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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Gary Mayor Jerome Prince’s plans to sign an executive order this to establish a police reform commission that will propose meaningful changes to the city's police department, Indiana is moving into Phase 4 of Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan and Chris Nolte has a conversation with representatives from the Lake Area United Way as well as the American Red Cross about a request for Lake County residents to report flooding or sewage damage due to the recent storms.

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GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is working on the city's next steps in reviewing policing policies.

In a released statement the mayor says he is signing an executive order establishing a commission of civic and business leaders, community activists, faith leaders and community organizations to propose meaningful police reform.  As part of its work, the committee will investigate what, if any, policing responsibilities can and should be shared or shifted to other departments.

He says in the interest of public safety, he is open to considering new public safety models.

GARY - Many Indiana counties are in the process of reopening but Lake County is one of three that is staying behind.  Also holding off is the city of Gary. 

Michael Gonzalez, Communications Director for the city of Gary says Mayor Jerome Prince has decided to push Gary's reopening out a little further to enable city administration to monitor the rate of new Coronavirus cases in the city.

Gonzalez says city operations will return on May 18th and businesses will be able to reopen also on May 18th under certain restrictions that are still to be released by the city.  

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the City of Gary launching an app to help residents determine if they need to testing and care for possible COVID-19 symptoms, Governors across several Midwest states – including Indiana – announced Thursday they will work together as they decide when to reopen the economy from their states’ “Stay-At-Home” orders, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Financial Advisor Greg Hammer about how the stimulus package impacts your retirement nest egg. 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 street closures in Gary to ensure public safety, Jeanie Lindsey reports on a partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Public Broadcasting to help parents and students continue learning at home.

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Today:  We ask "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete about the stories she's worked on --including two from the 2020 General Assembly session.  One of them is about Rep. Ed Soliday's bill that could give utility regulators the ability to give their approval before utilities can close coal-fired power plants.   She also has a northwest Indiana update on a state report on infant mortalities.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has her conversation with Gary city spokesman Michael Gonzalez on the next phase of dealing with the issue of closed and abandoned Gary public school buildings.  Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is attending a U.S. Conference of Mayors workshop for new mayors, and we learn more about it from the mayor himself.  And we bring back our conversation with northwest Indiana immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada.

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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we talk to Dan Carden, who covers Lake County and state government stories for the "Times," about what he put out in print and online and to "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson.  Dan's stories were on the first days of the 2020 General Assembly session and the announcement from State Senator Eddie Melton of Gary that he was discontinuing his gubernatorial campaign.  Carole talked at length with outgoing Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on her accomplishments as she was leaving office -- and Karen's regrets on things she worked on while Mayor that she had to leave to her successor Jerome Prince.  Carole also talks about the new Lake Station Mayor, Bill Carroll, and about the Gary gun violence rally and vigil  held on Wednesday afternoon. 

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GARY - The city of Gary Sanitary District has released on Wednesday an invitation to bid on site work for the Hard Rock Casino Gary.  Tammi Davis, Director of Compliance and Policy Engagement told Lakeshore Public Radio that bids are due on Thursday (October 17, 2019) today/yesterday.  TN Ward Company has been awarded the construction contract for the Hard Rock Casino Gary project.

Davis says the company is looking to have the back fill and most of the tasks completed by 2020.  Diversity contract goals are also included in the project, according to Davis.

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GARY-A former bookkeeper and interim executive director of the Genesis Convention Center is being charged with one count of theft from a local government entity receiving federal funds, for stealing more than $10,000 cash from the struggling business.
Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host and Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson about the hiring of Victoria Wilson of Portage and the investigation of the irregularities that were showing up.
 

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GARY- In response to the indictment of the former bookkeeper and interim executive director of the Genesis Convention Center, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Wednesday that the city has worked hard to ensure the profitability of the Genesis Center and any actions inconsistent with those efforts are unacceptable.

Portage resident, 52 year-old Victoria Wilson, has been charged in federal court with stealing more than $10,000 in cash from the Genesis Convention Center.  She was charged with one count of theft from a local government entity receiving federal funds.

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Today:  Ted Stalnos with the Calumet Area Industrial Commission talks about the organization that includes both Indiana and Illinois manufacturers and their mission of directing skilled workers to them, and how community colleges in both states are partners in the federal "Promise Grant" education program.  Celina Weatherwax with MAAC Foundation tells us about the Aug. 1st-4th World War II aircraft visit at Porter Regional Airport, and a special reception on Aug.

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Today:  Portage Mayor John Cannon is on the program to talk about the concerns that his administration has about the delays in getting the state-mandated high-frequency radio communications upgrade  made in Porter County.  He put out a letter to outline the concerns that contractors working on the project are still unable to communcate well, to be able to get four new radio towers installed.  Only two of the four  have been put up.

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Today:  Kathy Luther with NIRPC is with us to talk about the coalition of northwest Indiana agencies that will adminster the $600,000 EPA Brownfields Program grant for sites in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond -- and other NWI communties, as needed.  Luther says there are some sites already partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation and eventual redevelopment, perhaps as early as this fall.  Indiana University Northwest computer info. systems department head Bhakra Kopparty also tells us about a new masters' degree program in place this fall semester.

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Today:   Janet McCabe, the assistant director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, tells us about the work that I.U. students are doing this summer in Gary and Michigan City to collect information about greenhouse gas emissions.  The cities are among 13 across the state involved in I.U.'s first Resilience Cohort.  The data will help residents and public officials create action plans to reduce emissions and to improve air quality.  The cities will get the data collected later this year.

