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Possible Cuts Discussed at PUC

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A couple weeks ago, Purdue University Calumet reported they were offering a retirement incentive for qualified faculty through August 11, this Sunday, in response to reduced enrollment in general education and other courses, with an emphasis in targeted academic areas in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics; Department of Chemistry and Physics; and Department of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership.   Published reports say the chancellor of Purdue Calumet is scheduled to address staff at the Hammond campus this morning to discuss budget issues and possible job cuts. Earlier this year the regional campus announced they were facing a four-million dollar deficit and closed their Academic Learning Center in Merrillville.
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Second Gary Bus Forum to be Held on Friday

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The Gary Community School Corporation held a bus transportation forum on Tuesday, with another planned for this Friday at 6pm, at West Side Leadership Academy, in the nine-hundred block of Gerry Street. Communication Specialist Charmella Greer says the purpose of these forums is too get out in front of any questions parents may have about student transportation. Greer says Tuesday's forum was well attended, but expects more parents to attend as the school year approaches.
Greer says more information is available at http://garycsc.k12.in.us/bus-transportation.asp regarding bus transportation, if parents cannot attend either the forums, or the meet-and-greet events to kick off the school year. To hear more of our interview with Greer on this and other topics, click News Audio On Demand at http://www.regionnewsteam.com.
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Missing LaPorte Man Died Due to Blunt Force Trauma

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Results of an autopsy on the body of a missing LaPorte man, found in a grassy ditch just south of I-94 in Porter County Tuesday afternoon, indicate blunt force trauma to the body was the cause of death. The body of 50 year old Ricky Kimble was discovered just after 2pm Tuesday, about a mile west of the Portage exit. Kimble was last seen August 3rd and had been reported missing by family members on August 5th. Kimble, a 6’ 1”, 258 pounds black male, with a shaved head, was wearing brown shorts, a white tank top, tan boots, and carrying a black backpack. Anyone who may have seen Kimble walking on I-80/94 during Saturday evening, August 3rd until Tuesday morning, August 6th, is asked to contact either Indiana State Police Detective Brian Kubiak at (219) 696-6242 or the LaPorte County Sheriff's Detective Ron Heeg at (219) 326-7700.
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Gary Youth Clean Up Graffiti in Downtown Area

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(Photos Courtesy of the Gary Youth Leadership Council)
In Gary today, grade schoolers and teens took the first step in Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's challenge to young people in Gary to remove all the city’s graffiti. Youth Services Bureau Director Ken Patrick Barry says about forty youth, ranging in age from ten to nineteen, came out today to help clean up graffiti on 8th and Broadway and 6th and Massachusetts. Young people also picked up litter beginning at the railroad tracks and ending at 5th and Broadway.  Barry says they're working on setting up another cleanup day, plus working in partnership with Progressive Unity Church and Gary Youth Leadership Council, in creating a graffiti hotline for residents.
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Manipulation Discovered in IN School Grading Formula

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Indiana Department of Education staffers have reportedly found evidence of “manipulation” in the state's school grading formula. Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says staffers are reviewing the grading formula after allegations by the Associated Press that former Superintendent Tony Bennent, who resigned as Florida's Schools Superintendent last week, changed the grade of a charter school run by a top Republican donor. A report of the review is anticipated to be available on September 2nd.
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Two 12 Year old Girls Caught with Stolen Property from Vehicles

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Two 12 year old girls were taken into custody today by LaPorte Police on charges of receiving stolen property and curfew violation and were transported to the juvenile services center. LaPorte Police report they received a call today, in the area of the Roselawn Apartment Complex, of two young females possibly breaking into vehicles. Police say the girls were located at West 10th and K Street, carrying large bags, with one girl having a large amount of cash hanging out of her shirt, who both later admitted to breaking into vehicles and that their bags contained over one-thousand dollars in property from the vehicles parked in the apartment complex. If you, or someone you know was a victim of a vehicle break in at the Roselawn Apartment Complex, contact the LaPorte Police Department Detective Corp. Brian Phillips at (219) 362-9446 Ext. 205. 
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2nd Crash Adds to Backup Woes on the Borman

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2nd Crash Adds to Backup Woes on the Borman
Another crash involving a semi and passenger vehicle has the right lane closed eastbound on the Borman (I-80/94) near Kennedy Avenue.  This crash had occurred within 50 minutes of an earllier semi/car accident further down the eastbound lanes. That earlier crash had closed the three right lanes just past Burr Street.  Drivers should consider taking the Indiana Toll Road or some other alternate to eastbound I-80/94.

