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Today:  Valparaiso University administrator Byron Martin is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the annual (held virtually this year) celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (pictured here in Indiana) on April 7th.  This year's program is entitled "Lessons from the Movement."  Reporter/host Sharon Jackson speaks with a motivational speaker who is coming to Indiana University Northwest.  Ivy Tech Community College  Lake County drector of student life Iris Sanchez and board member Jena Belleza talk about the 8-week-long "Student Success" course for parents of middle schoolers at the Charter School of the Dunes.  It offers help for parents who may never have gone to college what the benefits of college education can be for their children. And Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Rebecca Thiele checked back  with janitor Dennis Osborn (to whom she first spoke at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic), to see how he's doing, one year later.

GARY - A motivational speaker, who was homeless after dropping out of high school will be giving a virtual talk to help inspire students for IU Northwest.   Roy Juarez Jr. the CEO of ImpactTruth, a human development company, will impart to students the true importance of higher education. Juarez Jr. says he will use his personal story growing up as a homeless teenager to convey the message, which includes the day his life took a turn when he snuck into a hotel to eat.

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GARY- Gary Mayor Jerome Prince Wednesday again encouraged city residents to get any of the three available COVID-19 vaccinations to help Gary make strides in the fight against the pandemic.

Prince said in a news release that he received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine during a mass vaccination event at Calumet New Tech High School Sunday and that it was important to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and to set an example of leadership in Gary.  He also is calling on other city elected officials to get vaccinated.

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Today:   Immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada is back on "Regionally Speaking" with the latest on immigration issues across the nation and in northwest Indiana.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson reports on what the Governor had to say on Tuesday afternoon  about the path that the Hoosier State is taking out of the pandemic. And Side Effects Public Media reporter Natalie Krebs has another report in our "Reflections" series of conversations about people dealing with the pandemic. This report focuses on hospitals and healthcare workers.

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Today:    Valparaiso University President Jose Padilla (shown here during his first official day's visit out on campus) is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about himself, his new position as the university's president and his vision for the future of the university.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Pria Mahadevan has a feature on the challenges that Hoosier childcare providers are facing during the pandemic.  We talk with Susan Ticen, the operations manager of Purdue University's Surplus Operation, to find out more about the facility on the West Lafayette campus and what items are brought in from campus buildings -- including Purdue Northwest -- for sale to the public.  What they sell may surprise you.  And we have more conversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.

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Today:   PNC Financial Services Group economist Abbey Omodunbi is on "Regionally Speaking" with his monthly report on the local and national economies, and with news of what PNC economists learned from interviewing  small- and mid-sized businesses across the country on whether they will be permanently changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Gemma DiCarlo has a feature on House Bill 1367, a measure that was supposed to focus on just a local education issue, but ended up bringing both controversy and confrontation between Black legislators and their Republican colleagues.  And Lakeshore PBS production chief Tony Santucci joins us to talk about the new season of "Eye On The Arts" and "In Studio," both programs beginning this week.  He says there are some changes in the "Eye On The Arts"  television program format.

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Hoosiers 40 and older can now register for appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Indiana Department of Health announced Saturday. 

Dairy Belle Coming to Dyer

Mar 18, 2021
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DYER - Dairy Belle is coming to Dyer.  It's opening next to Pop's on U.S. 30, about three miles west of its existing location on U.S. 30 in Schererville.

The new ice cream parlor in Dyer will be around 1,800-square-feet with indoor seating, an outdoor patio and a drive-thru.  It will be the first Dairy Belle to occupy a newly constructed location, and it will be open year-round.  The Dyer location is projected to be open by mid-summer.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   On this "Reporters Roundtable" Thursday,  NIPSCO communications manager Joshauna Nash is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about several programs available through the Merrillville-based utility for customers to pay their bills if they've fallen behind, now that the statewide moritorium on disconnecting utility services during winter months has ended.  State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) talks about the passage of House Enrolled Act 1006 -- one of the most important bills to pass the Legislature this session and is headed for the Governor's office.  The police reform measure includes de-escalation training for officers and a proper use-of-force training program.  "Indianapolis Star" Statehouse reporter Kaitlyn Lange comes on from the capital to talk about her stories in print and onlne this week.  They address concerns about courts charging people over age 21 for child molestation acts committed as teenagers.  One story focuses on the Senate committee hearing this week reviewing the measure.  

