Regionally Speaking

Monday - Thursday, 12-1 PM
  • Hosted by Chris Nolte

Addressing the most important local issues facing the Region during a daily hour of stimulating conversation with local news-makers.

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Today:   It's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday and we have on the program: Meredith Colias-Pete from the "Post-Tribune," Jon Gard of the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News-Dispatch," and Joseph Pete from the "Times of Northwest Indiana."  They talk about the stories they had in print and online for their newspapers.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson is also on the program with her story of a Highland teacher who uses art to enhance the school's STEM curriculum.

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Today:  we find out the latest in a semi-annual report from PNC Financial Services Group from a survey of small- and mid-sized Indiana businesses owners and executives on the Hoosier economy -- how it's going and what needs to be improved.  They mention the lower percentage of qualified employees that can be hired in Indiana.  Kurt Rankin is a vice president and economist with PNC.

We have the latest edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Host Carl Lisek talks with Therese Haller of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us again, this time to offer some wise financial advice on how to best use a 2017 income tax refund.  He says the average taxpayer got a refund of several hundred dollars and some get back one thousand dollars or more. 

We bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  This conversation is from a woman who recalls her family life in Gary and how her mother hesitated to move out of the home in which she lived with her husband and raised her children.

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Todd Zeiger of the Indiana Landmarks northern regional office was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the May 5th "Logs to Lustrons" architectural tour in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  There will also be an accompanying talk to be held the evening before, entitled "Logs, Glass and Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy."   It will be held in the National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront Pavilion.

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Today:  an extended conversation with State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) about the 2018 General Assembly session just ended, a look at the upcoming short, special session next month, and a peek at what Melton may bring to the Legislature in 2019.  We also note what the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus has a  series of town hall meetings this month, including this coming Saturday in East Chicago.

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Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring in "Post-Tribune" reporters Greg Tejeda and Carole Carlson to talk about the stories they worked on and presented in print and online this week.  We also have Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson's conversation with Dian Reynome about "Smart Money Week" coming up later in April -- and a special feature from Network Indiana about Robert F. Kennedy's speech in Indianapolis that may have saved the capital from being another riot-torn city in 1968.

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Today:  we revisit our conversation with northwest Indiana native and photographer Guy Rhodes.  He was fortunate to be able to go to South Korea to photograph members of the U.S. Winter Olympics team.  He's posted several of his photos in U.S. media during the Olympics as well as on his web site.

We also bring you another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Carl Lisek's guest today is the director of the Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor, Ian Hurt.

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Today:  Ed Feigenbaum, the editor and publisher of "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Political Insight" newsletters, joins us to review how Indiana casinos -- including the Northwest Indiana boats -- did in February. (Spoiler Alert: they're all hoping for a better month of March.)  Ed also talks about the 2018 General Assembly session, its successes and its failures -- especially in the final hours of the regular session.  Lawmakers are preparing for a short, special session in May.

Lakeshore Public Radio conversations with candidates for public office in the May 2018 primary election began on Monday with the two Democratic Party candidates for Indiana Senate District 1.  Veteran incumbent Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) and his challenger, Fr. Mark Kurowski, came into the "Regionally Speaking" studio to talk about the reasons for running (or seeking re-election) and about the issues that affect Northwest Indiana residents.  The conversation became spirited at the end, as you can hear for yourself.

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Today:  We begin our conversations with candidates for public office in the May 2018 primary election, with the two Democratic Party candidates for Indiana Senate District 1.  Veteran incumbent Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) and his challenger, Fr. Mark Kurowski, are in the studio to talk about the reasons for running (or seeking re-election) and about the issues that affect Northwest Indiana residents.

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We turn on the faucet and expect the water to flow freely, but it isn't always that simple a procedure.  The flow is oftentimes interrupted by leaks in antiquated pipes.  Water utilities may not make regular inspections of their piping to search for these leaks.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable, we bring in "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Carmen McCollum to talk about the stories they covered in print and online for the newspaper.  We also bring you an extended conversation with State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) about the efforts to improve the state's water infrastructure improvement.  Besides his work in the Indiana General Assembly, Charbonneau participated in a recent Great Lakes states policy workshop on the issue.

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Today:  a conversation with Matt Deitchley, director of communications for the LaPorte District of the Indiana Department of Transportation, better known as INDOT.  He'll review the history of Interstate-65  -- how it got so comgested -- and the plans for improving I-65 in Lake and northern Newton Counties.  INDOT's contractors are widening the highway between U.S.

