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5th Annual Superboat Race in Michigan City

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Michigan City, IN  – The next stop for Super Boat International is the 5th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix on Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana, August 1-4. The 2012 Grand Prix Event brought in an estimated 100,000 people and nearly 7 million dollars to the community. As reported by the NWI Times, this year should even be better, as last year’s racing action never happened due to high seas. The crowds enjoyed sunny skies and a beautiful day, however the lake had 8-10 foot waves which made it unsafe to race and unsafe for the medical rescue teams. Super Boat teams have been racing hard all season, which started in April, and they are prepared for another exciting race in Michigan City. Along with the teams, the president of Super Boat International, John Carbonell, believes it will be a great event. “Last year was very unfortunate and something no one could have predicted. That was the first race we have had to cancel due to weather in over 500 races. The previous 3 races [4 events] have been fantastic and have been gaining momentum every year. In the event there is a threat of severe weather for Sunday, the decision will be made well in advance to run on Saturday. The LaPorte County team with Jack Arnett and Jason Miller and their entire group of volunteers make this a great event. We are proud to be the show that everyone recognizes as the area’s biggest draw and most rewarding for economic stimulus in surrounding counties.
Teams in the Superboat, Super Stock and SuperVee have been real crowd pleasers this season and that’s not to dismiss the other classes who just rip up the racecourse. The previous race in Sarasota, Florida was flanked by 1000’s of spectator boats on a beautiful sunny day. Super Boat is hoping to see the spectator fleet line the course from the lighthouse all the way down the 2-mile course.
In the Super Vee Class, one boat looking to make their season debut is the Snowy Mountain Brewery #14 Outerlimit. Owner / throttleman, Doctor Mike Janssen, is looking forward to the race. “It’s been such a very busy year with my practice and I haven’t had the opportunity to race. However, I was able to make it to the first race of the season and support the team who purchased my Fountain ‘Watch Your Back’ Vee bottom. The people there are very nice and the town is really getting behind the event.”
There are a lot of great racers and teams this year and the race for the National Title is very close. As teams close in on the later half of the year, the boat setup and managing to make it to the end of the race is becoming some of the highest goals for teams. Making to the end of an 80-mile race might not seem like a lot, but the races this year have been in rough seas and it has been very tough on equipment. The 2013 season has seen very little of equipment failure from teams and it has proven to be a very exciting season of racing.
Teams will be arriving Friday, August 2, for the dry pits to set up their equipment. This is where fans can get an up-close look at all the boats and can get a chance to talk to their favorite teams. Teams and drivers always encourage the fans to come down and spend time in the pits, where they can get a chance to swap racing (boating) stories.
This year, our Sunday races will be streamed on  https://new.livestream.com/sbi/michigancity2013 so you won’t miss any of the action, if you can’t make it to the beaches. Or if you’re on the beach, you can watch and listen to it on your smartphone. On the Livestream page, listen to the race, see the interviews, chat live and watch all the action as it happens. Fans can stay connected with us at superboat.com and Like Us on Facebook for all this year’s news. The Super Boat schedule is posted through 2013 & 2014 with races coming up in New York, NY; Clearwater and Key West, FL.
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Governor Pence Offers Gary a Technical Response Team

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence today responded to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson request for State Police to assist the city in fighting the recent surge in violent crime, offering a technical assistance team. According to the Governor's letter, the team, which consists of an unspecified number of law enforcement professionals, will serve in a full-time capacity for a two-to-four week period, to assist the city in reviewing intelligence gathering, training, command structure, budget and staffing levels.
The Mayor had asked Governor Pence for State Police to assist the city in fighting the recent surge in violent crime, which has a total of 33 apparent homicide victims this year.
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Bill to Disinter Vets Who Committed Fed or State Crimes

