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State Launches New Healthcare Tool

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State Launches New Healthcare Tool
Governor Mike Pence joins representatives from Castlight Health, Indiana University, Cummins, Anthem and the Indiana State Personnel Department to discuss and sign up for Castlight. [Photo provided]
This morning, Indiana Governor Mike Pence launched a new healthcare transparency tool, Castlight Health. “Indiana is leading the charge in providing tools to state employees to educate them about being informed healthcare consumers,” said Governor Pence. “Whether the focus is cost or quality, our employees are now more empowered than ever to save money and provide for their families’ medical needs by using Castlight.”
Castlight Health is a searchable database that enables self-insured employers and their employees to take control of health care costs and improve care. It provides cost estimates and quality ratings for doctors and procedures, while also educating employees about compliance for chronic health care conditions.
“Both businesses and governmental bodies continue to be stifled by the high cost of medical care in the United States,” said Giovanni Colella, M.D., co-founder and CEO, Castlight Health. “As the first state to introduce health care transparency into its workforce, the State of Indiana is taking an important leap forward by empowering employees with the information they need to make more informed, cost-effective health care decisions. Indiana was an early pioneer in the transparency movement and we believe their success will become the model for entities committed to improving health care outcomes, while better controlling costs.”
This initiative has taken more than a year to complete and involved a coordinated effort from the state, Castlight Health and Anthem, the state’s medical insurance provider.
Other large self-insured employers from around the state have already launched or are preparing to launch Castlight Health to their employees. These include Cummins and Indiana University, whose senior leadership joined the Governor this morning to celebrate the launch.
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Body in EC Canal Identified

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Officials say the discovery of a body in a canal in East Chicago is being investigated as a possible drowning, but results of today's autopsy are still pending. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement is investigating because the body was found in an Indiana waterway, part of the Little Calumet River that flows under Indianapolis Boulevard in the 55-hundred block. East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker says his department responded shortly before 6pm Sunday.  Indiana Conservation Officers say the body has been identified as 41-year-old Javier Pena of East Chicago, who was llast seen on May 29.
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Gas Prices Up in Region

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Prices at the pump have jumped recently in the Region, and Triple-A Chicago spokesperson Beth Mosher says it goes back to refinery issues that have been ongoing since about late winter/early spring. In the Gary Metropolitan area, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded has jumped nearly twenty-cents in the past week alone, according to the Triple-A Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Mosher says there's just no way to really predict if prices have topped out for the season.  To hear more of our interview with Beth Mosher visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
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Alleged Exposure Incidents in Parking Lot

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In Valparaiso, police are investigating alleged acts of indecent exposure in the Target parking lot. Police say they received two reports of a male subject driving through the lot and exposing himself to female subjects shortly after 4-o'clock Friday afternoon. Police say the suspect vehicle was described as a gold older model Chevy Cavalier with an Indiana license plate.
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146 Vehicles Stopped in La Porte Checkpoint

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Nearly 150 vehicles were stopped in a sobriety checkpoint coordinated by the La Porte County DUI Task Force Saturday night on State Road 2, for westbound traffic, west of Andrew Avenue in La Porte. According to results released today , one set of field sobriety tests and one portable breath test were administered, with warnings issued for drivers license and vehicle registration violations, and one seatbelt citation written. At about the same time one officer from the La Porte City Police Department and one deputy from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office conducted saturation/roving patrols, resulting in 23 traffic stops, 23 warnings and 6 citations for various offenses.
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Farmers Surge Ahead

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This chart, based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, shows the progress of corn planting in Indiana, highlighting key years since 1993. (Purdue Department of Agronomy graphic/Bob Nielsen)
A month ago, Hoosier farmers were wondering how wet would it get... and when could they get into the fields? They got a break from rain, and by late May were able to surge ahead of the five-year average pace in planting corn and soybeans. Despite cool temperatures and intermittent rain last week, farmers had planted 86 percent of the intended corn acreage as of the week ending May 26, following weeks of planting delays from frequent and heavy rains in April, especially in southern Indiana.
Larger equipment also helped farmers make fast progress. Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist, says a combination of favorable soil conditions and today's high-capacity field equipment allowed Indiana corn growers to plant 78 percent of the state's corn crop in three weeks.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service said most of the fruit and berry crops will make it through the bloom stage this year with little damage from frost.
More info at this Purdue link: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/Q2/indiana-farmers-now-ahead-of-five-year-pace-in-planting-crops.html
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Triathlete Collapses; 900 Compete on Sunday

