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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk to Dan Carden and Bill Dolan of the "Times" and Carole Carlson with the "Post-Tribune" about the stories they put out in print and online.  Dan's stories include updates from the most recent Lake County Council meeting and Gov. Eric Holcomb's 2020 legislative agenda.  Carole covered stories from Gary Common Council and Airport Authority board meetings that include Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.  Bill Dolan covered the East Chicago City Counncil meeting where firefighters' work schedules were the big topic of debate -- and of a proposed ordinance that the Mayor may veto, if it passes. Bill also has an update on former Portage Mayor James Snyder's new federal court trial.

Indiana county might ease up on marijuana possession

Dec 11, 2019
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A northwestern Indiana county near Michigan and Illinois is proposing to ease the penalties for marijuana possession. Supporters say it makes sense after Michigan and Illinois legalized pot use.

The Lake County Council endorsed an ordinance Tuesday that would give sheriff's deputies the discretion to write tickets for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana. Additional votes still would be necessary.

NWI Times

Today:   We talk with Lake County Council president Ted Bilski about the discussions with the county department heads about their 2020 budget proposals, as councilmembers get ready to finalize the budget.  Bilski goes into detail about the fiscal constraints that they face in the next year and how they will make sure that the 2020 budget is balanced.  We also have another edition of "Building Northwest Indiana," supported by the Construction Advancement Foundation. Host Kevin Comerford talks with RDA COO Sherri Ziller.  There is also another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University. And we have details on this year's weekend MBA program offered at Indiana University Northwest.

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Today:  For this "Reporters' Roundtable" edition, we ask "Post-Tribune" education reporter Meredith Colias-Pete, "Times" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden and "Post-Tribune" Gary city government reporter Greg Tejeda to talk about the stories they wrote and had in print and online.  They included news from School City of Hammond of impending school closings and staff cuts, a new Holcomb administration staffer who is a Region native, the signing of the gaming omnibus bill into law and the latest from the Gary Common Council.

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Today:    On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday, we have three "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters to talk their stories in print and posted online.  Statehouse reporter Dan Carden has a lot of stories from the General Assembly session to review, including the latest on economic development efforts in Hammond and Gary.  Bill Dolan talks about a last-minute candidate to the Gary mayoral race and a Lake County Council meeting that was puncuated by a testy exchange of words between a new Councilman and the County Sheriff.  And business reporter Joseph Pete has updates about steel, a his

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The winner of the Republican Party in the May primary for the Lake County Council Christian Jorgensen talked with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson after Friday's recount. Jorgensen is currently President of the St John Town Council and he is an attorney by trade.  Jorgensen ran against incumbent Eldon Strong for the 7th district seat.  When asked about his opponent's concession of the race he said that was a positive.
 

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In the "war on drugs," we hear the raw data and statistics about deaths and the like, and about the lack of options for those addicted and their loved ones.  But there are also men and women who offer healing and hope -- who are an inspiration to all of us. 

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Today is "Reporter Roundtable" Thursday, where we bring in reporters (and editors) from northwest Indiana area media to talk about their stories this week.  We have Ed Bierschenk, Bill Dolan and Investigative Editor Marc Chase from the "Times" and "Chicago Tribune" reporter Michael Hawthorne.

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we find out more about the major news stories of the week from the reporters who covered them.  With us in the studio is Post-Tribune reporter Javonte Anderson and by phone are his Post-Tribune colleagues Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda and -- from the LaPorte Herald-Argus and Michigan City News-Dispatch -- reporter Jon Gard.  

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Today: it's the weekly Reporters' Roundtable conversation of many of the big local news stories, with Times of Northwest Indiana reporters Bill Dolan and Carmen McCollum and one important state education story -- Wednesday's meeting of the Indiana state Board of Education, covered by Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle.

Supermarket News

Today: It is Reporters' Round Table day on "Regionally Speaking," as we call on local reporters who worked on some of the major stories of the week to review and talk about them. 

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Today:  a conversation with Elizabeth Burden about an Indiana Parenting Institute-sponsored discussion Friday morning in Merrillville on the issue of substance abuse's impact on families.  The two-hour event begins at 10:00 a.m. at the IBEW Local 697 hall on Mississippi Street.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore has more on a decision by the Lake County Council to approve a vendor's bill for food for the County Jail as they review the Sheriff's Department bookkeeping procedures.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial adviser Greg Hammer joins us to talk about ways to make preparing and filing those income tax returns a little less stressful, including the top 20 deductions that all taxpayers should take advantage of.

Indiana Dunes Tourism executive director Lorelei Weimer tells us about the recent Certec report on the economic impact of travel and tourism to Porter County -- and you'll be surprised to hear just how much those tourist visits mean to the local economy.

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Today:  A conversation with city of Valparaiso Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp on two major 2017 projects: the implementation of the Bike Share program and efforts to create a larger parking lot for the city's Chicago Dash commuter bus service between Valparaiso and Chicago.  The Bike Share program is a joint project of the city and Valparaiso University.  The city is looking at buying and transforming much of the old Anco wiper blade factory site into a new bus depot and parking lot.