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New Study on Asian Carp Potential to Enter Great Lakes

CLEVELAND — A study conducted by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Thursday concluded that barge ballast tanks present a minimal risk for incidental transport and introduction of Asian carp into the waters of the Great Lakes. 
There has been concern that Asian carp eggs, larvae and fry contained in towboat and barge ballast tanks could be transported past electrical dispersal barriers operated by the U.S. Army...
 

Schererville Man Sanctioned for Filing Frivolous Lawsuit

A Schererville man has been sanctioned by a federal judge in Indianapolis for filing a frivolous lawsuit against the Lake County Sheriff's Office, claiming they do not have properly trained dogs. The Times reports Kevin Miller, who plans to appeal the decision, was ordered to pay Lake County three-thousand-150 dollars to compensate taxpayers. Published reports say Miller filed a similar lawsuit last year in Indianapolis against 52 police departments, including many here in the region, which was...
 

Free Dillinger Day Event Tomorrow at IN Welcome Center

 Hammond, IN (February 28, 2013) – Visit the Indiana Welcome Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 to explore the life and times of John Dillinger and his gang. Visitors may enter the John Dillinger Museum for free and watch the “wooden gun” clip from Mysteries at the Museum.
   The clip from Mysteries at the Museum features the history behind the infamous wooden gun. Visitors may watch the clip inside the In-Vision Theatre every half hour during the event.
   The Lake County and Po...
 

Pack of Cigarettes Up Another Dollar to $11 in Cook Co

Just across the state line, cigarette taxes in Cook County are going up by one-dollar today, boosting cigarette prices to about eleven-dollars per pack. The tax is expected to generate more than 25-million-dollars a year for Cook County hospitals.
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Westbound S Shore Train to Chicago Running Late

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Westbound South Shore Train 18 scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 2:24 PM is running 20-30 minutes late due to red signals.
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Lake Village Death Ruled Accidental

The Lake County Coroners office says a 71-year-old woman was pronounced dead shortly after 7-o'clock this morning at a Lake County hospital. A news release says Darlene Denton suffered smoke inhalation in a field just east of her home off of State Road 10 in Lake Village and her death has been ruled accidental. Lake County Police, Newton County EMS and Fire also responded. No other information was available at this hour.
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Indiana Flu Deaths Up to 61

Indiana State Health officials say even though this year's flu shot was less effective than thought, it was still helpful in reducing hospitalizations and deaths. Sixty-one flu-related deaths have now been reported in Indiana, three more than the week before, most of the individuals being 65 and older, according to the latest weekly influenza report from the Indiana State Department of Health.
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INDIANAPOLIS—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that t...
 

Valpo Chamber Provides Downstate Update

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The Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce provides regular opportunities for its members to get downstate updates. One of those opportunities was this morning, featuring a conference call with a variety of Region lawmakers. Chamber President Rex Richards says the chamber hosts these calls the first and third Friday of each legislative session, and it gives business owners a chance to ask questions about specific pieces of legislation.
For more info, call the...
 

Indiana St Police Accepting Applications for Troopers

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The Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 73rd Recruit Academy. Individuals who are interested in a rewarding career as a Trooper with the Indiana State Police may apply online at http://www.in.gov/isp/2368.htm This website provides detailed information about the application process and other important information about the Indiana State Police.
Applications must be received by e-mail by the conclusion of March 31, 2013. Applications received after this date will not be...
 

Purdue West Lafayette Announces Tuition Freeze

Purdue says it will freeze tuition and most fees at current rates for the next two years at the West Lafayette campus. "In this period of national economic stagnation," Purdue President Mitch Daniels said,  it's time to "hit the pause button on tuition increases".  The last year without a tuition hike was 1976.  Tuition at Purdue's regional campuses is determined separately, and today's announcement does not pertain to Purdue Calumet in Hammond or Purdue North Central in Westville.
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Portage Mayor Gives 2013 State-of-the-City Address

To show how far the city has come in just one year, Portage Mayor, Jim Snyder started his 2013 address by citing last year's theme, which was "Portage is in a state of much-needed correction."  Mayor Snyder said "communication" is the key to this year's message.
The mayor said that Washington D.C. is invited to Portage to see how political affiliation can be put aside and real work be accomplished.
The mayor also said Portage's "greatest resource and greatest investment" is its personnel,...
   

