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Malaysian Airlines Flight Shot Down Over Ukraine

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A Ukrainian official says a Russian missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today - as it flew near the Ukraine-Russia border. 280 passengers and 15 crew members were reportedly on board the Boeing 777. ABC News' Chief White House...

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Memorial Cross Erected for Slain Gary Police Officer

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In Gary, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich held a small ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the 26-hundred block of Van Buren Place as a cross was put up in memory of fallen Gary Police...

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Report on Landfill Space In Illinois

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Illinois has a combined 21 years left in its municipal landfills statewide. That estimate taking into account 42 landfills across the state is according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's newly-released Annual Report on Landfill Capacity. Across the state, data...

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More Cases of Chikungunya Confirmed in Indiana

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Seven cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus have now been confirmed in Indiana. State health officials today announced six more Hoosiers have tested positive, and the majority have confirmed travel to the Caribbean, including four teens who were recently on...

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Hobart Names New Fire Chief

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Hobart's new fire chief is a longtime firefighter who served on the city's fire department for over three decades before retiring. Wednesday Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor announced the appointment of Stephen McKown, who'll begin his new job at the beginning...

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Illinois Tollway Plans Test Site for New Technology

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Imagine your smartphone paying your tolls automatically while you're on the road. The Illinois Tollway Wednesday announced plans to build a test site on the Tri-State near the Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza. The so-called 'living lab', scheduled to open in...

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Abortions Down in Indiana for 5th Year in a Row

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Records from the Indiana State Department of Health show the number of abortions performed in the state has gone down for the fifth year in a row. A report in today's Times says 8,027 abortions were performed last year, nearly...

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Indiana Soldiers Welcomed Home in Lafayette

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Family and friends gathered at the Lafayette National Guard Armory Wednesday afternoon to welcome home about one-hundred soldiers of the Remington-based 1638th Transportation Company. The Indiana National Guard says members of the company provided convoy security and conducted security support...

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Two Injured in Portage Apartment Fire

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Minor injuries reported in a fire at Breckenridge Apartments on Denise Drive, just off Lute Road, in Portage this morning. Units arrived shortly after 7am, and officials say they found what appeared to be a low-level kitchen fire that traveled...

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Structure Fire in Portage

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Crews are at the scene of a structure fire in Portage near Lute and Willowcreek. The area is blocked off to traffic. Fire crews are reportedly at an apartment complex on Denise Drive. More information as it becomes available....

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Porter County Fair Tribute to Uncle Len Tonight

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Region residents are invited to be part of a special event at the Porter County Fair tonight (Thursday July 17), as the Fair honors local radio legend and founder of Radio One Communications Leonard J. Ellis – someone still known...

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WB Borman Backing up Due to Rollover Crash

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6:18pm CDT:  All lanes westbound Borman (I-80/94) are backing up due to a rollover accident that reportedly has the three left lanes of westbound I-80/94 closed between Calumet ave. and the state line.  Drivers should expect major backups and delays.
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Train Blocking Tracks at White Oak/45th St. in Munster

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A disabled train is causing traffic backups in Munster this evening. Munster Police report a train is blocking the tracks at White Oak Avenue, between 45 th Street and Timberwood Lane. Police say they have spoken with the railroad company,...

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Red Cross Seeking Blood to Prevent Summer Shortage

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A number of blood drives are taking place in northwest Indiana this month. In order to prevent a summer blood shortage, the American Red Cross is urging eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give the gift of...

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Munster Crime Watch Meeting and CALEA Accreditation

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In Munster, residents are invited to the police departments quarterly crime watch meeting to be held next week. The meeting is chance for residents or business representatives to ask questions or raise concerns to police officials and will also offer...

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Indiana Beverage Names New VP and General Counsel

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Indiana Beverage today announced the appointment of Jill Ritchie to the position of Vice President and General Council- Government Affairs. Ritchie, who will be based at the company's Valparaiso facility, will be responsible for the...

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Hammond Superintendent Upgraded to Fair Condition

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The Superintendent of the School City of Hammond continues to recover at an Illinois hospital after he suffered head trauma in an attack at his home earlier this month. The Times reports Dr. Walter Watkins has been upgraded to fair...

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New Guidelines to Protect Pregnant Women at Work

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New federal guidelines for pregnant women could lead to some big changes at work. ABC News reports women are getting fired for coming to work pregnant - according to the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It's updating its guidelines for...

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Cross to Be Erected in Memory of Slain Gary Police Officer

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A memorial cross will be erected this afternoon at three o'clock in the 26-hundred block of Van Buren Place in Gary in honor and memory of veteran Gary Police Officer Jeffery Westerfield, who was found shot to death inside his...

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IYI Grant to help IN Nonprofits that help Hoosier kids

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It's a shot in the arm for programs that improve the lives of Hoosier children and more than a dozen nonprofits have the chance to be on the receiving end.  Nonprofit organizations in northwest Indiana and anywhere across Indiana have...

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