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La Porte Teen Killed, Another Injured in Crash

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Officials say a 17-year-old boy from northwest Indiana was killed and another teenager was injured in a two-vehicle crash near the La Porte/St.Joseph County line Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say Skyler Kleine of La Porte died in the collision, and 19-year-old passenger Aaron Oaks of La Porte, was transported to a South Bend hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was said to be uninjured. St. Joseph County Police say the teens were in a car that apparently went through a stop sign on County Line Road/900 East at a high rate of speed and crashed into the trailer of a semi on State Road 2. Police say the impact caused the trailer tires to lift off the ground and roll over the car....

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NIPSCO Announces Winter Heating Bill Forecast

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Northern Indiana Public Service Company says heating bills this winter may be about one-percent higher than last, assuming normal winter temperatures. In its annual forecast announced Tuesday, NIPSCO said the average residential customer using a total of 624 therms over the course of the five-month winter heating season, November first through March 31st, could expect to pay about 437-dollars, four-dollars more than a customer using the same amount of natural gas last winter.
Here is more information from NIPSCO:
Over the course of the five-month winter heating season – Nov. 1 to March 31 – NIPSCO’s average residential customers using a total of 624 therms could expect to pay approximately $437. This compares to $433 for a customer using the same amount of gas during last winter.
NIPSCO’s projections take into market forecasts, supply trends and storage levels, among other considerations.
NIPSCO has among the lowest residential gas bills in Indiana, according to bill comparisons released monthly by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).
Actual bills vary by customer depending on the home’s age and size, number in the household, number and age of gas appliances, thermostat settings and insulation levels.
“Natural gas continues to be one of the lowest-cost, most reliable and abundant energy sources for customers,” said NIPSCO CEO Jim Stanley. “The outlook on natural gas prices and domestic supplies remain stable for the foreseeable future, which is great news as we head toward the winter heating season.”
While winter bill amounts are projected to be relatively flat compared to last winter, the company expects usage amounts to be slightly higher. Last winter’s actual usage amounts were lower than normal due to warmer temperatures during some months.

The cost of natural gas represents the largest portion of customer bills – on average, two-thirds of an overall bill. NIPSCO has no mark-up and makes no profit on the cost of natural gas billed to its customers. Before billing, natural gas commodity costs must be reviewed by the IURC.
While NIPSCO cannot control market conditions affecting the price of natural gas, the utility does negotiate the best possible price for the natural gas it purchases for its customers.
NIPSCO’s purchasing strategy is a multi-faceted approach that consists of buying gas in the market from a variety of supply sources at different times throughout the year. The ability to utilize gas storage helps to offset market price volatility.
NIPSCO’s gas distribution system consists of three on-system storage facilities and connects to seven interstate pipelines providing access to eight major North American supply basins.
Billing and Payment Options Customers who are experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to call NIPSCO’s 24-hour Customer Care Center as soon as possible to determine what options might be available to offer help. Some of those solutions include:
Payment Assistance Programs: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive state and federal utility assistance dollars as well as support funds from separate NIPSCO programs by visiting their local community action agency.
BudgetPlan: A free service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy bills by spreading out gas costs over an entire year.
Payment Arrangements: Allows customers to make an initial payment within four days of the agreement, then spread the remaining unpaid balance over three months, plus current bills as they are due.
For more information on billing options and payment assistance, visit NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance.
Energy and Money Saving Programs
Through NIPSCO’s energy efficiency programs, customers can pinpoint ways to manage their energy usage, and in turn their bills. A full list of programs available to NIPSCO customers to help manage energy use can be found at NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has served the energy needs of Northern Indiana since 1912. Headquartered in Merrillville, NIPSCO is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc (NYSE: NI). With more than 821,000 natural gas customers and 468,000 electric customers, NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about NIPSCO is available at NIPSCO.com....

