A Hoosier Summer Picnic for less than $6.00 per person

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IN Farm Bureau logo An Indiana Farm Bureau survey shows Hoosiers can plan a summer picnic for less than $6 per person.
Hoosiers can serve a summer cookout of their favorite picnic foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk for less than $6 per person, according to an informal survey conducted by Indiana Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The average cost to feed 10 people is $54.89, or $5.49 per person, according to IFB’s survey. The American Farm Bureau survey showed a total cost of $57.20.

            “Although retail food prices have increased modestly over the past year or so, most Americans should be able to find summer picnic foods at close to the average prices found by our volunteer shoppers,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist at AFBF.

            “For many of us, nothing says the Fourth of July more than firing up the grill to prepare a meal,” Anderson said.

“As we celebrate America’s independence and the freedoms that so many have defended, we can also celebrate our country’s safe and affordable food supply,” said Isabella Chism, IFB 2nd vice president and chair of the Indiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, which is in charge of the market-basket survey program.

The summer picnic menu for 10 consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, chocolate milk, watermelon for dessert, and ketchup and mustard.

Sixteen volunteer shoppers participated in IFB’s survey. A total of 60 volunteer shoppers in 22 states, including Indiana, participated in the AFBF survey.

            The picnic survey is part of Farm Bureau’s market-basket series, which also includes the annual Thanksgiving survey and two market-basket surveys on common food staples that can be used to prepare everyday meals.

Average Retail Prices – July Fourth Picnic Survey:

Picnic item
 AFBF price
Ground round (pre-cooked weight), 2 pounds
Package of hamburger buns
Mixed meat hot dogs (1-pound package)
Package of hot dog buns
American cheese slices (1-pound package)
Pork spare ribs, 4 pounds
Deli potato salad, 3 pounds
Baked beans, 28-ounce can
Corn chips, 15-ounce bag
Lemonade (pre-mixed), 2 quarts
Chocolate milk (pre-mixed), 2 quarts
Watermelon, 4 pounds
Ketchup, 20-ounce bottle
Mustard, 16-ounce bottle
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Swine Influenza Cases in Indiana Increase to 12

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State health officials continue to encourage Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves at county and 4H fairs around the state this summer following detection of 12 cases of variant influenza A (H3N2v), also known as swine influenza. At least 10 individuals had exposure to swine at the Grant and Hancock county fairs and one individual had contact with swine at their home farm.  Variant influenza A H3N2v was identified in Indiana last year, with a total of 138 cases in 2012.

The Indiana State Department of Health and local health departments continue to investigate these cases. Human infections with swine influenza are rare but have most commonly occurred after close proximity to live infected pigs, such as working with them in barns and livestock exhibits at fairs. Influenza viruses are not transmitted by eating pork and pork products. 

“There’s no reason why Hoosiers shouldn’t enjoy our county and 4H fairs this summer,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “But now that we know swine influenza is circulating, it’s going to be important to take some extra precautions around the animals.”

Since there is no vaccine available for people to protect against this variant influenza A virus, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid sources of exposure to the virus. When spending time around animals this summer, State health officials recommend the following:

·         Wash hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal.

·         Never eat, drink or put anything in your mouth when visiting animal areas and avoid face-to-face contact with animals.

·         People at high risk for flu complications should avoid close contact with swine in the fair setting particularly.

Symptoms of variant influenza A include: fever, cough, sore throat, chills, headache and muscle aches. Diarrhea and nausea may occur in children. Symptoms can begin approximately one to four days after being exposed to the illness and last from two to seven days.

State health officials recommend contacting your health care provider if you begin experiencing flu-like symptoms. And if you have visited a fair or been around animals, let your health care provider know. Influenza antiviral drugs can treat infection with this type of flu and quick treatment is especially important for people who are at high risk of serious flu complications, including the very young, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease and pregnant women.

According to the State Board of Animal Health, 29 pigs from the Grant and Hancock county fairs have tested positive for influenza.  It is not uncommon for pigs to be infected with swine influenza viruses, but not show any signs of illness. If ill with influenza they typically recover.

While influenza is not an uncommon diagnosis in pigs, the State Board of Animal Health encourages swine owners to contact a veterinarian if their animals show signs consistent with flu, including coughing, respiratory illness, off-feed and fever. Most county fairs have a private veterinary practitioner on call for on-site assistance.

