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Purdue University has announced a new system for pricing their football tickets they say is already widely used in professional sports and is now being adopted at the collegiate level. The athletics department will introduce dynamic pricing for single-game tickets this year. In the Big Ten Conference, it has been implemented previously by Northwestern and will be by Michigan this fall.
Purdue says dynamic pricing will not affect the John Purdue Club priority purchasing period that began June 20 and runs through July 14, adding to the value of JPC membership. It will begin when single-game tickets go on sale to the general public July 23. Prices will be adjusted in $5 increments and will not increase more than five times on any given day. Prices will not drop from their initial level, so fans are encouraged to purchase early.
A team of five Purdue students from the Krannert Experiential Initiative made the recommendation to utilize dynamic pricing, after compiling and analyzing single-game sales data from the last 10 seasons and sales from the secondary market over the last three years. They also talked with other universities that have implemented similar strategies. Moving forward, the university says dynamic pricing data will be used to help establish future single-game ticket prices to be more competitive with the secondary market.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014 on the new Student Services and Activities Complex on the campus of Purdue North Central. P-N-C Chancellor Doctor James Dworkin, as part of our Region News Makers interview series, says it is a 34-point-seven million dollar project, 23 million of which comes from the state, six-million comes through student fees, and the remaining three-point-seven million comes through private individuals and from corporations. Chancellor Dworkin says if anyone is interested in pursuing the 30 or so naming rights opportunities to contact him jdworkin@pnc-dot-edu.
The 70-thousand square foot complex will sit on one-point-six acres, and will be used for a variety of university events. To hear more of our Region News Makers interview with Chancellor Dworkin, visit regionnewsteam.com
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The following op-ed by Senator Dan Coats is available for publication:
Employer Mandate Delay Shows Need for Obamacare Repeal
Senator Dan Coats
Bowing to growing criticism, earlier this month the administration announced that it will delay until 2015 the highly unpopular Obamacare mandate requiring businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide workers with government-approved health care or face penalties.
Not coincidentally, the administration made its announcement just days before the Labor Department revealed that another 322,000 Americans involuntarily entered part-time employment in June. This report reinforces what I have been hearing from Hoosiers for months.
In all parts of the state, workers are expressing deep anxiety about losing health insurance coverage for their families and the possibility of reduced hours and smaller paychecks because of Obamacare. Meanwhile, many employers tell me they would like to expand, grow and hire more full-time workers but cannot afford to do so because of the massive fines, taxes and regulations that will hit when the law is fully implemented.
The delay of the employer mandate, a key provision of Obamacare, is evidence that even the White House is realizing the many flaws of its own health care law. While the administration has conveniently delayed this job-killing mandate on employers until after the 2014 elections, problems with Obamacare are far from solved.
The law defines full-time as 30 hours, which means employers still have a long-term incentive to employ part-time workers. For Hoosiers, this means fewer hours and lower wages at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.
While the recent delay may provide some relief for businesses, middle-class Hoosiers will not be spared. Health care premiums continue to rise as insurance companies compensate for Obamacare’s costly impact on their businesses. Additionally, the law contains several new taxes on middle-class Americans and stiff penalties on individuals who do not purchase health insurance that will apply beginning in 2014.
Rather than temporarily delay a bad policy, all Americans should be permanently exempted from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates.
When President Obama signed his health care reform package into law back in March 2010, he said that the reforms would “lower costs for families and for businesses” and “help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.” A law that was supposed to help workers, employers, families and our economy is doing the exact opposite.
We all want to increase access to health care coverage and lower health care costs. But Obamacare is failing to achieve these goals, making our health care system weaker, not stronger.
Congress needs to repeal the deeply flawed health care law this year and replace it with step-by-step reforms that actually lower costs and put patients, not bureaucrats, in charge of their own health care decisions.
Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana who helped write the health care law, recently expressed serious concerns about the implementation of Obamacare. Several other Democrats are starting to walk back support for provisions in the health care law and now even the administration is issuing waivers and delays.
If Democrats, Republicans and a majority of Americans agree this law is not working, then let’s do something now before Obamacare’s full impact on our economy takes effect.
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A string of vandalism and thefts that occurred last week in the Springwood Estates subdivision in Porter Township has led to the arrest of two juveniles. Porter County Sheriff's Police this afternoon announced a 12 year old boy who lived in the subdivision, and a 13 year old boy from Lakes of the Four Seasons, have been charged with multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief through Juvenile Court. Sgt. Larry LaFlower says there were reports of damage from 31 homes early Saturday, as well as damage to a number of lamp posts, landscaping lights, vehicles, and thefts to vehicles.
