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Indiana Addresses Infant Mortality Rate

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Indiana's State Health Commissioner says the state is making up to a million dollars in competitive grants available to organizations across the state that come up with plans to tackle Indiana's infant mortality rate. Dr. William VanNess says Indiana ranks 45th out of 50 states, with more than seven deaths per every one-thousand babies born.  "We've only been below seven once in 113 years, and it was 6.95 in 2008 that we were barely below seven" VanNess said,"so unfortunately Indiana has a long history of not being great at infant mortality."  A summit was held in Indianapolis over the weekend to find ways to decrease the number of infant deaths. ...

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219: The Empty Bowls Project

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The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is holding a Soup Dinner this Sunday and you are invited. The Empty Bowls Project will be held Sunday at Temple Israel (601 N. Montgomery) in Gary from 1-3pm. Tickets are $5 and all money raised will benefit The Food Bank's mission. Last year the Food Bank distributed over 5.1 million pounds of food, and served over 5,000 individuals a week. For more on the Empty Bowls Project check out today's 219 or our full interview with Food Bank Advocacy Manager, Megan Sikes at News Audio Audio On Demand. 
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Methodist Hospitals CEO Resigning

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The CEO of Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville has announced he is resigning at the end of the month. Ian McFadden, who served in the post since September 2008, says he wants to pursue an academic career and other consulting and business opportunities. Dr. Michael Davenport, vice president of medical affairs, is assuming the role of interim president and CEO.
"I am very proud of what we have accomplished here at Methodist during the past five years, from undergoing a $73 million turnaround to placing Methodist as one of the top-rated hospitals in Indiana and the Chicagoland area," McFadden said in a statement Tuesday.
“During this time, I have had the opportunity to see Methodist become a leader in technology and a top provider of quality specialized medicine in the NWI region and, more importantly, develop a culture that is focused on employee and physician engagement and patient service excellence,” McFadden said. “We have been fortunate to receive numerous awards and accolades during the past five years, and I am confident that Methodist will continue to excel at being one of the premier health care providers in the region. “  [Photo/Methodist Hospitals]...

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Semi Lands on State Trooper's Car

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Indiana State Police say it appears everyone involved will be okay after a semi landed on top of a trooper's car on the east side of Indianapolis about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. 
Preliminary investigation and witness statements indicate that the 2007 marked State Police car, driven by 45-year-old Sergeant Terry Treone of McCordsville was eastbound on I-70 in the left lane when a 2001 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer, driven by 68-year-old Daniel Edmands of Maryland, in the left center lane next to the police car, went to the right, then abruptly veered back to the left, striking the police car. Both vehicles spun with the truck overturning and spilling a load of 4x8 sheets of steel, and the cab of the truck came to rest on top of the police car.
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Treone and his front seat passenger, Senior Trooper Bill Dalton, of Greenfield, were transported to Methodist Hospital for observation. The truck driver was also transported to Methodist Hospital with a complaint of pain in his chest. All involved are expected to fully recover.  Investigating officers think that the truck driver’s medical condition may have been a contributing factor in this crash. Police say Edmans was issued a traffic citation for unsafe lane movement.
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Eastbound I-70 was completely closed for approximately two hours and traffic was diverted onto Emerson Avenue. Eastbound I-70 reopened three lanes opened by 5:00 p.m. as the spilled sheet metal was moved to the left lane and left emergency shoulder.  [Photos/Indiana State Police]...

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Michigan City Voters Say No to Prop Tax Increase

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Voters Tuesday said no in a referendum asking residents of the Michigan City school district for a property tax increase. The vote was 57-percent against, and 43-percent in favor. School officials in seeking the increase had said there's the possibility of schools closing and teachers being let go. Along with the precincts in La Porte County, two precincts in far northeast Porter County's Pine Township also voted in yesterday's referendum. ...

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NIRPC Illiana Open House in Lowell is Well Attended

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Residents and concerned citizens alike attended the second of four remaining open houses hosted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on the Illiana Expressway at Lowell Middle School Tuesday night.