The State Board of Animal Health has encouraged county fair officials to do the following:

·         monitor the health of all pigs for any signs of illness at check-in and throughout the event;

·         vaccinate pigs, when appropriate; and,

·         reduce the number of days the swine are housed on site.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 309 infections with variant influenza A H3N2v in the United States. According to the CDC, most of these infections resulted in mild illness, though 16 people were hospitalized and one person died. Most of the people who were hospitalized and the individual who died had one or more high risk conditions.

For more information about variant influenza A H3N2v, visit or follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at
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Cline Avenue Ramp Set to Close for Repaving Work

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Indot Logo color The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of the southbound Cline Avenue ramp (SR 912) to westbound I-80/I-94 beginning Monday, July 8th through July 22nd. Crews will be repaving sections of the ramp as part of a larger project involving I-80/I-94, between Cline Avenue and the Illinois state line. Additional I-80/I-94 lane restrictions and ramp closures are expected in the coming months.

Drivers wishing to travel southbound on Cline Avenue to westbound I-80/I-94 will be detoured east on I-80/I-94 to the Broadway exit (SR 53), then back on I-80/I-94 westbound.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest road closures and news from INDOT, like us at and follow us at

You can find traffic restriction information at  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
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Violence Reduction Grant Helps get Criminals off Streets

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Within the last week the Griffith Police Department arrested 31 year old Antione T Gaines of Gary Indiana for a warrant arrest and 24 year old Jay Shawn Phippips III from Griffith Indiana for Driving While Suspended on two separate instances. The Griffith Police Department also arrested 23 year old Robert Timothy Donya Horton of Gary Indiana for Possession of Marijuana. These arrests stem from a cooperation with Officers of the Griffith, Highland and Munster Indiana Police Departments using the Violence Reduction Initiative Task Force Grant. The Violence Reduction Grant, which was obtained by the Highland Police Department, has allowed conspicuously increased police presence throughout the three communities. The result of these actions has resulted in traffic and investigative stops netting these arrests and numerous traffic violations within the Town of Griffith and will continue through the summer at various times and locations.
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EB Borman Backing Up Due to Crash at I-65

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The right lane of the eastbound I-80/94 exit ramp onto southbound I-65 is blocked with several rescue vehicles and a fire truck due to a rollover crash with injuries reportedly involving two vehicles.  Drivers can expect stop and go traffic with heavy volume from Cline Avenue to I-65.
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Merrillville Man Shot in Leg in Calumet Township

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigation a shooting incident from Tuesday night in Calumet Township. The Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrived at one-thousand block of West 52nd Drive around 8pm, and found a 21 year old Merrillville man lying on the floor in the common area of the apartment building with a gunshot wound to the leg whose was hospitalized. Authorities have determined that words were exchanged between the victim and his companion, along with two other subjects, at which time the two suspect individuals walked toward the victim and began shooting, before fleeing the area.
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Fundraising Events for Relay for Life of Duneland

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Dangerous Divas, a team for this year's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Duneland, will host a bake sale during the Family 4th Fest on Thursday, July 4 at Hawthorne Park in Porter. The team has coordinated with the Chesterton Lions Club to have their delicious baked goods available during the annual pancake breakfast and turtle derby the morning.
Dangerous Divas was formed by Kylee Donnella, who lost her “Nana” to cancer.   She decided to form a team to honor her.   After talking to her friends about forming a team, she realized that being 12 years old doesn’t make you immune to cancer. Lots of Kylee’s friends had mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends who have fought cancer. Her team is a group of 12 to 13 year old girls committed to giving cancer a run for its money.
Please come out an support Kylee’s team as all proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life of Duneland, which will be held from noon to 6 a.m. July 13-14 at Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Ave. For more information about this year’s relay, please visit
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Billy’s Sound Factory and the Hope, Faith, Family Relay for Life of Duneland team invite you to grab a friend, a few bucks and cast your vote for your favorite singer competing in this year’s karaoke fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
The team will be leading the karaoke singing contest and collecting votes (donations) during the evening hours on Friday, July 5 at Westchester Lanes and Lounge, 124 N. 8th Street, Chesterton. The finals will be 10 p.m. July 13 at this year’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Duneland at Chesterton Middle School, 651 W. Morgan Ave., Chesterton.
For more information about the Relay Idol contest, please call Becky at (219) 873-0626, or if you are interested in starting or joining a team, log on to If you’re not able to join a team, simply log on to make a donation.
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ISP to Dedicate More Staff to Process Apps for Gun Licenses

