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Lowell to Discuss Future of South Shore Rail Line

The Lowell Town Council has announced they've scheduled a work session this Monday (March 17, 5pm) on the "future of the South Shore rail line." Lowell is among future destinations – Valparaiso being another – that Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky,...
 

Falling Ice Still a Problem

Falling ice remains a problem in Chicago.  Joan Clay escaped injury when a two-foot by two-foot sheet of ice fell off the Boeing Building as she was driving in heavy traffic around 4-o'clock Thursday afternoon. "Suddenly windshield shattered. Big piece...
 

Gov Pence to General Assembly: 'Job Well Done'

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement at the close of the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. A video statement is available at: http://youtu.be/ldTuioUu-RY
“As the 2014 Indiana General Assembly draws to a close, every Hoosier will...
 

State Road 130 Reopens

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A short but busy stretch of State Road 130 between Valparaiso and Union Township was shut down for several hours after a water main break.  Barricades went up closing off the section between State Road 149 and County Road 250...
 

Local Event to Benefit Those who Serve in IN and IL

A fundraiser to benefit injured or fallen first responders, police officers, military personnel, veterans and their families in Illinois and Indiana will 
be held on Friday March 28, 2014 at 115 Bourbon Street entertainment complex in Merrionette Park, Illinois.  
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IN Senate Approves Cuts to Corporate/Financial Tax Rates

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, the Indiana Senate signed off on a controversial measure that cuts Indiana’s corporate and financial institution tax rates and opens the door for additional cuts to the business personal property tax rate.  Proponents of Senate Enrolled...
 

Senate Passes Child Care Development Block Grant Act

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  Washington, D.C.—Senator Joe Donnelly today welcomed the bipartisan Senate passage of S. 1086, the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014.  This bill, which passed by a vote of 97 to 1, would reauthorize a law designed...
 

Public Comment/Meetings on NIRPC TIP Changes

NIRPC has announced a 30 day public comment period that started yesterday and runs through April 12th on a proposed change to the Transportation Improvement Program for northwest Indiana. The proposed changes would add three new transit projects: a tier two...
 

National Effort to Make March 13th K-9 Veteran's Day

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There is growing national effort to make today, March 13 th , K-9 Veteran's Day. East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker told the Region News Team law enforcement agencies have become more reliant on their K-9 partners because they are...
 

Conservation Officers Rescue Stranded Motorists

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Five people had to be rescued by snowmobile Wednesday night after drifting snow had nearly completely covered their vehicles. Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the call for help around 10pm Wednesday night, on Crumstown...
 

Pence Signs Military Family Relief Fund Bill

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A bill that will help Hoosier veterans and their families by expanding access to the Military Family Relief Fund was signed into law today. Indiana Governor Mike Pence says, “veterans face higher rates of unemployment than the general population, as...
   

Zoeller Says He Will Defend Traditional Marriage

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued a statement today reiterating that he will defend the state's marriage definition statute from legal challenges plaintiffs file, both at the trial court level and on any appeal. Last week four same-sex couples from...
   

Lee Hamilton Keynotes Ethics Breakfast in Lake Co

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Former longtime Indiana Congressman Lee H. Hamilton addresses Shared Ethics Advisory Commission Annual Ethics in Government Breakfast in Hobart this morning.  Hamilton—since leaving Congress—has served as vice-chairman of the 9/11 Commission and currently serves as a member of the U.S....
   

Ribbon Cutting in Lake Co for Mobile Health Unit

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in East Chicago this week for a vehicle that will bring healthcare to Region Hoosiers. Congressman Pete Visclosky, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and Healthlinc CEO Beth Wrobel were among those gathering outside East Chicago...
   

Home Inspection Proposal Clears Senate

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Indiana State Senator Earline Rogers
A home inspection proposal authored by Gary State Senator Earline Rogers has cleared the Senate and was awaiting final approval from the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 329 aims to include attics, crawl spaces, and...
   

Lake County Woman Killed in Ohio Turnpike Pileup

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a 66-year-old woman from Lake County, Indiana, was among those killed in a massive pileup during heavy snow and whiteout conditions on the Ohio Turnpike Wednesday afternoon that also severely injured a state trooper....
   

Missing Milwaukee Toddler Found in NW Indiana

A missing child who disappeared from Milwaukee with her non-custodial mother has been found in Lake County, Indiana. Officials say the 24-year-old woman failed to return her one-year-old daughter to child welfare officials in Wisconsin Wednesday, and Milwaukee police were...
   

Lawmakers Say No More to Common Core

Does this mean no more Common Core in Indiana? A measure meant to prevent the direct adoption of national education standards known as Common Core in Hoosier schools awaits the Governor's signature. State senators voted to accept changes made in...
   

Water Main Break Closes SR 130

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7:30am CDT:  Porter County Sheriffs Police report State Road 130 is shut down between State Road 149 and County Road 250 West due to a water main break.  State Highway has barricades up.  No word on how long the roadway...
   

Power Back on For Most After Winter Storm

Tens of thousands lost electricity during yesterday's winter storm, which brought freezing rain, heavy wet snow. and gusty winds.  Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) reports that outages across their service territory are down from a peak of 37-thousand to...
   

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