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State Attorney General Kicks Off Campaign in Gary

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A stern warning is being sent to anyone who buys medicines containing pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine or sell it to meth cooks.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says it is now a felony to be involved in such activity.
Attorney General Zoeller made that statement at the kick off a statewide public awareness campaign during a press conference held at Fagen's Pharmacy in downtown Gary.
The state's top attorney was joined by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Lake County Prosecutor Bernie Carter and representatives from the Indiana Retail Council and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
The attorney general's office has identified "smurfing" or the illegal buying of pseudo ephedrine products on behalf of meth cooks as a "contributing factor" for the increase in meth use in the Hoosier state.
Zoeller also spoke about a new website that targets prescription drug abuse; http://www.bitterpill.in.gov. The website also illustrates what's being done to fight the epidemic.

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Top photo:  (L-R) Indiana Attorney general Greg Zoeller, Lake County Prosecutor Bernie Carter, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Doug Monahan Indiana Retail Council

Bottom photo:  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launches new state-wide awareness campaign on presciption drug abuse, complete with new posters to publicize the epidemic and a new website Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Fagen Pharmacy located at 506 Boradway in Gary.
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens/Radio One COmmunications) ...

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Donnelly: I'm Ready to Work with Anyone on a Solution

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after meeting with President Obama and other senators at the White House.
“I’m encouraged that all sides are sitting down to talk, but we need to turn that talking into action.  The government has been closed for 10 days, and we’re a week away from failing to pay our bills.  Lurching from crisis to crisis is not what the American people sent us here to do, and it is hurting the bottom lines of families and businesses across Indiana and our nation.  I am ready and willing to work with anyone on a common sense solution so we can stop hurting and start helping our economy.”
On Friday, Senator Donnelly gave a speech outlining the harm some in Congress have and would continue to inflict on the U.S. and Hoosier economies due to partisan gridlock....

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Second American to Orbit the Earth Dies

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He went to space May 24, 1962 -- the 2nd American to orbit the earth, but Scott Carpenter never flew in space again. ABC News reports Carpenter's flight was successful, til he landed 250 miles off course. Some NASA officials blamed Carpenter for mishandling the landing and he never flew in space again. Grounded after a motorcycle accident, Carpenter left NASA in 1967, and became an aquanaut - leading a number of underwater laboratory missions. The 88 year old was one of the last of the legendary Mercury astronauts. ...

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Crash Causing Backups on EB I-80/94 Near Grant St

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Traffic Advisory: The right 2 lanes of eastbound I-80/94 are closed near Grant St due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel eastbound on I-80/94 near mile 8.6....

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Schererville Man Appointed to the IEDC Board

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The former President and Chief Administrative Officer of Northwest Indiana BanCorp, was named today by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to the Indiana Economic Development Board. Joel Gorelick, of Schererville, will serve a four-year term effective immediately. Gorelick, a former marine, currently serves as Board Chairman of the Lake County Economic Alliance and previously was chairman of the board of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Development Corporation. In 2000, Gorelick was recognized as Financial Services Advocate by the Indiana District Office of the US Small Business Administration and as Board Member of the Year by the National Association for Development Companies. ...

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State Police: Pay Attention Because We're Watching

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(Photos Courtesy of Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
One of the goals of the Indiana State Police is to reduce injuries and fatalities on Hoosier roadways, which is usually done through periodic traffic blitzes. Troopers from the Lowell Post conducted such a blitz today on I-65, using marked and unmarked vehicles and TruCam Lidars that have the ability to not only capture a violator's speed and video tape it, but also break down the time and distance between cars to include those following too closely. Lowell Post Commander Lt. Jerry Williams says, “by reducing tailgating and aggressive driving violations you can take an active role in reducing crashes and fatalities in our communities.”
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Crash Closes Right Two Lanes of I-80/94

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Traffic Advisory: Backups are being reported as the right two lanes of eastbound I-80/94 are closed near the Indiana Toll Road due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel eastbound on I-80/94 near mile 15.4.
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Senate Passes Bill to Restore Military Death Benefits

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The bill to guarantee death benefits to soldiers families is on its way to the President. ABC News reports, with little debate and just a voice vote, the Senate joined the House in approving the measure to pay death benefits to families of those killed in the military, which had been blocked by the government shutdown. Once signed by the President, it would relieve the Pentagon from having to borrow the money from a charity, as worked out by Defense Secretary Hagel.
Indiana US Senator Dan Coats, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued a statement today that he's pleased Congress has approved the legislation, saying, “military families should not be left out in the cold because leaders of the very country their brave sons and daughters died for are failing to govern.”...

