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Equipment Maybe Available Next Week to Check Mt. Baldy

Equipment to determine why a section of Mt. Baldy collapsed last month burying a six year old Illinois boy might be available next week. Meanwhile, Mt. Baldy beach, trails, and parking area remain closed to the public. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore officials are looking into the possibility a buried tree may have caused the sand to swallow up the child, who is believed to have survived due to an air pocket. Nathan Woessner was released from a children's hospital on Friday, two-weeks to the day he was buried in the sand for almost four-hours on July 12th.
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Dentist from LaPorte Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

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A 30 year old LaPorte dentist was arrest Monday evening for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Portage Police report they pulled over Benjamin Porter's vehicle for speeding, after an officer noticed his vehicle weaving through eastbound traffic on I-80, just west of the Portage Toll barrier. Police say Porter reportedly admitted to possessing heroin in his vehicle, after he was informed an officer was en-route with a canine to check his vehicle, after initially denying a search of his vehicle.
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ISP Lowell Post Hiring for Regional Dispatch Operator

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The Indiana State Police Region I Dispatch Center in Lowell is accepting applications for a Telecommunications Operator position.

To qualify, applicants must be high school graduates or possess the equivalent GED and be able to successfully pass written and typing tests (30 words per minute) prior to interviewing. They must also obtain two certifications with the first six months.

Those interested should be able to:

•Work on several tasks simultaneously in a busy and noisy environment
•Remain seated for long periods of time
•Remain calm during emergency situations
•Work rotating or multiple shifts, requiring weekends and/or holidays
Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans, and accrued leave.

PURPOSE:

To serve as a civilian employee of the Indiana State Police whose primary responsibility is to receive, collate, record, disseminate and accurately dispatch information to Department police personnel, other law enforcement agencies and other support services through the use of a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, Records Management System (RMS), Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL), Geographical Information System (GIS) and other Regional Dispatch Center resources.

Interested persons must apply online at  http://www.in.gov/spd/2334.htm by 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 5th, 2013.

Applicants must be able to successfully pass a background investigation, and are asked to submit a full work history, copies of high school transcript or GED certificate, and college transcripts, technical certificates and a DD214 (if applicable).
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Judge Ends Indiana's Fight Against Planned Parenthood

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Indiana's two-year legal battle to deny Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions is over. A judge today issued a permanent injunction barring the state from preventing Medicaid enrollees from accessing health care at clinics operated by the group. In May, the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Indiana regarding the case.
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Wings of Freedom at Porter County Regional Airport

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Mike Prentiss, Valparaiso Tour Stop Coordinator in front of the B-24 Liberator aircraft named "Witchcraft"


The Collings Foundation 24th Annual "Wings of Freedom" tour wraps up it's visit at noon on Wednesday, July 31st at the Porter County Regional Airport just east of State Road 49 and off of US-30 in Valparaiso.


Mike Prentiss, Tour Stop Coordinator for Valparaiso says the mission of the Collings Foundation is to "preserve our history by keeping historic aircraft flying around the country."


Prentiss says that the foundation possess about two dozen aircraft, ranging from the early days of aviation all the way up to the Vietnam era with supersonic jets.  "The most popular aircraft that the foundation operates is the 'WIngs of Freedom Tour' aircraft consisting of the B-17 'Flying Fortess, the B-24 Liberator and the P-51 Mustang."


That particular group of aircraft stops at about 110 cities a year and at each location the foundation offers flight experiences and walk-through tours.  Prentiss says visiting Valparaiso is special as Bob Collings, founder of the foundation is from the Region and graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1956.


The tour's final day for this years visit is from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, after which the "wings of Freedom Tour" lifts off at 1:00 p.m. for a stop in Kankakee, Illinois.


For more information about the Collings Foundation log onto: http://www.collingsfoundation.org/menu.htm


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The three WWII era aircraft on the tarmac at Porter County Regional Airport on Tuesday, July 30th from left to right, P--51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortess and B-24 Liberator

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Visitors tour the B-17 Flying Fortress, one of the three WWII era from the Collings Foundation, "Wings of Freedom Tour" at Porter County Regional Airport


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P-51 Mustang WWII era fighter escort looking into the cockpit that features dual flight controls


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B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" at Porter County Regional Airport, Tuesday, July 30th  


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The 24th Annual "Wings of Freedom Tour" final day in Northwest Indiana is from  9 a.m. to  12 noon, Wednesday, July 31st at the Porter County Regional Airport, Valparaiso.


