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MERRILLVILLE | A few of Northwest Indiana's most distinguished residents were recognized for making the region better, including supporting the arts, providing hundreds of college scholarships and taking high school students on campus tours.

Transportation is going downhill fast in Northwest Indiana, with the failure of regional bus provider easygo Lake Transit casting a pall over efforts to improve mass transit, according to the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report.

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A new report finds Northwest Indiana "a region in transition" and declares that urgent, thoughtful action is needed to prevent decline and instead propel the area's residents, communities and institutions toward greatness.

The state of health in Northwest Indiana is on the decline, with unemployment, poverty and lack of insurance among the barriers preventing many residents from getting health care and health education, according to a report released today.

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CHICAGO | The mayors of Gary and Milwaukee pledged to join a partnership Wednesday that would develop an action plan for economic growth and improve collaboration within the tri-state Chicago region.