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House Okays Budget Without Income Tax Cut

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The Indiana House passed a new two-year spending plan by a 68-28 vote Monday... a thirty-billion dollar blueprint Republicans say will grow the private sector, bridge the skills gap and strengthen education... however, it does not include the income-tax cut sought by Republican Governor Mike Pence... a proposal that Democrats have wanted to advance.
STATEHOUSE — Authored by the Chairman of Ways and Means, State Representative Tim Brown (...

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Winter Driving Tips from Indiana State Police

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Most counties in north central Indiana are under a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service. Throughout the day, periods of snow fall and possible ice accumulation up to a quarter inch are being forecasted. This combination can cause visibility to be reduced and road conditions to change quickly. To help Hoosiers prepare for this winter storm the Indiana State Police offers the following tips.
Be prepared:
• Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your t...

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Rept: Sequester Could Close Gary Control Tower

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Among the many expected or possible effects of the federal sequester on the Region... closure of the control tower at Gary/Chicago International Airport Friday... the same day the across-the-board budget cuts approved by Congress kick in. Today's Times says the airport would still be open to airplanes, but they would have to follow FAA guidelines for landing without a control tower.
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/sequester-may-shut-gary-control-tower-airport-to-remain-open/article_81bf209...

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Local Government Bill Clears the Indiana House

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The Indiana House has passed a bill authored by Munster Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon she says will help local governments run more effectively and efficiently.
Candelaria-Reardon says the measure addresses issues brought forth the the Indiana League of Municipal Clerk Treasurers. House Bill 1145 passed through the House 68-26 and will now advance to the Senate for further consideration.
 “This proposal allows a political subdivision to transfer any unused, unencumbered funds from any fi...

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Indiana Senate Rejects Medicaid Expansion

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The Indiana Senate rejected a proposal Monday to expand health care coverage to low wage-earning Hoosier families from 2014 through 2016. Democrat Portage State Senator Karen Tallian of Portage says her amendment to Senate Bill 551 would have taken advantage of language in the federal health care law that fully funds the cost of expanding Medicaid for the first three years, making working families of four earning less than $33,000 eligible for care, and covering an estimated 400,000 more...

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Nearly 200 Attend Lake Ridge School Bd Mtg

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Two big issues came before the Lake Ridge School Board last night, and nearly two-hundred people came out to the meeting as the board voted to close an elementary school... possibly Grissom or Hosford Park, according to the Times today. Board members also approved a motion to contract out janitorial and maintenance services starting in March... a couple months ago, the board voted not to contract out, but officials tell nwi-dot-com that the financial situation has become more bleak, and without...

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Three People Accused of Bank Fraud in Lake County

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Schererville Police report they are investigating an alleged fraud of a financial institutions in Lake County. Authorities report warrants have been issued for three individuals, Shaquille Jackson, Kourtney Smith, and Darnell Thompson, for their part in the alleged scam. According to the probable cause affidavit, the three are accused of opening accounts to be used for fraudulent activity.
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Gas up 5 Cents from Last Week

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ABC News reports that while much of the country deals with increasing gas prices -- the U-S Energy Department says prices in Ohio have actually dropped 16 cents in the past week to 3.65 a gallon for regular unleaded. Drivers in Ohio are paying 14 cents less than they were a year ago. Compare that to California where drivers are now paying, on average, 4-21 a gallon and much more in LA and San Francisco.  As of today, Triple-A reported the current average for a gallon of regular unleaded in the...

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Snowmobile Crash Claims Life of Munster Man

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A 26 year old Munster man has reportedly died as the result of a snowmobile crash in Wisconsin Sunday afternoon. The Times reports Justin Mulder allegedly failed to negotiate a corner while driving a snowmobile, left the roadway, and crashed into a wooded area. Published reports say alcohol and speed are believed to have played a factor in this crash, and an investigation continues....

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McCowan Case Expected To Go To Jury Tomorrow

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Today's Times reports the jury is expected to begin deliberation tomorrow in the murder trial of 20 year old Dustin McCowan, who is accused of killing his former girlfriend, 19 year old Amanda Bach. Published reports say both the Defense and Prosecution will each be granted two hours a piece for closing arguments, before the jury is sent off to come up with a verdict, which must be a unanimous decision of guilty or innocent. For continuing coverage of the trial,...

