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Munster Poplar Bridge Work Ahead

In Munster, construction is scheduled to start back up this Monday (April 1) on the Poplar Lane Bridge that crosses over Hart Ditch going into the Twin Creek subdivision. The town says the traffic signal will be activated, and the contractor will be working on one lane while traffic in both directions shares the other lane. The traffic will be controlled by "pavement loops" which will detect a vehicle coming from either direction, the town says. Whoever crosses the loop first gets the green light. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution.  Anyone with questions may contact Munster Town Engineer Jim Mandon at 219-836-6995.
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1,000 Warnings in Hammond Plate Sweep

The Hammond Police Department recently performed an out-of-state plate sweep throughout the city, issuing nearly a-thousand warnings last month to vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods. During three follow up enforcement periods, officers also say they impounded 129 vehicles for failing to transfer their plates to Indiana within the 60 period granted by state law. Hammond Police say additional follow-up enforcement is planned in the weeks to come.
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Gary HS Teacher Collapses at School, Dies

A Gary high school teacher collapsed at work and passed away Wednesday. Thomas Powell taught at Lew Wallace, where he was once head football coach and assistant basketball coach for the Glen Park school. Several years ago Powell was let go from his coaching position after a medical issue involving his leg. The issue went to court, where reports say it was eventually determined the school corporation violated federal medical leave law by not reinstating Powell.
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McCowan Sentencing Today

Sentencing is scheduled today for 20-year-old Dustin McCowan. A month ago McCowan was found guilty of murdering former girlfriend, 19-year-old Amanda Bach [bahk] of Portage, by fatally shooting her in September 2011. Police say Bach's body was found the day after her car was discovered along State Road 130 in Wheeler. McCowan faces a possible 65 years in prison. The jury deliberated for about six-and-a-half hours before the verdict was read.
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'Stop Team' Funds Okayed

In East Chicago, the city council this week approved a 150-thousand dollar transfer of funds to cover police overtime costs for a new “Stop Team”. East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker says he instituted a similar program when he was chief in Portage previously, where it freed up officers to do that which patrol officers didn't have time to do... police could respond to community concerns, like speeding in a community, and 'stop' it. You can hear more from Chief Becker online, at Region Newsmakers at regionnewsteam-dot-com.
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Munster HS Hosts Shooter Drill

With students on Spring break, a different kind of class was being held at Munster High School. Wednesday, police in full gear filled the halls for an active shooter drill, hosted by Munster Police for Region police agencies and area universities and businesses. Nearly three-dozen representatives of law enforcement took part in live drills at the high school. The federally-sponsored exercise was actually scheduled in Munster before the school massacre in Connecticut in December; since that tragedy, the program is now reportedly booked for years.
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Committee Approves Abortion Regulations

An Indiana House panel has approved a measure that more strictly regulates clinics that distribute abortion pills. A facility that provides abortion-inducing drugs would have to meet the same building standards as a surgical unit — like size requirements for halls, rooms and doors, and many other criteria – under Senate Bill 371, approved 8-5 Wednesday by the House Public Policy Committee.
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Panel Advances Lakefront Bill

The Indiana House has approved a bill of special interest to officials wanting to expand tourism opportunities along the Region's lakeshore. Senate Bill 173 allows the alcohol and tobacco commission to issue up to six new permits to sell alcoholic beverages in the city of Whiting to restaurants located within three blocks of Lake Michigan. The bill needs to go back to the House before it can go to the Governor, because the Senate version limits the number of permits and limits them just to Whiting. The measure was introduced by State Senator Ed Charbonneau.
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Hoosiers Rally for Independent Living

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Braving the early Spring snow that hit Indianapolis, hundreds of Hoosiers from all parts of the state rallied at the Statehouse to show support for seniors and people with disabilities getting caring in their homes, and be able to live independently. A-A-R-P Indiana State Director June Lyle says they sponsored Tuesday's Rally for Independence to bring a human message to legislators. In recent months, Indiana's Division of Aging has been working diligently to get more people off waitlists for home and community-based services.
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High School Teacher Arrested

There's been no comment at this time from Hammond School officials after a 27-year-old Morton High School math teacher was reportedly arrested Wednesday, accused in federal court of asking underage female students to text sexually explicit pictures of themselves to him by cellphone. Published reports say the investigation began when the mother of a 17-year-old girl suspected her daughter was sexually active with the man, who told officials he had been a teacher Morton until very recently. Reports also say he denied having sexual contact with the girl.
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