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Preventing Frostbite in Frigid Temps

One of the big dangers of bitter cold like we're seeing in the Region, is frostbite. Dr. Daniel Netluch, is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Franciscan St Anthony Health in Crown Point: Here is a link to view Dr. Netluch talk about frostbite, what it is, and how to prevent it (courtesy Franciscan Alliance - Northwest Alliance Facebook page) -
http://www.youtube.com/embed/M4bUYOHPzWU?list=PLD9CA26BAB5B4F12E?rel=0
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Ball State Doesn't Renew 7 Charter Schools

Ball State has announced they are not renewing seven charter schools in Indiana – including two in Lake County: Charter School of the Dunes and LEAD (leed) College Preparatory Charter School, both in Gary. The others are in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Richmond.
News Release January 22, 2013:  Ball State has notified 20 of the 42 charter schools it currently authorizes of decisions regarding their charter school renewal status with the university. These decisions were based upon a careful...
 

Some Region Roadwork Canceled Due to Cold

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says scheduled road work for the overnight last night on I-80/94 in Lake and Porter Counties was canceled for the safety of their workers due to the extreme cold . Pothole patching scheduled for overnight tonight , east and westbound on 80-94 between I-65 in Gary and State Road 249 in Portage, (Tuesday night – Wednesday morning) and on I-65 between the Borman and US 30 this Wednesday and Thursday night is dependent on the weather.
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One Lane Open EB Ind Toll Rd @ MC

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10:27am -- Indiana State Police at the Toll Road report one lane of the eastbound Indiana Toll Road in La Porte County is open after an earlier crash. Authorities say one person had to be cut out of his vehicle, but the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.  The accident had been blocking the eastbound Indiana Toll Road at Exit 39, which is the Michigan City/ US 421 Exit.
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TIP 411 Big Success for Valpo PD

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News Release (Jan 24 2013) A new text tip system (847-411) was introduced to the Valparaiso Community on August 1, 2010. This new system was designed to provide an opportunity for community members to use their cellular phones to anonymously text crime information to the Valparaiso Police Department. Currently every supervisor and detective receives text information on their cellular phone when a text tip is sent to the department.
When texting 847-411 the key word "Valpo" must be the first...
 

Weather Info From the Top of City Hall

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Coldest temps of the season in the Region... for details, Valparaiso Now reports a new weather station has been installed on the roof of Valparaiso City Hall.
Here's the link:
http://ww2.netnitco.net/~vch/CityhallWeather/Current_Vantage.htm
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Cause Not Yet Known in Whiting Fire

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Fire crews battle a blaze at 119th and Sheridan in downtown Whiting Sunday night (Photo by Carole Brozovich)
Whiting fire crews were still looking for and fighting hotspots Monday at a century-old building at 119th and Sheridan that burned Sunday night, displacing several residents who lived in apartments in the three-story structure. The building also housed a dress shop. The cause has not yet been determined. There were no reports of injuries.
Whiting Fire Chief Gus Danielides says the frigid...
 

Gov Pence State of the State Tonight

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Governor Pence - Inauguration speech (Photo/Governor's office)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivers his first State of the State Address tonight.  The House Chamber will be gaveled to order at 7 pm Eastern Time and the governor will begin his remarks shortly afterwards before Indiana's state representatives and senators. The state will livestream the speech at the official Indiana government website : www.in.gov/gov
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Prevent Frozen Pipes Depsite Cold Air Over Region

There are three main reasons why water pipes freeze.  Laura Gerhardt of Absolutely and Above Board Construction in Chesterton says according to the different insurance agency they work with,  the three causes of pipes to freeze are:   a quick temperature drop,  two days in-a-row of single digit temperatures and poor insulation around pipes-especially pipes that run along exterior walls.  Gerhardt says other reasons include, setting the thermostat too low at night because people have gotten used...
 

Wind Chill Advisory in Effect for the Region

A wind chill advisory is in effect from the National Weather Service through 10 am Tuesday morning.  Wind Chills of between 15 degrees below zero and 25 degrees below zero are possible in the Region and Chicagoland vicinity.  The weather service urges people to limit any outdoor activity and reminds everyone that frostbite can occur to exposed skin in 30 minutes.
According to the National Weather Service, Wind Chill is the term used to describe the rate of heat loss on the human body resulting...
 

