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Illinois Highway deaths higher than 2015

Traffic deaths on Illinois highways are on a pace to exceed last year's total of just over 1,000.

The Kankakee Daily-Journal reports there were 255 deaths on the roads through last week - compared with 179 at the same point last year.

Gianna Urgo is spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation. She says a mild winter and lower gas prices have encouraged more driving. She says statistics tend to level out during the course of a year.

Deaths in 2015 totaled 1,003. That's the highest since 1,043 died in 2008. Fatalities have dropped significantly since the 1960s, when an average 2,200 were killed annually on the state's roads.

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Bomb threats force 7 Indiana schools to cancel classes

Seven northwestern Indiana schools have canceled classes after local police received bomb threats naming some of the schools as targets.

The Lake Central School Corp. reports today's (Tuesday's) classes were canceled at Homan and Kolling elementary schools and Clark Middle School in response to the bomb threats.

Police in St. John and Schererville received calls Monday night saying bombs would go off in schools in those communities. The caller, according to a source, said "the caller specifically stated that bombs would result in injuries to many people in these buildings."

The schools notified parents in a recorded message sent out early Tuesday.

Reports stated that as a precaution all three Hammond Baptist Schools in Schererville were closed. So was St. Michael School in Schererville.

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Jasper County: 3 men face sexual assault charges

Authorities in Jasper County, Indiana have three illegal immigrants in custody, charged with the sexual assault of three female minors. Sheriff's Police report the three men, from Monon, are in the country illegally. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement team is now involved in the case.

The three suspects reportedly took three minors to a motel to sexually assault them.

Two of the female victims reported the incident to a school guidance counselor. That started the investigation last week.

( 20-year-old Yonatan Ramirez-Diaz, 26-year-old Edwin Marquina-Valesquez, and 20-year-old Melvin Ramirez-Morales are in custody. Bonds range from $800,000 to $1-million dollars).

Police said the men are from El Salvador.

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Rail line explored for Manteno area

An effort to reduce railroad congestion in Cook County could find a rail hub developed in Kankakee County. The hub would be located in the Manteno area and be linked to Wilmington in Will County, if it happens.

The freight traffic would also bring rail traffic from LaPorte, Indiana.

A public hearing was held last evening at the Manteno Sportsmen's Club.

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Carle recognized for Outstanding Patient Care

Carle Foundation Hospital has being recognized for ''providing outstanding performance in the delivery of a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay.''

Healthgrades has awarded Carle the 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. It means Carle is in the top 10-percent of hospitals in the nation delivering outstanding patient service.

Healthgrades evaluated 3,858 hospitals that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Healthgrades then awarded 448 hospitals with the 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

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