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Former Gov Bowen Visitation in Bremen

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IndianaGovernor Mike Pence is encouraging Hoosiers from around the state to pay tribute to former Governor Otis R. Bowen by signing condolence books at a Statehouse memorial today and Thursday. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view former Governor Bowen's portrait and bust and learn more about his career and extensive background in public service.  "A dynamic leader, Governor Otis R. Bowen made innumerable contributions to the state in the areas of taxes, healthcare and government administration," said Governor Pence. "I invite Hoosiers from all corners of Indiana to visit his public memorial to pay tribute to this tremendous Hoosier and public servant."
Governor Pence will lay a wreath at the memorial today at 8:00 a.m. EDT. The memorial will be open to the public during Statehouse hours, 8:00 a.m. EDT to 5:00 p.m. EDT, today and Thursday, May 9. Doors open to the Statehouse at 7:30 a.m. EDT.   Former Governor Bowen's wake will take place in Bremen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church from 11:00 to 3:00 today and from 4:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, May 9.
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Indiana Subaru Announcement

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Big job news on the horizon? Indiana Governor Mike Pence is scheduled to join executives from Subaru of Indiana Automotive this morning [at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday May 08 2013] for what state officials are calling “a major economic development announcement in Lafayette.” No other details were being released until the announcement.
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Two Say Yes, Two Say No

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Based on preliminary, unofficial tallies, residents of the Munster and Wheeler/Union Township school districts voted yes yesterday in special elections to raise property taxes for school funding. In Munster, the votes were about 65-percent in favor.  In Munster, about 5,400 people cast ballots on Tuesday.  In Union Township, the turnout was a little over 1,800. A similar referendum appears to have failed by a margin of just four votes in Boone Township/Hebron, where about 11-hundred people went to the polls for the special election... and in Knox, where school officials were seeking approval for a project costing up to 16-million dollars to renovate a 60-year-old wing of their elementary school, various reports say voters said no, the construction referendum failing by about 100 votes with just over a-thousand votes cast.  You can hear each of the school superintendents discussing the referendums here online at News Audio on Demand.
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Knox Community Schools Referendum Fails to Pass

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Tentative results of the Knox Community School Schools Special Election show that voters were apparently not in favor of a construction rehab project at the Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School.  According to WKVI, of the 1,014 votes cast, 556 were against with 458 in favor of the referendum.
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Munster Schools Referendum Passes

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Tentative results, from the Munster Schools Facebook page reports 3689 voted in favor of the referendum and 1991 voted against, or 64.9% yes votes to 35.1% no votes.
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Boone Township (Hebron) Referendum Fails in Close Vote

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Tentative Referendum results for Metropolitan School District of Boone Township (Hebron) show 543 voting in favor with 547 voting against, defeating the referendum by just four votes.  Sundae Schoon, Republican Director at the Porter County Government Center reports that 1090 voters went to the polls today.
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Union Township Voters Approve Referendum

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Sundae Schoon,  Republican Director at the Porter County voter registration office reports that 1,816 voters turned out at the polls today of which 1,057 approved the Union township Schools Referendum with 759 against.  The tentative results show 58% were in favor with 42% not in favor.
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Crash Near the State Line Backing Up WB Borman

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Drivers are encountering at least a one mile backup due to a crash that reportedly has the two left lanes closed westbound I-80/94 near the Illinois/Indiana state line.  A traffic tipster reported a U-Haul step van was against the inside wall.  Drivers westbound on the Borman (80/94) should expect delays between Indianapolis Blvd. and Calumet Avenue.  INDOT first reported the crash shortly after 6 pm.
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Crash near the state line has closed the two inside westbound lanes of the Borman (i-80/94)
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Hobart Woman Predicts Her $50,000 Lottery Win

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A Hobart woman told her family last Friday that she was going to the gas station to win 50-thousand dollars, and after purchasing a handful of Wild Cherry Crossword Tripler Scratch-offs, won 50-thousand dollars. Hoosier Lottery officials Kelly Domikaitis purchased the scratch-off lottery tickets, at the Speedway gas station, in the 47-hundred block of 61st Avenue, in Hobart. She says she called her husband and started crying, saying she was joking about winning, and never imagined in a million years it would happen. Domikaitis says she'll use her winnings to help herself transition carrers, as she goes to school while working full-time, and plans to take her family out for a steak dinner.
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Charges Filed Against Gary Man for Injuring a Pregnant Woman

