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Powerball Jackpot Won in Jersey?

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The official word will come later today from New Jersey lottery officials. But a truck stop in Bordentown, New Jersey says it got a call from a truck driver who said he has the winning ticket for Saturday night's 338 million dollar Powerball jackpot. 
Here's some Hoosier Lottery history for Powerball: the Hoosier state has seen 38 Powerball jackpot wins.  A Hoosier Lottery player laid claim to the very first Powerball jackpot win in the first Powerball drawing in April 1992, and since then, Hoosier Lottery retailers have gone on to sell jackpot-winning Powerball tickets 37 more times -- more than any other jurisdiction.
Two of the game’s top ten ranking jackpots -- $314.3 million and $295 million -- were also scored in Indiana.
TOP POWERBALL JACKPOTS WON IN INDIANA:
1.  $314.3 million won by Coterel-Hiles Family of Dayton, Ohio, on a ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in August 2007
2.  $295.7 million claimed by Lucky 13 Trust on a ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in July 1998
3.  $221.7 million won by Darin Fox and Todd Reardon on a ticket purchased at Circle K in Clarksville in April 2011
4.  $165 million claimed by GMTR Investments, LLC on a ticket purchased at Circle K in Lawrenceburg in January 2009
Saturday’s jackpot is the largest in the game since last November’s historic $587.5 million run culminated with jackpot winners in Missouri and Arizona. Powerball is now played in 42 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Powerball tickets in Indiana stays in Indiana.
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Postal Workers Protest Saturday Cut

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Postal workers held protests in Indiana and across the country Sunday. They say the Postal Service's plan to end Saturday mail deliveries will cost thousands of jobs and would hurt many Americans, including senior citizens who depend on six-day delivery for medication. The Postal Service says it needs to cut out six-day delivery to cut costs.
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Icy, Snow-Covered Roads

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Roads are slick and snow-covered this morning around the Region.  Some areas, especially southern portions of northwest Indiana, still have Winter Weather Advisories posted, with Winter Storm Warnings still in effect south of Newton and Jasper Counties.  Interstate 65 is icy south of the Crown Point/Lowell area and State Road 2.
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Oh No, Spring Snow

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About four days into Spring, the Region is in for a Winter storm, but varying amounts of snow are expected.  Then, we could get lake effect. The National Weather Service in Chicago says this system is expected to bring a Spring snow storm to Mid-America late Saturday evening through Monday morning. Accumulating snowfall is possible north of Interstate 80, while in far southern counties heavy snow is possible. Forecasters with the National Weather Service also say widespread snow may become lake enhanced resulting in locally higher amounts from Chicago south and in far Northwest Indiana.

Hebron-native Brandon Fisel, Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University, says initially we may see one-to-three inches of snow on Sunday, with a total of three-to-six inches by Monday morning due to lake effect snow Sunday night.  Hear more of our interview with Fisel here at our website at On Demand.
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Donnelly: Budget 'Not Perfect, But Balanced'

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The Senate pulled an all-nighter, passing a three-point-seven billion dollar budget proposal early this (Saturday) morning. It's a very different proposal than the the budget approved the House, and the two will need to be reconciled.  Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly issued a statement this morning, after voting in favor of the Senate spending plan:
“I think we need to cut spending and make changes to our tax code as we work our way back to a balanced budget. The budget proposal I voted for today is not perfect, but it is balanced: it would cut spending by nearly $1 trillion and close tax unnecessary loopholes. Even more important, it would not balance the budget by turning Medicare into a voucher program or by raising taxes on middle class families. 
“There is no issue greater than getting more Hoosiers back to work, so I was pleased to vote for two important amendments during this debate, both of which passed the Senate, to help create jobs for Hoosiers. I was joined by every Republican senator and 32 of my Democratic colleagues in voting to repeal the medical device tax, which is inhibiting the growth of some of Indiana’s most important jobs creators.  I also supported a bipartisan amendment advocating for the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which would create tens of thousands of jobs and help lessen our dependence on foreign oil. I will continue focusing on job creation when I travel across Indiana next week meeting with community leaders to discuss how we can continue to grow our state’s economy.
“Now it is time for both parties to come to the table to make the tough choices necessary to further cut spending and move toward a balanced budget as we aim to create a stronger country for our children and grandchildren.”
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Highland Man Sentenced for Murder

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A Lake County judge has sentenced a Highland man to 55 years in prison in the shooting death of his girlfriend early last year. 27-year-old Douglas Smith was convicted of murdering 28-year-old Jacqueline Williams. The judge reportedly said the trial indicated the killing was a case of if not for the use of alcohol and the presence of the weapon, the tragedy may not have occurred. Police in Highland said they believe the victim was shot during an argument after the couple came home from a bar.
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Munster Woman Wins $150,000

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A Lake County woman has claimed a 150-thousand dollar Hoosier Lottery prize. Lottery officials say  Melissa Watts of Munster walked into a Citgo on 45th Street in Munster Wednesday to buy a Powerball ticket., and while she was in there, decided to try her luck on a Lucky Loot ticket as well... and the scratch-off was a big win. No one hit the Powerball jackpot that night, so it's now up to an estimated 320-million dollars for tonight's drawing.
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East Chicago State of the City Apr 3

