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Governor Pence to Address Chamber in Hammond

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Northwest Indiana next week, where he'll address members of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's General Membership Luncheon at Dynasty Banquets in Hammond.  The Governor is expected to talk...
 

Researchers Look at Growing Corn in Caves

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A new technique developed by researchers from Purdue could allow some crops to be grown in caves or mines. Professor of Horticulture Cary Mitchell says isolated and enclosed environments can stop genetically modified pollen and seed from spreading, escaping into...
 

Lake Station Edison Track Team Receives Donation

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In Lake Station, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters members from Local 1005 presented the Edison High School Boys Track Team with a six-hundred dollar check, and the monies have gone toward purchasing disc and shot equipment, uniforms, sweat suits,...
 

State Officials Stress Water, Pool Safety

Indiana's state health commissioner says drowning is a preventable tragedy.  The unofficial start to the summer season is just days away, and this is Recreational Water Illness and Injury Week. State health officials are sending out a list of tips...
 

Unemployment Drops in the Region, State


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Unemployment took a major drop in the Region according to the latest data.  Indiana's jobless rate also fell in April.  The state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell point-two-percent last month, to five-point-seven percent, marking the ninth in a row of declines....
 

Gypsy Moth Treatments in Porter County

A yellow crop duster was spotted low over Valparaiso early this morning.  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the airplane is releasing a bacterium used in treatments to control the gypsy moth. The first local treatment at the Valpo...
 

Robocalls Trending Down in Indiana

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Hoosiers appear to be getting fewer robocalls. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says two years ago his officer got about one-thousand robocall complaints per month and now that number is down to about half. In April, Zoeller and Missouri Attorney...
 

Coast Guard Caps Off Extreme Ice-Breaking Season

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Another icy chapter closes on extreme winter 2014... The Great Lakes Coast Guard has officially concluded the nation's largest domestic ice breaking operation. The 160-day-long – over five-month-long – Operation Taconite included all of Lakes Michigan and Superior as well...
 

Valparaiso Traffic Advisory for Tree Removal

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In Valparaiso, a small section of Harrison Boulevard will be closed tomorrow (Tue May 20) from 9 am to 2 pm for completion of a tree removal. Public works crews will finish removing a tree that overhangs the entire roadway...
 

Lowell Joins IACT Plan to Stem Healthcare Costs

In Lowell, the town council has voted to join the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Medicaltrust to try and hold down healthcare costs for town employees. Today's Times reports Lowell was facing a 19-percent increase in premiums, and though...
 

Third MERS Case in US; Linked to NWI Patient

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Doctors are trying to determine how an Illinois man contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, from a Northwest Indiana patient after two brief meetings and a handshake. It's the third case of MERS is the United States, and...
   

Merrillville Boy Dies in Gun Accident

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In Merrillville, police say they continue to investigate the accidental shooting death of a four-year-old boy. Officers arrived at a home in the 64-hundred block of Cleveland Street and found the child unresponsive. The Lake County Coroners office says the...
   

East Chicago Plans Ribbon Cutting for Parks

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, the East Chicago Common Council and East Chicago Park Board have scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony at Kosciusko Park 151st street and Indianapolis Blvd. on Friday May 23, 2014 at 10am. City officials say the...
   

ArcelorMittal Provides Public Safety Grants

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Eleven local fire departments have received grants from steel giant ArcelorMittal to purchase rescue tools for serious crashes, and Highland Fire Chief Bill Timmer told the Region News Team his department was able to buy equipment that lets responders cut...
   

Officials Mark End of Major Sewer Project in Gary

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Local and federal officials gathered in Gary Friday to celebrate the completion of a major sewer project in the Black Oak section of the city. Congressman Pete Visclosky, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the US Army Corps of Engineers were...
   

McDermott Stepping Down as Chair, Eyes Future

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Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. says he's stepping down as chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party toward the end of June. The 45-year-old McDermott, who's been party chair for five years, said he wants to focus more attention on...
   

Deadline Extended for Indiana Grown Initiative

The Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture  have extended the application deadline for the Indiana Grown Initiative Commission to May 23.   On March 27, 2014, Governor Mike Pence signed into law a measure...
   

May 17 is Armed Forces Day

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Today (May 17) is Armed Forces Day. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August...
   

Valparaiso Street Closure for Tree Removal

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In Valparaiso there's a temporary street closure today (Sat May 17). City officials say from 6 am until noon, public works crews will be removing a tree that overhangs the entire roadway in the 500 block of Harrison Boulevard. The...
   

Monday, May 19th, is National Hepatitis Testing Day

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Hoosiers are invited to learn about the silent epidemic that affects over 4 million Americans--viral hepatitis.  According to the Indiana State Department of Health, iIn 2011 alone, more than 6-thousand cases of viral hepatitis were reported in Indiana, including the...

   

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