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New Supt Named for Ind Dunes Natl Lakeshore

The National Park Service today announced Paul Labovitz, Superintendent at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) in St. Paul, Minnensota, has been named the new Superintendent at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore here in northwest Indiana.  He succeeds Costa Dillon,...
 

Police Warn to Stay Off Shelf Ice

Authorities are urging Region residents to stay off the shelf ice. Michigan City Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski says they received numerous calls over the weekend of people going way out on shelf ice on Lake Michigan at Washington Park.   Sgt....
 

Senate Committee to Consider HJR-3

Debate on Indiana's proposed constitutional ban on gay-marriage continues today. The state Senate's Rules Committee is scheduled to consider House Joint Resolution 3 this afternoon (Monday). The amendment passed the Indiana House last month, but language was taken out that...
 

'Security Issue' Closes DeVry Campuses

DeVry University says they are closing all their Chicago-area DeVry University and Chamberlain locations today (Mon Feb 10) after being informed of "a potential security issue", according to a statement on the university's website. No other details were available.    Link...
 

Cedar Lake to Discuss E-911 Agreement

A special joint study session is scheduled in Cedar Lake tonight (Mon Feb 10) where members of the town council and police commission are expected to talk about the proposed E-911 consolidation agreement in Lake County. Four communities, including Cedar...
 

Major Milestone for Homework Hotline

A homework hotline in Indiana has surpassed a major milestone -- half-a-million math and science tutoring sessions with middle and high school students across the state. The total represents combined calls, online chats and email sessions with tutors since Rose-Hulman...
 

Near-Record Ice Cover on Great Lakes

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Another byproduct of the extreme cold this winter -- near-record ice cover on the Great Lakes.   The lakes are generally about half frozen over this time of year, but this winter ice is covering nearly 80-percent of the Great Lakes...
 

New Lake Central HS Wing Showcased

An olympic-size pool and an auto shop classroom that resembles an actual dealership... that's some of what the community got a chance to see in tours of the new three-story classroom addition at Lake Central High School Sunday. Major renovation...
 

Munster Fire Chief Passes Away

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The fire chief of Munster passed away suddenly over the weekend. Reports say James Knesek died Saturday afternoon from an apparent heart attack at home. Knesek, a lifelong resident of the community, was an employee of the town for 34...
 

'Quick Burst' of Snow Expected

The National Weather Service says accumulating snow will spread across the Chicago metropolitan area today (Saturday) with a 'quick burst' of moderate snow during the midday/afternoon hours.  Snowfall could reduce visibilities to 1/2 mile and snowfall rates could approach one-inch...
 

Hobart Buying 'Greener' Garbage Truck

In Hobart, the city's trash collection service is going greener. With the help of a 114-thousand dollar grant that will cover part of the cost, the city is purchasing a new garbage truck that will run on compressed natural gas,...
   

Hoosiers Warned of Jury Duty Scam

Authorities say several Indiana trial courts have alerted the Division of State Court Administration and Indiana Judicial Center to a possible scam involving fake jury duty phone calls. There have only been a few incidents, but court leaders and Indiana...
   

Jerry Ross Selected for Astronaut Hall of Fame

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Jerry Ross
Crown Point native, space shuttle astronaut Jerry Ross has been selected for induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Ross and space shuttle astronaut Shannon Lucid, the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Space Station...
   

Crime Down 22 Percent in Valparaiso

Overall crime in Valparaiso dropped 22-percent last year.  According to the yearly report released Friday, a major element of the drop was a decrease in thefts and burglaries in the city. In 2012, the crime rate dropped 14-percent from 2011...
   

State Revenues Below Forecast for January

Indiana's monthly revenue report for state tax collections in January 2014 was released Friday. The amount was two-point-eight percent below what was forecast. Here's more info:
 
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• State general fund revenues for January were $1,333.2 million, which is...
   

NATO 3 Found Not Guilty of Terrorism Charges

A jury in Chicago has found three protesters not guilty of terrorism charges, after being accused of planning to ignite Molotov cocktails during the 2012 NATO Summit. ABC News reports the three men Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Church,...
   

Tallian to Seek Re-Election to State Senate

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Two-term incumbent Indiana State Democratic Senator Karen Tallian, of Portage, announced today (Friday) she will seek re-election. Tallian, who was appointed to the seat in 2005 and elected to a full-term in 2006 and 2010, will be running unopposed as...
   

Apple Says What You Say to Siri Stored for 5 Years

When you speak to Siri, the iPhone personal assistant, she's not the only one who's listening. Critics are suggesting she's a secret spy of sorts. ABC News reports Apple has already admitted recording every word you say to Siri, but...
   

RDA Makes Major Commitment to S. Shore Rail Expansion

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(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner. ABOVE: RDA chairman Don Fesko calls meeting to order.
BELOW: RDA Vice Chair Harley Snyder speaks of the economic benefits of commuter rail expansion)
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Crown Point, IN (February 7, 2014) – The first phase of...
   

Public Meeting to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes

A public meeting will be held next week in Portage for residents to comment on the recently released report by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the federal governments options for keeping invasive species like the Asian carp out...
   

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