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July 24, 2013
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Just five states will spend less per capita than Michigan to get the word to uninsured residents about how to enroll for medical coverage under the federal health care law starting this fall. Michigan's $5.7 million in outreach spending amounts to 58 cents per resident, according to data compiled by The Associated Press, far less than states that have embraced the Affordable Care Act. The reason the state is spending so little is the GOP-led Legislature rejected partnering with the federal government on a health marketplace where people can shop for insurance starting Oct. 1. Michigan lost out on $31 million, all but $12 million of which would have gone toward consumer assistance under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's plan.
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NEWS
WSBT-TV Report | July 23, 2013
A warning this morning if you're planning on spending some time at the beach today -- don't count on taking a dip in Lake Michigan to cool off. High winds are expected to create dangerous swimming conditions today and tomorrow at beaches across southwest Michigan. The National Weather Service expects high waves of 6 to 9 feet, strong rip currents and winds of up to 25 miles per hour on Lake Michigan. Of course, rip currents are very dangerous even to the most experienced swimmers.
NEWS
By Matt Rudkin (mrudkin@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | July 23, 2013
MICHIGAN CITY - It's been a perfect past few days to hit the beach.  Heat, humidity and plenty of sunshine.  But as the winds began to switch from the north Tuesday, those ideal lake conditions quickly deteriorated. WSBT has learned that 3 people were pulled from the Great Lake in Michigan City shortly after 3:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the east pier by the lighthouse. The supervisor of the U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that information. The Coast Guard was ready to activate rescue boats when they heard lifeguards had pulled the 3 swimmers from the rough waters.
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WSBT-TV Report | July 22, 2013
WSBT has learned this Michigan City man died after completing a mud race in northwest Indiana. Rick Richards, 59, was pronounced dead Saturday after competing in a Mudathalon race in Valparaiso. He reportedly finished the three-mile race and then went to the medical tent complaining that he didn't feel well. Richards was taken to the hospital where he died. Hospital Officials say there won't be an autopsy because Richards had a history of heart trouble.
NEWS
WSBT-TV Report | July 22, 2013
If you're planning to head to the beach and Lake Michigan over the next two days, you should stay out of the water. The National Weather Service says dangerous swimming conditions are expected on southern Lake Michigan Tuesday and Wednesday. Beachgoers will likely see high waves of 6 to 9 feet with strong rip currents. The Weather Service has issued a warning that includes advice if you are caught in a rip current. Don't fight the current Swim out of the current, then to shore If you can't escape, float or tread water If you need help, call or wave for assistance.    We should never swim alone and if in doubt, don't go out.
NEWS
WSBT-TV Report | July 19, 2013
The Berrien County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help finding vandals who they say caused $10,000 in damage to the Michigan Lutheran High School grounds. Here's the full release from police, issued Friday: On 7/4/13 at approximately 0320 hrs the Michigan Lutheran High School was the target of vandalism and destruction. Michigan Lutheran High School is located on Marquette Woods in Royalton Township, Berrien County, Michigan.  It is believed that two individuals were involved doing the vandalism and destruction.
NEWS
WSBT-TV Report | July 18, 2013
CLEVELAND - The Coast Guard and a number of other rescue agencies are searching for a man missing in Lake Michigan. Around 3:45 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller for the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan was contacted by a boater who said a 50-year-old man he was boating with went missing while swimming just off Wahala Beach in Hammond, Ind. The missing man has been identified as Michael Janko from Blue Island, Ill. ...
NEWS
WSBT-TV Report | June 26, 2013
The LaPorte County Highway Department issued the following news release Wednesday afternoon: LAPORTE, In. - Heavy rain this morning has washed away a portion of Johnson Road at the Pahs Road intersection. This intersection is closed indefinitely. Multiple road closed signs have been placed on the scene and we ask that traffic use the posted detour route.  Northbound: From Johnson Road, left on 400 N, right on 900 W (Woodland Avenue), right on Hwy 20 to Johnson Road.
NEWS
WSBT-TV Report | June 21, 2013
We learned new details overnight about a shooting in LaPorte County that sent two people to the hospital. It happened just after 6:30 Friday night in an alley near Elm and Main Streets in Michigan City. Asa Tompkins, 16, has been named as a suspect. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Two people, who police describe as juveniles, were injured in the shooting. They were taken to the hospital with injuries that police say are not life-threatening.
NEWS
By Tim Moran | Michigan City News-Dispatch | June 21, 2013
MICHIGAN CITY - Two people were shot around 6:30 p.m. Friday night in an alley near the intersection of Elm and Main streets in Michigan City. Police scanner traffic indicated one person had been shot in the leg, and another in the face. Repeated attempts to reach Michigan City Police officials by press time Friday were unsuccessful. Police units from the Michigan City and Trail Creek Police departments were on scene investigating minutes after a 911 call was made indicating two individuals had been shot in an alley, possibly the result of an altercation.
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