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Gary Crackdown on Illegal Dumping

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The City of Gary is reminding the public that they're cracking down on illegal dumping. Inspector Kevin Givan with Gary's code enforcement division says vehicles illegally dumping in the city will not be tolerated.  The city has a public service announcement that can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/k-wFdCAbTWY

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Lake Co, Porter Co Property Taxes Due

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The second installment for Porter County property taxes is usually due on the 10th of November but this year taxpayers had a couple extra days, and those property taxes are due today, November 13, 2012, in Porter County. November 10 was a Saturday this year, and that was followed by the holiday, Veterans Day, being observed yesterday, Monday, November 12th.  Bucko says you can pay online at Porter County's website  www.porterco.org

In neighboring Lake County, officials say the fall installment...

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Highland Adds Property Rules

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In Highland, officials are cracking down on boarded up windows and other property issues. Today's Times says the town council has approved new guidelines for property maintenance that include -- new authority for the town to control staging areas at construction projects... no more permanently boarded-up windows at vacant businesses.. and a requirement that tree stumps be removed or ground up once the trees are cut down, with the land reseeded or covered with sod later. There's more info in...

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Hobart Master Plan Mtg Tonight

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In Hobart tonight (Nov 13, 2012), residents get the chance to tell the city what they want to see as far as future development. A public meeting starting at 6 is meant to get feedback on a new master plan for Hobart, looking at various areas including the downtown, the Times reports, the U-S 30 corridor, and the west side of the city. The meeting will be at Festival Park Community Center on Old Ridge Road

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Valpo Development on Agenda

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In Valparaiso tonight at 7 (Nov 13, 2012), the city plan commission plans to discuss plans for a business park and what's been described as a luxury apartment complex in Washington Township. There's a request on the agenda to rezone property north of Evans Avenue, south of Vale Park Road, East of State Road 49, and west of Bartz Road, on the east side of the city. The Times has reported construction is proposed to begin next year on the 117-acre development. The area is currently zoned General R...

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LAUW Launches Everyday Heroes Contest

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(L-R) 2012 Campaign Chairs Aaron McDermott, president of Latitude Commercial Real Estate and John Kennedy, director of business development, American Structurepoint, announce the launching of Lake Area United Way’s new ‘Everyday Community Heroes’ video contest. Both are members of LAUW’s Board of Trustees. [Photo Provided/Lake Area United Way]

Lake Area United Way Monday launched its first-ever video contest searching for everyday heroes.  Lake Area United Way says submitted videos should...

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Police Continue to Investigate Mall Shooting

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Hobart Police tell today's Times that a fight Saturday night, followed by a shooting inside Westfield Southlake around 6:30, had something to do with a dispute over a basketball game played earlier in the day. Authorities say a bullet lodged in a ceiling of the mall. The mall was evacuated, and reopened the next day. There were no injuries reported. Three teens, ages 14, 15 and 16 from Gary were arrested, and a fourth teen remains at large, the report today says.

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Purdue Intl Student Population 2nd Highest

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Purdue West Lafayette has the second-largest international student population among U.S. public universities and ranks fourth overall, according to a report released Monday by the Institute of International Education. The 2012 Open Doors report is based on the 2011-12 academic year. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked first among US public institutions. Indiana University ranked eleventh on the overall list.

Purdue News Release: WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University...

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ISP Working to Reduce Road Fatalities

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Indiana State Police are putting an increased emphasis on reducing injuries and fatalities on Hoosier roadways. State Police report an enforcement program has been underway, cracking down on speeders, those who follow too closely, unsafe lane movement, and lane restrictions, using marked and unmarked vehicles, as well as high performance Mustangs, state police aircraft, and vehicles that look like INDOT work trucks. During their October traffic blitz, the Lowell Post reports three troopers...

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Retired Firefighter Killed in Hit Run

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Authorities are reportedly reviewing closed circuit camera video from a local business after a retired Steger firefighter was killed in a hit-and-run accident Sunday night in Crete. The Times reports 70 year old Leonard Bottando was struck by a vehicle while walking in the 13-hundredth block of Main Street, around 8:17 that night, and was pronounced dead at 12:18 Monday morning at Franciscan St. James Health hospital in Chicago Heights. Published reports say authorities are investigating this...

