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Indiana Reports 6th Meningitis Death

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The Indiana State Department of Health Wednesday reported a sixth death related to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to epidural steroid injections used mostly for back and joint pain. State health officials say the most recent death was someone who didn't live in Indiana. Reports say Indiana now has a total of 56 confirmed cases.

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Warm Temps Delay Ice Plaza by a Day

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Lake County Park officials say the unseasonalbly warm temperatures in the Region is delaying the opening of Deep River Waterpark Ice Plaza by one day. Dr. Sandra Basala, Superintendent of Visitor Services at Lake County Parks, says the ice plaza will not open Friday as scheduled, but will be open by noon on Saturday November 24. Basala says coils under the concrete allow for freezing layers of water on the Ice Plaza, but the recent warm weather has slowed the process.

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2nd House Fire in So. Haven this Week

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A second South Haven home this week has been destroyed by fire. The Times is reporting that fire broke out just before 2 pm Wednesday afternoon in a detached garage in the 300 block of Brook Drive with the fire quickly jumping to the ranch-style house. The homeowner along with his brother and son were at home when the fire broke out and reported not hearing anything before seeing smoke at the garage, some 10 to 15-feet behind the home. According to the article, fire crews from South haven,...

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Gov Daniels Announces Refund Amount

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Income taxpayers in Indiana will get 111 dollars next year, paid as a deduction from a Hoosier's 2012 income taxes. Governor Mitch Daniels made the announcement today, saying taxpayers who owe the state will pay less, with those getting a refund receiving a bigger one, that according to an article in today's Times. Published reports say joint income tax filers will receive a 222 dollar automatic taxpayer refund.

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Fire at Valpo Tattoo Buisness

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Fire officials say a fire at a tattoo businesses in Valparaiso is believed to be accidental in nature. Daniel Lamb, Assistant Fire Chief of the Valparaiso Fire Department, says they were called out just after 11:30 last night, and arrived at the scene, on the 16-hundredth block of Lincolnway, at Suite 160 C, to find fire coming out of the front windows. Lamb says the fire apparently started in a couch by the front windows, due to an overly warm power cord from a neon sign that was against the...

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Man Charged with Felony Child Molestation

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Authorities have arrested and charged a Michigan City man with three-counts of felony child molestation. Michigan City Police report a detective was assigned to the case of an alleged molestation of a nine year old boy back in June, and with the assistance of the FBI, new information was gathered and previous allegations of similar instances were reportedly substantiated, and the suspect was charged based on repeated acts of molestation with multiple child victims. Police say additional charges...

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Valparaiso Opens 49 Overpass

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Motorists can now use the new State Road 49 overpass at Vale Park Road. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 11 this morning, and Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas says they are delighted to have it finished, and that this is something the people can be proud of. Mayor Costas says this project is important to the city because there had been many injuries, and even a few deaths at this location, but the new intersection, with its roundabouts, will increase safety and they anticipate fewer accidents...

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Hunter Shot in Eye

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Authorities are reminding hunters to always clearly identify their target and what is beyond, before firing, after a hunter was injured by his hunting partner yesterday. Indiana Conservation Officers say a 39 year old Lake Village man was struck in the right eye with a lone shotgun pellet, after his hunting partner, a 46 year old Hebron man, allegedly failed to notice the man had changed his location in the field at the Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area in rural Newton County, and fired a...

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Fog Closes Schools, Cancels Flights

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The fog rolled in extra thick this morning, and many schools canceled classes on this day before Thanksgiving... several in northwest Indiana and some others just to our south in northern Indiana. We have a list at the Cancellations link here at our website .  We've also had word of hundreds of flights delayed or canceled at airports in Chicago and Indiana.

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Indiana Unemployment Rate Falls

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Indiana's Department of Workforce development says significant job gains in October resulted in a drop in Indiana's unemployment rate, from eight-point-two to eight-percent. State officials say Indiana nearly doubled the national rate of job growth last month, adding 77-hundred private sector jobs, marking the largest monthly gain since May. The report also shows private sector employment in the Hoosier state is now at 96-percent of the 2007...

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New Owner for Brickie Bowl?

