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Regionally Speaking, Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Today:   We begin with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr in the studio, with updates on the multifaceted fight by the Sheriff's Department against opioids and other substances, including the Sheriff's drug interdiction unit.  He also brings us up-to-date on the work underway to make the county jail compliant with the U.S. Department of Justice mandates -- and seeking pay raises for his employees, both in the jail and the officers out on the street.  We also hear from "Times" staffers Marc Chase and Giles Bruce about their reports posted online and in print. 

Marc's recent column focuses on the recent arrest of former County Councilman, now Gary City Council candidate, Jamal Washington on domestic violence charges.   Giles talks about his stories about a big financial boost toward LaPorte County's efforts to fight the opioid addiction crisis with drug prevention education in the schools -- and his interviews with experts that offer advice to parents about helping their children deal with sexual predators.

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.