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Charges were filed Monday against a 36 year old Gary man accused of injuring a pregnant woman in front of her four-year old child. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports a detective with the department's Children and Family Division investigated an incident recently where the victim says the suspect, Samuel Odisho pushed her down multiple times, knowing she was three-months pregnant, and also allegedly grabbed her while he was going up the stairs, causing her to slide on a rug, leaving burns to her legs, back and elbows, which were visible to officers. Authorities say Odisho also took the victim's and her child's belongings, and fled the area. Anyone with information on his whereabouts contact the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
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INDOT Transportation Open House in LaPorte Thursday

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LAPORTE, Ind. – Want to learn more about transportation plans for your area? The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting an open house for Northwest Indiana from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday, May 9th, at its LaPorte District Office, 315 E. Boyd Blvd., LaPorte, IN. INDOT officials will provide an overview of the planning and public involvement information available during the open house.
As part of a public comment period that ends May 24, INDOT has published a Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) that lists regionally significant transportation projects or projects using federal funds during Fiscal Years 2014 through 2017. Draft STIP information will be available for review during the open houses and the public is invited to submit written comments. The Draft STIP and an electronic comment form are also available day or night at: http://www.in.gov/indot/3132.htm.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you have a disability for which the Indiana Department of Transportation would need to provide accommodations pertaining to the accessibility to program documents and participation at the public meeting venue, please contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also, persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring assistance pertaining to accessing project documents and participating at the public meeting venue, may contact INDOT’s Office of Public Involvement.
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Former Valpo Mayor Bryce Billings Has Passed Away

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A former attorney, judge, and Mayor of Valparaiso has passed away. Moeller Funeral Home says visitation for Bryce Billings will take place this Sunday, from 1 to 4pm, at the funeral home, with a funeral service scheduled for Monday morning, at 10:30, at Heritage Lutheran Church in Valparaiso. Billings served as Mayor of Valparaiso from 1968 through 1972.
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Remembering and Honoring Fallen Police Officers

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Law enforcement agencies in the region are remembering their fallen brethern this month. This morning, the Lowell Post of the Indiana State Police held their annual memorial service to pay homage to their employees who have given their lives in the service of the citizens of Indiana. On May 17th, the Lake County Sheriff's Department will hold their memorial service, at the department's Memorial Gardens, located directly east of the Sheriff's Department building. The service is scheduled to begin at 10am, and will last approximately 20 minutes.
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Pence Declares This Week Building Safety Week

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Mike Pence has declared the week of May 5-11 as Building Safety Week, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is reminding Hoosiers how building inspections help with Hoosier safety.
The Fire and Building Safety Division of IDHS is responsible for inspecting hundreds of public structures a year, including schools, child care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants and hotels.
“Building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers and all those in the construction industry, work year-round to ensure the places we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe,” said Dean Illingworth of IDHS’s Division of Fire and Building Safety. “Countless lives have been saved due to the implementation of building and fire safety codes by state and local code officials.”
Building codes address all aspects of construction, from structural to fire prevention, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency. To ensure buildings are safe requires the active participation of code officials, fire inspectors, architects, builders, engineers, contractors and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners.
Hoosiers can make the places they live safer by taking simple steps. A few are:
•        Install smoke alarms outside sleeping areas on each level of your home.
•        Test your smoke alarm each month and change the batteries at least once a year.
•        Develop a family action plan for a disaster, and include an escape plan from every room in the house in case of a fire.
•        Use surge protective devices to protect electronic appliances.
•        Routinely check the condition of electrical appliances and wiring for damage.
•        To avoid damage and injuries during an earthquake, hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, or anywhere people sit, and store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china, in low, closed cabinets with latches.
Building Safety Week is part of a larger National Building Safety Month.  This year’s theme is Code Officials Keep You Safe. Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building safety: Fire Safety and Awareness, May 6‐12; Disaster Safety and Mitigation, May 13‐19; Backyard and Pool Safety, May 20‐26; and Energy and Green Building, May 27‐31.
You can view the Governor’s proclamation at GetPrepared.IN.gov.
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Statehouse Memorial for Governor Bowen

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Governor's Portrait, Otis R. Bowen, painted 1978; Artist: Everett Raymond Kinstler
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Governor Mike Pence is encouraging Hoosiers from around the state to pay tribute to former Governor Otis R. Bowen by signing condolence books at a Statehouse memorial Wednesday and Thursday. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view former Governor Bowen's portrait and bust and learn more about his career and extensive background in public service.
 
