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Sequester Impact on Indiana, March 1st

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Now just days away from sweeping budget cuts known as sequestration, ABC News reports they'll hit every corner of government. The White House is circulating 50 lists of budget cuts in states where civilian jobs in the defense industry and some school money would be slashed. ABC's Ann Compton at the White House reports there are no active negotiations here as Congress returns to write a list of less painful cuts.
On the Indiana list, the White House says some examples this year are... the loss...

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Merrillville Looking at Historic District

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The town of Merrillville is working toward setting up a historic preservation commission... with the initial historic district along 73rd Avenue, from Broadway to Madison Street. Along that stretch sits the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Museum, a circa 1860s building that used to be a school. The Times today says the town council is expected to vote tomorrow (Tue 022613) on first reading of an ordinance to create the commission.
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Outdoor Indiana Says Think Spring

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Outdoor Indiana magazine’s March-April issue will have you thinking spring with a feature article on the upcoming massive bird migration at Indiana Dunes State Park.  Readers will learn how the park’s unique conditions allow for the sighting of 30,000 birds a day during March and April.
The 48-page full-color magazine also includes a removable eight-page insert on Tippecanoe River State Park. That article continues the magazine’s series in which one state park or reservoir property will be p...

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Habitat Hosts Mortgage Burning Ceremony in Hammd

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Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana recognized Rebecca Jackson-Sanchez of Hammond and her family, hosting a mortgage burning ceremony Sunday. Paying off a home mortgage is the final step of a partner family-affiliate agreement, and the Jackson-Sanchez family is the second partner family of the Habitat affiliate to have done so. Their home in the 58-hundred block of Erie Avenue is in a row of Habitat homes. Jackson-Sanchez says she was driving when she first heard about...

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Michigan Fighting Bottle Deposit Scammers

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It was created to get people to recycle, but ABC reports one state's can and bottle return policy may be working a little too well. ABC's Daria Albinger reports a lot of people cross the Michigan state line to cash in. However, Michigan State Representative Kenneth Kurtz has introduced a bill to crack down on scammers. It'd make any attempt to redeem the deposit on non-returnable containers punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a one-thousand dollar fine.
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Winter Storm Could Impact the Region

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Forecasters say a winter storm will approach the Region late tonight, bringing the potential for a mix of light freezing rain, sleet and snow toward Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says right now the best chance of any ice accumulation looks to be south of the Kankakee River with the most significant snow accumulations generally northwest of a Peoria to Chicago line. However, it is still unclear where some of the heaviest ice and snow accumulation will be. Winds may also gust to...

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Hobart Police Say Missing Woman Found

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In Hobart, police say a 78-year-old woman who has Alzheimers who was missing last night has been found. Police sent out an alert that authorities were looking for the woman after she was last seen near the west side of Westfield Southlake Sunday afternoon. Hobart Police sent out a message today thanking everyone for their information and concern.
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15 Children, 2 Adults Seen at Hospital After Crash

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Indiana University Health Starke Hospital reports seeing 15 children and 2 adults this morning after an accident involving a Marshall-Starke Head Start bus in downtown Knox. Hospital officials say some of the children were treated for minor bumps and bruises in the emergency room, and all 15 have been released to their parents. The adults were still being looked at. Knox Police say the crash occurred at the intersection of Heaton and Lake Streets just before 8am Central Time and was still under...

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Ind Sec of St Lawson: Start Saving, $10 a Week

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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is kicking-off America Saves Week by encouraging Hoosiers to save ten-dollars a week-- to start small and think big to build a strong financial footing for tomorrow. Lawson put a series of “Conversation Starters” to help families foster an ongoing dialogue about budgeting, saving, investing and avoiding scams and fraud on her website. The open-ended questions are meant for those just starting out as newlyweds, entering retirement or anyone looking to tal...