LaPorte to Host Small Business Summit

Downtown La Porte is hosting a big event for small business -- the 2013 Small Business Summit, meant to jumpstart entrepreneurship in the downtown area. Tiffany Bley, Downtown Director, City of La Porte, the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce, says it's free, lunch will be provided, and geared toward current and prospective business owners unaware of the resources available in La Porte County.  Bley says the La Porte Urban Enterprise Association will also be there to talk about a new grant...
   

Lake County E-911 Director Resigns

Lake County is in need of a new E-911 Director, after Jeffery Cicillian announced his resignation Thursday morning during the E-911 Advisory meeting. Lake county is in the midst of a state-mandated consolidation of its dispatch centers, that if not completed by the end of next year will mean the loss of E-911 dollars from the state.
Here's more from the Times today:
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/lake-s-e--director-hangs-up-on-consolidation-process/article_a7e160be-a3d6-526e-af60-ffd94d70...
   

Major Indiana Jobs Announcement by Chrysler

Governor Mike Pence joined executives from Chrysler in Kokomo to announce the company's plans to invest 374 million dollars to expand its operations in north central Indiana, creating up to 1,250 new jobs by 2015. The governor called it a landmark project.   The company will install additional tooling and equipment to produce eight- and nine-speed transmissions in three of its Kokomo plants.In addition, Chrysler Group will acquire the former Getrag facility in Tipton to establish an additional a...
   

California Men Jailed After Region Traffic Stop

Two men from California were taken to the Jasper County Jail after police say a traffic stop on I-65 a few miles south of the Demotte exit Thursday afternoon turned up three suitcases of cash totaling about 315-thousand dollars. Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say in talking to the driver the trooper became suspicious of possible drug activity. The officer was assisted by his K-9 and Hobart Police. The suspects were arrested on a Class-C felony money laundering charge .
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Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs Recalled

Zachary Confections out of Frankfort, Indiana,  has recalled certain lots of its Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs and suspended further production because the treats have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.  The voluntary recall of the popular Easter treat was announced after a test of one lot detected salmonella. The firm said that it's recalling all lots of the product out of an abundance of caution. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall, firm officials...
   

Multiple Slideoffs, Spinouts in the Region

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Icy conditions throughout the Region.  Lake effect snow in Lake County  Slide-offs and spinouts this morning.  Interstate 65 in Lake County has been especially difficult with multiple accidents.
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MCPD Investigating Two Reported Sexual Assaults

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Michigan City Police are investigating two reported sexual assaults that have occurred in the within the last week. The first incident occurred Tuesday night at 11:30, in the area of Lafayette Street and Baker Avenue, and the suspects are two black males, the first of which is described as about five-feet ten-inches tall, with short braids, a light skin tone, and in his late twenties to early thirties. The second suspects is described as about five-feet eight-inches tall, with a darker skin...
   

ECPD to Partner with IU Northwest for Proactive Policing

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The East Chicago Police Department is teaming up with experts at I-U Northwest to seek better ways to allocate its resources for more proactive and productive policing. Chief Mark Becker says they are extremely excited about this opportunity with I-U Northwest, who have provided similar services to the City of Gary, and that they could receive information back as soon as next week.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Joseph Ferrandino, Ph. D., and...
   

SR 2 Closed Near County Rd 500 W by Boone Grove HS

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5:49pm- State Road 2 is reportedly closed near County Road 500 West, at last check, about a half-mile east of Boone Grove High School. Traffic tipsters report about a dozen or so rescue units are on the scene. No further information is available at this time.
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