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SBOE Approves A-F Grades, Discusses Waiver Process

The Indiana State Board of Education today announced the approval of A-through-F grades for school corporations that were just released by the state's Department of Education. Indiana school corporations collectively earned one more A, 25 more B's and 18 fewer...
 

Public Meetings Next Month on NIRPC Amendments

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NIRPC is asking you to save the date regarding two public meetings that will be held next month as part of the public comment period on a number of proposed amendments to their 20-40 Comprehensive Regional Plan. Officials announced today...
 

Water Main Break Closes Portion Gostlin Ave in Hammond

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Police in Hammond report a water main break has Gostlin Avenue shutdown from Sheffield Avenue all the way to the state line. If your coming into Indiana from Illinois, Brainaird Avenue is closed at Burnham Avenue, so you may want...
 

Chicago Approves New Restrictions on E-Cigarettes

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The Chicago city council has approved new restrictions on electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. The move bans the devices from being used in the same places regular cigarettes are banned. Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed for the restrictions saying e-cigarettes target young...
 

Valpo Man Being Held on Sex Offense Complaint

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A 47 year old Valparaiso man is being held without bond in the Porter County Jail until formal charges are filed later today or tomorrow after a sex offense complaint was filed against him by his three daughters, who are...
 

New Poll Shows Americans Spilt Over Legalizing Pot

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Americans are split over pot at a time when Colorado and Washington State have approved its recreational use. ABC News reports   48 percent of Americans are against legalizing small amounts of pot for personal use. A new ABC News/Washington...
 

Driver Hits Pothole Patcher on SB State Road 49

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Drivers are being urged to slow down and stay alert when encountering crews patching potholes on interstates, US highways and state routes after a 33 year old Chesterton woman hit the rear of an INDOT truck this morning. Indiana State...
 

6000 Documents of Priest Sex Abuse Released

The Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest archdiocese in the nation, is handing over six thousand documents relating to priest sex abuse as part of a settlement. Bishop Francis Kane offered his apologies to all the people who have been...
 

Valpo PD Asking Residents to Use Their Rx Drop Off Box

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In Valparaiso, police announced today that almost 16-hundred pounds of prescription drugs were collected and destroyed in 2013. Valparaiso Police Sgt. Michael Grennes says it is important for residents to properly dispose of unwanted or old prescription drugs as prescription...

 

Burglary Investigated in Valparaiso

Police in Valparaiso are investigating the report of a burglary in the 18-hundred block of Beech Street Tuesday morning. Officials say the woman reported being gone five minutes shortly before 9 am, and returned home to find a man walking...
 

Potholes Menace Region

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Watch out for pothole patching crews out and about across the Region again today. Workers have been repairing road surfaces damaged by the severe winter weather and extreme temperature swings for days, nights and weekends. A recent report this morning...
   

Valparaiso to Host MLK Day Reflection

Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and the City of Valparaiso will host “Letters from Birmingham Jail,” a reflection on Martin Luther King at City Hall, January 20 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to join with city employees for this...
   

Two Region Companies Honored

Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann Tuesday presented 20 companies with the Indiana Small Business Development Center's Economic Development through Growth and Entrepreneurship, or EDGE, Awards during a Statehouse ceremony, and two Region companies are on that list -- Carmella's Miller Beach...
   

Two Injured in Jasper County Crash

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Two teenagers were injured in a three vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Jasper County.  Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 3:42 p.m., a 1997 Chevrolet driven by an 18-year-old Rensselaer resident, was stopped...
   

New Study Involves Indiana Juvenile Facilities

The Indiana Department of Correction is involved in a two-year study on the effect of expanded family visitation policies on youth incarcerated at juvenile facilities. Indiana Division of Youth Services was one of two sites to pilot the family engagement...
   

Groundbreaking for New Valpo Public Works Campus

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Groundbreaking was held this week for Valparaiso's new Public Works campus at 1855 Joliet Road. Public Works in Valpo is currently off Axe Avenue, in the 400 block of Don Hovey Drive just a little north of US 30 and...
   

Gary Lawmaker Urges Action on Potholes

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Gary State Representative Vernon Smith is urging the state to order the filling of potholes on Broadway between Gary and Merrillville. Smith has written a letter to Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner for the LaPorte District Bob Alderman, saying the...

   

Multiple Agencies Probe Fatal Fire

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Multiple agencies in Hammond -- police, code enforcement and fire -- are investigating a house fire in the 600 block of Sibley Street that claimed the lives of three young children last week. The city's attorney tells today's Times says...
   

Daniels Hopes to Freeze Tuition a Third Year

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Tuition at Purdue University's main campus in West Lafayette might be frozen for a third consecutive year, if University President Mitch Daniels has his way. Last year Purdue announced a two-year freeze that broke a 36-year string of tuition increases. ...
   

Former Portage Teacher Sentenced

A Porter County judge has accepted a plea agreement for a former Portage middle school teacher in an alleged 'sexting' case involving students. In November, Judge Mary Harper rejected an earlier plea deal saying she thought Bryan Tyman should serve...
   

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