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Hobart's historic Brickie Bowl may soon be in the hands of the city. The famed football stadium is no longer used for high school football games, but is still owned by the school. Today's Times reports the mayor and school board president have been in talks about a possible "property swap" that would give the beloved bowl to the city of Hobart in exchange for city-owned property off 10th Street. Brickie Bowl is right next to the city's new Police, Courts and Community Building off Fourth...

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Rezone for Valpo Apt/Business Pk Advances

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In Valparaiso last night, the vote was reportedly six-to-nothing by the plan commission recommending approval to rezone a 118-acre area of land on the east side of the city for a business park and what's been described as a luxury apartment complex in Washington Township. Specifically the property is north of Evans Avenue, south of Vale Park Road, east of State Road 49, and west of Bartz Road. The report says the developer submitted a revised proposal that included a hundred fewer apartment...

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Dense Fog, School Delays This Morning

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Heavy fog is blanketing Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area this morning. There is Dense Fog Advisory in effect for Northwest Indiana until 12pm. Allow extra travel time this morning and keep your headlights on at low beam.

There are also numerous school delays across Northwest Indiana this morning. Visit our cancellations page for the latest information: http://www.radiooneindiana.com/schoolclosings...

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INDOT Pauses Roadwork for Holiday

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says a road work moratorium beginsthis evening [[November 21st]] and continues up to the morning hours of this Monday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving weekend. INDOT Spokesman Matt Deitchley says wherever possible, road restrictions will be removed to ease traffic flow for the influx of holiday drivers. Some closures and restrictions will remain on larger projects that cannot safely reopen to traffic.

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Griffith Considering Mansards Patrols

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Today's Times reports that police in Griffith could be resuming patrols at The Mansards, and a new committee could be announcing specifics within a couple of weeks on increasing police presence at the apartment complex. Acting Police Chief Matthew Moore says there's also a new tipline going into service next week. Here's a link to today's Times story:

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/griffith/griffith-police-hope-to-add-mansards-patrols/article_eb268b86-82ef-5224-946f-c1d7b28f249d.html

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Gary Petro Stopping Center Groundbreaking

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday in Gary to kick off the new Petro Stopping Centers location in Gary. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was on hand, along with representatives from TravelCenters of America, L-L-C, with the Mayor saying, “this partnership is another example of why developing the Department of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation was a good decision.” The brand new 28-point-six acre site, located on the three-thousand block of Grant Street, will be a sta...

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2 in Custody for Indy Explosion

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ABC News reports two people have been taken into custody in the investigation into the explosion that leveled two houses and killed two people in suburban Indianapolis. The November 10th blast also damaged dozens of homes. Law enforcement turned it into a criminal investigation quickly and have already impounded a white van that may be tied to the blast. The investigation is continuing. One community watch member said they suspected that it was not a simply gas explosion, because they thought...

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Whiting Man Turns $5 into $150,000

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A five-dollar scratch off lotto ticket has made a Whiting man 150-thousand dollars richer. The Times reports Ralph Maginot won on Sunday, after purchasing the Cashta$tic ticket at the Luke Gas Station, on the 35-hundredth block of Sheffield Avenue in Hammond, and that he reportedly does not have any big plans for the money. Published reports say big tickets sold were the first winning Cash 5 ticket on Thursday night, sold from a gas station in Merrillville, and that a store in Gary sold a...

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Burglary, Attempted Robbery in Cedar Lake

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An unsettling situation for a Cedar Lake woman, who was awakened last Saturday night by a loud banging noise, to find a man standing just outside her shed. Cedar Lake Police say they were called out to the 72-hundredth block of West 136th Avenue, at about 11 that night, after the woman called police, saying she had just confronted the suspect, who allegedly told her that he would shoot her if she let her barking dog out of the house. Cedar lake Police say they arrived within moments, and took...

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Valpo 49 Overpass Opens at Noon Wednesday

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Motorists will be able to utilize the new State Road 49 overpass at Vale Park Road beginning at noon tomorrow. Valparaiso Mayor Bob Costas says, “this project will last for many years and we wanted to take the opportunity to make it something we can be proud of.” INDOT spokesman Matt Dietchley says the bridge features a back-lit sign that says, “Valparaiso”, decorative lighting, and textured walls to resemble wind-swept dunes. Valparaiso's City Engineer Tim Burkman says seeding and fencing will...

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