Job Seeker Worshop in Gary Monday at Ivy Tech CC

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Indianapolis, Ind. - Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that his office will host Job Seeker Workshops, designed to help Hoosiers who are looking for work, in Gary, Sellersburg, and Indianapolis the week of August 12-16.
“The top issues I hear as I travel our great state is that many Hoosiers are still searching for employment and some Indiana business owners are still looking for skilled workers ready to go on day one,” said Donnelly. "This August, my office will behosting a series of job seeker workshops toconnect Hoosiers looking for workwith resources that can help in the job search and interview process.  I hope participants find valuable tools to help them succeed in finding employment, and I won’t stop until everyone in Indiana who wants a job has a job.”
The Job Seeker Workshops are designed to help attendees to improve their job search and interview skills and their resume writing. The events will include discussions lead by community leaders and industry professionals on growing job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing and technology.  Also, resources will be available to assist Hoosier veterans with their entry or re-entry into the workforce after serving our country.
Monday, August 12
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST
North Building; Ivy Tech Community College
1440 E 35th Ave
Gary, IN

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Gary Bus Transportation Forum Meeting

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The Gary Community School Corporation will hold another bus transportation forum this evening at 6pm, at West Side Leadership Academy, in the nine-hundred block of Gerry Street. Communication Specialist Charmella Greer says the purpose of these forums is too get out in front of any questions parents may have about student transportation. Greer says Tuesday's forum was well attended, but expects more parents to attend as the school year approaches.
Greer says more information is available at regarding bus transportation, if parents cannot attend either the forums, or the meet-and-greet events to kick off the school year. To hear more of our interview with Greer on this and other topics, click News Audio On Demand at
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See and Be Part of Region History

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The public is invited to join Westchester Township History Museum staff in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first panoramic photograph of downtown Chesterton … and become part of history by lining the sidewalks along the intersection of Calumet and Broadway as Dan Bruhn takes a new panoramic photo from the northwest corner of Thomas Centennial Park at 3 pm today [[ Friday, August 9 ]].
The historic panoramic photograph, taken by Harry Bortz and donated to the Westchester Township History Museum by the Chesterton Tribune, was taken at 4 pm on August 9, 1913, showing the downtown intersection of Calumet and Broadway, with its horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and numerous townsfolk.
Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, where the 1913 photograph will be displayed.

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4-Month Closure for Columbia Ave Bridge

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One of the bridges over the Little Calumet linking Hammond and Munster is scheduled to be closed for the next four months starting today. Crews will be raising the elevation of the Columbia Avenue bridge over the flood-prone river to provide more clearance when the water level rises. Lake County Commissioners this week awarded a one-point-two-million dollar contract to rebuild the bridge. Suggested alternates include Indianapolis Boulevard and Calumet Avenue.

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PNC Adds New Degree in Health Studies

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Purdue North Central is adding a new Bachelor's Degree in Health Studies. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the program this fall semester. Fall classes begin August 26th at the Westville campus. The university says a Health Studies degree is appropriate for \those who want to work in a health-related field, but do not want to pursue Nursing, and would include jobs like care coordinator and medical and health services manager.
"The new Bachelor's degree in Health Studies presents a tremendous career option to students who wish to pursue careers in the health care industry," said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. "There are many professional opportunities available in health care, with many more to come. Students earning a Bachelor's degree in Health Studies will be well positioned to pursue relevant, stable, fulfilling careers."
PNC says graduates will be well prepared to pursue master's degrees in health and human services programs. There is a two-year degree completion track for those with an associate degree in Nursing or allied health who wish to move into management positions.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in health services to increase 25 percent through 2018, adding about 2.8 million new jobs. In Indiana, there is a 28.7 percent projected growth rate.
Health care is the fastest growing industry in Northwest Indiana, states an Inside Indiana Business report. Of the five largest industries in this region, two are in health: ambulatory health care services and hospitals.
Locally, the Indiana Workforce Development Agency projects the health care profession growth rates to range from 10.8 to 28.9 percent.
More information about the Health Studies degree is available from Enrollment Services at 219-785-5200, ext. 5505 or by visiting the PNC website, .