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Indianapolis, IN - The Indiana State Police Department is responsible for issuing licenses to carry a handgun to citizens of Indiana that request a license. The Department is required to issue or deny the request - stating the denial cause - within 60 days from the time an application is submitted. Efforts to meet the time frame requirement have not been met due to a significant rise in the number of requests for handgun licenses. This is attributable to the number of shootings across the country, coupled with national news stories debating more restrictive gun laws.
Historically, applications received for a license to carry a handgun averaged around 5,200 per month, but increased dramatically toward the end of 2012. January of 2013 resulted in more than 23,000 application requests being submitted to the state police. The level of demand has marginally decreased in the months that followed, falling to just over 6,500 new license requests in June. However, the overall monthly increase has led to a substantial backlog in applications, pushing processing time to more than 110 days.
To eliminate the backlog, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter ordered a thorough evaluation of the procedures involved to issue a license to carry a handgun. Based on this comprehensive review, processes are being streamlined and additional personnel have been added to process some 45,000 pending applications. The review process also included plans to address future spikes in application requests. Barring unforeseen circumstances the backlog should be eliminated within eight to ten weeks of July 1st. New license applications received after mid September 2013 are expected to be processed within the required 60 day timeframe.
It is important to note that during the seven months from December of 2012 through June of 2013, the state police received 91,940 applications for a license to carry a handgun. To offer a point of contrast, for all of 2012 there were 62,934 applications received and processed, which resulted in the issuance of 60,906 new handgun licenses.
To decrease processing time of applications the state police encourage all applicants to submit their application and fingerprints electronically. While all applications are required to be electronically submitted there is an option to submit fingerprints that are either hand rolled or scanned onto paper print cards, or prints that are electronically recorded and immediately emailed to the Indiana State Police for verification and processing. Applications submitted with hand rolled or scanned finger prints take about two weeks longer to process than the electronically transferred fingerprints.
Superintendent Carter and the Indiana State Police are dedicated to meeting the required time frame to issue or deny a license to carry a handgun. We deeply regret the inconvenience far too many Hoosiers have experienced with this process. Members of the state police are working diligently to resolve this backlog and provide Hoosiers with the level of service they have come to expect from the Indiana State Police.
General Information of Interest for the Public & Media
Factors that add to increased processing time:
• Applications that are incomplete
• Submission of hand rolled or scanned fingerprints instead of electronic fingerprints
• Incomplete Criminal History information that has to be confirmed
• Common names with Criminal History information that must to be verified
Applications for License to Carry a Handgun received, by month, from December 2012 to June of 2013:
• Dec 2012: 13,954
• Jan 2013: 23,079
• Feb 2013: 15,945
• Mar 2013: 12,204
• Apr 2013: 11,397
• May 2013: 8,848
• Jun 2013: *6,513
• Seven Month Total: 91,940
* June number not final, subject to change
Issued Licenses to Carry a Handgun from 2009 to 2012
• 2009: 98,639
• 2010: 79,027
• 2011: 61,595
• 2012: 60,906
At the beginning of July 2013 there were 493,205 active licenses to carry a handgun, of which 392,520 were issued to men and 100,685 were issued to women. To see previous reports that reflect quarterly comparisons of active handgun licenses by county and gender of the license holder, please visit this site:
The state police remind media and the public that specific information about who possesses a license to carry a handgun is not a public record. The state police will not confirm or deny if a specific citizen possesses a license to carry a handgun.
For more information on the license to carry a handgun application process, inclusive of how to file electronic fingerprints, please visit this site:
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LaPorte PD Issues Reminder on Use of Fireworks

