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MICHIGAN CITY - The city of Michigan City has increased its starting wage for lifeguards to $25 dollars an hour.  

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Officials say one girl died and a second was in critical condition after separate weekend incidents involving rough waters in northwest Indiana along the same Lake Michigan beach.

The girl was pronounced dead Saturday night after she and relatives were swept into deeper waters while swimming along Washington Park Beach in Michigan City. Her name, age and hometown were not immediately released.

Sharon Jackson, Show Host/Reporter / Lakeshore Public Radio

MICHIGAN CITY - Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Park, that once swallowed a 6 year-old boy digging in the sand in 2013, is now taking over the exit road and the exit to the parking lot.

Indiana Dunes National Park spokesman Bruce Rowe says Mount Baldy moves about 4 to 10 feet to the south every year.

"The movement is nothing new, actually in some years, not that long ago, it was moving up to 10 or even 11 feet to the south each year," Rowe says.  "Of course it's being moved by the wind slowly."

Justin Hicks / IPB News

High school courses in areas including cosmetology and culinary arts will keep their state funding in a version of the budget approved by the Senate after language that would’ve cut their funding was removed from the current budget bill.

Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry.
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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point, Hammond and Michigan City are going to start inoculating health care workers.  

Robert Blaszkiewicz, Communications and Media Relations Specialist for Franciscan Health - Northern Division, says the three Franciscan locations are among the hospitals designated to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

"We have received our initial doses of vaccine," Blaszkiewicz says. "And so we are ready to being vaccinating front line health care workers tomorrow on Friday."  

Alan Mbathi / IPB News

When a coal plant shuts down, the loss of jobs and tax revenue can be devastating for the towns that host them. The state is grappling with how to help workers and local governments in Indiana with that transition.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

As COVID-19 numbers continue to surge across the state, more hospitals are forced to send non-emergency patients elsewhere. But that doesn’t mean local hospitals will stop caring for patients needing urgent care. 

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Indiana lags behind other states when it comes to closing toxic coal ash ponds safely. That’s according to a new report by the Hoosier Environmental Council. 


MICHIGAN CITY - A Michigan City hemp processor is expanding, since its commercial enterprise has flourished in Indiana.

The "Times" reports the expansion is also expected to produce fifteen additional jobs at the Viobin facility, which is located at 1700 E. U.S. 12.  

Viobin is investing $6.1 million dollars into the facility for the expansion which includes greater capacity for hemp drying, feed production and processing along with additional equipment.

The growth plans come after the City Council approved a tax abatement on the investment last week.

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As key states continue counting votes to determine the winner in the race for president, Indiana teachers are busy fielding questions from their students. Teachers say students are curious about a lot: like how the electoral college works, why results are taking so long – even asking about their political views. 

Gayle Davis

NORTHWEST INDIANA- A Michigan City middle school teacher as been chosen as a Indiana Policy Fellow by Teach Plus Indiana for the 2020-21 school year.  

Teach Plus is a national nonprofit organization that is focused on empowering teachers in the classroom as well as at the policy level.  The organization empowers teachers to lead improvements in education policy and instructional practice.  

Gayle Davis, a teacher at Barker Middle School in Michigan City, was one of nine teachers chosen from across the state and is the only one from the Region.

July 30, 2020: NWI Midday News Update - Stay tuned for the latest on a shooting that left a toddler in critical condition, then one university's plans for admissions this fall, while another region high school moves to e-learning.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

As Indiana casinos reopen, they’re implementing sanitization and distancing standards at gaming sites, but some workers say one important virus-prevention strategy is being left out: access to affordable health insurance.

Indiana Casinos Get Green Light From State To Reopen

Jun 9, 2020
Justin Hicks / IPB News

Indiana’s casinos have been given the green light to reopen after COVID-19 shut them down for nearly three months.

Blue Chip Casino to Layoff 60% of its Workforce

May 27, 2020

MICHIGAN CITY - Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is permanently laying off up to 60 percent of its workers in Michigan City due to the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic.  

