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Pedestrian Struck After Walking into 80-94 Traffic

Indiana State Police say a 23-year-old Chicago man was airlifted to a Chicago-area hospital with life-threatening injuries after walking out onto the Borman Expressway in Hammond Saturday evening. Troopers say shortly after 7 pm, the man reportedly walked on the ramp from Indianapolis Boulevard to eastbound Interstate 80-94 almost getting hit, and as police were on their way to check on the pedestrian, for unknown reasons he walked out into the right lane of the interstate, just east of the ramp, where he was hit by a car. The driver of the car was taken to Munster Community with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Sleepy Driver Crashes Vehicle

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Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a sleepy driver, who told police he left Yellowstone National Park the day before and had driven straight through, crashed in Lake Station around 9:30 Saturday morning. Police say the 68-year-old man from Kalamazoo, Michigan, was eastbound apparently in the right or middle lane of Interstate 80-94 just past the Ripley Street exit when he fell asleep and his Chevy Malibu went off the road and crashed into a ditch, narrowly missing a lightpole. His wife, 64, was also asleep, police say, and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing seat belts. Police say the car had extensive front-end damage.
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Indiana Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

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Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane
Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger says 43-year-old Staff Sgt. Randall R. Lane of Indianapolis died of a non-combat related illness while serving in Afghanistan.  Staff Sgt. Lane deployed in January 2013 as a member of 1438th Transportation Company, stationed in Franklin, Indiana. Staff Sgt. Lane served as a Motor Transport Operator providing security for convoy operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Karen and I offer our prayers for comfort and strength to the wife and family of Staff Sgt. Randall Lane,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence.  “I am grateful for men like Staff Sgt. Lane who sacrifice so that others may enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom.” “I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Lane, who lost his life while serving his nation,” said Umbarger. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”
The Indiana National Guard says SSG Randall R. Lane was born to Mrs. Darlene L. Albin (Moffitt) in Neoga, IL on October 24, 1969. SSG Lane graduated from Neoga High School in Neoga, IL in 1988. Later that year, SSG Lane enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard and set off for basic training and specialized training as a motor transport operator at Ft. Lee, VA.
Funeral details are pending.
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Michigan City Boy Fatally Shot

Police are investigating the shooting death of a three-year-old boy near Michigan City. Authorities responded to Terrace Acres Sunday afternoon.  The mobile home park is on US 20, near Hitchcock Road, near Michigan City city limits and just east of the Porter/La Porte County line.  Circumstances surrounding the shooting were being investigated, and there's no word at this hour who else was inside the house at the time of the shooting.  La Porte County Coroner John Sullivan says the child was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 4 pm.  Sullivan says a forensic autopsy is being performed this afternoon at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center by certified pediatiric pathologist Dr. Joseph Prahlow, and more information should be available afterwards on official cause and manner of death. There was word that people were taken in for questioning last night, but no arrests had been made as of that time.
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Concussion Certification Proposed for Coaches

An Indiana state senator says all youth football coaches in the state need to be trained in spotting the signs of a concussion. Republican Travis Holdman of Markle says he'll sponsor a bill in the next session that would require paid and volunteer football coaches using taxpayer-funded facilities to be certified in concussion safety. Indianapolis-based USA Football has an online course that costs five-dollars for youth coaches to complete.
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Gary Carjacking Investigated

Police in Gary are investigating a reported carjacking near 13th and Van Buren. Officials say the victim was driving along 13th Avenue when his car was hit by another car shortly before 12:30 Thursday afternoon, and when he got out to inspect the damage, the other driver approached him with a gun and demanded his keys, leaving the scene in the victim's car. A female passenger in the suspect's car reportedly drove that vehicle away.
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RailCats One Win Away from Title

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The Gary SouthShore RailCats defeat Wichita 7-6 Friday to take game three of the American Association Championship Series. With the win, the RailCats lead the series two games to one and are one away from their first championship since 2007.  The RailCats look to complete the series tonight [Saturday September 14 2013] at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. RHP Morgan Coombs (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will throw for the RailCats and Wichita will bring back game one starter, Junior Guerra (0-0, 2.31 ERA) for aame four.
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18 Arrested in Alleged ID Theft Ring