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Gov Pence: Indiana Can Weather the Shutdown

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence says Indiana can weather the federal government shutdown.  Here is an op-ed piece submitted by Governor Pence:
As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, Hoosiers should know that Indiana will be able to mitigate the impact and continue to meet our obligations to those who support our National Guard and to our most vulnerable citizens.
At midnight on Tuesday, October 1, federal funding for many critical programs lapsed and the federal government partially shut down. Employees of the Indiana National Guard whose pay comes from the federal government were put on furlough, and new federal funding for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) stopped.
On that first day of the federal shutdown, I ordered the Indiana National Guard to continue paying the 244 federally-reimbursed employees who provide support to the Guard. I consider the cost of approximately $33,000 a day a small price to pay for ensuring Indiana is prepared to handle any emergency.  I am grateful that most of these employees have now been recalled to work, but we stand ready to take care of those who serve by making sure they have all the support they need. 
Indiana’s most vulnerable also are at risk due to the disruption in federal funding.  We have 931,737 Hoosiers who receive SNAP food assistance and 27,560 who receive TANF.  The WIC program helps another 280,000 Hoosiers provide nutritious food for their infants and children. The federal shutdown jeopardizes these programs and threatens those who most need assistance. Since Indiana has administered those programs in a responsible manner, we have funds available to continue both SNAP and WIC through October and TANF through November, if need be.  We will assess our resources and look at options for providing those services to Hoosiers should the shutdown go on longer.
While activity in Washington, D.C. has ground to a halt, Indiana will keep moving forward. We are investing in schools, pushing our career and technical education initiatives, and making our economy more competitive. We can do those things right here in Indiana with state resources and the help of talented Hoosiers from across the state.
Like every Hoosier, I am frustrated over this government shutdown, and I will continue to urge this administration to seek common ground with Congressional leaders to reopen the government as soon as possible. In the meantime, Hoosiers will be glad to know that Indiana has the resources to weather this shutdown and mitigate the impact on our people and our economy....

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Region Students Take Part in Walk to School Day

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Today (Oct 9)  is International Walk to School Day. Organizers say it's a day that teaches about the health and environmental benefits of walking.  Bryan Bodamer is the parent chairman of Walk to School Day at Lake Street Elementary in Crown Point. Bodamer says when it comes to getting the kids to walk, Lake Street is like most schools in the region, with a few walkers, but mostly parents who drop their kids off or bus riders, "our goal is to give those kids an opportunity to have a day of walking to school," and to promote the exercise benefit.  Bodamer also says more students are participating in the event that's in its sixth year. "The kids have always been excited about it," Bodamer says, and when they started they had maybe 42-percent participation and last year went up to about 65-percent.  He says participants can participate by riding their bikes to school too.  The website walkbiketoschool.org shows schools in more than 70 communities around the state signed up for walk to school events.  You can hear Jay Stevens' interview with Bodamer online here at our website at News Audio on Demand....

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Funeral Services for Former Lake County Assessor

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Funeral services are scheduled for today (Wednesday Oct 9) at 1 pm at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Schererville for former Lake County Assessor Hank Adams, who passed away Sunday. Adams, 77, who had been battling cancer for over a year, resigned his post last week due to health reasons. Adams was the first Republican to hold countywide office in Lake County in over fifty years. Prior to being elected county assessor, Adams also served as St. John Township assessor and Schererville town councilman. A native of Tennessee, Adams became a longtime businessman in Lake County, as the owner of Adams Village TV in Gary and Barelli's Furniture on State Street in Hammond....

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Unclaimed $1M Powerball Prize Stays Unclaimed

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Hoosier Lottery officials say a $1 million Powerball prize won in Indiana in the April 10 drawing has expired without being claimed.  The prize expired at 5 p.m. Eastern Monday, Oct. 7. Powerball players in Indiana have 180 days to claim prizes.  The ticket was purchased at Circle K at 3830 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, Ind. The retailer will still receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Hoosier Lottery retailers receive a one percent bonus capped at $20,000 for selling a Powerball ticket that matches the first five numbers, but not the PB number.
It is rare, but not unheard of, that a prize of such magnitude goes unclaimed.  Unclaimed prizes are absorbed back into the lottery to reduce future prize expenses, and that increases the amount of money that goes back to the state.  The $1 million prize is not be the largest unclaimed Hoosier Lottery prize.  Hoosier Lottery officials say a $5 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot went unclaimed in March 2004, and in September of 2002 someone missed out on a $50 million Powerball jackpot won in the Hoosier state.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

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Indianapolis a Finalist for Super Bowl LII

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The chances Indianapolis could host another Super Bowl just got even better. The National Football League today announced Indianapolis is one of their top three finalists for Super Bowl LII (52) in 2018. Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a statement saying, “Indiana far surpassed expectations in 2012, and we look forward to submitting another promising bid to showcase once again Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer.” The other two locations selected as finalists are Minneapolis and New Orleans....