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Hammond Police Investigate Homicide

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Authorities say a 23-year-old East Chicago man was pronounced dead at an area hospital late Thursday night after suffering a gunshot wound in the one-thousand block of Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond. The Lake County Coroners office identified the victim as 23-year-old Montrell Moss and reports his death has been ruled a homicide. Hammond Police are investigating.

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New Logos 'Connect' Dunes Natl Lakeshore

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Many Region residents may know Portage Lakefront, Pinhook Bog, Miller Woods, West Beach, and the Chellberg Farm, but did you realize they're all part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore?
The National Park Service has unveiled a series of signs and more than 25 logos to help the public realize these widely dispersed areas and many others off the Region's Lake Michigan shoreline are actually part of one national park. The graphics were designed by park employees Jeff Manuszak and Katrina George.
“We want the public to understand that the places they enjoy are part of the same national park,” said Superintendent Costa Dillon. “When the public wants to know directions to an area, rules for use, operating hours, and other information to plan their visit, they need to know that the National Park Service is who to contact.” Dillon added that visitors often call state, county, and town park departments looking for information on the national park sites. “This new graphics identity system, coupled with new site signs, will help the public get to the right place the first time.”
The new logos are trademarked by the National Park Service but will be made available for use by park partners such as Eastern National, the company that runs the park’s bookstore, and the Dunes National Park Association, the park friends group, and Dunes Learning Center. Park partners will be allowed to develop sales items using the logos such as clothing, pins, mugs, and patches that will help raise funds for the park and the park’s programs.
The new logos are part of the National Park Service’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness of the park that includes new entrance and site signs, new wayside exhibits, and new trailhead information boards installed over the past five years. 

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Federal Funds for 4th Dash Bus

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A federal grant just approved by the city's Board of Works and Safety will go toward the costs of operating a fourth bus for Valparaiso's ChicaGo Dash, which takes commuters into Chicago. The bus has already been running, having been added in April. Officials say weekday ridership on the line averaged 120 last month, reaching 128 one of those days.

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Lake County Jail Inmate Dies

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Authorities are investigating the death of a 57-year-old inmate at the Lake County Jail. The Lake County Coroners office says Thomas Strantz of Schererville was pronounced dead shortly before 3-o'clock Thursday morning at an area hospital and cause and manner of death are pending. No other information was released.

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Emergency Road Work Closes 2 Lanes WB Borman

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The 2 right lanes of westbound I-80/94 were are blocked early Thursday evening in order for crews to repair a giant pothole that opened up in the center lane between Cline Avenue and Kennedy Avenue.  Drivers experienced 5 to 10 minute delays.  As of 6:50 p.m. all westbound lanes were reopened to traffic.

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Congressman Pete Visclosky Speaks in Valparaiso

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Congressman Pete Visclosky delivers keynote speech at Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Thursday afternoon

1st District Congressman Pete Visclosky spoke on a variety of topics during the keynote speech Thursday afternoon at a luncheon at Strongbow Inn, hosted by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
Near the start of his address, Congressman Visclosky reminded an attentive audience of chamber members that we are a nation at war and that there are over 60,000 active military forces in Afghanistan and that the forces are going to be there for some time.
Visclosky also lauded Rex Richards, chamber president and his staff for taking honors the second time as being the finest chamber in the state.
The congressman also spent some time discussing the healthcare bill.  While not in favor of the governor's deciscion to not participate in the Medicare program, Visclosky says a portion of the bill is successful in "any number of areas."  Those areas he says include, "preventative care, making sure children with disabilities are not excluded from the system, and removing lifetime caps on insurance policies."  Visclosky adds that instead of saying, "no,no,no" there should be "serious discussion in Congress about how we can make it (the plan) better."
Congressman Visclosky also talked about the importance of economic growth especially since the economy has been in a very serious recession.  During a question and answer session, chamber president Richards asked whether the South Shore train would ever make it to Valparaiso, and whether there were federal funds available to make that happen.  The congressman says "the short answer to Rex's question is I believe're going to have a South Shore Stop in Valparaiso."  But Visclosky added that because the "numbers work better" as far as federal funding is concerned, a southern leg to Lake County would be first.
You can hear Congressman Pete Visclosky's Thursday afternoon keynote speech in its entirety online at:
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Last Allegiant Flight at Gary/Chicago Airport Saturday