"A dynamic leader, Governor Otis R. Bowen made innumerable contributions to the state in the areas of taxes, healthcare and government administration," said Governor Pence. "I invite Hoosiers from all corners of Indiana to visit his public memorial to pay tribute to this tremendous Hoosier and public servant."
Governor Pence will lay a wreath at the memorial tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. EDT. The memorial will be open to the public during Statehouse hours, 8:00 a.m. EDT to 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9. Doors open to the Statehouse at 7:30 a.m. EDT.   Bowen served as Indiana's Governor January 9, 1973-January 13, 1981.
 Former Governor Bowen's wake will take place in Bremen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church from 11:00 to 3:00 on Wednesday, May 8, and from 4:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, May 9.
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Dunewood Campground Fee Goes Up

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The fee for camping at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Dunewood Campground goes up to $18 this Thursday (May 9). The increase of three-dollars a night was approved by the National Park Service to cover the cost of adding municipal water to the campground. A new waterline was installed last year and went into service earlier this spring.
National Park officials say the new water system will improve the quality and reliability of the water supply compared to the previous well system and increases the capacity of hydrants to provide fire protection.
Before approving the increase, the National Park Service solicited public comment and received no negative comments. Surveys of comparable campgrounds in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan were also conducted and found that prices ranged from $19.00 - $29.50.
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Wet Fields Delay Planting

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Water on an Indiana farm field following frequent rains in April. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)
In a year's time, Hoosier farmers have gone from one weather extreme to another.... last year, a drought... this year, too wet. As farmers look to have at the latest, corn in the ground by about the middle of June, Purdue Extension Agronomist Bob Nielsen says that is actuallly plenty of time to get a lot accomplished in time for the growing season. "On a good week, we can plant somewhere around thirty-percent of the state's crop in a single week, " Nielsen said. "Over four weeks time we certainly hope that we can get everything in the ground during that time."
But right now, Hoosiers farmers are way behind what would be a more typical planting schedule.   Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, says only one-percent of Indiana's corn crop was planted by the week ending April 28, compared to 67-percent last year... and the latest report out this week stills shows only eight-percent planted, compared to last year, when over eighty-percent of the crop had been planted.
"Over the past few years, in the even-numbered years we've had early planting, and in the odd-numbered years we've had late planting," he noted. This year, it's been so slow that it is among the five slowest years for spring planting in the past 20, Nielsen said.  Purdue officials say Indiana had the seventh-wettest April on record, with a statewide average of 6.4 inches of precipitation - nearly 3 inches above normal.
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EC Waterfront Meeting

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The City of East Chicago is holding their second Waterfront Revitalization Initiative Public Meeting this evening at the East Chicago Public Library (Tue May 07 5:30pm -8pm). Residents are asked to take a few minutes to complete the 'Waterfront Survey' available at the city website's home page. The revitalization effort in East Chicago was initiated with the help of a seven million dollar grant from the Regional Development Authority.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:30 pm at East Chicago Public Library
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm—Open Viewing
6:00 pm to 6:15 pm—Opening Remarks
6:15 pm to 7:15 pm—Lakef ront Revitalization Initiative Presentation
7:15 pm to 8:00 pm—Public Input
East Chicago website's home pae:  www.eastchicago.com
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Indiana Among Best for Business

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Indiana was ranked as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the fifth best nationwide in a survey of more than five-hundred CEO's by Chief Executive magazine. The magazine's ninth annual "Best & Worst States" survey asks chief executives to evaluate states based on business tax policies, regulation, workforce quality and livability factors. Indiana has moved up eleven places on the main list since 2010. Illinois ranked near the bottom, at 48th.   Among the other neighboring states, Kentucky ranked 29th, Ohio ranked 22nd, and Michigan ranked 44th.    Chief Executive magazine is a bi-monthly publication for top management executives published by the Chief Executive Group LLC. Founded in 1977, the Chief Executive Group LLC is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. The "Best & Worst States," survey results are available at http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business-2013
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Governor to Sign School Safety Bill

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There's a signing ceremony this afternoon for Indiana's new school safety bill. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will put his signature to Senate Enrolled Act One, legislation providing ten-million dollars in matching grants to help school corporations hire security officers. [1 pm Eastern]
Controversy had surrounded the measure, then lawmakers removed a plan to require all public and charter schools to have at least one person armed with a gun, to protect against school shootings. If they didn't have an officer, for instance, a school employee would have been armed to serve as a 'school protection officer'. The revised bill instead creates a summer committee to examine the idea.
On Monday, Governor Pence signed a measure that strengthens penalties for B and C felonies, computer crimes, sex crimes and hazing... and another meant to provide a 'clean slate' on certain nonviolent offenses to give people with a criminal past a “second chance,” the Governor says, and a stronger chance of finding work.
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