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Near-Record Ice Cover on Great Lakes

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Another byproduct of the extreme cold this winter -- near-record ice cover on the Great Lakes.   The lakes are generally about half frozen over this time of year, but this winter ice is covering nearly 80-percent of the Great Lakes...
 

New Lake Central HS Wing Showcased

An olympic-size pool and an auto shop classroom that resembles an actual dealership... that's some of what the community got a chance to see in tours of the new three-story classroom addition at Lake Central High School Sunday. Major renovation...
 

Munster Fire Chief Passes Away

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The fire chief of Munster passed away suddenly over the weekend. Reports say James Knesek died Saturday afternoon from an apparent heart attack at home. Knesek, a lifelong resident of the community, was an employee of the town for 34...
 

'Quick Burst' of Snow Expected

The National Weather Service says accumulating snow will spread across the Chicago metropolitan area today (Saturday) with a 'quick burst' of moderate snow during the midday/afternoon hours.  Snowfall could reduce visibilities to 1/2 mile and snowfall rates could approach one-inch...
 

Hobart Buying 'Greener' Garbage Truck

In Hobart, the city's trash collection service is going greener. With the help of a 114-thousand dollar grant that will cover part of the cost, the city is purchasing a new garbage truck that will run on compressed natural gas,...
 

Hoosiers Warned of Jury Duty Scam

Authorities say several Indiana trial courts have alerted the Division of State Court Administration and Indiana Judicial Center to a possible scam involving fake jury duty phone calls. There have only been a few incidents, but court leaders and Indiana...
 

Jerry Ross Selected for Astronaut Hall of Fame

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Jerry Ross
Crown Point native, space shuttle astronaut Jerry Ross has been selected for induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Ross and space shuttle astronaut Shannon Lucid, the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Space Station...
 

Crime Down 22 Percent in Valparaiso

Overall crime in Valparaiso dropped 22-percent last year.  According to the yearly report released Friday, a major element of the drop was a decrease in thefts and burglaries in the city. In 2012, the crime rate dropped 14-percent from 2011...
 

State Revenues Below Forecast for January

Indiana's monthly revenue report for state tax collections in January 2014 was released Friday. The amount was two-point-eight percent below what was forecast. Here's more info:
 
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• State general fund revenues for January were $1,333.2 million, which is...
 

NATO 3 Found Not Guilty of Terrorism Charges

A jury in Chicago has found three protesters not guilty of terrorism charges, after being accused of planning to ignite Molotov cocktails during the 2012 NATO Summit. ABC News reports the three men Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Church,...
 

Tallian to Seek Re-Election to State Senate

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Two-term incumbent Indiana State Democratic Senator Karen Tallian, of Portage, announced today (Friday) she will seek re-election. Tallian, who was appointed to the seat in 2005 and elected to a full-term in 2006 and 2010, will be running unopposed as...
   

Apple Says What You Say to Siri Stored for 5 Years

When you speak to Siri, the iPhone personal assistant, she's not the only one who's listening. Critics are suggesting she's a secret spy of sorts. ABC News reports Apple has already admitted recording every word you say to Siri, but...
   

RDA Makes Major Commitment to S. Shore Rail Expansion

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(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner. ABOVE: RDA chairman Don Fesko calls meeting to order.
BELOW: RDA Vice Chair Harley Snyder speaks of the economic benefits of commuter rail expansion)
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Crown Point, IN (February 7, 2014) – The first phase of...
   

Public Meeting to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes

A public meeting will be held next week in Portage for residents to comment on the recently released report by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the federal governments options for keeping invasive species like the Asian carp out...
   

AUDIO: Pence Extends Safety Award to NWI Responders

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(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner)
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence was at Portage Fire Station one this morning to present a first of its kind award to public safety responders in the Region. Governor Pence stated that responders here in northwest...
   

Highland Residents Asked to Not Park on Public Streets

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Large volumes of snow in Highland has authorities asking residents to please park in your driveways whenever possible. Highland Police report the snow has caused the narrowing of public streets and so an emergency exists with parking and access by...
   

USPS Reports $334 Million 1st Quarter Loss for FY 2014

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The US Postal Service lost 334 million dollars in the first quarter of this fiscal year. ABC News reports despite growth in package delivery last quarter, CFO Joe Corbett says by the end of the year the Postal Service won't...
   

Pence Outlines Pothole Plan in NW Indiana

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Record snowfall, low temperatures and repeated freeze/thaw cycles have taken their toll on roadways in northwest Indiana and across the state. Indiana Governor Mike Pence held a press conference this afternoon at the Gary INDOT/Traffic...
   

Tips Lead to Drug Arrest/Stolen Guns in Gary

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office announced today a 32 year old Gary man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday after the County's Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at an apartment...
   

12 Years in Prison for Cozmanoff

A 44 year old Lakes of the Four Seasons man was sentenced to 12 years in prison today in the hit-and-run crash that killed Lake County Corrections Officer Brittney Meux and injured three others in March 2012. Jason Cozmanoff was...
   

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