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Indiana Getting New Area Code


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State regulators are adding an area code to southern Indiana. The 'overlay' will allow existing customers to keep their current numbers. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says beginning in the second half of next year (2014), new phone numbers in the area may get either the current 812 code or the new 930 code. Prior to this week's announcement, 812 was the only area code in the state untouched since it was established in 1947.
The IURC says area codes for Indiana and the rest of the United States faced few changes from 1947, when they were established, until the 1990s, when cellular phones, fax machines, pagers and other technological advances created a rapid growth in the need for new telephone numbers. During the past 2 decades, “number depletion” has required Indiana and 35 other states to add new area codes. While 2 of Indiana’s original 3 area codes (219 and 317) have needed changes, short-term number conservation efforts have postponed the need for changes to the 812 area code.
Industry forecasts in the early 2000s predicted that the 812 area code would run out of numbers and need some form of long-term numbering relief by 2004. However, the state says they implemented number conservation efforts that delayed that need substantially. While number conservation has delayed the need for changes, industry forecasts now show the 812 area exhausting its supply of numbers in the second quarter of 2015.
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LS Waits on Raising Ambulance Fees

The Lake Station City Council has tabled a proposal to raise ambulance fees to help get the city's emergency medical services out of the red. They're expected to talk about the idea again in a workshop next month. The city's EMS director says an increase is needed to keep up with the rising costs of medications, gasoline and equipment.
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MC Transit Advisory

Michigan City Transit says due to maintenance issues this morning Route #1 and Route # 2 will be operating every other hour instead of hourly. They are expecting to be back on regular schedule by 11:30 AM today.
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Power Outages in Lake County

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company outage map is showing about three-thousand customers without electricity in Lake County this morning.  Merrillville shows about 18-hundred outages, 650 in Dyer, 474 in Hammond, and about 50 in Munster.  Just over 40 outages are being reported in La Porte.
Here is direct link to outage map:  http://www.nipscooutages.com/WSSNisourceOutageMap/outagemap.html?action=city&reloaded=true
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Illiana Expwy Cost, Value Questioned

Cost and other questions are being raised on the other side of the state line about the proposed Illiana Expressway. An analysis by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning posted on its website contends the two-state project would cost much more than officials have projected. The report also suggests the value of the highway, that would connect I-65 in southern Lake County in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois, has been overestimated.
Link to report: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/20583/1356626/IllianaV6--07-30-2013.pdf/4f71fb90-c416-4d3d-a771-ac819a20626a
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Illinois Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect Jan 1

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The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act signed by the Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn Thursday makes the state the twentieth in the nation to allow the use of medical marijuana. The law, which takes effect January first, is a pilot program that allows the use of marijuana to provide relief toward any of 35 diseases, including cancer, MS and AIDS.  Those eligible will be able to purchase up to two and a half ounces of marijuana every two weeks. Sponsor of the legislation Illinois State Representative Lou Lang of Skokie says this law has the toughest standards in the nation, with just 22 growing centers to be licensed by the state.
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5th Annual Superboat Race in Michigan City

