News Clips

  • Gary civil rights project gets $59,000 boost

    GARY — The city of Gary has been awarded a grant to support the development of a National Civil Rights Hall of Fame, according to a release Thursday from the office of U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.

    The $59,000 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. It will be used to support the development of a feasibility study and business plan to establish a National Civil Rights Hall of Fame facility and headquarters for the National Civil Rights Institute and Hall of Fame, Inc., in Gary, according to the release.

  • New federally qualified health center opens in south Lake County

    MERRILLVILLE — A new federally qualified health center has opened in Merrillville.

    Regional Health Clinic, the fourth FQHC for Regional Mental Health Center, celebrated its grand opening Sept. 19. The event highlighted the need to integrate physical and behavioral health care services.

    “Primary care has become the gateway for many individuals with both primary care and behavioral health needs,” said Regional Mental Health Center CEO Bob Krumwied.

  • Visclosky tours Michigan City programs

    MICHIGAN CITY — U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana, was in Michigan City on Wednesday, visiting various organizations within the area.

    Visclosky represents Indiana's 1st Congressional district in the House of Representatives.

    Visclosky began the day visiting Head Start of La Porte County. He met with leaders of Head Start at Niemann Elementary to discuss issues facing the organization. Following the meeting, Visclosky read childrens books to a group of students.

  • Keeping the lights on

    MICHIGAN CITY — On Wednesday, Safe Harbor opened its doors to Edgewood Elementary School to welcome Community leaders from Michigan City and other parts of the State for its Lights On Afterschool Celebration.

    The event featured several local leaders, including Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, Congressman Pete Visclosky, and representatives from Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly's offices. Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins was also in attendance.

    The event consisted of the group walking through different areas of the school, checking out different activities offered by Safe Harbor while interacting with students enrolled in the program.

  • Munster class highlights cancer rates in firefighters

    MUNSTER — Joe Martin and Ryan Cusack shared story after story and statistic after statistic with fellow firefighters Tuesday night with one shared goal: To scare colleagues into changing old habits and thinking about their occupation’s greatest threat — cancer.

    They cited a 2013 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study that analyzed cancer in firefighters across three large U.S. cities — Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. The study, in part, found a higher rate of mesothelioma, with researchers concluding the findings were likely associated with asbestos exposure.

  • Visclosky Announces Grant Award for City of Hammond Fire Department

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant to the City of Hammond Fire Department under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

    The $621,164 grant award will be used to assist in the purchase of ninety-five self-contained breathing apparatuses, along with additional spare air cylinders, face pieces, and rapid intervention team emergency air kits. The funding will also support training on how to use the equipment and fit testing for all personnel. In addition to personal protective equipment, FEMA’s AFG program generally awards grants to support professional training, equipment for wellness and fitness programs, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.

  • RDA confirms funding for West Lake, double tracking; NICTD seeks fed rating today

    The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority has approved a resolution formalizing the RDA's financial commitments to the South Shore commuter line’s West Lake and Double Tracking bond issues.

    The board also formally accepted reports from KPMG and Farr Associates which, along with the resolution, will be submitted to the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) today by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).

  • Indiana officials call DACA decision 'cruel and heartless'

    The potential end of a federal citizenship program was called "cruel" by some Indiana officials but seen as an opportunity for immigration reform.

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving a six-month time frame for Congress to draft its own immigration proposal, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • EDITORIAL: Momentum continues for Region rail expansion

    It's always encouraging to see the stock rising for plans putting our Region on course to economic transformation and growth.

    And the recent Indiana visit of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao presented a green arrow pointed firmly upward for the future of Northwest Indiana commuter rail expansion and improvement.

    Last week, Chao attended a two-hour briefing in South Bend, hearing the merits of the proposed South Shore Line expansion from Hammond to Dyer, double tracking from Gary to Michigan City and realignment of tracks in South Bend.

  • Unions voice still heard in political circles

    Union membership may be declining nationally but their voice in political circles has not grown quiet.

    Even as the country's labor landscape continues evolving and some jobs move offshore, mostly in manufacturing and traditional union strongholds, unions have not let up on advocating for their members. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s 2016 Election Cycle Analysis of big labor political spending estimates unions spent $1.7 billion during the 2016 election cycle.