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Region Residents Reminded to Turn Back Clocks

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday. Saturday night/Sunday morning when we turn clocks back an hour and return to Standard Time. Fire departments around the Region remind residents that it's a great time to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Beginning in 2006, all of Indiana started observing Daylight Saving Time.  Before then, most of the state stayed on Eastern Standard Time year round.  Now, most of the state remains on Eastern Time, but also makes the switch to Daylight Saving Time in the Spring.  The Region is on Central Time, along with a handful of counties in the far southwestern corner of the state....

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Gary Police Investigate Shooting Death

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In Gary, authorities say police are investigating the shooting death of a Gary man in the 32-hundred block of Georgia Street Thursday evening. The Lake County Coroners office says 57-year-old Terence Farmer suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at 7:30 pm. The shooting reportedly occurred in the driveway of the victim's house. There have been more than forty homicides in the city this year.  A shooting death earlier this month in the 500 block of east 16th Avenue marked the 43rd homicide in the city this year, the same number as all of last year. ...

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Congressman Visclosky Testifies on Steel Measures

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First District Democrat Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky, Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, testified Thursday before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), urging the Commission to maintain the current countervailing and anti-dumping measures on hot-rolled steel products from China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine.  Congressman Visclosky says the proper enforcement of trade laws is vital to American steelworkers, and that the steel industry must recover in this fragile economy without the fear of injury from unfair trade.
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The full testimony from Thursday is as follows:
I would like to first thank Chairman Williamson, the members of the Commission, and the staff, for the work that you do to uphold our trade laws, for your commitment to public service, and for the opportunity to be a part of today’s hearing.  The recent government shutdown provided countless examples of negative impacts from Congress’s inability to come to a budget agreement, but I want you to know that the shutdown took on a new reality for me when I realized that I would not be able to participate in this hearing originally scheduled for October 3, 2013.  I implored on the House floor numerous times during the shutdown that we have a country to run, and an integral part of running this country is the work that you and your staff do here at the International Trade Commission.  Therefore, I thank you for your work and for your timeliness in rescheduling today’s very important hearing. 
As the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, I believe that the proper enforcement of our trade laws is vital to American steelworkers.  What is at stake today are American steel jobs.  Steel jobs take skill, know-how, innovation, and teamwork.  They are jobs that provide a living-wage, and allow workers to invest in their families and their communities.  This is essential in the communities in the First Congressional District of Indiana, and in communities throughout America. 
To illustrate, along with Chairman Murphy of the Eighteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania, the Congressional Steel Caucus gathered the signatures of 48 other Members of Congress from around the county in a letter to you in support of maintaining the current countervailing and anti-dumping duties at issue in this case.  The orders before you cover dumped and subsidized hot-rolled steel from six countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine.  As the Department of Commerce has already stated, the revocation of the anti-dumping duty orders would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping at margins as great as 90.83 percent, and the revocation of countervailing duty orders would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy at rates as great as 563.5 percent.
There also are massive capacity increases throughout these countries, and persistent patterns of unfair trading practices in other steel product lines.  Specifically, it is estimated that hot-rolled steel capacity in China has grown from approximately 175 million metric tons in 2006 to approximately 385 million metric tons in 2012, and in India, hot-rolled steel capacity has grown from approximately 16 million metric tons in 2006 to approximately 37 million metric tons in 2012.  I would add that because of the depressed conditions of their own economies, removing our protections would release a flood of dumped and subsidized imports, leading again to material injury for American steel manufacturers and the loss of American jobs. 
Additionally, as noted in the Steel Caucus letter, American steel is still recovering in this fragile economy.  From 2007 to 2009, U.S. consumption of hot-rolled steel fell by over 43 percent and data from a previous Commission proceeding showed that in 2009, U.S. mills had an operating loss of $2.3 billion and 18 percent of the U.S. workforce making hot-rolled steel lost their jobs.  As of last year, U.S. consumption had still not returned to 2007 levels, and as of last week, the Northwest Indiana Times, a local newspaper in my district, noted that U.S. Steel is predicted to lose money for the fourth consecutive quarter and ArcelorMittal is predicted to lose money for the fifth consecutive quarter. 
Members of the Commission, American steel jobs are at stake, and we must do all that we can to allow American workers to recover in this fragile economy without the fear of further injury from unfair trade.  Therefore, I respectfully request that you keep these orders in place, and again, I thank you for your tireless work and for your fair and thorough consideration of this case....