The "Times" reports the layoffs will take effect between July 1 and July 14. It's not yet known exactly how extensive the layoffs will be.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the extended shutdown of Northwest Indiana's casinos and they are not allowed to reopen until at least June 14.  The mandatory closures went into effect mid-March.

NORTHWEST INDIANA-Health care workers, first responders and essential workers will be getting a big salute on Tuesday.  The "Times" reports four military planes will fly over the Region.

The Fort Wayne-based 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana National Guard is performing an "Air Force Salute" in the Region as part of its regularly scheduled training missions.

The four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft are scheduled to fly over downtown Gary at 4:51 p.m. and over downtown Michigan City at 4:56 p.m.

Courtesy of NIPSCO

A northwest Indiana utility plans to remove toxic coal ash from five of its ponds at its Michigan City coal plant. NIPSCO plans to excavate the waste and put it in a lined landfill at its other coal plant, R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield. 

MICHIGAN CITY -The city of Michigan City has finalized it's approximate $12 million contribution to the proposed South Shore Line Double Track project.  Council president Don Pryzbylinski told "The Times," the city made a commitment to fund Michigan City's portion to the project in 2017 and a unanimous vote on Tuesday by the city's common council is the honoring of that commitment.  He said that should send a strong message to the Federal Transit Administration.

Indiana man dies after overcome by waves in Lake Michigan

Jul 23, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say a man pulled from Lake Michigan has died.

They say 25-year-old Christian Rosete of Michigan City died at a hospital Sunday night.

Officers say Rosete was pulled from the lake near Washington Park Beach in Michigan City on Saturday night. They say he was swimming with family when he was overcome by waves and did not resurface.

Members of Michigan City Fire Department along with Good Samaritans were able to pull him from the water and was transported to the hospital.

Body of missing swimmer recovered in southwestern Michigan

Jul 12, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Indiana conservation officers say the body of a missing teenager in has been recovered in southwestern Michigan.

They say Chikaming Township Police in Berrien County, Michigan, told them that the body of a male matching the description of 17-year-old Rahem Mason of South Bend was found by a member of the public along a beach around 12:40 p.m. Thursday. Conservation officers responded to the scene and positively identified Mason. He's believed to have accidentally drowned.

Inmate captured following escape from Indiana State Prison

Jul 11, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — State correction officials say an inmate who escaped Wednesday from the grounds of the Indiana State Prison has been captured.

The Indiana Department of Correction says 39-year-old Travis Hornett was apprehended without incident shortly after midnight Thursday by DOC staff and state and local police in a vacant home in Beverly Shores, Indiana.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.8 million railroad safety grant to the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad to upgrade 7.5 miles of rail between Michigan City and the city of LaPorte.

The project will replace the existing 90-pound track with 115-pound track to ensure the safe transportation of materials and improve the reliability and efficiency of the railroad.

The funding announced last week comes from the Department of Transportation's Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program.

John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with John Ryszka, of Rising Phoenix Gallery in Michigan City.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A fugitive from Minnesota who taunted authorities on social media, vowing that she'd "never be caught," has been arrested in northern Indiana.

Thirty-one-year-old Tiesha Monique Moore was apprehended Monday by members of the Twin Cities Apprehension Team in Michigan City. She was wanted on 16 outstanding warrants, including felony theft and domestic assault, all from Minnesota's Stearns and Benton counties.

She's being held in Indiana, awaiting extradition to Minnesota.

Warhol Exhibit To Open In Michigan City Arts Center

Jun 8, 2018
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Wes Aldridge

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police departments in northwestern Indiana are turning to key fobs as a way to unlock doors at local schools electronically so officers can quickly enter if there's an emergency.

The Times reports that the newly implemented system in Crown Point gives officers access to all doors at every school in the district. Officers will also be issued a school ID card.

Michigan City Schools Launch Solar Power Initiative

Mar 28, 2018
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