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Porter Regional Hospital Assessment Completed

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An appraisal of Porter Regional Hospital has finally been completed, the first since the hospital opened in August 2012. The hospital land was assessed at one-point-seven million dollars, down from four-point-seven-eight and the building assessment came in at 242-point-eight million, up from 29-point four million, for a total assessment of 244-point-five million dollars. Porter Regional Hospital agreed to turn over documents in July that were said to be necessary to complete the property tax assessment of the hospital campus at US 6 and State Road 49 in Liberty Township. Officials with the hospital have 45 days from Monday to file an appeal. ...

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Indiana and 15 School Corporations Sue IRS

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The State of Indiana and 15 school corporations filed a lawsuit today against the IRS, challenging a new IRS regulation that imposes the employer mandate requirements of the Affordable Care Act onto state and local governments. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller contends the Affordable Care Act as passed by Congress does not allow financial penalties in states that did not create their own health insurance exchanges and that the financial penalties, which are based on the total number of employees, cannot be applied to government employees.
Joining the State as co-plaintiffs are 15 Indiana school corporations:
• Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, Martinsville, Ind.
• Perry Central Community Schools, Leopold, Ind.
• Benton Community School Corporation, Fowler, Ind.
• Community School Corporation of Eastern Hancock County, Charlottesville, Ind.
• John Glenn School Corporation, Walkerton, Ind.
• Monroe-Gregg School District, Monrovia, Ind.
• Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation, Mooresville, Ind.
• North Lawrence Community Schools, Bedford, Ind.
• Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Fairland, Ind.
• Shelbyville Central Schools, Shelbyville, Ind.
• Southwest Parke Community School Corporation, Montezuma, Ind.
• Vincennes Community School Corporation, Vincennes, Ind.
• Madison Consolidated Schools, Madison, Ind.
• South Henry School Corporation, Straughn, Ind.
• Southwestern Jefferson County Consolidated School Corporation, Hanover, Ind.
As political subdivisions of the State, school corporations are faced with reducing the hours of their part-time employees in order to avoid the financial penalties of the IRS regulation under the employer mandate....

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WWII Veteran Pleads Guilty to Drug Running

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A World War II veteran from Michigan City pleaded guilty today to a 2011 traffic stop near Detroit, Michigan, where authorities found two-hundred pounds of cocaine in his vehicle. 89 year old Leo Sharp could face the prosecutor's recommended sentence of five years in prison....

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Nobel Prize Contributing Prof Honored at Purdue-Calumet

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Theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert began working on the Higgs Theory in the 1960s, and after more than half a century of tireless research, experimentation, and technological advancements, The Nobel Prize for physics was bestowed upon them this morning for discovery of the Higgs boson, or “God Particle”, a scientific energy component that gives mass to all physical matter.
A press conference was held at Purdue-Calumet today to congratulate one of the many researchers who have also researched the theory in order to discover its existence. Purdue-Calumet professor, Dr. Neeti Parashar says this discovery is the crowning achievement of the century.
Dr. Parashar says this discovery for humans' understanding of the basic building blocks of life, energy and the natural universe is monumental—and fundamental—because if the Higgs didn't exist, we would not exist.
Dr. Parashar and her team of researchers were also congratulated via Skype by Purdue-Calumet Chancellor, Thomas Keon, and they look forward to contining research on the Higgs Field and hope to discover different types of “God Particles” that energetically shape the world around us.
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Lake County Treasurer Reports Bills Due 11/12

