Local News: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fire Officials:  Don’t Thaw Pipes With Space Heaters

AREA WIDE — Fire officials are warning you NOT to thaw frozen pipes with portable heaters, this, after a Newburgh homeowner caught his crawl space on fire by thawing pipes with an industrial heater.

Newburgh Fire Assistant Chief Nick Donnan tells our media partner, WFIE TV, you want to avoid blasting the pipes with high heat.

Officials recommend wrapping hot towels around your pipes to thaw them slowly or you can use a hair dryer.

You can also try leaving a small stream of water running to keep your pipes from freezing.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the Newburgh fire.


Dubois Co. Officials Warn of Rough Flu Season

The Dubois County Health Department is reminding you that it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine is available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the health department.

Most insurance covers the cost of the vaccine.  If you don’t have insurance, it will cost $44.

Local health experts also reminding you to know the symptoms of flu, Including fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.  Some could have diarrhea and vomiting but THAT’S more common in children than adults.

If you do get sick, the health department says stay home and get rest.


Visitor Restrictions Remain in Place at Memorial, Other Hospitals

JASPER — Visitor restrictions are in place at Memorial Hospital and others in the region.

No one who is sick or under the age of 15 will be permitted.

Exceptions may be made in cases of serious illness or in end-of-life situations.

Also, accommodations may be made for healthy siblings of newborn babies.


Lawmakers Hope to Draw Line in Pot Debate

INDIANAPOLIS — Legislative leaders have vowed to fix a law passed last year which attempted to legalize limited legal use of cannabis oil. But they’re trying to draw a line against going further.

Seymour Representative Jim Lucas is authoring a bill to make Indiana the 30th state to allow marijuana use for medical purposes. His bill would legalize marijuana for people with serious medical conditions, putting the state health department in charge of overseeing its growing and distribution.

Republican legislative leaders, Governor Holcomb and Attorney General Curtis Hill have all made clear they’re against the idea. Hill has taken the most forceful stand, arguing there’d be no way to contain marijuana use to those patients. He predicts legalization would lead immediately to marijuana use among minors.

There’s broader support in the House and Senate for allowing some epilepsy patients to use C-B-D oil, which doesn’t get you high anyway. The version they passed last year has proved unenforceable — the administration has followed an advisory opinion from Hill that the law didn’t legalize the oil’s sale. House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long have said they expect to revisit the issue this year.

Democratic Senator Karen Tallian has authored differing versions of a medical-marijuana bill for a decade, but Lucas is the first Republican to take up the issue.









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