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Governor Pence Visiting NW Ind Today

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has scheduled visits in Lake and Porter Counties today. The governor will  tour Porter County Career and Technical Center in Valparaiso. Afterwards, he'll be joining executives from a healthcare services provider for a jobs announcement in Merrillville. 
The Indianapolis Star reports First Lady Karen Pence is expected to be recuperating at home this weekend following emergency gall bladder surgery Thursday. Goveror Mike Pence issued a statement expressing their...

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Street Count of Homeless Individuals Jan 30

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Gary city officials have announced Continuum of Care Network of NWI will conduct a street count of homeless individuals in Lake County on January 30th, and volunteers are needed to perform the count throughout different areas in the county. The effort is part of the 2013 Point-In-Time Count coordinated by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the state housing finance agency, and the Local Regional Planning Council. The effort will include a count of homeless persons throughout...

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Armed Robbery at Lake Station Store

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[From Lake Station Police Department]
Police in Lake Station are investigating an armed robbery at the County Line Market Convenience Store in the five-thousand block of Central Avenue. Authorities say a male subject walked in just after 4-o'clock Thursday afternoon, asked if they had an unknown product in the store, then approached the cashier and displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied, police say, and the man left, reportedly heading westbound on foot....

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Snow Affecting Today's Commute, Too

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Snow's not over yet in the Region... Winter weather is expected to impact the morning commute today, too... The Indiana Department of Transportation is urging Region commuters to make room for those snow plows -- and staying at least 4 car lengths behind the plows if possible. INDOT notes temps well below freezing over the past few days, has reduced the effectiveness of road salt in melting snow and ice. Drivers are reminded to accelerate gradually, drive slowly, brake early and allow greater...

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Police: Carjacking Suspect Shot by Car Owner

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In Gary, police say a 19-year-old carjacking suspect was shot by the vehicle's owner Thursday afternoon while allegedly trying to steal the car near 37th and Connecticut Street. Published reports say when the owner told the suspect to get out of his vehicle, the teen reportedly reached inside his coat, and that's when the car owner fired.
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NIPSCO Launches Green Power Program

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A pilot program that allows NIPSCO customers to designate a portion, or all, of their monthly electric usage to be attributable to power generated by renewable energy sources is now underway. NIPSCO Spokesperson Kathleen Szot says customers can be part of this voluntary program by designating 25, 50, or 100-percent of their monthly usage, while commercial and industrial customers would have the added flexibility to designate 5 or ten-percent of their monthly usage. Szot says customers can...

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Gov Pence in Merrillville Tomorrow

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The new Governor of Indiana will be in region tomorrow. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation today announced that Governor Mike Pence will be joining executives from a healthcare services provider for an economic development announcement in Merrillville. The announcement is scheduled to take place tomorrow afternoon, at 2:45.
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Health Officials Warn Stomach Flu Underway Too

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While influenza has dominated the headlines, with a widespread outbreak across the nation, health officials also want to remind Hoosiers this is also norovirus, or stomach flu season too. The Indiana State Department of Health reports a new strain of the stomach flu has appeared in Indiana, however, it does not carry worse symptoms than others. State Health Commissioner William Van Ness II, M-D, says flu shots do not prevent the norovirus, and while it is very contagious and easily spread,...

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Tire Tracks in Snow Lead Police to Hit Run Driver

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The snow caused numerous crashes this morning, but did allow authorities to track them to an alleged hit-and-run driver early today, according to the Times. Published reports say Valparaiso Police were called out just after midnight, to the corner of Chicago Street and Arbordale Drive, and discovered 12 mailboxes knocked over due to an apparent vehicle crash. The Times reports police followed the tire tracks in the snow from the scene to the 13-hundred block of Wood Street, and charged a 29...

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14 Arrested in Hammond Warrant Sweep Wednesday

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Hammond Police reiterated to those with misdemeanor and felony warrants that unless you keep your court date, you will receive a visit from them. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says around four in the morning Wednesday, 30 officers fanned out with warrants in-hand, and arrested 14 suspects, including one felony arrest for child molesting, and one felony arrest for operating while intoxicated. Chief Miller says three more suspects turned themselves in today, with several additional suspects...

