Residents in many communities in the region this coming Tuesday will be getting together with their local law enforcement agencies for “National Night Out”, in an effort to promote community-police partnerships and get to know one another. During a recent Region News maker interview, Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner stated the event is one of their favorite nights of the year and the Valparaiso portion of the event will take placefrom 6:30 to 9pm.
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Friday, August 2, 2013, Northwest Indiana. – Don’t forget! Don’t miss it! It’s awesome and it’s for a good cause! What is it you ask? – The Northwest Indiana House Raffle of course! And Tuesday, August 6th is last call for ticket buyers because there will be NO EXTENSION this year; the official drawing will take place on Friday, August 9th as originally scheduled and advertised.
The Northwest Indiana House Raffle organizers have announced that more than 4,000 tickets 4,000 tickets have been sold to date, the odds are truly in your favor – better than 1 in 80. With a few days left to purchase tickets, the minimum ticket sales goal of 4,100 will be reached. Ticket sales end Tuesday, August 6th at 9pm and the official drawing of 75 lucky winners will take place Friday, August 9th at 10am. “We’re pleased to have reached our minimum goal this year and we’re appreciative of all the support we’ve received so far,” said Mary Govert, Executive Director – St. Jude House. The 1 in 80 odds are based on a sales goal of 6,000 tickets; if less than the goal is reached, odds increase.
The grand prize winner may choose $225,000 cash or “The Baybridge” home located in Spring Run in Lowell, IN. The new home construction by Phillippe Builders is a two-story, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with a 2-car garage. “The Baybridge” is the ONLY home in this year’s House Raffle HOME TOUR and the only home the Grand Prize winner may choose. The home comes with an additional $50,100 in cash – for a value of $280,000 – the cash back is based on the home builder’s estimated home value. If the winner chooses the home, a formal appraisal of the home will be conducted to determine its value. The winner may also opt for the $225,000 cash prize. The Times Media Company sponsors the House Raffle Home Tour.
“The children, families, and seniors that we’re able to help through proceeds from the House Raffle are truly grateful. It’s a great fundraising event for a great cause,” said Phil Mallers, CEO – Crossroads YMCA. The NWI House Raffle benefits the YMCA – Southlake Branch and St. Jude House, located in Crown Point, IN. The fundraiser helps to support each organization’s services by providing assistance for hundreds of families in need throughout the community.
The House Raffle offers 75 cash prizes; and the grand prize winner may choose either “The Baybridge” home in Lowell or $225,000 cash. This year’s redistribution of cash prizes have been a draw for participants as organizers have created more larger cash prizes – the grand prize remains the same at $225,000, however, there are more $5,000 and $2,000 prizes and the lowest prizes are now $300 compared to the $175 prizes in past years. A complete list of the 75 cash prizes is available online www.nwihouseraffle.org.
Tickets are on sale for $150/ ticket and are available at the Southlake YMCA branch at 1450 S. Court, Crown Point and at the Hammond and Griffith Y branches through Tuesday, August 6th. For those looking to save on gas, tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling the NWI House Raffle Hotline 219. 663.5810/ toll free 888.663.5810. Ticket sales end Tuesday, August 6th at 9pm.
The official drawing on Friday, August 9th will take place at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point. All 75 winning tickets will be drawn by a blindfolded nun. The drawing is open to ticket buyers and the general public. To receive reminders and updates on the NWI House Raffle, the public is invited to join the House Raffle’s VIP Texting by texting to: 36000, and message: HRAFFLE. For more information visit www.nwihouseraffle.org or call 219.663.5810/ toll free 888.663.5810.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) joined with several of his Senate colleagues to introduce the No State Bailouts Resolution (S. Res. 215), which expresses opposition to federal bailouts of financially struggling states.
“This resolution should remind state governments that they are responsible for their state’s financial solvency,” said Coats. “The federal government should not be in the business of reconciling state budgets, especially when Washington can’t even manage its own 17 trillion dollar deficit. In Indiana we have balanced our budget by adopting the Hoosier model of living within our means.”
The resolution was introduced two weeks after the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy—the largest such filing in U.S. history. Although cities have a legal authority to absolve their debt by declaring bankruptcy, states do not.
The No State Bailout Resolution was introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Along with Coats, the bill is cosponsored by Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Barasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). A copy of the resolution can be found here.
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INDIANAPOLIS (August 2, 2013) - Saturday's estimated Powerball jackpot has been increased from $290 milllion to $300 million as of noon today. Multi-State Lottery Officials (MUSL) raised the jackpot estimate as players flocked to stores nationwide to purchase tickets ahead of Saturday night's drawing.
In Indiana, players have until 9:58 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday to purchase their shot at the jackpot.
Hoosier Lottery retailers have sold a record 38 Powerball jackpot winning tickets over the years. That's more than any other state - and 11 more wins than the next closest state, Missouri.
With the recent addition of California to the game, Powerball is now played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery income is contributed to the State and helps reduce excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.