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Region Runners in Cross Country Finals Saturday

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Runners from across the state and around the Region will converge on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute Saturday to determine this year's champs in the IHSAA State Finals in cross country. The boys race is scheduled to begin at 1 pm Eastern Time with the girls race to follow at 1:45.
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Crown Point Boys Soccer Going for State Title

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The Indiana high school state soccer championships are this Saturday (Nov 2), with one Region squad going for a state title.  The Crown Point Boys Soccer team is looking to cap its undefeated season with its second state title in three seasons.  The Bulldogs will face Avon High School at 5pm Central Time on the campus of IUPUI.  Tickets are $10. Fans traveling to the game are advised that a marathon could lead to road closures near the stadium.
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Prep Football Tournament Action Continues

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Prep football tournament action continues in the Region tonight, with 6A teams playing for sectional championships.  In Sectional 1, 8-2 Lake Central is hosting 9-1 Merrillville at the Burial Grounds in St John... while in Sectional 2 Chesterton is traveling to Mishawaka to take on unbeaten Penn.   Classes 1 thru 5A will be playing sectional semi-final games tonight.  Munster is at Michigan City... Griffith at East Chicago Central... West Side at Highland... Andrean at Calumet... Hammond High hosts John Glenn... Rensselaer is at North Judson... Boone Grove at Bowman... and 9-1 Whiting is at unbeaten Winamac.
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Lake Station Toll Road/94 Exchange Blocked by Rollover

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Semi rollover is affecting the Indiana Toll Road to eastbound Interstate 94 in Lake Station... EB I-94 to Toll Road... and NB Ripley to EB I-94.  All these ramps are side by side and affected by the rollover.  Ramp from westbound Indiana Toll road to WB 80/94 is already closed with road work....

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Two Coke Batteries Closing at Gary Works

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US Steel is shuttering two of its oldest coke batteries at the flagship Gary Works plant as part of an overall company initiative to reduce costs. Coke batteries 5 and 7 were built in the 1950s. Published reports say the 120 affected workers are being reassigned elsewhere within the mill. US Steel is also shutting down their Hamilton Works steelmaking plant in Canada. Hamilton Works in Hamilton, Ontario, is one of two US Steel plants in Canada....

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Open Houses Scheduled on Marquette Plan

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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and Indiana Landmarks are inviting the public to a series of open houses in Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties on the Marquette Plan, a vision long in the making to reinvest in Northwest Indiana's lakeshore. NIRPC says the idea is to create a “Livable Lakefront for the Region” where people can live, work, play and stay. The first two open houses are in Gary and Whiting this Monday. Two others are scheduled later this month in Michigan City and Portage.
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The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and Indiana Landmarks would like to invite those interested to participate in a series of public open houses regarding current efforts to update the Marquette Plan, Northwest Indiana’s Vision for Lakeshore Reinvestment. These open houses will be held as follows:
November 4th: 2:00 – 3:30 pm at Gary Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Branch, 501 South Lake Street, Gary IN 46403.
November 4th: 5:30 – 7 pm at Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark Street Whiting IN 46394
November 12th: 5:30 – 7 pm at City Hall Operations Center, 100 E. Michigan Blvd #2, Michigan City, IN 46360
November 18th: 5:30 – 7 pm at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission: 6100 South Port Road, Portage, IN 46368
Congressman Pete Visclosky, the creative force behind the Marquette Plan has said “Sweeping changes will not come overnight. Nor can they be dictated by one person or one governmental body. We in Northwest Indiana must sit together as a unified community and reach a consensus on our future”. In 2005 Phase I, and again in 2008 for Phase II, the region did come together on a future for our Lake Michigan Shore. The Marquette Plan’s strategic vision, common to both phases is to create a Livable Lakefront for the Region, where people can live, work, play & stay. The plan provides a framework for thinking and acting strategically to move toward environmental, economic, and social sustainability of our shoreline, with new and mixed uses, as well as increased public access to the vital Lake Michigan resource.
Since 2005 the Marquette Plan has not been a document that sits on the shelf. Many of our shorefront cities and towns have invested in projects and policies to implement the Marquette Plan, with the support of the Regional Development Authority, the Indiana DNR, and many other regional partners. For details on all the developments on the shoreline, visit the RDA’s Marquette Plan page at www.rdatransformation.com...

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House Fire in Hebron

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Crews are responding to a house fire in Hebron.  State Road 8 is reportedly blocked east of Hebron this morning.  No other information was available at this hour....

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Power Outage in Portage

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Northern Indiana Public Service Company reports just over 14-hundred customers in Portage are without power at this hour.  We have reports that includes the traffic light being out at the busy intersection of US 6 and County Line Road.  No word at this hour on what is causing the outage....

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Region Invited To Save The Kennedy

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The Kennedy Theatre has been the site of first dates, movie premieres, and family fun for generations in Hessville and now they need your help. Owner Chris Benavidez says they need over one-hundred thousand dollars for studio mandated upgrades to keep showing movies in 2014. To help raise the money needed they have started The Save The Kennedy Campaign online and will be hosting a benefit November 2nd at the Hammond FOP Lodge. For more information, listen to Annie's interview with Chris online at News Audio On Demand here on our website....

