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Chicago Named Fourth Most Miserable City in US

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Chicago has been named the fourth most miserable city in the U.S. Number one was Detroit, followed by Flint, Michigan; and Rockford, Illinois with Modesto, California, rounding out the top five. To compile their annual list, Forbes analyzes 200 of the country's largest urban areas and ranks them on factors like crime rates, commute times, foreclosures, home prices, income and property taxes, and weather. They also tweaked their misery-measuring methodology this year, responding to feedback from...

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McCowan Trial Going to Jury Tuesday

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Following two and a half weeks of testimony from the prosecutors side, the defense rested its case in the Dustin McCowan murder trial after two days. The Times reports the case won't go to jury until this Tuesday, following closing arguments, due to standard court calls Friday and Monday. 20-year-old McCowan is accused of fatally shooting his one-time girlfriend, 19-year-old Amanda Bach, in September of 2011.
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Authorities Investigating Death of Gary Man

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The Lake County Coroner's Office, along with Gary Police, and Lake County Police C-S-I, are investigating the death of Gary man at last check. The Coroner's Office reports their investigative team was dispatched just before one this afternoon to the nine-hundred block of the Cline Avenue Service Road in Gary, were they found 61 year old Lonnie Watkins, who was pronounced dead about an hour later. Authorities report the location the incident took place, injury, and manner of death, are all...

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Authorities Seek Help Locating Murder Suspect

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The Lake County Sheriff's Department is seeking your help in locating a 17 year old Gary man charged with murder in the killing of 32 year old Laroi Griffin, of Gary. Authorities announced today that just before 12:30am on February 9th, De'Vonte Hodge and Griffin got into an argument and Hodge allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, which he reportedly used, firing a total of three-times, killing Griffin, whose body was found unresponsive by Gary Police, in the area of the11-hundred...

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INDOT Prepared for Tonight's Winter Storm

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A winter storm is expected to impact the region tonight, making tomorrow's morning commute challenging, which is why INDOT says their trucks will be out in force to prevent ice and snow from accumulating. INDOT reports state highways and interstates have been pre-treated ahead of the impending storm, and that they will continue to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as road and bridge sensors, to deploy personnel, equipment, and materials. Motorists are advised to leave early...

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Hoosier Hunters Set Record Deer Harvest in 2012

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Indiana hunters have set a new deer harvest record. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife reports today that 136-thousand deer were harvested in 2012, a six-percent increase from 2011, and breaking the previous record of 134-thousand set in 2010. D-N-R officials point to new equipment regulations and extra hunting dates as attributing to the distinction. In Northwest Indiana, Starke County led the way with a total harvest of almost two-thousand, while Newton...

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2 Portage Men Arrested Charged with Dealing Drugs

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Information regarding a potential drug deal in the area of U.S. 6 in Portage lead to the arrest of two Portage men. The Times reports two 35 year old Portage men were ultimately arrested and charged with dealing and possession of cocaine, after police individually stopped each vehicle leaving a local restaurant were the alleged drug deal occurred.
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Michigan City Man Gets 5 Years for Felony Burglary

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A Michigan City man was sentenced to five-years in prison today for a felony burglary conviction. The LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney's Office reports Brad Kuta pleaded guilty to burglary for breaking and entering with intent to commit burglary, on or about June 28th of 2011.
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Semi Hauling Trash Crashes, Indy Blvd Ramp Now Open

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Crews were cleaning up trash spilled in a grassy area near Indianapolis Boulevard at last check after a semi hauling trash partially rolled over, closing the ramp for almost four-hours. Indiana State Police say a preliminary investigation revealed the semi was heading west on I-80 to the southbound Indianapolis Boulevard ramp, when the driver took the curve too fast, and struck a concrete retaining wall, partially rolling the semi onto...

