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Today on Off Mic we get the latest on the pandemic in Northwest Indiana with rising COVID-19 rates and a call for the state to set up a free testing site.

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The U.S. Supreme Court pushes back on the Trump administration and its move to the dissolve the DACA program. This gives nearly a million people brought to the United States illegal as children by their parents hope. We talk to a college student in Northwest Indiana who is directly impacted by this decision. We also talk to a local attorney who works on DACA ISSUES. We also talk to three local people about the ongoing discussion about police reform including Gary, Indiana Mayor Jerome Prince.

Listen to a special edition of Off Mic where Micheal Puente hosted "Race and Justice: Here and Now", where he sat via Zoom with Northwest Indiana Community Leaders, Political Figures, and Law Enforcement to discuss recent events that sparked from the death of George Floyd.

TODAY ON OFF MIC Less than two weeks ago no one knew George Floyd’s name. Today the world knows it and America deals with another incident of a black man killed at the hands of police. Civil unrest in large cities and small towns has put the pandemic on the back burner. Raw emotions were on display at demonstrations this week here in Northwest Indiana. We talk to the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Indiana’s first congressional district race, and will there be any baseball this year?

Michael Puente is live in St. John, IN covering a peaceful protest.

Here's part two of Michael's coverage:

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Frank Mrvan seems to have captured an upset victory in yesterday’s Democratic primary for Northwest Indiana’s congressional seat.

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Hammond, IN - A mostly peaceful  protest in Hammond, Indiana Tuesday afternoon resulted in  the arrest of one man and police using pepper spray on a crowd of about a hundred young people.

Today On Off Mic We Continue Our Election Coverage With Discussions With Three Candidates Running In The Democratic Primary For The 1st Congressional District Seat. Hammond Mayor Tom Mcdermott Jr. Indiana State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon And North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan What Are The Issue They Want To Tackle If Voters Send Them To Washigton, D.C. In January And What’s Left For Their Campaigns With Less Than Two Weeks To Go For The Primary All This On Off Mic

Today on Off Mic, much of Northwest Indiana is awakening from its COVID-19 slumber. Restaurants in Porter County began to reopen this week. It’s Lake County’s turn next week. We’re a little more than two weeks away from the big primary for Congress in Northwest Indiana. We’ll hear what the big issues are for people with disabilities and see which candidates responded to a survey and who didn’t. And, it’s the last dance this weekend for ESPN’s documentary on the Chicago Bulls the “Last Dance.”

Today on Off Mic, The national jobless rate is at its highest level since the Great Depression with nearly every sector of the economy taking a hit. That includes the media. We speak to Rich Jackson, the so called “Homeless Editor” who gaining national attention after being laid off recently by a newspaper in Indiana. And, putting a face on those who work in meat processing plants; Meanwhile, the race for Congress in Northwest Indiana is heating up. We talk to candidate Sebrina Haake about her campaign; And when will the boys of summer get back to work?

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Dr. Roland Walker heads Gary’s Health Department and works at the city’s only full-service hospital. He’s been having to care for patients, keeping the public informed and helping his elderly parents.

On this edition of Off Mic with Micheal Puente, he goes over some important information regarding COVID-19 as well as the impact on sports, on this week's epidsode.

Today on “Off Mic” The COVID-19 epidemic is having a profound effect on life in the United States, the State of Indiana and right here in Northwest Indiana. 

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CHICAGO -- Bill Purdue waterproofs basements for a living, but he has spent the past few days in his buddy's Washington, Indiana, auto trim and upholstery shop cutting rectangles of cotton fabric that his friend sews into face masks.

On this edition of Off Mic, Michael Puente finds out how Coronavirus is affecting NWI. 

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 ·         How prepared is Northwest Indiana for coronavirus? The city of Gary's Health Commissioner says there are no test kits in the city. ·         What's next for Indiana's embattled Attorney General? ·         And the chefs at Art House Social Kitchen in Gary gives us a preview of a big event this weekend.

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This week on Off Mic: A candidate for Congress in Northwest Indiana responds to “victim shaming” directed at her. It’s due to her connection to the disciplinary case against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, a native of Hammond is now the head of the Disney Empire, a Chicago man talks about his work on the August Wilson play “Gem of the Ocean”, we talk to a local organizer of a Friday Fish Fry and we get an update on Spring Training for the White Sox and Cubs.

Today on "Off Mic" Indiana’s governor got a bird’s eye view of Northwest Indiana’s eroding lakeshore recently. Could a disaster declaration be coming soon? We speak to Beverly Shores Town Council president Geof Benson and Indiana State Sen. Karen Tallian about the issue.

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The future for a historic high school in Northwest Indiana looks bleak. 

Today on Off Mic, Erosion is a big problem for Chicago and Northwest Indiana. But how the two regions are dealing with the problem is vastly different. We talk to two local leaders who say erosion is threatening homes, buildings, and safety in Northwest Indiana. We also talk to a local boxer who will defend her title at a big bout in Hammond this weekend. And the Oscars are Sunday! We talk about the best picture nominees and who might take home the big awards. All this on Off Mic with Michael Puente.

Micheal Puente is joined by the hosts of 'The Bill and Kali Show" to discuss crazy month one of 2020 on this edition of Off Mic.

The City of Gary attempts to deal with the ever growing violence problem. In Off Mic we explore the solutions that could be taken from the police, the new admintration under Jerome Prince, and even the community.

This week on "Off Mic," Michael Puente talks about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the fallout of the cheating scandal in Major League Baseball, and just what goes into the votes for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Today on Off Mic, we remember a political trailblazer whose memory will be remembered beginning today. Love him or not, Richard Gordon Hatcher left his mark on Northwest Indiana. We take a look back at his tenure as mayor of Gary, the fall out and his legacy. And, if you think Baby Yoda couldn’t get any more cute, wait until you hear what we have.

On this episode of Off Mic: What’s next for Star Plaza area? Firefighters, East Chicago Mayor at odds and a book about bullies and zombies.

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Michael Puente hosts the latest edition of "Off Mic."

Michael Puente hosts "Off Mic."

Michael Puente hosts "Off Mic."

Michael Puente hosts "Off Mic."

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