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Valparaiso Hostage Situation Comes To An End; Hostages OK, Gunman Dead

An intense hostage situation in Valparaiso ended when police say the gunman who held hostages at an Indiana real estate office died after he was taken to a hospital for self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Valparaiso police Sgt. Michael Grennes says the gunman shot himself twice during a standoff at the Prudential Executive Group Real Estate office yesterday.

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Local Lawmaker to Serve on Several Key Senate Committees

State Senator Ed Charbonneau

President Pro Tem David C. Long (R-Fort Wayne) has appointed State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) to serve as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Charbonneau said the committee examines the budget bill and the school funding formula, along with other legislation allocating state funds to numerous government agencies, departments and organizations on a biannual basis, in addition to other related issues.

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17th District State Representative Receives Committee Assignments

State Representative Nancy Denbowski

17th District State Representative, Nancy Dembowski (D-Knox), has received her committee assignments for the 2011 and 2012 sessions of the Indiana General Assembly. House Democratic Leader, B. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) recommended Dembowski for the following committees: Local Government, Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development, and Natural Resources. In addition, Dembowski will be the ranking Democrat on the Roads and Transportation Committee.

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