Mitch Bargola, (photo) Transportation Planning Manager for NIRPC says its important that the planning commission continue to receive public comments concerning the Illiana Expressway, the proposed 47-mile corridor that joins Interstate 55 in Illinois to the west with I-65 near Lowell in the east.  Bargola says that this is a very "impact full project that most likely is the largest infrastructure project this region has seen since the interstate highway system."  He adds, "so it's going to be a lightning rod of discussion and we hope that people can lend their voices to it and that's why we are holding these meetings."  

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(Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission booklet of their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan, Illiana B3 route map and other materials given out at the open house in Lowell, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013)


Bargola says the public comment period which started October 14th runs during the remaining open houses (Michigan City, November 13th and Portage, November 19th) after which next month NIRPC will hold a vote that will determine the project's fate in Indiana. 

He says from the commission's perspective and planning perspective the open houses will be, "our end of the road for us."  On December 12th of this year, NIRPC will vote to amend their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan that was adopted in June of 2011, to possibly include the Illiana Expressway if approved by the commission, as well as widening I-65 between US-30 and US-231.

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Hundreds of people attended Tuesday's open house which was held from 6p.m. - 8p.m. which Bargola attributed to the proposed Illiana corridor going through the Lowell area.

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Those attending included supporters of the coalition group, "No Illiana for US" and concerned area residents like Sandy Linden (photo above) who said, "There are thousands of people who have voiced their opinion...we have thousands of (signed) petitions" against the expressway. 

Linden said, "People supporting this Illiana keep talking about the NIMBYS (acronym for Not In My Backyard) like they're wrong.  There's hundreds of NIMBYS in my backyard that don't want it of course, but there's thousands of taxpayers who are going to be paying for this road. Doesn't matter whether you live in Lake County, if you live right along the road, if you live in Porter County, La Porte, Indianapolis you're going to be paying for this road."


Coalition members on both sides of the border say taxpayers could unknowingly contributing to the project because of Illinois' decision to use a public-private partnership to pay for the project.  That because the project could overrun costs by millions of dollars and according to a Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) report, could require a public subsidy of between $440-million to $1.1-billion.


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Proposal to Open 3rd Jail Pod Tabled

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A proposal to relieve overcrowding at the Porter County Jail by opening the vacant third pod was tabled today by the Porter County Commissioners. According to the study by the DLZ engineering firm, the county could have to pay anywhere between 146-thousand to 158-thousand dollars to make the third pod, which has been vacant for 11 years, ready for use. Commissioners tabled the proposal to find out if opening the pod can be done for less money. ...

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Bill to Allow Same-Sex Marriage in IL Goes to Gov's Desk

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A bill to legalize same-sex marriage now heads to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's desk after state senators today approved changes to the approved House legislation. Governor Quinn has already stated he would sign Senate Bill 10 into law, and when that happens, Illinois will become the 15 state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry. ...

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Pence to Visit Jasper and Starke Counties Wednesday

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be joining Hoosiers in Jasper and Starke Counties tomorrow (Wednesday). The Governor's Office reports he'll present a Secured School Safety Grant at Knox High School at 10am followed by a noon stop in Remington where he will lead a jobs roundtable at Advanced Auto Parts on West US 24.

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Rear End Crash Claims One Life in I-65 Crash

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An investigation continues after a fatal crash this morning on northbound I-65, one mile south of the Rensselaer exit. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports a vehicle driven by a 24 year old man from Michigan was rear ended by a pick up truck in the left lane of I-65. The impact ultimately caused the pick up, driven by 44 year old Jason Spears, of Indianapolis, to slide sideways and roll over several times. Both Spears and his passenger, 20 year old Jason Spears II were ejected from the vehicle. The elder Spears was pronounced dead at the scene, while his son was transported to Jasper County Hospital and later life-lined to St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis with life-threatening injuries. The Michigan man whose vehicle was struck from behind was not injured. State Police says seat belts were not in use in the pick up and both vehicles were a total loss. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash. ...