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Three Children Hurt in Two-Vehicle Crash

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Three children were injured, and one on them was reportedly airlifted to a Chicago-area hospital, in a crash on Wicker Avenue in St. John Sunday afternoon. The Times today says shortly after 12:30 one vehicle apparently crossed the center lane for unknown reasons, and collided with another.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/three-children-injured-in-two-vehicle-st-john-crash/article_1bc2909d-e9cb-59c2-a26d-139bad27b191.html
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Merrillville Police: Be Alert After Break-Ins

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Merrillville Police say jewelry and large screen televisions have been targeted during recent home break-ins. The police chief is advising residents to be on the alert for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, and to contact police .
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville/police-ask-residents-to-report-suspicious-activity-in-merrillville/article_03bf62f1-93a5-5b33-a938-3db7341774e9.html
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Talk Continues on MC Rail Realignment

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In Michigan City, talk continues on realigning the South Shore rail that, for over a century, has run on a two-mile segment of single track embedded in the middle of 10th and 11th Streets. Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer recently issued a statement saying no final determination has been made on routing of the South Shore line, and that a number of technical issues still need to be addressed.
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Injuries, Arrests at Chicago Mall Melee

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Police continue to investigate what was described as a mob disturbance that erupted at the Ford City Mall in Chicago Saturday. It started after an autograph session by the rap group Mindless Behavior and ended with victims being sent to the hospital. ABC's Eric Horng reports there were Chicago police officers inside the mall but witnesses say they were outnumbered. Signs were thrown, vehicles were damaged in the parking lot, they reportedly jumped on top of cars, and as many as 20 people were...

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Lake Village Man Sentenced for Distribution of Child Porn

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32 year old Lake Village man was sentenced to seven-years in prison and 15 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to felony distribution of child pornography in Hammond Federal Court this week. The U.S. Attorney's Office reports Thomas Spangle's computer equipment was seized after an undercover FBI agent working in Florida in May of 2010, using a peer-to-peer file sharing program, identified the IP address being utilized to distribute child pornography as that of Spangle, and found...

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Porter Co Averaging a Little Over 1 Drug-Related a Week

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Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris, who recently released the county's 2012 Coroner's Statistics, says drug-related deaths continue rise. Harris says in Porter County poly-substance abuse is a major problem, with Porter County averaging a little over one drug-related death a week. Harris says the most common drug abused right now is hydrocodone mixed with alcohol or other drugs, and residents in Porter County need to own up to the fact that our teenagers are abusing drugs, and to take action...

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McDonald's Mentoring Night this Tuesday

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Participating McDonald's restaurants in Northwest Indiana are on a mission--a mission to encourage region residents to come together to support Youth Mentoring Programs. Sam Lubeznik, Owner/Operator of participating Mc Donald's restaurants in Northwest Indiana says once a year during "Mc Mentoring Night" the public is introduced to mentoring in their community.
In addition to local mentoring organizations being present, the McDonald's operators will donate 15-percent of their customer purchases...

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New Head of Indiana DCS Delaying Start

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The new head of the Indiana Department of Child Services will be starting that position a little later than expected. The Times reports Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura on Friday stated a case she is presiding over was taking longer than expected. Bonaventura was expected to begin her new duties on March 1st.
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Hobart Safety Call Network

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Hobart seniors who live alone, are disabled, or who are home bound, are encouraged to register for a program designed to provide them with a daily telephone call to check in on them. For registration forms, either call or stop by the Hobart Police Department. 
To get started...
1. Seniors residing or visiting Hobart must complete all enrollment/registration to become a
member. Registration includes contact information, any medical information they wish to
inform the police department of,...

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1 Dead After Three Semi Crash on I-65 in White County

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One person is dead after a three-vehicle crash this afternoon on I-65 in White County that shut down the interstate for several hours. Indiana State Police Lafayette Post reports the crash, involving three semis occurred on I-65 south, approximately five-miles west of Brookston. Authorities report traffic was slowed in the area due to cleanup of a previous crash, when a Freightliner struck the rear trailer of a semi, which in turn was pushed into the rear of another semi. State Police say the...

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Portage PD Investigating Alleged Home Burglary

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Portage Police are investigating an alleged home burglary. The Times reports authorities were dispatched just before 8:30 Thursday night to 600 West block of County Road 300 North, and learned that the homeowners arrived home to find their front door had been forced open, and the bedrooms ransacked. Published reports say a television, gold watch, a large amount of cash, several weapons, ammunition, and prescription drugs were reportedly taken.
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