric snow removal products instead of gas-powered products
Replace disposable batteries with rechargeable ones to prepare for winter storm outages
Hear our interview with Kathy Luther at News Audio on Demand here at our website.
Additional info from NIRPC:
Partners for Clean Air is a coalition of Northwest Indiana businesses, industries, local governments, and community groups committed to raising awareness. To learn how your organization can be a part of Partners for Clean Air, please visit www.in.gov/idem/4130.htm
Northwest Indiana CleanAir is a partnership between the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the people and business of Northwest Indiana to help all residents Think Green & Breathe Easy — understanding and inspiring action to continue improving the air quality of our unique region. To learn more, visit www.NWICleanAir.com
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"We simply asked that the government not impose its values and policies on plaintiffs, in direct violation of our religious beliefs," said Kevin Leahy, president/CEO of Franciscan Alliance.
“Franciscan Alliance is proud of its heritage as a Not-For-Profit Catholic Health Care Corporation dedicated to is Mission of Continuing Christ’s Ministry in Our Franciscan Tradition,” said Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairperson of Franciscan Alliance’s Board of Trustees “We have adhered to the tenets of the Catholic faith and continue to look to our sponsor, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, for guidance in continuing its 138-year history of providing health care to those we are privileged to serve in the United States.”
DeGuilio in his ruling noted exempting churches from the mandate but not their affiliated nonprofits would require them to, quote, "facilitate and serve as the conduit through which objectionable contraceptive products and services are ultimately provided to their employees, in violation of their unquestionably sincerely held religious beliefs," end quote. Franciscan joined with six other religion-based nonprofits in Indiana and Illinois in filing suit, citing constitutional protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act....
(Photo Courtesy of the Indiana Conservation Police)
Indiana Conservation Officers concluded their search efforts at dark this evening for a missing 31 year old Des Plaines, Illinois, woman, but say search operation will resume shortly after daylight tomorrow morning. Cathryn McGill was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her husband 35-year-old Adam McGill when their pickup truck was swept off the roadway in flood waters on Highway 257 Sunday morning. Adam McGill was rescued but his wife couldn't be found. Conservation Officers have located what they believe to be the McGill's Chevrolet Colorado submerged in water, about 75 yards from the roadway. Adam McGill was released from the hospital Monday after being treated for hypothermia....
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church asks for some self reflection this New Year. ABC News reports in his first year end prayer service at St. Peter's in Rome, Pope Francis urged people to ask themselves if they furthered their own interests, or helped others, in the past year. In his homily, the Pope asked people to reflect on whether or not they made the place they lived more liveable and welcoming. He cited Rome as a city bustling with tourists, but also one with many refugees, unemployed and underemployed people, who have the right to fair treatment, he said and to be helped by others more fortunate....
IU Health and UnitedHealthcare have been in negotiations to settle on a new agreement for 2014 before the contract expiration date on December 31, 2013. A new agreement has not yet been finalized and discussions will continue in January. Therefore, on January 1, 2014, IU Health and IU Health Physician doctors and facilities will become out of network for most patients covered under UnitedHealthcare health insurance.
IU Health has made the decision to treat UnitedHealthcare patients and their portion of the bill as ‘in-network’ as of January 1, 2014, to help avoid disruption of care and help reduce the patient’s overall costs.
“This decision is consistent with our commitment to ensuring patients have access to nationally recognized care,” said Dr. John C. Kohne, chief medical officer, Indiana University Health. “We know patients value the relationship with their physician and health care team, and we want to help them maintain those relationships without unnecessary disruption.”
This special ‘in-network’ status means that UnitedHealthcare patients may continue to receive care from IU Health doctors and IU Health facilities, but are responsible for any in-network deductible and co-pay fees. This special in-network status will apply to the portion of a patient’s bill that is based on the 2014 benefit levels.
No immediate steps are required to receive this in-network status. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments and visit care providers as they normally would. If a patient sees their IU Health provider and receives a statement that includes fees higher than anticipated (out of network fees, for example), they should call the number listed on the statement and the fees will be adjusted to in-network costs.
In the meantime, IU Health continues to be committed to working toward an agreement with UnitedHealthCare. ...
The Indiana Department of Transportation reports they are ready for the snow. INDOT says crews were rotating shifts to ensure a full call-out is available 24 hours a day until all the roads are clear. Drivers pre-treated highways this morning and once the snow begins to fall, crews will be plowing and treating interstates, US highways and state roads, to make sure roadway conditions are as safe as possible.
INDOT says those driving tonight, and into the early morning hours of New Year's Day, could potentially be doing so during the height of this winter storm, so they suggest that if you do not need to be on the roads, don't venture out. If you must travel, take it slow and allow plenty of room between vehicles. The Winter Weather Advisory continues until 10am tomorrow morning and total accumulations for northwest Indiana could be anywhere from six-to-nine inches by Thursday....
