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Sen. Banks' College 'Affordability, Accountability' Plan

News Release STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2013) — State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) today announced he is authoring several bills aimed at improving affordability and accountability in higher education.
Banks said the overarching goal of his plan is to make college a less expensive option for Hoosier students while ensuring there is more accountability for public investment in higher education.
“College has simply become too costly for many Hoosier families,” Banks said. “Improving transparency in the...

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Pothole Probability Goes Up With Temps

As temperatures go up this week in the Region, INDOT says so does the likelihood that potholes will appear on Region roadways. Here's more info:
INDOT News Release:
LAPORTE – Temperatures are forecasted to rise above freezing for Northwest Indiana later this week, increasing the likelihood that potholes will form. When the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is not clearing snow, ice or storm debris, crews are focused on maintaining and preserving the state’s roads and bridges.
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'Super Saturday' Tax Prep Events in Gary

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 (l-r) Mayor Freeman-Wilson, Myer Blank of True Partners Consulting, Shanta Belyeu and Vanessa Allen of the Urban League of NWI address questions during the press conference on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). [Photo provided]
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined representatives from the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Office, the University of Chicago, and True Partners Consulting Tuesday to discuss assisting residents in claiming money they are e...

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Griffith to Try Again to Leave Township

Today's Times reports there will be a renewed effort by the town of Griffith to 'separate' from Calumet Township. Though details haven't been made available yet, rather than 'secede', a term used in the past, the town will try to reorganize, the report says, in an attempt to gain independence from the township.  It's a move Griffith has been trying to make for the past few years, saying the town sends significantly more in tax dollars to the township than it gets back.
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Violent Crime Reduction Initiative to Start Soon

Patrols could start as soon as this weekend for three region communities who have decided to combine officers for special patrols to deal with crime. Highland Police Commander George Georgeff says an organizational meeting was held Monday, and now Griffith, Highland, and Munster are all on the same page, and have created the “Violent Crime Reduction Initiative”. Commander Georgeff says each town will determine the focus in their own jurisdiction, and the project needs to be results driven. Geo...

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S Shore CVA Write a Theme Winners Announced

Three theme winners have been announced from the 2012 “Write a Theme” contest, held annually in conjunction with the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, paying homage to Ralphie's theme requesting a Red Rider B-B Gun. The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority reports 5 year old Hailey Robbins, of Buchanan, Michigan, won the nine and under category, 13 year old Nicole Lukasiewicz, of Highland, won the ten to 18 year old category, and 33 year old Dawn Carden, of Gary, won the 19 and ol...

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Guilty Plea for Doctor on Drug Tax Evasion Charges

A Tinley Park, Illinois, couple who own and manage Doctors Weight Loss Clinics in Merrillville, and two Illinois locations, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to dispensing amphetamine-based pills to patients without proper examinations and tax evasion. The Times reports as part of their tax evasion plea agreement, the 57 year old doctor and his 53 year old wife, have agreed to forfeit and pay five-point-two million-dollars, with the judge waiting to address the conspiracy to distribute...

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Demolition Work Begins on Old School

A historic piece of Lowell history is starting to come down.  Crews are in the process of taking down the old Grade School at 525 E. Main Street.  Prior to the start of the demolition work could even begin, artifacts from the historic, 117 year-old structure including leaded glass windows, bricks from the foundation and the schools nameplate were removed and given to the Three Creeks Historical Association.  According to the Times, the buildings cornerstone was removed in 2011. 
This morning,...

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Spirit of Competition Exhibit Starts Tomorrow

Porter County Community Foundation News Release: Valparaiso - The Porter County Community Foundation in partnership with Valparaiso University is sponsoring the “Spirit of Competition” exhibit at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts from January 9 through February 7, 2013.  Created by Indiana Humanities and designed in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society, the exhibit celebrates both unknown and well-known Hoosier competitors.
“We’re really excited to bring this to Porter Cou...

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Two Northern Indiana Sites 'Shovel-Ready'

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says the designation paves the way for businesses to quickly locate new operations on property ready for development. The two sites in Plymouth and Elkhart join the list of more than 85 other 'shovel ready' sites identified by the state since 2006 that have undergone extensive title work, proof of ownership, legal and environmental review and qualify for expedited permitting with state regulatory agencies.
News Release (Jan 08 2013):
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