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Today:  A special edition of "Regionally Speaking" of the question-and-answer portion of the Feb. 7, 2018 public forum held at the Glen Theatre in Gary by the members of north Lake County's state legislative delegation. Most of the questions by constituents were about the House bill sponsored by Rep. Earl Harris, Jr., which sought to change the IDEM rules on the distance of a construction-demolition waste site from nearby residential property in the city of Gary.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was also on-hand to answer some questions.

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Today:  we revisit our conversation with former Gary Mayor Scott King.  King was Mayor from 1996 to 2006.  He talks about his experiences as Mayor and how the city of Gary's recovering from tough financial times, including some major improvements made at Gary-Chicago International Airport..

Carl Lisek offers this week's edition of "Green Fleet Radio."  He talks with Richard DeBoer, Executive Vice President of Ozinga about the business and its efforts to "go green.".

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Today:   it's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, where we talk with members of the northwest Indiana media about the stories they produced for their print and online readers.  On the program today -- "Times of Northwest Indiana" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden, business reporter Joseph Pete, Lake County government reporter Bill Dolan and "Times" community reporter Ed Bierschenk, who covers stories in Gary, Hammond and -- this week, the latest on the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting.

Today:  we bring back our conversation with Linda Perez, the executive director of St. Jude's House in Crown Point during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, closing out next week.  We also bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, where first-person stories are paired with intentional conversations to help forge stronger ties within and across communities.

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GARY - The city of Gary's proposal to Amazon to locate its second U.S. headquarters in its city is en-route to the company.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on Wednesday unveiled the box containing the city's proposal to Amazon.  Freeman-Wilson formally thanked the Gary Common Council, the Amazon working group and a gave a special thank you to Economic Development Specialist Mike Citro  for getting it done. 

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 Today:  we find out more about a cultural project in Gary that is moving into its next phase, getting involved in the saving of a bit of Gary city history. The “Heat Light Water Project” takes its name from the former General Services Building, which – when it was built in 1926 – was known as the “Heat Light Water Company.”  Jan Tichy is a Chicago-based artist who, along with his colleagues, believe that – just as heat, light and water are essential to life -- so are art and culture essential to any society.

 

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Today:  Any Northwest Indiana veteran can find out more about programs available to them by attending the monthly meetings of the city of Portage's veterans' committee.  Tom Pappas, the chairman of the committee, came back on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th.  He was joined later on the phone by Marc Magill, the new director of the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chicago.  Magill came to a quarterly town hall meeting for veterans and their families on Monday at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point.

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GARY - The city of Gary is vying to get the new Amazon headquarters to locate there.  Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told Lakeshore Public Radio on Monday the city is reaching out to try to make it happen.

"We had an open letter in the New York Times today to Jeff Bezos from Amazon, citing our interest in the new Amazon headquarters."

Freeman-Wilson said Amazon released an RFP (request for proposal) a couple of weeks ago indicating that the company is looking for new headquarters in the U.S.  She believes the city put out a good pitch for Gary and all of the Region.

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GARY - The city of Gary could gain anywhere from one to five million dollars in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2017 Mayor's Challenge.  Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says this is not a typical grant.

"Mayor Bloomberg and his philanthropy have put approximately 10-million dollars on the street to help cities solve intractable problems and it's entitled the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge."

CHARLOTTESVILLE — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found supporters and skeptics during a half-day trip to urban and rural Indiana schools Friday for the final day of her national back to school tour.

DeVos sought to draw attention to innovative curriculum and teaching methods at stops at charter school classrooms in Gary and Indianapolis before attended a high school football game here in rural Hancock County east of Indianapolis.

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Today:  We get the latest on "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen,"  the vision of Theaster Gates about three years ago which is now a very busy venue for artists and northwest Indiana residents can find progressive opportunities for collaboration.  Arleen Peterson is in the studio to talk about "ArtHouse" and all of its components including the culinary incubator that's brought life to several Gary-area business ideas. "ArtHouse" came to life with the help of the city of Gary's very first Knight Foundation Cities Challenge grant.

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Today:  We find out more about today's  visit to Valparaiso University by Indiana Superintendent of  Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick to speak before the fall 2017 workshop of the Professional Educators Partnership.  Laurie Snell is the director of the VU-based partnership and Valparaiso elementary school principal Anne Wodetski is the chairperson of the group's steering committee.  They both talk about the Superintendent's visit and other programs this fall to be conducted by the PEP.

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Today:  a conversation with the executive director of the city of Gary's Human Relations Commission, Haneiifah Khaliq, about this evening's Unity Walk and Rally in downtown Gary.  The northwest Indiana community's invited to participate in an event that is intended to show unity with a Virginia community that has become a visible part of the fight against racism and for tolerance. 

Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer returns with some tips on using Social Security benefits to their best use when planning one's retirement years. 

