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Regionally Speaking, Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Brandon Smith, IPBS News
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Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, where we ask reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about their stories of recent days.  This week we have Bob Kasarda, Joseph Pete and Dan Carden with the Times of Northwest Indiana, Jon Gard of the LaPorte Herald Argus and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore.

The stories range from Dan Carden's report on the 45 different Indiana tax and fee increases (by his count) that will take effect on July 1st -- to Jon Gard's report on the LaPorte County Council forgiving a $250,000 loan to the local Fair Association -- and Bob Kasarda's story about an expensive but very successful Porter County Jail surveillance system upgrade.  Joseph Pete also talks in more detail about his story of the final decision to demolish the Star Plaza Theatre and the Twin Towers office complex on the same property.

Steven Lattimore talks about this week's announcement from Gary City Hall of a campaign to attempt to curtail illegal dumping in the city and how the Dean of the Valparaiso University School of Law helped free some people on Illinois' Death Row and win recognition from a national legal organization.