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Next Winter Storm Closes In

On the last day of what's been a very cold and snowy January, we're prepping for another winter storm expected to impact the Region as head into February.  The latest forecast shows a Winter Storm Watch in effect late tonight...

USPS Looking to Fill a Number of Openings

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The US Postal Service in Indiana is looking to fill some positions. At last check, three positions are available in northwest Indiana for Rural Carrier Associates, one in Hebron, one in Valparaiso and the other in Westville. Applicants must be...

Moseley Protects Recycling Programs in Porter County

The Indiana State House today passed an amended bill that prevented Hoosiers from being charged for disposing toxic materials at recycling locations. State Representative Chuck Moseley, of Portage, worked across the aisle to change House Bill 1342 to preserve funds...

NIRPC Elects 2014 Officers and Executive Board

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission elected their 2014 officers and Executive Board today. Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor was elected to serve as the 2014 Chairman, replacing Crown Point Mayor David Uran; LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo was elected as Vice-Chair;...

Headless Santa Statue in Valpo Frozen to the Ground

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An odd site... that we can also blame on the harsh Region winter... the headless giant statue of Santa standing and waving off of Campbell Street in Valparaiso. City officials say after public works crews...

Another Round of Potholes Expected in NW Indiana

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If you have been traveling on the roadways of northwest Indiana this month you may have noticed a number of potholes. INDOT spokesperson Matt Deitchley says dramatic temperature swings this month has lead to one of the worst outbreaks of...

Fire at Business Office in Merrillville Under Investigation

A fire Wednesday night caused significant damage to a couple of business offices in Merrillville. Fire Chief Ed Yerga told the Region News Team they received the call at 7pm and spent about two-and-a-half hours at the scene. Chief Yerga...

Philpot to Serve Remainder of Sentence in Re-Entry Program

The former Lake County Clerk and Lake County Coroner, Thomas Philpot, was recently transferred from a federal prison in Michigan to a residential re-entry program in Michigan City. According to the Times, Philpot will participate in the program through July...

Man Shot After Physical Altercation in Dyer

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Two men were hospitalized Wednesday night with non-life threatening injuries, one of which sustained a gunshot wound. Dyer Police report they received a call after 10:30pm in reference to a shooting in the 200 block of Greiving Street. Upon arrival,...

Indiana House Passes Business Tax Exemption

The Indiana House today approved a business tax exemption a lot of people are talking about.  State representatives have approved a measure that would give counties the option of exempting companies from paying the state's business personal property tax. The vote today (Thursday) was 63-to-33 in favor of House Bill 1001. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who has asked lawmakers to phase out the business personal property tax, sent out a letter to all mayors in Indiana Wednesday saying he wanted to make sure a phase out of the tax would not “unduly burden local governments” and that he welcomed their feedback. Meanwhile, the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns has sent out a statement announcing a new coalition called “Replace Don't Erase” representing 16 statewide organizations seeking full replacement revenues in the event the business personal property tax is eliminated.


Coats Encourages Precautions in Propane Shortage

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Republican Indiana US Senator Dan Coats has joined other Hoosier lawmakers in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging the secretary to extend the current emergency exemption for motor carriers should the ongoing propane shortage...

Blowing Snow Causing Difficulties

Motorists have been encountering blowing show in open areas today, like US 6 and State Road 149 in the South Haven area and State Road 2 in the Lowell area.  Remember to keep your headlights on.  National Weather Service reports...

Emergency Sewer Work in Crown Point

The Crown Point Board of Public Works and Safety has authorized emergency sewer repairs for a section of sewer in the area of Merrillville Road and East Porter Street. The Times reports sewage backed up into some surrounding homes after...

Dyer Road Salt Protocol in Place

Dyer is among Region communities running low on road salt supplies due to the severe winter weather. Dyer officials report they learned this week that vendors who supply to the statewide purchasing group the town is part of will not...

Region Restaurant Among 'Most Romantic' in US

With Valentine's Day about two-weeks away, we've learned that a restaurant in Lake County has been named one of the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. OpenTable, a restaurant reservation website, says their list reflects the combined opinions of...

Indiana AG Receiving Propane Complaints

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Ind Attorney General Greg Zoeller
The Indiana Attorney General's office reports having received 23 consumer complaints since December 16 th related to the current propane shortage, 21 of them concerning high prices. Governor Mike Pence has declared an energy emergency...

Design Day for ValPlayso

Tonight is the big reveal for ValPlayso: The Next Generation. There's a public meeting at 6:30 pm today (Jan 30) at Thomas Jefferson Middle school for Design Day and the new playground design as envisioned by elementary school students in...

Three Arrested at South Shore Station

Three people were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at the Portage/Ogden Dunes South Shore station in connection with an armed robbery earlier in the day at a convenience store in South Bend.  Police in South Bend contacted Northern Indiana Commuter...

Volunteers Count Homeless in the Region

Volunteers in Lake and Porter Counties Wednesday were among those counting the number of homeless living in Indiana. The once-a-year census in January provides a snapshot of homelessness in the state on a particular night. The Point-in-Time Homeless Count is...

Photos: Lake Charles Search in Porter

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Members of the Indiana State Police’s Criminal Investigation Division at Lowell conducted a search operation on Lake Charles in the Town of Porter last Thursday, January 23, as part of an ongoing missing...

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