Indiana Senator Eddie Melton

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 On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on an inmate that escaped from the state prison in Michigan City, State Senator Eddie Melton and  Indiana Schools Chief Jennifer kicked off a statewide listening tour focusing on education, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg updates the city’s Common Council on the handling of the police shooting , Carter Barrett reports on the push for work requirements -- and the pushback for Medicaid recipients, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Father Mike Surfurska pastor of Holy Name Cathedral.

Indiana Senate Democrats

On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on State Senator Eddie Melton taking steps towards a gubernatiorial run in 2020, the Gary Community School Corp. issued an apology after a teacher awarded an autistic student a trpphy naming him “the most annoying male”, Senator Elizabeth Warren held a rally in the Hoosier state and Chris Nolte has a conversation Chris Nolte with Janet McCabe, assistant director, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

IU Northwest

Today:  Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is back in the studio to talk about a Friday mid-morning vigil at the parking lot of the Gary-Chicago International Airport to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights of undocumented immigrants out of the region.  ICE brings them into the Airport from Kankakee, under a compact with the city signed years ago by two former mayors.    Needleman also talks about plans by the Gary Common Council to support those affected by ICE's efforts to lead detainees toward deportation.

City of Valparaiso website

Today:  City of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Director John Seibert talks about how the Parks Foundation is a key participant in park improvement projects like the Tower Park renovation, now underway.  The project is being supported by the Foundation's "Leaders Giving Back" initiative.

Today:  an update on recent heroin overdose deaths in LaPorte County and some insight into the opioid addiction problem from Dr. Chris Johnson, chief medical officer of Pinnacle Treatment Centers.  The company operates the RecoveryWorks residential center in Merrillville.  Dr. Johnson says many times, the problem begins with efforts to deal with alcohol abuse.

An update from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Becca Costello on the effort to establish syringe exchange programs across the state.