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Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:00 am

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Amazon hiring at state facility

Associated Press

Online retail giant Amazon is hiring more than 1,000 full-time workers for a packaging center in suburban Indianapolis.

Amazon is preparing to open the so-called fulfillment center after signing a lease last year in Greenwood, where a FedEx distribution center was planned before that company backed out. The Amazon facility is expected to open in September. Online job applications are being accepted.

The company has said it planned to invest $45 million in property improvements and $35 million in equipment, and could bring about 1,250 jobs to the area in the coming years.

State lawmaker charged with DUI

A state legislator from Indianapolis was arrested over the weekend on drunken driving and other charges.

An Indianapolis police report says Democratic Rep. Dan Forestal was arrested after officers were called late Saturday about a man impersonating a police officer. Forestal was booked into jail on preliminary charges of impersonating a public servant, driving while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement.

The 36-year-old Forestal is an Indianapolis firefighter who was first elected to the Indiana House in 2012.

Prosecutors haven't yet filed formal charges against Forestal, who was released from jail Sunday on $150 bond.

Defense attorney Jim Voyles and a House Democratic spokesman declined to comment on the arrest.

Explosion leaves 3 employees hurt

An explosion at a chemical tank cleaning business in East Chicago injured three workers, an official says.

The blast happened about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday at T.A.C. East Inc. in an industrial area of East Chicago. City Fire Chief Anthony Serna tells the (Northwest Indiana) Times that three employees suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns to their arms and legs and were taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Serna says the explosion happened in the garage portion of the business, with fire spreading to its office area.

Television helicopter video shows the roof collapsed on part of the two-story building and some large overhead doors blown out.


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