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Taste of Care Tonight to Benefit TRIAD

Prompt Ambulance will host the third annual Porter County Taste of Care event this evening (Thu Jun 06 2013), with proceeds to benefit Porter County Triad.  Volunteers from Triad will be in attendance along with Porter County Sheriff David Lain who will serve as one of the local celebrity judges voting on the Top Chefs as they sample dishes prepared by chefs from local health care communities.  "And I think it's interesting," Sheriff Lain said, that "people think of hospital food and nursing home food as bland, and I think what we're going to find is that it's anything but," and they'll be seeing "some fairly gourmet selections".
The event is 4:30 to 7:30 tonight at the Porter County Expo Center, and it's open to the public, five-dollar admission. UCAN will be landing their medical transport helicopter around 5pm, weather permitting, for attendees to tour.  For more information on TRIAD, visit http://www.portertriad.com/Home_Page.php
To hear more from Porter County Sheriff David Lain on the event visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
Participating facilities:
Addison Pointe
Waters of Duneland
Avalon Springs
Rittenhouse
Life Care Center of the Willows
Life Care Center of Valparaiso
Brookdale Senior Living
Meals on Wheels VNA
Millers Senior Living
Residences at Deer Creek
Porter Regional Hospital
University Of Chicago UCAN
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Indiana Medicaid Reimbursement Rates Going Up

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the state will increase Medicaid reimbursement rates, starting this January, for the state’s health care providers who saw those rates drop three years ago as a cost-cutting measure. Indiana currently has 1-point-1 million Medicaid recipients. The 2010 reductions will be eliminated completely for providers on a number of services including dental, vision, medical transportation, lab and radiology, speech and hearing therapy, freestanding dialysis and medical supplies. Rates will be restored in part for other providers including hospitals, nursing facilities, home health care, immediate care and intellectual disability facilities.
“This decision is very important for our hospitals—it provides a more solid financial footing at this critical time given continued federal Medicare cuts,” said Doug Leonard, Indiana Hospital Association President. “This is even more significant considering hospitals in other states are facing even further Medicaid cuts while Indiana is able to reverse them.”
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Arrest in Valparaiso and Walkerton Exposure Cases

Police have made an arrest in connection with two reports of a man exposing himself to female subjects in the Target parking lot in Valparaiso Saturday afternoon. Valparaiso Police learned of a similar recent report in Walkerton, about 34-miles away. A 37-year-old Knox man allegedly admitted to incidents in both cities. He was arrested by Walkerton Police and taken to Saint Joseph County Jail on the charge of Public Indecency, and additional Public Indecency charges in Porter County have been forwarded to the Porter County Prosecutors Office.
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Indiana Boater Seriously Injured

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boat accident that sent a 68 year old Bedford man to the hospital with significant propeller trauma to both legs. Officials say the victim was boating with his 44 year old son at Monroe Reservoir when he attempted a left turn. For an unknown reason the boat cut hard to the left, causing the victim to be ejected from the boat. The victim was then struck by the rear of the boat, causing propeller strikes to both legs and his right arm. The son was able to stop the boat and rescue his father from the water before receiving assistance from fellow boaters to get back to the ramp. Neither man was wearing a life jacket on the boat.
The victim was transported by ambulance to IU Health Hospital in Bloomington before being flown to Methodist Hospital.
As more Hoosiers take to the water this summer, Indiana Conservation Officers encourage all boaters to follow recommended safe boating practices. This includes utilizing an engine kill switch cord. This is a small cord that runs from the ignition and is meant to be attached to the operator. In the event that the operator is ejected from the boat, the engine is immediately stopped, keeping the boat from running over the operator or crashing, unmanned, into shore. Although it cannot prevent all boating accidents, conservation officers say this small device, when worn properly, can prevent injury similar to what this victim sustained.
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IU Trustees Approve Tuition Increase

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Indiana University says students will be paying about one-and-three-quarters percent more, on average, for tuition and fees the next two academic years at IUN in Gary and their other campuses. IU also says they're continuing to move toward standardized tuition rates at their regional sites. In-state students at the main campus in Bloomington will pay about 176-dollars more for 2013-2014. The university says the newly-approved increases are the lowest at IU since the late 1970s .
More specifics from IU here:  http://www.iu.edu/~tuition/doc/2013Rates.pdf
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Groundbreaking in Portage