(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens)


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National Sex Trafficking Sting Yields 359 Arrests

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A coalition of federal and local law enforcement agencies led by the Cook County Sheriff's Office wrapped up a sting operation Sunday that led to the arrests of 323 would-be sex solicitors and 36 pimps across 17 states. Sheriff Thomas Dart made the announcement today, stating his department recovered three victims, the most of any jurisdiction, including two juveniles, ages 15 and 17. Other area agencies who participated included the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Gary Police Department.
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NFIB Says President's Proposal Leaves Out Small Business

Indianapolis (July 30, 2013) -- The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today reacted to news that President Obama would pitch a “grand bargain” with Congress, under which corporate tax cuts would be coupled with federal spending projects as a way to spur economic growth.
“More than ninety percent of employers in Indiana are small businesses and most of them pay the individual income tax,” said NFIB State Director Barbara Quandt.  “We like that the President sees the need to cut business taxes but this proposal would exclude most businesses in Indiana.”
At an event today in Tennessee, the President asked Congress to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and create a special 25-percent rate for manufacturing.  The United States imposes a higher corporate tax than most of the rest of the world, a burden that many experts believes creates an incentive for corporations to create jobs overseas and keep their profits off shore.
“In the past year there has been a growing consensus in Washington and on Wall Street that we need corporate tax reform,” said Quandt.  “We don’t disagree, but that’s not comprehensive reform.  It helps the biggest, most profitable corporations but it excludes the Main Street businesses that provide a majority of jobs in the United States.”
NFIB last week announced a coalition of business groups focused on reducing the effective tax rate – the amount in taxes that businesses actually pay – instead of the usual debates in Washington over brackets. 
“What we really need is a top-to-bottom overhaul of the entire system to make taxes lower, flatter and fairer,” said Quandt.  “The current system picks winners and losers.  Under the President’s plan, multinational corporations and manufacturers would be winners but most small businesses wouldn’t get relief.  What we need is a climate in which all businesses can grow and create jobs and that means cutting the effective tax rate for everyone.”
For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.
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Pence Establishes Office of State-Based Initiatives

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Indianapolis – Among attendees of today’s Evansville Rotary Club luncheon, Governor Mike Pence kicked off “Hoosier Solutions Week” and signed Executive Order 13-20, which transforms the existing Office of Federal Grants and Procurement into the Office of State-Based Initiatives (OSBI).
Governor Pence is spending this week talking to Hoosiers across the state about finding Hoosier solutions to the problems caused by Washington, D.C. and the federal government.  In 2012, the federal government collected $51.2 billion from Hoosier taxpayers and businesses.  This year, forty-nine state departments and agencies will receive almost 20 percent of that money in the form of federal grants, stipends, and programs that often come with expensive, burdensome mandates and regulations that stifle ingenuity, cost Hoosier taxpayers, and hamstring Hoosier businesses.
“I’ve long held the belief that Hoosiers hold the key to releasing Indiana from federally-created mandates and regulations that undermine state sovereignty and hinder economic growth,” said Governor Pence. “With the assistance of the Office of State-Based Initiatives, Indiana will work to untangle itself from burdensome federal policies, seek to increase state innovation, and ultimately strive to persuade the federal government to return to the principles of federalism.”
The OSBI will be tasked with coordinating with state agencies to perform a cost-benefit analysis on every federal grant opportunity; ensuring each agency has a block grant contingency plan; tracking the costs of federal regulations by studying data, surveying businesses, and talking to Hoosiers; and publishing an annual study of these costs and sharing it with Indiana’s Congressional Delegation.
In his speech, Governor Pence said that by quantifying the costs of federal regulations and informing Congress about them, the OSBI “will help, over the long run, reduce federal regulatory burdens on state and local governments, taxpayers and Hoosier businesses.”
Hoosier Solutions Week runs through Thursday, August 1st.
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All Lanes of US 20 near Springville Reopened

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All lanes of US 20 near Springville in LaPorte County have reopened after a fatal three-vehicle crash shut down lanes in both directions east of Michigan City late this morning. Coroner John Sullivan says 75 year old Norma Rauschenbach was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma, after her vehicle was rear-ended while attempting to make a turn from westbound US 20 onto County Road 325 West. Sullivan says the impact pushed Rauschenbach's vehicle into the eastbound lanes where her car was struck by a second vehicle.
Sullivan says that area is along a particularly dangerous stretch of US 20 because there's no divider. The section of US 20, between I-94 and Rolling Prairie, Sullivan says, historically has seen a number of fatal crashes.
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Newspaper Salesman Fatally Shot

