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Disabled Man Awarded $12 Million

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A disabled Region resident has received a 12-million dollar settlement -- said to be one of the largest in the state -- from a home health care agency based in Crown Point, after suffering burns and complications resulting in further brain damage, reports say, due to the actions of a home health care worker.  Family members say 47-year-old James Kosinski, who required 24-hour care due to multiple disabilities, was placed in scalding hot bath water. Reports say Kosinski currently lives in a chair near a nursing station at a Chicago nursing home.
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Lk Ridge Votes to Close Grissom

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Many people in the audience cried as the Lake Ridge School Board made their decision -- voting four-to-one Monday to close Grissom Elementary. Board members had said either Grissom or Hosford Park Elementary would close in light of a looming one-point-seven-million dollar deficit. Grissom is in Black Oak. The school board held a series of public forums prior to last night's vote. It's unclear at this time what that means for teachers and students at Grissom. The Calumet Township/Gary-area district also includes Longfellow Elementary, Calumet High School, and Lake Ridge Middle School
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Groundbreaking for Water Plant

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Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Monday for Lake Station's new water filtration plant which is going up in what's currently an empty lot on Union Street. It's part of an overall plan to improve water quality for customers of Lake Station city water. Not all residents of Lake Station are on city system, parts of which date back to the 1950s. Groundbreaking for phase one includes the new plant, new wells, and water main improvements. In 2008, Lake Station hired American Structurepoint out of Indianapolis and South Bend, to evaluate its water distribution system.
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9 Taken to Hospitals From O'Hare

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Ambulances were sent to O'Hare Monday night, taking nine passengers to Chicago-area hospitals after authorities say they started feeling ill. The cause was under investigation. Fire officials say the passengers were part of a tour group headed to Denmark, and had been on a bus tour before arriving at the airport. Officials say the rest of the group stayed behind as a precaution.
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Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation

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A gas leak not far from a senior apartment complex in Hammond prompted a precautionary evacuation of several units at Renaissance Towers Monday afternoon. The leak reportedly occurred in an area where utility crews were already working to replace older gas lines. Residents of the complex on Michigan Avenue were allowed back in last night.
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Teacher 'Gun Talk' Investigated

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There's reportedly been online 'gun talk' among some teachers in Lake Station . Police Chief Kevin Garber tells today's Times that three educators in the school district are said to have posted comments on Facebook talking about “solving problems and needing guns”. It came out as part of a highly-publicized investigation involving comments on a Lake Station chalkboard allegedly written by a teacher, that included phrases like ”The guns are loaded” and “Care to try me”, an image of which was reportedly then posted on Facebook by a student. That teacher is on paid administrative leave
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Illinois Man Kidnapped Sunday in Merrillville

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A man looking for a date ended up being tied up, and locked in the trunk of his own vehicle. Published reports say 19 year old Diamond Toney, of Merrillville, met the victim, from Sauk Village, Illinois, on Sunday night in Merrillville, using the website, “Plenty of Fish-dot-com”. Toney, and Dedrick Bufkin are charged with kidnapping, after the victim, who was released after four-to-five hours locked in his truck, was reportedly able to lead authorities to Toney, using her screen name, “Spooky 300.”
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Gary FD Battling Fire

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Traffic tipstes are reporting smoke blowing across the Borman near Chase Street this evening. Dispatch reports the Gary Fire Department received a fire call just before 6pm, in an abandoned area of town. No further information is available at this time.
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Indiana House Approves Rural Health Bill

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STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2013) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) bill aimed at improving health-care access for Indiana’s rural residents is one step closer to becoming law after receiving approval today from the Indiana House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 554, which passed the House 94-0, would require the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to reimburse health-care providers for telehealth and telemedicine services offered to Medicaid recipients.
Telehealth and telemedicine services use telecommunications and information technology to provide remote access to health assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, supervision and information. Becker said using this technology reduces re-admissions to hospitals and saves lives as well as health-care costs.
“It’s my goal to help Hoosiers, especially those in rural areas, have better access to high-quality medical care,” Becker said. “Telehealth networks are expanding in these regions, and we need to ensure patients have the opportunity to take advantage of the resources they offer.”
SB 554 now returns to the Senate for further consideration.
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17 Year old Boy Killed in Calumet City Saturday

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Authorities continue to investigate the shooting death of a 17 year old male from South Holland from over the weekend. Published reports say Tyshaun McClurge was pronounced dead at 9:15pm Saturday at a Harvey hospital after Calumet City Police responded to a call of a shooting on Oglesby Avenue, just after 9pm.
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Man Injured in Saturday Night Crash Near Wanatah

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Authorities were awaiting toxicology results at last check after a Wanatah man was injured in a crash and flown to a South Bend hosptal for a head injury and a broken arm. Published reports say the 57 year old reportedly drove into the back of a parked semi around 11pm Saturday, at 700 West and Volk Road.
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Five Lake County Deaths Reported This Flu Season