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The Office of the Lake County Treasurer announced today that bills are due November 12th. The Treasurer's office says bills can be paid at their main office at the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point, or at their Gary or Hammond satellite offices. Taxpayers with no questions or problems with their bills can visit any number of bank branches, or you can pay online, but a credit card fee is charged, so if you are paying online, it is suggested you use the cheaper e-check system, http://in-lake-treasurer2.governmax.com/collectmax/collect30.asp
The Lake County Treasurer's office also reports that office staff will be swamped with calls, so be patient and expect to be on hold for an extended period of time.
The following banks and all of their branches will be accpeting payments: 5th/3rd Bank, American Savings FSB, Centier, Chase, Citizens Financial Bank, Demotte State Bank, First Federal Savings and Loan, First Midwest, First National Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Horizon, Lake Federal Bank, Main Source Bank, Peoples and Tech Federal Credit Union....

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Open House Dates Set for Illiana Expressway

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Four open house dates have been scheduled in November by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission regarding the Illiana Expressway. Recently we spoke with NIRPC's Mitch Barloga who says the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Board is expected to vote this week on the matter, after its transportation committee voted last week in favor including the Illiana Expressway in its transportation plan. He says NIRPC's full board will take a vote on amending its regional plan to include the expressway on December 12th.
The first open house is scheduled for November 2nd, in Gary, from 10am to 12pm, at Indiana University Northwest. For a list of open house dates, times and locations, including information regarding public comment, visit http://www.nirpc.org/illiana-expressway-project.aspx...

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Sign Up Kids for Gary FD Fire Safety First Sessions

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The Gary Fire Department is recognizing Fire Prevention Week with “Fire Safety First” sessions for children ages 6 through 12, October 9th through the 11th. Sessions must be scheduled by an appointment and children are being asked to dress appropriately so they can participate in the activities. Each session lasts approximately an hour and a half, can accommodate up to 35 youth, and will be held at the Hudson and Campbell Fitness Center, in the four-hundred block of Massachusetts Street. Highlights include fire fighter demonstrations, a fire safety simulation maze, and more.  To schedule an appointment, call Lt. Sandra McGuire at (219) 881-5252....

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Food Stamp Benefits to Decrease November 1

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Hunger relief advocates say more than 925-thousand food stamp recipients in Indiana will see a drop in benefits in a few weeks. A statewide group representing eleven regional food banks says extra benefits that have been provided through the 2009 federal stimulus measure expire November first, a change that has nothing to do with the current federal shutdown. Feeding Indiana's Hungry Executive Director Emily Weikert Bryant says the maximum benefit for a family of four will fall by 36-dollars. She is encouraging Hoosiers to donate food, funds or time to food banks and local pantries.
Here is additional information from Feeding Indiana's Hungry:
Indianapolis, IN, October 7, 2013 – Hunger relief advocates are spreading the word that the increased benefits to recipients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will expire on November 1, 2013.  
 
SNAP recipients will initially see benefits increase slightly for most households on October 1 to reflect the annual cost of living adjustment.  But on November 1, recepients will see their benefits decrease due to the end of the extra benefits provided by the 2009 law.
These changes are not a result of the current federal government shutdown.  
 
Indiana’s Family & Social Services Agency (FSSA) will communicate benefit changes directly with SNAP recipients prior to the November decrease.  But hunger relief advocates want to ensure that SNAP clients are informed and prepared well ahead of these changes.  
 
“Beginning November 1, the more than 925,000 Hoosiers receiving SNAP will see a decrease in the monthly benefits that for a family of four will be up to $36 per month,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.  “$36 means several days’ worth of food for a struggling family.  Clients already have a difficult time putting enough food on their tables and paying their bills even with SNAP benefits.  We hope that by spreading the word early, clients can prepare themselves as best as possible and local food pantries can proactively gear up for increased client traffic.”
 
The eleven regional member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry distributed 73.7 million pounds of food in 2012 with the help of food and fund donations from retailers, manufacturers, private and foundation donors, and commodity food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  But the state impact of SNAP ARRA cuts will be a loss of $98 million worth of food over the next year. 
 
“We hope that Hoosiers statewide will also come to the aid of our friends, neighbors, and family that will be impacted by the loss of food assistance in November by donating food, funds, or time to regional food banks or local pantries to ensure that more food is available to those in need,” said Bryant. 
 