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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today introduced the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act, legislation that would give the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of the Army the authority to disinter veterans buried in national cemeteries that committed a federal or state capital crime. The legislation is cosponsored by Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The bill would give the VA the authority it needs to exhume the remains of Michael LeShawn Anderson, a veteran who shot and killed Indianapolis resident Alicia Dawn Koehl last year before committing suicide. The Koehl family later discovered that Anderson was buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan.
“This legislation will give the VA the authority it says it needs to resolve this unacceptable mistake and help provide the Koehl family with a sense of peace and closure,” said Coats. “The victims and family members of this tragic shooting have suffered enough and deserve to have their request met. No one who commits a state or capital crime should be given the honor of a military burial and be laid to rest next to our nation’s heroes. I urge Congress to pass the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act and help ensure that our fallen veterans can rest in peace next to loved ones and fellow soldiers, not criminals.”
“My office has worked with the Koehl family to address this injustice, and this week, we were informed by the VA that a legislative solution is needed,” said Donnelly. “Today, Senator Coats and I introduced a bill to help provide relief to the Koehl family and a solution to these tragic circumstances.  We must preserve the honor of being buried in a veterans’ cemetery.”
On May 30, 2012, Anderson went on a shooting spree at an Indianapolis apartment complex, injuring three people and taking the life of Alicia Dawn Koehl, a wife and mother of two. Anderson killed himself as police were arriving.
After learning that Anderson was buried in a national cemetery, the Koehl family requested that the VA disinter his remains. Federal law prohibits persons who “have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death” from being given the honor of a burial in a national cemetery.
For nearly a year, Senator Coats’ office has been working with the Koehl family to get a response from the VA regarding the improper burial and the request for disinterment. Coats has had multiple calls with VA officials regarding this case and received word earlier this week that the department will not disinter the remains of Anderson because it does not believe it has the legal authority to do so. While current law permits the VA from granting military honors and a burial in a national cemetery to someone who has committed a Federal or State capital crime, the department claims it does not have the authority to exhume the remains if an ineligible veteran was buried mistakenly in one of their cemeteries.
Click here for a copy of the legislation.
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Court of Appeals Denies Philpot Bond Request

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Another bond request from former Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot has been denied. Philpot, who last year was found guilty of paying himself annual bonuses from a fund used to pay county employees who help collect child support, had asked the court for a bond request while his appeal is being considered. Philpot is currently serving an 18-month sentence at a federal prison in Michigan.
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Red Cross: Give One Hour This Summer to Donate Blood

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Of the 2,250 hours of summer, countless are spent vacationing, gardening or just enjoying time in the sun. By setting aside just one of those hours to donate blood through the American Red Cross, you can help save the lives of up to three people and give them the gift of summertime, too.
“We’re asking you to set aside one hour of your summer to give blood and help those in need,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the United State.  We need everyone who is eligible to donate to make an appointment to give.”
The need for blood often increases during the summer when vacation travel and activities increase the chance of serious accidents which may require lifesaving or sustaining care.  At the same time, the blood supply can dwindle as donors become busy with summertime fun and overlook giving blood.
While all blood types are needed, Type O is in highest demand because it’s the only type that be transfused to patients in other blood groups such as A, B and AB.  Hospitals also use Type O-negative blood in most emergency trauma cases when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.
The Red Cross is encouraging Type O donors to schedule and keep appointments, or to optimize their donation by making a double red cell donation.  Donors who meet certain criteria may be eligible to safely donate two units of red cells through the automated donation process.
“Depending on your schedule, a double red cell donation may be ideal for you since you can give twice as much in just one visit,” said Whitman.  “Whatever your blood type, however you give, someone needs you.”
The Next American Red Cross blood drive in the Region will be held on Monday, Aug. 5, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Northwest Indiana Church of Christ in the Main Room, located at 1123 Merrillville Road in Crown Point. 
             UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:
·         Friday, Aug. 16, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Culver’s, located at 980 W. Lincoln Highway in Schererville.  Come to donate and receive a Culver's Frozen Custard coupon good for one pint of frozen custard.
·         Friday, Aug. 16, from noon until 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Celebrity West, located at 800 E. 81st Ave. in Merrillville.
·         Sunday, Aug. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation in Vamos Hall, located at 8303 Taft St. in Merrillville.
·         Monday, Aug. 19, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at St. John Township Community Center in the Hall, located at 1515 Lincoln Highway in Schererville.
·         Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Prairie Point, located at 9123 Cleveland St. in Merrillville.  Come to donate and receive a Culver's Frozen Custard coupon good for one pint of frozen custard.
·         Thursday, Aug. 22, from noon until 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in the Meeting Hall, located at 106 East 1100 North in Chesterton. 
·         Thursday, Aug. 22, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in the Community Room, located at 509 W. Division Road in Valparaiso.
·         Friday, Aug. 23, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Midwest Services Center, LLC, located at 408 S. Shelby St. in Hobart.
·         Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Eagles in the Hall, located at 13140 Lake Shore Drive in Cedar Lake.  This blood drive is dedicated In Memory Of Miranda Jackson and Dave Marine.
·         Sunday, Aug. 25, from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Building T, located at 484 Willow Court in Hammond.  Come to donate and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from Best Buy. 
·         Monday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Valparaiso University, located at 1509 Campus Drive in Valparaiso.  Come to donate and be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree.
·         Monday, Aug. 26, from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Hobart Community Center, located at 111 E. Old Ridge Road in Hobart.
·         Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness in the Fitness Center, located at 810 Michael Drive in Chesterton.
·         Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the YMCA, located at 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive in Valparaiso.
·         Thursday, Aug. 29, from 9:30 a.m. until noon at Purdue North Central, located at 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso.
·         Thursday, Aug. 29, from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Porter Starke Services, located at 701 Wall St. in Valparaiso.
·         Friday, Aug. 30, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Culver’s, located at 2101 LaPorte Ave. in Valparaiso.  Come to donate and receive a Culver's Frozen Custard coupon good for one pint of frozen custard and a t-shirt while supplies last.
·         The Merrillville Donor Center, located at 791 E. 83rd Ave. in Merrillville, is open every Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until noon.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross
The Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region serves northern and central Indiana and northwestern Ohio, and needs to collect about 500 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 60 hospitals.  In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.06/13AP282
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Gary Enters Into Partnership Agreement with HUD

