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Flu Under Control, Putnamville Re-Opens To Visitors

Feb 2, 2016
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The Putnamville Correctional Facility is returning to normal operations one week after the facility was closed to visitors due to an outbreak of the H-1-N-1 influenza.

The facility was off limits last week after one offender died and 35 inmates were sickened by the flu.

Administrators said visitation schedules resumed on Tuesday and offenders are once again allowed to participate in job and program assignments.

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The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to add transgendered Hoosiers to a gay-rights bill.

Democrats and gay-rights groups have opposed Senate Republicans' civil rights bill because it pushes the question of transgender protections to a study committee.

The bill's supporters have argued more debate is needed about transgender rights.

But Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) has filed an amendment to add gender identity to the bill.

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A Hoosier congresswoman introduced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as he made an 11th-hour case to Iowa voters on the eve of that state’s first-in-the-nation caucus.

Susan Brooks (R-5th) introduced praised Christie’s work as a federal prosecutor as she introduced him to the crowd.

“He’s been a pro-life conservative forever and he’s been re-elected, not just in New Jersey – a very blue state – but he was reelected with wide margins,” Brooks says. “But he also is a fiscal conservative – he’s vetoed more tax increases than probably any governor in the country.”

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Legislators may take a first step Monday toward deciding how much to limit access to Sudafed and similar medications.

At the start of the session, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) endorsed a prescription requirement to keep pseudoephedrine out of the hands of meth cooks.

But Auburn Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) changed his own bill to skip that requirement if a prescription is already on file at that pharmacy.

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The Indiana State Department of Health says they’ve diagnosed four new cases of HIV linked to the Scott County outbreak.

That brings the total number of people infected up to 188.

The Indiana State Department of Health says all of the new cases involve people who were identified as contacts of others previously diagnosed with HIV.

The majority of the cases associated with the outbreak have been linked to intravenous drug use.

State Epidemiologist Pam Pontones says those at risk for HIV should be retested every three months.

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