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Investigators Seek Cause of Lake Eliza Fire

Officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire that broke out in a vacant home near Lake Eliza early Tuesday. Multiple departments responded to Starr Street around 4:30 am, and flames were reportedly visible from the roof and attic.
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Winfield Considering Curfew

The Winfield Town Council is looking at setting up a crime watch program, and also possibly instituting a curfew, in light of recent thefts and vandalism. A curfew ordinance could be ready for council members to consider at their next meeting July 23rd. Officials want to include all subdivisions in town as well as rural areas in the effort.
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Merrillville Moves Forward on Stormwater Ctr

Merrillville's Stormwater Management Board has awarded a provisional contract for a new building to house the town's stormwater utiilty – for less than half the two-point-one-million dollar price tag of the initial design. The board sought alternative bids, scaling down the project and size of the building, reducing costs by more than a-million dollars. The proposed building in the 7400 block of Broadway will include an education center. No construction date yet as officials are still reviewing the bid.
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Grants Sought for Valpo Building

Renovations could be around the corner for the former Ticor Title building at the corner of Michigan and Indiana in downtown Valparaiso. The plan commission has recommended a series of grants to help pay for outside improvements including brick work and new windows.
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Work Planned for Borman Bridges

A nearly 725-million dollar road project plan – okayed by a NIRPC (nerp-see) committee Tuesday – is reportedly the largest four-year highway improvement blueprint for Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties in a number of years. It still needs approval from the full board. It includes numerous bridge rehabilitation projects, especially along Interstate 80-94.
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New Pricing for Purdue Football Tix

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Purdue University has announced a new system for pricing their football tickets they say is already widely used in professional sports and is now being adopted at the collegiate level. The athletics department will introduce dynamic pricing for single-game tickets this year.   In the Big Ten Conference, it has been implemented previously by Northwestern and will be by Michigan this fall.
Purdue says dynamic pricing will not affect the John Purdue Club priority purchasing period that began June 20 and runs through July 14, adding to the value of JPC membership. It will begin when single-game tickets go on sale to the general public July 23. Prices will be adjusted in $5 increments and will not increase more than five times on any given day. Prices will not drop from their initial level, so fans are encouraged to purchase early.
A team of five Purdue students from the Krannert Experiential Initiative made the recommendation to utilize dynamic pricing, after compiling and analyzing single-game sales data from the last 10 seasons and sales from the secondary market over the last three years. They also talked with other universities that have implemented similar strategies. Moving forward, the university says dynamic pricing data will be used to help establish future single-game ticket prices to be more competitive with the secondary market.
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Naming Rights Available for New PNC Complex

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Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014 on the new Student Services and Activities Complex on the campus of Purdue North Central. P-N-C Chancellor Doctor James Dworkin, as part of our Region News Makers interview series, says it is a 34-point-seven million dollar project, 23 million of which comes from the state, six-million comes through student fees, and the remaining three-point-seven million comes through private individuals and from corporations. Chancellor Dworkin says if anyone is interested in pursuing the 30 or so naming rights opportunities to contact him jdworkin@pnc-dot-edu.
The 70-thousand square foot complex will sit on one-point-six acres, and will be used for a variety of university events. To hear more of our Region News Makers interview with Chancellor Dworkin, visit regionnewsteam.com
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Coats: Mandate Delay Shows Need for Obamacare Repeal

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The following op-ed by Senator Dan Coats is available for publication:
Employer Mandate Delay Shows Need for Obamacare Repeal
Senator Dan Coats
Bowing to growing criticism, earlier this month the administration announced that it will delay until 2015 the highly unpopular Obamacare mandate requiring businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide workers with government-approved health care or face penalties.
Not coincidentally, the administration made its announcement just days before the Labor Department revealed that another 322,000 Americans involuntarily entered part-time employment in June. This report reinforces what I have been hearing from Hoosiers for months.
In all parts of the state, workers are expressing deep anxiety about losing health insurance coverage for their families and the possibility of reduced hours and smaller paychecks because of Obamacare. Meanwhile, many employers tell me they would like to expand, grow and hire more full-time workers but cannot afford to do so because of the massive fines, taxes and regulations that will hit when the law is fully implemented.
The delay of the employer mandate, a key provision of Obamacare, is evidence that even the White House is realizing the many flaws of its own health care law. While the administration has conveniently delayed this job-killing mandate on employers until after the 2014 elections, problems with Obamacare are far from solved.
The law defines full-time as 30 hours, which means employers still have a long-term incentive to employ part-time workers. For Hoosiers, this means fewer hours and lower wages at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.
While the recent delay may provide some relief for businesses, middle-class Hoosiers will not be spared. Health care premiums continue to rise as insurance companies compensate for Obamacare’s costly impact on their businesses. Additionally, the law contains several new taxes on middle-class Americans and stiff penalties on individuals who do not purchase health insurance that will apply beginning in 2014.
Rather than temporarily delay a bad policy, all Americans should be permanently exempted from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates.
When President Obama signed his health care reform package into law back in March 2010, he said that the reforms would “lower costs for families and for businesses” and “help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.” A law that was supposed to help workers, employers, families and our economy is doing the exact opposite.
We all want to increase access to health care coverage and lower health care costs. But Obamacare is failing to achieve these goals, making our health care system weaker, not stronger.
Congress needs to repeal the deeply flawed health care law this year and replace it with step-by-step reforms that actually lower costs and put patients, not bureaucrats, in charge of their own health care decisions.
Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana who helped write the health care law, recently expressed serious concerns about the implementation of Obamacare. Several other Democrats are starting to walk back support for provisions in the health care law and now even the administration is issuing waivers and delays.
If Democrats, Republicans and a majority of Americans agree this law is not working, then let’s do something now before Obamacare’s full impact on our economy takes effect.
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Illinois Adpots Conceal/Carry Gun Legislation

Illinois has become the last state in the nation to adopt conceal and carry gun legislation. ABC News reports it came after a showdown between lawmakers and the governor. Governor Pat Quinn didn't think the legislation passed by both state chambers went far enough... "The legislature thinks that the bill they put on my desk is acceptable...having guns in bars. I don't." He made several amendments, including banning guns in bars. but today,  the state legislature voted to override the governor's changes to the original bill. The vote comes as a deadline set by federal appeals court that the state get a conceal and carry law on the books.
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2 Juveniles Charged in Springwood Estates Thefts/Vandalism

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A string of vandalism and thefts that occurred last week in the Springwood Estates subdivision in Porter Township has led to the arrest of two juveniles. Porter County Sheriff's Police this afternoon announced a 12 year old boy who lived in the subdivision, and a 13 year old boy from Lakes of the Four Seasons, have been charged with multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief through Juvenile Court. Sgt. Larry LaFlower says there were reports of damage from 31 homes early Saturday, as well as damage to a number of lamp posts, landscaping lights, vehicles, and thefts to vehicles.
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