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 WASHINGTON – In an effort to restore public confidence and accountability to the Gary, Indiana Housing Authority (GHA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a mutual agreement with the City to work together to reverse years of financial mismanagement, improve physical conditions and increase occupancy rates.  
“HUD will stand with the City in addressing the shortcomings at the agency,” said HUD Assistant Secretary Sandra B. Henriquez, who announced the receivership today.  “We respect the mayor’s commitment to the city and its public housing residents to take this bold and courageous step.”
Citing a decade of neglect, Henriquez and Freeman-Wilson signed a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to address administrative, financial and management concerns at the agency. HUD will lead the effort to help get GHA back on track. Freeman-Wilson noted that this move was a resident-centered decision and is expected to improve the quality of life for the residents of GHA.
“Upon a lengthy assessment of operations at GHA, we have determined that the existing problems are beyond the scope of our resources and federal assistance is required,” said Freeman-Wilson.  “This decision was made with the residents in mind, and I am appreciative of HUD’s partnership and look forward to this change resulting in the high quality of housing that Gary citizens deserve.”  
In a separate letter, Freeman-Wilson acknowledged the hard work of the GHA Board of Directors and thanked them for their extraordinary efforts during her tenure.
        
Henriquez named two HUD employees who will assist the agency effective immediately. Willie Garrett was named executive director and Steven Meiss will serve as the one-person board of directors.  Garrett is the Public Housing Director in HUD’s Detroit Field Office with 15 years of housing experience in both the private and public sector.  He will work directly with the housing authority staff to manage day-to-day operations to ensure residents will continue receiving services.  Meiss is the Public Housing Director in HUD’s Chicago Field Office and a HUD-veteran with more than 36 years of housing experience.  He has also served in a board capacity for other housing agencies that are under HUD control, most recently the Detroit Housing Commission and earlier the East St.  Louis (Ill.) Housing Authority.
Under the partnership agreement, HUD will first develop a detailed action plan to stabilize the housing authority’s operations.  The second step will be to address specific problems HUD identified in a comprehensive review of the agency’s operations. The receivership period will be for at least two years.  Interim GHA Executive Director Mary Cossey will remain at the agency to assist with the turnaround efforts.
This partnership with HUD will allow GHA to implement a new property management structure, modernize each of the housing developments and establish a well-defined business and operation plan, and adequate financial management systems.
“The challenges that plague the Gary Housing Authority did not occur overnight,” said Henriquez. “Despite HUD and the city’s efforts over the years, the agency is not where it should be.  This agreement is the beginning to the agency’s path to recovery.”
The mayor also stated that town hall meetings for GHA residents will be held next week and will be open to the media and members of the public. 
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EB I-94 Down to One Lane Near Porter this Afternoon

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IMPORTANT ALERT - I-94, Porter County: Eastbound traffic on I-94 will be severely restricted this afternoon (down to one lane) between the SR 49 exit and the U.S. 20 exit, near the town of Porter.
Pavement striping must be replaced ASAP in our construction zone there for the safety of drivers. As a result we have to reduce traffic to one lane until the work is complete. We'll work as quickly as we can, but this could cause long delays through the rush hours. Avoid this route if you can.
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IN Secured School Grant Fund Open for Applications