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All Lanes SB I-65 Backing Up Due to Crash

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INDOT is reporting the left lane is blocked southbound I-65 before US-30 due to an earlier crash that is backing up traffic to the Borman (I-80/94) at this hour.  INDOT traffic cams are showing all southbound lanes of I-65 are backing up to Ridge Road due to the crash, which one traffic tipster reports involves a semi and a pickup truck on the inside wall right under the 73rd Avenue overpass.  Drivers should expect 10-15 minute delays and should merge into the right lane.

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(photos: Crash backing up SB I-65 to the connector ramp onto SB I-65 from EB Borman (I-80/94)/INDOT)


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Sunday Fire in Gary Claims Another Victim

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Authorities report a second person has died due to a house fire in Gary on Sunday morning. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office reports 64 year old Danny Hill died due to injuries sustained in the fire, in the four-thousand block of Louisiana Street, but an exact cause of death remains unknown at last check. Hill's wife, 71 year old Essie Hill was pronounced dead Sunday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is believed to be accidental in nature....

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LaPorte/Michigan City Seeking Ice Sculpture Sponsors

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LaPorte and Michigan City are seeking businesses to sponsor ice sculptures for their respective winter events in January. City of LaPorte Downtown Director Tiffany Bley says January is an extremely slow month for their downtown business merchants and this is a way to enhance the downtown experience. She says last year, in LaPorte 12 to 15 ice sculptures were sponsored while 25 or so were sponsored in Michigan City, but the artists can do up to 40 in a day, so they'd love to get to that number.
Bley says the ice is provided by City's Pure Ice and she would like interested businesses to let her know if they want to participate by mid-December. Michigan City's ice sculpture day is January 11th, while LaPorte's Downtown Winter Fest runs from 4pm to 7pm on January 24th.  For more information on the ice sculptures, or how you can get involved in downtown events in 2014, contact Tiffany Bley at (219) 362-3178 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ....

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World Renowned Chef Charlie Trotter Found Dead

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World renowned Chef Charlie Trotter is dead. ABC News reports the 54-year-old was found unresponsive by his son in his Chicago home, and pronounced dead at the hospital. Trotter hosted 'The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter' a PBS show in 1999. He owned several restaurants in Chicago, and around the world. His most famous being the highly acclaimed Charlie Trotter's in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, which closed in 2012. Officials haven't released a cause of death....

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Porter County Fall Taxes Due Next Week 11/12

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The deadline for fall taxes in Porter County is next week, Tuesday, November 12th. Porter County Treasurer Mike Bucko says you can pay in person at the County Administration Building in Valparaiso and reminds residents the Administration Building will be closed Monday, November 11th, for Veteran's Day. Bucko says any payment made by mail and officially post marked by the US Post Office as November 12th will be considered on time, regardless of the delivery date.
Youcan also pay on-line and be considered on-time until 11:59:59 on November 12, 2013.  Funds must be in the account to have a valid payment regardless of how the bill is paid. Late penalties will apply and NSF penalties will be applied to all NSF checks not corrected by November 12, 2013, 4:30pm....

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Westville Corrections Officer Arrest for Trafficking

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A Westville Corrections officer was arrested on Monday after a search of her personal property and subsequent search of her vehicle for allegedly trafficking to prisoners. Prison officials report 51 year old Mary Martin, of Michigan City, was charged with official misconduct and trafficking, but have not released what was being trafficked, other than saying the item was not an illegal substance....

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Interstate 65 Reopens After Fatal Crash

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Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say all lanes of northbound Interstate 65 at mile marker 214 are open again with traffic moving slowly through the area.  The interstate was closed earlier near Rensselaer due to a fatal crash.  No other information was available at this time....

