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Rep Brown Chosen Chairman of NW IN Leg Delegation

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A state representative from Gary has been chosen as the new chairman of the Northwest Indiana legislative delegation. The group, consisting of 19 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, chose Democrat Charlie Brown, who takes over for Democratic State Representative Chet Dobis, of Merrillville, who retired in 2012. Brown says among things he is interested in exploring is having a better working relationship between his delegation and those lawmakers serving in Marion County, working with regional...

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Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Starke County

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Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive species that kills ash trees, has been detected for the first time in Tipton and Starke counties.
In Tipton County, EAB was found in Liberty, Madison and Wildcat townships.
In Starke County, EAB was found in North Bend Township, specifically, at the Bass Lake Beach and Campground.
Additionally, EAB has been detected in new locations in counties where the insect was already known to exist. In Blackford County, EAB was detected in Jackson and Licking...

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250 Citations During LaPorte Co Saturation Patrols

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A total of 596 vehicles were stopped during saturation patrols conducted by the LaPorte County D-U-I Taskforce, from October 1st, 2012, through December 31st, 2012. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports a total of 250 citations were issued, and 558 warnings were given for various traffic offenses. Authorities report a total of 46 impaired drivers were arrested for operating while intoxicated, with one operating while intoxicated arrest being made every 5.86 hours of saturation patrol. The...

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Customs Holds Up Shipment of Human Heads

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The Chicago Tribune is reporting a paperwork issue is holding up a shipment of human heads at O-Hare International Airport. Published reports say the embalmed heads were shipped from Rome apparently on their way to a research facility in the United States, but their specific destination was unclear, leading Customs officials at the airport and other federal agencies to investigate.
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Visitor Restrictions at Franciscan Alliance Hospitals

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News Release (Jan 15 2013):    
Franciscan Alliance Lake County hospitals have adopted temporary visitor restrictions in an effort to help prevent spread of the influenza virus. 
The measures, effective at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan Physicians Hospital in Munster, include:
     * People exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to not come to the hospitals to visit. Symptoms include runny nose, cough, or fever of more tha...

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Daniels Begins New Role as Purdue President

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Now-former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels officially begins his new job as of today. Last June, the Purdue Board of Trustees unanimously selected Daniels to be the university's next president at the conclusion of his second term as governor. The former president stepped down in July. Daniels was on campus in West Lafayette Monday, meeting with students, faculty and staff. The Indianapolis Star reports the main campus is considering changing to three trimesters with 13 weeks of...

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Text of Governor Pence's Inaugural Address

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From Governor Pence's Office:
Inaugural Address of Michael R. Pence
January 14, 2013
As prepared for delivery
Mr. Chief Justice, Governors Daniels and Bayh, Senators Coats and Donnelly, Lt. Governor Ellspermann, Attorney General Zoeller, Superintendent Ritz, Members of the Congress, General Assembly, Judiciary, other state officials, friends and fellow Hoosiers:
For the 50th time in our state's storied history, a new administration has peaceably taken office as a living testament to the strength of...

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Gov Pence Signs 15 Exec Orders on First Day

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[Photo courtesy Governor's office/ https://twitter.com/GovPenceIN/status/290923611928264704/photo/1  ]
After Monday's inauguration ceremony, Indiana's new Governor Mike Pence signed fifteen executive orders, including one that puts a moratorium on any new state regulations until his administration can review the costs and benefits of ones that are currently in effect. Another order requires certain state agencies, including the Family and Social Services Administration, to develop family impact...

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Nine-Span is Closed; Detour Info Here

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The Nine Span Bridge on Indianapolis Boulevard, or State Road152, in north Lake County closed Monday, January 14th to begin demolition and eventual replacement of the 1930's-era structure. The Indiana Department of Transportation says a new bridge is expected to open before the end of the year. Here's detour information from INDOT:
A detour will take northbound traffic south on S.R. 152 (Indianapolis Blvd.), east on I-80/94, north on S.R. 912...

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Sen Glick Proposes 'Combat to College' Pgm

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Indiana State Senator Glick
News Release/STATEHOUSE (Jan. 14, 2013) – State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) today announced she is authoring legislation that would ease the transition process for recent veterans seeking postsecondary education.
Senate Bill 115 would require colleges and universities to establish a “combat to college” program, creating administrative and educational assistance for veteran students.
“Entering college is a major life change for anyone. For returning veterans who are just...