Police in Gary say a 41-year-old newspaper salesman was fatally shot about 5:30 this morning in the area of 15th and Clark Road, and the motive is not known. Public Information Officer Corporal Gabrielle King says Kovin Bell was preparing his newspapers for distribution when a male subject walked up to him and fired a gun then fled on foot.  Anyone with information is asked to call Gary Police Corporal Jeff Horniak at 219-881-7300, ext 3002.  The man's death marks the 33rd apparent homicide in the city this year.
Gary police are also investigating a shooting that killed a 23-year-old Gary man late Saturday night. Reports say the victim identified as Andre Pullen was a passenger in a car when he was fatally struck by a bullet from another vehicle in the 15-hundred block of Chase Street.
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Fatal Crash Closes US 20 in La Porte Co

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A fatal three-vehicle crash has US 20 shut down for the next few hours in both directions near Springville,  east of Michigan City. At about 11am, LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says it appears an elderly woman attempting to make a turn from westbound US 20 onto County Road 325 West  in Springfield Township was rear-ended by one vehicle, which pushed her into the eastbound lanes, where her car was struck by a second vehicle, killing her instantly.  Sullivan says that area is along a particularly dangerous stretch of US 20 because there's no divider. The section of US 20, between I-94 and Rolling Prairie, Sullivan says, historically has seen a number of fatal crashes.
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Purdue Hosting Intl Wine Competition

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More than six-thousand bottles of wine from around the world are headed to Indiana. Purdue University is hosting the annual Indy International Wine Competition tomorrow through Friday. The event, now in its 22nd edition and fourth consecutive year on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, is the nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. It takes place in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
Photo: A ballroom at Memorial Union on Purdue's campus was filled with tables of wine bottles to be judged during the 2010 Indy International Wine Competition. This year's competition is set for July 31 to Aug. 2. (Purdue Agricultural Communication file photo/Tom Campbell)
More info: West Lafayette, Ind. -- More than 6,000 bottles of wine from the United States and around the world are on their way to Purdue University for the annual Indy International Wine Competition July 31 to Aug. 2.
The event, now in its 22nd edition and fourth consecutive year on the Purdue campus, is the nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. It takes place in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
"The prestige of the Indy International continues to grow," said Christian Butzke, professor of enology for the Purdue Wine Grape Team and the competition's chief judge. "The Indy provides competitors with an outstanding gauge of continually evolving trends and preferences among wine consumers throughout the world as well as a direction to use the knowledge gained."
The Purdue Wine Grape Team has put together a panel of 50 judges, selected from among leading winemakers, winegrowers, wine scientists, chefs, sommeliers, wine writers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers. Panel members will critique the more than 2,200 entries and award medals to wines judged superior in their categories.
Major trophies include Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year, Sparkling Wine of the Year, Rose Wine of the Year, Dessert Wine of the Year, Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year.
The public is invited to witness the judging each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. The Wine of the Year taste-off on Aug. 2 also is open to the public from 11 a.m. to noon.
Entry information, event history, past winners and more information are available at www.indyinternational.org
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Chamber Staying Neutral on Marriage Amendmnt

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is expected to remain neutral on a proposal to amend the state's constitution to ban gay marriage. The president of the group tells the Times today they have members on both sides of the issue, which is expected to be up for debate in the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/ind-chamber-of-commerce-staying-mum-on-marriage-amendment/article_f87ba7d8-4db8-509e-9b6c-438736c6270e.html
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Officially Chilly Around the Region

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Some temps were in the 40s Monday
It was the coolest July weekend in thirty years.. Forecasters say strong upper level northerly winds into the Midwest from Canada ushered in those September-like temperatures we felt in the Region and around the area, officially making it one of the top five coldest for the month in Chicago.
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Illinois Stomach Bug Cases Up to 4

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Illinois is now up to four possible cases of a tropical stomach bug that's sickened more than three-hundred-twenty people across fifteen states. The highest number of cases is in Iowa, followed by Texas. There are also cases in Wisconsin and Ohio. The illness is caused by a parasite called cyclospora, and it's believed contaminated food is behind the outbreak, possibly imported fruits or vegetables, but investigators are still trying to determine the source.
http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/outbreaks/investigation-2013-maps.html
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Pilot Killed in Starke Co Plane Crash

