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Reports: Cubs Trade Jeff Samardzija to Oakland A's

Published reports this morning say two of the Cubs starting pitchers -- one of them Valparaiso High School grad Jeff Samardzija -- have been traded to the Oakland Athletics. In return for Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Cubs will get...
 

State Fire Marshal Urges Fireworks Safety

INDIANAPOLIS - Fireworks and the Fourth of July may go hand-in-hand, but Hoosiers are being reminded to use common sense when celebrating this week. Consumer fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and roman candles are legal in Indiana, but State...
 

School Cafeteria Replaces ID Cards with Scans

In Merrillville, student ID cards are being replaced by fingerprints in the school cafeteria. Each student in the Merrillviille Community School Corporation whose finger was scanned before school ended last month will put their right index finger on the scanner...
 

Hammond Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

Naturalization ceremonies were held across the country on the 4th of July, including the city of Hammond here in northwest Indiana. Fifty people were sworn in as U.S. citizens at Hammond's Wolf Lake Pavilion, with Federal Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich...
 

County Looks at Hospital Fund Investment Options

Officials in Porter County are moving forward on setting up a new private foundation to handle at least part of the 159-million dollars in proceeds from the sale of the former county hospital in 2007. After a unanimous vote this...
 

Ten Tornadoes Confirmed in Northern Indiana

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The National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office sending out a tweet today saying due to the nature of Monday night's severe weather, they continue to survey damage from those storms. Today a team is scheduled to be out in LaPorte...
 

Fourth of July Fireworks Around the Region

A number of 4 th of July fireworks shows are happening this evening... among them, at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake in Hammond, Homestead Park in Highland, Festival Park in Hobart, Riverview...
 

New Report Warns of Drowsy Drivers

With millions of drivers on the road this holiday weekend, ABC News reports a new federal health study suggests quite a few may be drowsy. According to a new government study, one in 25 adults admits to have fallen asleep...
 

Police Continue to Investigate Shootings, 4 Fatal

Police in Gary continue to investigate several shootings that left four people dead and seven others wounded in the past week. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the city has been working for several months with educators, law enforcement and local...
 

Porter Co Beach Sampling Results Online

The Porter County Health Department has a new website and notification system for eColi levels at the county's inland lakes beaches.  Those are Burlington Beach, Bradley Beach, Edgewater Beach, Hillcrest Beach, Long Lake Access, Spectacle Beach, Wauhob Beach, and Lakeland...
 

Indiana Crowdfunding Rules Announced

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced the rules for crowdfunding in the state to help finance homegrown small business ventures. Lawson says Indiana entrepreneurs can raise up to $2 million and Indiana investors can invest up to $5,000...
   

Hoosiers Reminded to Treat Old Glory with Respect

INDIANAPOLIS - As Hoosiers honor the country this Fourth of July, they're being encouraged to follow proper flag etiquette when flying "Old Glory."

Mike Buss, a deputy director with the American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis, says the American flag...
   

Whiting's 95th 4th of July Parade

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The City of Whiting's 125th Anniversary Summer-long Celebration continues this morning with one of the oldest events in the Region, and our own Annie Fox will be there.  The 95th Annual Whiting 4th of July Parade steps off at...
   

Porter Co Compost Sites Closed July 4th

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The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is reminding residents that public compost sites in Valparaiso and Boone Grove are closed today (Friday) for the Independence Day holiday. Both will reopen this Saturday July 5th at 9 am....
   

Storm Repairs Continue, Beware Utility Impersonators

Due to extensive system repairs and difficult field conditions, some local storm outages in the Crown Point, Gary, and Hammond areas will extend into today (Friday July 4). Northern Indiana Public Service Company crews and contracted resources have worked around-the-clock...
   

OUCC: July is Smart Irrigation Month, Save Water-Save $

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July is “Smart Irrigation Month” and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, or OUCC, is offering tips to help Hoosiers save money and water this summer. OUCC Spokesman Anthony Swinger told the Region News Team that in many cases,...
   

LaPorte PD Year to Date Statistics

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In LaPorte, police announced today that so far in 2014, they have investigated 287 property damage crashes and 57 personal injury crashes. Police say during the same period in 2013, the department investigated 252 property damage and 52 personal injury...
   

Congressman Visclosky Tours Sullivan Palatek

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First District Congressman Pete Visclosky was in Michigan City today, touring Sullivan Palatek, a manufacturer specializing in electric and diesel air compressors. During the visit, Congressman Visclosky and CEO Bruce McFee discussed a range...
   

Fireworks in Munster at 9pm at Centennial Park

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The town of Munster will be having fireworks tonight, starting at 9pm at Centennial Park. Munster Police reminds residents who attend that they are not allowed to bring personal fireworks or alcohol to the park, and that all bags will...
   

Traffic Signal Working Again at US 30/Taft Street

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INDOT reports the traffic signal is up and running at US 30 and Taft Street. Overnight, about a ten-mile stretch of US 30 was shut down from I-65 in Merrillville and US 41 in Schererville, so INDOT and NIPSCO crews...
   

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