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Campbell Street Closed to Fix Water Line

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Valparaiso officials say an emergency closure of Campbell Street in Valparaiso is in effect between Chestnut and Chicago Streets after a contractor cut a water service line.  The closure is expected to last about four hours.
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Ind Dept of Labor Warns of Heat Hazards

The Indiana Department of Labor has sent out an advisory concerning hot and humid working conditions. With the Hoosier state experiencing extreme temperatures and high levels of humidity, the two primary elements of heat illness, officials say heat illness can be a matter of life and death. Employees working in high temperatures and humid conditions, outdoors or indoors, are at risk. State officials say employers must ensure that employees are protected. Heat-related illness, the department says,  is 100 percent preventable.
Information from the Indiana Department of Labor:
The Indiana Department of Labor and federal OSHA warn employers and employees about the hazards of working in the heat.
There are three vital components to reducing the likelihood of heat-related illnesses:
1. Water: A worker should not depend on thirst to signal when and how much fluid to drink. In fact, most individuals exposed to hot conditions drink fewer fluids than needed because of an insufficient thirst drive. Instead, workers should drink five to seven ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish necessary fluids. That is approximately one bottle of water per hour.
2. Rest: Regular rest breaks aid workers in hot environments, whether the heat exposure is outdoors or indoors.
3. Shade: When work is performed outdoors, another important step to reducing heat illness is to provide shaded break areas. Shaded areas give workers necessary relief from the sun.
Employers and employees are strongly encouraged to learn about heat-related illnesses and take necessary precautions for prevention. To learn more about heat stress, please visit OSHA’s heat illness page, located here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html
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Gary, Lake Co Respond to Hazmat Scene

Hazmat and fire have reportedly contained a chemical spill that occurred just east of Cline Avenue in Gary off of US 12/20, or 5th Avenue, around 6:30 this morning. The accident was blocking traffic early today in the East Chicago and Gary areas. Officials say crews responded to Blaine Street for a rollover semi, where hundreds of gallons of sodium hydroxide were said to have spilled. Gary Fire and Lake County Hazardous Materials Response Team were both on scene.
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Sears Re-Announces Dehumidifier Recall

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Sears is re-announcing the recall of nearly 800-thousand Kenmore dehumidifiers due to additional reports of fires and because so few people responded the first time. In the original notice last August, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sears had gotten 107 reports of injuries and more than seven-million dollars in property damage. Since then, Sears has received seven additional reports of shorting and fire associated with the dehumidifiers including a severe burn to a consumer's foot.
For photos and additional information click here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Sears-Reannounces-Recall-of-Kenmore-Dehumidifiers/

[Photo/CPSC, Property damage caused by recalled dehumidifier]
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Governor Unveils Works Councils Map

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence, joined by local education leaders and industry partners, today unveiled a map of the eleven regions for the Indiana Works Councils and provided an update on their progress.  The Northwest Indiana region is Region One, made up of Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski Counties.
“All honest work is honorable work, and Indiana’s schools should work just as well for our kids who want to get a job as they do for our kids who want to get a college degree,” said Governor Pence. “To address this need, we are in the process of forming eleven regional Indiana Works Councils and are pleased with the number of industry partners who have stepped forward to lend insight to this critical effort. With the guidance of this private industry-led initiative, we will make Indiana a national leader in career and technical education workforce readiness for all Hoosier students.”
The Indiana Works Councils were created with the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 465, which the Governor signed into law on April 15, 2013. The legislation specifies the Council will bring educators and employers together to evaluate and develop career and technical education that meets the demands of employers in each region. Each Council is responsible for preparing and submitting a comprehensive evaluation of the available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in its region to the Governor and the education roundtable by November 1, 2013.
A map of the Indiana Works Council regions can be found here:  http://www.in.gov/gov/2587.htm

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Skyscraper Would Change Indy Skyline

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An Indianapolis company is planning to build a 28-story tower on the north lot of the former Market Square Arena site in downtown Indianapolis. Construction on the proposed 81-million dollar development, which includes three-hundred luxury apartments along with ground-floor retail space, is scheduled to begin next spring and open the year after.
For more info click here: http://www.indy.gov/News%20Items/PR%20--%2007%2016%2013%20MSA%20Release.pdf
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CR 50W Closure Thursday Near Chesterton

