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Crown Point to Review City Buildings

In Crown Point, city officials are taking an overview of city buildings, including the emergency services building, which houses police and fire, and was built in 1990, and City Hall, constructed in 1950... looking at maintenance and utility costs, and overall functionality of the physical structures themselves. The police department has grown to more than forty officers, with three additional hires planned, and fire rescue to nearly 30, with a new hire just announced.
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Valpo Council Interviews Candidates

The Valparaiso City Council Monday night interviewed two candidates-- incumbent Jim Jorgenson and Joseph Espinosa – for a four-year seat on the Valparaiso School Board. A third candidate withdrew his application due to newly-assigned work responsibilities. A couple weeks later the public will get a chance to ask questions of the candidates (special session, June 24, 5;15pm).
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Governor Asks Lawmakers to Sustain Veto

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is asking members of the Indiana General Assembly to sustain his veto of House Enrolled Act 1546, regarding an income tax issue. Legislators plan to return to the Statehouse on Wednesday to consider overriding the Governor's veto of a measure that retroactively legalizes a tax increase and the revenues collected in Pulaski and Jackson Counties.
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Man Sentenced in Dragging Death

A Porter County judge has sentenced a man to twenty-years in prison in connection with the drunk-driving death of a woman he was accused of driving over and dragging, as she stood in front of his vehicle in the parking lot of a Burns Harbor tavern where she worked. Officials say James Lohman III pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and driving drunk resulting in a death in the September 2011 incident.
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Public Visitation for Rudy Clay Tuesday in Gary

City of Gary
A representative for the family of former Mayor Rudolph Clay has released details for the upcoming services scheduled to commemorate his life. Clay passed away Tuesday, June 4 at his home in Gary, Ind. after battling prostate cancer. He was 77.
Visitation
Visitation will take place Tuesday, June 11 at the Genesis Convention Center located in downtown Gary at 5th Avenue and Broadway. The public is invited to pay respects from 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. Photo taking and videotaping of the body is strictly prohibited.
 
A memorial service will take place from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. During this time, family members, clergy and several elected officials will share fond memories and pay tribute to Mayor Clay. The public and media are welcome to attend this service.
Funeral
The funeral for Mayor Clay will take place Wednesday, June 12 at the Genesis Convention Center at 11:00a.m. In addition to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Judge Greg Mathis are scheduled to give remarks. The eulogy will be delivered by the Reverend Dr. Essie Clark-George, Presiding Elder of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The public is invited to attend; however, due to the large crowd expectation, early arrival is encouraged.

Procession to the Cemetery
At the conclusion of the funeral, the procession to Ridgelawn Cemetery is as follows:
Leave Genesis Center and travel south on Broadway to 25th Avenue; turn west on 25th Avenue and travel to Chase Street; turn north on Chase Street and travel to 15th Avenue; turn west on 15th Avenue and travel to Burr Street (there may be a brief pause at 15th and Whitcomb, the home of Mayor Clay); turn south on Burr Street to Ridge Road; turn west on Ridge Road and travel to Ridgelawn Cemetery.
 
Parking
The family of Mayor Clay and dignitaries will park in the main parking lot of the Genesis Center and the parking lot of the Post Office located directly across the street from the Genesis Center on 5th Avenue.
The general public may park in the Genesis Center Parking garage, Adams St. between 4th & 5th Avenues, the Hudson & Campbell Fitness Center Parking Lot (5th & Mass.), Broadway south of 5th Avenue, and the Main Branch Library rear parking lot. The Gary Police Department will be on site to assist with directing attendees. Those who intend to be a part of the procession to the cemetery are encouraged to park on Adams St. or in the library parking lot.
Instructions for Media Representatives
On both Tuesday and Wednesday, media representatives will only be allowed to set up on the platforms located in the rear of the Indiana Room at the Genesis Center. Early arrival is encouraged. Once again, photo taking and videotaping of the body is strictly prohibited....

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Bicycle Safety Day June 29 at Willowcreek Middle School

Portage Fire Dept. 2
Later this month the Portage Fire Department, with support from Portage Kiwanis, Porter Hospital, and Portage Firefighters Local 31-51, will be hosting “Bicycle Safety Day”. Portage Assistant Fire Chief Dan Kodicek says the course teaches kids how to ride a bike, what a stop sign and one-way signs mean, how to cross railroad crossings, to look both ways and other safety features.
The Portage Fire Department will be giving a free bicycle helmet to all children while supplies last at the event on June 29th, at Willowcreek Middle School, in the east parking lot, from 9am to noon. For more information, please contact the Portage Fire Department at 762-7404, M-F 8am-4:30pm.
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US Senate Approves Five Year Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 66 to 27 in favor of a five-year farm bill which is estimated to save 18 billion dollars over ten years. Indiana U-S Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly both voted in favor of the bill, with Coats says the legislation will provide Hoosier farmers with the assurances they need to plan and prepare their operations over the next five years. To read more about the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, visit http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/newsroom/press/donnelly-strengthens-energy-and-conservation-priorities-in-bipartisan-farm-bill.
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Switchblades and Silencers for Hunting Become Legal July 1st

Starting July 1st, a half-century old law banning switchblades ends in the Hoosier state. Indiana is set to join a growing number of states rolling back their decades old prohibitions on the automatic spring-loaded knives, due to a small provision tucked into a larger hunting and fishing bill that does away with the 1957 law that made it a misdemeanor to manufacture, possess, display, offer, sell, lend, give away, or purchase in Indiana. House Bill 15-63, signed into law by Governor Mike Pence in May, also makes it legal for hunters in Indiana to use lawfully possessed silencers on firearms while hunting.
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Coats: Hoosier Farmers Deserve Answers from EPA

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today demanded that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explain why it leaked the personal information of approximately 80,000 farmers and ranchers to environmental groups. Coats recently joined a bipartisan group of senators in a letter to the EPA requesting answers on the leaked data.
“These EPA leaks are unacceptable and raise questions about whether the agency is more concerned with appeasing environmentalists than protecting the men and women who make our food production system possible,” said Coats. “Hoosier farmers and producers should be able to earn a decent living from their hard work without having their personal information disclosed.”
Personal information leaked by the EPA to environmental groups included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Facing public criticism, the EPA recently redacted some of the information and asked the recipients to return the released documents.
Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill (S.Amdt. 970) that would have prohibited EPA from disclosing sensitive livestock producer information in the future. 
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Woman Catches Suspect Looking into Window of Her Home

LaPorte PD
Police in LaPorte report responding to a call of suspicious activity in the 16-hundred block of Hillcrest Street, just before 11pm Sunday, after the victim told police she saw someone looking into the window of the home. Authorities report the victim's dog began barking and when she looked outside, saw the suspect on their hands and knees in her yard, who ran south from the property. Police say when the victim went outside, she saw approximately 100 various pieces of plastic cutlery pushed into the ground of her yard, and that the victim also recently had toilet paper strewn through her yard as well. Anyone with information regarding this crime, or any other criminal or suspicious activity, is asked to contact the LaPorte Police Department or at their website, http://lpcitypd.com, and that you can remain anonymous.
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