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NORTHWEST INDIANA - An Indiana State Trooper working on the Indiana Toll Road was unexpectedly called on to help deliver a baby.

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer, Sergeant Glen Fifield said in a news release that it happened on Friday at about 12:30 p.m., when a male truck driver requested assistance from Trooper Thomas Maymi.  

The driver told Maymi that his wife was pregnant and may be in labor.  Maymi advised dispatch to call for an ambulance, then went with the driver to his truck to check on the pregnant female.  

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Today:  NFIB For Indiana Director Barbara Quandt is on "Regionally Speaking" to give the latest on how Hoosier small businesses are coping in the pandemic, and on what state lawmakers are considering this session to help them survive.  We revisit our conversation with Lake County Democratic Party chief Jim Weiser on the Jan. 30th caucus at the Hammond Civic Center to choose a new North Twp. Trustee.   And Indiana Public Broadcasting's Gemma DiCarlo has a feature report on a research team at University of Notre Dame that has been tracking the presidential transition process.  Lakeshore Public Radio is carrying the inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C on Wednesday.

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A Pulaski County native was the last American working in the U.S. embassy in Iran who was taken hostage in November 1979 -- and released along with the 65 other hostages 444 days later, on January 20th, 1981 -- The release came just minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President.   And that happened 40 years ago tomorrow.

Former Lake County Councilman's Trial Delayed Again

Jan 15, 2021
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CROWN POINT - Former Lake County Councilman Jamal Washinton's trial for domestic battery has been continued for a third time.

The "Times" reports the 47 year-old Washington had been scheduled to go to trial in March.  He is accused of hitting Gary Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade and holding her against her will at her home for nearly 16 hours in January of 2019.

Washington's attorney, Michael Lambert, and Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Arnold both requested from the Judge that the trial be rescheduled because of issues with ongoing discovery.  

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Volunteers are needed at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

Sarah Barnard, Volunteer Coordinator for the Food Bank is asking for the help for a Mobile Market in East Chicago on Wednesday, January 20th.

Barnard says COVID-19 has driven up the need for the Food Bank's services.

"We are currently operating at heightened capacity, at an increase of about sixty percent of our normal distribution because of COVID response," Barnard says. "

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Today:   "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden is on "Regionally Speaking" with an update on the stories from the 2021 General Assembly session that he's put out in print and online.   Hoosier Environmental Council chief executive Jesse Kharbanda is also on the program with a look at what environmental bills the HEC is watching closely this session.  Gary native Montia Gardner is also on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about an important educational online conversation on Monday, Jan. 18 on what's called CRP.

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SCHERERVILLE - A Matteson, Illinois, police officer who crashed her car along U.S. 30 in Schererville is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Schererville Town Court.

According to information the "Times" obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Schererville police arrested 32 year-old Stacey J. Vander Kam on November 28th on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.

Vander Kam allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol at the Bullpen Luxury Bar and Grill before leaving to drive home.  

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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.

PORTER COUNTY - A county judge cited a conflict, but didn't elaborate on what it was, in his decision to decline on hearing a civil dispute over a local affordable housing project.

The "Times" reports Porter Superior Court Judge Mike Fish, who took over for retired Judge Roger Bradford, said in his order of recusal that the two sides in the dispute have seven days to agree on a new judge or a special judge will be appointed.

The case is JJD Properties versus Valparaiso Board of Zoning Appeals, Housing Opportunities and Neighbors Corp.

Purdue University Northwest

Today:   We continue our conversations with leaders of northwest Indiana higher education institutions with Purdue University Northwest Chancellor Thomas Keon.  We also speak with Robert Blaszkiewicz with Franciscan Health Northern Division about the next distribution of coronavirus vaccines, this time for seniors age 80 and older.  Appointments can be made online or by calling 211.   We also have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, this time with someone who is very knowledgable about properties in the city of Gary and the importance of neighborhoods. 