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Portage officials gathered Wednesday for a groundbreaking at AmeriPlex at the Port for a new building that'll be known as The Belmont. Three existing companies in Portage already have plans to move in – Holladay Properties, Silvent North America and Falk PLI, and more than 19,000 square feet of space is still open for other tenants. Construction is expected to be complete this fall.
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On a related note, in Lake County, the first pieces of pre-cast were installed at the Riley Building at AmeriPlex at the Crossroads in Merrillville. That building is the future home of Horizon Financial Management.
[Photos/Holladay Properties https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=529525377109220&set=a.529525347109223.1073741827.142743892454039&type=1&theater ]
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Ind Natl Guard Promotes 1st African-American General

Major General R. Martin Umbarger, the adjutant general of Indiana, has announced the selection of Colonel Wayne Black to assistant adjutant general. Officials say Colonel Black is the first African-American to hold the rank of brigadier general and first to hold a general officer rank in the history of the Indiana National Guard. A promotion ceremony will be held Saturday, July 13.
“Col. Black is a proven leader.  I have absolute trust and confidence that he will serve in this capacity with honor and distinction”, said Maj. Gen. Umbarger
A business graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, Col. Black received a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
After more than a decade on active duty, Col. Black rose to the position of plans officer of the Simulations and Wargaming Center at the Training and Doctrine Command of Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He joined the Indiana National Guard in 1996, serving much of his Citizen-Soldier career as a leader in the 139th Field Artillery Battalion in Crawfordsville, leading to command of the battalion from 2005 to 2008.
Black served in Afghanistan as the commander of the Regional Police Advisory Command - North, in Mazar-e-Sharif in 2008 to 2009. He also served in Operation Joint Endeavor as the chief of the joint visitors bureau of Task Force Eagle during the 38th Infantry Division deployment to Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 to 2005.
Black has served as a manufacturing supervisor for RR Donnelley in Crawfordsville, Ind. for the past 17 years and is directly responsible for 140 personnel and the performance and output of eight offset web presses, valued at approximately $50 million. He develops and manages an operating budget of approximately $15 million. 
“It is with great pride that we promote Col. Black, who brings with him a wealth of military and civilian experience, as the first African-American general officer in the Indiana National Guard,” said Umbarger.  “I am deeply appreciative of the support his wife, Symea, their three children, two grandchildren, and his civilian employer have given him throughout his career.” 
“It is a great honor to be selected to serve as a general officer in the Indiana National Guard.  The fact that I am the first African-American to serve in this capacity makes it truly special”, said Black.  “I want to thank Maj. Gen. Umbarger for his trust and confidence in my leadership abilities to service in this capacity.”
Col. Black currently serves as the construction and facilities management officer at Indiana National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Indianapolis.
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Gas Prices Surge in the Region

Gas experts say ongoing refinery issues in the Region and elsewhere lie at the root of high gas prices seen in northwest Indiana and the Great Lakes area. On Wednesday, Region motorists saw prices leap to $4.35 a gallon, and this morning GasBuddy-dot-com is showing prices up to 4.39 in Lake and Porter counties.  According to Triple-A's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, Indiana is one of a handful of states where a gallon of regular unleaded is averaging over four-dollars a gallon... the others being Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and also Hawaii and Alaska. The current average is the Gary Metropolitan Area is now at about $4.23, 15-cents higher than yesterday, and nearly forty-cents higher than a week ago.
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Funeral Next Week for Mayor Clay

Funeral arrangements are being prepared for former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay, who passed away this week at the age of 77 after battling prostate cancer. Officials say visitation will take place next week, Tuesday at the Genesis Convention Center in downtown Gary, and a funeral with elected representatives from state, county and local government and the Gary Police Department in full-dress uniform Wednesdaymorning, also at the Genesis center. Clay had four decades of public service across state, county and city government. He was mayor of Gary from 2006 to 2011.
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Additional Charges Against Gary Pair in Child Sex Case

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Two Gary residents facing child sex charges now facing additional charges. 29 year old Christopher Bour and 34 year old Natisha Hillard were each charged Wednesday in Hammond Federal Court in a superseding indictment with two additional counts of production of child pornography. Bour, who was charged in the initial indictment with one-count of purchase of a child, also was charged Wednesday with one additional count of possession of child pornography. Hillard was initially charged with one-count of sale of a child.
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