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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday, we have Lakeshore Public Radio reporter Sharon Jackson's conversation with Crown Point Mayor David Uran, who is convalescing at home after having tested positive for COVID-19 about 18 days ago.  He is doing well, and he shared his experiences with Sharon.  "Post-Tribune" reporter Hannah Reed and "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete are talking about the stories they wrote and posted online and in the print editions.  Hannah's stories are pandemic-related, about school districts changing their students' instruction modes, and Joseph's stories run the gamut, from business layoff-related (BP in Chicago and Whiting) to the downtown Gary demolition projects to the passing of Gary teenaged chef Ben Watkins.

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 On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the Duneland School Corporation two closing schools after traces of Legionella bacteria were discovered, a contract worker that died as a result of an accident at the BP Whiting Refinery, parents of Gary Community School Corp students voiced their frustrations at the State Board of Education meeting, Sharon Jackson speaks with Michele Murday of EnvironForensics about an honor she recently received and Chris Nolte has a conversation with community activist Ruth Needleman .

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WHITING, Ind. (AP) — Energy giant BP says it doesn't have a timeline for repairs to a crude distillation unit that shut down after a fire at its Indiana refinery.

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Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring in Carole Carlson and Greg Tejeda from the "Post-Tribune" and "Times of Notthwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete to talk about their latest stories offered for readers in print and online.  Carole and Greg focus on news from the city of Gary and Joseph has updates on, among other topics, the United Steelworkers' Union negotiations with U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just over five cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost 3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.54/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy says the price up-tick is pretty typical for this time of year.