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Driver Training School Bringing 500 Jobs

Governor Mike Pence joined executives from Celadon Trucking Services today to announce the company's plans to locate a driver training school in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 new jobs by 2022. The company, which provides long-haul, dry van truckload service throughout North America, plans to invest $5.7 million to build a training facility near its Indy headquarters. In addition to the drivers school, the building will house dorm rooms, a cafeteria, workout room, basketball/racquet court, Wi-Fi and driver training road course. Construction is expected to be complete by this fall.
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Gary Tower Closing Soon

Officials stress airport safety won't suffer when the Gary/Chicago International Airport control tower closes April 21st. Gary is one of nearly 150 control towers being shut down by the Federal Aviation Administration beginning April 7th, as part of the sequester cuts. Gary's interim airport director says the FAA informed him of the actual closing date this past weekend. The airport itself is staying open.
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Indiana Soldier Killed

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has issued a statement regarding the death of Hoosier soldier Sgt. Tristan Wade. Pence said he and the First Lady send their sympathies to Wade's family and friends and continue to pray for the safe return of the brave men and women in our armed forces. Government officials say the 23-year-old Sgt. Wade died Friday from a home-made bomb in Afghanistan
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Missing Statue Found

A missing statue has been found. Valparaiso Police Saturday received the report of the theft of a pewter statue, called “The Concrete Finisher”, missing from the grounds outside the Industrial Revolution restaurant off US 30 – a statue valued at 10-thousand dollars. Police say Monday afternoon they learned the statue was seen in the area of Ransom and Froberg Roads, and police located the statue there undamaged. It has since been returned to the restaurant, and the case remains under investigation. The restaurant features a number of statues outside, many of them on top of the building itself.
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Police Investigate Car Wash Burglary

Valparaiso Police continue to investigate the report of a burglary at Luke’s Car Wash at US 30 and Horseprairie. Police say the burglary was discovered when the business was being opened Monday morning, and that an undetermined amount of currency had been taken overnight.
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Indiana School Vouchers Upheld

In a case that has received national attention, the state's highest court today unanimously upheld Indiana's school voucher program. The choice program was being challenged in court by the Indiana State Teachers Association. Governor Mike Pence issued a statement following the decision, saying he has “long believed that parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income.” The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program was enacted in May of 2011. Pence also said the state must continue to find ways to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families.
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South Shore Bill Goes to Gov

A measure requiring state lawmakers to study the South Shore Line, look at its future, and review membership of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board, is headed to the governor's desk. House Bill 1450 sets up a summer study committee for lawmakers to look at ridership numbers and funding as well as possible expansion of the commuter rail line. 
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Disabled Man Awarded $12 Million

A disabled Region resident has received a 12-million dollar settlement -- said to be one of the largest in the state -- from a home health care agency based in Crown Point, after suffering burns and complications resulting in further brain damage, reports say, due to the actions of a home health care worker.  Family members say 47-year-old James Kosinski, who required 24-hour care due to multiple disabilities, was placed in scalding hot bath water. Reports say Kosinski currently lives in a chair near a nursing station at a Chicago nursing home.
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Lk Ridge Votes to Close Grissom

Many people in the audience cried as the Lake Ridge School Board made their decision -- voting four-to-one Monday to close Grissom Elementary. Board members had said either Grissom or Hosford Park Elementary would close in light of a looming one-point-seven-million dollar deficit. Grissom is in Black Oak. The school board held a series of public forums prior to last night's vote. It's unclear at this time what that means for teachers and students at Grissom. The Calumet Township/Gary-area district also includes Longfellow Elementary, Calumet High School, and Lake Ridge Middle School
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Groundbreaking for Water Plant

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Monday for Lake Station's new water filtration plant which is going up in what's currently an empty lot on Union Street. It's part of an overall plan to improve water quality for customers of Lake Station city water. Not all residents of Lake Station are on city system, parts of which date back to the 1950s. Groundbreaking for phase one includes the new plant, new wells, and water main improvements. In 2008, Lake Station hired American Structurepoint out of Indianapolis and South Bend, to evaluate its water distribution system.
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9 Taken to Hospitals From O'Hare

Ambulances were sent to O'Hare Monday night, taking nine passengers to Chicago-area hospitals after authorities say they started feeling ill. The cause was under investigation. Fire officials say the passengers were part of a tour group headed to Denmark, and had been on a bus tour before arriving at the airport. Officials say the rest of the group stayed behind as a precaution.
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Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation