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The flu season that has killed 65 Hoosiers at last check is winding down. According to the latest information available from the Indiana State Department of Health five deaths have been reported in Lake County, with ten in Marion County,  and deaths are only reported for a county when the number hits five.
26 of the reported deaths occurred in those vaccinated with a 2012/2013 influenza vaccine, with 61 of the 65 deaths occurring in those with underlying medical conditions. Four Indiana residents under the age of 18 have died during this flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 105 children died in the U.S. this flu season, which is about average.   It also took its toll on the elderly, and overall has been deemed by the C-D-C as moderately-severe.
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Free College Baseball Tomorrow at US Steel Yard

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GARY, Ind. — U. S. Steel Yard will play host to college baseball on Tuesday night at 5:35 p.m., when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face the Kent State Golden Flashes. Fans will be admitted to the game free of charge.
Kent State played at the Steel Yard in 2012 in the first-ever NCAA Regional at the ballpark and advanced to the Super Regional before eventually reaching the College World Series. The Flashes also played the longest game ever at U. S. Steel Yard, a 7-6 victory over Kentucky in 21 innings last June 1 in the opening game of the Regional. The Irish last played at U. S. Steel Yard on April 28, 2010 against Valparaiso. 
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Gov Appoints Hurley to Fill Upcoming St. Joseph Co Vacancy

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Indianapolis - Governor Mike Pence today announced the appointment of Elizabeth C. Hurley to the St. Joseph Superior Court. The appointment of Hurley will fill an upcoming vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court that will occur on March 31, 2013 when Judge Roland W. Chamblee, Jr. retires.
"I'm pleased to appoint Elizabeth Hurley to the St. Joseph Superior Court where she has already proven to be a valuable part of the court system," said Governor Mike Pence. "She has the character, life experiences and professional skills that make her a good fit for the position. Undoubtedly, Judge Hurley will continue to be a strong leader when she assumes her new role as Superior Court Judge."
Hurley is well known for her courageous fights in the courtroom against child predators. She recently assumed her current position as St. Joseph Circuit Court Magistrate Judge on January 2, 2012, after she was appointed by Circuit Court Judge Michael Gotsch. Hurley's career also includes nine years in the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office in child support, family violence special victims unit, and major crimes divisions. She spent five years in private practice handling family law, appeals and general civil litigation. Hurley serves on the Violence Fatality Review Team and Bench and Bar Committee and Civility Subcommittee of St. Joseph County Bar Association.
Hurley graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Villanova University with an English major and minors in French and Political Science. She earned her J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School.
The St. Joseph County Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission submitted Hurley's name along with four others to Governor Pence for his consideration and appointment. 
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SR 130 Near Wheeler Opened

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Union Fire officials say State Road 130 is now open, from County Road 475 West/Sedley Road to County Road 625 West, after a crash. One individual was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, after losing control of their vehicle and hitting a utility pole, shearing it in half, and knocking down wires. The accident happened around 10, just east of the Union Fire Station, near Wheeler.
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One Hurt in Wheeler Crash

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One person was taken to the hospital after a passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on State Road 130 lost control and struck a utility pole just outside of Wheeler today, shearing the pole in half. Wires are also down.  Union Fire Department Assistant Chief Tim Beach tells the Region News Team that extrication was not necessary, and the individual was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  The accident happened around 10 am just east of the Union Fire Station in Union Township on State Road 130.
Union Fire officials say State Road 130 is shut down from County Road 475 West/Sedley Road to County Road 625 West, and may be closed a couple of hours to clear the crash scene and replace the pole.
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Accident Shuts Down SR 130

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Union Fire officials in Union Township say State Road 130 is being shut down as crews respond to a single-vehicle crash in Wheeler.  Officials say a passenger vehicle struck a utility pole.  State Road 130 is closed between County Road 475 West/Sedley Road to County Road 625 West.
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Lowell Troopers Respond to 33 Crashes

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The early-Spring blast of Winter kept Indiana State Police from the Lowell Post busy overnight on requests for service and assisting motorists. Troopers responded to 26 property damage crashes, 7 personal injury crashes, 30 slide offs and 10 assist motorists calls in their district, which includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke Counties.   Motorists are reminded to travel cautiously, allow more stopping distance and reduce your speed on icy, snowy, slushy roads.
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Merrillville Land is Farmland Again

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Some undeveloped property in Merrillville has been re-rezoned as farmland,what it was originally. There were plans to put a large residential development on 62 acres of land on the town's east side near 101st and Colorado, but that didn't materialize, so the Merrillville Plan Commission has changed the zoning back to agricultural.
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Firearm Applications Transition to Electronic

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The process to apply for a license to carry a firearm in Indiana is transitioning from paper to electronic , streamlining the application process for citizens as well as processing completed by local agencies and the Indiana State Police-- and Indiana State Police say an enhanced version will be made available starting today (Mon Mar 25). State Police are experiencing a high volume of phone calls and are asking applicants to NOT request a status check regarding firearm permit applications unless it's significantly past the expected timeframe.
Also starting today [Monday March 25], the LaPorte County Sheriffs Office reports they will no longer be accepting paper handgun permits, and will no longer provide fingerprinting for applicants, due to recent changes implemented by the Indiana State Police. You can hear more from our interview with LaPorte County Sheriffs Police Major John Boyd here at our website at On Demand.
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