(Photo Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
All lanes of northbound I-65, near Ridge Road, were closed for about four-hours this morning due to a semi fire. Indiana State Police says, just before 3:30am, a semi, stopped in the right lane because of a previous crash, was struck from behind by a semi that had also been struck from behind. The second semi's trailer, loaded with 26-thousand pounds of clothing, caught fire as the driver was being extricated. The driver of the second and third semi, along with their co-drivers, were transported to St. Mary's Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. State Police report as the semi that caught fire was being towed away, it caught fire again on southbound I-65, just south of US 30, causing the two right lanes of I-65 to be closed south of US 30 for 20 minutes. ...
The St.Vincent Health Board of Directors today announced that Jonathan Nalli will serve as the new CEO of St.Vincent Health, effective February 1, 2014. Indianapolis-based St.Vincent Health is a 22-hospital system, and one of the largest employers that serves central and southern Indiana.
Since 2007, Nalli has been CEO of Porter Health System, a Community Health Systems affiliate in Valparaiso. Nalli oversaw construction of a new 238-bed regional hospital, opening in August 2012 at US 6 and State Road 49, about eight miles north of its former long-time home, where the facility was once known as Porter Memorial, on LaPorte Avenue in downtown Valparaiso. [Photo provided]
“As a proven healthcare executive with vast experience in growth management strategies, improvement plans and demonstrable results in achieving business objectives, we look forward to Jonathan leading the transformation of our business and building on the successes of our ministry,” said Vincent C. Caponi, executive chairman of the board for St.Vincent Health.
Prior to Porter Health, Nalli was chief operating officer of Chestnut Hill Health System in Philadelphia. for two years. In addition, he served as chief operating officer of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Pottstown, Pennsylvania....
Region planners approve the long-discussed Illiana Expressway, an important step in getting federal dollars for the project.
In Gary, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson requests state help in fighting an upswing in homicides and violent crime
Democrat Joe Donnelly is sworn in as Indiana's newest US Senator, replacing six-term Republican incumbent US Senator Richard Lugar
Lake County adopts a local income tax, the last county in the state to do so.
Longtime Lake County Surveyor George Van Til pleads guilty in federal court and resigns from office after being accused of using county employees to do campaign work
A crash near Crown Point kills a Northwest Indiana newlywed hours after his wedding and the stranded motorist he had stopped to assist, a Hobart school teacher
In Merrillville... days after moving into their home in October, a family of four was found dead, the apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning
A new bridge opened this winter, replacing the 1930s era landmark known as the Nine-Span on Indianapolis Boulevard, linking Hammond and East Chicago
Fire destroyed a historic building at Lincolnway and Michigan in downtown Valparaiso in March, and another fire in July broke out in the large Victorian-style building that housed Needle and Thread at Jefferson and Lafayette
Most WiseWay stores in the Region became Strack and Van Til stores, and PayLow locations were converted into Ultra Foods early in the year.... Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso was sold to Hobart-based Luke Company
And in July, the miraculous rescue of a six-year-old boy swallowed up by a sand dune at Mount Baldy in Michigan City....
In downstate Vincennes, Indiana's oldest city, residents plan to celebrate New Year's Eve with their sixth annual Watermelon Drop. Fourteen Knox County watermelons will be dropped from the "Great Watermelon" -- an 18-foot 500-pound structure with a trapdoor that releases the actual watermelons onto a "splatform" below. City officials say since its creation in 2008, the giant watermelon has become a star attraction in Vincennes, even being featured in the community's July 4th and Christmas parades. People also enjoy sharing photographs and YouTube videos of themselves standing next to the 18-foot-long watermelon throughout the evening. [Photo Vincennes/Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau]...
LaPorte County Sheriffs Police Officer Rashaun Sinclair
LaPorte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer says he plans to recognize the efforts of an off-duty LaPorte County Sheriffs Police officer and local tow truck driver who together resuscitated a 72-year-old Hanna man at the scene of an accident in Wanatah. Police tell the Times that Officer Rashaun Sinclair and 58-year-old Leonard Petrone, co-owner of John's Garage in Wanatah were at the scene of a crash Saturday on US 30 near County Road 900 West when another accident occurred less than a mile away and they heard the man was non-responsive. They found Leonard Marks Jr not breathing and worked together to save his life, performing CPR. The man was last reported as critical but stable at a Chicago-area hospital. [Photo/LaPorte County Sheriffs Department]
Link to Times article: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/laporte/city-of-laporte/off-duty-police-officer-tow-truck-driver-save-man-s/article_35d6cab0-f022-5edd-b690-f9e72c7a976a.html
- I-65 Closed by Crash and Fire
- Long Delays on I-65, NB Closed at Ridge
- Search Continues for Illinois Woman
- Snowy Start Expected for the New Year
- Semi Fire Closes Northbound 65 at Ridge Rd
- Slick Roads, Accidents in Northwest Indiana
- Info Sought to ID Driver in Chicago Heights Hit and Run
- 2 Indy Men Arrested in Chesterton for Attempted Theft
- Opportunity Enterprises 5th Largest Employer in Porter Co
- Teens Arrested for Shooting at Homes and Vehicles
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