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Crash Closes Three Right Lanes EB I-80/94

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Crash Closes Three Right Lanes EB I-80/94
A crash between a semi and a passenger car that occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon has closed the three right lanes eastbound I-80/94 (Borman) just past the Burr Street exit.  INDOT says traffic is backing up from nearly the state line.   Expect long delays eastbound on I-80/94 from near the state line to just after Burr St.

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Linda Wiltfong Named New S. Cent Schools Superintendent

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The South Central Community School Corporation has named 51 year old Linda Wiltfong as their new superintendent. Wiltfong was among over 20 applicants applying for the position, which opened up after Christopher Smith resigned due to charges he physically assaulted the school district's head of maintenance. Wiltfong, a former assistant superintendent of elementary education for LaPorte Community Schools, will begin duties on an interim basis and take over the position permanently on August 28th.
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Update: Employee of GHA Shot by Pellet Gun from Vehicle

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A Gary Housing Authority employee was shot in the neck by a pellet gun, just before noon today by a passing vehicle. Gary Police Lt. Delmar Stout says the man was taken to Methodist Hospital in Gary for his injuries, after the incident took place in the two-thousand block of Main Street, at a Dorie Miller Public Housing unit, about 11:45am. Lt. Stout says two males in a small compact vehicle were seen heading westbound on 21st Avenue. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Alex Jones, at (219) 881-7477.
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Positive Result of West Nile Found in Mosquito in Griffith

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The town of Griffith reports the Lake County Health Department has notified them of a positive result of the West Nile Virus was found during routine testing. Officials report the mosquito was collected on the west side of town and that immediate steps have already taken place to eradicate the species of mosquito. No known cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported being transferred in humans or animals anywhere in the region this year. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there have been two positive results of the virus found mosquito pools in Lake County in 2013, with one reported positive result in Starke County this year. For more information on the West Nile Virus, visit http://www.state.in.us/isdh/23592.htm.
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Employee of Gary Housing Authority Shot

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An employee of the Gary Housing Authority was shot around noon today in the 19-hundred block of East 21st Avenue. The worker was reportedly getting ready to do some work there when he was shot in the neck from a passing vehicle. No further information is available at this time.
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Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate Ranks 47th Out of 50 States

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Indiana's State Health Commissioner told a group in Lake County that Indiana's infant mortality rate is “horrible” – 47th out of 50 states. Dr William VanNess met with local health care workers and lawmakers in East Chicago Tuesday. Provisional state data for 2011 show nearly eight Hoosier children out of every thousand live births will die within their first year.
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Ten Valpo Neighborhoods Take Part in Nat Night Out

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Valparaiso Police say last night's National Night Out was a huge success. Ten neighborhoods participated... Pine Creek, Essex Park , Maple Creek , Campbell Meadows , and Lexington Green subdivisions, 300 Block of Parkside- the Kirchoff Park Neighborhood-, also the 1300 Block of Napoleon, Hawthorne Subdivision, Meridian Woods and the 3500 block of Oak Grove. Numerous police officers,along with K9 officers and police officers' family members, volunteers and Volunteers in Police Service members participated.
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Sand Dune Rescuers to be Honored

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There's word today that Indiana Governor Mike Pence may attend a ceremony in northwest Indiana honoring those who rescued a six-year-old boy from a sand hole at Mount Baldy last month. Date and location are still being worked out, according to an article in today's Times.
Equipment, like ground-penetrating radar, to help try to determine why a section of the giant sand dune in Michigan City collapsed last month burying the child for nearly four hours before he was rescued, might be available and on-site at the park in the next week. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Costa Dillon, who retires at the end of the month, says in 35 years of park service, he has never come across an incident quite like it.  Mount Baldy's beach, trails, and parking area remain closed to the public until further notice.  You can hear our Region Newsmakers interview with Costa Dillon online at our website.
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Missing Man Found Dead Near Interstate

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Police are asking for the public's help after the body of a missing La Porte man was found in a grassy ditch just south of I-94 in Porter County Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after 2-o'clock, detectives from the Indiana State Police and La Porte County Sheriff’s Department responded to the eastbound side of the interstate about a mile west of the Portage exit.. Troopers say a member of a mowing crew contracted by the Indiana Department of Transportation found the body. The deceased, identified as 50-year-old Ricky Kimble was last seen Saturday. August 3rd. Family had reported him missing to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, August 6. Cause of death is pending an autopsy at South Bend Memorial Hospital.
Anyone with who may have seen Kimble walking on I-80/94 from late Saturday, August 3rd evening until early Tuesday, August 6th, morning is asked to contact Indiana State Police Detective Brian Kubiak at 219-696-6242 or La Porte County Sheriff’s Detective Ron Heeg at 219-326-7700.
Police say Kimble was wearing brown shorts, white tank top, tan boots, carrying a black backpack. Kimble was a black male, 6’ 1”, 258 pounds, with a shaved head.
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July State Revenues Below Target

