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NFIB in Indiana director Barbara Quandt is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the latest NFIB small business optimism index. 

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One of the biggest debates of the COVID-19 pandemic has been when and how to open school buildings without putting more people at risk of infection, and a recent study finds a smaller than expected relationship between in-person schooling and the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana communities.

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Experienced professionals may soon have another pathway to become teachers in Indiana, under a bill lawmakers say is designed to help combat the teacher shortage. 

Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about his latest "Eye on the Pie" columns about the Hoosier economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and other topics. 

Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about some of the events and protests over local and national issues.

Parents and Protestors Show Up in Support of LGBTQ Kids

Apr 14, 2021
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CHESTERTON - Over 200 people protested at Chesterton Middle School on Monday in support of the LGBTQ community.  The "Times" reports that's after Duneland school administrators directed three middle school teachers to take rainbow flags, and other affirming items, off of their walls.  The school corporation said there were complaints from parents and students that the items, “conflicted with their personal social and political beliefs.”

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Today:   NFIB in Indiana director Barbara Quandt is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the latest NFIB small business optimism index.  She notes that there is some optimism as the pandemic restrictions ease but Hoosier small business owners are still hampered by hiring issues.  IPB News reporter Jeanie Lindsay talks to Hoosier families about how they've adjusted their at-home learning, one year after the start of the pandemic.  And "Morning Edition" host and Indiana native Steve Inskeep talks with two members of Congress about a bipartisan effort to boost civics and history education, through a little financial incentive.

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Indiana surpassed 700,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday. After weeks of declining cases, the state is seeing a slow uptick.

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High school courses in areas including cosmetology and culinary arts will keep their state funding in a version of the budget approved by the Senate after language that would’ve cut their funding was removed from the current budget bill.

Northwest Indiana Sites Adjusting to J & J Pause

Apr 13, 2021
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UNDATED - Three vaccines sites in Northwest Indiana were giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the time the state was directed by federal health agencies to stop administering it.  Vaccine sites in Northwest Indiana and the rest of the state are making the necessary adjustments amid the pause on the J & J vaccine.

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Today:   Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about some of the events and protests over local and national issues.  Recent protests happened outside the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point and in Hobart. Dana Dornsife with the Lazarex Cancer Foundation will talk about the organization's Community IMPACT program to help improve health outcomes and disparities related to cancer. They hope to be able to expand it into the Chicagoland area.  And Indiana Youth Institute president-CEO Tami Silverman talks about Child Abuse Awareness Month.  She says there are signs that adults should know to help protect the safety and well-being of Hoosier children.  We also have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.

CHESTERTON - Miller Woods in Indiana Dunes National Park is once again open after a 425-acre wildfire that occurred earlier this month.

The wildfire began on Friday April 2nd. According to a Indiana Dunes National Park news release, fire crews from the National Park Service and US Forest Service battled the fire into late Friday evening. Crews returned to the fire area every day to ensure no hot spots remained and to begin the recovery process.

Here is Katie Eaton, president, Michigan City Chamber of Commerce.

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Today:    Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about his latest "Eye on the Pie" columns about the Hoosier economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and other topics.  Dr. Maggie Stevens and Tiffany Powell with "Foster Success" will also tell us about a new college readiness program coming to northwest Indiana that will benefit young people from foster homes, leading them to a  better transition to college.  Powell's been named as the director for the new program. And we have conversations with two  Hoosiers who've endured the pandemic for the past year -- a school bus driver from Valparaiso who also is a delivery person for Instacart, and a high school teacher from western Indiana.

Purdue University Northwest

HAMMOND, WESTVILLE - Nineteen Purdue University Northwest faculty members will begin the upcoming academic year with promotions, as approved Friday by the Purdue University Board of Trustees. The promotions are effective August 16th.

PNW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kenneth Holford says
the promoted faculty members demonstrated excellence as scholars and teachers, making important impacts in their chosen fields of study, and serving the university and the community.


NORTHWEST INDIANA -  There's some new leadership in place at one of the Region's hospitals.

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Today:   "Post-Tribune" freelance reporter Carrie Napoleon and "Times" reporter Mary Freda are on "Reporters' Roundtable" to talk about the stories they put out in print and online.  Carrie attended the first day of the mass vaccination clinic at Gary Roosevelt High School and she tells us about the event, along with other stories.   Mary's stories review some public comments made by Cedar Lake's fire chief and two public school district stories.  We also have a special edition of "Indiana Lawmakers" with Jon Schwantes and his guests, legislators who are working on the next two-year Indiana state government budget. 

Mareea Thomas / WNIN

Republican lawmakers want to require an extra check of a voter’s identification on absentee ballot applications. Supporters say it’s about election security. Opponents argue it will unfairly cost some Hoosiers their vote.

