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Five things to know for your Tuesday in Indiana

In case you missed them, here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.

1. Elkhart County jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent

The county's jobless rate fell to 6.2 percent in January – the lowest it's been since May 2008.

Though the drop is a positive sign, the county has a ways to go before joblessness dips to a 10 year low. In 2004, several months recorded rates as low as 3.9 percent.

Indiana led the country in jobs added in January, with 4,600 becoming available. During that month, about 2,700 Indiana residents returned to the labor force.

2. Deportation looming issue for Elkhart's Paez family

Armando Paez, his wife Martha and their three children, originally from Colombia, traveled to Chicago Friday, March 14, to meet with immigration officials. Their goal was to secure another stay of deportation after spending 15 years in the U.S.

However, a decision didn't come out of the meeting, leaving the family in limbo. 

Though their three children are in somewhat secure positions to stay in the country, Armando and Martha Paez are still subject to deportation under an earlier order, pending exhaustion of their appeals and requests to stay.

"We aren't in a position to do anything," Armando Paez said. "Just wait, wait, wait."

3. RV manufacturer looking for 300 new workers at hiring event

An RV company that remains unnamed will hold a hiring event Wednesday, March 19, in an effort to fill 300 open positions.

A wide variety of positions are available that pay between $9 and $12 per hour, depending on experience.

On-site interviews will be conducted at the event, which will run from noon to 4 p.m. at The Old Bag Factory in Goshen. 

4. Indianapolis Colts owner arrested for operating while intoxicated, possession of controlled substances

After being pulled over by police late Sunday night, March 16, Colts owner Jim Irsay faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and a preliminary misdemeanor charge of operating while intoxicated.

The four felony counts could each carry penalties of six months to three years in prison.

Once the news broke, Hoosiers turned to social media to express both anger and support. While some want Irsay to be punished, others felt he may need help coping with addiction. 

5. Two railroad crossings will be closed for several hours Tuesday

Traffic in downtown Elkhart might be a little off Tuesday, March 18, as two key railroad crossings in the area will be closed for several hours.

The Prairie Street and Main Street crossings will be closed for three or four hours, though the city did not mention specific times the closures would occur.

See our full story for more information about detours you can take to avoid the construction.


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