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Regionally Speaking, Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  Mark Swiderski, Lake County's E-911 Director, joins us to talk about a new tool that his department is offering police and fire departments to give them more information about the kinds of calls their crews handle, based on the information that dispatchers receive.  He also tells us about the number of calls taken in 2016 -- you'll be surprised to learn how many.  He also says their new reporting software says their busiest hours last year were: 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Nick Janzen talked with State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) about his efforts to address the state's outdated water infrastructure -- sewage lines as well as water supply lines.  There are two bills now under review in the General Assembly.

A Chicago-based interior designer is working on a project that is one of the three finalists for the city of Gary's "Cities Challenge" grant competition with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Dana Crawford talks about how a "wedding destination" can be an economic development boon for downtown Gary.

And a conversation with Valparaiso University Christ College (Honors College) Dean Peter Kanelos about next week's "Shakespeare Week," beginning Tuesday on campus.  A group of classically-trained actors from Britain, well versed in the works of the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon, are going to visit classes and perform for the community.