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Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative in Gary

More than two-hundred community leaders gathered at the Genesis Convention Center in downtown Gary Tuesday for first day of the two-day Strong Cities, Strong Communities, Strong Northwest Indiana symposium. Gary was chosen in a competitive selection process to be one...
 

Dillinger Museum Closes, Readies for Move

  Tuesday was the last day for the John Dillinger Museum at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. As the museum is being readied for its move to the old historic Lake County Courthouse on the square in downtown Crown...
 

'Kids Count' Report Shows Improvement in Indiana

New data finds Indiana children are making strides in education, but high rates of child poverty continue to persist.
An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being, the 2014 Kids Count Data Book ranks Indiana 27th nationally, up three spots from...
 

Field Agents Conducting Cyclical Reassessments

Representatives from county and township assessor's offices are out physically inspecting parcels as part of the four-year Cyclical Reassessment mandated by Indiana state law. Assessment Specialist with the Porter County Assessor's Office, Sheila Paxson, told the Region News Team the...
 

1st Babies at New Community Hospital Birthing Center

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(Photos Courtesy of Munster Community Hospital.
Above: Joyce McNeal, Tim and Kamryn Zlotkowski.
Below: Dan, Megan and Logan Omarrah.)
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Munster Community Hospital opened its new addition earlier this month, a 34-million dollar expansion called Parkview Tower that features a family birthing...
 

New Study Finds Beef Production Harmful to the Earth

A new study says beef production is much more harmful to the earth than the production of other animal proteins. ABC News reports the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that compared to pork,...
 

Cause of Death Pending for 2 Year Old Chesterton Boy

A child from Chesterton has died at a Chicago hospital but the cause and manner of death is pending. The Times reports authorities were called to the one-thousand block of Woodlawn Avenue around 9:13 Friday morning for a two-year old...
 

Adult and Juvenile Arrested in LaPorte for Dealing Cocaine

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A 50 year old man and a 15 year old male juvenile from Chicago were recently arrested in LaPorte as part of an on-going investigation involving the distribution of narcotics and illegal drugs in and around the LaPorte area. The LaPorte...
 

LaPorte Man Heading to Washington to Help With Wildfires

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A Red Cross volunteer and EMT from LaPorte will be leaving tomorrow to help those affected by the wildfires in Washington State. George Hayes told the Region News Team he will be serving as a Health Services Supervisor, assisting medics...
 

US 35 Microsurface Project Begins Tonight in LaPorte

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US 35/Pine Lake Avenue will be reduced to one lane starting this evening for two to three nights of micro-surface work between State Road 39 and the bridge over the railroad in downtown LaPorte. INDOT reports the work will begin...
 

South Shore Busing Due to Work in Michigan City

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The operators of the South Shore announce temporary busing for select midday trains between Carroll Avenue in Michigan City and Dune Park in Porter County on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting today (July 22) and continuing thru August 14. Rush hour...
   

Residents Alerted to EZPass, Microsoft Scammers

More scam alerts to pass along to Region residents, and these use some very familiar names. Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana CEO Marjorie Stephens says scammers are posing as EZPass in emails claiming to collect unpaid tolls, emails that...
   

Lake One of Five Counties Chosen for Pilot Pre-K

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced today that Lake County is one of the five counties chosen for the state's new pilot pre-K program. Last month the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced eighteen finalist counties for the program where...
   

Hammond Man's Body Recovered from J.C. Murphy Lake

The body of a 24-year-old Hammond man was found today in J.C. Murphy Lake at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area. Indiana Conservation Officers say they are continuing to investigate the death of Saul Lopez. Officials say the man's body...
   

Environmental Assessment for Valpo Sewer Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District has announced a public review period is underway for an Environmental Assessment for a proposed sewer improvement project in Valparaiso.  Here are the details:
Valparaiso, IN: Environmental Assessment released July 15, 2014,...
   

Emergency Repairs Lead to State Road 2 Closure

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From the Indiana Department of Transportation: State Road 2 between US 231 (Hebron) and US 30 (Valparaiso) is temporarily closed for repairs. Emergency repairs are in progress.   State Road 2 will be closed from US 30 to US 231 for...
   

Heat and Humidity Could be Followed by Severe Storms

Today (Tuesday July 22) could be the hottest day of the year so far in the Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana region. Tonight we could see severe weather develop. Here is a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service in Chicago...
   

Indiana Native Turns 105, Throws Out First Pitch

A California woman originally from Indiana celebrated her 105th birthday by throwing out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game. Agnes McKee used a walker to get onto the field at Petco Park Sunday and tossed the ball...
   

EPA Solicits Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grant Proposals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling out for proposals in a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants.  EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund green infrastructure projects that will...
   

Man Surrenders After Standoff in East Chicago

In East Chicago, a 25-year-old man surrendered to police about 8-o'clock Monday night after a three-hour standoff. Police Chief Mark Becker told the Times the man would be taken to an area hospital to be checked because he threatened to...
   

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