News Clips

  • UPDATE: Port expansion expected to 'improve the region’s economic vitality'

    The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor landed a $9.85 million grant that will let it move more cargo, including more multimodal containers.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation signed off on partial federal funding for a $19.7 million expansion that will boost the port's cargo handling capacity. The Indianapolis-based Ports of Indiana, a quasi-government agency that's run like an independent business, would fund the other half of the cost.

  • AISI Supports Steel Caucus Letter on Section 232

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), today applauded the Congressional Steel Caucus letter to the president urging prompt action in the Section 232 investigation into the impact of foreign steel imports on national security. Gibson issued the following statement:

  • Officials, residents mark completion of Little Cal River Hammond Levee Tieback project

    HAMMOND — Officials on Tuesday cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the completion of the levee tieback project that U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D- Merrillville, said has been 41 years in the making.

    “Today is a historic day in Northwest Indiana,” said Visclosky, who recalled talking with others about flood control along the Little Calumet River in 1976. “This project provides economic opportunity, job creation and quality of place.”

  • 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.

  • On track to be a national park

    MICHIGAN CITY — It took more than 100 years, but Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a 15,000-acre park stretching along the Lake Michigan Shoreline from Gary to Michigan City, is finally on its way to becoming a national park.

    That is, if the legislation continues moving forward.

    On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved Congressman Pete Visclosky’s legislation, H.R. 1488, the Indiana Dunes National Park Act, by unanimous consent. The measure is now referred to the full House and is expected to be considered in the coming months.

  • 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.