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The Porter County Highway Department and Rieth/Riley Construction will close and restrict traffic on a half mile of County Road 50 West Thursday for asphalt paving.  Work is scheduled to take place from the Indiana Toll Road to County Road 1050 North on Thursday, July 18, 2013, from 6 am to 4:30 pm.  Traffic will be restricted to local residents only.
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Multi-State Baseball Tournament Thurs-Sun

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A baseball tournament starting Thursday at Chesterton High School featuring a dozen teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin is expected to pump tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy.
The Babe Ruth Ohio Valley tourney is set for July 18-21 at Chesterton High School.
Indiana Dunes Tourism secured nearly 100 hotel rooms in Chesterton, Porter, Portage and Valparaiso for four nights to accommodate the players and coaches. And families of the participants are expected to fill another 70 hotel rooms each night.
“Anytime a tournament like this comes to the area, it impacts the whole county because we have people staying in different communities and doing activities throughout all of Porter County,” said Angela Pasyk, Indiana Dunes Tourism niche market director.
Pasyk said Indiana Dunes Tourism is partnering with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to provide to each visitor a welcome bag, which will include guides to Porter County and coupons.
Indiana Dunes Tourism says studies show the average overnight visitor to Indiana Dunes Country spends $93 per day, so the economic impact of the tournament -- brought to the area by Nick Doud of Porter County Storm and Michelle Miloshoff of Duneland Diamond  -- should be tens of thousands of dollars. 
The tournament is open to spectators for a small fee.
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Indiana Names 33 'Companies to Watch'

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Integrative Flavors
A northwest Indiana company that's been making food bases since the 1930s, when they manufactured bouillon for military rations during World War II, is among more than thirty companies statewide named to Indiana's annual list of 'Companies to Watch'.  Integrative Flavors opened a new manufacturing facility off US 12 in Michigan City in 2010. Also on the list from northwest Indiana is FRATCO, a corrugated plastic drainpipe manufacturing firm in Francesville.  Here's more information on the list from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2013) - Thirty-three companies from 14 Indiana counties have earned a place in Indiana's sixth annual field of 'Companies to Watch.'
"The entrepreneurial spirit soars in this year's class of 'Companies to Watch,'" said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "With the spark of a great idea, the ingenuity to develop solutions and the determination to achieve greatness, these companies demonstrate what it takes to stand out in the marketplace. Because we offer a low-tax climate with a skilled workforce, companies of all sizes know that they can exercise a competitive advantage in Indiana, a state that works for business."
The accolade, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Small Business Development Center network and the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes the state's privately held businesses that employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.
The 33 'Companies to Watch' from 14 Indiana counties were named after evaluating 300 nominations for the awards and represent industries ranging from biotech research and robotic part design to gourmet flavor manufacturing and automotive safety.
The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $422 million and create more than 345 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $218 million or 36 percent from 2012.
With major sponsorship from Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, the 'Companies to Watch' awards program is an initiative developed by the Cassopolis, Mich.-based Edward Lowe Foundation. The foundation licenses similar programs in other states. The program is also sponsored in part by Katz Sapper & Miller, KeyBank, Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College.
The 33 'Companies to Watch' will be honored at an Aug. 22 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Tickets for the ceremony and dinner are still available and may be purchased online at www.inctw.org or by calling 888.472.3244.
Complete List of Companies to Watch Honorees:Company
 City
 Primary Business
 
AIT Bioscience
 Indianapolis
 Scientific Research and Development
 
American Ultraviolet
 Lebanon
 Manufacturing
 
AndyMark, Inc.
 Kokomo
 Manufacturing
 
ATC Trailers
 Nappanee
 Manufacturing
 
Bastian Automation Engineering
 Greenfield
 Manufacturing
 
Clinical Architecture
 Carmel
 Information Technology
 
Complexus Medical
 Mishawaka
 Manufacturing
 
Construct Solutions, Inc.
 Indianapolis
 Construction
 
DECA Financial Services
 Fishers
 Other Services
 
Diverse Staffing, Inc.
 Indianapolis
 Administrative and Support Services
 
Emerging Threats
 Lafayette
 Information Technology
 
EmNet, LLC
 South Bend
 Information Technology
 
Envisage Technologies
 Bloomington
 Information Technology
 
Fanimation, Inc.
 Zionsville
 Manufacturing
 
FRATCO, Inc.
 Francesville
 Manufacturing
 
IBC Coatings Technologies, Inc.
 Lebanon
 Manufacturing
 
Integrative Flavors
 Michigan City
 Manufacturing
 
Kessler Crane, Inc.
 Plymouth
 Manufacturing
 
Kinetech
 Indianapolis
 Manufacturing
 
Milestone Advisors
 Indianapolis
 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services
 