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Today:  We meet and talk with Miguel Molina, a northwest Indiana resident who is involved in "The People's Voice" project -- a statewide project with a mission to "transform Indiana into a state that represents the wishes of all Hoosiers through civic engagement." 

Miguel and others in northern Indiana are working to give what are called "low propensity voters" a voice in the community through voter education and voter registration programs ahead of the 2018 election cycle.

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Today is "Reporter Roundtable" Thursday, where we bring in reporters (and editors) from northwest Indiana area media to talk about their stories this week.  We have Ed Bierschenk, Bill Dolan and Investigative Editor Marc Chase from the "Times" and "Chicago Tribune" reporter Michael Hawthorne.

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we find out more about the major news stories of the week from the reporters who covered them.  With us in the studio is Post-Tribune reporter Javonte Anderson and by phone are his Post-Tribune colleagues Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda and -- from the LaPorte Herald-Argus and Michigan City News-Dispatch -- reporter Jon Gard.  

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday -- a look at some of the major stories of the week in northwest Indiana, from the reporters who researched, wrote and posted them online and in print.  Our guests this week are Dan Carden and Ed Bierschenk with the Times of Northwest Indiana, Carole Carlson of the Post-Tribune and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore.

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Today: A conversation with Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, executive director of the Purdue University Institute for Civic Communication, on the institute's final forum held in Washington, D.C.  It focused on how little Americans are taught about civics in our schools and, in turn, how little they really know about the subject. The Institute's funding comes to an end this year. 

GARY - Gary's new anti-dumping campaign called “All Eyes on You" will use cameras to watch for illegal dumping and will shame the worst offenders. Lakeshore Public Radio’s Steven Lattimore has more.

GARY - An eight-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy are the victims of a drive by shootings in Gary. As Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore reports, the community wants answers.

 

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Today: It's Reporters Roundtable, when we ask members of the northwest Indiana and Indiana media to talk about the stories they worked on this week.  On this edition of the Roundtable are Greg Tejeda of the Post-Tribune, Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore, Indiana Public Broadcasting's Eric Weddle and INside Indiana Business host Andy Ober.

John S and James L Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is awarding this year's “Cities Challenge” grant in the city of Gary to a project that will transform a historic, abandoned Gothic-style church into a beautiful ruins garden and event space. 

The Foundation is sending more than $163,000 to the city Redevelopment Department to go toward the City Methodist Church project.  It fits in with one of the goals of the Cities Challenge competition: to make cities like Gary more vibrant places in which to live and to work and, in this case, attract more visitors and business to Gary.

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Today:  Michigan City Area Schools Assistant Superintendent Wendel McCollum talks about the great accomplishments by the High School's Class 0f 2017, as recognized at recent commencement exercises. Those accomplishments include academic, athletic and community service.

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 The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is awarding this year's “Cities Challenge” grant in the city of Gary -- for more than 163-thousand dollars -- to a project that will transform a historic, abandoned Gothic-style church into a beautiful ruins garden and event space.

 

 

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Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable edition of "Regionally Speaking,"  we bring in Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore along with "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Rob Earnshaw, Ed Bierschenk and Bill Dolan and -- in his initial appearance, LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and Michigan City "News-Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard.  They talk about the big stories they covered for their media outlets this week.

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Jamal Washington takes his job as a Lake County Councilman very seriously, and his passion about the concerns of his constituents comes through in his conversation on Monday on "Regionally Speaking."  He represents Merrillville, Gary’s Miller and Eastside neighborhoods, and precincts in Schererville and Griffith.

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Today:  A conversation with Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of the Indiana Gaming Insight and Indiana Legislative Insight newsletters,  about the March 2017 revenue report from the northwest Indiana casinos, the impact of outside forces on the riverboats -- and Ed's review of some of the big bills from the just-ended 2017 General Assembly session.

WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez joins us with some good news for the city of Gary -- a recent survey from the website shows that Gary mortgage holders are the third least over-leveraged in the country.

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Today:   Howey Politics Indiana editor-publisher Brian Howey joins us to talk about some of the topics in his recent newsletter columns, as well as his views on the final days of the 2017 General Assembly session.

 

Cyberbullying is the topic of a recent "CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon" television conversation.  His guests were Cathie Bledsoe of the Indiana State Police, Northwest Indiana Times editor Bob Heisse and School Town of Highland Superintendent Brian Smith.

 

Today:   A conversation with Indiana economist, writer and public speaker Morton Marcus on how the Indiana Economic Development Corp. shouldn't have offered state funds to two businesses to relocate jobs inside a county, a move that won't affect the overall state economy -- and how local and state decisions can be affected by proposed Trump administration budget cuts. 

A recent "Byline" report from the Times of Northwest Indiana looks at a Gary city government commission that focuses on crime fighting and crime prevention in the Steel City. 

The Second Annual Civility takes time out to encourage good behavior. And as Steven Lattimore reports it might seem like something simple but organizers say the result it something special .

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