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Weather Info From the Top of City Hall

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Coldest temps of the season in the Region... for details, Valparaiso Now reports a new weather station has been installed on the roof of Valparaiso City Hall.
Here's the link:
http://ww2.netnitco.net/~vch/CityhallWeather/Current_Vantage.htm
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Cause Not Yet Known in Whiting Fire

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Fire crews battle a blaze at 119th and Sheridan in downtown Whiting Sunday night (Photo by Carole Brozovich)
Whiting fire crews were still looking for and fighting hotspots Monday at a century-old building at 119th and Sheridan that burned Sunday night, displacing several residents who lived in apartments in the three-story structure. The building also housed a dress shop. The cause has not yet been determined. There were no reports of injuries.
Whiting Fire Chief Gus Danielides says the frigid...

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Gov Pence State of the State Tonight

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Governor Pence - Inauguration speech (Photo/Governor's office)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence delivers his first State of the State Address tonight.  The House Chamber will be gaveled to order at 7 pm Eastern Time and the governor will begin his remarks shortly afterwards before Indiana's state representatives and senators. The state will livestream the speech at the official Indiana government website : www.in.gov/gov
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Prevent Frozen Pipes Depsite Cold Air Over Region

There are three main reasons why water pipes freeze.  Laura Gerhardt of Absolutely and Above Board Construction in Chesterton says according to the different insurance agency they work with,  the three causes of pipes to freeze are:   a quick temperature drop,  two days in-a-row of single digit temperatures and poor insulation around pipes-especially pipes that run along exterior walls.  Gerhardt says other reasons include, setting the thermostat too low at night because people have gotten used...

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Wind Chill Advisory in Effect for the Region

A wind chill advisory is in effect from the National Weather Service through 10 am Tuesday morning.  Wind Chills of between 15 degrees below zero and 25 degrees below zero are possible in the Region and Chicagoland vicinity.  The weather service urges people to limit any outdoor activity and reminds everyone that frostbite can occur to exposed skin in 30 minutes.
According to the National Weather Service, Wind Chill is the term used to describe the rate of heat loss on the human body resulting...

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Strong Turnaround in the Indiana Housing Market

The monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Report today released by the state’s REALTORS® also provides year-end data which shows that 2012 was a strong turnaround year for Indiana housing markets.
Statewide, there were 8,531 more homes sold in 2012 than in 2011 – a 14.7 percent increase year-over-year. The median price of all 66,516 homes sold in Indiana last year was $118,000, which is 4.5 percent more than the median price of all homes sold in 2011 ($112,900). The average price of all homes sold...

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Fire Crews in Whiting Work Into the Night

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[Photo by Carole Brozovich]
In downtown Whiting, part of 119 Street was still closed this morning after fire breaks out Sunday evening in a three-story building at 119th and Sheridan, displacing several residents. The building houses a dress shop and several apartments. There was no word of any injuries. Fire crews were reportedly still on scene this morning, putting out and looking for hot spots. No word on possible cause at this hour.
Donations will be taken at the Whiting Elks on 119th St....

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Gun Permit Procedures Changing in Valpo

News Release (Jan 21 2013):  Beginning Monday February 4th the Valparaiso Police Department's gun permit procedures will be changing. On Monday gun permit applicants will first be required to apply online for a gun permit and within 30 days schedule an appointment at L1 Solutions to be electronically fingerprinted.
The Valparaiso Police Department will no longer fingerprint hand gun applicants at the Valparaiso Police Department. Once applicants obtain a fingerprint receipt from L1 Solutions...

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JobSource Opens Office in La Porte Co

News Release (Jan 21 2013): JobSource, the Community Employment division of Opportunity Enterprises, has opened an office in LaPorte County.  The program is now sharing space with Barker Woods Enrichment Center, 3200 S Cleveland Avenue in Michigan City, and provides Community Employment and Adaptive Technology services to individuals with disabilities.
“We have been serving LaPorte County residents for several years,” shares JobSource Director Kathie Savich.  “As our clientele has continued to g...

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Illiana Corridor Project First Tier Completed

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Another step in the process toward building the proposed east-west Illiana Expressway through south Lake County westward into Illinois. After extensive public outreach and detailed environmental studies, officials say, IDOT, INDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have completed the first tier of the Illiana Corridor project ..advancing one corridor and a “no-build” alternative into the second tier of the project... which will shift the focus from the original study area to communities, lan...

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