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Court Cases Many, Jury Verdicts Few

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New statistics out this week show about 13-hundred cases, out of one-point-six-million new ones filed in Indiana trial courts last year, were decided by a jury in 2012.  Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice and Hobart-native Brent Dickson voiced concern, saying it means fewer people are being exposed to how the judicial system works. The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service and Probation Report also showed more than 300-thousand cases involved people going to court last year without an attorney.
News Release:  1.6 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2012.  The information is available in a collection of reports just released.  The reports include the 2012 Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report, Supreme Court Annual Report, and a new website with comparative data.  For the links, click here:  http://in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=11/4/2013&todate=11/17/2013&display=&type=public&eventidn=141759&view=EventDetails&information_id=190133

Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson pointed to the accessibility of the reports, “There are multiple volumes with more than 1800 pages of information.  We have printed a limited number of hard copies and made all of the information available on our website.”
The reports provide details about court operations at the county and appellate level.  The following is just some of the information available (calendar year 2012, unless otherwise noted).
  • 1.6 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts
  • The Supreme Court was asked to review 1012 cases (fiscal year 2012-2013)
  • 1,338 civil and criminal jury trials were held statewide
  • 307,612 cases statewide included an individual who went to court without a lawyer
  • 235 murder cases were filed in trial courts
  • 33,876 mortgage foreclosures were filed in the state
  • 11,325 Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases were filed
  • 13,077 cases included children served by the GAL/CASA program
  • An interpreter was used in 11,564 trial court cases
  • 5,900 cases statewide were referred to Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 124,322 adults were under supervision by court probation departments
  • Cities, towns, townships, counties, and the state spent $386 million to operate the courts
  • Filing fees, court costs, user fees, and fines generated $205 million in revenue
The Indiana Judicial Service Report and Indiana Probation Report are produced annually by the Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration.  Executive Director Lilia Judson noted the requirement of the report by Indiana statute (IC 33-24-6-3) and Supreme Court administrative rules.  “We created the first report in 1976 with handwritten charts.  Today, we gather the information electronically and publish it online.  This year, a new website allows users to compare data easily such as caseloads between counties.”
 
The reports referenced above can be found online including: 2012 Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report [ http://www.in.gov/judiciary/admin/3118.htm ], Supreme Court Annual Report [ http://www.in.gov/judiciary/supreme/2484.htm ], and the website with comparative data [ https://publicaccess.courts.in.gov/icor/report...

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Porter County GIVE Day - On Demand Interviews

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Coming up this Thursday it's Point, Click, Give-- Porter County GIVE Day, a 24 hour event, this year focusing on kids and a variety of organizations that benefit kids. The Stations of Radio One Communication are proud to be a part of this year's GIVE Day in association with the Porter County Community Foundation.  Hear our News On Demand interviews HERE highlighting GIVE Day as we count down to Thursday.  And learn more about GIVE Day and how you can give HERE....

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Hunting Near or With Deer Attractants Illegal in Indiana

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The Department of Natural Resources is reminding Indiana hunters that even though deer attractants found at retail stores can be purchased legally and used in the wild, hunting near them is illegal.
Indiana regulations prohibit the hunting of deer with the use or aid of bait, which is defined as “a food that is transported and placed for consumption, including, but not limited to, piles of corn and apples placed in the field; a prepared solid or liquid that is manufactured and intended for consumption by livestock or wild deer, including, but not limited to, commercial baits and food supplements; salt; or mineral supplements.”
State officials say that includes artificial products marketed under names such as Deer Co-Cain, Buck Jam, Trophy Rock, as well as mineral blocks, salt blocks, and even natural foods such as corn and apples.
“Basically, if you place anything that isn't grown in the area and hunt there, it's illegal,” said Lt. Larry Morrison, outdoor education director for DNR Law Enforcement. “Hunting next to a corn field or from an apple tree is legal, but placing corn or apples under your tree stand would put you in conflict with current Indiana law.”
An area is considered baited for 10 days after the product and the affected soil is removed from an area.  The Indiana DNR says odor differs from bait. Cover scents or scent attractants are legal to use when hunting.
Archery season currently is underway in Indiana and continues through Jan. 5, 2014. The urban zone segment in designated areas continues through Jan. 31, 2014.
Indiana’s deer firearms hunting season begins Nov. 16 and ends Dec. 1, followed by the muzzleloader season (Dec. 7-22) and the special antlerless season (Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014).
A violation of Indiana’s no baiting regulation is a Class C misdemeanor....

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