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  1. Mainstream Media Outlines Deal to Re-open Federal Government

  2. South Split Project Completed Early, More Upgrades Planned

  3. State Board Takes Lead on Animal Health Policy

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Help Raise Domestic Violence Awareness in October

October 2013 has been named National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Presidential Proclamation. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The goal was to connect battered women advocates across the nation who worked to end violence against women and children. Domestic violence is a form of abuse. It usually involves a spouse or partner, but it can also be a child, elderly relative, or other family member. Domestic violence may include physical violence that can lead to injuries such as bruises or broken bones, sexual violence, threats of physical or sexual violence, and emotional abuse that may lead to depression, anxiety, or social isolation.

The National Library of Medicine’s public health resource, Medline Plus, has information to help victims, family members, and concerned citizens with domestic violence issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls violence a serious public health problem in the United States. In 2010, over 16,250 people were victims of homicide and over 38,360 took their own life.   Many domestic violence survivors are left with permanent physical and emotional scars. The CDC’s Violence Prevention webpage provides statistics and reports about domestic violence and how to cope with violence and stress. Please remember those in your community who are victims of this crime and honor those who are no longer here by volunteering for domestic violence organizations. 

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Mainstream Media Outlines Deal to Re-open Federal Government

Wall Street Journal: Quick Guide to the Debt DealBy late Wednesday evening, it was widely known that the federal government had established a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown.

CNN reported yesterday, “President Barack Obama signed a bill that ends the 16-day partial government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling, the White House said early Thursday morning.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, “A 285-144 vote in the House followed an overwhelming vote in the Senate on the agreement negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to end a tense political standoff that shut down federal programs for 16 days and led to the furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal workers. The Democratic-led Senate passed the measure on a 81-18 vote and Obama signed the bill into law about 11:30 CST.”

The Wall Street Journal published an updated article, “Congress Passes Debt, Budget Deal,” and a related piece, “Quick Guide to the Debt Deal,” which may be helpful for patrons to get a snapshot of the deal.

South Split Project Completed Early, More Upgrades Planned

Operation Indy CommuteWith the closure lifted on the I-65/I-70 South Split project, Indianapolis commuters and area travelers can get back to their normal routines and use all downtown exit and entrance ramps. Milestone Contractors, encouraged by $60,000 per day incentives for early completion, finished the project more than two weeks ahead of schedule.

Here are some updates on other interstate construction projects.

Operation Indy Commute - I-65 & I-465 South, addressing congestion at the south side I-465 and I-65 interchange, is expected to begin soon with the end of the South Split Project. Some preliminary lane and median work was started this month.
Several improvements are intended to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion at I-65 and I-465 on the southeast side of Indianapolis:

  • Replace the I-465 westbound to I-65 southbound loop ramp with a new two-lane flyover ramp;
  • Rebuild the I-465 eastbound to I-65 southbound ramp on a new alignment to accommodate the new flyover ramp;
  • Widen the northbound I-65 to eastbound I-465 ramp to two lane;
  • Widen and rebuild the shoulders for both directions of I-465 between I-65 and Emerson Avenue to provide additional passing and ramp/merge lanes;
  • Widen and rebuild the right shoulder of I-65 northbound and southbound between I-465 and Southport Road to provide a new ramp/merge lanes; and
  • Replace the Sherman Drive bridge to allow more lanes of I-465 below

For northeast-side commuters, Operation Indy Commute - I-69 is expected to bring relief to daily bottlenecks along I-69 in Marion and Hamilton counties between I-465 and Exit 205.  In a press release dated Oct. 17, the Indiana Department of Transportation gives details of new and alternating lane restrictions on I-69 in Hamilton County and northeast Marion County. I-69 improvements will include:

  • An additional southbound lane on I-69 between 116th Street and I-465;
  • Auxiliary lanes connecting interchange ramps between 116th, 96th and 82nd streets; and
  • Added lanes are expected to be open to traffic this year

Operation Indy Commute is a new initiative by INDOT to strategically open up recurring commuting bottlenecks at the I-465 and I-65 interchange on the city’s south side, and on I-69 in Marion and Hamilton counties between the I-465 interchange and 116th Street/S.R. 37 exits.  The program is modeled after successful, quick-turnaround traffic flow improvements built in other states under the Federal Highway Administration’s Localized Bottleneck Reduction Program. For more information about Operation Indy Commute and to sign up to receive updates throughout both projects, visit

State Board Takes Lead on Animal Health Policy

Federal Government ShutdownIndiana’s Board of Animal Health, with its 11-member Board of animal industry professionals, meets quarterly to set agency policy for Animal Health, Food Safety & Inspection, Disaster Preparedness, and Animal Care. The Board was originally created in 1889 by the Indiana General Assembly with the passage of House Bill 12: “An Act to provide for a Live Stock and Sanitary Commission and a State Veterinarian, and to prescribe their powers and duties, and to prevent and suppress contagious and infectious diseases among the live stock of the State, and to declare an emergency.” (Indiana Acts 1899, Chapter 212)

A publication from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is their Quarterly Report and Newsletter, Issues. Click “Subscribe for e-mail updates” to have the newsletter delivered to your inbox.  Below is an excerpt from the October 2013 edition:

A new virus has been identified in dogs that causes gastrointestinal signs including diarrhea and vomiting.  Circovirus was first identified in California earlier this year and recent cases have been identified in Ohio. The virus causes a vasculitis, much like the circovirus seen in pigs. This appears as bloody diarrhea and vomiting, but responds to supportive care of IV fluids, anti motility drugs and antibiotics. The virus appears not to be a primary cause of disease and is found with other potential infections such as coronavirus, parvovirus, bacteria and other agents. Testing has just become available at a few laboratories. No vaccine is currently available.

USDA announced an expansion to the 1966 Animal Welfare Act to include dog, cat and rabbit breeders with more than four breeding females who sell pets online, by phone or by mail. These individuals must now apply for a USDA permit, pay a licensing fee and consent to random inspections. USDA estimated the expanded rule will apply to as many as 5000 breeders currently not registered.

BOAH is working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Indiana State Department of Health to increase awareness about the dangers of blue-green algae to pets. More info is online at

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