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    President Donald Trump’s budget will include a 10 percent increase for military spending and a commensurate cut for social programs, the world was told this week. Last week’s exercise in balancing the federal budget puts that decision in perspective.

      One of the most common arguments I hear against extending commuter rail service in Northwest Indiana is that if it hasn’t helped the northern tier communities along the existing route, so it won’t help those along the new route. I can’t disagree more with this reasoning.

        Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s trip down the Wabash River in 2013 was memorable. With Asian carp jumping all around, and into the boat, he had a chance to see the closest thing Indiana has to shark-infested waters.

        Authorities in Ohio say air monitoring hasn’t detected dangerous levels of fumes in communities where crews released and burned toxic chemicals from a derailed train. But they said Tuesday that Ohio and Pennsylvania residents living close to the wreckage still aren’t being allowed in their homes. The fire from the controlled release of the chemicals on Monday is no longer burning. Environmental officials say they want to ensure the air is safe before lifting the evacuation order. Some residents from the village of East Palestine say they're nervous about returning even when the evacuation order is lifted.

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