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(July 9, 2013) –The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO, Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”
Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.
June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.
The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Each day, the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Region needs approximately 500 donors to step forward and give blood. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:
- Wednesday, July 10 from 1pm - 7pm at Grace Fellowship Church located at 1424 8th SE in DeMotte.
· Friday, July 12, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at City Hall Valparaiso, located at 166 Lincolnway in Valparaiso.
· Friday, July 12, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Portage Avenue Baptist Church, located at 6605 Portage Ave. in Portage.
· Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Harley-Davidson, located at 1151 U.S. Highway 30 in Valparaiso.
· Tuesday, July 16, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Liberty Bible Church in the gymnasium, located at 824 N. Calumet Ave. in Chesterton.
· Wednesday, July 17, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Heritage Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 308 Washington St. in Valparaiso.
· Thursday, July 18, from noon until 4 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in the Ranger Station Conference Room, located at 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road in Porter.
· Monday, July 22, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Williamsburg on the Lake Apartments, located at 2810 Winchester Drive in Valparaiso.
· Tuesday, July 23, from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Faith Memorial Lutheran Church, located at 753 N. Calumet in Valparaiso.
· Tuesday, July 23, from 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 202 W. Church St. in Hebron.
· Wednesday, July 24, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College, located at 3100 Ivy Tech Drive in Valparaiso.
· Friday, July 26, from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Portage in the Fellowship Hall, located at 2637 McCool Road in Portage.
· Sunday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chapel Hall, located at 638 N. Calumet Road in Chesterton.
· Monday, July 29, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in the Social Hall, located at 6540 Central Ave. in Portage.
· Tuesday, July 30, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in The Gathering Space, located at 505 Bullseye Lake Road in Valparaiso.
· Wednesday, July 31, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Duneland Falls Banquet Center, located at 1100 N. Max Mochal Highway in Chesterton. This blood drive is sponsored by USW 6787 Union Chesterton.
· Wednesday, July 31, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Arnell Motors, located at 241 Melton Road in Burns Harbor.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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An overnight semi fire on I-65 shut down the right-hand southbound lane of the interstate just south of the West Lafayette exit near mile marker 178. Indiana State Police say a semi-trailer loaded with dog food was engulfed in flames around 1 am Central Time. Cleanup was still underway at this hour (730am CDT) . Troopers say the driver by another semi by c-b radio that smoke was coming from his trailer axle area.
Indiana State Police say Battle Ground Fire and Rescue arrived to put out the fire but not before the trailer and its contents were a complete loss. As of 7:30 CDT/8:30 EDT am cleanup of the area was still underway and the right lane was expected to be shut down for possibly two more hours to clean up the wreckage.
Barring unforeseen circumstances Indiana State Police say the backlog should be eliminated within eight to ten weeks of July 1st. New license applications received after mid September 2013 are expected to be processed within the required 60 day timeframe.
Police say to eliminate the backlog, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter ordered a thorough evaluation of the procedures involved to issue a license to carry a handgun. Based on this comprehensive review, processes are being streamlined and additional personnel have been added to process some 45,000 pending applications.
Indiana State Police say during the seven months from December of 2012 through June of this year, they received nearly 92-thousand [[91,940]] applications. For all of 2012 there were 62,934 applications received and processed, which resulted in the issuance of 60,906 new handgun licenses.
Additional information from Indiana State Police:
Factors that add to increased processing time:
• Applications that are incomplete
• Submission of hand rolled or scanned fingerprints instead of electronic fingerprints
• Incomplete Criminal History information that has to be confirmed
• Common names with Criminal History information that must to be verified
Applications for License to Carry a Handgun received, by month, from December 2012 to June of 2013:
• Dec 2012: 13,954
• Jan 2013: 23,079
• Feb 2013: 15,945
• Mar 2013: 12,204
• Apr 2013: 11,397
• May 2013: 8,848
• Jun 2013: *6,513
• Seven Month Total: 91,940
* June number not final, subject to change
Issued Licenses to Carry a Handgun from 2009 to 2012
• 2009: 98,639
• 2010: 79,027
• 2011: 61,595
• 2012: 60,906
At the beginning of July 2013 there were 493,205 active licenses to carry a handgun, of which 392,520 were issued to men and 100,685 were issued to women.
Authorities continue to try to determine the cause of a barn fire that claimed the lives of two horses in northwest Indiana late Sunday night. Crews were on scene for several hours as multiple departments responded to the blaze on County Road 700 North in South Haven. Authorities say fourteen horses escaped, and the Porter County Sheriffs Department together with the Porter County Animal Shelter are working to find foster homes for the animals. Two firefighters were treated for heat-related illness.