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Indiana tax revenues for last month came in below projections. Total revenue for July, which marks the first month of the fiscal year, was one-point-oh-four-billion, 14-million dollars, or one-point-four-percent, less than the state forecast. The state's budget director noted the figure was lower in part due to a percentage of sales tax dollars being redirected to the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund, as directed by the budget bill approved in this year's legislative session.
Link to commentary from Budget Director Brian Bailey::
http://www.ai.org/sba/files/revreport_july2013_commentary.pdf
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New Mental Health Resources for Cook Co Jail Inmates

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Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart today announced the establishment of the Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy within the Cook County Sheriff's Office as well as the launch of a 24 hour mental health hotline. Sheriff Dart says the new office will expand the portfolio of mental health initiatives, including a mental health screening process at daily intake. The 24 hour hotline will be supported by live team-members to be used exclusively for ex-detainees of the Cook County Jail and for families of current detainees. Sheriff Dart says this new office, and it resources, represent important steps toward shutting the revolving door between the streets and jail for Cook County's mentally ill. The Cook County Jail is the largest single-site jail in the nation and typically holds between two-thousand to 25-hundred mentally ill detainees at any one time, giving it the dubious distinction of being the largest mental health institution in the country.
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Hammond Man Gets Life in Prison, Again, on Murder Conviction

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A man found guilty for murdering a Hammond gun-shop owner in 2000, but who had the conviction overturned, and then was found guilty of murder again last year, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday. 37 year old Keon Thomas, of Hammond, along with co-defendent Styles Taylor, were found guilty in May 2012 for the shooting death at Firearms Unlimited. The original conviction had been overturned after an appeals court found the jury had been improperly selected. Thomas was also ordered to pay restitution to the family of the deceased.
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2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map Released

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The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) recently announced the release of the 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map. The all-new map is the first partnership of its kind between the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and IOTD and provides Hoosiers with a single map reflecting INDOT’s roadway accuracy and IOTD’s statewide attraction information.
“This new map is an exciting consolidation of the two existing maps and reflects the great roadways and destinations throughout Indiana,” said Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. “By housing this project with our tourism team, we have eliminated a redundant program while also providing a new outlet for our tourism partners to promote their attractions.”
The 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map is a combination of two Indiana map programs. In previous years, INDOT produced the official transportation map on a biannual basis and IOTD produced a yearly Indiana travel map. IOTD spearheaded the consolidation of these two maps into one, easy to read product that retains all the functionality of a traditional roadmap while also highlighting many of Indiana’s tourism destinations. The new map will be produced by IOTD on an annual basis.
“By partnering with INDOT to transition production of our state map to the tourism office, we are able to promote Indiana’s tourism partners, destinations and attractions to a wider audience,” said Mark Newman, executive director of IOTD. “From the cover photo to the partners advertised on the map back, this project is a great representation of the beauty, accessibility and travel opportunities that exist throughout Indiana.”
The undulating hills of Crawford and Harrison Counties grace the cover of this year’s map. The image, not often associated with Indiana, is representative of the state’s diverse landscape.
The new roadway map reflects the boom in infrastructure improvements Indiana has undergone in recent years. Among the many new roadway projects on the map: the new Interstate 69 corridor in southwestern Indiana, the Hoosier Heartland corridor and expansion of U.S. 31 in and around Kokomo, both expected to open by the end of this year, and the Fort to Port connection. Additionally, many other projects currently under construction with completion expected in the coming years are noted on the map. These new and future projects provide connectivity throughout all regions of the state and allow travelers within Indiana to safely and quickly reach destinations and attractions.

This year begins a two-year transition to move all production, administrative and sales oversight of the official state map to IOTD. The 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map will be available at the Indiana State Police and Indiana Office of Tourism Development booths in the expo hall at the Indiana State Fair. As in previous years, maps will also be available at state legislative offices, highway rest stops and state welcome centers. Individuals may also request a new map by visiting IndianasMap.com. The 2014 Indiana Official Roadway Map is free of charge.
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