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Pence to Sign Bill for Veterans/Service Members

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Governor Mike Pence will join Hoosier veterans and service members in northeastern Indiana tomorrow, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, for a ceremonial signing of a bill designed to prevent discrimination against veterans. The governor's office reports the signing of HE-1242 will
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Rain Barrel Program Available for Merrillville Residents

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The Town of Merrillville Stormwater Utility Department's rain barrel program is underway. Executive Director Matt Lake told the Region News Team the rain barrels are a great way for Merrrillville residents and businesses to collect and store rainwater from your...

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New Survey Ranks Chicago Nation's Funniest City

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It may seem that most sitcoms, comedians and improv schools are in New York....but a new survey says you'll find more laughs somewhere else. ABC News reports it may be the 'Second City,' but Chicago's first on this list. The...

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Trash Can Fire in LaPorte Damages Home

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An investigation continues into a fire in LaPorte that initial observations indicate was intentionally set. LaPorte Police announced today that authorities were dispatched to the 300 block of Rockwood Street, just after 4:30pm on Thursday. Through the course of an...

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RX Drop Boxes Available Year-Round

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If you happened to not take advantage of National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, you need not worry, as the prescription drug drop boxes are available at most every police department in Lake County.  St. John Police Corp. and...

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Indiana Launches National Infant Immunization Week

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INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana helps to launch the 20th National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). Indiana was selected as the launch state by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to call attention to the state’s immunization successes, as well as to the...

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PHS Student Porter Co Red Ribbon Scholarship Winner

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2014 RR Scholarship Winner
(Photo Courtesy of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council.
From left to right: Tim Kunstek, Dir of Student Services at PHS and
scholarship winner Ashley Barnas.)
The Porter County Substance Abuse Council has announced Portage High School Senior Ashley Barnas...

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WX Sirens in Kouts Out, Hope to Be Back Soon

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There are no working weather sirens in Kouts at this time, but the hope to have them back working again soon, as a technician is anticipated to be available today or tomorrow. Porter County's Emergency Management Director Russell Shirely in...

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US HS Graduation Rate Above 80% for 1st Time Ever

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For the first time in US history, the high school graduation rate has risen above 80 percent. ABC News reports 81 percent of America's high school students are graduating - and that may be a milestone. But there are decidedly...

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Numerous Arrests Made During Lake Co Street Sweep

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A total of 30 subjects were arrested in a “street sweep” initiative in Lake County. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports numerous local agencies participated in the sweep, which took place in Gary on Friday. Authorities set up a command post at...

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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Donald Bufford

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(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A 31 year old man wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Department for two-counts of burglary and residential entry is this week's “Fugitive of the Week” by the US Marshals Service, Great Lakes...

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Two Week Rail Crossing Closure at Colfax Ave in Griffith

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A two-week road closure begins today in Griffith. Starting at 7am, the Canadian National Railroad crossing at Colfax Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic for crossing repairs. Motorists are being asked to use Broad Street on the west...

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LaPorte Readies for Operation Clean-Sweep Week

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The City of La Porte is geared up for its second annual code violation sweep set from Monday, April 28 to Friday, May 2, 2014.  Operation Clean-Sweep will be a collaborative effort with the police, code compliance and engineering departments,...

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Groundbreaking for Peotone Airport Could be 2016

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A south suburban airport in Peotone is moving closer to reality. The secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation speaking before the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation Friday said they hope to break ground in 2016. Illinois has already purchased...

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Trail Networks Growing in the Region

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[Mitch Barloga, NIRPC]
As more and more Region residents hit the trails of northwest Indiana, work continues to connect these paths... connecting communities...and the lakefront counties of Lake, Porter and LaPorte. Mitch Barloga, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) Transportation...

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Seven Names Suggested for New Region Purdue

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Seven names are being considered for what to call the new unified Purdue in northwest Indiana, however the list reportedly isn't final yet. Purdue Calumet in Hammond and Purdue North Central in Westville are undergoing an administrative merger meant to...

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Public Meetings Planned for Valpo Schools Input

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At least three public meetings are being planned to get input from the community on what's needed for a 21st Century Education for Valparaiso grade schoolers and high school students. A few weeks ago School Superintendent Michael Berta was asked...

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Munster Police Traffic Advisory

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The Munster Police Department says with the Three Floyds annual event happening today (Saturday April 26) from 9 am to 11 pm, heavy traffic is expected at Three Floyds as well as the area of Calumet Avenue near Centennial Park. ...

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Two-Week Road Closure for RR Crossing Repair

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The Town of Griffith reports a two-week road closure is planned for railroad crossing repair.  Town officials say effective 7am Monday April 28th through Sunday May 11th, the Canadian National Railroad crossing at Colfax Avenue will be closed to all...

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Visclosky Announces $1.3 Million for HealthLinc, Inc

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Congressman Pete Visclosky today announced Valparaiso-based HealthLinc will receive over one-point-three million dollars from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will allow HealthLinc to continue providing affordable primary care to their patients, including medical, dental, behavioral...

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