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12 noon-- All lanes of westbound I-94 are closed near State Road 49 due to a mutli-vehicle crash. Motorists are asked to week alternate routes as you travel westbound on I-94 near mile 24.8.
11:45am CDT -- Indiana State Police and area fire crews are among those responding to a multi-vehicle crash with injuries on westbound Interstate 94 in the Chesterton area. The crash is near mile marker 25. As of shortly before noon, the center and right lanes of westbound 94 were blocked.
State environmental officials say there's a ways to go in improving the Region's air quality, but things are getting better, and are not as bad as some previous studies had suggested. "2005 National Air Toxics Assessment by the US EPA showed there was a lot of work to be done up in northwest Indiana,"said Indiana Department of Environmental Management Public Information Officer Dan Goldblatt, "so we took that information and we did a little more detailed study, from 2009 to 2011, and we put a lot more data points in and looked at some new modeling data that we had and found that things really are improving."
The IDEM study looked at data from Lake and Porter Counties. Goldblatt says most of the pollution in northwest Indiana is coming from mobile sources – cars and trucks – because of the interstates and the commerce that travels thru the Region. Vehicle emissions are being reduced, he said, and plants and factories implementing emission controls in the Region are making the air cleaner in this corner of the state. Findings from the Lakeshore Air Toxics study were presented to the NIRPC Environmental Committee this week.
To hear our interview with Dan Goldblatt visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
The lawmakers say Grew and Sheldrake will be charged with:
· Evaluating the previous A-F assessment tool;
· Determining its validity;
· Ascertaining the fairness of previous grades given to schools;
· Determining whether manipulations of the system occurred; and
· Making recommendations to the State Board of Education and/or the General Assembly as to what next steps may be appropriate.
“The most important thing we can do moving forward is to have an independent and fair assessment of the A-F school grading process. This will help ensure that everyone, from our schools and teachers to our parents and students, can have their confidence restored in this past year's outcomes,” Sen. Long said. “Bill Sheldrake and John Grew are highly respected policy leaders who should have the confidence of Hoosiers everywhere.”
House Enrolled Act 1427 from the 2013 session required the State Board of Education to revise the A-F metric and to base it on growth and achievement. This revision is to be completed by November 15, 2013.
State regulators are adding an area code to southern Indiana. The 'overlay' will allow existing customers to keep their current numbers. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says beginning in the second half of next year (2014), new phone numbers in the area may get either the current 812 code or the new 930 code. Prior to this week's announcement, 812 was the only area code in the state untouched since it was established in 1947.
The IURC says area codes for Indiana and the rest of the United States faced few changes from 1947, when they were established, until the 1990s, when cellular phones, fax machines, pagers and other technological advances created a rapid growth in the need for new telephone numbers. During the past 2 decades, “number depletion” has required Indiana and 35 other states to add new area codes. While 2 of Indiana’s original 3 area codes (219 and 317) have needed changes, short-term number conservation efforts have postponed the need for changes to the 812 area code.
Industry forecasts in the early 2000s predicted that the 812 area code would run out of numbers and need some form of long-term numbering relief by 2004. However, the state says they implemented number conservation efforts that delayed that need substantially. While number conservation has delayed the need for changes, industry forecasts now show the 812 area exhausting its supply of numbers in the second quarter of 2015.
Here is direct link to outage map: http://www.nipscooutages.com/WSSNisourceOutageMap/outagemap.html?action=city&reloaded=true
Link to report: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/20583/1356626/IllianaV6--07-30-2013.pdf/4f71fb90-c416-4d3d-a771-ac819a20626a
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act signed by the Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn Thursday makes the state the twentieth in the nation to allow the use of medical marijuana. The law, which takes effect January first, is a pilot program that allows the use of marijuana to provide relief toward any of 35 diseases, including cancer, MS and AIDS. Those eligible will be able to purchase up to two and a half ounces of marijuana every two weeks. Sponsor of the legislation Illinois State Representative Lou Lang of Skokie says this law has the toughest standards in the nation, with just 22 growing centers to be licensed by the state.
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Michigan City, IN – The next stop for Super Boat International is the 5th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix on Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana, August 1-4. The 2012 Grand Prix Event brought in an estimated 100,000 people and nearly 7 million dollars to the community. As reported by the NWI Times, this year should even be better, as last year’s racing action never happened due to high seas. The crowds enjoyed sunny skies and a beautiful day, however the lake had 8-10 foot waves which made it unsafe to race and unsafe for the medical rescue teams. Super Boat teams have been racing hard all season, which started in April, and they are prepared for another exciting race in Michigan City. Along with the teams, the president of Super Boat International, John Carbonell, believes it will be a great event. “Last year was very unfortunate and something no one could have predicted. That was the first race we have had to cancel due to weather in over 500 races. The previous 3 races [4 events] have been fantastic and have been gaining momentum every year. In the event there is a threat of severe weather for Sunday, the decision will be made well in advance to run on Saturday. The LaPorte County team with Jack Arnett and Jason Miller and their entire group of volunteers make this a great event. We are proud to be the show that everyone recognizes as the area’s biggest draw and most rewarding for economic stimulus in surrounding counties.
