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The Indiana Department of Transportation says all possible road work restrictions will be lifted beginning around noon on Friday, through early Tuesday morning, to allow drivers a safer and more efficient holiday travel weekend over the Memorial Day period.
Wherever possible, road restrictions will be removed. But some closures and restrictions will remain on larger projects that cannot be safely reopened to traffic for the weekend. Here are restrictions around the Region that will remain in place:
- SR 152 (Indianapolis Blvd), Hammond - Nine Span Bridge closed over the IHB Rail Yard, for bridge replacement
- U.S. 12 (5th Ave), Gary – Lane restrictions in place between 3 miles west of I-65 and 1 mile east of I-65, for road reconstruction
- U.S. 6, Kingsford Heights (just south of LaPorte) – U.S. 6 Bridge closed 2 miles east of the western U.S. 6 junction with U.S. 35 (just north of Meadowbrook Blvd.), for bridge replacement
- SR 55, southwest of Rensselaer – SR 55 Bridge closed between SR 16 and SR 114, for bridge replacement
- I-94, Porter County (near Chesterton) – Lane restrictions in both directions on bridge over Beam Street, just east of U.S. 20 exit, for bridge deck replacement
- I-94, Porter County (near Portage) - Lane restrictions in both directions on bridge 1 mile east of Toll Road ramp, for bridge deck replacement
St. Joseph County
- SR 23, South Bend – Road closed between the Five Points Intersection (Eddy St.) and Twyckenham Dr., for water main construction
- U.S. 20 Bypass, South Bend – Lane restrictions in both directions on the Bypass between the U.S. 20 exit and the Indiana Toll Road exit, for road resurfacing
- SR 933, Mishawaka – SR 933 (Lincolnway) Bridge over Baugo Creek closed between County Line Road (Ash) and Capital Avenue, for bridge replacement
INDOT says stay informed throughout the holiday weekend by liking the INDOT Northwest Facebook page or follow them on Twitter: @INDOTNorthwest
(Photo Courtesy of Gary Mayor's Office)
The Mayor of Gary on Wednesday assembled a host of Gary EMT and Fire Department staff at city hall recognizing EMS Week in the City of Gary. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says, “over the last two-years, the EMS Department has experienced some challenges based on some difficult decisions that had to be made, and never during the time of transition did their focus shift from serving the citizens of Gary. I applaud them for their commitment to this city and I wouldn't want to be in any other place in the time of an emergency.”
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US First District Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced that he will be attending a number of events this Memorial Day weekend in Northwest Indiana to honor the sacrifices of American's fallen heroes and veterans. On Sunday, the Congressman will deliver brief remarks at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. On Monday, Visclosky will speak at memorials in Griffith, Hammond, and in Leory.
Sunday, May 26, 2013:
1:00-1:45 PM: Calumet Cemetery Memorial Day Program
Congressman Visclosky will deliver brief remarks at a Memorial Day program featuring music played by the Merrillville High School Band.
Calumet Park Cemetery
2305 West 73rd Street
Monday, May 27, 2013:
10:00 AM-10:45 AM: Town of Griffith War Memorial Event
Congressman Visclosky will be a guest speaker at an event honoring America’s fallen heroes and veterans in Griffith.
Griffith War Memorial
Broad and Oak Streets
11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Hammond Mohawks Memorial Day Program
Congressman Visclosky will speak before an event to commemorate American war heroes in Hammond.
4340 Johnson Avenue
2:30 PM-3:15 AM: Lake County Memorial Day Program
Congressman Visclosky will speak before a gathering sponsored by Lake County Parks at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Leroy.
Stoney Run County Park
142nd Avenue & Union Street
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Hammond Police are reminding the public about the dangers of drinking and driving after a couple of alcohol-related crashes this month, one of which was fatal. Lt. Patrick Vicari says 20 year old Tyler Hill died on May 10th, the day after losing control of his vehicle, due to massive internal injuries, after losing control of his vehicle and spun into the eastbound lane where he was struck by a van, whose driver was charged with driving while intoxicated. Another incident on May 18th, at 165th Street and Madison Avenue , resulted in a Hammond woman suffering non-life threatening but debilitating spinal injuries, after her vehicle was struck by another vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way. Lt. Vicari says in this case, the driver, John Atchley, fled the scene, but was later located and arrested, and that was also a factor in the crash. Lt. Vicari says officers will be out doing enforcement this Memorial Day weekend, and urges residents that if must drink, please do not drive.
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In the hearing, Coats suggested that Congress and the administration need to summon the political will to address our nation’s long-term debt problem, rather than continuing to dependon the Fed’s unprecedented monetary policy, which keeps interest rates artificially low.
“I am starting to hear that the Fed is buying us time so therefore we don’t need to take action right now,” said Coats in the hearing. “Is the Fed being an enabler for an addiction that Congress can’t seem to overcome?”
Click here to watch Coats’ questioning in the JEC hearing.
