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New Consulting Firm for Porter County

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Porter County Commissioners this week agreed to a new consulting firm after the previous firm terminated its agreement with the county. The Times reports Malcon Malinowski Consulting Inc. terminated the agreement because the county auditor and his office allegedly failed...

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Porter County Agrees to Sign Ethics Action Pledge

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Porter County is now the newest member of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to sign an ethics action pledge and now join ten Lake County cities – Crown Point, Dyer, East Chicago, Gary, Highland, Hobart, Lowell, Munster,...

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Older Woman Have Higher Risk of Alzheimer's

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A new study out today suggests women in their sixties are twice as likely to get Alzheimer's disease than men....and it's an even bigger risk for women than breast cancer at those ages. ABC News reports the Alzheimer's Association released...

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IU Campuses Ready for 'Operation Stormy Weather'

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University’s Office of Emergency Management and Continuity will coordinate two university-wide tornado drills Thursday, March 20, for “Operation Stormy Weather,” as part of the state of Indiana's Severe Weather Awareness Week March 16 to 22.
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Local Non-Profit Looking For A New Home

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The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry in Portage is in the business of helping families in need with their pets, but now they are looking for help. Founder/Executive Director Michelle Duca says they have less than 30 days to find a...

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Debate Continues Over Dollars for Rail Extension

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A handful of Lake County communities - Hobart, Highland, Whiting and Munster, as well as the county itself - have pledged funds toward extending the South Shore eight-miles to the south, but some Region towns aren't ready to make that...

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IUN Hosting Lake Co Sheriff Candidates Forum

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Indiana University Northwest is hosting a candidates forum in the race for Lake County Sheriff, Tuesday, April 8, 5:30 pm-7 pm, in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium at the Savannah Center on the Gary campus. Doors open at 5 pm....

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Be Ready with Three Days of Emergency Supplies

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From the Indiana Department of Homeland Security: According to a 2013 survey of Hoosiers, 51 percent of respondents believe emergency personnel would be able to arrive at their residence within six hours of a widespread disaster. However, in a disaster,...

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Sen Coats in NWI, Discusses 'Sound Regulation Act'

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Indiana Republican US Senator Dan Coats says he wants to reduce red tape and eliminate unnecessary federal rules for Hoosier businesses.  Coats held a roundtable this morning with the Northwest Indiana Forum on his recently-introduced Sound Regulation Act,   which...

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Planners Get Update on Cline Avenue Bridge

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Construction is expected to begin this year on a new Cline Avenue bridge in East Chicago. The new structure will be a toll bridge, replacing the former Cline Avenue extension that was closed in December 2009 over safety concerns. The...

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US 30 Delays, Signal Issues

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A traffic advisory for motorists traveling through the Merrillville and Crown Point area this morning... Traffic signal US 30 at Taft has been dark. Expect delays.  Authorities say treat intersections where traffic lights are out as 4-way stop....

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Coroners Report Shows Heroin Problem 'Escalating'

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Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says his end of year report for 2013 shows the county's heroin problem "has continued to escalate at an alarming rate."  Other data from the coroner's report show the number of suicides decreased from 36...

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Hoosiers Encouraged to Prepare for Severe Weather

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This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana, and pocal, state and national organizations are encouraging Hoosiers to prepare now for thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding.  State agencies, including the Indiana Public Safety Commission, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana State Police,...

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Weather Suspends Search for Missing Doctor

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In Colorado, the search for a doctor from northwest Indiana who disappeared on a hiking trip near Vail was suspended Tuesday due to a winter storm. Police say 39-year-old Dr. James McGrogan, a Chesterton native, hasn't been seen since Friday...

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Lawmakers Approve Indiana Hemp Bill

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Among the bills sent to Governor Mike Pence this legislative session was one that would allow the cultivation and production of industrial hemp in Indiana. Milltown State Senator Democrat Richard Young says his proposal, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 357, can...

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Griffith Contemplating Rail Expansion Request

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In Griffith, Congressman Pete Visclosky spoke before the Town Council Tuesday, stressing the need for local officials to commit dollars toward extending the South Shore to the south. Municipalities across Lake County are being asked to earmark revenues from a...

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Living History Exhibit at Indiana Welcome Center

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Civil war buffs and Abraham Lincoln aficionados alike will want to make plans to see the South Shore Civil War Memorial exhibit titled, "Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln" at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond that opened on March 8th.  ...

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Indiana Receives Federal Preparedness Grants

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The US Department of Homeland Security announced today that nearly five-million dollars in federal preparedness grants have been allocated to Indiana for fiscal year 2014. Indiana US Senator Dan Coats says the funds will be used to prepare Hoosier communities...

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Portable Scales Help to Find Overweight Semis

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The weather this winter has been a significant factor for the pothole problem afflicting northwest Indiana, but overweight semi's are also a contributing factor. Indiana State Police Lowell Post reports, just before...

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Food Prices Rising

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The Labor Department said today inflation was tame last month - it rose only one tenth of one percent. But food prices went up four times that much (.04 percent), the largest increase in nearly two and a half years....

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