5 things to know for your Friday in Indiana

The National Weather Service issues a flood warning for Elkhart County, an Elkhart medical practice faces a lawsuit alleging that it gave out contaminated epidural steroid injections, students question Goshen College's GLBTQ's hiring practices and two other stories to start your day.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 4:39 a.m.

1. Flood watch, warnings issued for Elkhart County by National Weather Service

Heavy rainfall across northern Indiana has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Elkhart County, with a flood warning that will take effect later this week. 

There was one- to three-inches of rain that fell on the area on Thursday, April 3, and heavy rain is expected to continue through to Friday morning, April 4. The rain is expected to cause flooding in residential and agricultural areas.

The weather service's flood watch will be in effect from 3 p.m. on Thursday to 11 a.m. on Friday. The flood warning will last from 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, through to 5 a.m. Monday, April 7.

2. Contaminated steroid injections lead to lawsuit against OSMC in Elkhart

The Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center of Northern Indiana faces a lawsuit alleging that the Elkhart medical practice gave out contaminated epidural steroid injections that resulted in fungal meningitis and other infections. 

The medicine was made at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy in 2012, and it has affected people in more than 20 states and caused more than 64 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control have identified 751 cases of individuals who were diagnosed with meningitis, fungal injections and other related conditions as a result of the outbreak, according to the lawsuit that was filed in the Elkhart Superior Court 1 on Wednesday, April 2. There were 93 cases in Indiana.

3. Former Cub Scouts leader charged with theft appears in court for initial hearing 

The former leader of Cub Scout Pack 762 who was accused of stealing more than $5,000 from the group appeared in Elkhart Superior Court 6 for her initial hearing on Wednesday, April 2. Nicole Taylor was charged with theft, a Class D felony. If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison.

Taylor had spent the money the scout pack raised selling popcorn last year at fast food restaurants and grocery stores. The money would have been used to buy uniforms and to pay for camp. Since news of the theft came out, the community has stepped up to help the scouts with donations.

4. Goshen College's GLBTQ hiring practices questioned by students

Students are questioning Goshen College's practice of not hiring employees in GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer) relationships. The Goshen College Open Letter group wears t-shirts that read "Where's my GLBTQ prof?" and regularly meets with the administration to discuss the college's hiring practice. However, there are other groups which think that Goshen College does not need to change its hiring practices.

The college requires prospective employees to agree to a "commitment to community standards" in which sex should only happen between a man and a woman. Jodi Beyeler, interim director of communications and marketing at the college, says the college would still hire GLBTQ employees but they would have to remain celibate. However, Beyeler said that the school board met in February and talked about the issue extensively. Board members have not reached a decision and require more time, especially since Goshen College's "sister school" Eastern Mennonite University is also considering a change in its hiring practices.

5. Bethel College partnering with local businesses to improve Michiana's job creation

Bethel College is using a grant it received from Lilly Endowment to partner with local businesses and improve job creation in Michiana. The school will partner with the Kroc Center in South Bend where staff will provide weekly management training to directors, managers and officers, according to a press release from Bethel College.

The college will also prepare a 25-week workforce readiness program for the unemployed or the underemployed through churches and local organizations.

There will also be a work ethics program which will teach participants about workplace attitude, attendance and appearance. That program will be offered through local companies for their employees.

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