STORY OF THE WEEK

2014-01-19T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
January 19, 2014 12:00 am

Indiana sees fewer flu-related death so far

Flu-related deaths in Indiana are down compared to this time last year. A weekly report through the Indiana State Department of Health issued last week shows three people have died from the illness so far during the 2013-14 flu season.

'Formidable' ice has had a major impact on shipping

Ships, including iron ore freighters bound for Northwest Indiana steel mills, have been jamming up the ice-choked St. Marys River in recent weeks as they rush to make deliveries before the Soo Locks close this week.

Frigid weather, snow spur upswing in warm-weather travel plans

Frigid weather and snow are motivating local residents to plan trips to warmer climates, say local travel agents, who have seen an upswing in calls the past few days.

Nonprofit builds hand-powered carts for those without use of legs

When Bob and Alva Gabrielse first learned from a friend about hand-powered carts that can give the gift of mobility to those in developing countries who have lost the use of their legs.

Regional logistics council takes aim at improving transportation crossroads

The Northwest Indiana Regional Logistics Council, a newly formed group of more than 20 manufacturing and logistics industry representatives from eight local counties, is on track to help the state identify transportation bottlenecks across the region. According to the latest Annual Highway Report, which is compiled by nonpartisan public policy group the Research Foundation, Indiana ranks first in rural interstate pavement condition but 22nd in its overall highway performance and efficiency.

Putting teeth in the law: Dental regulations largely missing from Obamacare

With the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, one discipline has been largely absent from the regulations: dentistry. Holm, a dentist with Airport Road Dental Associates in Portage, said opinions are divided among dentists about their lack of a place in health care reform. Some believe it has not gone smoothly so far, and others support the effort to make health care more available, he said.

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