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Airport Authority Accepts Ordinance, Public Hearing Set

On Monday the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority accepted an ordinance for Aviation Facilities Company, or “AFCO” (af-coe), of Virginia, to operate and manage development. The approval sets the stage for a privatization deal, anticipated to last 40 years. The public...

Period of Heavy Snow Expected This Morning/Afternoon

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A period of heavy snow is expected this morning into the early afternoon hours mainly north of I-80. The National Weather Service in Chicago reports the snow could briefly fall heavy at times with localized accumulations of an inch or...

Region Potholes: A Result of Temperature Extremes

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The rise and fall in temperatures following last week's severe winter weather was the main ingredient that caused potholes to form quickly.
Matt Deitchley INDOT Northwest District says, potholes begin when water seeps into the cracks in a road and freezes, expanding...

Weather Could Make for a Challenging AM Commute

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Weather could once again be a factor in the morning commute in an area along and north of Interstate 80.
The National Weather Service office out of Chicago has issued a special weather statement warning of an intense band of...

Closing in on a Deal to Extend Unemployment Benefits

It's been two weeks since some nearly one in-a-half million out of the nation's unemployed received their last unemployment benefit check, but the Senate may be nearing a deal.  
According to ABC News' Steven Portnoy, Republican senators Dean...

Free Help Enrolling in Health Insurance Programs

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Persons in need of health insurance can learn what’s available and how to enroll during free programs, sponsored by Franciscan Alliance, in January and February at Southlake Mall.
Kim Eldridge, a representative of MDwise Hoosier Alliance insurance provider, will offer...


La Porte Co. December 2013 DUI Task Force Results

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The results are in for the Impaired Driving Patrols conducted by the La Porte County D-U-I Task Force during the month of December, 2013.
According to a task force press release, 28-patrols yielded a total of 340 vehiclesthat were stopped...


Budget Concerns Alarm Food Pantry Board

Increased costs due to a variety of factors are raising new budget concerns with members of the Portage Township Food Pantry Board. 
A pantry press release says while several businesses, churches and charity-mined individuals continue to support the pantry,...

Home Invasion, Robbery Suspect in Custody

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A La Porte man has been taken into custody in connected to an armed robbery at a neighboirhood tavern and an alleged home invasion that occurred early Sunday morning in La Porte. 
Reports say police en route to an armed robbery in progress in the 500 block of Tipton St. were informed that witnesses were chasing the suspect on nearby Brighton St. Upon arrival to that location, officers observed two males pinning down and assaulting another male against a silver SUV.
Further investigating showed that the subject being detained had allegedly just entered an apartment in the 600 block of Tipton Ave. and reportedly robbed a subject at gunpoint. He then fled the apartment where he was chased to where the SUV was located.
The suspect identified as 20 year-old Zackery Padgett is charged with robbery, a Class B felony.
All defendants are presumed innocent until/ unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and are entitled to have a trial before a judge or a jury.



IU NW Offering Free Tax Preparation Starting 2/7/14

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Beginning Friday, Feb. 7 and continuing on most Friday evenings through April, Northwest Indiana families with less than $50,000 in annual income may take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics. This service provides free electronic tax filing of federal and state returns for local families.

VITA sessions take place by appointment on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building at IU Northwest, located near Jefferson Street and 35th Avenue.

Families are asked to bring all W-2 forms, 1099s, Social Security and government payment notices, any tax rebate amounts received, and any other notices of income, mortgage interest, taxes paid, qualified tuition payments, contributions, rents paid, names and addresses of landlords, and any other tax-related information, as well as all family and dependent Social Security numbers and birthdates. Individuals are also asked to bring a photo ID.

There are no charges for this service and refunds are typically received within 10 days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

To provide this service, the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics and the Accounting and Business Student Organization have teamed with Northwest Indiana Community Action and the Internal Revenue Service. Business and accounting students at IU Northwest are trained by faculty members and Internal Revenue Service representatives to prepare the tax returns.

For more than 30 years, students with IU Northwest’s AACSB-accredited School of Business have received practical, hands-on experience in tax preparation and customer service, while Northwest Indiana families have enjoyed access to free tax-preparation services.

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For more information or to make an appointment, contact the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics at (219) 980-6552....

