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 two City of Gary officials testing positive for COVID-19, Jeanie Lindsey reports on school districts across the state working to increase teacher pay before the state's deadline and Chris Nolte has a conversation with CareSource Indiana president Steve Smitherman about the healthcare open enrollment period ending December 15, 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 a request for submissions to redraw the new Lake County district boundaries, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb is opposed to proposed legislation that would effectively stop private businesses from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Indiana University Northwest professor of economics Micah Pollak about the impact of COVID-19 on northwest 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 a new contract with the Portage Township Schools set to give teachers a boost in pay, Brandon Smith reports Indiana lawmakers may come back into session ahead of schedule and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Valparaiso University business economics professor Elizabeth Gingerich about the impact of global warming on national as well as northwest Indiana economies. 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 Valparaiso Police Department hiring the department's first police social worker to assist with calls involving mental health and substance abuse, Rebecca Thiele reports Indiana is considering lowering its threshold for when public health agencies address elevated blood lead levels in children and Chris Nolte has a conversation with David Reynolds II about his candidacy in next year's Democratic Party primary election for Porter County Sheriff. 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 fill the vacancy on the Lake Superior Court bench left vacant following the untimely death of Judge Diane Boswell, Justin Hicks reports advocacy groups in Indiana are pressing the US Senate to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act  and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Devon McDonald, the executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute about a handheld analyzer to help identify and keep drug impaired drivers off the road. 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 "Celebration of Life" service being planned for Olympic great Dianne Durham , Brandon Smith reports on the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine for children and Chris Nolte has a conversation with has a conversation with Indiana University Northwest Climate Narrative Playwright-in-Residence Jeff Biggers. 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 untimely death of Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell, Jeanie Lindsay reports educators and school officials are calling for more civility in school board meetings and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Paige Sharp of the Indiana Arts Commission about it's partnership with the states Small Business Development Center. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

National Low Income Housing Coalition

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the sentencing of former Portage Mayor James Snyder, reports show eviction courts across the state have been jam-packed since the eviction moratorium was struck down in August and Chris Nolte has a conversation with NFIB Indiana director Barbara Quandt with an update on small businesses in the Hoosier state. 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 Lakeshore PBS receiving two Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment, Brandon Smith reports on analyses of Indiana’s redistricting maps and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Paul Schreiner of Project Neighbors about plans to build low income housing for men in Valparaiso. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Indiana Senate Democrats

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on State Senator Karen Tallian announcing her retirement after close to two decades of service,  Rebecca Thield reports on what the infrastructure bill could mean for jobs in Indiana and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr. and Commander James Stahl about the new technology the department is implementing to combat imported crime. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Indiana Senate Democrats

  

On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on what the redrawn Senate maps will mean for a Region representing long-serving member of the Indiana Senate, Dylan Peers McCoy reports on what an influx in federal COVID relief dollars will mean for the Gary Community School Corporation and Chris Nolte has a conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer about the rising healthcare costs for retiree. 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 Council's decision regarding a school mask mandate, Brandon Smith reports on the release of the state House and Congressional proposed redistricting maps and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Antonia Ciaccia on working with the National Consumers League to educate the public about pharmacy benefits managers. 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 Teamster truck driver's filing charges with the National Labor Relations Board against PepsiCo and his union leadership....after this summer's strike at the Pepsi facility in Munster, Brandon Smith reports on rental assistance availability for Hoosiers behind on their rent and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum.  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 Hoosier Marine killed in the recent bombing attack at an airport in Afghanistan, Jeanie Lindsey reports on the lack of adequate access to high-quality preschool and child care opportunities in Indiana and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Army veteran Chris McClanathan on his work to help his former interpreter evacuated from Afghanistan as the Taliban take over that country.  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 indictment charges filed against a Region woman alleging she committed fraud to obtain COVID-19 relief funds, Justin Hicks reports on the concern of staffing shortages in the long term care industry and Chris Nolte has a conversation with David Nicole of Lake Area United Way and Kim Olesker of United Way of Porter County about the merger of the two organizations to form United Way of Northwest 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 reactions from local veterans on the collapse of Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr is officially running for U.S. Senate in the 2022 primary election and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Indiana state Senator Karen Tallian about the demand from the state Department of Workforce Development that Hoosiers who received "legitimate" unemployment benefits to re-pay the state for those benefits. 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 steps to reduce the number of growing COVID-19 cases in Lake County, Brandon Smith reports Several major Indiana abortion laws were struck down in federal court Tuesday and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Mark Pallase of Indiana Landmarks on the upcoming virtual home tour including a look inside a unique house in Munster. 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 East Chicago City Council approving an ordinance that maintains COVID-19 public safety measures within the city limits, Brandon Smith reports Indiana U-S Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun are asking the U-S Supreme Court to overturn its longstanding precedent that legalized abortion nationwide and Chris Nolte has a conversation with with Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak with his insight on the economic effect of the pandemic on the economy. 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 suing to regain control of the Genesis Center after a high-tech company breached two contracts, Brandon Smith reports Governor Eric Holcomb will not reimpose any mask mandates in Hoosier schools and Chris Nolte has a conversation with INDOT NWI District communications director Adam Parkhouse…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 Region baseball stars being selected for the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft, a big jump in Indiana's state tax collections will result in a refund for taxpayers Brandon Smith reports on the new laws in Indiana that took effect July 1st and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Legacy Foundation community development director Donna Catalano and her colleague vice-president Kelly Anoe…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 Valparaiso woman that has been arrested in the death of a baby girl found in a dumpster in Pennsylvania more than a decade ago, Brandon Smith reports on the new laws in Indiana that took effect July 1st and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Mr. Pierogi about the upcoming Pierogi Fest 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 4th of July holiday gas prices, Carter Barrett reports on the big impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on children’s mental health and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Deborah Cundiff and Tamara Taylor of the Hammer Financial Group…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 request for the Portage City Council to adopt a smoke free air policy, Jeanie Lindsey reports on Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s proposed Parent Bill of Rights --- a document that reflects the ongoing national debate about teaching critical race theory in schools, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Gary native and filmmaker Chris Robinson…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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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