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Waste Equipment Company Expands in NW Ind

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News Release: WINAMAC, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2013) - GalFab Acquisitions, LLC, a full line waste handling equipment manufacturer, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 85 new jobs by 2014.
"Helping companies like GalFab recognize the value of doing business in Indiana is a top priority on day one for Governor Mike Pence. We look forward to celebrating many more announcements across the state as we work to further strengthen the many things we already know: Indiana has a...

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Sen Dem Leader Lanane Meets w/Gov Pence

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News Release: INDIANAPOLIS—Following the inauguration of Indiana’s 50th Governor, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) met with Governor Mike Pence and legislative leadership. Sen. Lanane shared the following remarks:
“The governor’s inclusion of Statehouse leadership from day-one is a much appreciated gesture and I think sets us on good footing to tackle some of the state’s most pressing issues as a unified front.
“Job creation along with worker education and training are two issues...

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La Porte Native Sworn in as ISP Supt

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Supt. Douglas G. Carter
News Release: Shortly after 1:00 p.m. Monday, in the Indiana Supreme Court, Chief Justice Brent Dickson administered the Oath of Office to Douglas G. Carter, making him the 20th Superintendent of the state police.
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From left to right: Supt. Carter, his wife Carol, daughter LeeAnn and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson. The photo was taken immediately after the oath was affirmed. [Photos courtesy Indiana State Police]
Superintendent Carter previously served 18...

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Hoosier Employers Support Mentoring

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During January, National Mentoring Month, there's an effort underway to recruit more mentors and match them with Hoosier kids.   Bill Stanczykiewicz, President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute says mentoring takes many forms including one-on-one like Big Brothers, Big Sisters or small groups or teams like 100 Black Men. 

Stanczkiewicz also says "There is an opportunity for employers to give their people paid time off to mentor.  Corporations like Do It Best, Old National Bank and others...

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2 Burglary Suspects Charged, Remain Hospitalized

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Two suspected burglars allegedly shot by a 67 year old homeowner Friday night remain hospitalized at last check. The LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office reports warrants were issued after a probable cause hearing today for the arrest of Ladell Elijah Hemsworth and Marshaun Wright, each for one-count of felony burglary. Authorities say both suspects were shot during the incident, and taken to South Bend Memorial, were Hemsworth had a bullet removed, but that a bullet remains lodged in the lung of...

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FBI Seeks Help in Locating Fugitive

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The FBI is asking for your help in locating a federally indicted fugitive known to frequent Whiting and East Chicago. The FBI's Merrillville Resident Agency reports Paulino "Chino" Salazar, a member of the Latin Kings street gang, was indicted in November of 2011, in Northern District of Indiana, on alleged multiple violations of the RICO statute to include drug conspiracy. Salazar id described as a Hispanic male, five-feet seven inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, with a shaved head, and brown...

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Indiana Flu-Related Deaths Reach 21

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INDIANAPOLIS—The number of flu-related deaths in Indiana has now reached 21. Health officials say two of the deaths occurred in individuals younger than 18 years of age.
 
No official shortages of the influenza vaccine have been reported, state health officials say; however, it may be more difficult to find the vaccine due to the current high demand. A flu vaccine locator can be found at www.Flu.gov. Flu vaccine can typically be found at local health departments, pharmacies and with health care...

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ESPN College Game Day Bus in Chesterton Thursday

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The ESPN College Game Day bus will be making a three-hour pit-stop on Thursday in Chesterton. State Farm Agent Jim Kristoff says the bus will be at his office, located on the five-hundred block of Indiana Boundary Road, in Chesterton, on Thursday afternoon from 3 to 6pm, on its way for Saturday's Butler-Gonzaga game. Kristoff says the bus is stopping because his office won a state-wide State Farm contest to have the bus stop by, and that they are also holding a ribbon cutting ceremony that same...

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Two Charged with Dealing Cocaine in Michigan City

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Two Michigan City residents have been accused of dealing cocaine. Michigan City Police say 59 year old Deloris White and 45 year old Lumumba White were arrested after an investigation determined the two were allegedly dealing cocaine from a residence, located on the four-hundred block of Greenley Avenue. Deloris White is charged with four felony counts of dealing cocaine, while Lumumba White was charged with three felony counts of dealing cocaine. Authorities report a quantity of cocaine was...

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Ind House Speaker Congratulates Gov, Lt Gov

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[Photo provided/Indiana Speaker Brian Bosma's office]
Speaker Bosma statement on Inauguration
STATEHOUSE – “I congratulate Governor Mike Pence and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann on their inauguration. 
“I have known Governor Pence since our law school days; he is a man of great integrity and will lead our state to our shared goals of fiscal integrity and job creation. I have had the privilege of working with Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann when she was a legislator in our chamber. Together, w...

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