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Regionally Speaking, Thursday, July 13, 2017

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday:  a look at the major stories in northwest Indiana this week, explained by the reporters who covered them for their newspapers.  On the program: "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce, Bob Kasarda and Joseph Pete. 

They talk about stories ranging from concern about the religious implications of the proposed merger of Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville with Franciscan Alliance -- to discussions about extending Willowcreek Road, south from Portage, to link that community with U.S. 30 in Valparaiso -- to the ongoing Central Grocers bankruptcy and its impact on the Strack and VanTil and Ultra Supermarkets that the Joliet company owned.  We now learn that Jeff Strack and the VanTils are taking back the business, if a federal bankruptcy court judge approves the bid on Tuesday in Chicago.  We also find out more about the latest Sears Holding Group store to close in the Region, and of Comcast's expansion into local wifi service in northwest Indiana.

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.