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Severe T-Storm Warning and Flood Advisory

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The National Weather Service has extended its Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 5:45pm CDT for southwestern Jasper County. Also a Flood Advisory is in effect for southern Newton and southwestern Jasper County until 8pm tonight. ...

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National Public Lands Day is September 28th

Indiana DNR
Volunteer opportunities at Indiana state parks and reservoirs properties take place this weekend as part of National Public Lands Day. The Department of Natural Resources reports on Saturday only, active-duty military personnel and veterans can enter Indiana state parks and reservoirs for free, along with anyone in their vehicle, as long as they present identification showing they are or were a member of the military. On Sunday, free gate admission will be given to Indiana state employees, who show proper identification.  Additionally, volunteer opportunities and fun activities will continue at many properties on Sunday.
For property-specific information on volunteer opportunities and a wide range of fall programs and special event weekends, see InterpretiveServices.IN.gov or call the specific property you plan to visit.
For more information on National Public Lands Day or to find a National Public Lands Day event near you, visit PublicLandsDay.org....

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Severe T-Storm Warning Until 4:45pm CDT

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The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4:45pm CDT. The warning is for southern Jasper and Newton Counties. Quarter size hail and 60 mile per hour wind gust are associated with the storm, according to their radar, with the potential impact of hail damage to vehicles and wind damage to roofs, siding and trees a strong possibility....

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Portage FD Honors 11 year Old Girl

Portage Fire Dept. 2
The Portage Fire Department presented an 11 year old Portage girl with a Young Hero's award today for her actions and bravery regarding a house fire Wednesday evening. Assistant Fire Chief Joe Calhoun recognized Haley Lawrence, a 5th grader at Aylesworth Elementary, with the award during the annual fire prevention program, with her family in attendance. The Fire Department gives Haley credit for the minimal damage done by the fire and for the safety of residents, like her grandmother, whom she alerted after smelling smoke coming from a dryer in the basement. Officials say the girl, remembering the lessons learned through fire prevention programs, ushered her grandmother outside and reminded her the first call she should make is to 911, not other family members. The Fire Department reports the fire was contained to the dryer and the home received no structural damage. No injuries were reported and the family was not displaced. ...

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Valpo PD Looking to Hire a New Officer

Valpo PD
The Valparaiso Police Department is looking to hire a new officer. Police report application packets are available at their department, located in the three-hundred block of South Washington Street, or online. Applicants must be 21 or older, hold a high school degree or GED, be a US citizen, posses a valid driver's license, and have no prior felony arrests. All applications must be completed and return to the department by Friday, October 25th at 6pm. For a link to download the online application or for more information, visit  www.valparaisopolice.org...

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Food Network Show in LaPorte to Transform Restaurant

A restaurant in LaPorte is hoping a television show on the Food Network can overhaul their weak spots. Restaurant: Impossible came to LaPorte's “Seven” in the five-hundred block of State Street on Wednesday and are there again today to assess every aspect of the business including updating menus, retraining staff, and along with a number of local volunteers, paint, clean, and remodel. On the show, Chef Robert Irvine attempts to save the most desperate restaurants from impending failure in two days, with a budget of ten-thousand dollars. ...

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Experts Say Asian Carp Are Adapting

asian carp
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
The Asian carp continues confound experts. The Times reports those studying the invasive species found they are much more adaptive than previously thought and a bigger threat to native species, for example, in places like the Wabash River and Flatfoot Lake. According to the article, studies are underway for a toxin to be introduced into the affected waterways to kill them and only them, but that could be expensive. A report on Asian carp, outlining five strategies, is due to Congress in January. ...

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60% Approve of Pence's Job as Governor

Gov Mike Pence
A poll recently commissioned by the Indiana Republican Party shows 60 percent of Hoosiers approve of the job Governor Mike Pence has done in his first eight-months in office. The poll, which surveyed 800 registered Indiana voters between September 12th through the 15th, also found that 51 percent of Hoosiers believe the state is heading in the right direction. As for the Governor's resistance to the federal government's push to expand Medicaid, 60 percent of men 55 and older, and 53 percent of women 55 and over, give Pence their approval on that issue....

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Westville Food Worker Arrested for Sexual Misconduct

Bilek Sonya
(Photo Courtesy of the Westville Correctional Facility)
A 29 year old Westville Facility food service worker was charged with felony sexual misconduct by a service provider after being arrested on September 7th. The Westville Correctional Facility today announced that Sonya Belik, of Michigan City, was allegedly seen by another food service worker engaging in an inappropriate activity, with one of the inmate kitchen workers, and an investigation by the facility's Internal Affairs Department is being conducted to determine if any charges or internal disciplinary action maybe taken with the inmate allegedly involved....

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New Valparaiso Police Officer Sworn In

Michael Trueblood  Chief Brickner
Valparaiso's newest police officer was sworn into duty Monday morning, September 16th, in a ceremony held at Valparaiso City Hall. Michael Trueblood, 23, is a graduate of Indiana University and Westville High School. Officer Trueblood previously had been a police officer with Indiana University Northwest in Gary for 3 years.   The hiring of Officer Trueblood increases the department to 51 sworn officers.   [Photo/Valparaiso Police Department]...

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