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East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland is scheduled to deliver the annual State of the City address April 3. City officials say Mayor Copeland will discuss achievements in 2012 and reveal plans for this year. The city also will honor individuals who have helped the city through service and dedication in their departments, organizations or as volunteers. The speech is 2 p.m. April 3 at the Field Educational Center, 3551 Block Ave. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees as asked to RSVP by Monday, March 25, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., to the mayor’s office at (219) 391-8200.
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Lake Station Man Charged With Murder

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Prosecutors in Lake County Friday charged a Lake Station man in the death of his wife last fall. Reports Say Troy Shawn Meyers, who also goes by the name Shawn Troy Meyers, has been charged with murder. Authorities say Shannon Meyers died in September of multiple blunt force injuries.  Witnesses told police the couple fought on average about two to three times a week, according to a report in the Times today, and reported hearing a short fight the same night or early morning the day an ambulance was called to the couple's home.
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Visclosky Supports Currency Reform Act

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First District Congressman Pete Visclosky has joined a bipartisan group of legislators in supporting the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act of 2013, a measure designed to crack down on foreign currency manipulators. Visclosky says the bill would help to level the playing field for American workers by providing the administration with the ability to combat the artificial devaluation of currency. Visclosky says currency manipulation policies significantly hamper domestic job creation, allowing foreign countries to export their products at below-market prices.
“For Northwest Indiana workers, each and every single day is a fight against foreign nations like China that illegally prop up their industries with artificial currency controls,” Congressman Visclosky said. “I will not stand aside while we welcome illegally-subsidized imports into the country at the expense of American workers. I urge my colleagues to pass this commonsense, bipartisan legislation and send it to the President’s desk without delay.”
Currency manipulation policies significantly hamper domestic job creation, allowing foreign countries to export their products at below-market prices. The Peterson Institute for International Economics noted  that "half or more of excess U.S. unemployment – the extent to which current joblessness exceeds the full employment level – is attributable to currency manipulation by foreign governments.” The nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute estimates that the U.S. trade deficit with China alone cost over 2.7 million jobs from 2001-2011.
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Pelath: Policy Paralysis in the General Assembly

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House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, of Michigan City, on Friday spoke about the “policy paralysis” as he labeled it, which says has a grip on the General Assembly, because Republicans cannot govern on their own, which has led to no clear direction for the state.
Pelath says while Indiana's unemployment rate inched up a third of a percent, there have been no efforts to create a significant number of jobs. Pelath says Republicans have spent public tax dollars for business tax deductions, abatements, and loan guarentees, yet nothing has been down to empower consumers or workers.
State Representative Chuck Moseley, of Portage, last week expressed a similar frustration, after legislation to assist Indiana's steel industry with reduced income tax rates and additional economic incentives to encourage the manufacture of wind turbines components using steel produced in Indiana, instead in China, was shot down by House Republicans.
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Governor Mike Pence Visits the Region Today

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For a third time since taking office as Indiana's 50th top executive, Governor Mike Pence was back in the Region this afternoon to honor former Senator Richard Lugar and local business leaders at the Times Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville. 

Governor Pence, Congressman Pete Visclosky and junior Congressman Todd Rokita all lavished praise on the former senator, who received a lifetime achievement award.

The governor said, “today we're paying one small deposit in a debt of gratitude to American statesman.” The governor acknowledge the former senator's lengthy career in public service including

serving on a school board and two terms as mayor of Indianapolis for which Lugar was cited for starting voluntary desegregation.

Senator Lugar expressed his appreciation to the mainly business audience, “I thank you especially for this opportunity to express the love I have for Northwest Indiana, for each of you who have done so much to bring new insight to me and to all who have counted upon you.”

Along with the former senator's award, area business leaders were honored at the luncheon for leaving an “indelible mark on the Region.” Those leaders acknowledged included Tom Collins Sr. of Luke Oil and County Line Orchard in Hobart, Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes of Edgewater Systems, Tom Sourlis, of Mortar Net, and Stephen Teibel of Teibel's Restaurant.

You can hear the award ceremony luncheon available On Demand at: http://www.regionnewsteam.com
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Winter Storm Watch for Region on Sunday

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It seems Old man Winter isn't done with us quite yet, as a storm system is expected to blast the region Sunday into Monday. Meteorology Graduate Student at Iowa State University, Brandon Fisel, says initially, we can see one-to-three inches of snow on Sunday, with a total of three-to-six inches by Monday morning due to lake-effect snow Sunday night.
Fisel says while this could make for a another rough start to the work week, it will tapper off making the evening commute much easier. As for the rest of the March, the Hebron native says expect below-average temperatures, and dryer conditions, with no accumulating precipitation until April.  The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Storm Watch for parts of the region, Sunday through Monday morning.
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Webber Named as Temp Judge for Lake Juvenile Court

