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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday edition, we asked Michigan City "News-Dispatch" reporter Kelley Smith to join "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon and "Inside Indiana Business" senior writer-reporter Dan McGowan to talk about the stories they posted online and -- in Carrie's and Kelley's case,also put out in print for their newspapers.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us today we well. 

Today:   We have two conversations regarding the grassroots campaign to encourage town and city councils across the state to get their legislators to support redistricting reform.  First, we bring back the discussion between Leigh Morris, a veteran northwest Indiana government and community official and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura in the studio -- along with Susan Duncan of the League of Women Voters Calumet Area -- which we aired earlier.  Leter,  Julia Vaughn of Common Cause Indiana joins us to give us a legal update on the redistricting reform effort.

Today:  Michigan City Area Schools' Krueger Middle School is set up to study environmenntal sciences, and students there have already made inroads in recycling and composting.  We talk with enviromental sciences teacher Daisy Lee about the spring semester programs that will continue on into the next school year. 

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Today:   A conversation with Holly Passi, the licensed clinical psychologist at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center  in Chicago, about post traumatic distress disorder (which is now being known sinply as PTS).  Passi wjoins other health care professionals at the facility in helping veterans and their families deal with their trauma. This month is national PTSD Awareness Month.

President Donald Trump has overridden an Obama executive order meant to protect the oceans and Great Lakes. It was written in response to the 2010 BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. 

New Gas Tax Increase Takes Effect Next Month

Jun 21, 2018

Indiana’s gas tax is set to increase again this year – it’s a small hike after last year’s 10 cent surge.

Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring on "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan and Joseph Pete, to talk about the stories they worked on and presented in print and online for the newspaper.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us with her conversation with Christian Jorgensen, the Republican Party candidate who won the 7th District County Council nomination after a recount of votes. 

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The winner of the Republican Party in the May primary for the Lake County Council Christian Jorgensen talked with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson after Friday's recount. Jorgensen is currently President of the St John Town Council and he is an attorney by trade.  Jorgensen ran against incumbent Eldon Strong for the 7th district seat.  When asked about his opponent's concession of the race he said that was a positive.
 

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Residents in northwest Indiana are urging officials to block a proposed $50 million waste processing and recycling facility.

Environmentalists and residents asked the Little Calumet River Basin Commission last week to not renew a 2016 licensing agreement with Maya Energy, The Times reported . The company failed to build the facility in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Gary residents expressed concerns about how the facility planned in the city would change the river's water quality.

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A company that helps people enroll in health care plans and maintain coverage is going to expand its Indiana headquarters and a satellite office in the state.

The state announced Tuesday that LaPorte-based CareEnroll plans to invest more than $3 million to renovate and update its headquarters, investing in building enhancements and new equipment and software. Fishers is the location for the satellite office.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The remains of a soldier from Gary who was captured and killed during the Korean War have been identified.

The remains of Army Pfc. David Baker will be buried Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Hobart.

Baker was 18 when he went missing in action in November 1950.

The Times reports the Defense Department use mitochondrial DNA analysis, anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence to identify the remains. They were included in 34 boxes of remains sent to the Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu.

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The son of a former northwestern Indiana township trustee has received no additional jail time for his role in his mother's federal public corruption case.

Fifty-two-year-old Steven Hunter of Chicago apologized Tuesday in federal court in Hammond. He was sentenced to a year of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution to the Calumet Township Trustee's office. He's already served five months in jail.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A city in northwestern Indiana is allowing the public to report certain crimes via the internet.

The Times says the Gary Police Department's online feature should be used for non-emergency situations within the city limits.

The Citizens Online Police Reporting System can be used to report battery, intimidation, lost property, telephone harassment, theft, threats and vandalism.

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Today:  we talk with Marc Magill, the executive director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, which provides services for veterans in northwest Indiana.  He is busy these days on a series of major goals for the facility that provides outpatient services in Crown Point   Marc talks about the alarming rate of veteran suicides and the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line -- 1-800-273-8255.  

We have another edition of "Green FleetRadio" with Carl Lisek, supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  This week's topic focuses on bioproducts made from soybeans.

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Students who attended classes in the spring semester are mostly gone, but both Purdue University Northwest campuses in Hammond and Westville are far from deserted these days.  Chancellor Thomas Keon's chief of staff, Richard Rupp, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about what takes place during the summer months.  Here's what Professor Rupp told us about the activities and programs, and the opportunities to get the PNW campuses ready for the fall semester..

