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Indy Woman Killed After Walking onto I-65 Sunday Night

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A 66 year old Indianapolis woman was killed Sunday night on I-65 in Jasper County after she walked out in front of traffic for an unknown reason, causing the highway to be shut down for almost six-hours. Indiana State Police report Betty Rush was pronounced dead at the scene on I-65, near the DeMotte/Roselawn exit. A preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle driven by a 22 year old Gary man could not avoid Rush, who walked out into the right lane of traffic, and was struck by the passenger side of the vehicle, then by a semi, and along with several other vehicles. State Police report Rush's vehicle was later discovered at a local truck stop.
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Pelath: GOP Has No Plan B if HIP Plan Not Approved

House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City held a media availability Friday afternoon, expressing concerns about what he calls “dithering” by Republicans over implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said in a morning news conference that a blanket expansion of Medicaid is not viable, so he supports Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to use Indiana’s HIP plan instead of joining the federal program. There is a lot of uncertainty about whether the federal government would approve of the option. Leader Pelath expressed his great disappointment that the Republicans have no “Plan B” in case the federal approval doesn’t come. He is concerned that thousands of Hoosiers will lose health care coverage while Indiana waits to see what happens.
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FSA Loan Program for Disadvantaged Groups

A loan program is available for members of socially disadvantaged groups interested in becoming farmers acquire land. The Indiana Farm Service Agency reports they are prepared to sell or lease farmland held in its inventory, if any are available in their county, or provide assistance to help the borrower with a loan. If you think you might be eligible, please contact your local FSA County Office.
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Fatal Dirt Bike Crash Saturday in Lake County

Authorities continue to investigate a fatal dirt bike accident in Lake County. Indiana Conservation Officers say 16-year-old Matthew Soper from Crown Point died from severe internal injuries.  Officials say about 6:45 Saturday evening, Soper was riding a dirt bike on property in Leroy that he was unfamiliar with, when he became airborne and landed on a fence post.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Offices say at the time of the accident Soper was riding with 3 other juveniles who were uninjured. Other agencies assisting included Lake County Sheriff Department, Crown Point Police Department, and Lake of the Four Seasons Fire & EMS.
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Two Semi Crash Shuts Down I-65 Late Saturday Night

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Indiana State Police say seatbelts probably lessened the severity of injuries in a two semi crash that had southbound I-65 shut down in Lake County for several hours Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Troopers from the Lowell Post say about a mile south of the State Road 2/Lowell exit, one of the trucks for unknown reasons struck the back of the other, and both semis went off the road, the first one overturned. Police say both drivers were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Demolition of Church in LaPorte Could Begin Soon

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A 19th century church in the 11-hundred block of Lincolnway, in LaPorte, could start being torn down soon. The Times reports St. Paul's United Church of Christ fell victim to declining membership, which left the church unable to keep up on maintenance costs. Published reports say demolition could begin in the next three to four weeks, and once cleared will be sold, with the funds to be used start churches or save those with maintenance problems.
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Sunday Crash in Illinois Kills Griffith Man

A 27 year old Griffith man was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash in Illinois Sunday morning. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office reports Jonell Barlow was pronounced dead at 4:25am, after a crash on the Bishop Ford Freeway, near the111th Street exit. No further information is available at this time.
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21 Year old Passenger Killed in Sunday Crash

Authorities report alcohol was discovered to be a contributing factor in crash that killed a 21 year old man early Sunday. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office says Kyle Flowtow, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred in the area of the 900 block of North County Road 875 East, in LaPorte County's Wills Township. Deputies were dispatched just after 3:30 Sunday morning, and report observations of scene indicated the vehicle was heading south on County Road 875 East, left the east side of the roadway for an unknown reason, and struck a tree, resulting in severe damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver, 22 year old Ryan Flowtow sustained minor injuries, and the crash remains under investigation.
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S Shore Rail Service Resumes

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South Shore train service has resumed with the departure of westbound Train 504, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 10:16 am. Train 603 will be the first eastbound train departing Millennium Station at 10:45 am. Train 603 will terminate in South Bend.
Earlier this morning South Shore train service was suspended by Hazmat officials for several hours this morning, because of a CN train derailment, near Broadway, in Gary, north of the South Shore tracks. Hazmat had directed NICTD to suspend service until they determined it was safe to resume, which it now is.
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Senate Dem Leader on Federal Ruling on Illegal Immigration

INDIANPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane released the following statement regarding Friday's federal ruling on illegal immigration:
“The court’s ruling confirms the concerns that many of us who opposed the law had at the time it was originally considered. 
“Not only do its measures unfortunately portray Indiana as intolerant, but the law has now also entangled our state in lengthy, time-consuming litigation, the only outcome of which is that many of its major provisions are held to be invalid.
“This ruling serves as a reminder to the legislature to be extremely careful when creating punitive public policy, which in the end, merely does a disservice to Hoosiers.
“It is my hope that moving forward, rather than creating short-sighted policies in need of lengthy legal review, we strive to create legislation that is inclusive and beneficial to all Hoosier families.
Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25 .
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Cedar Lake Man Leads Police on Brief Pursuit

