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Protect Against Identity Theft With a Credit Freeze

Credit FreezeHoosiers can protect themselves from identity thieves by activating a credit freeze. Also known as a security freeze, it keeps new creditors from accessing your credit report without your permission. This will prevent an identity thief from opening a credit card or other account in your name, even if he or she has your Social Security number or other personal information. Continue reading

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Violence AwarenessDating relationships should not hurt. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the goal of which is to raise awareness of unhealthy behavior patterns used to exert power and control over a partner. Abuse can be physical, verbal or emotional and may include checking your cell phone or email without your permission, constantly putting you down, extreme jealousy or insecurity, possessiveness, an explosive temper, mood swings and telling you what to do. Continue reading

Bullet Found Inside South Central High School Locker Room

A .22 caliber bullet was found in the girls PE locker room at South Central High School, which caused a lockdown of the school at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

The bullet was placed into the custody of a staff member, and the school’s resource officer was notified. A search ensued. Members of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department responded to the school and served as security as staff members looked through every student locker. The PE lockers were also thoroughly searched. Nothing of a suspicious nature was located. The lockdown was lifted after two hours.

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Area Students to Take Shortened ISTEP Exam Next Week

 This year’s shortened ISTEP exam will be taken at all of the local schools next week. The test window begins today.

Governor Mike Pence signed into law SEA 62, the bill that allows the Indiana Department of Education to shorten this year’s ISTEP test. The test would have been more than 12 hours for third grade students.

The test will begin on Monday at most schools and Tuesday at others. Students will be tested in the next two weeks. The window closes March 11.

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Daylight Saving Time Begins March 8

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8 at 2 a.m. local time. Before you go to bed on March 7, make sure that you set your clock ahead one hour or move it ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal encourages residents to change the batteries in smoke detectors when the time is changed. It serves as a reminder to make sure fresh batteries are installed as they should be changed twice a year.

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New Prairie High School Placed on Lockdown After Bullet Located

K9 at New PrairieA LaPorte County school was placed on lockdown earlier today after a student located a bullet on a classroom floor.

The incident occurred shortly after 9:00 a.m. at New Prairie High School. The student who located the bullet notified the principal. A search of all lockers in the building, along with book bags that had been in the classroom where the bullet was found was conducted.
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Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Could Soon Receive Vote

DermodyA bill designed to allow the Sunday sale of alcohol for carry-out could soon be getting a vote.

Indiana is among a dwindling number of states that prevents alcohol sales on Sunday. House Bill 1624 was filed by Republican State Representative Tom Dermody – who’s Public Policy Committee reviewed the measure.
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Police Warn of IRS Scams

Scammers claiming to be IRS agents are attempting to separate unsuspecting people from their money. That was the case recently in LaPorte, where a woman was swindled out of $600. She told police a man at “Russ Card Live” identified himself as an IRS agent, told her she was being sued and she needed to send $600 via Money Gram pre-paid card to an address in California. Continue reading

Senate Dems Plan Amendments In Face of “Controversial” Bills

Senator Jim Arnold

Senator Jim Arnold

A deadline is approaching for bills to be passed in the Indiana General Assembly.

Democrats in the Indiana Senate are bringing attention to a few bills they perceive as controversial prior to the deadline. Among those bills is a balanced budget amendment currently being considered.
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Department of Education Issues New ISTEP Requirements

Calls for reduced test times have prompted the Indiana Department of Education to issue guidance eliminating certain questions from the ISTEP test.

The reductions come shortly after new rules were adopted by the Indiana General Assembly. Those alterations, however, come close to the actual testing dates.
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Potential Seminar Works To Give Veterans Transition Training

 WorkOne in Plymouth is working to get veterans the services they need to find work and transition back to civilian life.

Interest is being gathered to help host the seminar in the area. According to a press release, WorkOne is hoping to help veterans cope with change, resume preparation, and networking.
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Wind Chill Advisory Issued for Kankakee Valley

cold temperaturesA wind chill advisory remains in effect for the Kankakee Valley until 11 Eastern, 10 Central. Dangerous wind chills of between 10 and 25 below zero are expected due to a combination of very cold air and strong winds. Bundle up if you do go out, as hypothermia can occur quickly. Area schools have delayed the start of classes this morning as a result of the cold temperatures. Find a complete list at http://www.wkvi.com/closings-and-delays/

 

Murder Defendant’s Trial Remains On Schedule

The trial for a Knox man accused of beating his wife to death at their rural California Township home, kidnapping an employee from the Mark Bailey’s parking lot, stealing a second car in English Lake and leading authorities on a high-speed chase through four counties last June is still on schedule to start in April. Continue reading

Continuing Cold Leads to State Homeland Security Recommendations

First FEMA, and now the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is advising against being out in the bitter cold.

Wind Chill readings were expected to be in the double-digits below zero. Cold weather moved into the area yesterday, but will continue through midday. Wind gusts may not be helping matters, but the IDHS says they are urging residents to take precautions against the cold.
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Congresswoman Promotes Tax Deduction Incentive to Combat Food Insecurity

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was in Mishawaka yesterday to promote a tax deduction sought for permanent extension.

According to a press release, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that encourages donations. The bill, also known as the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act permanently extends the deduction for businesses to donate food inventory to local food pantries.
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Report Ranks Indiana High in Youth Suicide Risk

A recently released report shows Indiana ranking with a relatively high suicide risk among young people.

The “Kids Count In Indiana 2015” Data Book says suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for residents between the ages of 15 and 24 in the Hoosier State. The report covers numerous topics, including health, population, and economic data.
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Wind Chill Advisory Takes Effect This Afternoon

A wind chill advisory will take effect this afternoon and remain in place through midday tomorrow. Dangerous wind chill values between 10 and 25 below zero are expected late this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Prolonged exposure to extreme cold can lead to hypothermia and frostbite in 30 minutes or less. If you have to be outside, wear a hat and gloves and protect exposed skin.