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MUNSTER (AP) - A developer says its proposal for an $8 billion, 278-mile rail line from Indiana to Wisconsin would greatly relieve Chicago-area freight congestion. The rail line could handle 110 trains a day and would be the largest railroad proj- ect in the U.S. since 1911, according to Great Lakes Basin Transportation. Great Lakes president Jim Wilson tells The (Munster) Times that Chicago-area freight traffic could increase by 50 per- cent in the next four decades. Officials say it takes a train three days to get from Los Angeles to Chicago - and then another three days to get through packed Windy City terminals. Wilson says the tracks could save trains passing through Chicago as much as 24 hours each way, improving the shipping of frozen foods or produce. As many as 25 percent of the trains enter- ing Chicago are just passing through. "It certainly goes against the grain of incremental improvements at low cost," said Joseph Schwieterman, director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. "But it could save shippers a lot of money." A project like this is over- due, Schwieterman said. While railroads like to own the rails they travel, demand for a Chicago bypass is so great they would likely use the pro- posed line, he said. Wilson says existing Chicago rail lines cannot be expanded. Great Lakes will present its plan to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board this month. Permits alone could cost up to $50 million and construction is at least two years away. Land acquisition could be difficult and time-consuming. Times-Union Sports Opinion Partly cloudy tonight; mostly sunny Tuesday. Contact Us Phone: 574-267-3111 Email: news@timesuniononline.com Website: www.timesuniononline.com Mail: P.O.B. 1448 Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 Low 23 High 46 Monday April 4, 2016 In our 162nd year of continuous service to Kosciusko County NCAA Villanova's Jenkins, UNC's Britt share spe- cial bond. Page 1B Parker Trump learns that thinking is difficult. Page 4A TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 See EYE- Page 2A Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union 50 Cents Warsaw, IN Founded 1854 No. 80 Burket firefighters work to extinguish a vehicle fire after Sunday night's accident on CR 450W, south of Union Street. Details of the crash were unavailable at press time. Two individuals were injured when a car hit a utility pole early Sunday morning. Kosciusko County Sheriff's De- partment responded at 2:13 a.m. to the intersection of CR 1000W and Ind. 25 in Mentone. The driver was Nicholas Stahl, 25, North CR 175E, Rochester. Stahl suffered a fracture to his pelvis. A passenger, Scott J. Cox, 35, West CR 1000S, Akron, suffered injuries to his entire body and was transported by air ambulance. Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. In the photo above, emergency personnel work to remove the occupants from the vehicle as a medical helicopter lands at the scene in the background to transport the subjects. LEESBURG - A woman was arrested on meth charges Saturday morning. On March 22, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputy Michael Fowler was flagged down on the road by a woman who was acting strangely. Margaret Williams, 34, of 7849 N. CR 400E, Leesburg, flagged down the officer and advised that she had taken an unknown amount of pills. While treating her, medics found bags under Williams' shirt containing meth. Fowler found there was an active warrant for Williams for sale of precur- sors and maintaining a com- mon nuisance. She was taken to Kosciusko Commu- nity Hospital for treatment, then arrested and booked into Kosciusko County Jail on a $5,250 bond. BY CHRIS TULLEY Times-Union Staff Writer ctulley@timesuniononline.com Two Hurt Private Investors Eye Rail Line To Ease Chicago Congestion INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana high school soccer coach Cruz Gallegos knew something was wrong when one of his players seemed to fade in and out of con- sciousness on the bench. The jun- ior had been pulled from the field after getting slammed into midair during a match against a home- town rival. Gallegos, who did his master's thesis on head injuries in athlet- ics, had an idea of what he was dealing with: a concussion. "That kid was sitting there like he was on a whole other level, a whole other planet," said Gallegos, who coaches at Adams High School in South Bend. Gallegos has coached soccer for more than a decade, but many of his peers may overlook signs of potential concussions if they're not aware of the symptoms - or how long it can take for them to show up. A new Indiana law, one of the most extensive training requirements in the nation, will look to close that knowledge gap. Starting in July 2017, all coaches for every public school sport offered to students in grades five through 12 must complete a course on how to spot symptoms, such as dizziness and temporary loss of consciousness, and the potential consequences of concus- sions. The law, recently signed by Gov. Mike Pence, also gives civil immunity to coaches who com- plete the course from being sued for student injuries. "The kids we're talking about, middle school, high school, they're more vulnerable than the pros," Dr. Henry Feuer, a neurosurgeon and member of the National Football League's Head, Neck and Spine Medical subcommittee, said at a state Senate hearing earlier this year. Concussions are at the fore- front of leagues' minds these days, as the NFL and NCAA face numer- ous lawsuits from players who say they weren't properly informed of the risk of concussions. Studies of the brains of several former NFL players who have died have shown they suffered from chronic trau- matic encephalopathy, which is linked to repeat head injuries. Indiana joined more than 40 states four years ago in a national blitz to require coaches to pull student-athletes with any signs of a concussion from games and practices until a doctor signs off. Indiana took it a step further in 2014, becoming the first state in the U.S. to mandate high school football coaches to get concus- sion-recognition training and require a 24-hour waiting period before a player can return to a sport after an incident. "I think in general that has made a significant difference," said Dr. Terry Horner, a neurosur- gical consultant for the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University. "Parents are really more aware of what a concussion is." During the 2014-15 school year, the Indiana High School Athletics Association received nearly 2,200 reports of concussive events for athletes - nearly half from football and the majority of the others from wrestling and soc- cer. But the reports don't show the entire scope of incidences because reporting is voluntary for schools and do not confirm whether each case was a concussion or just an incident that showed signs of a concussion. The IHSAA already requires all public high school head and assis- tant coaches in any sport to get some concussion training, but the new law would mandate that they retake the course every two years. The additional training will be more beneficial, said IHSAA assis- tant commissioner Robert Faulkens. "I think it's more helpful and it gets the parents more aware of what to look for and how to pro- tect against damage at well," he said. One of the lawsuits filed against the NFL is by the family of Dave Duerson, a two-time Super Bowl champion who committed suicide in 2011 and was found to have CTE. His brother, Michael Duerson, has been leading the recent efforts to bolster concus- sion legislation in Indiana schools through his organization, the Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund, which provides testing for concussions and advocates for safety awareness. Michael Duerson also lives with the effects of a concussion he got Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union Indiana Mandates Concussion Training For Coaches Sunday Crash See COACHES- Page 2A Leesburg Woman Faces Meth, Precursor, Nuisance Charges WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can count everyone, not just eligible voters, in deciding how to draw electoral dis- tricts. The justices turned back a challenge from Texas vot- ers that could have dramat- ically altered political dis- trict boundaries and dispro- portionately affected the nation's growing Latino pop- ulation. The court ruled that Texas' challenged state Senate districting map, using total population, com- plied with the principle of "one person, one vote," the requirement laid out by the Supreme Court in 1964 that political districts be roughly equal in population. The issue, though, was what population to consid- er: everyone or just eligible voters. The challengers said the districts had vastly different numbers when looking at eligible voters, in violation of the Constitution. "Jurisdictions, we hold, may design state and local legislative districts with equal total populations; they are not obliged to equalize voter populations," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, summarizing her opinion for the court. Ginsburg said that "his- tory, our decisions and set- tled practice in all 50 states and countless local jurisdic- tions point in the same direction." Two rural Texas voters challenged the use of total population data in drawing state Senate districts because they said it inflates the voting power of city Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Total Population In Electoral Districts See COURT- Page 2A

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