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Hammond School Superintendent Injured in Home Burglary

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School City of Hammond Superintendent Dr. Walter Watkins was hospitalized this morning after being injured during a home break-in. Hammond Police Lt. Richard Hoyta told the Region News Team Watkins suffered head trauma as a result of the break-in,...
 

Structure Fire Closes US 35 North of La Porte

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The Indiana Department of Transportation reports that US 35 between US-20 and Johnson Rd. near La Porte is closed at this hour due to a working structure fire.  INDOT is also reporting there is a rolled over fire truck near...
 

2014 Leon's Triathlon to Premiere on TV 4th of July

An event that recently brought 700 athletes to Wolf Lake Memorial Park in Hammond will be aired on television this 4 th of July weekend. Leon's “World's Fastest” Triathlon featured many individuals and groups that support veterans. Warrior’s First Foundation,...
 

ATC Announce Alcohol Compliance Rates

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 1) – In the first six months of this year, more than 91% of Indiana’s alcoholic beverage establishments were unwilling to sell alcohol to minors during the compliance checks conducted by Indiana State Excise Police officers.

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The High Cost of Living

Even in the land of the free, everything comes at a price. ABC News reports you already knew that the cost of living was higher, but did you know how much higher? Mark Dotzour, an economist at Texas A&M says,...
 

LaPorte Storm Damage, NIPSCO Outage Update

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In LaPorte, Monday night's severe storms damaged several vehicles and a house. Police report a large tree branch fell in the 600 block of D Street damaging two vehicles and a downed tree near the intersection of Madison Street and...
 

Update on KV REMC Storm Outages

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Kankakee Valley REMC is reporting 2500 members still without power as of 11:15 a.m.  That's down from over 6,700 members who lost power in Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, Porter and Laporte Counties in Monday night's severe storms. Crews are continuing to...
 

Storm Damage Survey Teams Being Deployed

Meteorologists are expected to visit the Region as they go out to take a close-up look at the aftermath of two rounds of severe weather. The National Weather Service Chicago office says storm damage survey teams are being deployed to...
 

New Teen Tan Ban Takes Effect in Indiana

A new teen tan ban takes effect in Indiana today (Tue July 1). The measure prohibits children under the age of 16 from using tanning salons. Senate Bill 50, co-sponsored by Republicans Senators Sue Landske of Cedar Lake and Ed...
 

Northern Jasper Co Hit Hard, Barn Ends Up in Substation

Jasper County REMC CEO Bryan Washburn says as of this morning the number of members without power is down to the nine-hundreds from a peak of about 16-hundred, with most of the outages within about five miles of the Kankakee...
 

NIPSCO: 118,000 Lose Power in Storms

All available NIPSCO crews are working this morning (Tuesday) to assess damage from Monday night’s powerful storms, which carried heavy rain, lightning and 80-plus mile-per-hour winds in some areas according to the National Weather Service.​ Damage is widespread across NIPSCO’s...
   

Tree Debris from Overnight Storms

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Trees down and trees damaged around the Region after two rounds of severe storms overnight. The city of Hammond reported trees down around the city, and trees were damaged at Porter County's Sunset Hill Farm County Park.  This morning we're...
   

Blanket Ordinance Reminder for July 4th Parade Goers

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The La Porte Police Department is reminding July 4 th parade goers of the city's "Blanket Ordinance". The city law prohibits the placing of any item or object – like blankets or chairs -- in the public right of way...
   

Storms Leave Region with Commuter Woes

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Traffic signal issues caused by power outages and damage from last night's storms have been causing delays along US 30 through the Merrillville area, US 41 through the Lake Village and Lowell corridors, also at major intersections such as SR...
   

Many Major New Laws Taking Effect in Indiana

Several new state laws take effect today (July 1 st ) in Indiana. Some high-profile pieces of legislation on that list include...
  • House Bill 1006, described by its author as the largest comprehensive criminal justice reform in Indiana since the
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Request Filed for Munster Same-Sex Couple

An emergency request has been filed on behalf of two Lake County women, asking that their same-sex marriage continue to be recognized by the state while the courts continue to debate Indiana's prohibition of gay marriage. In May, a federal...
   

Thousands Without Power Following Storms

Tens of thousands of people across northwest Indiana are without power this morning following two rounds of severe storms Monday night.  Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) was reporting over 80-thousand customers without electriciity at about 5 am Central Time,...
   

Announcement from Merrillville Community Schools

Due to a power outage, Merrillville High School summer school is canceled today (Tuesday July 1).  Fieler Elementary still has power and still has summer school today, but school officials say Merrillville High School has no power, so summer school...
   

Violent Gaming Makes Players Sensitive to Moral Codes

Despite what parents, teachers and scientists have suspected, violent gaming may not be bad for your kids. ABC News reports the latest research on violent video games shoots down the conclusions of previous studies. The new study found shoot-em-ups may...
   

Severe T-Storm and Flash Flood Watch in Effect

Thunderstorms shifting east from Iowa are expected to arrive in northwest Indiana this evening (Monday) and will be capable of producing torrential rainfall, with two-to-three inches of rain possible by early tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service in Chicago has...
   

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