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Mitch Daniels recognized for Japanese development in Indiana

Purdue President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was recognized last week (Thursday) for strengthening the United States' relationship with Japan over the years.

Daniels was celebrated by the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.  He received what's known as the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star Award.

Indiana is the only state with three Japanese automobile manufacturers and 280 Japanese companies in the state.

When Daniels was governor, he helped create thousands of jobs with 70 new Japanese investment projects and expansions in Indiana. He personally led five trade and investment missions from the state to Japan.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said the award is well-deserved. He said it was Daniels' groundwork that prepared Greater Lafayette for further Japanese development.

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Illinois man dead in early-morning crash on I-65

Indiana State Police report one man is dead following an early morning crash Saturday. It happened around 2 am on Interstate 65 near the State Road 38 exit.

Police report an SUV ran off the right side of the road and flipped over, killing one person. The victim was 45-year-old Fermin A. Rodriquez of Illinois.

A preliminary investigation showed two toddlers, four adults and three teenagers were involved in the crash.

Two people were ejected from the vehicle. Seven other occupants were inside the car.

The man ejected from the vehicle was pronounced dead by the Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office.

The crash is under investigation.

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IDOT updates Route 1 realignment project

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is accepting public comment on the proposed realignment of Illinois Route 1 at Milford. Comments Are welcome through the end of May.

“Iroquois County, Route 1” is where the $9-million project ca be viewed on the IDOT website www.idot.illinois.gov Wayne Phillips is the program development engineer.

The Milford Route 1 realignment is to alleviate flooding issues that have plagued that route over the years. The work proposed includes a bridge over the CSX railroad at the Milford viaduct.

Project manager Ted Fultz provided updated info about the project to local officials. Fultz explains the Milford improvement is part of IDOT’s six-year plan. The next phase will include appraisals and purchasing of required property sites. Fultz does not expect any major disruption of traffic flow or destruction of property. Estimates are, about 16 acres of prime farmland will need to be acquired.

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Special Olympics fundraiser Friday

Law enforcement officers are teaming up with DUNKIN DONUTS today for the good of Special Olympics.

Police officers will be on DUNKIN DONUT restaurant rooftops to raise money for Special Olympics. The officers welcome your contributions.

In exchange for your donation, yes, a donut and other refreshments; may a new stainless steel coffee mug. There’s also 2017 Torch Run T-shirts. Hats, pins and raffle tix are also available. A Harley Davidson motorcycle is also being raffled off.

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Paxton Pantry sells Monticello woman $4 million lottery jackpot

A Monticello, IL woman, Peggy Tracy, is a $4-million lottery winner. Tracy purchased a 100X The Cash ticket at the Village Pantry in Paxton.

It was scratch off ticket. Tracy chose to take her win with a one-time payout of $2, 400,000.

The Village Pantry will receive $40,000, one-percent of the winnings, for selling the winning ticket.

She and her husband plan to share the windfall with their three children and four grandchildren, and invest for retirement.

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