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Singer Mindy McCready Dies in Apparent Suicide

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ABC News reports 37-year-old country singer Mindy McCready has died in an apparent suicide at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Authorities discovered McCready's body on her front porch, the same place her boyfriend David Wilson died last month in an apparent suicide. The local sheriff says it appears McCready died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  McCready - who soared to the top of the charts in the mid-90s has in recent years received more attention for her troubled personal life than...

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Region Road Work in Progress

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Weather permitting, IDOT says the northbound Stony Island feeder ramp from the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) between 103rd St. and 95th St. will be temporarily closed overnight from 10 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16th) until 10 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 17th) to allow for repairs to the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge.  Ramp traffic from the Bishop Ford Freeway during this outage will be detoured via 103rd St.  Motorists will have to follow the posted detour via Torrence Avenue and 95th St.  Updates on the im...

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Old Grade School in Lowell Nearly Leveled

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Listed one time on Indiana's "Most Endangered List", a majority of the Old Grade School in Lowell has been demolished.  Tom Trulley, of the Lowell building Department tells the Times that "once the old school's foundation is leveled, a buried storage tank will have to be removed."   While future plans for the site remain undecided, the article says, for the time being, the nearly one acre lot will be planted with grass seed. Funding for the $175,000 thousand demolition cost is expected to come t...

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Portage School System Considering Alternative Energy

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Alternative sources of energy may soon be coming to a Portage school near you. According to the Times, Superintendent, E. Ric Frataccia told the school board that it's time to join the alternative energy game noting that other school districts are moving in that direction. The article says school officials have checked out a windmill at North Newton High School that reportedly lowers the winter utility bill to 20-dollars a month, and the solar collectors recently installed on the roof of the...

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Child Support Court will Stay in Gary

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Child support court will not be moving to Crown Point and will stay in Gary--that statement made by Lake County's incoming Juvenile Court Judge. The Times is reporting that one of the county's longest serving judges, the honorable Nicholas Schiralli, will transfer from the county division to the juvenile system, March 1st. The article says, he will be replacing Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura who is resigning at the end of the month to take over the Indiana Department of Child Services. Bonaventura...

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Girl Scouts to Learn From Engineering Pros Monday

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On Monday, February 18, approximately 100 second to sixth grade girls from the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scouts will be introduced to opportunities in engineering in a fun and engaging way by NIPSCO female engineers during National Engineers Week – under this year’s theme “Introduce a Girl to Engineering.”
The event is hosted by NIPSCO and being organized by NiSource Inc.’s Developing and Advancing Women at NiSource (DAWN) women’s affinity group.
The three-hour event – which w...

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Authorities Seize Drugs and Guns from Gary Residence

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The Lake County Drug Task Force, along with the Lake County Tactical Unit, announced today they seized drugs, weapons, a bullet-proof vest, and currency after executing a search warrant Thursday in Gary. The Lake County Sheriff's Office reports Markese Scott, the target of the warrant in the 22-hundred block of Taney Street, was taken into custody, and and faces numerous charges, including resisting law enforcement. Sheriff John Buncich says...

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More Back-ups on WB Borman

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The left 2 lanes of westbound I-80/94 are closed near Grant St. due to a stalled truck. Expect delays as you travel westbound on I-80/94 near mile 8.3.  Also, an earlier crash in the left lane westbound I-80/94 under the MLK overpass is causing stop and go conditions and 10 to 15 minute delays approaching I-65.  Additionally, IDOT traffic cams are showing traffic is backing up onto northbound I-65 from Ridge Rd. to the entrance ramp to westbound I-80/94.  Drivers might want to consider the Ind...

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WB Borman (80/94) backed-up

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INDOT is reporting 10 to 15 minute delays and stop and go traffic westbound I-80/94 from at least I-65 until past the Cline Avenue exit ramps.  Traffic tipsters reporting an earlier crash near Cline Avenue that had for a time closed the right lane.  That crash resulted in a gasoline spill that has closed the entrance ramp from southbound Cline Avenue to westbound I-80/94.   And last check, an earlier crash westbound on the Borman at Burr Street caused a right lane closure. 
WB Borman (80/94) backed-up
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Saturday Registration for Valpo Parks Sports on 2/23

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Valpo Parks is offering a special Saturday registration opportunity next week to get your children signed up for spring sports before the upcoming deadlines. Youth Program Director Phil Blasko says their office doors will be open on February 23rd, from 9am to noon, at 3210 North Campbell Street, in Valparaiso. The deadlines for each sport is as follows: Softball, ages 5-16, February 28th; baseball, ages 9-15, March 1st; and soccer, ages 4-12, March 8th....