The new SNAP maximum monthly benefit levels will change with the October cost of living adjustments and November cuts.
Hoosiers wishing to find out their SNAP balance can call 877-768-5098, look at their last grocery receipt, or check the balance online  https://www.ebtaccount.jpmorgan.com/ 
 
It is also important to ensure that Hoosier SNAP clients are claiming all of the deductions for which they qualify to receive the benefits for which they are eligible.  This includes accounting for medical expenses for seniors 60 years or older and dependent care expenses for children under 18 or other dependents. 
 
If you need food right away, contact your regional food bank, which can be located through FeedingAmerica.org or Feedingindianashungry.org, or call 211 anywhere in Indiana at any time to be connected to a trained human service professional and ask for the nearest food pantry or food distribution site.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides several resources to help people eat healthy meals on a low budget including:
 
·       10-Tips Nutrition Series ( http://www.choosemyplate.gov/healthy-eating-tips/ten-tips.html)
 
·       ChooseMyPlate.gov ( http://www.choosemyplate.gov/)
 
·       Plan, Compare and Prepare ( http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/03/28/healthy-eating-on-a-budget/)
 
·       Eat Right When Money’s Tight. ( http://snap.nal.usda.gov/resource-library/eat-right-when-moneys-tight )
 
The USDA Recipe Box ( http://www.fns.usda.gov/fncs-recipe-box) helps people find healthy low cost recipes and create cookbooks and shopping lists. ...

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Gator Cases Bringing New Jobs to N Indiana

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A Tampa-based company that makes cases, bags and stands for the music and audiovisual markets is relocating its Chattanooga distribution center to northern Indiana, creating up to 106 new jobs by 2016. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says Gator Cases will invest over four-point-four-million dollars to lease, renovate and equip a 168-thousand square-foot facility in Columbia City that's expected to be complete by this January and house its rotational molding factory.
"Gator Cases' decision to grow in Indiana is the latest proof of the confidence that growing companies have in our prosperous business climate," said Governor Mike Pence. "Thanks to Indiana's robust infrastructure, low-tax economy and quick and predictable regulatory environment, we are continually winning opportunities to bring more jobs to hardworking Hoosiers."
Gator Cases, which employs 28 full-time associates in Indiana and 64 across the country, plans to begin hiring manufacturing, operation and distribution positions this December. Interested candidates can apply by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
"We are very excited to continue our expansion in Indiana," said Crystal Morris, president of Gator Cases. "The business friendly climate, central location and excellent workforce were the leading factors in our decision to choose the Columbia City location. We are looking forward to continuing our growth of USA manufacturing along with streamlining our distribution to insure best in class performance for our customers."
Founded in 2000 in Tampa, Fla. by father-daughter team Jerry Freed and Crystal Morris, Gator Cases manufactures hard case and bag solutions for pro audio, information technology, audio visual, general utility, band instrument and percussion instruments. Offering more than 1,000 different solutions made from vacuum-formed plastics, rotational-molded plastics, wood, sewn and ethylene-vinyl acetate materials, the company sells through more than 3,000 dealers with products offered in more than 90 countries. The company also specializes in creating OEM custom case solution for manufacturers around the world.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Gator Cases, Inc. up to $550,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Whitley County approved additional tax abatement at the request of Whitley County Economic Development Corporation. 
"We understand that Gator Cases considered a number of options for what represents an impressive milestone in the company's development," said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf. "With that in mind, we commend the owners' decision to grow the business in Northeast Indiana and we are pleased to welcome Gator Cases to Whitley County."...

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Heroin Suspected in Local Man's Death

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La Porte County Sheriffs Police a 29-year-old Hesston-area man was found dead in his home by his children early Sunday, and authorities are investigating whether the man died from an overdose of heroin and if it may have been administered by another adult. The sheriff's department says the man's body was discovered by his eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Authorities also tell the Times today that it was too soon to say whether this was a criminal matter....