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Tips on Preventing Identity Theft

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With identity theft becoming so prevalent now days, authorities are offing some tips to safeguard you from this crime. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says guard your social security number with your life, and do not carry your social security card in your wallet or purse. Chief Miller also suggests making a xerox copy of everything in you carry in your wallet. Miller says beware of scams, either through phone calls or email, asking for personal information, and to use internet passwords with...

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1 Dead After 3 Vehicle Crash Sunday

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Hammond Police say an investigation continues and that alcohol is strongly believed to be a factor regarding a three-vehicle crash that killed a Gary woman and injured four others. Chief Brian Miller says a Ford Focus was traveling at a high rate of speed, southbound on Columbia Avenue, around 2:30 Sunday morning, when the driver went through a red light, at 165th Street, and t-boned a mini-van, driven by 42-year-old Damita Nicholson of Gary, which caused the mini-van to hit another vehicle....

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Dogs for Vets Program Coming

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A local dog training club is anticipating officially starting a new program in January that matches dogs with veterans. Trainer Colleen Sargent, with the Dunes iDog Training Club in Hebron, says they are working with a variety of shelters and any rescue groups with dogs, to match dogs with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and training those veterans to teach the dogs. Sargent says they need at least eight veterans, and that there is no cost to the veteran for the...

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Teen Dies in East Chicago Shooting

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A 17 year old from Calumet City was shot and later died from gunshot wounds suffered over the weekend in East Chicago. The Times reports Christian Taylor was pronounced dead at 11:40 Sunday morning, at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, after being wounded in a shooting on the 43-hundredth block of Baring Avenue in East Chicago. Published reports say the date and time of the shooting have no yet been made available, but that an autopsy was scheduled for today.

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Winter Prep Week in Indiana

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We hear Wheatfield saw some snow early today... enough to wipe off a windshield... and this just happens to be Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, as state agencies, like the Indiana Department of Transportation, encourage Hoosiers to be ready for whatever this winter may bring. INDOT spokesman Matt Deitchley says INDOT is thinking about winter long before it starts to get really cold, preparing for the season months in advance. All their snow plow drivers, for instance, regardless of...

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Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Up a Little

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An annual snapshot of prices says Hoosiers will pay a little more for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year. The Indiana Farm Bureau's informal survey of grocery stores in the Hoosier state this time of year indicated the holiday meal with all the trimmings, enough for ten people will cost about a-dollar-a-half more than last year.  The survey's shopping list, which included turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery,...

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Mall Reopens, Shooting Investigation Continues

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Westfield Southlake reopened for normal business hours Sunday, following a shooting incident Saturday evening that led to an evacuation of the Hobart mall that night. The Times reports a shot was fired into the ceiling, and three boys ages 14, 15 and 16, were taken into custody at the scene. At last word, police were searching for a fourth suspect, but no other information was available as of this morning.

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Nesquik Chocolate Powder Recall

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Nestlé USA announced the voluntary recall of limited quantities of Nestlé NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder in the 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canisters. The voluntary recall is limited to only NESQUIK Chocolate Powder, which was distributed nationally. No other varieties of NESQUIK powder or any sizes or flavors of NESQUIK ready-to-drink are affected by this recall.

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Explosion Kills Two in Indianapolis

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ABC News reports an explosion Saturday night on the southeast side of Indianapolis has claimed at least two lives, damaged several homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate the area. Officials still don't know what caused the blast but they wanted to make sure to get people out. One of the residents evacuated said "It was just so big and overwhelming you can't even explain it. So we were just trying to get out of there and that's what we did."

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Fatal Accident in Hammond

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Hammond Police say a Gary woman died after a three-car crash early Sunday morning that also injured four others, two critically, and the Times reports the case is being submitted to the prosecutors office for review. The crash occurred at 165th and Columbia Avenue, officials say. The Lake County Coroners office says 42-year-old Damita Nicholson of Gary died at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond shortly after 3:30 Sunday morning.

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