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Michigan City, IN  – The next stop for Super Boat International is the 5th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix on Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana, August 1-4. The 2012 Grand Prix Event brought in an estimated 100,000 people and nearly 7 million dollars to the community. As reported by the NWI Times, this year should even be better, as last year’s racing action never happened due to high seas. The crowds enjoyed sunny skies and a beautiful day, however the lake had 8-10 foot waves which made it unsafe to race and unsafe for the medical rescue teams. Super Boat teams have been racing hard all season, which started in April, and they are prepared for another exciting race in Michigan City. Along with the teams, the president of Super Boat International, John Carbonell, believes it will be a great event. “Last year was very unfortunate and something no one could have predicted. That was the first race we have had to cancel due to weather in over 500 races. The previous 3 races [4 events] have been fantastic and have been gaining momentum every year. In the event there is a threat of severe weather for Sunday, the decision will be made well in advance to run on Saturday. The LaPorte County team with Jack Arnett and Jason Miller and their entire group of volunteers make this a great event. We are proud to be the show that everyone recognizes as the area’s biggest draw and most rewarding for economic stimulus in surrounding counties.
Teams in the Superboat, Super Stock and SuperVee have been real crowd pleasers this season and that’s not to dismiss the other classes who just rip up the racecourse. The previous race in Sarasota, Florida was flanked by 1000’s of spectator boats on a beautiful sunny day. Super Boat is hoping to see the spectator fleet line the course from the lighthouse all the way down the 2-mile course.
In the Super Vee Class, one boat looking to make their season debut is the Snowy Mountain Brewery #14 Outerlimit. Owner / throttleman, Doctor Mike Janssen, is looking forward to the race. “It’s been such a very busy year with my practice and I haven’t had the opportunity to race. However, I was able to make it to the first race of the season and support the team who purchased my Fountain ‘Watch Your Back’ Vee bottom. The people there are very nice and the town is really getting behind the event.”
There are a lot of great racers and teams this year and the race for the National Title is very close. As teams close in on the later half of the year, the boat setup and managing to make it to the end of the race is becoming some of the highest goals for teams. Making to the end of an 80-mile race might not seem like a lot, but the races this year have been in rough seas and it has been very tough on equipment. The 2013 season has seen very little of equipment failure from teams and it has proven to be a very exciting season of racing.
Teams will be arriving Friday, August 2, for the dry pits to set up their equipment. This is where fans can get an up-close look at all the boats and can get a chance to talk to their favorite teams. Teams and drivers always encourage the fans to come down and spend time in the pits, where they can get a chance to swap racing (boating) stories.
This year, our Sunday races will be streamed on  https://new.livestream.com/sbi/michigancity2013 so you won’t miss any of the action, if you can’t make it to the beaches. Or if you’re on the beach, you can watch and listen to it on your smartphone. On the Livestream page, listen to the race, see the interviews, chat live and watch all the action as it happens. Fans can stay connected with us at superboat.com and Like Us on Facebook for all this year’s news. The Super Boat schedule is posted through 2013 & 2014 with races coming up in New York, NY; Clearwater and Key West, FL.
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Governor Pence Offers Gary a Technical Response Team

Indiana Governor Mike Pence today responded to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson request for State Police to assist the city in fighting the recent surge in violent crime, offering a technical assistance team. According to the Governor's letter, the team, which consists of an unspecified number of law enforcement professionals, will serve in a full-time capacity for a two-to-four week period, to assist the city in reviewing intelligence gathering, training, command structure, budget and staffing levels.
The Mayor had asked Governor Pence for State Police to assist the city in fighting the recent surge in violent crime, which has a total of 33 apparent homicide victims this year.
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Bill to Disinter Vets Who Committed Fed or State Crimes

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today introduced the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act, legislation that would give the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of the Army the authority to disinter veterans buried in national cemeteries that committed a federal or state capital crime. The legislation is cosponsored by Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The bill would give the VA the authority it needs to exhume the remains of Michael LeShawn Anderson, a veteran who shot and killed Indianapolis resident Alicia Dawn Koehl last year before committing suicide. The Koehl family later discovered that Anderson was buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan.
“This legislation will give the VA the authority it says it needs to resolve this unacceptable mistake and help provide the Koehl family with a sense of peace and closure,” said Coats. “The victims and family members of this tragic shooting have suffered enough and deserve to have their request met. No one who commits a state or capital crime should be given the honor of a military burial and be laid to rest next to our nation’s heroes. I urge Congress to pass the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act and help ensure that our fallen veterans can rest in peace next to loved ones and fellow soldiers, not criminals.”
“My office has worked with the Koehl family to address this injustice, and this week, we were informed by the VA that a legislative solution is needed,” said Donnelly. “Today, Senator Coats and I introduced a bill to help provide relief to the Koehl family and a solution to these tragic circumstances.  We must preserve the honor of being buried in a veterans’ cemetery.”
On May 30, 2012, Anderson went on a shooting spree at an Indianapolis apartment complex, injuring three people and taking the life of Alicia Dawn Koehl, a wife and mother of two. Anderson killed himself as police were arriving.
After learning that Anderson was buried in a national cemetery, the Koehl family requested that the VA disinter his remains. Federal law prohibits persons who “have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death” from being given the honor of a burial in a national cemetery.
For nearly a year, Senator Coats’ office has been working with the Koehl family to get a response from the VA regarding the improper burial and the request for disinterment. Coats has had multiple calls with VA officials regarding this case and received word earlier this week that the department will not disinter the remains of Anderson because it does not believe it has the legal authority to do so. While current law permits the VA from granting military honors and a burial in a national cemetery to someone who has committed a Federal or State capital crime, the department claims it does not have the authority to exhume the remains if an ineligible veteran was buried mistakenly in one of their cemeteries.
Click here for a copy of the legislation.
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Court of Appeals Denies Philpot Bond Request

Another bond request from former Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot has been denied. Philpot, who last year was found guilty of paying himself annual bonuses from a fund used to pay county employees who help collect child support, had asked the court for a bond request while his appeal is being considered. Philpot is currently serving an 18-month sentence at a federal prison in Michigan.
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