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BP: Vast Majority of Oil on Lake and Shoreline Recovered

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BP reports this evening that crews have recovered a vast majority of oil that had been visible on the surface of a cove-like area of Lake Michigan and on the shoreline between the...
 

Second Nissan Recall Due to Airbag Problem

Nissan is recalling a million cars, SUVs and vans - for a second time - because of an airbag problem. ABC News reports the problem is with the front passenger airbag - which Nissan says - may not inflate in...
 

NLRB Says Northwestern Football Players Can Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board has approved Northwestern University football players' application to unionize. ABC News reports Northwestern players, including senior quarterback Kane Colter, argued they should be considered university employees because of all the time spent practicing, playing and...
 

ArcelorMittal to Participate in National Walking Day

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ArcelorMittal in Northwest Indiana joins the American Heart Association in encouraging local residents to take a walk at work or home on "National Walking Day" Wednesday, April 2nd. 
 
According to a heart association press release the program includes taking...

 

Neighbor Hailed as Hero for Rescuing Couple from Fire

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A neighbor who helped rescue a Hammond couple from their burning home this morning is being called a hero for his actions. Hammond Chief Fire Inspector Michael Opinker told the Region News Team they believe the fire started in the...
 

Train Operator Admits to Dozing Off Before Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board says the operator of a Chicago train admitted to dozing off before the train hit a bumper and rolled up an escalator Monday morning. ABC News reports according to Ted Turpin with the NTSB, the...
 

Hammond PD Issues 948 Citations During Enforcement Blitz

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Hammond Police recently issued a total of 984 citations during the course of their participation in the statewide traffic enforcement blitz which ran from February 28 th through March 23 rd . Lt. Patrick Vicari told the Region News Team,...
 

Steelworker Dies from Injuries in February Accident

A steelworker severely injured after falling into scalding water at ArcelorMittal's East Chicago Mill last month has died as the result of complications sustained from his injuries. The Times reports 62 year old Robert “Lane” Watts, of Westville, passed away...
 

Hoosiers Getting Refunds in E-Book Case

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says electronic book customers are beginning to get refunds this week as a result of a multistate case against five major US publishers involving alleged price-fixing. Zoeller says about 370-thousand Indiana e-book buyers will get...
 

GE Aviation Chooses Indiana for New Factory

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (March 26, 2014) – Governor Mike Pence joined David Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, the world’s largest jet engine manufacturer, today to announce the company’s plans to locate a new $100 million jet engine...
 

Coast Guard Response to Lake Michigan Oil Spill

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Cleanup crews work along the Lake Michigan shoreline near the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Ind., March 25, 2014, to recover crude oil discharged from the refinery. Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Chicago were on scene to...
   

Griffith Earmarks Dollars for Rail Extension

Griffith has pledged to chip in to the effort to bring the South Shore line to south Lake County, but not to the extent that Congressman Pete Visclosky has been requesting. The Town Council Tuesday night agreed to earmark, on...
   

Man Dies After Jumping onto Hammond Roadway

In Hammond, police say a 46-year-old Chicago man died after jumping from a closed off section of Cline Avenue onto Calumet Avenue on the north side of the city in the Robertsdale neighborhood. Officers responded to the area shortly after...
   

Steel Caucus Hearing on State of the Industry

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Indiana Democratic Congressman Pete Visclosky delivered opening remarks at a House Steel Caucus hearing on the state of the steel industry Tuesday. Visclosky said in Northwest Indiana and areas throughout the country, it is imperative that investment is made in...
   

County Health Rankings for Region, State, US

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An annual report on county health places Lake County at 77th. LaPorte was at number 72. Porter was nearer the top at number 14. Jasper was more in the middle at 48; Starke was at 88, and Newton at 49....
   

Radio One Communications Announces Sale to Adams Radio Group

Minneapolis, MN - March 25, 2014: Radio One Communications has agreed to sell its radio cluster in Valparaiso, IN, to Adams Radio Group of Northern Indiana, LLC. Kalil & Company was the broker in the transaction.
Ron Stone, President and...
   

Three Meetings on Transit Projects

Three public meetings are scheduled today (Wednesday), all in LaPorte County, on two high-profile transit-related topics in the Region. NIRPC is gathering feedback on funding for the Tier II (two) Environmental Impact Study for the proposed South Shore line expansion...
   

US EPA Response to BP Whiting Oil Spill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, US Coast Guard, and Indiana Department of Environmental Management were among those responding to the spill of an unknown volume of oil into Lake Michigan from the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. EPA officials say...
   

NWI Skywarn Recruiting Volunteer Storm Spotters

On the heels of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Indiana, Northwest Indiana Skywarn is looking for more eyes to watch the sky. 
 
More trained spotters out in the field will likely mean people will have more notice of any...
   

Family Structure Key to Upward Mobility

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This year is the 50th Anniversary when President Johnson declared war on poverty in the U-S. According to a new Harvard study, Gary is among the 12 of 17 regions in Indiana below the national average when it comes to...
   

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