A gas leak not far from a senior apartment complex in Hammond prompted a precautionary evacuation of several units at Renaissance Towers Monday afternoon. The leak reportedly occurred in an area where utility crews were already working to replace older gas lines. Residents of the complex on Michigan Avenue were allowed back in last night.
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Teacher 'Gun Talk' Investigated

There's reportedly been online 'gun talk' among some teachers in Lake Station . Police Chief Kevin Garber tells today's Times that three educators in the school district are said to have posted comments on Facebook talking about “solving problems and needing guns”. It came out as part of a highly-publicized investigation involving comments on a Lake Station chalkboard allegedly written by a teacher, that included phrases like ”The guns are loaded” and “Care to try me”, an image of which was reportedly then posted on Facebook by a student. That teacher is on paid administrative leave
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Illinois Man Kidnapped Sunday in Merrillville

A man looking for a date ended up being tied up, and locked in the trunk of his own vehicle. Published reports say 19 year old Diamond Toney, of Merrillville, met the victim, from Sauk Village, Illinois, on Sunday night in Merrillville, using the website, “Plenty of Fish-dot-com”. Toney, and Dedrick Bufkin are charged with kidnapping, after the victim, who was released after four-to-five hours locked in his truck, was reportedly able to lead authorities to Toney, using her screen name, “Spooky 300.”
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Gary FD Battling Fire

Traffic tipstes are reporting smoke blowing across the Borman near Chase Street this evening. Dispatch reports the Gary Fire Department received a fire call just before 6pm, in an abandoned area of town. No further information is available at this time.
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Indiana House Approves Rural Health Bill

STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2013) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill aimed at improving health-care access for Indiana’s rural residents is one step closer to becoming law after receiving approval today from the Indiana House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 554, which passed the House 94-0, would require the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to reimburse health-care providers for telehealth and telemedicine services offered to Medicaid recipients.
Telehealth and telemedicine services use telecommunications and information technology to provide remote access to health assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, supervision and information. Becker said using this technology reduces re-admissions to hospitals and saves lives as well as health-care costs.
“It’s my goal to help Hoosiers, especially those in rural areas, have better access to high-quality medical care,” Becker said. “Telehealth networks are expanding in these regions, and we need to ensure patients have the opportunity to take advantage of the resources they offer.”
SB 554 now returns to the Senate for further consideration.
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17 Year old Boy Killed in Calumet City Saturday

Authorities continue to investigate the shooting death of a 17 year old male from South Holland from over the weekend. Published reports say Tyshaun McClurge was pronounced dead at 9:15pm Saturday at a Harvey hospital after Calumet City Police responded to a call of a shooting on Oglesby Avenue, just after 9pm.
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Man Injured in Saturday Night Crash Near Wanatah

Authorities were awaiting toxicology results at last check after a Wanatah man was injured in a crash and flown to a South Bend hosptal for a head injury and a broken arm. Published reports say the 57 year old reportedly drove into the back of a parked semi around 11pm Saturday, at 700 West and Volk Road.
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Five Lake County Deaths Reported This Flu Season

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The flu season that has killed 65 Hoosiers at last check is winding down. According to the latest information available from the Indiana State Department of Health five deaths have been reported in Lake County, with ten in Marion County,  and deaths are only reported for a county when the number hits five.
26 of the reported deaths occurred in those vaccinated with a 2012/2013 influenza vaccine, with 61 of the 65 deaths occurring in those with underlying medical conditions. Four Indiana residents under the age of 18 have died during this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 105 children died in the U.S. this flu season, which is about average.   It also took its toll on the elderly, and overall has been deemed by the C-D-C as moderately-severe.
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Free College Baseball Tomorrow at US Steel Yard

GARY, Ind. — U. S. Steel Yard will play host to college baseball on Tuesday night at 5:35 p.m., when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face the Kent State Golden Flashes. Fans will be admitted to the game free of charge.
Kent State played at the Steel Yard in 2012 in the first-ever NCAA Regional at the ballpark and advanced to the Super Regional before eventually reaching the College World Series. The Flashes also played the longest game ever at U. S. Steel Yard, a 7-6 victory over Kentucky in 21 innings last June 1 in the opening game of the Regional. The Irish last played at U. S. Steel Yard on April 28, 2010 against Valparaiso. 
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