Net Irrigate
 Bloomington
 Manufacturing
 
netlogx, LLC
 Indianapolis
 Information Technology
 
Nexxt Spine, LLC
 Noblesville
 Health Care and Social Assistance
 
Novia CareClinics
 Indianapolis
 Health Care and Social Assistance
 
Phoenix Data Corporation
 Indianapolis
 Information Technology
 
Protective Coatings, Inc.
 Fort Wayne
 Manufacturing
 
Royal Excursion
 Mishawaka
 Transportation and Warehousing
 
Sportula Products
 Warsaw
 Retail Trade
 
StrataShops
 Elkhart
 Retail Trade
 
Summers Plumbing Heating & Coating
 Noblesville
 Retail Trade
 
TinderBox
 Indianapolis
 Information Technology
 
Tyson Onsite
 Indianapolis
 Construction
 
Union Station Technology Center
 South Bend
 Information Technology
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Portage Detective is Indiana Officer of the Year

A northwest Indiana police officer has been named the Indiana Police Officer of the Year by the American Legion, Department of Indiana. A 17-year veteran of the Portage Police force, Detective Corporal Janis Regnier is now in the running for the national honor. Regnier is the first female officer to receive the Lewis-Schmidt Award. Regnier is the fourth Portage officer is the past decade to receive the state award, following fellow officers John Ryan, Troy Williams and Mark Monks.
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Gary Wants Meeting to Address Violence

The Gary City Council wants a special meeting to address the recent violence in the city, which has included six homicides since the Fourth of July weekend. Other shooting incidents have been investigated over the past couple of weeks, including a report of shots fired shortly before 1 in the afternoon Tuesday near 51st and Broadway on the south side of the city. Police say no one was hit but some cars were damaged.
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Heat Wave Continues, Hottest Day Could be Friday

A heat wave continues from the Midwest to the Northeast, with 18 states under heat advisories or warnings all the way into New Hampshire. Here in the Region, an Air Quality Alert continues as Ozone levels are expected to be in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range.  Here's the link to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's SmogWatch website:
http://www.in.gov/apps/idem/smog/
ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Dr Jennifer Ashton says watch yourself for signs of illness, warning that dehydration can happen to anybody - not just people who work outside.   The National Weather Service says hot and humid weather will persist through the remainder of the work week, with temperatures in the lower 90s in most areas today and tomorrow and afternoon heat index values at or just above 100 degrees. Meteorologists say Friday may be the hottest day of the Region heat wave...with highs in the mid 90s in some spots and heat index values ranging from 100 to 105 degrees. Relief from the heat, though, is expected to arrive late Friday, as a cold front approaches from the northwest bringing the potential for showers and thunderstorms to parts of the area, followed by cooler and less humid weather over the weekend.
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Region Cooling Center Locations

The City of Gary: the Genesis Convention Center, the Hudson Campbell Fitness Center, the Calumet Township Trustee Multipurpose Center, and the Public Safety Facility.
In Michigan City: the Michigan City Police Station, on West 2nd Street is available 24-hours... Michigan City Senior Center is 8am-to-4pm; Michigan City City Hall from 8am-to-4:30pm; and the Michigan City Public Library, during business hours.
Porter Township Trustee Brendan Clancy says all three Portage Fire Stations as well as the South Haven Fire Department are available for residents who need a cool place to stay. Clancy also advises you to stay indoors if possible, and to check on the elderly and disabled frequently and to stay hydrated.
An Air Quality alert remains in effect for Northwest Indiana until further notice.
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Gary Woman 1 of 13 Honored at IN Black Expo Gov's Awards

A Gary woman was one of 13 African Americans honored today during the Indiana Black Expo, Inc. 43rd Annual Summer Celebration Governor's Reception. Indiana Governor Mike Pence honored Laura Smith-Wynn, along with two recipients, for their achievement in civic leadership. Smith-Wynn teaches effective parenting techniques at the Indiana Parenting Institute. Governor Pence stated all the individuals recognized exemplify the true meaning of public service and leadership for their dedication and commitment to enhance their respective communities and the Hoosier who live within those communities.
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LaPorte Co Burglary/Shooting Case Closed with No Charges