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Semi Loses Load of Dirt in Rollover on SB I-65

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A 43 year old Valparaiso man was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point with non-life threatening injuries to his head and hands after his semi, which was pulling a dump trailer full of dirt, rolled over on southbound I-65 this morning just north of the Lowell exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports at 10:43am, Joel Mick was changing lanes when the dump trailer struck an uneven portion of the road, due to lane repaving going on in this area, and ultimately the semi rolled over on the driver's side and slid for 75 feet blocking the de-acceleration lanes to the Lowell exit and partially blocking the right lane. The load of dirt being carried to the Newton County landfill in Brook was lost off the inner shoulder and partially in the left lane.  
One lane of traffic is able to get by snaking through between the load of dirt partially lost in the left lane and the dump partially blocking the right lane and both de-acceleration lanes are closed....

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Truck on its Side Southbound I-65 in Lowell

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Traffic Advisory: Backups reported on I-65 in Lowell.  Crews are at the scene of a semi dump truck flipped onto its side, losing a load of dirt on southbound I-65 near the State Road 2 exit.  [Image/INDOT cams]...

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Interview: Sheriff Discusses 3rd Jail Pod

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Porter County officials are moving forward on getting the third pod at the county jail up and running to help relieve overcrowding. Porter County Commissioners have agreed to hire an engineering firm to evaluate what's needed physically to open that section of the jail. Last week the county council voted 4-to-3 against funds to pay for additional jailers to staff the pod, but Sheriff David Lain says it's a matter of determining where that money will come from on an ongoing basis. The jail on State Road 49 opened in 2002, but the third of its three pods has never been opened due to staffing constraints. Sheriff Lain says it's been a priority for him to see it open:
To hear our interview today with Sheriff Lain, visit News Audio on Demand here at our website. [File Photo/Region Newsmakers]...

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Police Investigating Gary Shooting Death

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Police in Gary are investigating a shooting death, the 42nd homicide recorded in the city this year. The Lake County Coroners office says 41-year-old Marlon Allen of East Chicago suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in the 42-hundred block of Vermont Street in Gary shortly after 9-o'clock Wednesday night. ...

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Officials Address Fights at Westville Correctional Facility

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Authorities say fights broke out early Monday evening at the Westville Correctional Facility, and officials continue working on determining what prompted them. Public Information Officer John Schrader says a total of ten to twelve inmates were involved. "Monday evening we had basically a larger number of fights than normal, involving probably about ten to twelve offenders total in a number of housing units in one section of the facility," Schrader said. The facility has five large sections, Schrader said, and the other four are still operating normally and have been all along.  Schrader says one offender went to the infirmary at the facility, and there were no injuries to prison staff, and there was no destruction of any property. He says some offenders had just been moved around to different areas within that one unit, and starting at about 5:30 Monday evening, separate fights broke out as offenders were going to and back from the chow, or mess, hall.   Visits remain canceled at this time for the affected section of the facility. ...

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Two Arrested in Hessville Cellphone Robberies

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Police in Hammond have arrested two suspects in connection with a string of cellphone robberies in Hessville over the weekend. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says Wednesday night around 5:15, two juveniles were robbed of their phones at gunpoint at 173rd and Grand. Hammond detectives aided by officers from the Northwest Indiana STOP Team stopped two 17-year-old Gary males at an apartment complex in the 45-hundred block of 23rd Court in Gary, and police say the stolen phones were recovered along with a gun allegedly used in the incident. Chief Miller says the two juveniles are believed to be responsible for four or five other robberies in Hammond and possibly others in East Chicago and Merrillville. More information was expected to be released today.

