Crown Point Collecting Items for Kokomo

The City of Crown Point has announced a collection drive for donations to help those affected by Sunday's severe weather outbreak in the especially hard-hit city of Kokomo. The National Weather Service says two tornadoes struck the city, both with a preliminary intensity rating of EF2. Region residents can drop off items through about 10 am
this Friday (Nov 22 2013)  at the Crown Point Fire Station, 126 N East Street, in their training room, and Source One Real Estate at 855 E. North Street.
“The severe storms on Sunday devastated the lives of those who were in its path.  The mission of “Crown Point Cares” is to help our fellow citizens whether they are from Crown Point or Kokomo,” said Mayor David Uran.  Items needed are plastic containers, ziploc bags, diapers (all sizes), wipes, baby formula, shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, tooth brushes cleaning supplies, flashlights and batteries....

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Video of Jasper County Tornado

The National Weather Service Chicago YouTube channel has new video courtesy of Justin Bednar showing a tornado in Jasper County.  Meteorologists say the EF-1 tornado tracked from northeast of Rensselaer to near the Jasper/Pulaski County line and had maximum winds up to 100 mph.  Click here to see it:  &feature=c4-overview&list=UU9kBmD7Ifnyu6YloA4tVGTg">&feature=c4-overview&list=UU9kBmD7Ifnyu6YloA4tVGTg...

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Protesters Don't Want Detention Center in Hobart

Hobart residents and others packed the meeting room at last night's Hobart City Council meeting, protesting any possibility that the new owners of the former St. Sava Church property on the city's west side would build a detention center to process immigrants. Published reports have said the property near Robinson Lake east of I-65 has been purchased by The GEO Group, a Florida-based company that builds and runs correctional and detention facilities around the world. The mayor and city council members told the audience no formal proposals or plans have been brought before the city by the company....

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Crash Causing Delays on Eastbound Borman

The Indiana State Police at Lowell is advising motorists to avoid I-80 eastbound / the Borman Expressway due to current traffic congestion.  Troopers say a crash near the four mile marker in the Hammond area will cause traffic backups and detours for the next two hours  The Indiana State Police suggest you seek alternate routes of travel.  INDOT reports the right three lanes are closed near Kennedy Avenue due to crash cleanup....

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Prelim Data Show 26 Tornadoes in Indiana

The National Weather Service says preliminary data indicate 26 tornadoes touched down in the state of Indiana during Sunday's severe weather outbreak in the Midwest. There were three in northwest Indiana Sunday, one each in Newton, Jasper and Pulaski Counties. That would put Sunday, November 17th, 2013, as third for the number of tornadoes in one day in state history. The highest number, 37, occurred June 2nd 1990, followed by 29 tornadoes confirmed on April 19, 2011. Findings for this past Sunday's tornado outbreak including tornado intensity ratings are not yet final....

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Fatal Shooting in East Chicago

The Lake County Coroners office reports a 32-year-old East Chicago man was fatally shot in the 56-hundred block of Indianapolis Boulevard in East Chicago Wednesday night. Officials say 32-year-old Sammy Flores was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after 10:30 pm. The shooting reportedly occurred at a gas station, but no other details were available at this hour. East Chicago Police and Lake County C.S.I. are investigating....

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Gary Gospel Concert and Food Giveaway

Mayor and Majestic Star employees
(Photo Courtesy of the City of Gary; Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson poses with Anika Johnson, Director of Constituent Services (2nd from left) and employees from Majestic Star Casino as they drop off donated food for Saturday’s distribution.)
(Gary, Ind.) – As Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson approaches her second Thanksgiving in office, she set a goal to increase the City’s charitable efforts over last year. Thanks to the contributions of scores of local churches, non-profit organizations and businesses, the city is well on its way to achieving this goal.
On Saturday, November 23 at 12 p.m., a Thanksgiving Gospel Concert will be held in downtown Gary at the Genesis Convention Center featuring a host of local groups and soloists. The tickets are $10, and all proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
Following the concert at 3:00p.m., a food basket distribution to more than 600 families will take place. The giveaway is for individuals who have already registered. (The list for recipients is now closed. We ask the media’s help in making this clear so that parties who have not registered will not attend expecting to receive a food basket.)
“We are most grateful to our community partners whose donations and contributions will make this holiday special for hundreds of Gary residents,” said Freeman-Wilson. “Every year we will try to do more, and adding the concert is our way of trying to lift everyone’s spirits during the holidays.”
Concert tickets can be purchased at Gary City Hall, the Food Bank of NWI, the Genesis Convention Center or at the door on the day of the event. (See flyer attached)
For more information, call (219) 881-1314....

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Donnelly Donates Shutdown Pay to IN Food Banks

Food Bank of NW Indiana
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly today donated his take-home pay during the 16-day federal government shutdown and donated it to ten food banks across Indiana, including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Food Bank of Northwest Indiana Executive Director Arlene Peterson says Senator Donnelly will be stopping by the Food Bank, in Gary, right before the Thanksgiving holiday, to give an update on behalf of hunger efforts in Washington.
donnelly food bank donations
Senator Donnelly's take-home pay during the shutdown amounted to five-thousand dollars, and checks for 500 dollars each were written out to the ten food banks. According to Feeding America, last year over one-million Hoosiers were “food insecure” meaning they did not always know where they would find there next meal. ...

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No Order from IDOI to Reinstate Canceled Policies

Indiana's Department of Insurance today announced the state will not order insurance companies operating in Indiana to reinstate canceled policies, as recently suggested by President Obama. State Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson says doing so would seriously destabilize Indiana's insurance market and create logistical chaos, and that he does not believe the Department of Insurance has the authority under state law to fulfill the Presidents request....

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Illinois Becomes 16th State Legalizing Gay Marriage

Illinois today became the 16th state to legalize gay marriage. Surrounded by dozens of lawmakers, state officials, and hundreds of supporters, Governor Pat Quinn signed the same sex marriage bill into law on the same desk Abraham Lincoln penned his 1861 inaugural address.... "It's a triumph of democracy. A triumph of government of the people, that we believe in liberty and equality, and we're making sure that's a part of our law." Gay couples will be able to get married in Illinois in the summer of 2014. ...

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