Fatal Crash Closes US 20 in La Porte Co

A fatal three-vehicle crash has US 20 shut down for the next few hours in both directions near Springville,  east of Michigan City. At about 11am, LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says it appears an elderly woman attempting to make a turn from westbound US 20 onto County Road 325 West  in Springfield Township was rear-ended by one vehicle, which pushed her into the eastbound lanes, where her car was struck by a second vehicle, killing her instantly.  Sullivan says that area is along a particularly dangerous stretch of US 20 because there's no divider. The section of US 20, between I-94 and Rolling Prairie, Sullivan says, historically has seen a number of fatal crashes.


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Purdue Hosting Intl Wine Competition

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More than six-thousand bottles of wine from around the world are headed to Indiana. Purdue University is hosting the annual Indy International Wine Competition tomorrow through Friday. The event, now in its 22nd edition and fourth consecutive year on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, is the nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. It takes place in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
Photo: A ballroom at Memorial Union on Purdue's campus was filled with tables of wine bottles to be judged during the 2010 Indy International Wine Competition. This year's competition is set for July 31 to Aug. 2. (Purdue Agricultural Communication file photo/Tom Campbell)
More info: West Lafayette, Ind. -- More than 6,000 bottles of wine from the United States and around the world are on their way to Purdue University for the annual Indy International Wine Competition July 31 to Aug. 2.
The event, now in its 22nd edition and fourth consecutive year on the Purdue campus, is the nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. It takes place in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
"The prestige of the Indy International continues to grow," said Christian Butzke, professor of enology for the Purdue Wine Grape Team and the competition's chief judge. "The Indy provides competitors with an outstanding gauge of continually evolving trends and preferences among wine consumers throughout the world as well as a direction to use the knowledge gained."
The Purdue Wine Grape Team has put together a panel of 50 judges, selected from among leading winemakers, winegrowers, wine scientists, chefs, sommeliers, wine writers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers. Panel members will critique the more than 2,200 entries and award medals to wines judged superior in their categories.
Major trophies include Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year, Sparkling Wine of the Year, Rose Wine of the Year, Dessert Wine of the Year, Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year.
The public is invited to witness the judging each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. The Wine of the Year taste-off on Aug. 2 also is open to the public from 11 a.m. to noon.
Entry information, event history, past winners and more information are available at


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Chamber Staying Neutral on Marriage Amendmnt

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is expected to remain neutral on a proposal to amend the state's constitution to ban gay marriage. The president of the group tells the Times today they have members on both sides of the issue, which is expected to be up for debate in the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

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Officially Chilly Around the Region

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Some temps were in the 40s Monday
It was the coolest July weekend in thirty years.. Forecasters say strong upper level northerly winds into the Midwest from Canada ushered in those September-like temperatures we felt in the Region and around the area, officially making it one of the top five coldest for the month in Chicago.

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Illinois Stomach Bug Cases Up to 4

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Illinois is now up to four possible cases of a tropical stomach bug that's sickened more than three-hundred-twenty people across fifteen states. The highest number of cases is in Iowa, followed by Texas. There are also cases in Wisconsin and Ohio. The illness is caused by a parasite called cyclospora, and it's believed contaminated food is behind the outbreak, possibly imported fruits or vegetables, but investigators are still trying to determine the source.

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Pilot Killed in Starke Co Plane Crash

One person is dead after a plane crash in Starke County. Authorities say the homebuilt aircraft, a single-engine RV-6 Vanns Airplane, was located in a cornfield Monday afternoon about twenty yards off State Road 8 at the south end of the Starke County Airport in Knox.  Starke County Sheriffs Police say the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only person on board. Preliminary cause of the crash is not known at this time. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.  Officers with the Starke County Sheriff's Department, Knox City Police, Hamlet Police Department, and Knox Center Township Fire Department responded.