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Flu Still Widespread Across Indiana

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Flu Still Widespread Across Indiana
The Indiana State Department of Health reports today that influenza continues to show widespread activity in the state. At last check, 56 Hoosiers have died this flu season, four of which were under the age of 18. State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M-D, says “We still have a few months left in this flu season...and everyone of us has a responsibility to take steps to prevent its spread.” Health officials still recommend that everyone six-months and older get a flu vaccination. For inf...

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Carnegie Library Proposed to Become Carnegie Arts Center

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East Chicago is working on turning a historic building into a center for the arts. The Harbor area Carnegie Library at 136th and Grand Boulevard is being re-purposed as the Carnegie Arts Center. The library, which closed thirty-years ago, was built a-hundred years ago thanks to a donation by steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Interior and exterior work is planned on the red brick structure, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. There were actually two Carnegie libraries...

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IU Northwest Competes in 'RecycleMania'

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For the first time, the Indiana University Northwest campus in Gary is taking part in the national RecycleMania tournament where college campuses compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste over an eight-week period. Now through March 30, an I-U-N committee will be keeping a close watch on the amount of waste generated and the amount of recyclables collected. Students, staff and faculty will notice new blue containers that are available for ‘mixed stream’ rec...

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Chief Pens Times Article on Crime in the Region

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Just days after officially marking one full year as Police Chief of East Chicago, the Times is scheduled to run an article by Chief Mark Becker on crime in the Region. Becker served as Police Chief in Portage about four years just before taking on his current role, and prior to Portage, he retired as senior supervisory resident agent for Northwest Indiana after more than three decades with the FBI. Becker says he was humbled by the request from the Times to do such an overview. "The Times...

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House Dems Say Pence Tax Proposal Will Be Heard

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Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City
House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City today said House Democrats would ensure that Governor Mike Pence’s income tax cut proposal will be heard – even though the Republican House majority did not include in the just-released budget bill. "The House of Representatives," Pelath said, "is going to have an up or down vote on Governor Pence's tax cut proposal," and, he added, "some Democrats are going to support it."    Pelath says the governor's proposal i...

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Charges Filed in Winfield Bank Robbery

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Christopher Gerlach
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Multiple charges including robbery and confinement have been filed in connection with a robbery at the Centier Bank on East 109th Avenue in Winfield earlier this week. Lake County Sheriffs Police identified the suspect today as 39-year-old Christopher Gerlach of Crown Point. Authorities say Tuesday evening, a man entered the bank, demanded money, then fled on foot. Police say no weapon was displayed. Soon afterwards, police heard about a suspicious person...

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Indiana: Main Supplier in IL./Chicago Gun Crimes

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Gary Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson and Cook County, Illinois Sheriff, Tom Dart
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the city of Gary hosted the “Gun Trafficking Suppression Summit” Thursday afternoon at the city's Genesis Convention Center. 80 officials from over 20 Illinois and Indiana law enforcement agencies discussed strategies to prevent guns from landing in the wrong hands and how to close the loop on inter-state gun trafficking.
 
Immediately after the summit Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Cook...

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Snowfall Leads to Hazardous Conditions This Morning

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Driving conditions have deteriorated across the Region with snowfall causing very slick conditions. Numerous accidents have been reported, especially in Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties. INDOT is informing motorists that, despite deicing, motorists must use winter driving skills and slow down.
A couple of trouble spots in particular -- Interstate 65 in Lake County and State Road through Porter and La Porte Counties.
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President Obama Visiting Chicago Today

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President Obama takes his State of the Union agenda to his hometown today, and ABC's Ann Compton reports he will not ignore the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. On the eve of his visit, President Obama took a question on a Google online chat: "Do you think we should ban handguns? Obama: Well, I actually don't think we should BAN handguns." The President calls for a broader approach. "The package we put forward will have an impact on handguns by instituting a universal background check...

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