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The last Allegiant flight to Florida out of Gary/Chicago International Airport is scheduled for Saturday, and after that the airport will be without a passenger carrier. Airport Marketing and Communications Liaison James Ward previously stated Allegiant Air reported a lack of demand led to its decision to end service.
Meanwhile the airport's 166-million dollar runway expansion, extending the seven-thousand foot main runway by 19-hundred feet, is scheduled for completion in December, which gets the airport ahead of a 2015 Federal Aviation Administration's mandate that all airports have at least one-thousand feet of safety area for planes. Members of the Gary/Chicago Airport Authority and members of the airport's Public-Private Partnership Committee are scheduled to hold a pre-proposal meeting tomorrow morning at 10am about the airports request of proposals for a public-private investment to invest in the airport and the the surrounding area.
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NWIBRT Raises Over $1000 for the Food Bank of NWI

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THURSDAY AUGUST 8, 2013 – CROWN POINT, IN – The Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable (NWIBRT) held its annual Golf Outing at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, IN. The event united businesses on the golf course to network amongst NWI’s top professionals as well as raise money for a great cause.
The annual meet-and-greet golfing event gives NWIBRT the opportunity to raise money and awareness for non-profit organizations. This year the largest golf outing in the region drew over 300 golfers from a variety of Indiana’s premier companies and raised over one thousand dollars for the Food Bank of NWI.
“It was a tremendous day of networking NWI’s business scene while helping out a great cause like the Food Bank,” said Joe Coar of the Franciscan Alliance and President of NWIBRT. The event successfully raised over a thousand dollars for the Northwest Indiana Food Bank. Along with this heartfelt contribution, the grand prize of a truck donation to the Food Bank of NWI was graciously given in the name of a member from Manta Industries.
Information for the 2014 outing is to be announced, by more information can be found at
The Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable (NWIBRT) is an independent, non-profit council of local firms committed to the improvement of construction and maintenance projects in Northwest Indiana. Its purpose is to promote safety, quality and cost-effectiveness by all parties associated with the local area construction and maintenance industry.
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DNR Urge Caution When Using Off-Road Vehicles

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Indiana Conservation Officers want to remind riders of off-road vehicles that those machines are prone to rollovers, this after a seven year old boy was severely injured Wednesday evening, in Howard County, as a passenger on an off-road vehicle that overturned. Authorities report Jaxin Phelps, of Russiaville, became pinned underneath the vehicle, and was airlifted to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, where he underwent surgery to repair injuries to his lower left leg. On Sunday, Conservation Officers reported an adult female and two small children, including a one year boy from Harvey, Illinois, were killed after an off-road vehicle crash in Clay County.
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7 Faculty Cut, 12 Take Retirement at Purdue Calumet