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With the Fourth of July holiday upon us, the La Porte Police Department issues the following friendly reminders regarding the use of fireworks within the city limits.
In the State of Indiana, if you are 18 years of age or older, you may legally purchase, possess and discharge Consumer and Section 8 (a) fireworks which include bottle rockets, roman candles, fire crackers, sparklers, ground spinners, cone fountains, wheels and cylindrical fountains.
Those less than 18 years of age may only possess and discharge legal fireworks when accompanied by an adult.
Fireworks may only be discharged on:
- The user’s property
- The property of someone who granted permission to discharge fireworks on their property
- At a special discharge location
The discharge of fireworks within the La Porte City limits is restricted to the following dates and times:
- Memorial Day: between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
- June 28th thru July 3rd: between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
- July 4th: between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight
- Veteran’s Day: between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
- From 10:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to 1:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
The penalty for violation of the ordinance is a fine of $300.00
For more information about fireworks laws, visit:
Indiana Law Code
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
La Porte Municipal Code – Article 1. Sec. 70-4 Consumer Fireworks
Brochure information is also available in the lobby of the La Porte Police Department.
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Valpo PD Enforcing Fireworks Ordinance During the Holiday

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The City of Valparaiso has a fireworks ordinance that will be enforced during the upcoming July 4th weekend.
Article 2: Discharging of Fireworks is Prohibited with the following Exceptions:
a. Public displays where a permit is granted.
b. Consumer fireworks can be used on the following dates and times:
1. Between 5pm and 2 hours after sunset from June 29 to July 3rd.
2. From 10 am to midnight on July 4th.
3. Between 5 pm and 2 hours after sunset from July 5th to 9th.
4. On December 31st from 10 am to 1am on January 1st.
Article 4: It shall be unlawful for anyone under the age of 18 to fire, shoot off, or discharge any consumer fireworks within the city limits without the direct supervision of the minor's parent or legal guardian.
Article 7: Penalties:
a. Any person convicted of violating any provision under this Ordinance shall be subject to a fine in the amount up to $25 for the first occurrence, $50 for the second occurrence and $100 for the third occurrence.
Valparaiso Police will be enforcing this Ordinance during the upcoming July 4th weekend.
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BBB Warning of Virus Attack and Address Change Scams

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The Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana is warning of two separate scams circulating. The first scam comes in the form of a phone call from a person who won't give their name and tells people a virus is attacking Microsoft software, which will destroy your computer from the inside out, and that that granting him access to your computer is the only way to remove the virus.
The second scam concerns the website, changemyaddress-dot-com, which is charging 25-dollars to change your address via the internet. The Better Business Bureau says instead, go to the US Postal Service's website,, where the fee is only one-dollar.
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Increased Patrols in Construction Zones for the Holiday

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INDIANAPOLIS – Motorists travelling during the Independence Day holiday and weekend should practice safe driving habits—especially through highway construction zones. Indiana State Police (ISP) will be utilizing special unmarked pickup trucks provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) in a visible construction zone enforcement blitz intended to maximize safety and mobility.
INDOT has directed contractors to pull back barrels and barricades to the safest extent possible during the heavily-travelled holiday, but Indiana State Police will continue to enforce construction zone safety utilizing all available tools, including pickups in construction zones (PICZ).
The pickup trucks resemble typical vehicles normally seen being used by contractors and INDOT inspectors.  Motorists are urged to comply with reduced speed limits, keep a safe distance from other vehicles and avoid driving aggressively. Motorists that fail to do so may meet one of the troopers driving the special pickup truck police vehicles.
Indiana now has nine trucks patrolling various construction zones throughout the state. INDOT and ISP launched the PICZ program in 2011 with converted pickups for traffic enforcement in and near construction zones. INDOT provides the trucks to Indiana State Police as part of their efforts toward reducing crashes and injuries and enhancing safety and mobility.
The trucks are equipped with LIDAR, which is similar to radar but uses laser light to measure the distance between vehicles, allowing police to accurately and consistently determine if vehicles are following too closely. Statistical analysis shows the top cause of work zone crashes to be following too closely.
During the holiday enforcement blitz, Indiana State Police will be specifically looking for drivers who follow too closely, exceed posted speed limits, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively and fail to buckle up or to properly restrain children.  Troopers will also be aggressively looking for impaired drivers.
To help ensure motorists reach their holiday travel destinations safely, please remember these safe driving tips:
  • Make sure you are well rested before traveling. 
  • Avoid tailgating. Remember the two-second rule.
  • Obey posted speed limits, and always use turn signals when turning and making lane changes.
  • Make sure everyone is properly buckled up.
  • Never drink and drive. If you are going to consume alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver.
The statewide TrafficWise traveler information webpage includes updated reports for all state roads, U.S. highways and interstates across Indiana. Motorists can learn about traffic conditions, road closures, construction information, and crashes by going to or calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623).
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Temporary Evacuation of Animals after Humane Society Fire