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Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Passes House

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Legislation to spend funds on a program that would drug test some welfare recipients has passed the Indiana House, and now moves onto the Senate. Published reports say House Bill 1483 would require recipients of Temporary Aid for Needy Families benefits to take a written test that determines the propensity to use drugs with 90-percent accuracy. Recipients with a high propensity would then have a 50-50 chance of a forced drug test, and if a test comes back positive, recipients could continue...

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Sequester Impact on Indiana, March 1st

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Now just days away from sweeping budget cuts known as sequestration, ABC News reports they'll hit every corner of government. The White House is circulating 50 lists of budget cuts in states where civilian jobs in the defense industry and some school money would be slashed. ABC's Ann Compton at the White House reports there are no active negotiations here as Congress returns to write a list of less painful cuts.
On the Indiana list, the White House says some examples this year are... the loss...

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Merrillville Looking at Historic District

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The town of Merrillville is working toward setting up a historic preservation commission... with the initial historic district along 73rd Avenue, from Broadway to Madison Street. Along that stretch sits the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Museum, a circa 1860s building that used to be a school. The Times today says the town council is expected to vote tomorrow (Tue 022613) on first reading of an ordinance to create the commission.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville/commis...

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Outdoor Indiana Says Think Spring

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Outdoor Indiana magazine’s March-April issue will have you thinking spring with a feature article on the upcoming massive bird migration at Indiana Dunes State Park.  Readers will learn how the park’s unique conditions allow for the sighting of 30,000 birds a day during March and April.
The 48-page full-color magazine also includes a removable eight-page insert on Tippecanoe River State Park. That article continues the magazine’s series in which one state park or reservoir property will be p...

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Habitat Hosts Mortgage Burning Ceremony in Hammd

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Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana recognized Rebecca Jackson-Sanchez of Hammond and her family, hosting a mortgage burning ceremony Sunday. Paying off a home mortgage is the final step of a partner family-affiliate agreement, and the Jackson-Sanchez family is the second partner family of the Habitat affiliate to have done so. Their home in the 58-hundred block of Erie Avenue is in a row of Habitat homes. Jackson-Sanchez says she was driving when she first heard about...

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Michigan Fighting Bottle Deposit Scammers

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It was created to get people to recycle, but ABC reports one state's can and bottle return policy may be working a little too well. ABC's Daria Albinger reports a lot of people cross the Michigan state line to cash in. However, Michigan State Representative Kenneth Kurtz has introduced a bill to crack down on scammers. It'd make any attempt to redeem the deposit on non-returnable containers punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a one-thousand dollar fine.
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Winter Storm Could Impact the Region

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Forecasters say a winter storm will approach the Region late tonight, bringing the potential for a mix of light freezing rain, sleet and snow toward Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says right now the best chance of any ice accumulation looks to be south of the Kankakee River with the most significant snow accumulations generally northwest of a Peoria to Chicago line. However, it is still unclear where some of the heaviest ice and snow accumulation will be. Winds may also gust to...

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Hobart Police Say Missing Woman Found

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In Hobart, police say a 78-year-old woman who has Alzheimers who was missing last night has been found. Police sent out an alert that authorities were looking for the woman after she was last seen near the west side of Westfield Southlake Sunday afternoon. Hobart Police sent out a message today thanking everyone for their information and concern.
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15 Children, 2 Adults Seen at Hospital After Crash

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Indiana University Health Starke Hospital reports seeing 15 children and 2 adults this morning after an accident involving a Marshall-Starke Head Start bus in downtown Knox. Hospital officials say some of the children were treated for minor bumps and bruises in the emergency room, and all 15 have been released to their parents. The adults were still being looked at. Knox Police say the crash occurred at the intersection of Heaton and Lake Streets just before 8am Central Time and was still under...

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Ind Sec of St Lawson: Start Saving, $10 a Week

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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is kicking-off America Saves Week by encouraging Hoosiers to save ten-dollars a week-- to start small and think big to build a strong financial footing for tomorrow. Lawson put a series of “Conversation Starters” to help families foster an ongoing dialogue about budgeting, saving, investing and avoiding scams and fraud on her website. The open-ended questions are meant for those just starting out as newlyweds, entering retirement or anyone looking to tal...

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