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75 year old Judge Thomas Webber, of Porter Township, was named by the Indiana Supreme Court today to serve as the temporary juvenile court judge to replace outgoing Lake County Juvenile Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura The Indiana Supreme Court granted a temporary stay preventing Lake Superior Judge Nicholas Schiralli from taking over. Three Lake County Juvenile Court Magistrates sued, asking for the opportunity to be considered for the job and arguing that sitting county judges exceeded their authority in making the decision to fill the vacancy. Bonaventura will officially step down Sunday, as she is leaving to head the Indiana Department of Child Services.
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Bond Set at Ten Million for Cal City Murder Suspect

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A 20 year old Calumet City man charged with killing a 15 year old Hammond girl and wounding her 19 year old cousin over the weekend, had his bond set at ten-million dollars today. Published reports say Eric Brown, who was apprehended by authorities on Thursday, is charged with two-counts of murder, and one-count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Ashaya Miller and Dahnyah Williams were in the kitchen of the William's Calumet City home Sunday night, when they were shot at through a window. Miller was pronounced dead at an Oak lawn hospital, while Williams at last check remains hospitalized. The family is reportedly holding a vigil tonight, outside the home where shooting occurred.
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Investigation Continues into South Bend Plane Crash

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An investigation into a small jet that crashed into a South Bend neighborhood Sunday, killing two-people, including University of Oklahoma football legend, 60-year-old Steve Davis, continues. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board results of their preliminary investigation are anticipated to be released sometime next week.
The small fixed wing multi-engine plane crashed right into homes after the pilot of the plane reported loss of power and hydraulics. The crash happened near the South Bend regional airport. Two other people on the plane and one person on the ground were at last word still hospitalized.
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FAA Rejects Gary Airport Appeal to Keep Tower Open

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An appeal made to keep the Gary/Chicago International Airport tower open was rejected today by the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport is one of 149 across the country will close on April 7th, as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan. Published reports say despite the loss of the control tower, Allegiant Air will continue two flights a week from Gary to Florida.
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Indiana Pearl Harbor Survivor Passes Away

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A Pearl Harbor survivor in Indiana has passed away. Commander James Moore of Peru, Indiana, was one of the members of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Indiana Chapter Two. James Laud, Sr., of Highland, who is Indiana State Chairman of Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, says Moore had a lengthy career with the Navy. Commander Moore died Monday at the age of 94. Laud says it's believed there are about forty Pearl Harbor survivors living in Indiana now.
Link to Commander Moore's obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=james-f-moore&pid=163754221&fhid=14494&eid=sp_ommatch#fbLoggedOut
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Indiana Recovers Insurance Proceeds

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Beneficiaries of long forgotten insurance policies may soon be able to recover proceeds they never knew existed. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced today that more than 18-million dollars in unclaimed property has been recovered through agreements with some of the nation’s largest life insurance providers. The money is the result of unclaimed insurance proceeds previously held by American International Group, John Hancock /Manulife, MetLife,. and Prudential Financial. Zoeller says the funds can be claimed now at www.IndianaUnclaimed.gov  .
The agreements came after audits performed by Verus Financial LLC on behalf of Indiana and multiple other states.  So far, Indiana has received more than 20,000 unreported insurance accounts from the audits.  The properties belong to Hoosiers who may have forgotten details, misplaced a policy, or not even known they were listed as a beneficiary on an account.
These initial funds are only a portion of the proceeds that are expected to be uncovered as the state continues to work with the auditor to identify other companies and accounts that have never been remitted as Unclaimed Property.  As part of this process, more than $3 million of additional life benefits have already been returned to Hoosiers through the due diligence process conducted by providers.
“Indiana’s leadership in this audit process reflects our commitment to the rightful owners of unclaimed property,” Zoeller said.  “It’s our obligation to do what we can to seek out these types of funds and to return them to the rightful owners.  The recovered money represents hundreds of unreported insurance accounts for Hoosiers, so it is very important that people go online and check for their name, their relatives, neighbors and friends’ names to determine if any of these funds belong to them or someone they know.”
The funds that have been turned over to the state are posted online at www.IndianaUnclaimed.gov and can be searched 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Unclaimed Property Division’s toll-free number is 1-866-IN-CLAIM (1-866-462-5246).  This is a free service of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.
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Two Armed Robberies in Portage Today

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Police in Portage this morning are investigating two armed robberies that occurred within about an hour of each other, and police reports say the suspect description is similar in both cases – as well as a robbery at a Speedway Gas Station at Central and County Line in Portage around 3 in the morning two days ago. The first incident this morning happened shortly before 5am at Zip Foods on US Highway 20. Police say the suspect after demanding money and cigarettes, allegedly threatened to shoot the clerk, then apologized saying he had to feed his kids. Then about 5:30 this morning, Portage Police say an armed robbery occurred at the Comfort Inn on Willowcreek. Descriptions have included the suspect as a white man, about 5-10 to 6 feet tall, dressed in dark-colored clothing , described in one case as coveralls and stocking cap, and in another, a dark-colored hoodie.
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