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Today:   Urban Land Institute member Christopher Kunz and ULI staffer Tom Eitler are on "Regionally Speaking" with details of a committee's final report to Hammond city officials on the upgrading of the downtown Hammond master plan.  The plan has been under discussion since 2019. (Pictured above is a view of State Street, taken in the 1950s.)  Another COVID-19 conversation from "Neighborhood Voice" is also on the program, about how Northwest Indiana Community Action, a social service agency, adapts to the needs of residents during the pandemic.  

NWI Times

LAKE  STATION - A two semi crash that happened at around 2 in the morning on Tuesday caused a 12-hour closure on I-94.

It happened at the 14.8 mile-marker.  An Indiana State Trooper, who was responding to another crash, saw a 2016 Volvo truck and semi-trailer rear end a FedEx truck that was pulling two semi-trailers.

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Today:   Steve Coxhead of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about Amtrak's plans to expand its nationwide routes with $80 billion from President Biden's infrastructure plan.  IPB News reporter Mitch Legan has a feature on diversity and the lack of it in the General Assembly and state politics in general.  Valparaiso University music professor Jeffrey Brown talks about this week's virtual Jazz Fest and VU civil engineering professor Jay Grossman talks about his continuing research into traffic signal detection systems this year that will come with an INDOT grant. The research will study if the  new technologies are as safe and efficient as current ones.

NWI Times

CHESTERTON -  After the prescribed fire and wildfire at the Indiana Dunes National Park on Friday, and with the increase in relative humidity and cloud cover on Monday, the National Park Service planned to burn approximately 239 acres of the Mnoke Prairie in Porter.

It's located on the west end of Beam Street and around the Dunes Learning Center.

For the last 20 years fire has been used as a primary tool for the restoration of rare tallgrass prairie in Northwest Indiana.

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Today:    "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Legislative Insight" newsletter creator and editor Ed Feigenbaum is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the latest topics coming out of the state's gaming industry and the 2021 General Assembly session.  Purdue Northwest honors student Kayla Vasilko joins us to tell us about a silent movie actress who was born in Michigan City -- and later became famous as an auto racing driver -- is the subject of an exhibit that is coming to the LaPorte County Historical Museum later this month, along with a documentary film about her.  And Phil Bauman with the Northwest Indiana Sympohony Orchestra talks about the first two concerts of the spring 2021 season, to be held both in-person and virtually.  

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb issues a veto threat. Senate Republicans drop a cigarette tax hike. And local health officials would be blocked from issuing stricter orders than the state.

Sharon Jackson, Show Host/Reporter / Lakeshore Public Radio

CHESTERTON - Indiana Dunes National Park is looking for volunteers for it first-ever Indiana Dunes Trash Trekkers Earth Day Cleanup.

Registration is now open.  This year’s cleanup is Thursday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe
says volunteers and park employees will work together to collect a winter’s worth of trash and debris.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about Financial Literacy Month, which is the month of April.  He has some tips and tools to help establish and maintain some healthy financial habits.  "Post-Tribune" freelance reporter Carole Carlson is with us to talk about her stories, including the news of a new mass vaccination site coming to the city of Gary.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete covers his recent stories in print and online from the Region business world. And we bring back our conversation about Meals On Wheels in northwest Indiana, with volunteer coordinator Charlie Misovye.

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CROWN POINT — A Gary woman has agreed to plead guilty to battery charges for allegedly attacking an elementary school teacher and a principal after her son went missing from school in 2018. Thirty-two-year-old Latashay Bonner agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to felony battery resulting in moderate bodily injury and misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury. A Lake County judge must accept the plea agreement, which also calls for Bonner to undergo anger management.


Today:  Michigan City Chamber of Commerce president Katie Eaton is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the next community job fair hosted by the Chamber, along with city and LaPorte County organizations and agencies, on April 13th at Blue Chip Casino.   We revisit our conversation with NIRPC executive director Ty Warner about a recent report on "e-commerce" in northwest Indiana.   And we also have another in our Reflections" series of conversations with Midwesterners and how their lives have been changed by the pandemic.  This feature is about an Indianapolis nurse.  


Today:    Indiana political analyst Andy Downs is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about what's happened or about to happen during the 2021 General Assembly session, including the review of bills for the next two-year state budget.  There are conversations on "Neighborhood Voice" from the Legacy Foundation and  from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University ,   Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Rebecca Thiele also has another "one year later" conversation during the COVID-19 pandemic -- this time she checks back with an Indianapolis supermarket butcher who contracted the virus since their first conversation.

AP News

GARY- A mass vaccination site is being placed in Gary by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Indiana.  U.S. Congressman Frank Mrvan and City of Gary Mayor Jerome Prince both commented on the initiative on Monday expressing their excitement.

Prince says the mass vaccination site will be a game-changer as we continue to fight this historic pandemic.  He thanked Congressman Mrvan, the State of Indiana, the city's federal partners and the Gary Community School Corporation for providing space at Roosevelt High School.