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NIRPC Work Study Session Tuesday

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NIRPC's Public Participation Plan ad hoc Sub-Committee has scheduled a work study session for Tuesday. Officials report that while the public is invited to attend the work study, no public comment will be taken.  The purpose of the work study is for the ad hoc Sub-Committee to finalize their recommendation to the Transportation Committee and the NIRPC Executive Board.  Tuesday's work study will take place at 2pm, at the NIRPC office in the 61-hundred block of Southport Road in Portage.

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Officers, K9 Locate At Risk Man Alive

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A K-9 unit successfully led officers to an at-risk man found alive, but with injuries to his wrist, in a wooded area near Merrionette Park.  The Cook County Sheriff's Office on Friday reported that just before 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, they received a report of a suspicious vehicle near the 34-hundred block of West 119th Street and learned the vehicle's driver, a 24 year old Evergreen Park man, maybe despondent and try to hurt himself.  The search involved a K-9 unit and a helicopter and once found the man was hospitalized for his injuries.

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LaPorte Woman Charged with Dealing Heroin

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A 22 year old LaPorte woman was arrested without incident Thursday as a result of an on going investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin in the LaPorte area.  The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports Chelsea Patty was arrested at her home in the 300 block of Park Street and charged with felony dealing a controlled substance.  The arrest was the second this week by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit involving the distribution of heroin.
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Pre Bid Meeting Held for P3 Project at Gary Airport

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Representatives from almost 30 companies from across the U-S and outside the U-S, attended a pre-bid meeting in Gary today at the Gary/Chicago International Airport.  The city and airport authority held the meeting as a way to offer more information on the airport's request for proposals for a public-private partnership to invest in the airport and surrounding area.
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Armed Robbery Suspect Faces More Charges

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Michigan City Police today announced today that a suspect has been charged for an April 23rd armed robbery at the Burnham Glove Factory. Authorities report in that incident, a masked man robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of currency.  Police report that after an investigation, enough information was obtained to develop a suspect, an arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Joseph Williams on July 23rd, which was served on July 25th, when Williams was arrested and charged with felony robbery and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.  Then from alleged events that occurred while Williams was at the police department, police report Williams was charged with felony attempted escape and resisting law enforcement.

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Police Say Road Rage Resulted in Homicide

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Hammond Police say they're investigating an apparent road rage incident that led to the death of an East Chicago man. Police Chief Brian Miller says officers responded to the one-thousand block of Indianapolis Boulevard in far north Hammond at 8-o'clock last night. Police say the victiim, driving a car, and another individual driving a van were going northbound on Indianapolis Boulevard, when at one point the victim may have thrown a fast-food cup of water or soda at the suspect's van, and the suspect allegedly fired one shot, striking the victim in the neck.  Chief Miller says the incident between the two vehicles apparently began before the cup was thrown, "sort of going at it down the Boulevard, because the gold van reportedly cut off the blue LeSabre".   The Lake County Coroners office says 23-year-old Montrell Moss was pronounced dead at an area hospital last night. Chief Miller says the 61-year-old male suspect was being held on a preliminary charge of murder, but Miller says that charge could change. The case is expected to be presented to the Lake County Prosecutors office for formal review and charging Saturday.
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On Site Investigation of Mt. Baldy to Take Place Monday

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An on-site investigation of Mt. Baldy, in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, using ground-sensing equipment will take place on Monday.  The National Park Service, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, will be conducting the investigation, at the site where a six year old Illinois boy fell into a hole on July 12th for three-and-a-half hours, to determine the cause of the hole and whether there are other holes or voids in Mt Baldy.  The dune is currently closed to the public.
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Job Seeker Worshop in Gary Monday at Ivy Tech CC

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Indianapolis, Ind. - Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that his office will host Job Seeker Workshops, designed to help Hoosiers who are looking for work, in Gary, Sellersburg, and Indianapolis the week of August 12-16.
“The top issues I hear as I travel our great state is that many Hoosiers are still searching for employment and some Indiana business owners are still looking for skilled workers ready to go on day one,” said Donnelly. "This August, my office will behosting a series of job seeker workshops toconnect Hoosiers looking for workwith resources that can help in the job search and interview process.  I hope participants find valuable tools to help them succeed in finding employment, and I won’t stop until everyone in Indiana who wants a job has a job.”
The Job Seeker Workshops are designed to help attendees to improve their job search and interview skills and their resume writing. The events will include discussions lead by community leaders and industry professionals on growing job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing and technology.  Also, resources will be available to assist Hoosier veterans with their entry or re-entry into the workforce after serving our country.
WHEN/WHERE:
Monday, August 12
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST
North Building; Ivy Tech Community College
1440 E 35th Ave
Gary, IN

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Gary Bus Transportation Forum Meeting

