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The bill requires the Department of Education (DOE) to consult with statewide organizations that study the correlation between family involvement and student achievement, and develop the guidelines for the program. The DOE must also make available to schools best practices for encouraging family engagement.
“The purpose of this bill is to involve parents in their children’s education,” said Smith. “Warm and inviting schools can make a difference in the quality of performance.
“Schools could create packets and workshops to show parents what the students are learning,” he added. “They can provide summer packages to encourage families to work together on simple schoolwork over the summer. Even welcoming parents into the building can make a difference in a child’s education. This bill is very important.”
Senate Bill 422 passed through the House 96-0 and now will advance to the Senate for further review.
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(Photo Courtesy of Indiana State Police)
Authorities say a thirty year murder case can now be brought to a close. A 52 year old Scottsburg, Indiana, man was arrested this morning, in Louisiana, on a LaPorte County warrant for felony murder by the U.S. Marshals out of New Orleans. Indiana State Police report Paul Stucker is awaiting extradition back to Indiana, accused of killing 34 year old Johnny Hodge in his cell, at the Indiana State Prison, in Michigan City, on October 19th, 1983. State Police report Stucker was an inmate at the prison at the dame time as Hodge when the murder occurred. Hodge was serving a life sentence on a double-murder charge at the time. Indiana State Police Detectives assigned to the SEllersburg and Versailles Post are reportedly responsible for closing this cold case.
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A full-alert on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has been lifted. Officals reported the "all-clear" was given just after 4pm, about three-hours after it was first issued. Police were reportedly searching for a suspicious individual, after a man with what maybe a gun, was allegedly seen near Barnhill and Vermont. The campus will now return to normal operations.
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The Lake County Prosecutor's Office today accepted charges against a 39 year old St. John man, who fled the scene of a firey crash Sunday morning in Crown Point that left one man dead. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says David Hatfield is charged with operating while intoxicated resulting in death, and leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, both of which are felonies, as well as two misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated. Investigators report Hatfield's vehicle struck the rear of a 59 year old Crown Point man's vehicle as it traveled west on 109th Avenue, killing the Crown Point man, and causing both vehicle to go up in flames. Authorities report extremely excessive speed by Hatfield also contributed to the crash.
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Starting tomorrow morning at 7am Central Time, contractors will begin painting the bridge over the westbound Calumet City exit on the Indiana Toll Road, causing the westbound exit ramp to be closed. Indiana Toll Road officials report traffic from the westbound exit ramp will be detoured through the make-up/break-up lot, which in-turn will restrict parking to tractor-trailers in that lot. The closure is scheduled to be lifted this Friday afternoon, but will begin again Monday, March 25th, through Thursday, March 28th.
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis's twitter reports the campus remains on full-alert, as police reportedly continue to search for a suspicious individual. IUPUI send out a text message just before one this afternoon, stating a man with what maybe a gun, was seen near Barnhill and Vermont. All buildings remain on lockdown at last check, and ask people to avoid campus until further notice.
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City officials in Valparaiso have announced LaPorte Avenue will be closed for several hours Wednesday (March 20, 2013) to remove an MRI machine from the former Porter Hospital building. Work is scheduled to begin at 7am and continue until 5 pm, though actual removal may take less time. The length of road affected is from Healthy Access to the parking lot east of the old hospital building.
Daniels says it's been too easy in higher education for institutions to decide first what they would like to spend, and then raise student bills to produce the funds. He says Purdue shouldn't forget the dollars they spend come for the most part from either a student’s family or a taxpayer.
Founded in 1936 as an automobile insurance company, GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is the third largest private passenger auto insurer in the country, serving more than 11 million auto policies and covering more than 18 million vehicles (auto and motorcycle).
Top honors - again - for the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. The Valpo Chamber has won the 2013 Chamber of Commerce of the Year award from the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. The Valpo Chamber, with over 700 members, is the only Northwest Indiana Chamber to have ever received "Chamber of Commerce of the Year." The Chamber also won the same award in 2005. The award is based on the U.S. Chamber’s accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership/governance, finance, advocacy and membership development.
The Valpo Chamber received the honor during the Indiana Chamber Executives Association Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Friday, March 15, at the Hyatt in downtown Indianapolis.
The Valpo Chamber was selected as the "2013 Chamber of Commerce of the Year" by an independent panel of judges outside the state. The award is based on the U.S. Chamber's accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership, governance, finance, advocacy, and membership development.
Programs specifically mentioned with regard to Valparaiso being chosen were the Valpo Chamber Community Improvement Awards, recognizing local businesses for their commitment and investment in Valparaiso by improving their visual presence in the community and the Business Appreciation Luncheon, designed to thank top employers for their impact to improve and sustain a strong economic climate and employee base. The Chamber was also cited for its strong financial performance recognizing its success in new member development and consistent, high member reinvestment rates and its strong advocacy demonstrated on local, state, and national issues.