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Donna Stuckert of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction district was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the reopening of the county's composting operations -- about an added drop-off facility in Portage -- and the 2018 household hazardous waste collection schedule around Porter County.  The drop-offs allow residents a chance to bring in items that cannot be thrown  into the trash, such as oils, old gasoline and fluorescent bulbs.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  a conversation with Donna Stuckert of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction district, on the county's composting operations -- an added drop-off facility in Portage -- and the 2018 household hazardous waste collection schedule around Porter County.  The drop-offs allow residents a chance to bring in items that cannot be thrown  into the trash, such as oils, old gasoline and fluorescent bulbs.

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Today:   a conversation with Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance, who is working with Indiana University Northwest faculty members and the town of Griffith's community YMCA for another series of workshops, in the hopes of adding diversity to his and other local police departments.  The workshop sessions are planned for May 19th in Gary.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable, we welcome Joseph Pete, business reporter for the "Times of Northwest Indiana," and his Statehouse colleague Dan Carden.  They talk about the stories they wrote that were in print as well as online.

There are usually two sides (perhaps more) to a controversial issue.  This controversy surrounds a proposal by Merrillville-based Maya Energy LLC to build a solid waste materials processing facility in Gary.  Lakeshore Public Radio offers, first, the proposal from Maya Energy and, secondly,  the viewpoint of environmentalists and the businesses and residents affected by it.

Here is James Ventura, a former East Chicago city councilman who is the principal of Maya Energy LLC, when he came on "Regionally Speaking" on March 12th.

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Today:   we continue our conversation on the proposed solid waste materials recovery facility in Gary with "the other side" of the issue.  Sam Henderson, an attorney for the Hoosier Environmental Council, is in the studio to talk about the concerns that the HEC and local citizens, businesses and educational organizations like the Steel City Academy about Maya Energy LLC's proposal. 

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Today:  Noted Indiana economist-speaker-writer Morton Marcus joins us to talk about some of his latest "Eye on the Pie" columns published across the state that cover the Hoosier and national economy and related topics, sprinkled with his unique (and sometimes whimsical) views.

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Today:   A conversation with Dr. Indra Frank, the environmental health director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, about a new report of the impact of coal-fired power plants' ash disposal pits on water quality in the areas near the pits.  The HEC used new data released for the first time as a requirement of the 2015 federal coal ash rule to create the report.  Dr. Frank goes through the data that affects northwest Indiana the most: coal ash coming from the Bailly Generation Station along Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana and the Schaefer power plant in Jasper County.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we have "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon to talk about the stories they covered both in print and online.  Much of what they worked on was related to public education, school safety and gun reform.

We also bring you a report from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on the close of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly on Wednesday at midnight and a look at the issues addressed this session.

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Today:  we find out the latest concerns about railroad safety, especially in light of recent passenger and freight train incidents around the country, from Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance president Steve Coxhead.  Steve also has updates on the Amtrak "Hoosier State" and "Cardinal" services between Indianapolis and Chicago and -- for the "Cardinal" -- points to the East Coast.   A very unique south Lake County bed-and-breakfast is featured as Indiana's only listing on a special U.S.

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Maya Energy LLC is a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary.  The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.   The principal of the company, Jim Ventura, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to explain the project and to answer questions about it.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:   we look at two major environemtal projects in northwest Indiana.  First, a conversation with Jim Ventura of Maya Energy LLC, a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary.  The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.   

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Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we call on LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for his stories published and posted this week, as well as stories from "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda.    And we have, on the phone from Brown County, "Howey Politics Indiana" creator and editor Brian Howey for a look at politics around the state and country.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer is back to talk about the ways that investors can remain calm in a long-running bull market, as we're experiencing, and get some last-minute tips and advice when preparing the 2017 income tax returns ahead of the April 19th filing deadline.

We have another edition of Green Fleet Radio, supported by South Shore Clean Cities, with host Carl Lisek and guest Ted Barns with Gas Technology Institute.  We also have the third of the three-part series from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Emilee Syberg on low-income housing in Indiana.

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East Chicago native and resident Guy Rhodes lists his talents as a photographer as well as lighting designer and video producer on his resume -- and what he does every day.  Guy just returned from South Korea, where he was stationed right in the middle of the Winter Olympics, taking dramatic (and often artistic) photos of snowboarders and skiers in competition for the gold.  Guy joined us in the Lakeshore Public Radio studio on Tuesday to talk about himself and his work on "Regionally Speaking."

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Today:  we revisit our conversations with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr. and Portage Police Chief Troy Williams on being prepared for an active shooter situation, in light of the recent one at a high school in Florida.  Police departments in communities like in Portage are offering workshops to educate the public in how they can deal with these serious incidents.

We have for you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, this time with a young Muslim woman here in northwest Indiana.

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Today:   a conversation with  Purdue University Northwest associate professor psychology Christina Ragan and Liz Bernel with the university's Art Collections and Special Events, about Tuesday's "Brain Awareness Day" on the Westville campus and a week-long accompanying art exhibit in the Gallery in the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

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