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County joins regional broadband effort

Midwest Broadband Map included in a NWI Connectivity report by the Northwest Indiana Forum. (Image provided.)

Midwest Broadband Map included in a NWI Connectivity report by the Northwest Indiana Forum. (Image provided.)

The newly revamped Porter County Board of Commissioners agreed this week to take part in a regional effort aimed at expanding broadband Internet access.

At the request of the county’s redevelopment commission, the commissioners agreed to seek proposals from those interested in carrying out a feasibility study. The study is expected to cost about $50,000.

The study will be carried out as part of a larger effort by the Northwest Indiana Forum to expand access to broadband service throughout Porter, Lake, LaPorte and Starke counties, Mark Maassel said. He is president and chief executive of the Northwest Indiana Forum.
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Survey: Porter County residents support regional efforts

Vehicles travel on U.S. 20 under the Indiana 49 bridge Thursday in Porter. (Photograph by The Times.)

Vehicles travel on U.S. 20 under the Indiana 49 bridge Thursday in Porter.
(Photograph by The Times.)

A plurality of Porter County residents taking part in a poll support the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, and a majority support the goal of regional cooperation.

However, the majority are not comfortable putting their tax dollars behind regional efforts, saying they fear a loss of control over local issues and leaders charged with spending their tax dollars.

The findings were contained in a survey of county residents conducted by Valparaiso University on behalf of The Times.
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Huge sports complex pitched for Chesterton

Investors are rushing to put together financing by the end of the year for a $40 million sports complex at the southeast corner of Ind. 49 and the Indiana Toll Road.

The proposal calls for an enclosed facility that would be available for various types of sporting events, as well as music concerts, said John Shepherd, director of the Porter County Redevelopment Commission.

The proposal took a leap forward Tuesday evening when the LaPorte County commissioners granted the developers access to a $6.8 million low-interest loan provided through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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Online voter registration arrives July 1

As the Indiana Supreme Court wrestles with accusations that the state’s voter ID law is an obstacle to casting a ballot, state officials are preparing to offer an additional and, for some, easier way to register to vote.

Any Hoosier with a valid driver’s license or state identification card will be able to register or update an existing registration online at indianavoters.com starting July 1, according to Jim Gavin, communications director for Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.

The service is the latest addition to a website that allows voters to confirm their registration, locate polling places, inquire about the status of a provisional ballot, learn which candidates are on their ballot and obtain contact information for local election officials.
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US Steel accused of illegally selling energy

The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has filed a lawsuit accusing the United States Steel Corp. of illegally selling electricity and natural gas to fellow steel maker ArcelorMittal.

The sales occurred from November 2003 through the fall of 2007, though NIPSCO said in its suit it did not learn about the transactions until June 2007.

NIPSCO said it submitted its claims to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Oct. 1, 2007, seeking the necessary liability determination. The commission issued its findings on May 11 and NIPSCO responded with its suit.
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RDA fight in the hands of a judge

An attorney for the Porter County Council challenged Monday the state’s opinion that the county does not have the option to withdraw from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

David Honig told a judge the wording in a 2009 amendment to the 2005 law establishing the RDA contemplates the impact of the county ceasing to be a member, which he said illustrates that lawmakers intended all along to provide a way out.

He said it’s also clear by state lawmakers’ use of the word eligible.
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