(CNN) - Macy's is ramping up its hiring for this year's holiday shopping season.
The retailer plans to bring on 80,000 seasonal workers, up from last year's seasonal hiring of 78,000 employees.
The extra workers are needed to staff sales floors, store operations and call centers, as well as shipping centers for online orders ahead of Black Friday, one of the most important shopping days of the year.
Toys-R-Us and Kohl's also recently announced plans to hire on more seasonal workers than in recent years.
State police and the Indiana Department of Transportation say public safety is being endangered by metal scrappers.
Hoosiers are being hit with the coldest weather statewide in about three years, and officials are warning drivers about black ice.
A regional planning commission in northwest Indiana is scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with a plan to build the 47-mile-long Illiana Expressway that would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell with Interstate 55 south of Chicago.