The Porter County Sheriffs Department is working with the county animal shelter to help find foster homes for several surviving horses. Anyone who can help is asked to call Gayle Laney at 219-252-9160.
Sheriffs police in Porter County are investigating reports of damage to more than thirty homes in the Springwood Estates subdivision in Porter Township early Saturday. Most of the incidents occurred along Springwood Drive. Police say there was damage to lamp posts, landscaping lights and vehicles, and thefts from vehicles.
Indiana State Police have launched a public website displaying school bus inspection records, and released the following information:
The Indiana State Police, in accordance with state law, conduct inspections of all school buses used to transport children to public and private schools. All buses are inspected annually. Buses more than 12 model years old are inspected biannually.
While school bus inspection reports are a public record, historically there was not a simple way for parents, school officials, or the public in general to view the thousands of inspection reports prepared by state police personnel each school year. To make school bus records more accessible the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, in collaboration with the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT), and Indiana Interactive, a subsidiary of e-government provider NIC USA, developed a public access portal website where school bus inspection records can be viewed from the comfort of a parents’ home computer.
The all encompassing goal of this public access portal website is to provide parents, school officials, and the public in general, an easy to navigate website with up-to-date school bus inspection information. To that end, other website owners are invited to make a direct link to the Indiana State Police school bus inspection public access portal website.
The public access portal website became operational on July 1, 2013. The website contains records from more than 30,000 inspections and will automatically update within days after future school bus inspections are conducted.
Access to this new service can be made in several ways:
Visit this Indiana State Police website link at http://www.in.gov/isp/2988.htm . Read the introduction information and then click this link: https://secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index
You may also go directly to the site at: https://secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index
Once on the site, simply select the county where the school is located and follow the on screen directions to view selected school bus inspection records.
Refer to this helpful guide:
1. Select the County of the School Corporation
2. Select the School or School District
a. A pie-chart summary of the most recent annual inspection is displayed reflecting the initial inspection results.
b. The initial annual inspection results DO NOT reflect the current status of the bus fleet
i. To see only the Approved, Ordered Repaired or Out of Service inspection results from the original annual inspection, click on either Total Approved, Total Ordered Repaired, or Total Out of Service
ii. To see definitions of these categories, hover the mouse over the selection
3. To see the current status of any bus, select ‘View Inspections’
a. Select the PDF to the right to view the printable inspection record
b. To see historical inspection records of any bus select the bus number on the far left side of the screen
i. This displays all records for a specific bus dating back to Oct. 2011
ii. Select the PDF to the right to view the printable inspection report
The Indiana State Police encourage parents to use this valuable resource to track the inspection reports of their child’s school bus. The only information a parent needs to successfully navigate the website is the bus number of their child’s bus.
Protecting Hoosier families and their children has taken another step forward with the release of a new comprehensive guide for disaster preparedness for child care providers.
“There are a few states that have a similar guide, but none that we found contain the amount of detail and collaboration from outside resources,” said Nancy Morris, Emergency Preparedness Planner, Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). “Indiana will also be the first to design a training program that helps providers really understand what they should have in their emergency plans.”
Currently, child care providers are only required to have a plan in case of fire or severe weather situations. However a need was expressed for a guide to help child care providers plan for all hazards.
The guide was developed in partnership among the IDHS, Indiana School of Medicine – Emergency Medical Services for Children, Riley Children’s Hospital, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana State Department of Health – Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the Indiana Family Social Services Administration.
“The guide has been well received by the child care community,” Morris said. “The plan provides valuable resources to the people who take care of one of Indiana’s most precious assets.”
In addition to the guide, a training program is being developed that will help child care providers develop plans that are tailored to their specific situations and ways to practice the plans that are developed.
The training program is the second phase of the project. The Bureau of Child Care is incorporating it with the Path to Quality program, a nationally recognized program. The Child Care Preparedness Guide can be found on either childcarefinder.in.gov or dhs.in.gov.
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On Monday July 15th at 6:00pm, the Town of Cedar Lake will be hosting a public work session to present the Cedar Lake Green Infrastructure Corridor Plan. The plan includes a proposed green infrastructure corridor along Founder’s Creek and Cedar Creek and provides for several sustainable best management practices for consideration for future improvements within the corridor. The plan was developed after receiving feedback from interested stakeholders during the initial public work session which was held on January 30th.
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The goal of the project is to develop a plan that encourages conservation and sustainable best management practices within vital natural areas along Cedar Creek and Founders Creek to plan a connection from Lemon Lake County Park south to Cedar Lake and ending at Lake Dalecarlia. The plan is funded through a grant by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation and was developed through a partnership with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
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- Transition Begins for Strongbow Inn
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