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Commissioners Move Toward Opening 3rd Pod

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Porter County officials are moving forward on getting the third pod at the county jail up and running to help relieve overcrowding. Porter County Commissioners held a special meeting Wednesday and agreed to hire DLZ engineering to evaluate what's needed to open that section of the jail. Last week the county council voted 4-to-3 against funds to pay for additional jailers to staff the pod, but there's word the council is expected to revisit the request and resolve the issue by the time the final budget hearing happens later this month (Oct 22) The jail on State Road 49 opened in 2002, but the third of its three pods has never been opened due to staffing constraints. [Photo/PorterCounty Sheriffs Office]...

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New Voter Forms Meant to End 'Hoarding and Dumping'

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The state has new voter registration forms meant to decrease voter fraud and end the “hoarding and dumping” of applications, according to Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who says the improved forms will create a “custody trail” . Lawson says in previous elections they've had forms submitted for Jimmy Johns and Mickey Mouse, and most of the time these applications are mixed in with legitimate ones collected by groups registering large numbers of voters then turned into the county voter registration offices just before the deadline. The new forms include a section for individuals who collect the applications to document their name and other info, and newly-registered voters will also receive a receipt with the name and address of the person who took “custody” of the application and when.
“By creating a custody trail, we are providing county clerks with the tools they need to stop fraudulent registrations that undermine the integrity of our election process,” said Secretary Lawson
If a person’s application is given to another person, but for whatever reason never arrives at a county voter registration office, Lawson says the changes will help the county assist that person in registering to vote. The additional information required by the new form can also help the county voter registration office identify any patterns of suspicious activity or clear violations of election law.
The new Indiana voter registration forms also remind groups and individuals who register voters of their own responsibility to protect the election process and prevent disenfranchisement of voters who have placed their trust in these groups or individuals. By putting their name on the application, individuals collecting voter registration forms will be more likely to review the application to ensure it is correctly filled out and filed in a timely manner, according to Lawson's office.
Individuals collecting voter registration applications who receive an application they believe to be false or fraudulent are now required to submit the application to the appropriate county election office with a statement sworn to under penalties of perjury, indicating why they believe the application to be fraudulent, to alert county officials that a violation of election law may have occurred. 
Also, beginning with next year’s election, all applications collected from another person must be turned into the county voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division no later than noon 10 days of receipt of the application or the deadline to submit applications under state law, whichever occurs first.
The changes in the voter registration process were enacted by the 2013 Indiana General Assembly as part of Senate Enrolled Act 519. The updated forms were approved by the bi-partisan Indiana Election Commission, with assistance from the bi-partisan Indiana Election Division under the guidance of co-directors Brad King and Trent Deckard. ...

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UPDATE: Crash at State Road 49 and 600 North

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Porter County Sheriffs Police are reporting no life-threatening injuries at this time in a two-vehicle crash that resulted in delays on northbound State Road 49 around 6-o'clock this morning. The collision occurred at the intersection of County Road 600 North, which is just north of Valparaiso. Vehicles were reportedly backed up for about six-miles, down to US 30....

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Crash on State Road 49 North of Valparaiso

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Multiple emergency responders are on scene at a motor vehicle accident on the northbound side of State Road 49 at the intersection of County Road 600 North, which is just north of Valparaiso.  No other information is available at this hour.  We are getting reports of long backups in the area....

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Company to Lead Strategic Planning for IN Schools Chosen

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An out-of-state company was chosen today to advise the State Board of Education's strategic planning process over the next three years. Massachusetts-based Center of Educational Leadership and Technology's bid was chosen by the Board's panel over the Indiana Youth Institute, Indianapolis-based Thomas P. Miller Miller and Associates, and the National Association of State Boards of Education. A decision by the full State Board of Education to accept the company's goals takes place in February....

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Gary Settles Lawsuit with Majestic Star Casinos

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The City of Gary has settled a five-year old lawsuit with Majestic Star Casinos and a land trust and is expected to receive 13-point-five million dollars over the next 12 to 18 months. During a special meeting Tuesday, the city's Common Council approved the settlement resolution, which the city's attorney says was done to prevent further litigation. The agreement still needs to be signed by casino officials and approved by Gary's Redevelopment Commission. At issue was a local development agreement between the two over an access road that travels over the Wisconsin Central and Norfolk-Southern railroad lines. Majestic Casino thought Gary was in violation of the local development agreement, so they put the money owed into an escrow account. ...

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