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Gateway Work Temporarily Closes Part of Old Ridge Rd

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Work is underway on the first new gateway into Hobart's newly-branded downtown. Hobart Director of Development Denarie Kane told us earlier that part of a recent rebranding of the downtown as the Lakefront District was to create a clearer definition of downtown that would incorporate physical gateways.  Work on the very first gateway is happening now and that's got Old Ridge Road blocked off near Festival Park, from the entrance of Lake Park Restaurant to Front Street, for about four weeks. The detour uses Wisconsin and Third Streets. Motorists can access the Hobart Community Center and Festival Park via Cleveland and Lake Park.  The city is also planning for three additional gateways....

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Region First Responders Get Grants for Equipment

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Several first responders in northwest Indiana are receiving grants for gear, equipment, and technology.. The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation has approved nearly 373-thousand dollars in grant funding to fire departments, law enforcement agencies and emergency medical services around the state. The focus of the foundation is to support the future of the public safety and to provide grant funding to local agencies for critical public safety needs across Indiana. Grants are provided up to $4,000. Public safety agencies are eligible to apply for projects such as:
• Equipping emergency responders with personal protective equipment
• Acquiring equipment for use by emergency responders
• Providing radios and technology equipment
• Training for emergency responders
Here are the local recipients:
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• The City of Crown Point Fire Rescue received $4,000 to purchase two water rescue dry suits. The protective equipment will provide protection in cold or contaminated environments.
• The City of East Chicago Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase two atmospheric meters and calibrators. The equipment will allow firefighters and residents to detect airborne hazardous materials during or after a structure fire or dangerous atmospheric incident.
• The City of Hammond Fire Department received $3,920 to purchase 14 harnesses. Two difference sets of harnesses will be bought by the department. One will aid in fall protection and the other will allow trained professionals to reach areas hands-free to aid in rescues. These new harnesses will be replacing ones that are 18 years old and outdated.
• The City of Hobart Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera. This will enhance the safety of the department’s firefighters by assisting them during search and rescue of fire victims.
• The City of Whiting Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase a stair chair, canvas transfer sheet and emergency blankets, wetsuit, splint kit, pulse oximetry device combat hose, water rescue package and two wrist blood pressure machines.
• The Lake County Sheriff received $4,000 to purchase a digital voice logger. This device records all incoming and outgoing transmissions from the emergency dispatch center and will aid in operations.
• The Town of Griffith Fire Department received $3,961.05 to purchase water and ice rescue equipment. This equipment will help firefighters protect the community during severe weather.
• The Town of Lowell Police Department received $3,535 to purchase seven stop sticks. The stop sticks will be used as a safety tool that will help prevent injuries and fatalities from vehicles.
• The Town of Schererville Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase two transmitter kits. These kits are used to help find and rescue missing people.
• The Town of St. John Police Department received $4,000 to purchase a trailer for its ATV units. This will provide the department the capability to more easily respond to emergencies where off-road vehicles need assistance.
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• The Francesville Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. received $4,000 to purchase new sets of structural gloves and turnout gear. The gloves will be replacing old and worn-out gear and will better protect firefighters’ hands while performing tasks during an emergency. The personal protection equipment will be outfitted for the department’s newest firefighter.
• Pulaski County received $3,999.96 to purchase six tone-alert radios. The alert radios will be installed in identified public buildings the will allow for immediate notification of an imminent threat or hazards situation. This all hazards alert system will be targeted to buildings that have large amount of public potential in or around them....

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Local Professor Contributes to Nobel Winning Research

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The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two scientists - Peter Higgs and Francois Englert - for their role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, the so-called 'God particle.'  Dr. Neeti Parashar, a physics professor at Purdue Calumet in Hammond, was among the thousands of research collaborators who contributed to last year's announcement that the newly-observed subatomic particle could be the Higgs boson.   In the 1960s, Higgs and Englert theorized the existence of the subatomic particle. Last year it was actually 'observed' at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. What the two scientists proposed was a way of explaining why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass. Professor Higgs said he's "overwhelmed"  by today's announcement and hopes the recognition will help raise awareness of the value of what he termed "blue-sky research."  Purdue Calumet is holdking a news conference for this afternoon to recognize the contributions of Dr. Parashar. [Photo/Purdue Calumet]...

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