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Foster Parents Recruitment Dinner June 5th in Chesterton

Indiana Department of Child Services
There is a need for more foster parents in Porter County to provide temporary supervision and stability for children. The Porter County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services is holding a special informational meeting for prospective foster parents...
 

Not Guilty Plea Entered for Man Accused of Attacking Police

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Not guilty pleas were entered today at a hearing on behalf of a 34 year old Illinois man charged with numerous felonies after leading Portage Police on a pursuit late Tuesday morning, which injured officers and damaged multiple squad cars....
 

Take Time Today to Talk About Child Saftey

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Today is National Missing and Exploited Children Day and parents and teachers are being encouraged to honor and observe it by participating in the “Take 25” program. To participate, just take 25 minutes today to talk with your child, or...
 

Twelve Apartments Evacuated After Fire in Hobart

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In Hobart, crews responded to a fire at the Lake of the Woods apartment complex off Lake Park Avenue Thursday night. The Times today says twelve apartments were evacuated after a fire in one of...
 

Concern Over Recalled Meat Widens to Indiana, Illinois

The US Food Safety and Inspection Service says it's possible that stores in several states -- including Indiana and Illinois -- received some of the nearly two million pounds of beef products recently recalled by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit...
 

Funds Awarded to Tear Down Abandoned Homes

Three north Lake County cities -- Gary, East Chicago and Hammond -- are among five Indiana cities sharing a 15-million dollar award from the state's Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program to tear down blighted and abandoned homes. The other...
 

Merrillville Elementary Schools Free Book Giveaway

The Merrillville Community Schools are heading into the traditional summer-activity holiday weekend with an event meant to get more noses in books. All five Merrillville elementaries are hosting a multi-day summer book giveaway that began this morning. They're providing two...
 

Groundbreaking for Jackson Street of Dreams Program

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Project partners broke ground in Gary Thursday for the city's “Jackson Street of Dreams”. The Fuller Center for Housing of Gary is planning to build two new homes and rehabilitate two others in the 23- and 24-hundred blocks of Jackson...
 

Major Meteor Shower, Maybe

As Memorial Day weekend gets underway – Friday night into Saturday morning – Region skywatchers will be looking up... for a what could be a major meteor shower. The Camelopardalids -- referred to by some astronomers as a possible "meteor...
 

Hammond Mayor Joins PUC Baseball Staff

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Purdue University Calumet head baseball coach Dave Griffin has announced the addition of Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, Jr. to the Peregrines' coaching staff. McDermott will be a volunteer assistant coach whose primary duties will involve assisting with in-game strategy and...
 

Gary Considers School Closings

The head of Gary's public schools has announced a proposal to close five schools, including three elementaries and a middle-school as the district faces a multi-million dollar deficit heading into the 2014 academic year. Back in February there was also...
   

Police Investigate $33k Theft from Boys and Girls Clubs

Valparaiso Police report they are investigating the internal theft of more than thirty-thousand dollars from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County. The police department said the funds are believed to have been embezzled by a former employee, and...
   

Memorial Day Weekend Blood Donation Opportunities

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In light of the Memorial Day weekend, the American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to schedule appointments to give blood while making their summer plans. Tracy Fox, Communications Director for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region, told the Region News...
   

Purdue Extension Centennial

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(Photo Courtesy of Purdue Extension. Featured back row left to right: 2 nd District Commissioner, Gerry Scheub; Nutrition Education Program Supervisor, Tonya Sanders; 4-H Youth Development Educator, Julie Jones; 4-H Youth Development Educator, Jennifer Govan; Extension Board Member, Lynda Bodie;...
   

EB I-80/94 Backing up due to Crash at Ripley Street

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An injury crash has the far right lane closed eastbound Interstate 80/94 at Ripley Street.  The affected area in the Lake Station corridor is in the work zone that has a left lane restriction so currently that means only two...
   

New IN Student Vaccination Requirements for Fall 2014

Indiana has approved new vaccine requirements for incoming Kindergarten and Grade 12 students, effective for the 2014 fall semester. According to the new requirements, Kindergarten students will need two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine in addition to the previously required...
   

Toll Road Lane Closures Removed for Holiday Weekend

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Officials with the Indiana Toll Road report a moratorium on road construction began this morning and will last until 8pm Tuesday, May 27 th , with regularly scheduled construction projects to resume on Thursday, May 29 th . ITR Concession...
   

Former Burnham Clerk Pleads Guilty to Stealing Funds

A former longtime public official in south-suburban Burnham accused of taking more than 650-thousand dollars from her office, and using most of the cash to gamble at casinos in Indiana and elsewhere, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing...
   

Post Office Idea to Cut Debt: Communal Mail Boxes

The Post Office has an idea to dig out of its billions of dollars of debt - and it involves making us walk to a community postal box to pick up our mail. ABC News reports researchers say the Post...
   

Resurfacing Work Backing up Calumet Ave Exit Ramp

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All lanes eastbound Borman (I-80/94) are reportedly moving under posted speeds with heavy volume due to a backup on the Calumet Ave. exit ramp.  That backup is due to
resurfacing work being done today on the Calumet Avenue Bridge over...
   

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