Teams in the Superboat, Super Stock and SuperVee have been real crowd pleasers this season and that’s not to dismiss the other classes who just rip up the racecourse. The previous race in Sarasota, Florida was flanked by 1000’s of spectator boats on a beautiful sunny day. Super Boat is hoping to see the spectator fleet line the course from the lighthouse all the way down the 2-mile course.
In the Super Vee Class, one boat looking to make their season debut is the Snowy Mountain Brewery #14 Outerlimit. Owner / throttleman, Doctor Mike Janssen, is looking forward to the race. “It’s been such a very busy year with my practice and I haven’t had the opportunity to race. However, I was able to make it to the first race of the season and support the team who purchased my Fountain ‘Watch Your Back’ Vee bottom. The people there are very nice and the town is really getting behind the event.”
There are a lot of great racers and teams this year and the race for the National Title is very close. As teams close in on the later half of the year, the boat setup and managing to make it to the end of the race is becoming some of the highest goals for teams. Making to the end of an 80-mile race might not seem like a lot, but the races this year have been in rough seas and it has been very tough on equipment. The 2013 season has seen very little of equipment failure from teams and it has proven to be a very exciting season of racing.
Teams will be arriving Friday, August 2, for the dry pits to set up their equipment. This is where fans can get an up-close look at all the boats and can get a chance to talk to their favorite teams. Teams and drivers always encourage the fans to come down and spend time in the pits, where they can get a chance to swap racing (boating) stories.
This year, our Sunday races will be streamed on https://new.livestream.com/sbi/michigancity2013 so you won’t miss any of the action, if you can’t make it to the beaches. Or if you’re on the beach, you can watch and listen to it on your smartphone. On the Livestream page, listen to the race, see the interviews, chat live and watch all the action as it happens. Fans can stay connected with us at superboat.com and Like Us on Facebook for all this year’s news. The Super Boat schedule is posted through 2013 & 2014 with races coming up in New York, NY; Clearwater and Key West, FL.
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The Mayor had asked Governor Pence for State Police to assist the city in fighting the recent surge in violent crime, which has a total of 33 apparent homicide victims this year.
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Emergency road work has two left lanes closed eastbound I-94 near US-20 to State Road 49
INDOT is advising drivers to find an alternate to eastbound I-94 in Porter County as emergency road work has closed the two left lanes eastbound I-94 between Exit 22 (US-20) and Exit 26 (State Road 49) for the next couple of hours.
Traffic tipsters are reporting that the backup begins a little before the Lake Station Corridor with INDOT further asking drivers to take the Indiana Toll Road as an alternate.
Looking toward the west on I-94 and seeing the back-up eastbound near State Road 249
The bill would give the VA the authority it needs to exhume the remains of Michael LeShawn Anderson, a veteran who shot and killed Indianapolis resident Alicia Dawn Koehl last year before committing suicide. The Koehl family later discovered that Anderson was buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan.
“This legislation will give the VA the authority it says it needs to resolve this unacceptable mistake and help provide the Koehl family with a sense of peace and closure,” said Coats. “The victims and family members of this tragic shooting have suffered enough and deserve to have their request met. No one who commits a state or capital crime should be given the honor of a military burial and be laid to rest next to our nation’s heroes. I urge Congress to pass the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act and help ensure that our fallen veterans can rest in peace next to loved ones and fellow soldiers, not criminals.”
“My office has worked with the Koehl family to address this injustice, and this week, we were informed by the VA that a legislative solution is needed,” said Donnelly. “Today, Senator Coats and I introduced a bill to help provide relief to the Koehl family and a solution to these tragic circumstances. We must preserve the honor of being buried in a veterans’ cemetery.”
On May 30, 2012, Anderson went on a shooting spree at an Indianapolis apartment complex, injuring three people and taking the life of Alicia Dawn Koehl, a wife and mother of two. Anderson killed himself as police were arriving.
After learning that Anderson was buried in a national cemetery, the Koehl family requested that the VA disinter his remains. Federal law prohibits persons who “have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death” from being given the honor of a burial in a national cemetery.
For nearly a year, Senator Coats’ office has been working with the Koehl family to get a response from the VA regarding the improper burial and the request for disinterment. Coats has had multiple calls with VA officials regarding this case and received word earlier this week that the department will not disinter the remains of Anderson because it does not believe it has the legal authority to do so. While current law permits the VA from granting military honors and a burial in a national cemetery to someone who has committed a Federal or State capital crime, the department claims it does not have the authority to exhume the remains if an ineligible veteran was buried mistakenly in one of their cemeteries.
Click here for a copy of the legislation.
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- IN Secured School Grant Fund Open for Applications
- Pence and Zody Statements on Bennett's Resignation
- August 1st-7th Declared Breastfeeding Week in Indiana
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- Fmr Ind School Chief Bennett Resigns Fla Post
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