Lakeshore Public Radio

Today:  Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk in detail about the Jan. 30 North Township caucus at the Hammond Civic Center to select a new Township Trustee, to fill the vacancy left by now-Congressman Frank Mrvan.   PNC Financial Services economist Abbey Omodunbi, joins us for our monthly conversation on the northwest Indiana and national economic outlooks.  And former "Lakeshore News Tonight" anchor-reporter  -- now a videojournalist with the Associated Press -- Hilary Powell talks about her assignment covering last week's Washington DC political rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol.    

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(HAMMOND) -- A precinct committee member caucus will be held on Saturday morning, January 30th, at the Hammond Civic Center, to select someone to fill the North Township Trustee post once held by Frank Mrvan.  There were nearly two years left on Mrvan's term of office, when he was sworn in as Congressman.

MERRILLVILLE - Lakeshore Public Radio spoke with State Senator Karen Tallian on Wednesday, the day chaos broke out at the U.S. Capitol.  The lawmaker, who is from Ogden Dunes, said while Indianapolis was fairly quiet on Wednesday, with only a few protestors circling the Statehouse in loud, noisy trucks waving the flag, the incidents Wednesday in Washington D.C., in which riots broke out just make you sick, as she put it.

Tallian says Wednesday's events in Washington are an embarrassment to this entire country.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - In response to protestors and rioters storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (January 6th), Indiana University Professor Emerita, Ruth Needleman says the incident was predictable.

"Because we have a president who has been calling for insurrection, who has refused to accept the fact that he lost by millions and millions of votes, the election, and then there's this core of senators and congressmen including our own, Braun, who refuse to recognize the democratic process and the institutions that are there," Needleman says.

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Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable" program, Indiana Public Broadcastng's Katy Anderson talks with political analyst Andy Downs about Wednesday's chaos on Capitol Hill and the impact that it may have on American politics.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has a report on the upcoming Bishop Noll Institute entrance exam, scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at the Catholic-affiliated high school in Hammond. And Inside Indiana Business reporter Mary-Rachel Redman visited the city of Gary and spokes to city officials and residents about "Dear Ole Roosevelt" -- Gary Roosevelt High School, one of three high schools in the state that was built for Black childrens' education.  The school is now on Indiana Landmarks' latest list of Most Endangered Buildings.

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Ken Iwama is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the university in 2020 and a look ahead to 2021. He reviewed the response to the COVID pandemic and its impact on higher education.  Side Effects Public Media's Farah Yousry has a report about the lengths that some diabetics will go, to make sure they have the insulin they need to stay alive. And we bring back a conversation about a new addition to the LaPorte County Public Library's community services: a way to offer education that can lead to high-skilled, good-paying jobs.

Bishop Noll Institute

HAMMOND - For students making the transition from Middle School into High School; Bishop Noll Institute is hosting an entrance exam at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 23 at the school at   1519 Hoffman St. in Hammond.  Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson talks to Jeff Stur, Bishop Noll's director of admissions, about the test, tuition, student population and diversity at the the longtime Catholic School.

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Today:   Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of the "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Legislative Insight" newsletters, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the latest Indiana gaming industry news including the local casinos -- and about the 2021 General Assembly session that just began this week in Indianapolis. We also have Jim Ventura, the CEO of Maya Energy LLC, which is building a solid waste and recyclables processing facility on Gary's west edge.  Plans call for a 156,000 square foot building to accept and process up to 1,600 tons of municipal waste and construction and demolition waste for reuse each year.  Land surveying and preparation just began on the site and Maya Energy anticipates its opening late this year.

Bishop Noll Institute

HAMMOND- For students making the transition from Middle School into High School; Bishop Noll Institute is hosting an entrance exam at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 23 at the school at   1519 Hoffman St. in Hammond.

According to Bishop Noll's director of admissions, Jeff Stur, the entrance exam is the first step in the admissions process for all 8th graders who have not taken the entrance exam and are interested in attending Bishop Noll.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seats for this exam are limited.  Parents must pre-register their child on the Bishop Noll website.

