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.

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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”…

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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”…

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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”…

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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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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the City of Gary voters supporting a multi-million dollar school referendum, a dozen employees of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, including the sheriff himself, were in quarantine earlier this week following positive COVID-19 tests of two employees,  Gov. Eric Holcomb was elected to his second term in office and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Frank J. Mrvan who won his bid to be the next U.S. representative for the 1st Congressional District. 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 begin construction of the West Lake Corridor project, Gov. Eric Holcomb says he would not support requiring residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Franciscan Health NWI spokesperson Robert Blaskiewicz about new visitor restriction changes because of the rise in COVID-19 cases 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 plans to nominate U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch, II to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U. S. Supreme Court, Adam Pinsker report the ACLU is suing the federal Bureau of Prisons and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Jerry Davich of the Post-Tribune about his latest column featuring an interesting experiment he conducted at local political campaign rallies 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 City of East Chicago firefighters testing positive for COVID-19, the president of the American Federation of Teachers brought muscle and money in support of a referendum to raise taxes in the Gary Community School Corp., Indiana mail-in ballots must be returned to the county election administrator’s office by noon on Election Day, November 3, if they’re going to count and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Carol Williams assistant director for the Hammond Public Library...  

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr, speaking at a forum on race and law enforcement earlier this week, Brandon Smith reports the on concerns over the latest COVID data and Chris Nolte has a conversation with a conversation with Dawn Michaels the executive director for Habitat for Humanity... 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 ArcelorMittal selling its steel plants in Northwest Indiana, Brandon Smith reports a federal judge is forcing Indiana to count all mail-in ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Lake County Elections and Voter Registration director Michelle Fajman... 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 former Portage union leader sentenced to 42 months in prison for his role in an assault on a group of non-union ironworkers, Governor Eric Holcomb announced earlier this week he’s giving the green light to move to Phase 5 of his ‘Back on Track’ plan and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Legacy Foundation President Carolyn Saxton. The Legacy Foundation and Indiana  Black Expo are offering COVID-19 relief grants to small-business owners in Gary and East Chicago... 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 Hammond student-athletes returning to fall contact sports following an August cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, Samantha Horton reports Eli Lily says it’s COVID-19 antibody drug is showing results in reducing hospitalizations from the virus and Chris Nolte has a conversation with NWI financial advisor Greg Hammer. He offers tips to reduce “pandemic panic” while planning for retirement. 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 multi-million dollar tax referendum proposed by the Gary Community School Corp., Justin Hicks reports the Department of Workforce Development says it will soon begin issuing extra $300 payments to unemployed Hoosiers and Chris Nolte has a conversation with CareSource CEO Steve Smitherman about its $5 million in investment to housing projects that focus on underserved communities in high poverty rates. 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 Joseph Stahura tendering his resignation as mayor of the city of Whiting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a federal eviction moratorium effective until the end of December and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Weiser.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura agreeing to plead guilty to wire and tax fraud, Governor Eric Holcomb is keeping his finger pressed on the pause button for Indiana’s reopening plan and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Sherri Ziller, Chief Operating Officer for Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Authority.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on a Lake County assistant jail warden being demoted after extended contact with a former inmate, Justin Hicks reports the Department of Workforce Development is requesting funds from the federal government to give unemployed Hoosiers an additional $300 a week and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Purdue University Professor Nicky Jackson about an upcoming virtual discussion series titled ‘Race, Racism and Anti-Racism’. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Gary Mayor Jerome Prince reopening the city’s beaches as well as Marquette Park this weekend, Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor announced that he is switching political parties, Governor Eric Holcomb wants the State Board of Education to delay the required count of students at every school until December to ensure schools get 100 percent of funding for the first half of the school year and Chris Nolte has a conversation Robert Blaszkiewicz of Franciscan Health about COVID screening no-touch thermal scanners at hospital entrances.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on school reentry plans across the Region, Samantha Horton reports Eli Lilly is moving to phase three testing of a treatment to prevent COVID-19 after initial success and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ball State University professor of economics Michael Hicks about the digital divide that may affect e-learning when schools reopen this fall. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the city of Gary closing beaches due to a surge in new COVID-19 cases, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the state’s ‘Back on Track’ plan will remain at Stage 4.5 at least for another month and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ivy Tech Community College Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Margaret Semmer and math professor Paul Kamber.

. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on school reopening plans across the Region, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a statewide mask mandate and Chris Nolte has a conversation with School City of Hammond Superintendent Scott Miller. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Indiana's state-sponsored coronavirus testing program failing to meet the levels of testing or the speed of results that were touted when it was started in May, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development will stop issuing an additional $600 to recipients of unemployment benefits on July 25th, Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant has filed charges against two individuals involved in a Fourth of July incident at Lake Monroe and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ivy Tech Community College President Dr.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeal Board voting in favor of the Gary Community School Corporation holding a referendum in November, the FBI is investigating the assault on Bloomington resident Vauhxx Booker as a possible hate crime, former Secretary of State Todd Rokita is the Indiana Republican Party’s nominee for Attorney General and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ellen Szarleta, director for Center for Urban & Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the Gary Community School Corporation being approved to defer some loan repayments, Brandon Smith reports on new laws in Indiana that took effect July 1st, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana will largely press pause on its reopening plan instead of moving to the final phase this weekend and Chris Nolte has a conversation with NFIB state director Barbara Quandt as she brings us up to date on how small businesses are responding to reopening as during the coronavirus pandemic.

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