Gary Mayor Jerome Prince

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GARY- Gary Mayor Jerome Prince Wednesday again encouraged city residents to get any of the three available COVID-19 vaccinations to help Gary make strides in the fight against the pandemic.

Prince said in a news release that he received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine during a mass vaccination event at Calumet New Tech High School Sunday and that it was important to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and to set an example of leadership in Gary.  He also is calling on other city elected officials to get vaccinated.

GARY -  Gary Mayor Jerome Prince may use federal COVID-19 relief money to improve infrastructure in the city.  On Friday Prince said he will form a planning team to potentially use the $83 million relief package funds to improve infrastructure throughout Gary, set up a reserve fund, and to generate new sources of revenue for the City.

Prince said the planning team will develop a comprehensive spending plan to get the most out of the relief funds and will study the legislation to ensure each step is in line with legislators’ intent.

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Today:   "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the stories about the city of Gary that she's posted online and print.  They include stories about the cleanup effort after the recent winter storms.  "Inside Indiana Business" host Gerry Dick spoke recently on his program with Gary Mayor Jerome Prince about his city's economic development successes and we have that conversation.  It includes the recent  announcements about Ackyumen Industries and the Hard Rock casino along I-80-94.  And Veterans Health Administration executive Dr. Patricia Hastings talks about the new Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits Registry that Hoosier veterans -- especially Gulf War veterans -- should sign up to be included. It could offer them some medical assistance, if they show any symptoms of any health problems associated with their overseas duty.

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Today:  State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the issues coming up in the 2021 General Assembly session -- a session that is not only a biennial budget-writing session but one marked by revenue concerns due to COVID-19.  Tammi Davis with the Gary Sanitary District is also a member of an Indiana advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  She tells us about an in-depth report on environmental injustice dealing with lead poisoning in Indiana -- a topic of great interest in northwest Indiana. And we have another edition of "Neighborhood Voice" minority business owner conversations from the Legacy Foundation, as Erica Fizer talks to a Hammond cafe owner.

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GARY - A food distribution program that was launched to help Gary residents in the wake of COVID-19 is wrapping up tomorrow/Saturday.

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince announced today (Friday) that the City of Gary and Vine Line Produce Distribution will host the final produce giveaway of the summer Saturday, August 29th, beginning at  9:30 at the Genesis Convention Center.

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Franciscan Health's  Dr. Erica Kauffman West about a study on how well "convalescent plasma" can treat coronavirus patients.  Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer is back to talk about the public school referenda questions on the June 2nd primary election ballot, an election changed by COVID-19 and by so many people using "vote-by-mail."  And mid-way through the program, we talk with Gary firefighter Tyrone Jackson Jr., whose recent remarks on his Facebook page about Fire Chief Sean O'Donnell have led to controversy.  It's Jackson's chance to tell his side of the story, after hearing on Tuesday from Mayor Jerome Prince and Chief O'Donnell.

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Today:  Dr. Yolanda Watson with "Complete College America" talks about the issue of the gaps in racial equity in higher education, and how there are major implications for Hoosier students and leaders in higher education in dealing with the gaps.  Tami Silverman with Indiana Youth Institute reviews how grownups can talk about racism with younsgsters and what to say, based on their age.  Another conversation from a Gary resident from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  And Gary Mayor Jerome Prince and his Fire Chief Sean O'Donnell respond to recent comments on social media about the fire department leadership. 

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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.

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is forming an advisory commission on police reform.  He made the announcement of the executive order at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Mike Gonzalez, Media Spokesperson, for the city says the task force will be looking at several aspects.

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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.

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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:  Reporters Sharon Jackson with Lakeshore Public Radio, Michael Puente with WBEZ (in his role as "Off Mic" Friday program host) and "Times of Northwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete are on the program.  Sharon's offered to us her discussion of the latest on the Griffith-Calumet Township relationship  issue with Town Council president Rick Ryfa.  Griffith's asking state lawmakers to support a bill that would allow the town to handle its own township services.  Michael has his "Off Mic" conversation with the new Mayor of Gary, Jerome Prince. And Joseph covers the business stories he sent out in print and online for "Times" readers.  They include news of two  local "Pier 1" store closings and how Pizza Hut wants to expand in the midst of takeout and delivery competition.  We also talk to Linda Hadley with Methodist Hospitals about Friday morning's Northwest Indiana Health Disparities Council meeting in Merrillville.  It will be the first community forum of 2020 addressing local healthcare topics and issues.