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A 28 year old Cedar Lake man has been taken into custody after leading police on a brief pursuit this morning. Cedar Lake Police report while traveling south on Cline Avenue toward the police station, a pickup passed an unmarked police vehicle in a no passing zone, at a speed of over 75 miles per hour. After an unsuccessful attempt to stop the pickup, a pursuit began, and the suspect fled south on Cline Avenue, then headed east on Vermillion to Hilltop Street, and finally onto 127th Avenue where the suspect, Andrew Dees pulled into a driveway and was ordered from the vehicle and apprehended without further incident.
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Munster Poplar Bridge Work Starts Monday

In Munster, construction is scheduled to start back up this Monday (April 1) on the Poplar Lane Bridge that crosses over Hart Ditch going into the Twin Creek subdivision. The town says the traffic signal will be activated, and the contractor will be working on one lane while traffic in both directions shares the other lane. The traffic will be controlled by "pavement loops" which will detect a vehicle coming from either direction, the town says. Whoever crosses the loop first gets the green light. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution.  Anyone with questions may contact Munster Town Engineer Jim Mandon at 219-836-6995.
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SR 55 Closure in Newton County Begins April 1st

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NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of State Road 55 to through traffic between State Road 16 and State Road 114 beginning Monday, April 1st through the end of June 2013. Crews will be replacing a bridge. All traffic will be restricted at the work site, one mile north of State Road 16.
A detour will take northbound SR 55 drivers west on SR 16, north on U.S. 41, east on SR 114, and back to SR 55. Southbound SR 55 drivers will travel west on SR 114, south on U.S. 41, east on SR 16, and back to SR 55.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and project updates from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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I-65 Night Lane Restrictions in Lake County Start Monday

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces I-65 will be restricted to one northbound lane and one southbound lane during evening and overnight hours between the U.S. 231 exit (mile marker 247) and just south of the State Road 2 exit (mile marker 240) beginning Monday, April 1st through early December 2013. Lane restrictions will be in place no earlier than 6 p.m. and no later than 10 a.m. during a Monday night through Saturday morning work week. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be open during daytime hours. Crews are resurfacing the roadway in addition to pipe and drain work.
In the event of back-ups or slowed traffic, message boards on I-65 will alert drivers to an alternative route to avoid the construction zone.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and project updates from INDOT, like us at www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at www.Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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Yellowstone Road Closure Apr 1

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In Valparaiso, a stretch of Yellowstone Road is scheduled to be closed for most of April, starting Monday, for storm and sanitary sewer work, and water main construction. The restriction will be in effect 24-hours a day between Avondale Avenue and the north George Street entrance.
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Visclosky Supports Invest in American Jobs Act

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Visclosky announced his support for the Invest in American Jobs Act of 2013, a bill to close loopholes in existing Buy America provisions and ensure that all federal transportation and infrastructure investments support American jobs and domestic manufacturing. The bill, which was introduced by Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV), heads to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for consideration.
“We have the best workers in the world, the smartest manufacturers in the world, and an economic infrastructure in dire need of repair,” Congressman Visclosky said. “Today, I am urging my colleagues to join me in support of this legislation, which will close Buy America loopholes, strengthen existing Buy America requirements, and ensure that all federal infrastructure projects receive the “Made-in-America” seal of approval.”
According to a report of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the legislation would:
  • Strengthen existing Buy America requirements for investments in highway, bridge, public transit, rail, and aviation infrastructure and equipment to ensure that all of the steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in these projects is produced in the United States;
  • Increase domestic content requirements for public transit rolling stock and Federally-procured aviation facilities and equipment, from 60 percent under current law to 100 percent by FY 2017;
  • Apply Buy America requirements to other transportation and infrastructure investment where such requirements do not exist in current law, including rail infrastructure grants, loans, and loan guarantees, Clean Water State Revolving Fund grants, and Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants; and
  • Require Federal agencies to justify any proposed waiver of the Buy America requirements and ensure that the American public has notice of and an opportunity to comment on any proposed waiver prior to it taking effect.

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All South Shore Train Service Suspended

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All South Shore train service is temporarily suspended, as there has been a CN freight train derailment, at Broadway, in Gary, north of the South Shore tracks. Hazmat has directed NICTD to suspend service, until they determine it is safe to resume. More information soon as it becomes available.
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Train Derailment in Gary

There has been a CN freight train derailment at Broadway in Gary. 
At this time hazmat is accessing the situation and NICTD train 600 will be delayed for an undetermined amount of time from Gary Metro Station to Chicago.
Train 502 will depart South Bend Airport on time passengers please be advised your train could be held up east of Gary Metro Station while this situation is being resolved. 
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Disabled Vets License Plate Bill Goes To Gov's Desk

A bill to expand eligibility for a disabled Hoosier veteran license plate now moves to Governor Mike Pence's desk, after passing the House of Representatives this week. Senate Bill 403 allows a person to receive a disabled veteran license plate if he or she has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as being at least 50-percent disabled, with at least a 30-percent mobility rating, as opposed to the current law, in which veterans must be rated 100-percent disabled to qualify.
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Brush Fire Burns Half-Acre Near Westville

About a half-acre burned in a small brush fire today, southwest of Westville. Liberty Fire Chief Brian Duncan says they were called to assist the Westville Fire Department, at 3:40 this afternoon, in the area of County Road 700 North and 550 East. Chief Duncan says residents were cleaning the yard and burning debris when the fire got away from them. He also reminds Porter County residents that you cannot burn any yard waste that should be composted, as the county is in a non-attainment zone, which makes open burning illegal.
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