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A fire in the laundry room of the Humane Society in Munster was contained Tuesday night, but as a result of smoke throughout part of the building, a temporary evacuation of the animals occurred. The Times reports firefighters were called out earlier that evening for the smell of smoke, but a source of the smell could not be located, and then just before 11pm, crews were once again dispatched to the four-hundred block of 45th Avenue, this time for a fire. An investigation continues.
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Tips from Citizens Lead to Arrest of Two Hammond Men

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Citizens reporting suspicious activity led to an investigation and subsequent arrest of two Hammond men. The Lake County Sheriff's Department says the Lake County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Tuesday morning in the 61-hundred block of Ray Avenue and found the men.  66-year old Leon King has charges pending for allegedly dealing Heroin, and 59-year old James Edwards was arrested for an active warrant for Failure to Appear for Resisting Arrest. The Sheriff's Department urges citizens to always report suspicious and seemingly unlawful activities to their Crime Hotline, 1-800-750-2746.
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Porter Co Assessor Takes Porter Regional Hospital to Court

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Legal action is being taken by Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder against Porter Regional Hospital for lack of cooperation. Snyder on Tuesday filed a Petition for a Writ of Production of Books and Records, in what he called a last ditch effort to obtain the necessary and relevant information to accurately assess the hospital campus, which is located on Route 6, in Liberty Township. Snyder says he asked for additional information in 2012, but only received a small amount of what was asked for.
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Vermont Man Confesses to Homicide in Jasper County

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A 49 year old Vermont man is being held in custody after confessing to killing the owner of the vehicle he was driving. The Jasper County Sheriff's office reports a deputy observed Peter Lavalette in a parked vehicle in the parking lot of Family Express Monday night, at State Road 10 and U-S 231, after they had closed, and the subject told the deputy he was lost. After giving the man directions, the subject's vehicle left and the deputy then received a return on the license plate and learned it did not match the driver's name. The deputy then pulled over the vehicle, which was reportedly driving erratically on U-S 231, and while conducting a field sobriety test, the man allegedly told the deputy the car's owner was dead and that he had killed him. The Sheriff's Office reports Vermont State Police on Tuesday confirmed the location of the dead body, with initial evidence indicating a homicide scene. Lavalette is charged with felony operating while intoxicated charges and is awaiting further charges from Vermont authorities.
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Porter-Starke Services Awarded Grant to Fund Program

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Congressman Pete Visclosky announced on Tuesday that the Center for Mental Health Services has awarded $399,918 to Porter-Starke Services to fund the collaborative Strong Mind, Strong Body Wellness Program.

The program will be based on a framework devised by Porter-Starke Services and HealthLinc, whereby patients with serious mental illnesses have access to medical care at their community mental health center (CMHC).  Through this program, HealthLinc will offer on-site medical services for patients at Porter-Starke Services, the Swanson Center, and Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, giving patients with serious mental illness the attention and added care they need.

Aileen Wehren, Vice President of Systems Administration at Porter-Starke Services, said of the grant, “For the past three years we have operated a clinic out of our facility in conjunction with HealthLinc.  We have had tremendous success improving overall health by providing on-site medical services and focusing on wellness, not illness.  In joining with our partner CMHCs we expand our knowledge base to other organizations that can improve patient wellness throughout the region.  The purpose of this program is to help the people that we serve feel better and live longer, and this grant will allow us to do just that.”

Congressman Visclosky said, “Each of the organizations involved in this program has a proven track-record of improving the quality of life for their patients, and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those they serve.  I thank them for working together to secure this vital funding, and for their good work on behalf of their clients.”

The award, a Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service grant, is distributed by the Center for Mental Health Services.  The Center for Mental Health Services leads federal efforts to treat mental illnesses by promoting mental health and by preventing the development or worsening of mental illness when possible.
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I-DNR: Fireworks at Dunes Postponed to Friday Night

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Due to large swells on Lake Michigan, the fireworks show scheduled for 9 p.m. (CDT) today at Indiana Dunes State Park has been postponed and rescheduled for 9 p.m. (CDT) Friday. Contact the park office for more informationat (219) 926-1952....