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Gary Shooting Death Investigated

In Gary, police continue to investigate a shooting that killed a 23-year-old Gary man late Saturday night. Authorities say Andre Pullen, who would have turned 24 this week, was a passenger in a car with three other people when he was fatally struck by a bullet fired from someone in another vehicle in the 15-hundred block of Chase Street. The death marks the 32nd homicide in the city this year.

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Fire in Portage

In Portage, no injuries were reported in a roof fire at the former Walgreens in the six-thousand block of Central Avenue Monday afternoon. Portage, Ogden Dunes and Burns Harbor departments responded. Construction has been underway to remodel the building.

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Hoosiers Turn License Plates into Mentors

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INDIANPOLIS – Hoosiers are helping children across the state grow up healthier and happier simply by driving.
Indiana drivers who have purchased the Mentor a Child specialty license plate are allowing mentoring organizations throughout the state to better serve children. Proceeds from the plate benefit the Indiana Mentoring Partnership (IMP), a program of the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), which splits the $25 in revenue with local mentoring organizations.
Since January 2011, the 473 Mentor a Child license plates sold have raised $11,825, and eight mentoring organizations recently received the first round of grants from the proceeds. That money is working to change lives. Funds will go toward a variety of initiatives, including recruiting mentors, training mentors and hosting events to thank mentors. 
Organizations receiving the grants and the amounts of those grants are:
·         Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley, Evansville, $1,500
·         Project Leadership, Grant County, $1,500
·         Big Brothers Big Sisters of Decatur County, $1,500
·         Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, $1,500
·         Starfish Initiative, Indianapolis, $500
·         Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Club, $756
·         Youth Service Bureau of LaPorte County, $500 and
·         YWCA of Evansville, $500.
“These grants are providing mentoring organizations across Indiana with a unique opportunity to advance mentor recruitment efforts so as to serve more Hoosier children,” said IYI Vice President of Statewide Outreach December Warren.
Research shows that sustained one-on-one mentoring with a caring adult impacts children in several ways. Mentors can help mentees stay in school and graduate, pursue higher education, enhance self-esteem, avoid criminal activities, better relate to others and set career goals. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Indiana mentoring programs have a waiting list of children who need a mentor.
“The funding made available through the sale of the Mentor a Child license plate will help recruit more mentors for more at-risk youth,” said IYI President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz. “Mentoring positively impacts the lives of children and youth as well as their mentors and this funding will strengthen the organizations that support these life-changing efforts.”
Hoosier drivers can request a Mentor a Child specialty license plate at the BMV or online when renewing their annual registrations. Specialty plates have an annual fee of $40 in addition to regular registration fees, with $25 going to the Indiana Mentoring Partnership. IMP grants out half of the proceeds to mentoring organizations across Indiana.
More information about each organization’s plans for the grant it received may be found at .
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Gary on List of Job Seeker Workshops in August

Indianapolis, Ind. - Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that his office will host Job Seeker Workshops, designed to help Hoosiers who are looking for work, in Gary, Sellersburg, and Indianapolis the week of August 12-16.
“The top issues I hear as I travel our great state is that many Hoosiers are still searching for employment and some Indiana business owners are still looking for skilled workers ready to go on day one,” said Donnelly. "This August, my office will behosting a series of job seeker workshops toconnect Hoosiers looking for workwith resources that can help in the job search and interview process.  I hope participants find valuable tools to help them succeed in finding employment, and I won’t stop until everyone in Indiana who wants a job has a job.”
The Job Seeker Workshops are designed to help attendees to improve their job search and interview skills and their resume writing. The events will include discussions lead by community leaders and industry professionals on growing job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing and technology.  Also, resources will be available to assist Hoosier veterans with their entry or re-entry into the workforce after serving our country.

Monday, August 12
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST
North Building; Ivy Tech Community College
1440 E 35th Ave
Gary, IN

Wednesday, August 14
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Ogle Hall; Horseshoe Foundation Assembly Center
Ivy Tech Southern Indiana campus
8204 Highway 311
Sellersburg, IN

Friday, August 16
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
First Floor Conference Room; Corporate College and Culinary Center
Ivy Tech Community College
2820 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN
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