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False Reporting Leads to Arrest of Two DeMotte Men

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Two DeMotte men have been arrested and charged with false informing after they told authorities an unknown suspect shot their friend during a robbery that never actually occurred. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says on Tuesday, just before 3:30am, they received word of a gunshot victim at the Jasper County Hospital Emergency Room, where a 23 year old DeMotte man had received a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. During the investigation, detectives found a discrepancy in the story of the two witnesses who were in the vehicle with the victim when the alleged robbery occurred, at the intersection of State Road 110, south of DeMotte. Authorities say the victim reportedly admitted the robbery story had been fabricated to cover the fact he had self-inflicted the gunshot wound at his apartment. A search warrant of the apartment turned up a 38-caliber revolver, along with spent shell casings at the scene and an investigation continues. ...

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Indiana Extends High-Risk Insurance 6,800 Hoosiers

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Indiana's high-risk insurance pool has been extended until January 31st, 2014, for all 68-hundred Hoosiers currently covered. The Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Insurance issued the order today at the urging of Governor Mike Pence, due to the fact Hoosiers have had difficultly enrolling in Marketplace insurance plans because of technical issues with the federal Marketplace website. Should the enrollment problems continue, the state will assess the feasibility of extending coverage until Hoosiers can apply and enroll in the federal Marketplace. ...

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Donnelly Outlines Priorities for Farm Bill Conference

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The federal government is cutting five billion dollars from the food stamp program, meaning families of four will get $36 dollars less a month for food. And more cuts could be coming as Congress debates a farm bill. 47 million people use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP. Paul Morello with the Greater Chicago Food Depository says the cuts will increase demand at food pantries and more people are going to have trouble finding food,  "they're going to have trouble figuring out where their next meal is going to come from".
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly today outlined his priorities for the five-year Farm Bill, urging the farm bill conference committee to provide a basic level of crop insurance coverage for advanced bio-fuel crops and expressed support for a bipartisan amendment to improve the availability of conservation technical assistance to farmers. For a link to read Donnelly's full letter to the farm bill committee, click http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/download/2013-farm-bill-conference-priorities...

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Autopsy Results on Two Killed in Portage Crash

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An autopsy has been performed on 40 year old Simon Moffat, the driver of the vehicle that crossed into the southbound lane and struck another vehicle, which killed Moffat and 33 year old Karina Gonzalez, a passenger in the vehicle that was struck. Moffat autopsy, performed by the Lake County Coroner's Office, showed his death was caused by his brain stem being severed. Toxicology test results should be available in about six-weeks. Gonzales, whose autopsy was performed by the Porter County Coroner's Office, died due to multiple blunt force trauma. Rogelio Gonzalez, the driver of the vehicle that was struck, remains in good condition at last check at a South Bend hospital. The cause of a two-vehicle crash Wednesday in Portage on Willowcreek Road remains under investigation....

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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Heather Tancos

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A 27 year old woman wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Office for dealing cocaine is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. Heather Tancos is described as a white female, 5'7”, weighing 159 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Authorities say Tancos has been known to reside throughout the northwest Indiana region, with ties to Crown Point, Hobart, Lake Station and Valparaiso.
Anyone with information on Heather Tancos and her whereabouts may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous....

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Donnelly, Viclosky Testify to ITC on Tariffs

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Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly and Congressman Pete Visclosky today testified before the US International Trade Commission in support of anti-dumping tariffs on hot-rolled steel products from foreign countries. Congressman Visclosky says he believes we need a manufacturing base in the US to pay a living wage and internationally it is not a fair fight.
Visclosky says manufacturing is key to our national security and tariffs must continue to be enforced. Donnelly says the tariffs level the playing field. ...

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Woman Files Lawsuit Claiming Officer Caused Her Crash

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A lawsuit has been filed by a woman against Porter County Sheriff David Lain, the Sheriff's Department, a Sheriff's Department officer, and the Porter County Board of Commissioners, claiming an officer's actions caused her to get into a car accident that resulted in her being injured. The Times reports Melody King claims she was heading south on State Road 49, around 7pm, on November 4th, 2011, when an officer entered State Road 49 from eastbound Division Road against a red light. According to the article, King's lawsuit says the officer's action caused her to collide with the vehicle in front of her, which resulted in her injury, which has led to medical expenses and lost earnings. ...

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Four Region Communities Move Halloween to 11/1

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In Northwest Indiana, four Region communities – Crown Point, Winfield, Portage and now LaPorte, have moved the official trick-or-treat time to Friday evening. Portage Assistant Fire Chief Dan Kodicek says the fire department will also be out tomorrow night, passing out thousands of glow sticks purchased through donations from Firefighters Local 3151 and Porter Regional Hospital. For UNINCORPORATED Porter County, Sheriff David Lain wanted residents to know that trick-or-treat hours would NOT be moved. At last check, all other community trick or treat hours remain intact....

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