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Lansing Store Owner Charged with Selling Spice

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The owner of Richie's Mini Mart in Lansing, Illinois, is facing drug and weapon charges following an investigation into complaints the store was allegedly selling synthetic marijuana. The Lansing Police Department reports 47 year old Rashad Shatat, of St. John, Indiana, was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at the business last week, which resulted in the seizure of over ten-thousand grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as K-2 or Spice, along with numerous...

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A Bigger Wrecker Needed to Upright Truck

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The southbound on-ramp to Indianapolis Blvd. from westbound I-80/94 remains closed at this time as a much bigger wrecker was sent to the scene to assist in lifting the truck back onto it's wheels. 
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The red wrecker was sent in to replace another blue wrecker that was not heavy enough to perform the task of uprighting the overturned truck on the westbound I-80/94 on-ramp to southbound Indianapolis Blvd.
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Overturned Semi Closes Ramp to SB Indinapolis Blvd.

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Shortly after 11 o'clock this morning a semi, apparently being driven too fast on the ramp, flipped over on the westbound I-80/94 exit ramp to southbound Indianapolis Blvd.   While causing some back-up on westbound Borman to the exit ramp, the sight of an overturned truck on the exit ramp caused some onlooker slow downs.  Two heavy duty wreckers were still on the scene as of 1:30 p.m. this afternoon to upright the trailer.
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Philpot Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

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In Hammond Federal Court today, nwi-dot-com is reporting Thomas Philpot has been sentenced to eighteen-months in prison for paying himself more than 24-thousand dollars in bonuses from federal child support incentive funds while he was Lake County Clerk. Philpot, who also served ten-years as Lake County Coroner, has reportedly been ordered to surrender to federal authorities on April third. He was convicted last August.
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Hammond Borman Ramp Closed Due to Crash

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INDOT reports the ramp of westbound I-80/94 is closed near Indianapolis Boulevard due to a crash. The Indiana Department of Transportation is advising motorists to seek alternate routes as you travel westbound on I-80/94 near mile 2.0.
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Bill Meant toThank Purple Heart Veterans

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The Indiana Senate has unanimously passed a measure meant to show gratitude to Purple Heart veterans in the Hoosier state. The bill allows owners of a Purple Heart license plate to park in a metered space without fee for parking, or penalty for overtime parking. The legislation is co-sponsored in the House by Valparaiso State Representative Ed Soliday.
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Student Financial Aid Night in Gary

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First District Congressman Pete Visclosky, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and others are scheduled to talk about what's available in federal financial aid for college during a special event tonight (Thursday February 21 2013)  at the Gary Area Career Center. Gary school officials and several local colleges and universities are also taking part.  The event is from 6 to 8 pm. 
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Bill Reinstates In-State Rate for Some Students

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Lawmakers are considering a bill to reinstate the in-state rate for some college students in Indiana. Gary State Senator Earline Rogers says she wants to help students who had to put their education on hold due to an immigration bill approved a couple years ago. Senate Bill 207 restores in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants who were initially enrolled at that rate on or before July 1, 2011.
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Two Arrested After Overnight Pursuit

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Indiana State Police say a 26-year-old LaPorte man who was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed tried to evade arrest by driving through a WalMart parking lot in Michigan City early this morning, then fleeing on foot into a wooded area before being arrested. Troopers say the pickup truck eventually went out of control and spun to a stop in an accessway to Franklin Street. A perimeter was set up and the man was taken into custody without incident minutes later, on multiple charges and...

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School Absenteeism Addressed in Senate Bill

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A measure addressing chronic absenteeism in Hoosier schools is on its way to the full Senate. Senate Bill 338 would require school corporations to determine contributing factors to absenteeism and establish plans to address the issue. It also provides a 95-percent attendance rate requirement for students to get a graduation waiver.
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Senate Considers So-Called 'Ag Gag' Measure

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The Indiana Senate is considering a bill that would outlaw photographing or video-taping a farm or industry without the owner's permission. Critics of Senate Bill 373, including the Humane Society of the United States, say undercover videos expose wrongdoing like inhumane treatment of farm animals and unsafe conditions. Supporters say it's meant to protect privacy rights.
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