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Governor Pence to Visit South Bend Tomorrow

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Governor Mike Pence is scheduled to be in South Bend tomorrow afternoon. According to Governor's itinerary, he will be speaking at the Saint Joseph County Chamber lunch-in at noon, then join Hoosiers at the Chicory Cafe at 1:15pm, and conclude his visit by holding a meeting with the South Bend Latino Task Force on Education, at the Maycrest Community Building at 3:30pm.
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Many Factors Contributing to Increase Cost of Gas

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A gallon of regular unleaded has reportedly gone over the four-dollar mark in Merrillville today... with many gas stations in Lake County just pennies below that. Triple-A Director of Public Affairs, Beth Mosher, says lessened production, refineries going off-line due to maintenance issues, and refinery issues in Illinois and Ohio have all help contribute to cost increase. Mosher says it remains to be seen if the more expense to produce and make “summer blend switch-over”, will add to the alr...

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Immediate Detention Bill Passes Indiana House Monday

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A bill unanimously passed by the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday that would allow law enforcement to immediately detain gravely disabled individuals and take them to the nearest appropriate facility now heads to the Senate for additional consideration. House Bill 11-30's author, Representative Charlie Brown, of Gary, says the proposal aligns the current immediate detention statute with the emergency and temporary commitment statutes, thus making them uniform throughout and adding...

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Vehicle Fire SB 394 Backing up Outbound Bishop Ford

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The on ramp to southbound 394 is closed due to a vehicle fire on southbound 394 at Thornton-Lansing Rd.  Traffic tipsters are reporting that the fire is blocking all three lanes of southbound 394 at this time and is backing up outbound Bishop Ford from 15th St./US-6 to I-80/394 interchange.  Drivers headed toward northwest Indiana could take Sibley Blvd. to Calumet Avenue/US-41 south to I-80/94.  Traffic wanting to continue south on the Bishop Ford could also take Sibley Blvd. to Torrence/SR-83...

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Dunes Learning Center Names Benson Executive Director

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A man who holds numerous positions on a wide array of committees and councils can add another to that list, as the Times today reports Geof Benson has been named the executive director of the Dunes Learning Center, a non-profit environmental education facility. Published reports say Benson currently serves as chairman of the NIRPC Environmental Management Policy Committee, President of the Beverly Shores Town Council, vice-chairman of the Lake Michigan Marina and...

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Patient Care Among Best in Nation at Community Hospital

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Community Hospital in Munster has once again been recognized as one of America's 50 best hospitals by Healthgrades, making it the only hospital in Indiana to achieve this distinction six-years in a row. Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Don Flesko says, “this achievement is a testament to the systems we have in place, and the doctors and healthcare professionals who put quality and excellence in patient-first care...it demonstrates to the c...

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DeMotte Bank Warns of Fraudulent Text Message Scam

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A fraudulent text message scam is circulating in the region. DeMotte State Bank reports the text message asks that you call the listed phone number and enter your personal banking information, which again is a scam, because DeMotte State Bank reports they do not contact their customers in this manner. DeMotte State Bank implores you to not respond, but says if you already have responded, and entered your information, to please contact them immediately, at (219) 987-4141.
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Kellogg's Recall: Special K Red Berries

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Kellogg’s has announced a voluntary recall of three sizes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal boxes because there might be glass fragments inside. Consumers are asked to check any packages you have in your home, and if it matches the recall info, to contact the company for a replacement coupon. They say they may also make arrangements to retrieve the food for evaluation. Kellogg's says there have been no reports of any injuries associated with the product.
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Hebron VFD Gets Grant for New Helmets

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Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky announced today the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department is getting nearly three dozen new helmets -- thanks to a nearly 87-hundred dollar federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters program.  Department officials say the old helmets are compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards, but many were up to ten years old and in need of replacement.
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Federal Grant for Shuttle to the Dunes

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The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is getting a 193-thousand dollar federal grant to start a new shuttle service to the park -- specifically to transport visitors traveling into the Region from Chicago and the suburbs via the South Shore Line. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced 12-and-a-half-million-dollars in grants for 29 projects in 20 states to improve access to America’s national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges, help reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for m...

