Indiana General Assembly 2021 session

Indiana Public Media

Today:   On this "Reporters Roundtable" Thursday,  NIPSCO communications manager Joshauna Nash is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about several programs available through the Merrillville-based utility for customers to pay their bills if they've fallen behind, now that the statewide moritorium on disconnecting utility services during winter months has ended.  State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) talks about the passage of House Enrolled Act 1006 -- one of the most important bills to pass the Legislature this session and is headed for the Governor's office.  The police reform measure includes de-escalation training for officers and a proper use-of-force training program.  "Indianapolis Star" Statehouse reporter Kaitlyn Lange comes on from the capital to talk about her stories in print and onlne this week.  They address concerns about courts charging people over age 21 for child molestation acts committed as teenagers.  One story focuses on the Senate committee hearing this week reviewing the measure.  

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Indiana Dunes National Park superintendent Paul Labovitz is with us to talk about the beachfront remediation done last year to correct the growing erosion problem along Central Avenue Beach and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.  He also talks about other projects at the National Park which are planned for 2021.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Rebecca Thiele has a report on the push to allow reusable shopping bags during the coronavirus pandemic.  Later in the program, Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Ft. Wayne has a review of the first month of the 2021 General Assembly session.  

Associated Press

Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable Thursday," we speak with Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune" about her stories related to COVID-19 vaccinations in Lake County.  She also reviews her story on a bill in the General Assembly that, if it becomes law, would affect protecting wetlands in Indiana.  "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson talks about her recent stories from the city of Gary, including the Gary Community Schools.  And we bring back a conversation with Lake County Democratic Party chief Jim Weiser, about this weekend's North Township caucus in Hammond.  It will be held with all health and safety precautions in mind because of the coronavirus pandemic.