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Slow Speeds Southbound I-65 from the Borman

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All lanes southbound I-65 from the Borman (I-80/94) are running at slow speeds due to heavier than usual volume near Ridge Rd.  Partially cleared travel lanes are also contributing to slower speeds from Ridge Rd. south toward 61st Ave.
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Westville Man Airlifted with Life-threatening Injuries

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A 19 year old Westville man was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital today with life-threatening head injuries after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a semi this morning. Indiana State Police report Luke McCormick was going too fast for the existing snow covered roadway, while heading west on I-94, just west of the Burns Harbor exit, when he spun out into the middle lane in front of a semi. Authorities report the semi struck the passenger side of McCormick's vehicle,...

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Local Hospital Employees Headed to March for Life

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A group of hospital employees from across the Region began a pilgrimage to Washington, DC, today. About thirty-five employees from Franciscan Alliance's Northern Region hospitals are taking a pilgrimage to the 40th annual March for Life in Washington D-C, happening tomorrow. Maria Ramos, spokesperson for the hospitals, said they boarded a bus around 7:30 this morning in Hammond, picked up another...

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Accidents Continue Around the Region

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1050am-- INDOT reports the right lane of westbound I-94 remains closed near US 20 due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel westbound on I-94 near mile 21.3.
We also have reports that the westbound Toll Road is virtually stopped all the way from the BP Plant in Whiting east to Portage
We've also gotten word of an accident that has traffic stopped on northbound State Road 49 in the Valparaiso area.  There's reportedly a crash north of the State Road 2 exit.
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Indiana State Police Respond to Multiple Accidents

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Indiana State Police Troopers assigned to the Lowell District have been busy all morning with multiple calls for slide offs and crashes due to blowing snow and icy conditions. At this time, there have been only minor injuries reported in some of these crashes.
Police say the majority of the crashes earlier this morning was in northern Lake County on I-80 from the Illinois State Line to I-65; as the snow shifted and fell it migrated east on I-80 between Ripley Street and State Road 249 (Portage...

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Crash Reported on 94, Burns Harbor area

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10am -- Unconfirmed report of accident with injuries involving a semi and a passenger vehicle on westbound Interstate 94 near mile marker 21, Burns Harbor area.
Region roads, highways and interstates remain hazardous after lake effect snow bands moved across northwest Indiana overnight and throughout the morning rush hour.
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Slide-offs, Spinouts Follow Lake Effect

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A look at Interstate 65 near 61st Ave in Lake County  this morning [courtesy of INDOT cam]
Slow traffic, slide-offs, spinouts, and accident scenes have followed lake effect snow bands that moved across the Region this morning. Driving conditions remain hazardous. Slow to stopped traffic is being reported from Gary to Merrillville along I-65 and from the Indiana/Illinois state line to I-65 along the Borman Expressway.  Traffic is also moving very slowly east of I-65 on I-80/94 and I-94
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Indiana's First Lady Having Emergency Surgery

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence's office sent out word this morning that all events on his schedule for today, Thursday, January 24, have been cancelled. Indianapolis media are reporting that Indiana First Lady Karen Pence is facing emergency gall bladder surgery.
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Court Rules on Ind Sex Offender Social Media Law

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A federal appeals court in Chicago says convicted sex offenders have a legal right to be on Facebook and other social media sites, in ruling an Indiana law unconstitutional.  ABC News reports a U.S. District Judge ruled in June that because social networking amounts to "a virtual playground for sexual predators," convicted sex offenders should be kept off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites. That led to a class action lawsuit by the ACLU. One of the plaintiffs was a man who served...

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Petitiion in EC Regarding Marktown

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Today's Times reports there's a petition circulating in East Chicago, after word that oil giant BP was looking into the possibility of buying property in north Lake County's historic Marktown neighborhood. More than fifty people gathered at the Marktown Community Center last night to discuss the issue, with one resident saying she's concerned about people selling their homes. The story says the petition calls on the city to implement the Marktown Revitalization Plan drawn up about five years...

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