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The chancellor of Purdue Calumet said today seven faculty positions are being cut in light of a budget shortfall. Twelve other faculty members have reportedly taken a retirement package offered this summer in response to reduced enrollment at the Hammond campus. Earlier this year Purdue Calumet announced their Academic Learning Center would no longer be offering classes beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.
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Powerball Contributions Go To Good Causes in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 8, 2013) -  After twelve successive drawings without a jackpot winner, Powerball was hit on the 13th draw of the run for $448 million in the states of New Jersey and Minnesota. After final sales were calculated, the estimated $425 million drawing ended up coming in at $448 million.
Three winning tickets matched all six numbers in the August 7 drawing.  The lucky winners will be laying claim to, and splitting, the third biggest Powerball jackpot in the history of the game.
The $448 million winning numbers are: 5-25-30-58-59 PB: 32.
Even though the jackpot went to other states, Hoosiers will want to check their tickets carefully because Powerball players in Indiana won approximately $818,000 in prizes from $4 to $10,000 on 84,470 winning tickets in last night's drawing. Throughout the course of the 13-draw run, Hoosiers won $3.72 million in Powerball prizes from $4 to $10,000 on approximately 290,000 prize-winning tickets.  
Cash in winners' pockets is only one of the ways a near-record Powerball run benefits the Hoosier state.  
"Powerball fever is good for Indiana businesses. The buzz and excitement of huge jackpots drive foot traffic and cash sales at Hoosier Lottery retailers," said Connie Laverty O'Connor CEO of Business Operations for the Hoosier Lottery.  "This is a revenue boost for approximately 4,000 Hoosier retailers around the state, many of whom are small businesses."   
Hoosier Lottery retailers sold $5.9 million in Powerball sales in the four days leading up to Wednesday night's $448 million drawing, a jackpot level which saw sales about five times as high as a typical $40 million starting jackpot. In the course of the 13-draw run, since June 23, players in Indiana spent $19.9 million on a shot at the jackpot. 
"With sky-high jackpots like this, everybody wins. Increased sales mean increased profits to good causes in Indiana," said Laverty O'Connor.
Like all Hoosier Lottery sales, profits from the sale of Powerball in Indiana stay in Indiana where they are allocated to support Hoosier firefighters', police and teachers pension funds and to reduce Hoosiers' vehicle excise tax, which saves Hoosiers about 50 percent on their license plate costs annually.
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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Lugar Among Recipients of Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President Obama today named the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and one of 16 names listed is former Indiana US Senator Richard Lugar. Lugar will receive the nation's highest civilian honor for his bipartisan leadership and decades-long commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons. Two other recipients have ties to Chicago, the man known as Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, and talk-show queen and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the executive order signed by then President John F. Kennedy, establishing the award, and since then more than 500 exceptional individuals have received it.
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LaPorte Woman Scammed Out of Almost $2,000

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Authorities are once again advising citizens to never give out personal or banking information over the phone, internet, and to never send money to anyone for a non-service, or non-purchase, unless you've initiated it, after a LaPorte woman was recently scammed out of almost two-thousand dollars. LaPorte Police report the victim told them that in June she met a man on the "Zoosk" dating website who identified himself as "John Douglas Frank" (suspect). Since that time the two remained in contact through email and instant messaging.

In early July the suspect advised the victim he was moving to South Africa for a job and asked the victim to send money to a friend of his and she would be reimbursed. Shortly thereafter the victim sent two Paypal cards and three Western Union money orders totaling $1,985 to a "Darren Foster" in Florida.

Over the past few weeks four packages of brand new clothing, with a value of nearly $900 arrived at the victim's home, sent from online shopping sites. "Douglas" then requested that the victim forward the packages to him in South Africa.

The victim then received a phone call from someone claiming to be from a Florida agency advising her there was a warrant out for her arrest. The victim became concerned that the clothing sent to her was stolen and that her identity had also been stolen, as she provided the suspect with her social security number so he could allegedly refund her money.

The victim was advised the activity was an internet scam and that most likely the clothing sent to her had been purchased with stolen credit cards by the suspects.

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19 Year old LaPorte Man Charged with Dealing Heroin

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Bond was set at 100-thousand dollars for a 19 year old LaPorte man charged with dealing heroin. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports Edgar Camarillo was already in jail on warrants for failure to appear and felony theft, when on Wednesday, investigators from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit charged him with dealing a controlled substance, as a result of an investigation into his involvement in the distribution of heroin.
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Margaret Pellegrini, 'Oz' Munchkin, Dies at 89

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One of the last few surviving actors to portray Munchkin characters in the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” has died. Margaret Pellegrini, the Flowerpot Munchkin, had been a regular at the Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton, and was in the Region just last year for the Oz Fest. A spokesman told media outlets that she died Wednesday after suffering a stroke at her home outside Phoenix. Pellegrini was 89.

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