Lakeshore Public Radio

Today:   Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman joins us to talk about the issues of 2020 and a look ahead (including two new organizatons' Zoom meetings coming up) in 2021.  Side Effects Public Media reporter Farah Yousry has a feature report on the importance of making sure that diabetics get the best food possible, even during a pandemic.  And we bring back, for one last time, our in-studio conversation with Indiana University Northwest professors Charles Hobson and Micah Pollak on a look into a study (assisted by their colleague Bala Arshanapali) on military-friendly businesses... and they learned that the business of hiring veterans is, indeed, good business.

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Today:  We bring you three conversations from 2020 -- two of them focusing on the efforts by St. Joseph's College trustees and administrators to follow through on the plan to revitalize the Catholic-affiliated college.   First, we speak with executive director William Carroll, and then with alumnus and Texas businessman Mark Zwartinski, who offered the Board of Trustees an ambitious plan of action.  We also have our conversation with former legislator and Indiana University professor Jill Long Thompson, who wrote a book titled "The Character of American Democracy," published by I.U. Press. Dr. Thompson began her political career as a Valparaiso City Councilperson.

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Today:  The recent COVID-19 stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by the President will have an impact on Hoosier foster youth as they leave their foster homes and move on toward adulthood.  Dr. Maggie Stevens, president and CEO of Indianapolis-based "Foster Success," talks with us about the provisions of the bill that can best assist them.  We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, this time a young Black talks about trying to make friends, after moving into a new neighborhood.  Ty Warner with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission talks about a recent report entitled "E-commerce in Northwest Indiana."  It's a report that addresses in more detail the dynamic shifts in the local economy.  And Pangere Corp. safety supervisor Don Babcock tells us more about a recent educational collaboratin with a Purdue University Northwest professor to offer students a way to be better prepared for careers after graduation.

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Today:  State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the issues coming up in the 2021 General Assembly session -- a session that is not only a biennial budget-writing session but one marked by revenue concerns due to COVID-19.  Tammi Davis with the Gary Sanitary District is also a member of an Indiana advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  She tells us about an in-depth report on environmental injustice dealing with lead poisoning in Indiana -- a topic of great interest in northwest Indiana. And we have another edition of "Neighborhood Voice" minority business owner conversations from the Legacy Foundation, as Erica Fizer talks to a Hammond cafe owner.

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Today:   Toya Dumas Robinson, CEO of Metropolitan Oasis CDC, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the organization founded by her late father in Gary and the new program that the Indiana DCS is asking the organization to do.   We also bring you edited highlights of Wednesday's ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Cline Avenue toll bridge in East Chicago.  The structure, planned and built over the past five years, was described by the contractor as the “Gateway of Lake County.”  It takes the place of a defective Cline Avenue bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal that was demolish

City of Gary

GARY - The city of Gary is activating its warming centers with the upcoming cold weather that's moving into the area, once the outside temperature drops to 32 degrees and below.

Michael Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the city of Gary says several Gary city employees worked together to provide the needed service even with the new challenges this year.

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GARY - Gary Health Commissioner Dr. Roland Walker got a COVID-19 vaccination Friday morning at Methodist Hospital-Northlake.

Walker said he wants to demonstrate the importance and value of the vaccination to African-Americans, Hispanics and other people of color.

Michael Gonzalez, City of Gary Communications Director says Walker wanted to put people in his community at ease about the vaccine and has been a leader in keeping the residents of Gary informed during this entire pandemic.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point, Hammond and Michigan City are going to start inoculating health care workers.  

Robert Blaszkiewicz, Communications and Media Relations Specialist for Franciscan Health - Northern Division, says the three Franciscan locations are among the hospitals designated to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

"We have received our initial doses of vaccine," Blaszkiewicz says. "And so we are ready to being vaccinating front line health care workers tomorrow on Friday."  

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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.   

3 Floyds Brewpub to Remain Closed Permanently

Dec 16, 2020
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MUNSTER - A Northwest Indiana icon has decided to stay closed permanently.  

The "Times" reports 3 Floyds' owner Nick Floyd and his team has decided to permanently close its landmark brewpub in Munster, which has been a major draw to Northwest Indiana for years.

3 Floyds wrote in a letter to investors that the pandemic has not been kind to the restaurant industry including them.

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