One person is dead after a plane crash in Starke County. Authorities say the homebuilt aircraft, a single-engine RV-6 Vanns Airplane, was located in a cornfield Monday afternoon about twenty yards off State Road 8 at the south end of the Starke County Airport in Knox.  Starke County Sheriffs Police say the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only person on board. Preliminary cause of the crash is not known at this time. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.  Officers with the Starke County Sheriff's Department, Knox City Police, Hamlet Police Department, and Knox Center Township Fire Department responded.
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Gary Shooting Death Investigated

In Gary, police continue to investigate a shooting that killed a 23-year-old Gary man late Saturday night. Authorities say Andre Pullen, who would have turned 24 this week, was a passenger in a car with three other people when he was fatally struck by a bullet fired from someone in another vehicle in the 15-hundred block of Chase Street. The death marks the 32nd homicide in the city this year.
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Fire in Portage

In Portage, no injuries were reported in a roof fire at the former Walgreens in the six-thousand block of Central Avenue Monday afternoon. Portage, Ogden Dunes and Burns Harbor departments responded. Construction has been underway to remodel the building.
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Hoosiers Turn License Plates into Mentors

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INDIANPOLIS – Hoosiers are helping children across the state grow up healthier and happier simply by driving.
Indiana drivers who have purchased the Mentor a Child specialty license plate are allowing mentoring organizations throughout the state to better serve children. Proceeds from the plate benefit the Indiana Mentoring Partnership (IMP), a program of the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), which splits the $25 in revenue with local mentoring organizations.
Since January 2011, the 473 Mentor a Child license plates sold have raised $11,825, and eight mentoring organizations recently received the first round of grants from the proceeds. That money is working to change lives. Funds will go toward a variety of initiatives, including recruiting mentors, training mentors and hosting events to thank mentors. 
Organizations receiving the grants and the amounts of those grants are:
·         Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley, Evansville, $1,500
·         Project Leadership, Grant County, $1,500
·         Big Brothers Big Sisters of Decatur County, $1,500
·         Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, $1,500
·         Starfish Initiative, Indianapolis, $500
·         Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Club, $756
·         Youth Service Bureau of LaPorte County, $500 and
·         YWCA of Evansville, $500.
“These grants are providing mentoring organizations across Indiana with a unique opportunity to advance mentor recruitment efforts so as to serve more Hoosier children,” said IYI Vice President of Statewide Outreach December Warren.
Research shows that sustained one-on-one mentoring with a caring adult impacts children in several ways. Mentors can help mentees stay in school and graduate, pursue higher education, enhance self-esteem, avoid criminal activities, better relate to others and set career goals. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Indiana mentoring programs have a waiting list of children who need a mentor.
“The funding made available through the sale of the Mentor a Child license plate will help recruit more mentors for more at-risk youth,” said IYI President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz. “Mentoring positively impacts the lives of children and youth as well as their mentors and this funding will strengthen the organizations that support these life-changing efforts.”
Hoosier drivers can request a Mentor a Child specialty license plate at the BMV or online when renewing their annual registrations. Specialty plates have an annual fee of $40 in addition to regular registration fees, with $25 going to the Indiana Mentoring Partnership. IMP grants out half of the proceeds to mentoring organizations across Indiana.
More information about each organization’s plans for the grant it received may be found at .  http://www.iyi.org/media/press.aspx.
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Gary on List of Job Seeker Workshops in August

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Indianapolis, Ind. - Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that his office will host Job Seeker Workshops, designed to help Hoosiers who are looking for work, in Gary, Sellersburg, and Indianapolis the week of August 12-16.
“The top issues I hear as I travel our great state is that many Hoosiers are still searching for employment and some Indiana business owners are still looking for skilled workers ready to go on day one,” said Donnelly. "This August, my office will behosting a series of job seeker workshops toconnect Hoosiers looking for workwith resources that can help in the job search and interview process.  I hope participants find valuable tools to help them succeed in finding employment, and I won’t stop until everyone in Indiana who wants a job has a job.”
The Job Seeker Workshops are designed to help attendees to improve their job search and interview skills and their resume writing. The events will include discussions lead by community leaders and industry professionals on growing job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing and technology.  Also, resources will be available to assist Hoosier veterans with their entry or re-entry into the workforce after serving our country.

WHEN/WHERE:
Monday, August 12
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST
North Building; Ivy Tech Community College
1440 E 35th Ave
Gary, IN

Wednesday, August 14
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Ogle Hall; Horseshoe Foundation Assembly Center
Ivy Tech Southern Indiana campus
8204 Highway 311
Sellersburg, IN

Friday, August 16
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
First Floor Conference Room; Corporate College and Culinary Center
Ivy Tech Community College
2820 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN
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