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GARY - The Executive Director of the Gary Redevelopment Commission has resigned effective immediately, May 9th.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced the resignation of Joe van Dyk Thursday.
He served the City of Gary since 2012 as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Commission and as Director of Planning and Zoning Director.  

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   Today: Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince has won the Democratic mayoral primary for city of Gary beating out a crowded field of eight other candidates.  We talk to him about his victory as well as his plans for turning around crime, addressing blight in the city as well as other concerns that stifle Gary’s economic growth. 

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Today:    "Howey Politics Indiana" editor and writer Brian Howey joins us with the latest on the major issues being debated in the General Assembly and Hoosier politics in general, including a look at Hoosiers involved in national politics.   We bring you two more conversations  from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud, the president-CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, talks about this week's 7th annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon. 

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Today:   A conversation with Sarah Coulter, the executive director of the bi-state Calumet Collaborative, which is focused on economic opportunity between the communties in both states, supports livable communities as well as the culture and heritage of the Region and its natural area.   She has an update on the Calumet National Heritage Area initiative, which includes travelling historic exhibits that will come into our area later this year.  We also have two more conversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, with two different views in the city of Gary -- one of them f

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Today:   On this "Reporters Roundtable," "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Greg Tejeda join us to talk about the stories that they covered and put out in print and online.  Meredith's stories include a Lake Ridge Schools student who's been honored for her volunteer work.  Carole has the latest from the Legislature on the Buffington Harbor economic development bill for the city of Gary and about the Gary public housing project contractors cited by HUD for pay violations.  Greg's covered Gary Common Council and he tells us about his stories.  And Lakeshore Pub

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak joins us with an update on northwest Indiana's economy performed in 2018, based on the NWI Coincident Index and its companion NWIImputed Gross Metro Index.  Pollak also offers a forecast for 2019, as well.  We have two conversations, from residents of Gary, from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  And the executive director of the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, Stephanie Blackstock, talks about the changeover of the facility near Valparaiso that happened during February 2018.  The 300-acre Arboretum was acquired

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Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable Thunrday," we check in with Sarah Reese and Lauren Cross of the "Times," to talk about the stories they worked and posted online and in print this week.  They include updates on where toxic contamination dredged from the Grand Calumet River and Indiana Harbor Ship Canal is to be disposed of, the "case of the dead swans" found in a Hammond lake, and if the city of Gary is still considering about asking for state permission to build its own construction-demolition waste landfill.

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest history professor emeritus James Lane joins us in the studio to talk about the book he's co-authored with Ronald Cohen: "Gary -- A Pictorial History," now in its third edition.  Professor Lane says the book is now up-to-date, including events in the Steel City into the 21st Century.   We also talk with Indiana state Senator Mike Bohacek (R-Michiana Shores) about the bill he's co-authoring to address "bias" in more comprehensive terms than stated in current Indiana law.

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Today:    on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we begin with an update on the issues surrounding Indiana and national politics.  Brian Howey, creator and editor of the online "Howey Politics Indiana" newsletter, joins us from Indianapolis to talk about the controversy involving Indiana Attorney General Cirtis Hill, the U.S.

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Today:   We ask Purdue University Northwest Chancellor's chief of staff Richard Rupp:  What happens on both the Hammond and Westville campuses during the summer months, after spring commencement and the end of classes and before a new academic year begins?  (You'll be surprised to learn that a lot happens.)

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Today:   Sweltering heat and huge amounts of rain can make a negative impact on Hoosier roads, bridges and even electric lines that we all rely upon.  Some bridges are designed to last 100 years, but the extreme weather can make it unlikely for them to reach such a ripe old age.  The Midwest Economic Policy Institute just completed two reports on the issues of extreme weather caused by climate changes -- and what should be done to keep these events from causing more problems than necessary.  Mary Craighead is a transportation policy analyst for the Instute, and she joins us to talk about t

Yellowstone Public Radio

Today:    A conversation with Justin Phillips, a mother of three (and a victim of the opioid addiction problem) who created an overdose lifeline in central Indiana -- and is now Indiana co-director of Addiction Policy Forum.  It's a statewide telephone and online resource to addicts, their families and others caught up in the opioid epidemic.  We also bring back IPBS reporter Jill Sheridan's conversation with journalist - author Sam Quionones -- who just wrote a book about the crisis. 

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Today:  On this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we ask "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Andrew Steele and "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda to join us, to talk about the stories they worked on for the newspaper and Web sites -- including the latest from the city of Gary, northwest Indiana  healthcare and transportation. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also has her feature on a  documentary airing this holiday on Lakeshore PBS about life in Chicago during World War II.

Today:   It's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday and we asked three "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters to join us to talk about the May 8th primary election races they kept track of -- Bill Dolan, Dan Carden and Carmen McCollum.  Carmen reported on the Lake Central and Crown Point school referenda questions.  The "Times'" Lauren Cross talked about her story on the financial questions under review of the city of Gary's ambulance and EMS-related bank accounts.  And Chicago "Tribune" reporter Michael Hawthorne talks about his story of more lead contamination found in neighborhoods in northwest

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Today:   we talk to the president of Great Schools, Matthew Nelson, about the organization's first-of-a-kind list of more than 800 public and charter high schools across the country -- 45 of which are in Indiana and five in northwest Indiana -- that received "College Success Awards."  It's an award which recognizes schools that are doing the best at preparing students to get into and succeed in college.  The five local schools are: Chesterton Senior High School, Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Munster High School.

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Today:   Retired Indiana University Northwest professor Rick Hug joins us to talk about his creation -- now in its 28th year.  The Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held on the Gary campus on Friday, in the new Arts and Sciences Building.  Hug says they have a very knowledgable keynote speaker and participant in one of the workshops this year. 

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