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Controlled Burn at Hoosier Prairie Today

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The Indiana DNR has announced a controlled burn today at Hoosier Prairie Nature Preserve in Lake County.  Motorists are advised to look for restrictions along Main Street and Kennedy Avenue.  Another controlled burn was conducted at Hoosier Prairie November 19; this one is in a different part of the nature preserve.  The burn is expected to take three to four hours to complete, starting at about 11am or noon today.  Here's news release from the Indiana DNR:

(November 29, 2012) The Department of...

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Prescribed Fire in Porter Co Today

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News Release: National Park Service Fire Managers from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will be finishing the Howes Prairie-Lupine Lane prescribed fire today (Thursday Nov 29 2012). Crews initially attempted to conduct the fire on November 15, but were unable to complete the burning due to unfavorable weather conditions. Fire staff expect to start the 180 acre fire at around 10 am, and be burning into the afternoon. Smoke is expected to be visible from Burns Harbor, Porter, Chesterton and I94.

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Highland Powerball Ticket Worth $1M

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Hoosier Lottery officials say the record-setting Powerball run has come to an end with two jackpot-winning tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri, but two tickets sold in Indiana -- one of those in Northwest Indiana -- are worth one-million dollars.  The jackpot winning tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri will split an estimated jackpot of $587.5 million. Here's more in the news release from the Hoosier Lottery this morning:

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News Release: November 29, 2012

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BMV Policy Change to Help Veterans

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The Indiana BMV this month established a new policy that gives qualified veterans a waiver from from the driver skills test needed for a commercial drivers license. Here's more info:

News Release: [November 28, 2012] INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to the efforts of State Rep. Chuck Moseley (D-Portage), Hoosier veterans who have gained experience driving trucks and other heavy equipment will have an easier time using those skills to find employment once their military service is completed.

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Sure Sign of Winter in the Region

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It's officially winter in the Region when... the salt arrives. Indiana Department of Transportation Northwest tweets their La Porte salt dome received five-hundred tons of salt Wednesday.

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IL Medical Marijuana Vote Delayed

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An attempt to push a medical marijuana bill to a vote in the Illinois House during the veto session will have to wait until next week. Published reports say while the bill passed the Senate in 2010, it had run into opposition from members of the House, but may now have the necessary votes. Illinois is looking to become the 20th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, with a proposal for a three-year pilot program, reported to be one of the most restrictive in the...

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April Special Election to Replace Jackson Jr.

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A special election has been approved by the Illinois House to replace Jesse Jackson Junior in Congress, but the Senate must still approve the bill. The Times reports the House vote was unanimous, and that the election would be held on April 9th. Published reports say Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has scheduled a primary for Jackson's replacement for February 26th, and wants the election on April 9th to coincide with municipal elections to save money, which was approved by the General Assembly,...

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Alert Radios for At-Risk Hoosiers

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is again partnering with local emergency management agencies to give away nearly 85-hundred all hazards alert radios to at-risk, economically-disadvantaged Hoosiers throughout the state, including residents of mobile homes, targeted because emergency officials say those structures offer minimal protection against severe weather. Federal grant sources funded the purchase and distribution.

The department encourages everyone who is able to purchase an all...

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20 Minute Closure on US 30 in Valpo Thurs

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says a 20 to 30 minute closure will take place tomorrow on U.S. 30, between Horse Prairie Avenue and Washington Street. INDOT reports the closure there will take place around 10 tomorrow morning, and that traffic will have to be stopped to NIPSCO crews can hang an overhead utility line.

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LIVE RIGHT Christmas Can Drive

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A canned goods drive with a “twist”is being conducted now through the Christmas season in Valparaiso. Brad Hallal, of Griegers, says the “Live Right” Christmas Can Drive” is being done by Griegers and the Valpo Downtown Dining Group, and says the public can buy the over sized canned goods at the participating restaurants, and then they will deliver the goods to housing opportunities on their behalf. Customers may purchase the packaged gifts for five-dollars each, by visiting Pikk's, Bistro 157,...

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Parking Ban by New Crown Point Library

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Parking is no longer allowed on East Street, near the new library in Crown Point, after city officials today decided to declare a portion of it a fire lane. The Times reports the Board of Public Works and Safety approved the fire chief's request, so parking is now banned on East Street, between Robinson Court and the southern end of the emergency serviced building, 124 and 126 North East Street, and stopping and standing there is also prohibited. Published reports say another parking area is...

