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Two NW Indiana Banks Receive National Honor

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A number of banks in the Hoosier state, members of the Indiana Bankers Association, were honored in April as “Top 200 Community Banks” in the country by American Banker magazine, including two in northwest Indiana. Horizon Bank in Michigan City...
 

Secret Tracking Through Smart Phone Apps

You may like how your smart-phone's geo-location services can show you the closest coffee shop, but that technology also put you at risk of being stalked. The use of so-called "stalking apps" -- which can secretly track people through their...
 

Donations Sought for Resale Shop to Benefit Those in Need

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A not-for-profit organization in Porter County is now accepting donations for a resale store anticipated to open in Chesterton by the end of June. Judy Alders, Executive Director of NeighborhoodLink Porter County, told the Region News Team they are accepting...
 

Ofcky Search Continues, ATF Leading Investigation

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The search continues for a LaPorte County man charged for possession of an explosive device. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports they were called to the 72-hundred block of County Road 125...
 

Observance Celebrates Cancer Survivors

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An observance was recently held honoring patients who have survived cancer at Franciscan St. Margaret Health's Hammond and Dyer campuses. The observance was part of the annual National Cancer Survivors Day program. Officials...
 

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

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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

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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...
   

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