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Indiana Legislature called off again because of storm

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The Indiana General Assembly has called off any action for a second straight day because of the ice storm that hit central Indiana.

Leaders of the House and Senate both postponed committee meetings that were scheduled at the Statehouse for Wednesday after doing the same on Tuesday. Those sessions will be rescheduled later.

Most state offices closed early Tuesday as the winter storm arrived in the state, but the governor's office says those offices will be open for normal operations Wednesday.

State officials say a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow and sleet on northern Indiana has prompted 17 counties to declare snow emergencies calling for residents not to travel unless necessary.

State officials are urging residents in areas hard-hit by the storm to stay at home, but Gov. Mitch Daniels has directed state offices to be open for normal operations Wednesday, if possible.

Snow continued falling Wednesday morning over the northern third of the state. Freezing rain that cut power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in central and southern Indiana has ended, but high winds buffeting the state could bring more outages.

Duke Energy reports about 49,000 of its customers in central and southern Indiana were without power at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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  • Can't Help Myself
    Ah yes - nothing could be more vital than keeping these learned titans of common sense and sound judgment safe from the dangers of nasty weather. Navigating slick streets and actually showing up for work is for the little people. We must keep our glorious leaders safe!

    Whatever would we do without the praying and the posturing, the preening and the posing? How could we survive without the deeply informed guidance of these Supreme Beings? How would civilization endure?

    Of course, when they're gone I also miss the sheer entertainment value of their assorted hangers-on. Could we find any joy in a day that didn't involve forcing passage through packed Statehouse corridors thronged by hordes of earnest, impeccably dressed young men, each oblivious to all but their own terribly important conversations and the tantalizing possibility that one of the Great Ones will acknowledge their existence?

    And the pretty young things who appear as if by magic at the launch of every session - teetering precariously on fantastically-spiked heels, bodies encased in the tightest of costumes, topped with impossibly thick, chemical-laden hair, bosoms lifted, shaped, positioned, and amply augmented by all manner of ingenious contrivances.

    Please, oh please - come back! We can't last long without you!

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