Eighteen people have been charged in an alleged Indianapolis-area identity theft scheme. They're accused of selling stolen Social Security Numbers to people who were trying to inflate their credit scores to buy vehicles and other property. US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph Hogsett say dozens of local businesses and individuals across the country were victimized.
This case is the result of a collaborative investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security Administration OIG, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the
Carmel Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department and the United States Marshals Service.
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Former Coach Charged with Murder

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Gary A. Warwick
A former coach in the Region has been taken into custody accused of murder in the death of a one-year-old boy in southern Illinois more than forty-years ago. 62-year-old Gary A. Warwick of Portage was arrested at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Portage Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force and Portage Police. Warwick is a former assistant coach for the softball team at Purdue University North Central in Westville. School officials say he resigned that post last spring.  St. Clair County, Illinois, State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973 in the 1972 homicide of Joseph Henry Abernathy the third, but the charges were dismissed later without explanation. Warwick was being held in the Porter County Jail on a five-million dollar bond. The cold-case investigation began after St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson received an email with a link to a YouTube video called “Justice for Joey” created by the child’s family.
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Donnelly Urges Common Sense in Emissions Regulations

Washington, D.C. – Senators Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, yesterday that would ensure that efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions are realistic about existing technology and do not negatively impact our economy.
Donnelly said, “If we don’t address these standards in a common sense way, the affordable, reliable energy that Hoosier families and businesses depend on is in doubt.  It is absolutely critical that the EPA understand the impact of these standards and the price their proposed regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay.  I urge the EPA to make sure that any NSPS regulation is something that reflects existing technology.  We can establish standards that protect our environment without hurting our economy.”
Blunt said, ““Nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 a year devote almost 20 percent or more of their family budget to energy costs, and when those costs go up, that means less disposable income in families’ pockets and less for priorities like groceries, doctors’ visits, and education.  At a time when the country needs high efficiency coal plants to replace those closing due to other burdensome EPA regulations, the last thing we should do is further prevent businesses and households from having a diverse, reliable, and affordable energy supply.”
The amendment states that if the EPA puts together regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial source, the EPA must develop the regulations using emission rates based on the efficiencies achievable by using existing technology that is commercially available and subcategorized by fuel type. Commercially available is defined as any technology with proven test results in an industrial setting.
The amendment develops an NSPS for carbon dioxide emissions to protect our environment, while also ensuring that the regulations do not excessively burden Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power.

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Washington, D.C. – Senators Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, yesterday that would ensure that efforts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions are realistic about existing technology and do not negatively impact our economy.
Donnelly said, “If we don’t address these standards in a common sense way, the affordable, reliable energy that Hoosier families and businesses depend on is in doubt.  It is absolutely critical that the EPA understand the impact of these standards and the price their proposed regulation would ask Hoosiers to pay.  I urge the EPA to make sure that any NSPS regulation is something that reflects existing technology.  We can establish standards that protect our environment without hurting our economy.”
Blunt said, ““Nearly 40 million American households earning less than $30,000 a year devote almost 20 percent or more of their family budget to energy costs, and when those costs go up, that means less disposable income in families’ pockets and less for priorities like groceries, doctors’ visits, and education.  At a time when the country needs high efficiency coal plants to replace those closing due to other burdensome EPA regulations, the last thing we should do is further prevent businesses and households from having a diverse, reliable, and affordable energy supply.”
The amendment states that if the EPA puts together regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial source, the EPA must develop the regulations using emission rates based on the efficiencies achievable by using existing technology that is commercially available and subcategorized by fuel type. Commercially available is defined as any technology with proven test results in an industrial setting.
The amendment develops an NSPS for carbon dioxide emissions to protect our environment, while also ensuring that the regulations do not excessively burden Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power.

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