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State Stops Over $1 Million in Tax Fraud

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In one month of processing more than one-million individual tax returns, the Indiana Department of Revenue announced today they have stopped over one-point-two-million dollars in attempted identity theft and tax fraud.
The fraudulent returns were stopped by the department’s increased...

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Illinois Observes Severe Weather Prep Week

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  Illinois is observing Severe Weather Preparedness Week this week, and residents are urged to review safety procedures in the event of a tornado, strong winds or flash flood.  Tornado sirens are being tested in counties across Illinois today as...

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Radio Shack to Close Up to 1,100 US Stores

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Radio Shack today announced plans to close up to eleven-hundred "underperforming" U-S stores, after reporting a wider fourth quarter loss during a holiday season the retailer says was characterized by lower traffic at its locations. The move would leave the...

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Lawmakers Ok Rail Expansion Dollars

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Members of the Indiana House have given the go-ahead to a measure that could bring a South Shore expansion closer to reality. Senate Bill 367 closes a tax loophole and directs the four-million dollars in savings to the Northwest Indiana...

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Sentence Upheld in Toddler's Death

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The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the sentence for a Hobart man convicted in the 2009 death of a two-year-old girl whose body was found burned and encased in concrete in a LaPorte County swamp. 28-year-old Timothy Tkachik received...

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State Sues Former County Deputy Auditor

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The state of Indiana and LaPorte County are suing a former LaPorte County government employee to recover more than 153-thousand dollars in public funds the ex-employee is accused of embezzling. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed suit in LaPorte County...

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Lowell Ponders Landfill Annexation

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The Lowell Town Council held a work session Monday night to talk about the idea of possibly annexing a landfill on State Road 2 west of town, on the east side of US 41, as the south Lake County community...

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Guns in School Lots Measure Advances

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The Indiana House has approved a controversial measure that would allow guns in parking lots of Hoosier schools as long as they're inside a locked vehicle and out of sight. It's a provision that was added to Senate Bill 229,...

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Hoosier to Advocate for Funding of Great Lakes Restoration

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Advocates from Indiana, including Save the Dunes, will be in Washington D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday, to urge support to maintain federal funds for efforts to restore and protect Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes. Save the Dunes Executive...

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Porter Co TRIAD Free Seminar Wednesday in Portage

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A free public seminar takes place on Wednesday morning on a variety of topics presented by Porter County TRIAD. Nancy Simpson, Office Manager of the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce, told the Region News Team the seminar runs from 8am-to-9am,...

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Pursuit in Portage Leads to Arrest of DeMotte Man

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A pursuit in Portage on Friday led to the arrest of a DeMotte man on charges of operating while intoxicated and resisting arrest. Portage Police report just before 3pm, an officer noticed 46 year old Richard Boring having trouble pumping...

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Help Sought to ID 2nd Vehicle in Crash at US 35/US 20

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Authorities are seeking the public's help to locate and identify a vehicle and its driver that were involved in an early morning crash on Friday at the intersection of US 35 and US 20. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports...

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New Study Reports Kids Are Not Getting Enough Sleep

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Are your kids getting enough sleep? A new study finds they're probably not as only 62 percent of parents are enforcing sleep rules... like going to bed on time. ABC News reports researchers at the National Sleep Foundation found over...

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Study Finds 44% of Hoosiers Are Liquid Asset Poor

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Indiana is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the overall financial well-being of its residents, according to a recent state-by-state analysis. The 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard ranked Indiana 31 in the nation for financial security,...

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Wanted Person of the Week: Connie Werner-Coon

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A 26 year old woman wanted on a warrant for possession of heroin has been listed as this week's “Wanted Person of the Week” by the LaPorte Police Department. LaPorte Police report Connie...

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IN Top 10 Consumer Complaint Categories for 2013

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller today announced his top 10 consumer complaint categories for 2013, and topping the list were gripes related to used auto sales and motor vehicle service. Zoeller said complaints against retail stores and home contractors were...

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150 Yr Anniversary for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valpo

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Immanuel Lutheran Church is marking 150 years in Valparaiso. The church, now located on Monticello Park Drive, was founded by a group of fifty German families in 1864, and met at the corner of Chestnut and Academy. A hymn festival...

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Two Dead in Separate Weekend Incidents in Gary

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An investigation continues into the shooting death of a Gary man early Saturday morning. Gary Police Public Information Officer Corp. Gabrielle King told the Region News Team officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Marshall Street, at 2:50am, on...

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NWI Forum Names Ennis New President, CEO

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The Northwest Indiana Forum today announced Heather Ennis will be the new President and CEO of the regional economic development organization. Ennis, Executive Director of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, will be the first woman to lead the group and...

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Sen Coats Staff Mobile Office Hours in Lake Co

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Indiana U.S. Senator Dan Coats today announced that a member of his staff will visit Lake County 10:00 a.m to noon Region Time this Friday, March 7 to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal...

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