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Traffic Restriction on Campbell St Friday

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city of valpo The City of Valparaiso says pavement marking removal and repainting will disrupt traffic on Campbell Street this Friday. Officials say the traffic restriction on Campbell Street, from Lincolnway Avenue to Chestnut Street, is scheduled to begin Friday morning at seven and will continue until four that afternoon for the removal and repainting of the double yellow centerline. No detours will be posted.

 

 

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Powerball Jackpot Tonight at 550 Million

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November 28, 2012

 Powerball® jackpot estimate raised AGAIN,
now $550 million

INDIANAPOLIS  -  Strong sales nationwide have prompted Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) officials to raise tonight's Powerball jackpot estimate yet again.  This time, from $500 million to $550 million. 

The cash option is an amazing $360.2 million.

Jackpot dreamers in Indiana have until 9:58 (Eastern) tonight to purchase their tickets and get their shot at the biggest Powerball jackpot ever.

$550 million is the...

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State Breaks Record for Econ Dev

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 28, 2012) - The Indiana Economic Development Corporation announced today that this year it has already worked with 220 companies that have made decisions to expand or establish new business operations in Indiana, outpacing the 219 decisions by companies announced at year-end last year and every other year on record.

"With nearly five weeks left in the year, 2012 has already broken the state's all-time record for number of deals won," said Dan Hasler, Secretary of...

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Retired Steelworker Wins Cash 5 Jackpot

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Hoosier Lottery news release:

Retired Merrillville steelworker hits $77,500 on Cash 5

INDIANAPOLIS - Men, here's reason number 77,500 to listen to your wives.  It can pay off in a multitude of ways.  Just ask Edgar Relf of Merrillville. The lucky Lake County man has an extra $77,500 in the bank because he listened to his wife when she encouraged him to purchase a Cash 5 ticket that ended up being the game's first jackpot winner!  

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Wood Burning Stove Changeout Pgm Announced

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Northern Indiana Public Service Company has partnered with the American Lung Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to offer up to five-thousand-dollars in instant rebates to northern Indiana residents who change out or retrofit their older, high-emissions wood burning boilers, stoves and fireplaces with more efficient appliances. NIPSCO says residents of Lake, Porter, La Porte, Starke, Allen, Elkhart, and St. Joseph counties are eligible.

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Prescribed Fire in Hobart Today

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News Release: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Fire Management staff will be conducting a prescribed fire in Hobart today (Wednesday Nov 28 2012).  The 178 acre Hobart Prairie Grove prescribed fire will be on the west side of Lake George, just east of Liverpool Rd and south of 49th Avenue, along the Lake County Parks' Oak Savannah Trail. The burn is intended to restore the ecosystem and reduce the number of invasive species of plants in the area.

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Local School Districts on Natl Honor Roll

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Three Northwest Indiana school districts are among twenty-one statewide named to the College Board's Third Annual AP District Honor Roll for success in Advanced Placement (AP) testing. The Indiana Department of Education says more than 530 districts across the United States and Canada were honored for their success. Locally, that list includes Hanover Community School Corporation out of Cedar Lake, New Prairie United School Corporation, and North Newton School Corporation. Indiana has seen a...

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Reason for Road Restrictions

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Sometimes, when it looks like a highway project is finished, it really isn't. Work, for instance, looks to be wrapped up along I-65 in Jasper County, north and southbound, where bridge work was taking place over Knight Road, or County Road 500-North, about four miles south of State Road 10 near Roselawn.  Indiana Department of Transportation Spokesman Matt Deitchley says the reduced speed limit signs and restrictions need to remain in place until everything is complete. Deitchley says in this...

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Strack & Van Til Acquiring WiseWay, PayLow Stores

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An announcement Tuesday that one well-known northwest Indiana grocery store is buying another. Officials say Strack and Van Til is acquiring seven WiseWay and PayLow stores – two WiseWays in Valparaiso, one in Hobart and one in Chesterton are expected to become Strack and Van Til stores, and the PayLows, two in Merrillville, one in Gary, will turn into Ultra Foods, reports say. The Times reports the deal is expected to close next month. Company officials said the PayLow store near 61st and...

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