Ball State economist Michael Hicks

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Today: We talk with Ball State University professor Michael Hicks, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, about a new report just released that reviews the impact that the "digital divide" in Indiana schools and communities may have on students' abilities for e-learning when classes resume, in some form, this academic year. The report indicates that more than 84,000 K-12 students do not have the Internet access they need for proper learning -- and not all of the deficiencies are in rural school districts.  We find out more about the new social media group "Out in LaPorte" from PFLAG board member Esther Stiles.   And we bring back our conversation with Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer on a lengthy study about the impact of the pandemic the recession it caused for local, county and state government.

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Today:  We continue our conversations with new northwest Indiana Mayors with Portage Mayor Sue L:ynch.

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Today:  Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research executive director Michael Hicks joins us to talk about his 2020 economic forecast for the U.S. and Indiana.  It's a forecast with good points and bad points, and he explains how he reaches the conclusions listed in the forecast.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio" with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  His report is also supported by NIRPC.  Brandi Adams, the director of resource development with Lake Area United Way, talks about the recent "Santa's Worshop for Working Families" held at Wicker Park in Highland and how is part of the United Way overall local mission to help local families.  And we talk with Erica Rios, the social worker with the Griffith Police Department, about her work in her community and how she can help in times of crisis. 

An Indiana economist says the United Automobile Workers strike against General Motors comes at a pivotal moment for the union. 

The 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard puts Indiana among the top five states for manufacturing and logistics. Indiana continues to show success in areas including global reach and tax climate where other states are struggling.