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The Indiana Secured School Safety Grant opened for applications today August 1, 2013. The deadline to submit proposals for grant funds is September 30, 2013.
The Indiana Secured School Fund was created to provide matching grants to school corporations and charter schools or coalitions of school corporations and/or charter schools to make schools safer by hiring school resource officers, conducting threat assessments, or purchasing equipment to restrict access to school property or expedite notification of first responders.
School corporations, charter schools or coalitions with an average daily membership (ADM) of at least 1,000 can apply for grants up to $50,000 per year. Eligible applicants with an ADM of less than 1,000 can apply for grants of up to $35,000 per year.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) administers the grant program.
Schools must:
§  Be located in a county that has a County School Safety Commission.
§  The Commission must have specific members and perform certain duties described in IC 5-2-10.1-10. There is still time for County School Safety Commissions to be organized prior to the application deadline.

Important Dates
§  August 1, 2013 – Grant application period begins & Grant Program Guidance Released
§  September 15, 2013 – Deadline to submit notice of intent
§  September 30, 2013 – Deadline to submit proposal for grants funds
§  October 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013 – Proposal review
§  November 1, 2013 – Projected award start date
§  October 31, 2014 – Projected award end date

For more information on the Secured School Safety Grant Program visit www.in.gov/dhs/securedschoolsafety.htm.
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Pence and Zody Statements on Bennett's Resignation

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Indianapolis - Today, Governor Pence urged the Indiana Department of Education to complete a thorough and timely review of the questions surrounding the 2011-2012 A-F letter grades and report their findings at the next State Board of Education meeting in August.
“Governor Pence believes in accountability and that students, parents and teachers deserve to know our state has a fair and impartial grading system that accurately describes the performances of our schools,” said Kara Brooks, Press Secretary. “The Governor supports our A-F grading system and believes that the people of Indiana should have confidence in the integrity of that system. Today, at the direction of Governor Pence, Claire Fiddian-Green, Special Assistant for Education Innovation and Reform, urged the Department of Education to conduct a thorough and timely evaluation of the questions surrounding the A-F grading system and to report their findings to the State Board of Education at the upcoming August meeting. After the Department of Education reports its findings to the State Board of Education, the Governor believes we will be able to make an informed decision about how we might best ensure public confidence in our A-F grading system going forward.”
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody released the following statement about the resignation of former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett as Florida Commissioner of Education in the wake of a scandal involving changed accountability grades for certain Indiana schools:
"Indiana schools and students deserved better than the disparate treatment they received during Tony Bennett's tenure, and it's a relief that Florida won't have to endure his approach to leadership.
"Unfortunately, this is the latest in a long line of stories that make it clear that Republicans have been in power too long and have let that power corrupt them and the way they govern. What's worse is that Governor Pence is still defending Tony Bennett and the mistakes he made instead of working with Supt. Glenda Ritz to improve schools for all Hoosier children. While prominent leaders from both political parties in the Statehouse, and even Bennett himself, have called for reviews and investigations into this controversy, Gov. Pence is saying nothing about it. Additionally, any individuals in the governor’s administration who were involved in this controversy should be held accountable.
"As Democrats, we're committed to recruiting candidates and supporting our elected officials, like Glenda Ritz, who approach government as public service and who intend to serve all Hoosiers equally, fairly and with dignity and common sense.
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August 1st-7th Declared Breastfeeding Week in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS—Thursday, August 1 begins World Breastfeeding Week, a global initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and celebrate the efforts of all who embrace breastfeeding as the cultural norm. In conjunction with the worldwide celebration, Governor Pence has declared August 1-7 as Breastfeeding Week in Indiana. 
"Breastfeeding protects babies by providing the ultimate infant nutrition," said Joan Duwve, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at the Indiana State Department of Health. "Breastfeeding Week is a great way for Hoosiers to recognize the value and importance of breastfeeding and demonstrate support for breastfeeding moms."  
Breastfeeding promotes overall health, growth and development of infants. It reduces infant mortality by protecting the infant against infectious diseases and has been shown to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of developing asthma, obesity, diabetes and other diseases in childhood and later adulthood. And the physical contact of breastfeeding provides comfort and security to infants.  
Mothers benefit from breastfeeding too. Breastfeeding provides a quiet time for mothers to bond with their babies and decreases the risk of postpartum depression. Breastfeeding is also economical because there is no formula to buy and healthier babies mean fewer visits to the doctor. In addition, breastfeeding has been shown to decrease the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes.   
National estimates suggest that if 90 percent of U.S. babies were breastfed exclusively for six months, nearly 1,000 infant deaths would be prevented, and the nation would save $13 billion per year in health care costs. 
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated internationally August 1-7 each year. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers,” highlights the importance of support for breastfeeding mothers from others such as family, friends and breastfeeding peer counselors. 
The Breastfeeding Week proclamation will be read by Dr. Duwve at the Indianapolis 2013 Big Latch On, an event hosted by Indy Breastfeeding Moms that will attempt to break the World Record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously. The official “latch on” begins at 10:30 a.m. on August 3 at the Rivera Club in Indianapolis. Several Big Latch On events will take place around the state. For more information and to register, visit  http://www.biglatchon.org/locations/indy-breastfeeding-moms-big-latch-on.
For more information on breastfeeding or to see a copy of the Breastfeeding Week proclamation, visit www.StateHealth.in.gov. Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.
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Portage PD Seek Help to Find Armed Robbery Suspects