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The Gary Community School Corporation will hold another bus transportation forum this evening at 6pm, at West Side Leadership Academy, in the nine-hundred block of Gerry Street. Communication Specialist Charmella Greer says the purpose of these forums is too get out in front of any questions parents may have about student transportation. Greer says Tuesday's forum was well attended, but expects more parents to attend as the school year approaches.
Greer says more information is available at http://garycsc.k12.in.us/bus-transportation.asp regarding bus transportation, if parents cannot attend either the forums, or the meet-and-greet events to kick off the school year. To hear more of our interview with Greer on this and other topics, click News Audio On Demand at http://www.regionnewsteam.com.
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See and Be Part of Region History

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The public is invited to join Westchester Township History Museum staff in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first panoramic photograph of downtown Chesterton … and become part of history by lining the sidewalks along the intersection of Calumet and Broadway as Dan Bruhn takes a new panoramic photo from the northwest corner of Thomas Centennial Park at 3 pm today [[ Friday, August 9 ]].
The historic panoramic photograph, taken by Harry Bortz and donated to the Westchester Township History Museum by the Chesterton Tribune, was taken at 4 pm on August 9, 1913, showing the downtown intersection of Calumet and Broadway, with its horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and numerous townsfolk.
Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, where the 1913 photograph will be displayed.
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4-Month Closure for Columbia Ave Bridge

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One of the bridges over the Little Calumet linking Hammond and Munster is scheduled to be closed for the next four months starting today. Crews will be raising the elevation of the Columbia Avenue bridge over the flood-prone river to provide more clearance when the water level rises. Lake County Commissioners this week awarded a one-point-two-million dollar contract to rebuild the bridge. Suggested alternates include Indianapolis Boulevard and Calumet Avenue.
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PNC Adds New Degree in Health Studies

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Purdue North Central is adding a new Bachelor's Degree in Health Studies. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the program this fall semester. Fall classes begin August 26th at the Westville campus. The university says a Health Studies degree is appropriate for \those who want to work in a health-related field, but do not want to pursue Nursing, and would include jobs like care coordinator and medical and health services manager.
"The new Bachelor's degree in Health Studies presents a tremendous career option to students who wish to pursue careers in the health care industry," said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. "There are many professional opportunities available in health care, with many more to come. Students earning a Bachelor's degree in Health Studies will be well positioned to pursue relevant, stable, fulfilling careers."
PNC says graduates will be well prepared to pursue master's degrees in health and human services programs. There is a two-year degree completion track for those with an associate degree in Nursing or allied health who wish to move into management positions.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in health services to increase 25 percent through 2018, adding about 2.8 million new jobs. In Indiana, there is a 28.7 percent projected growth rate.
Health care is the fastest growing industry in Northwest Indiana, states an Inside Indiana Business report. Of the five largest industries in this region, two are in health: ambulatory health care services and hospitals.
Locally, the Indiana Workforce Development Agency projects the health care profession growth rates to range from 10.8 to 28.9 percent.
More information about the Health Studies degree is available from Enrollment Services at 219-785-5200, ext. 5505 or by visiting the PNC website, www.pnc.edu .
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Hammond Police Investigate Homicide

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Authorities say a 23-year-old East Chicago man was pronounced dead at an area hospital late Thursday night after suffering a gunshot wound in the one-thousand block of Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond. The Lake County Coroners office identified the victim as 23-year-old Montrell Moss and reports his death has been ruled a homicide. Hammond Police are investigating.
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New Logos 'Connect' Dunes Natl Lakeshore

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Many Region residents may know Portage Lakefront, Pinhook Bog, Miller Woods, West Beach, and the Chellberg Farm, but did you realize they're all part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore?
The National Park Service has unveiled a series of signs and more than 25 logos to help the public realize these widely dispersed areas and many others off the Region's Lake Michigan shoreline are actually part of one national park. The graphics were designed by park employees Jeff Manuszak and Katrina George.
“We want the public to understand that the places they enjoy are part of the same national park,” said Superintendent Costa Dillon. “When the public wants to know directions to an area, rules for use, operating hours, and other information to plan their visit, they need to know that the National Park Service is who to contact.” Dillon added that visitors often call state, county, and town park departments looking for information on the national park sites. “This new graphics identity system, coupled with new site signs, will help the public get to the right place the first time.”
The new logos are trademarked by the National Park Service but will be made available for use by park partners such as Eastern National, the company that runs the park’s bookstore, and the Dunes National Park Association, the park friends group, and Dunes Learning Center. Park partners will be allowed to develop sales items using the logos such as clothing, pins, mugs, and patches that will help raise funds for the park and the park’s programs.
The new logos are part of the National Park Service’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness of the park that includes new entrance and site signs, new wayside exhibits, and new trailhead information boards installed over the past five years. 
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Federal Funds for 4th Dash Bus

