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Today:  Ivy Tech Community College just unveiled its new five-year strategic plan, and we asked statewide President Sue Ellspermann to review it and talk about the impact it will have on northwest Indiana.  The plan aligns with Indiana's goal to give 60-percent of the Indiana workforce a high-value post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update" we'll hear from Jeanie Lindsay on the school funding formula fix, Brandon Smith will update us on the bias crimes debate, and Chris Nolte talks with Ann Massie, about this year's second annual Food Expo and Discussion. All of that and more on "Lakeshore Update."

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we talk to Lauren Cross and Sarah Reese of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" about their stories offered in print and online.  Both reporters' stories include updates on the city of East Chicago's dealings with federal agencies  over the USS Lead Superfund site and the federally-financed public housing projects that were built on it -- before it became a Superfund project.   We also bring you the complete "Indiana and Blizzard of 1978" 40th anniversary feature from Network Indiana.   You can find it at 15:33 into today's program podcast.

School Financial Management Bill Sent To House Floor

Jan 24, 2018

The state’s House Ways and Means committee approved a bill Wednesday that would have a major impact on financially struggling schools. But, some key provisions of the bill are causing concern.

Penn State University

Today:  Joe Wood with INVestEd, a Hoosier non-profit that makes higher education possible for Hoosier families, joins us to talk about the organization and its more than 35 years of work, that includes helping set up college fairs and FAFSA events across the state.  The work includes financial aid literacy and lending support for college-bound students and their families.  The organization is setting up its first Indiana College Re-Fi Week, from January 29th to February 2nd to help Hoosiers reduce their college debt load.

Temple University School of Law

Today:  we talk with Valparaiso University School of Law professor Jeremy Telman about this Thursday's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture  on campus.  This year, the guest speaker is professor Henry Richardson III, from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He is a renowned expert on international law, and his insight into how it fits into today's world view will be ompared with Dr. King's own views. 

Porter County Indiana entry in Wikipedia

Jeff Good, the president of the Porter County Board of Commissioners, was with us on "Regionally Speaking on Monday to talk about the board's upcoming bond issue-driven county building upgrades and drainage improvement program for South Haven.   Here's the conversation.

Projects in this expansive program are scheduled to begin this year.  They will be financed by the county's foundation with the interest generated by the sale of the Porter County hospital.

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Today:  An at-length conversation with Jeff Good, the president of the Porter County Board of Commissioners, about the board's upcoming bond issue-driven county building upgrade and drainage improvement program for South Haven.  Projects in this expansive program are scheduled to begin this year.  They will be financed by the county's foundation with the interest generated by the sale of the Porter County hospital.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Congressman Pete Visclosky, who represents the first district congressional district in Indiana is running for an 18th term.  

"I'm running again to continue some transformational programs in Northwest Indiana" Visclosky says.

Senate Rejects Amendment To Sunday Sales Bill

Jan 18, 2018

The Indiana Senate soundly rejected Thursday a change to legislation that legalizes Sunday alcohol carryout sales.

The bill eliminates the ban on Sunday sales but would only allow alcohol carryout on the seventh day between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sen. Karen Tallian’s (D-Portage) proposed amendment would remove that restriction and make Sunday sales like every other day – 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable we bring in "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan and Carmen McCollum and, for his initial visit, "Inside Indiana Business" senior writer-reporter Dan McGowan.  They talk about the stories they worked on that appear online on the internet and, in Bill's and Carmen's instances, in print.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis has made Amazon’s list of 20 remaining options for the online retail giant’s second headquarters, while the city of Gary’s long-shot bid didn’t make the cut.

Seattle-based Amazon on Thursday named the cities it’s still considering for what the company says will be a $5 billion project that could employ as many as 50,000 people.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An environmental group is suing U.S. Steel, alleging that one of the company's northwestern Indiana plants has repeatedly violated its wastewater permit with illegal discharges.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hammond by the Chicago Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation contends that discharge violations are ongoing at U.S. Steel's Portage plant and include an April 2017 spill of a potentially carcinogenic chemical.

Nearly 300 pounds of hexavalent chromium entered a Lake Michigan tributary in that incident.

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GARY - The Calumet Artist Residency is taking on a mission to let people know that the city of Gary is rich with nature.  The organization's year-long project this year focuses on nature.  The Miller-based arts nonprofit's year-long Nature Project is to remind people of the woods, lagoons and lakes, prairie and plants that can be found in Gary.  Calumet Artist Residency Secretary Sam Love says there are numerous nature areas in the city that people don't even realize exist.

A House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would help the state identify schools facing financial problems, but the bill has already been met with criticism. Both Gary and Muncie Schools were taken over by the state last year after their finances reached crisis levels.

NUVO Magazine, Indianapolis

Today:   Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda joins us to talk about the HEC's 2018 General Assembly policy priorities -- one of which isn't usually considered an environmental issue.  More information about them all is on the HEC website.

Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities has the first episode of "Green Fleet Radio," a regular Wednesday feature on "Regionally Speaking."  He talks today with two Indiana Department of Environmental Management staffers:  Shawn Beals, the senior environmental manager and his colleague Ryan Clem.

Democrat Harper Announces Bid For Secretary Of State

Jan 17, 2018

Indiana Democrats have their first declared candidate for Secretary of State.

Valparaiso attorney Jim Harper announced Wednesday his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Connie Lawson this fall.

In his announcement video, Harper says he wants to promote small businesses, help protect investors against fraud, and advocate for election reforms.

“Like expanded early voting, same-day registration, and an end to political gerrymandering,” he says.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana has had lake effect snow developing throughout the day on Tuesday.  Mike Bardou, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Romeoville, says Tuesday morning the lake effect snow was on the western shore of the lake and it moved through Lake County in the afternoon hours then by around the 3:30 the system was focused on Porter County.  

"It'll be gradually progressing eastward and reaching areas to the east of Porter and LaPorte, some parts of Stark and Berien County, Michigan as we go into the evening hours," Bardou says.

A new state report shows the number of students who transfer in or out of the school corporation boundary they reside in to attend other districts, charter schools or private schools.

The Public Corporation Transfer Report was created by a 2017 state law. The intent is to offer a better understanding of the mobility of students living within a school corporation’s boundary, according to the Indiana Department of Education who compiled and released it.

Congressman Peter Visclosky's office

Today:   We revisit our conversation about the South Shore Leadership Center's upcoming "Vision Project" delving into northwest Indiana issues and ways to deal with them.  The "Project's" task this time is on tourism.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson reports on gasoline prices and why they're so high this year compared to 2017. 

GasBuddy / GasBuddy

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Gary have risen just over three cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost 4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.52/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.com says this winter's prices have been different from past winters.

Lake County government

Today:  We bring you at-length conversations with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. about the Sheriff's Department itself and the efforts to fight cross-border crime and the  opioid epidemic... and with Joan Machucua, an Ogden Dunes resident who is helping organize northwest Indiana residents to attend the upcoming Womens March Chicago.  She talked recently with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana will once again have a presence at this year's Women's March Chicago. Ogden Dunes resident Joan Machuca, who is a retired Director of Special Education turned activist, is helping organize Northwest Indiana Women for the event at which about 400,000 people are expected.  It's at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20th at Grant Park in Chicago. Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke to Machuca about this year's March, last year's March and her organization efforts in Northwest Indiana.

 

IDOE Releases 2017 Graduation Rate Data

Jan 12, 2018

The Department of Education released 2017 graduation rate data Friday.

The department reports the statewide graduation rate landed around 87 percent – two points lower than in 2016.

IndyStar.com

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable, we bring in northwest Indiana public radio reporter Michael Puente, "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete and Jon Gard, who covers LaPorte County events for the LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."  They're talking about the stories they covered online as well as in print and, in Michael's instance, his stories aired on Lakeshore Public Radio.

Indiana State Police / Indiana State Police

GARY- A portion of 80/94 was closed for about five hours Wednesday morning into the afternoon.  That was due to downed power lines.  Indiana State Police Department Public Information Officer Sergeant Ann Wojas says the interstate was closed from about 8:25 Wednesday morning until just after 1:15 p.m.

NIPSCO crews removed the power lines that were laying across the entire interstate and will return later this evening to replace the compromised power pole.  It is not expected that traffic on I-80/94 in either direction will be affected by this replacement.
 

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 The annual observance of the tradition of honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. is taking place at universities around northwest Indiana – Valparaiso University's 28th annual observance is coming up on January 15th. Let's find out more from Byron Martin, the director of multicultural programs at VU. and Professor Heath Carter, the co-chairman of this year's committee.  Here is the conversation.

Darron Cummings, The Associated Press

Today:  Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at I.U.-Purdue Fort Wayne offers an analysis of Tuesday night's "State of the State" address from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.  The Governor made his comments before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate at the Statehouse.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana women will soon have an opportunity to have their voices heard at the upcoming Women's March Chicago. The event is January 20th in Grant Park at East Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive.  Ogden Dunes resident Joan Machuca, who is a retired Director of Special Education turned activist, is helping organize Northwest Indiana Women for the event.  She also helped organize Region women last year for the event in which women wore pink hats to stand up for womens' rights.  

Bloomington Herald-Times

Today:  Noted Indiana economist, speaker and writer Morton Marcus joins us once again to review the topics he brings up in his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns printed across the state on economic issues, including the state's workforce.

We revisit our conversation with Purdue University engineering graduate and inventor Ryan Frederickson, who came up with a different way to keep an opened bottle of wine fresh for months after the user first opens it.  It's called "ART Wine Refresher."

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