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NIPSCO Announces New Mobile Meter Readers

Company officials say estimated bills for NIPSCO customers could soon be a thing of past. The utility today announced mobile meter readers are coming. The multi-year project to upgrade gas and electric meters across the northern part of the state is expected to improve customer service, efficiency and safety. The Automated Meter Reading (AMR) System takes readings through a receiver mounted in a NIPSCO vehicle, eliminating the need for people to walk door to door to read more than 900-hundred...

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South Shore Service Resumes

South Shore service has resumed with westbound Train 14 and eastbound Train 7 following a derailment in Michigan City early this morning. The westbound train was running about 20 minutes late, and the eastbound train is expected to be running about a half-hour late. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) Spokesman John Parsons says early this morning, at about 5 am., the rear car of one of their trains derailed in Michigan City as it was moving from the yard to the main to...

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South Shore Service Resuming This Morning

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District says they expect regular westbound South Shore service to resume with Train 14 scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 10:28 a.m. with an expected delay of approximately 15-20 minutes.
Earlier this morning a derailment in Michigan City forced the cancellation of 6 South Shore rush hour trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago between 7:21 a.m. and 8:52 a.m. There were no injuries. Metra Electric will honor South Shore ticketed passengers who rode Metra...

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Derailment Affects South Shore Svc -- Latest Update

All South Shore trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago after 6:40 a.m. remains temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect the balance of the morning rush hour. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets.
We are working on a plan to provide limited unscheduled service between East Chicago and Chicago using 2 trains unaffected by the derailment. Expect limited seating and crowded conditions.
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New Credit Card Surcharge Possible

As of this past weekend, a new credit card surcharge, up to 4 percent, is allowable in 40 states, including Indiana and Illinois. Ten states have barred retailers from charging the fee. Adam Levin, of credit-dot-com, says retailers have to make customers aware of the fees,."When you walk in, there has be a sign conspicuously displayed indicating that they do surcharge."   California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas ban credit card s...

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Lake County May Get Veterans Court

There's a measure on its way to the Indiana Senate that would create a special veterans court in Lake County. House Bill 10-16 establishes a pilot project in Lake County allowing the county council to put funds from the county drug free community fund toward the cost of what's described as a “problem solving court program” that may provide rehabilitative services.
Link to bill here: 
http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2013&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=HB&docno=1016
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Work Coming Soon on New Valpo Roundabout

The wheels are in motion to open bids in a couple months for Valparaiso's next, and perhaps most high-profile roundabout. City officials say construction on the five-points roundabout, which would be on north Calumet Avenue, where it meets up with Vale Park and Roosevelt Roads, might then be able to start this spring.
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Most Morning South Shore Trains Temp. Suspended

Most South Shore trains have been temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect nearly all of the morning rush hour. Trains 110 and 112 will depart East Chicago at the scheduled time making all stops. Limited seating will be available. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets. We will update this message when new information is available.
Updated at: 01/28/2013 06:12 AM
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South Shore Svc Affected by Derailment in MC

An announcement from NICTD this morning (Mon Jan 28 2013): All South Shore trains scheduled to arrive in Chicago after 6:40 a.m. have been temporarily suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City. There are no injuries but service is affected. We expect this disruption to affect the balance of the morning rush hour. Metra Electric will honor South Shore tickets. We will update this message when new information is available.
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Bill Would Change NICTD Bd Membership

A Lake County state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would bump up Lake County membership on the South Shore governing board from two members to five. Munster State Representative Mara  Candelaria-Reardon told the Times it's meant to provide representation in proportion to where ridership is coming from. House Bill 14-50 would leave the county commissioner presidents from Lake, Porter, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties on the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation Board , remove the...

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