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Illiana Timeline Moved Back

The timeline for the proposed Illiana Expressway has been pushed back to later 2015 as discussions continue on its environmental impact. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is concerned about how 47-mile tollway would affect the endangered sheepnose mussel and...
 

Griffith Bridge to be Replaced

The Arbogast Street Bridge over Cady Marsh Ditch in Griffith will be torn down so a new one can go up in its place. The Lake County Drainage Board has approved an emergency replacement of the recently-closed structure.  Town officials...
 

Heavy Rain in the Region Thursday

Three inches of rainfall reported in Boone Grove and Lake Village last night. There was heavy rain across the Region, including Portage and Hebron. And in Crown Point, there was flash flooding along areas of Main Street and Greenwood Avenue,...
 

Indiana Rep Loses Race for Majority Whip

House Republicans have chosen their new slate of leaders, following the primary defeat of majority leader Eric Cantor. ABC's Steven Portnoy reports the current number three in House GOP Leadership, Kevin McCarthy, is replacing Cantor as majority leader, and filing...
 

Camp Empowers Area Youth with Physical Disabilities

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For nearly 60 summers Camp Riley, located southwest of Indianapolis at Indiana University's Bradford Woods, has been empowering youth with disabilities by taking a traditional camping environment and tailoring it to their individual needs.  Jason Mueller of Riley Children's Hospital...
 

No Ruse with Man Looking for Lost Dog in Aberdeen

It turns out a man who approached three children at a playground in Aberdeen Wednesday afternoon looking for a lost dog, was doing just that. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports the owner of the missing dog notified the Sheriff's...
 

Indiana Ranks #1 for Toxic Releases into Waterways

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A new report shows the Hoosier state ranks number one in the nation for toxic releases into the water in 2012. The report entitled “Wasting Our Waterways” was complied by Environment America and found Indiana tops the toxic list with...
 

Flood Advisory Issued for Newton, Parts of Lake/Jasper Co

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The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Flood Advisory for Newton County, southern Lake, western Jasper Counties until 11pm CDT tonight (Thursday). Across the advisory area, Doppler radar indicated an area of thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall....
 

Lake Co Salvation Army Seek Donations for Pilger, NE

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The Salvation Army of Lake County is asking residents of northwest Indiana for monetary donations to help those affected by the tornadoes in Pilger, Nebraska. As of today emergency service teams remain at the scene and relief efforts will continue...
 

AUDIO: Local Contestant in Miss Indiana Pageant

The Miss Indiana Pageant has gotten underway and our own Steve Zana spoke with a local contestant in this edition of the "219". To listen to the interview click News Audio On Demand at...
 

LaPorte PD Reminding Teens/Parents of Curfew Rules

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In LaPorte, police offering teens and their parents a reminder regarding curfew hours. LaPorte Police say the purpose of a curfew for minors is to aid in reducing juvenile crime and to protect young people from being victimized. The City...
   

Westville Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash Last Week Dies

An autopsy was scheduled for today for a Westville man who died on Wednesday afternoon at an Illinois hospital as the result of injuries sustained last week in a motorcycle crash. The Times reports Jeremy Wier was heading east on...
   

Gypsy Moth Treatment in Westville June 26th

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Next week an aerial treatment to disrupt the mating process of gypsy moths will take place in Westville. Indiana DNR State Entomologist Phil Marshall told the Region News Team one or more low-flying airplanes will treat the site which helps...
   

Children Report Man Approached Them in Aberdeen Park

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In Aberdeen, three children report they were approached by a man inquiring about a lost dog while playing at a playground Wednesday afternoon. The Porter County Sheriff's office reports the man is described as as a heavy-set white male in...
   

Dr. McAfee Named Sagamore of the Wabash

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A special announcement at the end of last night's Porter County Community Foundation annual celebration.  Longtime northwest Indiana veterinarian Dr. Larry McAfee of Valparaiso received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen by the state...
   

Coast Guard Lk Michigan Change-of-Command Ceremony

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Capt. Matthew Sibley, outgoing commander of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee; Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, commander of the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland; and Capt. Amy Cocanour, commander of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, pause for a...
   

Health Officials See Jump in Shigellosis Cases

State health officials say a bacterial illness often spread at swimming pools is putting a damper on summer fun in parts of Central Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Health says Marion County and four surrounding counties, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks...
   

Indiana Participates in Multi-State Earthquake Exercise

Indiana, Illinois and six other states are participating in an earthquake readiness exercise this week. The Central United States Earthquake Consortium's (CUSEC)  “CAPSTONE-14” began Monday and continues through tomorrow (Friday). It simulates earthquakes along both the New Madrid fault line...
   

Trial Set in Slayimg of Griffith Businesswoman

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A January 20 th trial date has been set in Lake County Criminal Court for an Alsip, Illinois, man accused of slaying a Griffith businesswoman who was found dead in the parking garage of a Lake County casino...
   

Purdue Cal About to Become Doctoral-Granting University

In response to demand for advanced practice nurses, Purdue University Calumet in Hammond is poised to become a doctoral-granting university. By partnering with the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and eventually Purdue North Central in...
   

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