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The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports that they have closed their investigation into a burglary/shooting case that occurred last week and that no criminal charges will be filed. The LaPorte County Prosecutor, after reviewing the investigative reports, concluded the victim, Stephen Penny, acted in self-defense when he shot a Michigan man who had broken into the home in the 67-hundred East block of County Road 1000 North, on July 8th.
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Precautions to Take for Your Pets During the Heat Wave

CHICAGO – As people brace for the heat wave that is forecasted to blanket the U.S. this week, doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners’ specialty and emergency hospitals are urging pet owners to take precautions for their pets during the sweltering days ahead.
BluePearl doctors recommend these simple steps to help prevent your pet from taking a trip to the emergency room:
• Avoid physical activity during the heat of the day; keep exercise to the cooler mornings and evenings.
• Ensure your pet has access to plenty of water throughout the day and during times of exercise.
• Spray your pet down with room temperature or cool water, but never ice water. Ice cold water causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin and heat can’t escape the body properly, which actually makes heat exhaustion symptoms worse.
• Make sure pets are kept inside of air-conditioned spaces to avoid excess exposure to heat.
• When walking or jogging with your pet, try to avoid asphalt as your pet’s paw pads can burn. Instead, stick to concrete, dirt or grass, as those surfaces are less hot.
• Never leave your pet in a car unattended, even with the air conditioning running. If the air conditioning fails, your pet could easily over-heat in as little as a few minutes.
• Don’t give sports drinks or electrolyte supplements to pets. Dogs cool off by panting and they do not sweat like people. Supplements like sports drinks can actually harm animals and make pets sick.
Most importantly, be familiar with your pet and know when they aren’t acting right. Lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and dark red gums are all signs of heat related distress. If your pet is panting uncontrollably or collapses, take the animal to your veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinary hospital immediately.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.
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EPA Issues Progress Report on Cady Marsh Ditch Sheen

The Environmental Protection Agency today issued a progress report on the Cady Marsh oil sheen saying lab results revealed the R.A. Oros Facility was not to blame. The Times reports the EPA went on to state that additional sources may have contributed to the sheen, that was reported April 10th, near 45th Avenue and Ross Road in Calumet Township. According to the article, the samples taken were limited, due to the sheen disappearing after the response efforts.
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Red Cross Issues Excessive Heat Safety Tips

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Chicago, July 16, 2013 — Summer is here, bringing with it dangerous excessive heat. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe as the temperatures soar.
“Excessive heat can be deadly; it has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events,” said Fran Edwardson, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather and have some reminders for them to follow when the weather is hot and humid.”
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN, PETS IN THE CAR, the inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:
§  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
§  Avoid extreme temperature changes.
§  Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
§  Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
§  Postpone outdoor games and activities.
§  Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
§  Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
§  Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
§  If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).

HEAT EXHAUSTION Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes. 
If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING. Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, people can visit redcross.org, download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist, or download the free Red Cross First Aid. The app is available for iPhone and Android smart phone and tablet users in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can learn how to treat heat-related and other emergencies by taking First Aid and CPR/AED training online or in person. Go to redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.
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DeMotte Man Confesses to Killing Another DeMotte Man

An investigation continues after a 21 year old man confessed on Sunday to killing a 23 year old DeMotte man. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office reports that while interviewing the suspect, Cameron Sifrer, of DeMotte, he informed deputies that he was at Derek Bobby's residence, located on County Road 11-hundred North, near DeMotte, when the two got into an argument while partying, which led to the victim being killed. Authorities report an autopsy was scheduled to be conducted Monday. The Sheriff's Office reports they found the victim late Friday morning, in the bedroom of the home, who had been deceased for several hours with severe head trauma.
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Schererville PD Investigating Armed Robbery

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In Schererville, police are investigating an armed robbery incident that occurred Sunday night at 9:30, at Harvest Drive and 75th Avenue. Police report a man and woman were walking their dog when a dark-colored, older model two-door Cavalier, with Illinois registration approached them, and the passenger in the vehicle pointed a handgun at them, ordering them to give up their money and to empty their pockets, which they did. Police say the suspects are two black males, with the passenger described as thin, with braids, between the ages of 22 and 30, 5'05” to 5'10”, weighing 140 to 170 pounds. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Schererville Police.
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