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La Porte Co Taxpayers Could Get a 'Breather'

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One less bill to answer... for one Region county this spring, if House Bill 1261 gets final approval. The Indiana House Monday said yes to a measure that would allow officials to request skipping the spring provisional property tax bill for La Porte County residents, who have been catching up years of delayed tax billings over a period of months. The Times reports that the proposal, to give taxpayers a breather, authored by La Porte State Representative Tom Dermody, would mean just one full...

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Lawmakers Consider School Year Bill

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Indiana lawmakers have a measure before them that would ensure kids don't go back to school before Labor Day... or get out of school later than June 10th. Senate Bill 191 would take effect July first. It does, however, provide for year-round schools and exceptions under certain circumstances. Similar measures have been proposed and defeated over the past few years.
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Kouts Development Moving Forward

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Proposed development of a vacant parcel of land in Kouts, at State Roads 8 and 49, is moving forward. A company plans to build a gas station and convenience store, and the owner has signed the necessary paperwork to get the work started for an agreement reached over a year ago, according to the Times today.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/kouts-loses-councilman-gains-building-inspector/article_50b554d1-4c25-5ee5-a1e8-a3fd3e4eddf9.html
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Approval for Schererville's Shops on Main

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Construction on the eagerly-awaited Shops on Main in Schererville could begin this Spring. Schererville's Plan Commission has granted preliminary approval for the project at US 41 and Main Street, which is expected to include high-end retail and restaurants, though details on what shops might be moving in haven't been disclosed.
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Region Gas Prices Climbing

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Gary GasBuddy this morning reports a gallon of regular unleaded has gone over the four-dollar mark in Merrillville... with many gas stations in Lake County just pennies below that. The average in the Gary metro area according to Triple-A's fuel gauge report is about 3-85... Triple-A reports Indiana and Illinois are among nine states with the highest prices in the country, California's another, where they're paying much more.
ABC's Alex Stone says in California prices have jumped from around 3.65...

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Water Line Break Closes Boone Grove High School

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Porter Township School officials this morning announced that Boone Grove High School is closed today due to a water line break in the hallway -- a break described to the Region News Team today as "substantial". Principal Garry DeRossett says Boone Grove High School is the only school in the Porter Township School District  included in this closure today.
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Car Strikes House In Valparaiso

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A car reportedly struck a house in Valparaiso Monday evening. Dispatch first called out the incident just after 6:30pm, on the 46-hundred block of Calumet Avenue. No further information is available at this time.
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Visitor Restrictions Lifted at Franciscan Alliance Hospitals

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Temporary visitor restrictions at Fransican Alliance Northwest Indiana hospitals have lifted today. Fransican Alliance reports the measures imposed last month at their hospitals in Crown Ponit, Dyer, Hammond, and Munster, were due to extent of the influenza outbreak.
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Pence Signs FFA Week Proclamation

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Pence Signs FFA Week Proclamation
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This is national FFA week, and on Monday, Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann joined in the Indiana kick-off celebration for a brief meeting and photo opportunity with Indiana FFA Officers and members. Governor Pence also signed the 2013 F-F-A Week Proclamation for Indiana.
The Proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas, FFA and agricultural education provide a strong foundation for the youth of America and the future of the food, fiber and natural...

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2012 1099 Forms from NRCS Payments to be Reissued

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The 2012 IRS 1099 forms issued last month to farmers and ranchers, who receive NRCS financial assistance are incorrect and are scheduled to be reissued by the USDA March 8th. Apparently the IRS forms may be in the wrong amount or no 1099 was issued when one should have been and NRCS financial experts are reportedly working with the USDA to help get forms out to the appropriate people as quickly as possible.
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