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  • For many students, the end of summer is near but with a national teacher shortage will districts have to increase classroom sizes? Dr. Paige McNulty with the Gary Community School Corp. and GlenEva Dunham, the president of AFT Indiana joined Lakeshore Public Radio's Dee Dotson and Tom Maloney to discuss the state of K-12 education.
  • The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will host a public comment hearing Monday, August 1st in Michigan City on NIPSCO’s plan to pay for the estimated $40 million clean-up at the Michigan City Generation Station with a rate increase. The hearing at Michigan City City Hall is set to begin at 6 p.m. And we bring back our conversation with immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada.
  • The MAAC Foundation, Inc. is hosting a First Responders Appreciation Day August 27, 2022. NWI Financial Advisor Greg Hammer is back to discuss retiring in a bear market. And as the Indiana Legislature convenes a special legislative session consider a ban on abortions we bring back our conversation with Dr. Tracey Wilkinson with Indiana University Health to discuss a new survey of Hoosier abortion seekers and physicians.
  • ‘My body, my choice’ is the mantra many abortion rights activists are chanting these days. With the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade many people are demanding the voice that will be most affected by this decision be amplified including Rebecca Gibron the CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest.
  • As part of the new Regionally Speaking ‘Meet the Mayor’ series, a conversation with Lake Station Mayor Bill Carroll. Topics addressed include, Pride Month, servant leadership, economic development and infrastructure.
  • Lakeshore Public Radio is dedicated to inclusion and diversity in every aspect of our community. Regionally Speaking will recognize Pride Month with interviews with members and allies to promote increased visibility and equality to a population whose members have historically been forced to conceal their identities. Barb Langel with First Unitarian Church of Hobart joins us to discuss the intersectionality of faith and the LGBTQ community.
  • Today: Professor Gabe Filippelli, executive director of the I.U. Environmental Resilience Institute, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about past studies into ozone levels in northwest Indiana and from where they originate. He thinks a lot of the ozone we encounter locally comes from vehicles, especially the heavy truck traffic that crosses the Region. Donna Catalano with the Legacy Foundation and LaTanya Woodson and Larry Brewer with Edgewater Health talk about the summertime series of Healthy Harvest Farmers Markets now underway in Gary. It's an effort to help combat the community's food insecurity and food desert problems.
  • Today: Peter Novak, CEO of the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors, is on "Regionally Speaking" with the latest report of home sales and prices in the seven counties the GNIAR represents. He also looks ahead to the rest of 2022 and compares the regional housing market to the reports he sees from other regions of the country. Aetna Manor Revitalization Program leader Penelope Love talks about the recent volunteer effort to get more residences in the eastside Gary neighborhood equipped with smoke detectors, and of other improvements planned for the future — along with what she sees as the positive impact that the South Shore Line's "Double Track" project will have on Aetna residents.
  • Today: Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds is on "Regionally Speaking" to discuss the topic of mental health as this National Mental Health Awareness Month comes to an end. He says mental health is one of the key issues at the County Jail, along with addiction. The topic came up at a recent law enforcement memorial program in Valparaiso. The Porter County Commissioners recently hired an outside consultant to conduct a community assessment on suicide awareness and prevention. We revisit our conversation with a former Illinois police officer who almost took his own life because of the stresses of his job and a misdiagnosis during an initial mental health treatment.
  • Today: Former state Senator Karen Tallian and current Senator Rodney Pol, Jr. are on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about a summer General Assembly study committee which will look into the potential health benefits of THC products, including marijuana, Delta 8 and Delta 9. It is not known, however, if they will examine decriminalizing marijuana. Both Tallian and Pol discuss that point, since legislative leaders sent the issue to a study committee on public health, behavorial health and human services. The study committee recommendations are advisory only, but those recommendations are considered serious enough from which to create bills which could come up next session. We also have local reaction and commentary to the Uvalde, Texas school shooting from Laura Wynn, who founded Indiana Parenting Institute. She offers some tips for parents to help their youngsters deal with the issue of feeling safe in school.