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No word on the condition of an athlete who collapsed and reportedly stopped breathing soon after finishing Leon's Triathlon in Hammond Sunday. The Times today reports he was taken by ambulance to a hospital. 
http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/recreation/bystanders-perform-cpr-on-fallen-leon-s-triathlon-athlete/article_69cf2beb-6709-5ec9-90ef-b4644615b7ca.html
This year’s event at Wolf Lake Park brought over 900 triathletes from around the nation to the region to compete.  Leon’s Triathlon is an Olympic distance race beginning and ending at Wolf Lake, including a swim, a biking portion and a run, this year marked the 30th anniversary of the nationally broadcasted event. Leon’s Triathlon is an Olympic distance race beginning and ending at Wolf Lake, including a .9 mile swim, 24.6 mile biking portion and a 6.2 mile running portion.  The Amateur Female winners of the race were: Jennifer Garrison of Naperville, IL; Kristine June of Highwoood, IL; and Megan James of Portage MI. The top placing Amateur Males were Jason West of Breiningsville, PA; Mark Harms from Madison, WI; and Adam Zucco from Elburn, IL.
For the full list of winners and times of Leon’s Triathlon of participants visit http://results.active.com/events/leon-s-worlds-fastest-triathlon--2/individuals-and-relays
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Hammond Caucus Scheduled

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A caucus is set for today [June 3] to choose a new city councilman for Hammond to replace 52-year-old Al Salinas. Authorities say he resigned his second district seat after admitting to a felony bribery charge and misdemeanor tax charge in Hammond Federal Court last month. Indiana law prohibits a convicted felon from holding public office. Democratic precinct committee members will meet to choose the person who'll fill the remaining two years left on his term. State law requires a caucus be held no later than 30 days after the vacancy occurs.
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Iron Ore Plant to Indiana

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A 350-million dollar iron ore plant is coming to northern Indiana. Magnetation LLC of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, will build its plant at the site of an abandoned VeraSun Energy ethanol plant in the White County community of Reynolds. The company says the new facility will produce high quality iron ore pellets, raw material in the steelmaking process and anticipates the plant to become operational late this year or early next year and employ about 100 to 120 people. Reynolds is about eighty miles south of Gary.
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Separation Comes Up at Great Lakes Summit

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Indiana's Governor and First Lady spent the weekend in northern Michigan, to attend a leadership summit. Governor Mike Pence and his wife Karen were at Mackinac Island for the 2013 Council of Great Lakes Governors, where Governor Pence spoke on strengthening the Great Lakes region in the global economy.
Word from that summit that there could be a shift in a long-standing dispute over invasive species in the Great Lakes region. Addressing a gathering of Great Lakes governors, Illinois' Pat Quinn said he's willing to consider placing barriers in Chicago-area waterways to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.   Quinn said separating the lakes from the Mississippi River watershed is the "ultimate solution".   Michigan and four other states sued - Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsyvania -- unsuccessfully, trying to force permanent barriers to keep the carp away from the lakes' multi-billion dollar fishing industries. Indiana has contended that such a re-engineering of Chicago rivers and canals would disrupt commerce and cause flooding, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence says his position, opposition to separation, has not changed.
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House Fire in Sauk Village

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Fire crews from northwest Indiana, including Schererville and Dyer, assisted departments from across the south suburbs in putting out a house fire in Sauk Village Sunday night. Firefighters were on scene in the 16-hundred block of 216th Place shortly before 8:30 pm. There were no reports of injuries. No word at this hour on the cause
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East Chicago Death Investigated

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East Chicago Police continue to investigate the death of an East Chicago man pronounced dead at 11:30 Saturday night at 140th and Deal Street in the city. The Lake County Coroners office says 47-year-old Brigido Lopez sustained blunt force trauma and the manner of death was pending investigation.
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Body Found in EC Canal

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Authorities say a man was found dead in a canal in East Chicago Sunday evening.  East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker says police were called shortly before 6 pm about a body in the canal near 155th and Indianapolis Boulevard. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is also investigating. The Lake County Coroners office says cause and manner of death are pending.
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Indiana Senator Dan Coats Comments on Report