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Gary/Chicago Int'l Airport Runway Expansion Stalls

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Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson today joined officials from the Gary/Chicago International Airport and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) to announce that final-phase construction of the airport’s large-scale runway expansion program will be postponed this year in order to clean up higher than expected quantities of ground contamination.     

The new expanded runway is now expected to be done in September 2014.

The mayor also called on railroads whose tracks operate near the airport to quickly settle legal negotiations of utility easements under railroad rights-of-way so that trains can be relocated to new tracks to make way for final-phase runway construction. Two railroads must also resolve separate agreements between themselves. The Airport Authority is not a legal party to the railroad negotiations. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) are working closely with the City of Gary, the Airport Authority and the RDA on environmental remediation strategies.

“The City of Gary and Northwest Indiana have heavy industrial legacies which bring a lot of sensitive and unexpected environmental issues to resolve,” said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, City of Gary. “We are all working together to tackle the problems quickly and effectively so that final-phase construction can swiftly move forward.”

The RDA and the FAA are the primary funders of the $166 million runway expansion project to extend the main 7,000-foot runway by 1,900 feet.

"Delays are unfortunate but common on construction projects of this scope and complexity," said Bill Hanna, President and CEO of the RDA. "We remain confident that the expansion will be completed and will fuel economic growth in Gary and across the region."

Clean up of environmental issues is essential as the FAA and the Airport Authority work to decommission navigational equipment and relocate aircraft navigational aids for the expanded runway.

In addition to the runway expansion, an Ad Hoc committee established by the Airport Authority recently received a number of responses from private sector interests to the airport’s Request for Expressions of Interest and Qualifications (REIQ) to gather a broad array of approaches and ideas to invest in the airport and the surrounding area through a potential public-private partnership (P3). The committee anticipates following up the REIQ with a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) later this summer.

The airport’s active exploration of a potential P3 to invest in the airport and the surrounding area began in March.  A team of a highly qualified financial experts, project managers and legal advisers were engaged by the Airport Authority in April to assist in the P3 exploration.  The team includes A.C. Advisory Inc., JClark Consulting Group, LLC and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

The third airport of the Chicago Aviation System, the Gary/Chicago International Airport is less than 30 minutes from the heart of the tri-state region – the city of Chicago. The airport is directly connected to Chicago’s transportation network through rail and maritime freight, interstate and mass transit integration.

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Clock is ticking on Hoosier Lottery's Independence Day Millionaire Raffle

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hoosier lottery INDIANAPOLIS (July 2, 2013) -  There is still time would-be millionaires can take advantage of the Hoosier Lottery Independence Day Millionaire Raffle's amazing odds and purchase their shot at the $1 million grand prize.  Only 300,000 tickets were made available - and now time is running out!  Tickets are only available until 11:59 p.m. July 4. 

"These aren't just good odds.  They aren't just great odds. They are the very best odds of winning a million dollars from the Hoosier Lottery," said Connie Laverty O'Conner, Hoosier Lottery CEO of Business Operations.
Independence Day Raffle tickets cost just $10, are terminal-generated like Powerball and Hoosier Lotto tickets, and can be purchased at any of the approximately 4,100 Hoosier Lottery retailers statewide simply by asking the sales associate for a raffle ticket.  
Hoosiers may also want to be on the look-out for Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty as they are out-and-about the next few days.  Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty will be making appearances and selling raffle tickets at random Lottery retailers and other high traffic locations around the state.
One retailer that has seen a lot of raffle sales is Silver Express on the west side of Indianapolis, a store which is consistently a top Hoosier Lottery retailer.

"I've been telling my customers it's the best odds.  It's really good odds," said Noshey Mourkos, owner of Silver Express.  "The great odds are what has been motivating players to buy."

In total, more than 2,400 players will turn red, white and blue into a stack of green this holiday weekend in the Hoosier Lottery's Independence Day Millionaire Raffle.  The game also offers ten $10,000 prizes and 2,000 $100 prizes.  Winning numbers will be available at on July 5 around 12:00 noon.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery earnings are applied to reduce  excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.
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