Lakeshore Update

Podcast, Every Friday

Each week "Lakeshore Update" brings you news, talk, and information that you might have missed, but need to know. "Lakeshore Update" is posted each Friday, and is good through Monday morning, just in time for Morning Edition, at 6 AM. You can stream episodes here, or on NPR One - search for "WLPR" and make Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM your home station.

City of Hammond

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the death of two inmates at Westville Correctional Facility, Justin Hicks reports Indiana legal groups are taking the state to court over its decision to end federal unemployment benefits, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. about the upcoming Festival of the Lakes at Wolf Lake Pavillion in Hammond…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

IPB News

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on restaurants struggling to find staff, Adam Pinkser reports on the latest COVID-19 vaccination numbers, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Speros Bastitos of the South Shore Convention Center and Visitors Authority …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Kellogg Company teaming up with Strack & Van Til and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to address summer hunger among children in the Region, Darian Benson reports the thought of going back to a pre-pandemic lifestyle is cause for anxiety for some people, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Erin Stojic of Lake Area United Way…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Methodist Hospitals offering coronavirus vaccines on a walk-in basis, Governor Eric Holcomb is directing all state employees to return to their offices by early-July, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Diocese of Gary Bishop Robert McClory about the safe return to Sunday Mass for parishioners in the Region…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the appointment of a new police chief by the Porter Town Council, Justin Hicks reports Indiana will opt out of federal unemployment benefit programs, effective in mid-June, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Tracy Lewis, the executive director of Community Advocates of Northern Indiana…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Gary rebuilding city servers following a ransomware attack, Brandon Smith reports local health officials across Indiana can no longer impose emergency rules stricter than the state, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Franciscan Health

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the closing of a Hammond hospital, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb vetoed a bill that he says would’ve tied the hands of local health officials during public emergencies, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Jamie Palmer with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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  On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on a dispute between Porter County officials that could wind up in court, Indiana lags behind the national average for COVID-19 vaccines, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Indiana University Northwest professor of economics Micah Pollak …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on plans of a reroute of the Calumet Trail to showcase the Indiana Dunes National Park, the 2021 legislative session ended with a surprisingly bipartisan approval of the budget , and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Indiana State Senator Eddie Melton as he shares his reaction to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the sentencing of Ex-Portage clerk-treasurer Chris Stidham, a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis was the latest in a recent string of mass shootings across the United States, federal officials called for a pause on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Barbara Quandt NFIB/Indiana State Director…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on plans to vaccinate thousands of people a day at a Gary mass vaccination site, Republican lawmakers want to require an extra check of a voter’s identification on absentee ballot applications and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Valparaiso city and planning transit director Beth Shrader…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

Justin Hicks/IPB News

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in Gary,  Governor Eric Holcomb is ending the state’s COVID-19 restrictions beginning April 6th and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Iris Sanchez and Jena’ Bellezza about the "Student Success" course for middle-schoolers offered at Ivy Tech Lake County  …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the Michigan City Council unanimously approving a resolution asking the city's mayor to resign  after he made profanity-laced remarks about a Black pastor, Indiana nursing homes should be open to visitors, with very few exceptions, according to new guidance from the federal government and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Laura Mathys, the director for Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness PACE center …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Justin Hicks/IPB News

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Merrillville City Council member Jeff Minchuk apologizing for wearing a blackface Halloween costume, the addition of the newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine helped Indiana expand eligibility for more Hoosiers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Burgess Peoples, the executive director of GIVE Gary…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on a new pilot program in Gary that will give a select group of residents monthly monetary gifts meant to alleviate financial stress, Brandon Smith reports the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is asking for training and reprimands for the legislators involved in a brouhaha at the Statehouse and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Griffith Town Council President Rick Ryfa…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the reinstatement of the Merrillville Town Court, Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law legislation giving businesses and institutions liability protections from most COVID-19 lawsuits and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch about a new campaign called "Hoosiers By Choice," featuring people who moved to Indiana from other places and explaining why they have chosen to make the Hoosier State their permanent home. …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the Hammond firefighter facing termination after he allegedly displayed a noose in a fire department office, Lauren Chapman reports Indiana announced Wednesday it would not be extending vaccine registration to the next age group – 60 and older – this week and Chris Nolte has a conversation with MakeMyMove.com co-founder Evan Hock …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Richard Gordon Hatcher was elected the city of Gary’s first African American mayor. Richard Gordon Hatcher served as mayor of Gary from January 1, 1968-January 1, 1988. Credit City of Gary website

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the city of Gary naming the second Monday in October Richard Gordon Hatcher Day,  Brandon Smith reports on a House bill that would give the legislature more power to weigh in on emergency declarations made by a governor and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Dr. Laura Cheever of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on state Representative Hal Slager's bill to fully fund all K-thru-12 public school students for the 2020-21 school year, the Tri-Creek School Corp. board has granted its superintendent Rod Gardin a request for administrative leave,  Samantha Horton reports some Indiana businesses and institutions are one step closer to being protected from COVID-19 lawsuits  and Chris Nolte has a conversation with SAFE Coalition for Human Rights foundation founder and president Dr.

Frank Augstein/AP

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the search for personnel to staff vaccination sites in Lake County, Justin Hicks reports some unemployed Hoosiers are getting letters from the Department of Workforce Development demanding they pay back thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits and Chris Nolte has a conversation with NFIB Indiana Director Barbara Quandt…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Screenshot of Kash Kelly “The Streetlight” YouTube video streamed live January 14, 2021.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the a caucus date set to select the new North Township Trustee, South Shore Double Track Project, Katy Anderson reports on reaction from Indiana political expert Andy Downs about the unprecedented scene that unfolded at the U. S. Capitol earlier this week and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Jim Ventura, the CEO of Maya Energy LLC, which is building a solid waste and recyclables processing facility on Gary's west edge… All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the opening of the new Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago, Brandon Smith reports on the 2021 redistricting process and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Gary state Senator Eddie Melton about the upcoming legislative session. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the opening of warming centers in Gary as temperatures in the Region dip, Justin Hicks reports Governor Eric Holcomb announced he will appropriate 400 million dollars of CARES Act funding to unemployment insurance and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Teach Plus Indiana Executive Director Rachel Hathaway. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the closing of 3 Floyds brewpub, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb unveiled his agenda for 2021 and Chris Nolte has a conversation with the president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute President Tami Silverman. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the closing of the last Old Country Buffet restaurant in Indiana, Justin Hicks reports the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is trying to speed up the process for resolving disputes about unemployment eligibility and Chris Nolte has a conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer with a look back at the important financial issues of 2020 and putting them in perspective as we look into 2021. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the possibility of front-line medical staff in Lake County getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year, Rebecca Thiele reports on the devastating financial effects the closing of a coal plant has on a community and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ty Warner the executive director of the Northwestern Indiana Planning Commission.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Justin Hicks/IPB News

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the new restrictions put in place on business operations in Lake County to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the city of Gary’s “welcoming” ordinance being struck down by a Lake County judge and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Terry Velligan, general manager of operations for Cline Avenue Bridge LLC. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office declining to file charges against a Gary police officer who was involved in a civilian shooting last year, Justin Hicks reports on a Workforce Development program that helps workers not just recover their jobs, but maybe even get a better one, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Shelia Matias, president of the La Porte County Board of Commissioners. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

IN.gov

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran testing positive for COVID-19, Bárbara Anguiano reports on Johnson and Johnson resuming its vaccine trials in the Region, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Burgess Peoples, the president and chief strategist for the City of Gary’s Faith Leaders and Community Partnerships. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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