"This great honor is a testament to the staff and board leadership of the Valpo Chamber who, over time, have set the bar high for performance and effectiveness on behalf of the members," states Chamber President, Rex Richards. "Everything that we do is for the benefit of our member investors. If our members are successful, then we are successful. It's all about service."
"The staff has performed at such a high level and has delivered the most effective programs possible for the membership," says Board Chair, Jonathan Nalli, CEO, Porter Health Care System. "Our Chamber has succeeded in taking service to our members to a very high level and this statewide recognition brings great honor not only to the Valpo Chamber, but to our community, county, and region."
In addition to Chamber of the Year, the ICEA also awarded its "Communications Excellence Awards." The Chamber received top honors of "Excellence" for the quarterly Valparaiso Magazine, annual Membership Directory and Community Resource Guide, annual U-Guide University Student Resource Guide, and the recently updated Chamber website www.valparaisochamber.org <http://www.valparaisochamber.org> ; while receiving "Honorable Mention" in the category of Annual Reports.
"The magnitude of awards won by the Valpo Chamber was truly gratifying," adds Immediate Past Chair Jon Schmaltz, of Burke Costanza & Carberry. "To achieve this level of excellence, judged by an independent panel from outside the state, makes the Valpo Chamber the standard of excellence upon which all other chambers look to.
"The hard work and dedication of the professionals at the Chamber is apparent through the works submitted for review by the judging panel," says Shelli Williams, ICEA President. "The Valpo Chamber was up against some very well-respected competition, so to take top honors like this really says a lot."
Chamber professional designations were also given at the award luncheon. "Accredited Executive" was given to Valpo Chamber President Rex Richards while Susan Antoszewski, Marketing & Communication Specialist/Publications Editor and Kurt Gillins, Programs Director, earned the designation of "Certified Professional."
Valpo Chamber members who helped create the award winning communication pieces are: Valparaiso Magazine, Morse & Company Advertising Communications Inc., Home Mountain Printing, and Aran Kessler Photo Imaging; U-Guide, Foster Printing Service; and Website and Membership Directory, The Grossbauer Group.
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At an afternoon press conference Porter Regional Hospital made a partnership official. Porter Health Care System CEO Jonathon Nalli announced that the hospital has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Loyola University Health System. This affiliation will complement the quality care patients receive at Porter Regional Hospital by expanding access to academic research and clinical care in Northwest Indiana, according to the hospital.
Porter Health Care System CEO, Jonathon Nalli said, “We are increasing the depth of our clinical services through this affiliation. Both Porter Regional Hospital and Loyola University Health System are committed to furthering access to medical resources and patient-centered care.”
Loyola President and CEO Larry M. Goldberg said the affiliation will further Loyola's mission of broadening access to its medical services. “Now, patients from Northwest Indiana can retain the comforts and convenience of their home hospital, while benefiting from Loyola specialists and gaining access to our clinical trials.”
Loyola University Medical Center is a Chicago-based academic center. It has been named to a list of “100 Greta Hospitals” by Becker's Hospital Review and its cancer program has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons. The American Stroke Association has awarded Loyola its Gold Performance Achievement Award for implementing a higher standard of stroke care.
Porter health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties on the medical staff, Porter Health Care System is a leader in technology and overall patient care.
(provided by porterhealth.com)
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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate unanimously approved a measure on Monday sponsored by State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) to provide LaPorte residents with a process for minimizing property tax debt.
“LaPorte has faced extremely adverse circumstances with property tax collection for many years,” Sen. Arnold said. “This bill will protect our Hoosier taxpayers and offer them an opportunity to decrease their financial burdens.”
House Bill (HB) 1261 would allow eligible LaPorte County homeowners to receive deductions in delayed property taxes for all assessment dates rather than a current assessment date. Current homeowners would qualify for the tax deductions if they lived on the property during the year of the delayed assessment date or did not qualify for a similar property deduction in another county for the same date.
The measure would authorize the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance to delay payments for the March 1, 2011 or January 15, 2013 assessment dates. In addition, payments could either be made in equal installments for at least six months or in one payment at the end of six months. Certain policies would apply to delayed property taxes, such as allowing payments through credit or debit card, exemptions from sales tax for one year, and two percent discounts for payments made within 30 days.
HB 1261 also provides that these claims be specified in a tax statement.
After unanimously passing out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the full Senate by a vote of 47-0, HB 1261 will now return to the House of Representatives where the author of the bill will have the opportunity to consider changes made in the Senate.
Sen. Arnold represents District 8 in the Indiana State Senate which encompasses the majority of LaPorte County including the City of LaPorte and the eastern part of Michigan City. It also includes western St. Joseph County and Davis, Oregon, Washington, Center and Jackson townships in Starke County.
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