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Nov 2012 Indiana Employment Report

Indiana Department of Workforce Development News Release (Friday Dec 21 2012) -- Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in November at 8.0 percent. Unemployment in the Hoosier State remains lower than all surrounding states, with the exception of Ohio, and slightly above the national rate.  

While Indiana has experienced one of the strongest periods of job growth in more than a decade over the past year, private sector jobs contracted by 9,800 in November, mainly due to...

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Winter Arrives, Parts of Ind in Drought

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[Graphic Courtesy http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?IN,MW ]

It may be Winter, officially as of 5:11 this morning Central Standard Time, the arrival of the Winter Solstice, but the Indiana Farm Bureau says the state continues to feel after-effects of this year's dry spell, and Indiana farmers continue to cope. As of the latest weekly Drought Monitor issued this past Tuesday, parts of the state were still below normal in precipitation – including northern counties, like Lake, Porter and L...

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NW Ind Making Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

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(Image at Connecticut PTSA  www.ctpta.org  )

A special event is happening in Lake County soon to help those who are suffering in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting tragedy one week ago today.  In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association has but out a request for kids across the country to make snowflakes to decorate the new school they will be moving into. On January 5th First United Methodist Church of Crown Point is holding a "Snowflakes...

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Governor Urges Moment of Reflection

At the request of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is urging Hoosiers to pause for a moment of reflection this morning (Friday) at 9:30 a.m. EST, 8:30 a.m. Central Standard Time, to remember the victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Malloy has issued a proclamation declaring today as a Day of Mourning in Connecticut, and he also sent letters to all other governors inviting them to ask their citizens to take part by taking a moment to honor the Sandy Hook children and educators.

 

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Four Injured in School Bus Crash

Porter County Sheriff's Police say four people were hurt in a head-on crash involving a school bus loaded with children in the area of 192 N 500 W in Union Township Thursday.  Officers say two children, ages 9 and 10, reported neck pain and were taken to a local hospital.  Public Information Officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says the initial investigation indicates that the Union Township School Corporation Bus was southbound on CR 500 W, when a northbound Jeep went left of center and struck the s...

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Road Conditions Vary Across Region

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From wet to snowy, road conditions vary across the Region this morning after a winter storm that continues to move across northern Indiana. Very strong winds are expected to continue  through this afternoon, with a few gusts to near 60 possible near lakefront areas along Lake Michigan.  Lakeshore Flood Warnings are also in effect; forecasters say winds will result in "large and battering waves" of 22 to 27 feet across southern Lake Michigan, with the largest waves locally along the Porter C...

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Duneland Schools Address Violence Rumor

In Chesterton, Duneland School Corporation officials say procedures and protocols regarding school safety measures were reviewed again by administrators and staff members earlier this week, in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  Duneland School officials also say a rumor has surfaced recently that some form of violence was going to occur at a pep rally at Chesterton High School on Friday of this week/today. School and law enforcement officials...

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Trailer Fire in Portage

Multiple fire departments were called out around 5-o'clock this morning – we have unconfirmed reports of a fully involved trailer fire in the 400 block of Bronze Avenue in Portage. No word on if anyone is inside the structure at this hour.  No other information was available at this time.

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4 Injured in School Bus/SUV Crash

Four people were taken to a local hospital after an SUV and school buses crashed this afternoon in Porter County. Union Township Assistant Fire Chief Tim Beach says two children on the bus, along with the bus driver, and the driver of the SUV, were injured in the crash that took place around 3:30 this afternoon at 197 North and County Road 500 West. Beach says a total of 20 children were on the bus at the time of the incident, and after the crash they were housed in a nearby garage due to the...

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Homes Sales Up in U.S NW Indiana

Nwi-dot-com today reports sales figures released by the Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors show single-family existing home sales went up nearly thirty-percent in the Region last month, compared to last year.

ABC News reports sales of existing homes climbed nearly six percent last month, the fastest pace in three years. Nationwide the median price for an existing home was $180,600, up ten percent from a year ago.

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