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Lake Co a Pre-Qualified Finalist for Pre-K Pilot Program

Lake County is one of 18 counties in Indiana announced as pre-qualified finalists for the five-county pre-K pilot program. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, or FSSA, reports the pre-qualified counties represent 12 urban and six rural counties from...

LaPorte Co Jail Implements New Way to Access Inmate Info

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The LaPorte County Jail has implemented a new Automated Information System designed to allow the public 24 hours a day, seven-days a week access to inmate information. LaPorte County Jail Commander Michael Kellems told the Region News Team the new...

Americans Owe $1 Trillion in Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt is in the focus on Capitol Hill today. Americans owe one trillion dollars in student loan debt more than for credit cards or car loans. The Senate Budget Committee is hearing testimony from former students and economist...

One Dead After Canoeing Accident on Kankakee River

In southwest-suburban Wilmington, Illinois, a 20-year-old man is dead after a canoeing accident on the Kankakee River. Three others were able to get to safety. Responders using sonar located the man in the water Tuesday night, and he was pronounced...

Traffic Study Says Indy Among Least Congested

A new study on commute times says an Indiana city is one of the least congested while some of the worst traffic is out west.  According to GPS company TomTom, an average driver in Los Angeles spends ninety hours a...

Cave-in Rescue in Hammond

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In north Hammond Tuesday, crews used the Jaws of Life to rescue a 47-year-old man who became buried up to his shoulders in dirt. Hammond Fire Chief Jeff Smith tells the Region News Team the man apparently was trying to...

Cedar Lake Earmarks Dollars for S Shore Extension

The Cedar Lake Town Council has agreed to pledge funding to extending the South Shore commuter rail south from Hammond to Dyer, with the option of opting out in the future. Council members voted five-to-two to set aside 15-thousand dollars...

House Fire in Calumet City

In Calumet City, investigators think careless smoking may have sparked that fire that displaced five family members early today. Officials tell nwi-dot-com that a Calumet City firefighter on his way to work around 5:30 am saw smoke coming from a...

Strong Rip Currents Expected

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The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Beach Hazards Statement.  Dangerous swimming conditions are expected along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northwest Indiana, with strong rip currents, strong structural currents and high waves. Rip...

Gov Pence Opposes Proposed EPA Rules

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the state will oppose newly-proposed EPA regulations “using every means available”. The Obama Administration this week said they want carbon emissions from existing power plants reduced by thirty-percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030....

Board Votes to Close Six Gary Schools

The Gary School Board Tuesday voted to close about a third of their schools, including Lew Wallace STEM Academy, formerly Lew Wallace High School in the city's Glen Park neighborhood, as the district heads toward the 2014 academic year with...

Study Finds 1 in 4 Teens Don't Buckle Up in Vehicles

The message that "seat belts save lives" is old ... but it seems teens aren't listening. A new study finds that one in four teenagers doesn't buckle up every time they are in the car. Kate Carr, president and CEO...

Westville Correctional Facility Holds Annual Disaster Drill

The Westville Correctional Facility on Monday held its annual disaster drill in conjunction with local emergency response teams. Superintendent Mark Levenhagen told the Region News Team the drill, which this year involved a suspicious package at the main gate that...

No Serious Injuries reported in Dan Ryan Crash

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At this hour the outbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway remain closed between the Chicago Skyway and 95th St. due to an earlier crash involving a semi and a school bus carrying special needs adults. 
Published reports say at...

Hearing on Use Management Plan for Little Calumet River

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will be hosting a public hearing next week seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment for the East Branch of the Little Calumet River Use Management Plan. Officials report the document will explore and...

Chesterton Man Falsely Accused and Jailed

A Chesterton man is hoping to recover lost wages, legal fees and other expenses resulting from him being falsely accused and jailed for a crime he did not commit. The Times reports Steven Thompson was arrested at his home on...

Semi Driver Files False Report to Cover Up Drug Deal

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In Portage, police report an investigation by detectives into a reported shooting of a semi-tractor in the area of US 20 and Clem Road in Portage early this morning turned out to be false. Police report the driver of the semi admitted he...

AUDIO: IDHS Severe WX Tips

IDHS Spokesperson John Erickson told the Region News Team the National Weather Service says the highest threat for severe weather will be late tomorrow morning through the afternoon hours for Northern and Central Indiana so monitor weather reports.  To hear...

Report Finds 16% of Teachers are Chronically Absent

A simple way to improve public schools might be: make sure the teachers aren't playing hooky. ABC News says a new report shows one out of every 6 public school teachers misses more than three weeks of class. If a...

Crash near 95th St. Closes the Outbound Dan Ryan

If you have a spouse, family member or friend you know who regularly commutes from Chicago via the Dan Ryan, you might want to tell them to take the Skyway home tonight instead. is reporting an EMS Plan 1...

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