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Be Ready with Three Days of Emergency Supplies

From the Indiana Department of Homeland Security: According to a 2013 survey of Hoosiers, 51 percent of respondents believe emergency personnel would be able to arrive at their residence within six hours of a widespread disaster. However, in a disaster,...
 

Sen Coats in NWI, Discusses 'Sound Regulation Act'

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Indiana Republican US Senator Dan Coats says he wants to reduce red tape and eliminate unnecessary federal rules for Hoosier businesses.  Coats held a roundtable this morning with the Northwest Indiana Forum on his recently-introduced Sound Regulation Act,   which...
 

Planners Get Update on Cline Avenue Bridge

Construction is expected to begin this year on a new Cline Avenue bridge in East Chicago. The new structure will be a toll bridge, replacing the former Cline Avenue extension that was closed in December 2009 over safety concerns. The...
 

US 30 Delays, Signal Issues

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A traffic advisory for motorists traveling through the Merrillville and Crown Point area this morning... Traffic signal US 30 at Taft has been dark. Expect delays.  Authorities say treat intersections where traffic lights are out as 4-way stop....
 

Coroners Report Shows Heroin Problem 'Escalating'

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says his end of year report for 2013 shows the county's heroin problem "has continued to escalate at an alarming rate."  Other data from the coroner's report show the number of suicides decreased from 36...
 

Hoosiers Encouraged to Prepare for Severe Weather

This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, and pocal, state and national organizations are encouraging Hoosiers to prepare now for thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding.  State agencies, including the Indiana Public Safety Commission, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana State Police,...
 

Weather Suspends Search for Missing Doctor

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In Colorado, the search for a doctor from northwest Indiana who disappeared on a hiking trip near Vail was suspended Tuesday due to a winter storm. Police say 39-year-old Dr. James McGrogan, a Chesterton native, hasn't been seen since Friday...
 

Lawmakers Approve Indiana Hemp Bill

Among the bills sent to Governor Mike Pence this legislative session was one that would allow the cultivation and production of industrial hemp in Indiana. Milltown State Senator Democrat Richard Young says his proposal, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 357, can...
 

Griffith Contemplating Rail Expansion Request

In Griffith, Congressman Pete Visclosky spoke before the Town Council Tuesday, stressing the need for local officials to commit dollars toward extending the South Shore to the south. Municipalities across Lake County are being asked to earmark revenues from a...
 

Living History Exhibit at Indiana Welcome Center

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Civil war buffs and Abraham Lincoln aficionados alike will want to make plans to see the South Shore Civil War Memorial exhibit titled, "Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln" at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond that opened on March 8th.  ...
 

Indiana Receives Federal Preparedness Grants

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The US Department of Homeland Security announced today that nearly five-million dollars in federal preparedness grants have been allocated to Indiana for fiscal year 2014. Indiana US Senator Dan Coats says the funds will be used to prepare Hoosier communities...
   

Portable Scales Help to Find Overweight Semis

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(Photos Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
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The weather this winter has been a significant factor for the pothole problem afflicting northwest Indiana, but overweight semi's are also a contributing factor. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports, just before...
   

Food Prices Rising

The Labor Department said today inflation was tame last month - it rose only one tenth of one percent. But food prices went up four times that much (.04 percent), the largest increase in nearly two and a half years....

   

Suspect in Custody in IL for Taking Ambulance in Highland

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A Gary man was taken into custody by Chicago Police after he stole an ambulance in Highland this afternoon. The Lake County Sheriff's Office report they received a call of a stolen...
   

Van Til's Campaign Finances Under Investigation

The campaign finances of former Lake County Surveyor George Van Til are under investigation. The Times reports the Lake County Elections Board is prepared to fine Van Til for failing to file a campaign finance disclosure form, which was to...
   

Two Subjects Charged for Catalytic Converter Thefts

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Two suspects are in custody in Lake County charged with the numerous catalytic converter thefts which have been occurring throughout Porter County. Valparaiso Police today announced 42 year old Eric Goodson, of Merrillville, and 28 year old Edward Fouts, of...
   

Teen Arrested for Shoving Child to the Ground

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An 18 year old LaPorte man was taken into custody on Monday evening and charged with felony battery of a child less than 14 years old. LaPorte Police report the 18 year old was playing basketball with some children in...
   

Fronius Donates Solar Inverters to Career and Tech Center

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(Photo Courtesy of Brent Brown. Thomas Enzendorfer, Director, Solar Energy Division,
Fronius USA along with Porter County Career and Technical Education Center students.)
Fronius USA LLC today donated two solar inverters to the Porter County Career and Technical Center. Electronics...
   

Pratt Industries Breaks Ground on Valpo Expansion

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(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner. ABOVE: (from left to right) RDA CEO Bill Hanna,
Pratt Industries Global Chairman, Anthony Pratt and Valparaiso Mayor, Jon Costas
join others in breaking ground for the planned expansion of Pratt Industries in Valparaiso.)
After...

   

Primary Election Day in Illinois

The Illinois primary is underway, featuring a a high-profile GOP race with four candidates vying to challenge incumbent Governor Democrat Pat Quinn this fall – businessman Bruce Rauner, Illinois State Senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, and Illinois State Treasurer Dan...

   

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