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One Dead, Three Injured in Gary Fire

Gary fire officials say a residential fire claimed the life of one person and injured three others Sunday morning.  Crews were called to the four-thousand block of Louisiana Street shortly after 6:30 am.  A 71-year-old woman was pronounced dead at an area hospital.  Authorities continue to try to determine the cause of the fire....

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Closures Announced for MC Drawbridge Inspection

Michigan City officials say the historic Franklin Street drawbridge near the lakefront will be closed at certain times this week in preparation for a major rehabilitation project. Today and tomorrow (Nov 4 & 5)  the drawbridge will be closed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and motorists are asked to use Center Street and Krueger Avenue as a detour. Meanwhile, on Wednesday for sure and Thursday if needed, city officials say the bridge will be opened and closed periodically for mechanical inspection, but the delays should be no different than what is normal for the passage of a  large boat.   Detour signs will be put in place to help guide citizens and visitors to alternate routes around this part of Franklin Street....

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Indiana National Guard Honors Seven Fallen Soldiers

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The Indiana Army National Guard on Sunday paid tribute to seven Guardsmen during a recognition ceremony at Valparaiso University with family members and friends of fallen soldiers.
Photo, top: Personalized shadow box displays of seven fallen soldiers are unveiled to family members and friends during a remembrance ceremony held at Valparaiso University, Nov. 3, 2013 to honor their dedication and sacrifices for state and country.   US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Tinsley.
“Today’s ceremony is great; while I have attended individual ceremonies for most of them, we get to put all of them to rest in our armory today,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Leonard, former platoon sergeant in the 713th Engineer Company.
Individually designed shadow boxes for each soldier were unveiled at Valparaiso University. Each display contained an American flag, military service ribbons and medals, as well as a photograph of the service member. The displays were permanently mounted in the Valparaiso Army National Guard Armory following the ceremony.
Major Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, addressed the families and friends of the fallen soldiers by recounting past memorial services. “Today is all about the memory of each of our soldiers.” Umbarger then reflected upon personal experiences he had with each of the fallen. “They were all heroes in every sense of the word.”
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Photo: The Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, hosts a ceremony to honor seven fallen soldiers of the 113th Engineer Battalion on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.  US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Tinsley.
Indiana National Guard officials say Spc. Sergio Perez Jr. of Crown Point and Spc. Nicholas Taylor of Berne, Indiana, died from a direct fire ambush, July 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Staff Sergeant Jonathan Metzger of Indianapolis, Sgt. Brian Leonhardt of Merrillville, Spc. Christopher Patterson, a Valparaiso University student who was from Aurora, Illinois,  and Spc. Robert Tauteris of Hamlet died as a result of a roadside bomb, January 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Chavez of Portage died July 2008 from an illness contracted stateside at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, during specialized combat engineer leader training....

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Obamacare Town Hall Meeting in Gary Monday

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The City of Gary on Monday will be hosting an Affordable Healthcare Act town hall meeting at the Genesis Convention Center. City Director of Communications Chelsea Whittington says a panel of experts will share updates about Obamacare and how to enroll.
Whittington says the city will also be hosting enrollment session this month at city hall, beginning on Friday, November 8th, from 10am to 2pm and continuing every Friday throughout the month with the exception of Black Friday.
The town hall meeting on Monday takes place at 5:30pm and for more information on the enrollment sessions or to sign up for them, please contact Gary City Hall....

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Over $9 Million in Grants to Help Schools Improve Safety

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Friday announced more than $9 million in grant funding to local schools and school corporations through the Secured School Safety Grant Program. Governor Pence says, “these grants will allow our public schools and school corporations to add resources that will help secure our schools so they can focus on educating our students.” 14 schools in Lake County received over 476-thousand dollars, while five schools in Porter County will receive over 215-thousand. For a complete list of northwest Indiana schools receiving grant funding, visit http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=141036&information_id=190064&type=&syndicate=syndicate...

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231 Shut Down Between Leroy and I-65

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A crash has reportedly shutdown 231 this morning between Leroy and I-65. Traffic tipsters reporting a car struck an electric pole in that area and emergency crews were called out to the scene. At last check, NIPSCO's outage map is showing 640 customers are without power in Leroy and 855 customers are without power in Crown Point as a result of the crash. No further information is available at this time. ...

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Grand Opening of Dog Park in Dyer

Dog lovers in west-central Lake County have a new place to take their four-legged friends. The Dyer Dog Park is celebrating their grand opening this afternoon at 1pm. The park is located in the 900 block of Central Park Blvd. ...

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Hammond Man Sentenced to Lifetime Imprisonment

A 33 year old Hammond man was recently sentenced to life in prison in US District Court in Hammond for numerous felony convictions, including murder. According to court documents, Styles Taylor was found guilty of conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by threat of violence, use of a firearm to cause death during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Taylor, a three-time convicted felon, along with Keon Thomas, robbed and murdered the 72 year old owner of Firearms Unlimited Gun Shop inside his business in order to obtain numerous firearms, which they began to sell to any willing buyer in the Hammond area. Taylor was also involved in drug trafficking, the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man and two burglaries as a juvenile. As part of his sentence, he received five years of supervised release and must pay over 11-thousand dollars in restitution. ...

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Monthly Warning Siren Test in LaPorte County

A reminder...this morning at 11am is the next scheduled test of the LaPorte County warning sirens. During the test two, one-minute signals will sound with one-minute of silence between signals. In the event of an actual emergency, a three-minute signal will sound, with a short period of silence between signals, repeated one or more times. ...

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Coats Bashes Obamacare Website in GOP Address

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Many Americans are being told they can't keep their current health care plans ... because the plans don't meet Obamacare's new coverage requirements. In the weekly GOP address ... Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says this means the President has essentially broken his promise
"This week the public learned that for at least the past three years, the Obama administration has known that millions of Americans will not be able to keep their health care plans, but the President has continued to promise repeatedly, If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period".
Senator Coats says perhaps the President hasn't tried logging onto the website himself because he and his political appointees are not required to join Obamacare. To hear the Senator's entire GOP address, click News Audio On Demand at http://regionnewsteam.com/...

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