Gov Pence Holds First Cabinet Meeting

Indiana Governor Mike Pence today held his first meeting with members of his Cabinet. Twenty-one agency heads who gathered today included the new Superintendent of the Indiana State Police Doug Carter, Transportation Commissioner Michael Cline, Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Scott Sanders, and Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Martin Umbarger. Today marks the governor's second full day in office. On Monday, he signed 15 executive orders immediately after inauguration,...

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Indy Hospitals Limiting Visitors to Fight Flu Spread

At the request of Marion County health officials, an announcement today hospitals in Indianapolis are limiting visitors and instituting restrictions to keep the flu from spreading.  On Tuesday, Franciscan Alliance Lake County hospitals in Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond and Munster announced visitor restrictions and the removal of toys and reading materials from waiting rooms. State health officials this week reported 21 influenza-related deaths in Indiana this flu season. They say two of the...

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Times: BP Looking at Marktown Property

An article in today's Times says oil giant BP is looking into the possibility of buying property in north Lake County's historic Marktown neighborhood. Designed by renowned Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1917 in the style of an English Garden city as corporate or industrial housing for Chicago industrialist Clayton Mark's Mark Manufacturing, the East Chicago neighborhood eventually landed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among its unique features – it was included in R...

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Report Says Region Broke Temp Records

A new report on Extreme Weather 2012 by the Natural Resources Defense Council says last year Indiana experienced record-breaking heat in 36 counties – including Lake, Jasper and La Porte-- and a total of 109 broken heat records. At the same time, there were ten broken snow records... three of those around Medaryville in Pulaski County... and two large wildfires, one of those in northwest Indiana,the other in the southwest corner of the state.

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Day Two for Indiana Gov Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence met with members of his public safety team Tuesday including Superintendent of Indiana State Police Doug Carter, Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security John Hill, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard General R. Martin Umbarger and Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections Bruce Lemmon. [Photo provided/Governors office]
On day two as governor, Mike Pence had his very first two-year budget presented to state lawmakers, a...

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Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith, 94, Dies

Arrangements are pending in Gary for one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, Quentin Smith, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 94. Smith was born in Texas, and was a child when his family moved to the Region. He served in World War Two as part of a legendary group of America's first black military airmen, and after returning to northwest Indiana, held a number of leadership roles, including principal at West Side High School and member of the Gary City Council. This past April, he received a...

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Rep Brown Chosen Chairman of NW IN Leg Delegation

A state representative from Gary has been chosen as the new chairman of the Northwest Indiana legislative delegation. The group, consisting of 19 lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, chose Democrat Charlie Brown, who takes over for Democratic State Representative Chet Dobis, of Merrillville, who retired in 2012. Brown says among things he is interested in exploring is having a better working relationship between his delegation and those lawmakers serving in Marion County, working with regional...

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Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Starke County

Emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive species that kills ash trees, has been detected for the first time in Tipton and Starke counties.
In Tipton County, EAB was found in Liberty, Madison and Wildcat townships.
In Starke County, EAB was found in North Bend Township, specifically, at the Bass Lake Beach and Campground.
Additionally, EAB has been detected in new locations in counties where the insect was already known to exist. In Blackford County, EAB was detected in Jackson and Licking...

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250 Citations During LaPorte Co Saturation Patrols

A total of 596 vehicles were stopped during saturation patrols conducted by the LaPorte County D-U-I Taskforce, from October 1st, 2012, through December 31st, 2012. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office reports a total of 250 citations were issued, and 558 warnings were given for various traffic offenses. Authorities report a total of 46 impaired drivers were arrested for operating while intoxicated, with one operating while intoxicated arrest being made every 5.86 hours of saturation patrol. The...

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Customs Holds Up Shipment of Human Heads

The Chicago Tribune is reporting a paperwork issue is holding up a shipment of human heads at O-Hare International Airport. Published reports say the embalmed heads were shipped from Rome apparently on their way to a research facility in the United States, but their specific destination was unclear, leading Customs officials at the airport and other federal agencies to investigate.
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