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Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), senior Senate Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the latest Social Security and Medicare Trustees report:
“Today’s report is no reason for Washington to pat itself on the back and avoid real action on reforming Medicare and Social Security. The fact remains that mandatory spending is unsustainable. Until Congress and the White House summon the political will to make structural changes to Medicare and Social Security, these programs may not be available for future generations. We shouldn’t wait for the crisis to hit; we should plan to address it now so we are not forced to make drastic and painful changes later.
“I will continue to urge the president to work with Congress on restructuring the health and retirement security programs to ensure these benefits are available for our children and grandchildren. These reforms cannot be accomplished without the president’s engagement and support.”
The Trustees estimated that the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund will exhaust its reserves in 2016 and the Social Security trust fund that pays benefits to retirees would be exhausted by 2035.
(photo courtesy of  http://www.coats.senate.gov)

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US Marshals Fugitive of the Week: Sheena Denice Webb

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Sheena Denice Webb

A 25 year old woman is wanted for multiple felony charges including Robbery with a Gun, Aggravated Battery, Battery and Criminal Confinement by the Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Department and is this week's "Fugitive of the Week" by the U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.  Sheena Denice Webb was last known to reside in the 4800 block of Northcote Avenue in East Chicago.  Webb is described as a black female, 5'1", weighing 139 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on Sheena Denice Webb's 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.
(photo courtesy of the US Marshals Service)

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Hoosiers should Hang Up on Utility Bill Scams

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller urges consumers to hang up on a new scam where callers impersonate utility company employees and ask for payment on delinquent bills

The Attorney General’s office and utility companies have received reports about calls notifying homeowners of past due utility bills, but traditional forms of payment such as checks and credit cards are not accepted. Zoeller said the scammers ask for the customer to purchase a prepaid debit card, often found at Walmart or gas stations, and call them back with the PIN number.

“Criminals are using easily accessible prepaid debit cards to take victims’ money and avoid being traced,” Zoeller said. “This form of payment is just like giving cash – once you hand it over it’s gone. As the weather begins to heat up consumers should be on alert as scammers will try to use threats – like utility disconnection – in order to con you out of your money.”

Zoeller said if Indiana consumers receive a call asking for a prepaid card or personal information just hang-up and contact the utility provider directly. Utility customers with delinquent accounts often receive multiple notifications, including written notice, from their utility over the span of several weeks before services are disconnected.

In order to appear legitimate, scammers use caller ID spoofing technology which allows them to disguise their phone number. For example, your caller ID screen may have the name of a local utility company, but the call could actually be coming from another state or country.

Individuals who believe they may be a victim can file a consumer complaint with the Attorney General’s office by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1-800-380-5516.
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CP Business Owner Pleads Guilty to False Statements

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A 41 year old Crown Point man pled guilty this week in Hammond federal Court before Chief Judge Philp Simon to the felony offenses of making false statements on a tax return and making false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding. Charges were filed against Roman Perez as a result of an investigation by the IRS and the FBI, and he faces up to eight years in prison. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 14th.
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Cook Co Sheriff's Office to Serve as Inspector Gen of Dolton

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The financial woes in the Village of Dolton, Illinois, have led to the Cook County Sheriff's Public Corruption Unit to act as their independent inspector general, effective immediately. Sheriff Tom Dart says they are doing this at the request of Mayor Riley Rogers, who will formally introduce an ordinance establishing the Sheriff's Office to the position on Monday.
Mayor Rogers, who assumed office earlier this month, found the village on the brink of potential financial collapse, and on Thursday, announced the village had just 125-thousand dollars on hand, and needs to obtain a loan just to meet payroll. Sheriff Dart says his team will play a critical role in fulfilling the Mayor's vision of a clean and transparent Dolton, and invites other struggling suburban communities to use this approach as a model to get their towns back on track.

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Gary Man Wins One Million Dollars Playing Lottery

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(Photo Courtesy of the Hoosier Lottery)
A Gary man recently became the second Hoosier in the last year to claim a one-million dollar prize from the Hoosier Lottery. Lottery officials report Terry Jackson claimed his winnings on Tuesday, and says the money will help to pad his nest egg. Jackson won the one-million dollar prize by playing the scratch-off game, Hoosier Lottery Black, and purchased the winning ticket at Citgo, in the 61-hundred block of West Ridge Road in Gary.
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Yellowstone Rd in Valpo Closed Next Week for Restoration

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Starting Monday morning, Yellowstone Road in Valparaiso will be closed for a road restoration project. Officials report Yellowstone Road will be closed for approximately 700 feet, from the north George Street entrance to Avondale Avenue. Work is scheduled to begin at 7am Monday and continue through Friday afternoon.
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