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Today:   We ask Purdue University Northwest Chancellor's chief of staff Richard Rupp:  What happens on both the Hammond and Westville campuses during the summer months, after spring commencement and the end of classes and before a new academic year begins?  (You'll be surprised to learn that a lot happens.)

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," with Dee Dotson, you'll hear about former President Barack Obama holding a secret meeting with a Hoosier Democrat, we'll hear the latest on the Noblesville Middle School shooting, Sharon Jackson reports on a deadline extension to apply for FEMA disaster recovery assistance, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Jamie Williams from Ameristar Casino about their new landside gaming area; all of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

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Since its launch in 2015, the JUUL has taken over the market for electronic cigarettes, better known as e-cigarettes.  According to a Nielson data report the JUUL achieved 46.8% of the e-cigarette market share this past April.  The rapid market growth is said to be spurred by the brand's decision to heavily market on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable program, we have Doug Ross and Dan Carden from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias-Pete from the "Post-Tribune" to talk about the stories they wrote and offered in print and online.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Tommy Williams and Sharon Jackson both have contributions as well.

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Today:   Sweltering heat and huge amounts of rain can make a negative impact on Hoosier roads, bridges and even electric lines that we all rely upon.  Some bridges are designed to last 100 years, but the extreme weather can make it unlikely for them to reach such a ripe old age.  The Midwest Economic Policy Institute just completed two reports on the issues of extreme weather caused by climate changes -- and what should be done to keep these events from causing more problems than necessary.  Mary Craighead is a transportation policy analyst for the Instute, and she joins us to talk about t

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper, left, is running against incumbent Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, right. (Harper For Indiana/Indiana Secretary of State)
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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson supports the voter purge method recently halted by a federal judge.

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Today:   Noted Indiana economist -writer-public speaker Morton Marcus joins us from "on the road" in the state to review his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns that he offers to Hoosier media.  This time, he talks about the state's many regions, among other topics -- and he also discusses a column he recently wrote where he complains about the President's "telegraphing" economic news ahead of the public release deadline.for his personal political uses.

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An accomplice in the 2015 kidnapping and slayings of two teenage brothers in northwestern Indiana has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The Times reports 24-year-old Kiontay Cason apologized in court as he learned his punishment Monday.

Prosecutors say 18-year-old Arreon Lackey and 16-year-old Antonio Lackey of Gary were kidnapped from a Merrillville hotel in a plot to retrieve a gun. Their bodies were found two weeks later in Hobart.

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana man sentenced to death for killing his wife and two teenage stepchildren has lost his latest attempt at an appeal.

Lake County Judge Samuel Cappas and Magistrate Natalie Bokota determined in a ruling issued Friday that Kevin Isom of Gary failed to establish he had ineffective counsel at his murder trial or during the appeals process.

The Indiana Supreme Court earlier upheld Isom's conviction and sentence in the 2007 fatal shootings. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2013.

Wyatt Willliams, interpretive naturalist at Spring Mill State Park, kneels down in a patch of invasive periwinkle. He says it was planted there as a ground cover. (Rebecca Thiele/IPB News)
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It’s safe to say invasive plants don’t care about property lines. That's where CISMAs come in — Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas. There are 10 in the state right now and seven more in the works. 

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Franciscan Health is in the final months of construction of a new hospital in Michigan City, and officials hope to be able to accept patients in the new facility in mid-January.   Franciscan Health President and CEO Doug Mazzoni was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about this $242 million project.  He begins the conversation, by explaining the need for a new healthcare facility in northern LaPorte County. 

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Today:   we talk with "Howey Politics Indiana" publisher Brian Howey about, among other topics, the talks tonight in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- last weekend's Indiana Republican Party convention in Evansville -- and this coming weekend's Indiana Democratic Party convention.

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Dredging of a ship canal in northwest Indiana has begun as environmental regulators continue to study off-site disposal options for highly contaminated sediments, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The video board at Evansville's Ford Center shows Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer as he speaks to his party's convention. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana Republicans approved a party platform at their convention Saturday that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Warhol Exhibit To Open In Michigan City Arts Center

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Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts will feature works by  Pop-artist Andy Warhol starting Saturday.

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