Indiana General Assembly session 2021

Brandon Smith, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable Thursday," we talk with "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden about the new Indiana House and Congressional district maps released by legislators this week and their impact on northwest Indiana lawmakers' current seats and taxpayers.  "Times" correspondent Bill Dolan talks about a case in federal court in Hammond that involves properties purchased at Lake County property tax sales and how one man is alleged to have taken advantage of the process.  And "Post-Tribune" Lake County government reporter Alex Kukulka talks about her stories on the latest votes by the Lake County Council about COVID-19 mask mandates in schools, a big purchase order from the sheriff's department and the 2022 county budget process.  

Indiana Department of Health

Today:  Dr. Indra Frank, the environmental health and water policy director at the Hoosier Environmental Council, tells us about two bills now before the Indiana General Assembly that, if passed and enacted into law, would make improvements in coal ash disposal procedures for Hoosier coal-fired power plants.  State Representative Pat Boy and State Senator Karen Tallian are co-sponsors.  Dr. Frank has more on an online policy forum on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. on the subject of coal ash disposal.  Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Rebeca Thiele has a feature on the impact of power plant closings on the communities in which they are located.  The latest news on COVID-19 vaccines given out locally and across the state, and a report on how legislators are addressing redrawing political boundaries are also topics on the program today.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the opening of the new Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago, Brandon Smith reports on the 2021 redistricting process and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Gary state Senator Eddie Melton about the upcoming legislative session. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune

Today:  For this "Reporters' Roundtable" program, we talk with "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden about the stories he's put out in print and online.  They include the latest in the dispute between the Lake County Commissioners and County Council over who has jurisdiction over purchasing matters, and a look at how state legislators from northwest Indiana will play a role in shaping state policy when the General Assembly session begins next month.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete talks about his stories, including his comprehensive look at changes in the local steelmaking industry with a new player: Cleveland-Cliffs, and one about a gain in northwest Indiana population despite the early-2020 job losses.  And Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. joins us for a lively city-wide update.