Strong Turnaround in the Indiana Housing Market

The monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Report today released by the state’s REALTORS® also provides year-end data which shows that 2012 was a strong turnaround year for Indiana housing markets.
Statewide, there were 8,531 more homes sold in 2012 than in 2011 – a 14.7 percent increase year-over-year. The median price of all 66,516 homes sold in Indiana last year was $118,000, which is 4.5 percent more than the median price of all homes sold in 2011 ($112,900). The average price of all homes sold...
   

Fire Crews in Whiting Work Into the Night

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[Photo by Carole Brozovich]
In downtown Whiting, part of 119 Street was still closed this morning after fire breaks out Sunday evening in a three-story building at 119th and Sheridan, displacing several residents. The building houses a dress shop and several apartments. There was no word of any injuries. Fire crews were reportedly still on scene this morning, putting out and looking for hot spots. No word on possible cause at this hour.
Donations will be taken at the Whiting Elks on 119th St....
   

Gun Permit Procedures Changing in Valpo

News Release (Jan 21 2013):  Beginning Monday February 4th the Valparaiso Police Department's gun permit procedures will be changing. On Monday gun permit applicants will first be required to apply online for a gun permit and within 30 days schedule an appointment at L1 Solutions to be electronically fingerprinted.
The Valparaiso Police Department will no longer fingerprint hand gun applicants at the Valparaiso Police Department. Once applicants obtain a fingerprint receipt from L1 Solutions...
   

JobSource Opens Office in La Porte Co

News Release (Jan 21 2013): JobSource, the Community Employment division of Opportunity Enterprises, has opened an office in LaPorte County.  The program is now sharing space with Barker Woods Enrichment Center, 3200 S Cleveland Avenue in Michigan City, and provides Community Employment and Adaptive Technology services to individuals with disabilities.
“We have been serving LaPorte County residents for several years,” shares JobSource Director Kathie Savich.  “As our clientele has continued to g...
   

Illiana Corridor Project First Tier Completed

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Another step in the process toward building the proposed east-west Illiana Expressway through south Lake County westward into Illinois. After extensive public outreach and detailed environmental studies, officials say, IDOT, INDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have completed the first tier of the Illiana Corridor project ..advancing one corridor and a “no-build” alternative into the second tier of the project... which will shift the focus from the original study area to communities, lan...
   

Community Hospital Expansion Set to Begin

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In Munster, a major expansion project is scheduled to get underway today. Last week, Community Hospital announced it will begin a 33-million-dollar expansion of its Munster campus that will include construction of a new four-story addition to the Emergency Department Pavilion, which was built three years ago. The multiphase project is expected to take two-years, during which time officials say all hospital services will remain open. The project is designed to add private rooms,...
   

East Chicago FD Testing Systems

Here's a Message from the East Chicago Fire Department: For six weeks thru the end of next month (February 2013), the East Chicago Fire Department will conduct testing on fire suppression standpipe and sprinkler systems at businesses and industrial sites in and around the city. As part of the process the fire department will lay hoses and check for the location to the nearest hydrants. This may cause some inconvenience for residents and businesses, and the department is asking for everyone's...
   

Donations for Whiting Fire Victims

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[Photo by listener Jason Vargo]
No word at this hour on possible cause of a fire that broke out at a building at 119th and Sheridan in downtown Whiting Sunday evening.  Several residents of apartments in the building have been displaced.  Donations will be taken at the Whiting Elks on 119th St. From 9 til 12 Today (Jan 21st.) for the families affected by the fire on 119th St. Food, giftcards, clothes or monetary donations.
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Fire Breaks Out Sunday in Downtown Whiting

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Residents of several apartments were reportedly displaced Sunday evening after fire broke out in a nearly one-hundred year old building in downtown Whiting. Fire crews were still on scene hours after getting the call Sunday. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The Times today reports the three-story structure at 119th Street and Sheridan houses a dress and events shop and several apartments. Officials say the shop was not occupied at the time of the fire....
   

No Injuries Reported in Whiting Building Fire

No injuries were reported after a fire this afternoon in Whiting. The Times reports the fire occurred in a three-story building, located on the 14-hundred block of 119th Street, which housed a dress business on the first floor and apartments on the second floor. Published reports say the fire began after 4pm this afternoon and the Red Cross was assisting displaced residents. No further information is available at this time.   
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