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Portage Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating three black male suspects being sought in the armed robbery of a tobacco store on Sunday evening. Police report an investigation found two of the three suspects had ties to Gary, but while neither suspects could be located, authorities were able to find the vehicle used in the robbery. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of 42 year old Garland Jeffers Jr. and 49 year old Roscoe McClendon is asked to contact Detective Captain Joe Reynolds at (219) 762-3122. Police say a third unknown suspect is also being sought. No one was injured in the armed robbery that took place in the 34-hundred block of Willowcreek Road, in which the suspects reportedly stole cigarettes and cash.
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Recalled Ground Beef in Indiana

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A Kansas company has recalled approximately 50-thousand pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says no illnesses have been reported linked to consumption of the meat, which was produced by National Beef Packing Company of Liberal, Kansas. The beef was sold in 40 to 60 pound cases to retailers, wholesalers, and food service distributors nationwide including IGA and Cash Saver stores in Indiana
From USDA:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/Recall-043-2013-Release

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New Dune Park Platform to Open

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The east portion of a new high-level boarding platform at the busy Dune Park South Shore station at US 12 and State Road 49 in Chesterton is opening this month. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District officials say the new platform will let passengers board the trains without having to climb stairs, which will be especially helpful for those with disabilities, the elderly, and families with strollers. It's also expected to reduce station "dwell time," the time a train needs to be at the station to serve passengers, taking a couple minutes off the stop. The four-million dollar project includes warming shelters and an overhead canopy that'll run the full length of the platform.
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Fmr Ind School Chief Bennett Resigns Fla Post

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Former Indiana state schools chief Tony Bennett this morning resigned his position as education commissioner in Florida after a school grading controversy stemming from his tenure as state school superintendent in Indiana. Bennett said Florida schools "don't deserve this distraction" and says he was urged by the chairman of the Florida Board of Education to stay on. It follows allegations reported by the Associated Press that Bennett changed the grade of a charter school run by a key Republican donor.  Bennett today described the reports as "malicious" and "unfounded". He defended the grading saying a statistical anomaly was found that did not allow not just one but thirteen schools have their grade "truly reflect their performance,"  and said he would formally request Indiana's inspector general investigate this issue, saying he is "fearless about what they will find."
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Illinois Gov to Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

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Today, Illinois becomes the latest state to legalize marijuana. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign legislation that will make Illinois the twentieth state in the country to legalize marijuana for medical use. Quinn is expected to set some of the toughest standards in the nation for how the drug is distributed. Patients and caregivers will have to undergo background checks and marijuana dispensaries will be regulated by the state. Patients will be allowed to buy up to two and half ounces at a time. The measure lists by name forty-two illnesses or diseases that patients would have to be seeking treatment for including cancer, HIV, aids, and ALS .
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Gov Pence to Remember USS Indianapolis

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence will join survivors of the USS Indianapolis in Indianapolis tonight to commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the ship's sinking. The World War Two ship was sunk by torpedoes in shark-infested waters of the Pacific July 30, 1945, after a classified mission related to delivering parts for the first atomic bomb dropped on Japan. Nearly nine-hundred of the 12-hundred on board died.
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Two Big Presentations at NIRPC Committee