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A federal grant just approved by the city's Board of Works and Safety will go toward the costs of operating a fourth bus for Valparaiso's ChicaGo Dash, which takes commuters into Chicago. The bus has already been running, having been added in April. Officials say weekday ridership on the line averaged 120 last month, reaching 128 one of those days.
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Lake County Jail Inmate Dies

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Authorities are investigating the death of a 57-year-old inmate at the Lake County Jail. The Lake County Coroners office says Thomas Strantz of Schererville was pronounced dead shortly before 3-o'clock Thursday morning at an area hospital and cause and manner of death are pending. No other information was released.
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Emergency Road Work Closes 2 Lanes WB Borman

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The 2 right lanes of westbound I-80/94 were are blocked early Thursday evening in order for crews to repair a giant pothole that opened up in the center lane between Cline Avenue and Kennedy Avenue.  Drivers experienced 5 to 10 minute delays.  As of 6:50 p.m. all westbound lanes were reopened to traffic.

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Congressman Pete Visclosky Speaks in Valparaiso

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Congressman Pete Visclosky delivers keynote speech at Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Thursday afternoon


1st District Congressman Pete Visclosky spoke on a variety of topics during the keynote speech Thursday afternoon at a luncheon at Strongbow Inn, hosted by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
Near the start of his address, Congressman Visclosky reminded an attentive audience of chamber members that we are a nation at war and that there are over 60,000 active military forces in Afghanistan and that the forces are going to be there for some time.
Visclosky also lauded Rex Richards, chamber president and his staff for taking honors the second time as being the finest chamber in the state.
The congressman also spent some time discussing the healthcare bill.  While not in favor of the governor's deciscion to not participate in the Medicare program, Visclosky says a portion of the bill is successful in "any number of areas."  Those areas he says include, "preventative care, making sure children with disabilities are not excluded from the system, and removing lifetime caps on insurance policies."  Visclosky adds that instead of saying, "no,no,no" there should be "serious discussion in Congress about how we can make it (the plan) better."
Congressman Visclosky also talked about the importance of economic growth especially since the economy has been in a very serious recession.  During a question and answer session, chamber president Richards asked whether the South Shore train would ever make it to Valparaiso, and whether there were federal funds available to make that happen.  The congressman says "the short answer to Rex's question is I believe someday...you're going to have a South Shore Stop in Valparaiso."  But Visclosky added that because the "numbers work better" as far as federal funding is concerned, a southern leg to Lake County would be first.
You can hear Congressman Pete Visclosky's Thursday afternoon keynote speech in its entirety online at:  http://www.regionnewsteam.com
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Last Allegiant Flight at Gary/Chicago Airport Saturday

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The last Allegiant flight to Florida out of Gary/Chicago International Airport is scheduled for Saturday, and after that the airport will be without a passenger carrier. Airport Marketing and Communications Liaison James Ward previously stated Allegiant Air reported a lack of demand led to its decision to end service.
Meanwhile the airport's 166-million dollar runway expansion, extending the seven-thousand foot main runway by 19-hundred feet, is scheduled for completion in December, which gets the airport ahead of a 2015 Federal Aviation Administration's mandate that all airports have at least one-thousand feet of safety area for planes. Members of the Gary/Chicago Airport Authority and members of the airport's Public-Private Partnership Committee are scheduled to hold a pre-proposal meeting tomorrow morning at 10am about the airports request of proposals for a public-private investment to invest in the airport and the the surrounding area.
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NWIBRT Raises Over $1000 for the Food Bank of NWI

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THURSDAY AUGUST 8, 2013 – CROWN POINT, IN – The Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable (NWIBRT) held its annual Golf Outing at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, IN. The event united businesses on the golf course to network amongst NWI’s top professionals as well as raise money for a great cause.
The annual meet-and-greet golfing event gives NWIBRT the opportunity to raise money and awareness for non-profit organizations. This year the largest golf outing in the region drew over 300 golfers from a variety of Indiana’s premier companies and raised over one thousand dollars for the Food Bank of NWI.
“It was a tremendous day of networking NWI’s business scene while helping out a great cause like the Food Bank,” said Joe Coar of the Franciscan Alliance and President of NWIBRT. The event successfully raised over a thousand dollars for the Northwest Indiana Food Bank. Along with this heartfelt contribution, the grand prize of a truck donation to the Food Bank of NWI was graciously given in the name of a member from Manta Industries.
Information for the 2014 outing is to be announced, by more information can be found at nwibrt.org/golf-outing
ABOUT NWIBRT
The Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable (NWIBRT) is an independent, non-profit council of local firms committed to the improvement of construction and maintenance projects in Northwest Indiana. Its purpose is to promote safety, quality and cost-effectiveness by all parties associated with the local area construction and maintenance industry.
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