INDOT: Crews Working to Fill Potholes

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NORTHWEST INDIANA – Northwest Indiana drivers are asked to be on alert for potholes on interstates, U.S. highways, and state routes. The rise and fall in temperatures following last week’s severe winter weather was a recipe for potholes to form quickly. As temperatures continue to rise and fall through the winter season, more potholes are likely to form. When the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is not clearing snow, ice or storm debris, crews are focused on maintaining and preserving the state’s roads and bridges, which mainly consists of pothole patching in the winter months.
INDOT crews worked all weekend long to fill potholes in the Northwest Indiana District. All this despite an exhausting previous week on the roads clearing snow and ice from our recent winter storm which saw them on the roads 24 hours a day, for five days. Crews are filling potholes as quickly as possible, but with 5,000 lane miles to maintain in the Northwest Indiana District alone, it’s a big job.
Potholes begin when water seeps into the cracks in a road and freezes, expanding the layers of pavement, stone and soil beneath the surface. As the ice melts and contracts, heavy highway traffic further loosens the pavement, forming potholes.
With temperatures too low for paving, most of Indiana’s hot mix asphalt plants are now closed. During the winter INDOT uses cold mix – a mixture of small stone and liquid asphalt – as a temporary patch. Even after being filled with cold patch, the same pothole requires ongoing maintenance and can reopen several times throughout the winter. When the asphalt plants reopen in the spring, INDOT maintenance crews clean out and then repair potholes with hot mix, providing a smoother, more permanent fix.
For the past several years, INDOT has been expanding its Pavement Preservation Program to improve pavement friction and seal tiny cracks before potholes form. For every dollar invested, research estimates that pavement preservation saves taxpayers $6 to $14 in future maintenance and construction costs. Pavement preservation also uses fewer natural resources than reconstruction and significantly reduces motorist inconvenience.
To report a pothole on a numbered state route, interstate or U.S. highway, call 1-855-GO-INDOT.
INDOT urges motorists to slow down and stay alert when encountering pavement maintenance crews. Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the INDOT social media channels: or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service....

Packed House Hears Testimony on Proposed Marriage Bill

The Indiana House Chamber, gallery and hallway was full of Hoosiers opposed to the proposed marriage amendment this morning as the House Judiciary Committee listened to testimony. State Representative David Niezgodski says also on the agenda is House Bill 1153, which Republicans say clarifies the amendment's language in case of a court challenge.
Representative Niezgodski called House Bill 1153, “highly unusual and unnecessary” and says he is confident the proposed marriage bill would be challenged if it passes. ...

Two Semi Tractors Stolen During Blizzard Found in IL

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Blizzard conditions last weekend resulted in numerous crashes, spin-outs and slide-offs, but it also resulted in two semi tractors being stolen from Great Lakes Peterbilt in Portage. Portage Police report the General Manager received a call from an officer of the Wheeling Police Department who stated he had located two tractors and asked if they belonged to them, and after checking their inventory found that they indeed had two missing. Video footage captured on Sunday, January 5th, at 3:13am, showed two subjects enter and leave the area in the tractors and that the entire theft took two-and-a-half minutes. Wheeling Police located the two red 2007 Peterbilt tractors parked at a local business. Police report, at this time, it is uncertain if anything was taken from the tractors or if they sustained any damage due to the theft and there is no witnesses or suspects....

Two Dead in Chicago River Trying to Rescue Cellphone

In Chicago, it appears two people have died in the frozen Chicago River ... trying to rescue a cellphone. ABC News reports that according to police a man's cell phone slipped from his hands into the Chicago River, and he jumped in to get it. Two friends jumped in after him.
One man is dead. A woman is presumed dead and still in the water. A third man is going to be OK....

Traffic Light Out at Sturdy Road and US 30 in Valpo

Traffic tipsters are reporting the traffic light at Sturdy Road and US 30 in Valparaiso is dead. Until the issue can be resolved please treat the intersection as a four-way stop. ...

Flood Warning Continues for Kankakee River at Shelby

Ice and flooding ... causing a lot of trouble in Illinois and other states. ABC News reports the water wasn't rising, but freezing in Chicago, where three people plunged into the icy Chicago River, leaving one dead, and another in critical condition. That third person is still missing.
In northwest Indiana, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning until further notice for the Kankakee River at Shelby. ...

GM Recall of Some GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverados

A recall from General Motors involving it's Silverrado and Sierra pickups. ABC News reports GM's asking more than a third of a million Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra owners to get a software fix to avoid a potential fire. The company says drivers have reported at least 8 fires but no injuries.  GM's asking customers to not leave their trucks idling unattended or risk overheating the exhaust system and sparking a fire. ...

Pence on Passing of Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon

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Indianapolis, IN - Governor Pence issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence met privately with former Prime Minister Sharon during a congressional delegation trip to Israel in 2004.
"Today, we mark the passing of Ariel Sharon, a soldier and a leader who served the nation of Israel in times of war and peace. Prime Minister Sharon dedicated his life to the security and well-being of our most cherished ally and he will forever be remembered with respect by her people and her friends. Our prayers are with his loved ones and all those who mourn the passing of this warrior and leader of Israel."...

New Study Says School is Less Safe than the Streets

ABC News reports the latest study on school safety shows school less safe than the streets. Researchers writing in the journal Pediatrics find that a large proportion of school related injuries are intentional. The analysis from emergency room data indicates that children are more likely to be assaulted in their schools than anywhere else. The researchers from Brown University and Case Western say especially in cases of middle or high school, if a child is hurt at school, it's more likely to have been an intentional assault rather than an accident....

Two Children Hurt in Hammond House Fire Released

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An investigation continues into a house fire in Hammond Wednesday night in the 600 block of Sibley Street that left three young children dead and three others injured. Two children injured in the fire were released from the hospital over the weekend, while the father, Andre Young remains in critical condition. Hammond Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Margraf says he's going to be a survivor.
The father reportedly had suffered third-degree burns saving the two children. A preliminary investigation points to two space heaters being a factor in the fire. Hammond Chief Fire Inspector, Michael Opinker told the Region News Team on Thursday that at least one space heater was connected to a propane tank and was being used to heat the lower level of the home, which had no electricity or gas....

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