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State environmental officials will be in the Region today to present the results of the Lakeshore Air Toxics Study. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management analysis evaluated air monitoring data and performed modeling of industrial, car and truck emissions in Northwest Indiana to assess potential health risks.
Also at today's NIRPC Environmental Committee meeting this morning... the Indiana Department of Transportation is returning as a followup to an overview presentation in May, when committee members had a number of questions about water-related impacts of the proposed Illiana Expressway.  Meeting is at 9 am.
More info from NIRPC:
Jeffrey Stoakes, Senior Environmental Manager with the Office of Air Quality at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will present the results of the Lakeshore Air Toxics Study. This study was introduced at EMPC in May of 2012. The study evaluated ambient air monitoring data and performed modeling of industrial, car, and truck emissions within Northwest Indiana to assess potential health risks.
In addition, Jim Earle of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will return to EMPC as a follow up to an overview presentation in May of this year. “The EMPC members had numerous questions about water related impacts of the proposed Illiana expressway,” said Kathy Luther, NIRPC Director of Environmental Programs, “I’m pleased that the Illiana team requested an opportunity to come back and address these concerns.”
The Environmental Management and Policy Committee (EMPC) is one of the primary advisory bodies to NIRPC. The group includes elected local officials, environmental managers, regional environmental activists, industry leaders, and academics with expertise in environmental and ecological areas.
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Gary Leaders Seek Answers to Violence

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City and community leaders in Gary continue to search for ways to combat crime. At a meeting of the Gary Public Safety Committee Wednesday, Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram stressed the importance of economic development and jobs as part of the solution. He also said he is hoping to hire ten to eleven additional officers in the next few weeks and is planning another gun turn-in August 24th.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has asked the Governor for State Police to assist the city in fighting the recent surge in violence, a request Governor Pence is currently reviewing.  A man shot and killed Tuesday morning marked the 33rd homicide in the city of Gary this year.  Wednesday morning police say a 63-year-old Gary man was shot and wounded in a carjacking when he stopped to check on his tire at 5th and Wabash.
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NIPSCO Earns 2013 Energy Star Housing Awward

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the contribution NIPSCO has made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection.
Created in 2008, NIPSCO’s Residential New Construction Program offers incentives to local builders and developers who construct homes to ENERGY STAR standards. To earn the ENERGY STAR label, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are up to 30 percent more efficient than typical new homes built today.
Together, families living in ENERGY STAR certified homes saved nearly $626 million on their utility bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 686,000 vehicles last year alone.
Since NIPSCO’s Residential New Construction Program began, 1,527 homes across northern Indiana have earned incentives. Nationwide, more than 1.4 million ENERGY STAR certified homes have been built to date, with more than 100,000 constructed in 2012.
“We thank ENERGY STAR for recognizing NIPSCO’s efforts to help our customers build efficient homes,” said Victoria Vrab, director of conservation programs for NIPSCO. “Together with local builders we are helping encourage the adoption of energy-saving features, including insulation and duct sealing systems, high performance windows and efficient heating and cooling equipment that will help our customers achieve long-term energy savings.”
Additional energy efficiency programs
In addition to the Residential New Construction Program, NIPSCO customers have access to a wide range of energy efficiency programs which can help them identify ways to manage energy usage at home and the office, including:
·        Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program: Save even more when you replace old, inefficient equipment with new, high efficiency natural gas and electric equipment as well as insulation and duct sealing.
·        Energy Efficiency Incentives for Businesses, Schools: Businesses and organizations of all size can take advantage of rebates and other incentives on renovation and new construction projects.
·        Home Energy Assessment: Learn how you can raise your home’s performance, lower energy bills and improve in-home air quality with an in-home assessment.
·        Appliance Recycling Program: Recycle your old refrigerator or freezer with us – it’s free and we’ll give you a $35 reward.
·        Air Conditioner (AC) Cycling Program: Help reduce energy demand on the hottest days of the year and earn bill credits during the summer.
·        Instant Savings on CFL Bulbs: Take advantage of instant, in-store discounts when purchasing CFL bulbs at participating retail locations. No coupons or forms needed.
A full list of energy efficiency programs available to NIPSCO customers can be found at www.NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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Harvey, IL Murder Suspect Arrested in Dolton

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Michael Reid
(Above Photo: Michael Reid; Below: Christopher Chandler)
Christopher Chandler
(Photos Courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff's Office)
A 37 year old Alsip, Illinois man, wanted in connection with a Harvey murder was apprehended this morning in Dolton. The Cook County Sheriff's Office reports Michael Reid was taken into custody at 5:40am, at a hotel room in the 13-hundred block of Sibley Boulevard on a warrant issued back in May. The Sheriff's Office reports while searching for Reid Tuesday in Harvey before getting a tip he was Dolton, officers arrested 22 year old Christopher Chandler of Harvey, who was wanted for concealment of a homicidal death stemming from a Harvey Police Department case.
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