Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian

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Today:  Indiana University Northwest professors Linda Galocy and Dorinda Sattler are on "Regionally Speaking" with their earlier conversation on privacy laws during the COVID-19 pandemic -- and what businesses can ask of their customers and of their employees.  State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) talks about her demand that the state Department of Workforce Development stop demanding that "gig economy" Hoosiers who received pandemic unemployement benefits repay the state for the benefits. And Side Effects Public Media's Carter Barrett has a conversation with colleague Lauren Bavis on the impact of ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations. An Indianapolis-based healthcare provider is still trying to bring affected systems back online, two weeks after the hackers' attack.

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Today:  We have an in-depth conversation with state Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) on the 2021 General Assembly session just ended.  She offers her thoughts about, among other topics -- the new two-year state budget, her bills that passed and signed into law and those that did not.  Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Mitch Legan has a feature that focuses on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.  We also have a conversation with Lauri Keagle with South Shore Clean Cities and Charles Breitenfeld with the northwest Indiana office of the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management, about last Friday's "Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air" awards and the 2021 scholarships program recipients, which were issued virtually.  Four awards were presented for voluntary actions taken to improve air quality during 2021.  Three young people will receive scholarships to help them in their future environmental studies at college.  

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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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Today:  we begin with "Off Mic" host Michael Puente's conversation with Porter County state Senator Karen Tallian about the Lake Michigan erosion issue and of the executive order from Gov. Eric Holcomb to put state agencies at work with local assistance -- and possibly a requst for federal help.  Michael also talks later about the northwest Indiana connection for the new Disney Co. CEO.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Jose Rodriguez, host of "Region Nerd Alert," and his cohosts have the latest about this weekend's C2E2 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Tom Maloney talked with NPR's Bob Boilen about the next series of "Tiny Desk Concerts." Side Effects Public Media's Isaiah Seibert spoke at length with New England journalist Greg O'Brien about his personal journey with Alzheimers' and the podcast he created to talk about it. 

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Today: On "Reporters' Roundtable,"  we talk to "Post-Tribune" reporter Grant Morgan about his stories posted online and in print -- including his story on news conferences held by Will County authorities and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill about the fetal remains found in a Crete Twp. garage owned by the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. The investigation continues into the remains from Dr. Klopfer's womens'  clinics in northern Indiana.  Grant also has the latest on the Elkhart woman facing trial in U.S. District Court in Hammond for allegedly aiding ISIS.  A judge gave Samantha ElHassani's lawyers permission to seek depositions from three people in Iraq about her case.

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Dee Dee White, a workforce specialist with Ivy Tech Community College's Lake County campuses.  She talks about the casino dealer training courses underway and how they can link residents to new jobs proposed at the Hard Rock Casino in Gary.  State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) was with us to talk about the potential review of the two-year state budget that could happen in the next General Assembly session.  And school buses and other school district transportation projects are discussed in the latest edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC. Carl Lisek's guest is Amy Rosa of the Wa-Nee Community School Corp.

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On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on State Senator Karen Tallian announcing a bid to become the next Indiana Attorney General, the Indiana Teacher Pay Commission is hosting public meetings across the state, Michael Puente reports on a chemical spill in Portage and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Heather Ennis of the NWI Forum.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…     

Tallian For Attorney General

OGDEN DUNES - State Senator Karen Tallian is running for Indiana Attorney General.  She said the main factor that help make her decision was the current Indiana Attorney General's decision to join in the lawsuit to overturn health care.
 
"Doing that would put thousands of people either without healthcare or without care for preexisting conditions and I just, I don't think that's right," Tallian says. "So I think the AG should be the advocate for people, for consumer protection and not trying to take away healthcare."