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A Valparaiso man is charged several felonies for allegedly raping an underage girl. The Times reports 31 year old Matthew Moore is accused of providing the girl alcohol, and that the incident reportedly occurred on November 21st or 22nd, when the girl was between the age of 14 and 16. A hearing is schedule for tomorrow afternoon in Porter Superior Court.
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Westville firefighters assist a mock boiler explosion victim during the annual disaster drill at Westville Correctional Facility. [Photo provided]
Emergency responders from Westville and La Porte County and the Indiana State Police were at the Westville Correctional Facility for the prison's annual disaster drill this week. Public Information Officer for the center, John Schrader, says the drill featured a simulated explosion of one of the boilers in the powerhouse. Schrader also says one of the main reasons for running these drills is to make sure responders know how to get in and out of the facility. You can hear more of our interview with John Schrader at News Audio on Demand here are our website.
Westville firefighters assist a mock boiler explosion victim during the annual disaster drill at Westville Correctional Facility. [Photo provided]...
Region home sales are heating up. The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors says nearly 770 homes were sold in April across Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton and Jasper Counties – a 26-percent compared to the same month a year ago. April also marked the 22nd straight month that home sales have gone up in northwest Indiana, according to a report from the association. The median selling price is now up to 130-thousand dollars, a point-three percent increase over April 2012.
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… Last week, a citizen in La Porte turned in a wallet she found while picking up litter along Highway 35. Police say the wallet had ID and the owner said it must have fallen off his vehicle after visiting a local convenience store.
Indiana State Police at the Toll Road are reporting minor injuries after a semi rollover accident on the eastbound Indiana Toll Road near Chesterton. Police say the semi is blocking the eastbound lanes, but traffic is being allowed around on the shoulder. A caller tells us the semi is under the overpass, and traffic is also being routed onto the State Road 49 exit.
The Purdue University Board of Trustees is holding a public hearing in West Lafayette this afternoon on a proposed tuition freeze and some fee cuts at the main campus for the next two academic years. The same proposal calls for a two-percent tuition and fee increase at Purdue's three regional campuses, two of which are in Hammond and Westville, for each of the next two years. Fees at the regional campuses are assessed on a per-credit-hour basis. The university says a videoconference connection will allow public input from regional campuses.
"This is the right thing to do for students and families in this period of economic stagnation. At the same time, keeping higher education affordable and accessible, especially for science and engineering degrees, is the best form of economic development Purdue can provide for Indiana and the country," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.
Three pre-existing fees already slated for increases will rise on the West Lafayette campus. The student fitness and wellness fee will increase $82 the first year, and the student activity fee will increase $10 each year. The engineering differential fee, which only applies to undergraduate engineering students, will increase $250 each year.
Fees for meal plans will be cut 5 percent from a previously authorized increase, the internship/co-op/professional practice fee will be reduced by $514 for non-credit internships, and all other general fees will be held flat. A new instructional support fee of $500 would be added for incoming veterinary medicine students.
Tuition and fees for resident students would be $9,992 in 2013-14 and $10,002 in 2014-15.
Out-of-state students also would see an increase of $92 the first year and $10 the next year.Tuition and fees for nonresident students would be $28,794 in 2013-14 and $28,804 in 2014-15. International students enrolled prior to summer 2011 would pay $28,794; those enrolled prior to summer 2012 would pay $29,830; and those enrolled in summer 2012 or after would pay $30,794 in 2013-14, with an increase of $10 for each category for 2014-15.
The combined tuition freeze and meal plan reductions would save a resident student signed up for the 12-meal plan $358 per year over previously authorized levels. More than 9,000 students purchase campus meal plans.
Purdue's tuition and fees currently rank ninth out of 11public Big Ten universities for resident undergraduates and sixth for nonresident students.
Fees for students at other Purdue campuses are assessed on a per-credit-hour basis. The rates, which reflect a 2 percent increase, for resident and nonresident students, respectively, are:
* Purdue Calumet - $237 and $535
* Purdue North Central - $240 and $570
* Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne - $260 and $624
The public hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Stewart Center, Room 326, as a special meeting of the Executive Committee of the university's Board of Trustees. The proposed fees will be discussed, and the public will have a chance to comment. The Executive Committee will act on behalf of the board and will vote on the fee proposal and the 2013-14 system-wide conceptual budget plan during the meeting.
A videoconference connection also will allow public input from Purdue's regional campuses.
Indiana as been ranked as the most competitive state for business in the Midwest and the second best nationwide, right behind Texas, in Site Selection magazine's Top 10 Competitive States of 2012. The magazine evaluated states on their ability to attract investment. Indiana's second place ranking is the state's highest finish in nearly ten years. Rounding out the top five for 2012 were Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. It's the second national top-five finish for Indiana economic development efforts in less than a month. Chief Executive magazine ranked Indiana as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the fifth best nationwide in a survey of more than 500 chief executives.
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