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Today:  Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana president Matt Schuffert is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the new casino complex going up on I-80-94 and Burr Street in Gary.  Grand opening is coming soon.  "Post-Tribune" colummnist-writer Phil Potempa talks about the new film in production about the life of Belle Gunness. "The Farm" is being supported locally, directed by indy film director Tom Logan and stars Tracy Lords as the infamous LaPorte murderess.  And Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Justin Hicks offers a feature about a Valparaiso woman who works during the pandemic as both a school bus driver and an Instacart personal shopper... and confronted her personal fears to help keep schools and businesses open.

Purdue University Northwest

Today:  Tim Winders, vice-chancellor at Purdue University Northwest, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the virtual discussion program he's moderating on March 22nd. It's another in the virtual series of “On The Other Side” on cybersecurity, and it features local businesspeople as well as on-campus speakers.  Before that conversation, we talk with Indiana University Northwest associate vice-chancellor Cynthia O’Dell, who is coordinating “A Celebration of Faculty Research” this Friday morning.  Ten faculty members will present a series of eight-minute TEDx-style talks to enlighten the campus and community about the important work and impact of faculty scholarship.  We also feature another conversation in our "Reflections" series on Midwesterners whose lives were changed by COVID-19, and  with Indiana Youth Institute president-CEO Tami Silverman on the difficult issues facing Hoosier youth during the pandemic.

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HAMMOND-Two brothers who owned a trucking company and received $13,000 from former Portage Mayor James Snyder can now testify without the worry of prosecution.

The "Times" reports U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly on Monday granted immunity to Robert and Stephen Buha.

The immunity is good as long as the Buhas don't commit perjury, give false statements or fail otherwise to comply with the order.  It is not known when the Buhas will be called to testify.

GARY -  Gary Mayor Jerome Prince may use federal COVID-19 relief money to improve infrastructure in the city.  On Friday Prince said he will form a planning team to potentially use the $83 million relief package funds to improve infrastructure throughout Gary, set up a reserve fund, and to generate new sources of revenue for the City.

Prince said the planning team will develop a comprehensive spending plan to get the most out of the relief funds and will study the legislation to ensure each step is in line with legislators’ intent.

MERRILLVILLE - Frank Mrvan, First District Member of Congress, had a conversation with Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter Sharon Jackson about his new role as congressman, his top concerns and what he's working on currently.  The talk took place just before the American Rescue Plan (the COVID-19 relief package) was passed.  Mrvan also discussed his desire to help union members, steel workers, teachers and veterans. Here is that conversation.

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Today:   Northwest Indiana "Times" prep sports reporter James Boyd is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about his nomination for the Associated Press Sports Editors' contest for a long-form feature and a "Times" project last year.   He goes into detail for us about his nominated stories.   Final placements for the top 10 nominations will be announced soon.  Carrie Napoleon with the "Post-Tribune" is also on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday to talk about her recent stories in print and online.  They include a feature on a northwest Indiana woman who survived COVID-19, but is still having problems.  And "Off Mic" host Michael Puente talks with the lady who is behind the "Gary For Life" project. 

Indiana Rental Assistance Applications Now Open

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Hoosiers in need of help paying their rent can now apply to the state for assistance.

LAKE COUNTY - Lake Area United Way has a new interim President & CEO.  Megan Sikes, Community Engagement Director for Lake Area United Way, says David Nicole, who is a native of Fort Wayne, has been named to the position.  He spent almost 20 years in the United Way Network.

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Jim Ventura of Maya Energy LLC, the company that is building a municipal solid waste and recycling processing facility on Gary's far west side.  Andy Campbell and Tara MacElmurry with NIPSCO talk about the "Your Energy, Your Future" renewable energy initiative,  beginning with two new wind turbine farms which are now online in northwest Indiana.  And we have another conversation in our series of conversations called "Reflections," on peoples' key moments in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  This one is with the woman who was the first COVID-related  double lung-transplant recipient. 

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Today:   Northwest Indiana immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada is on "Regionally Speaking" with the latest on local and national immigration issues, with his views on the potential changes coming from a change in presidential adminstrations.   We also have the first conversation in a series of conversations called "Reflections," on peoples' key moments in dealing with COVID-19.  And South Shore Clean Cities executive director Carl Lisek comes on the program to talk about the statewide expansion for the clean transportation organization, to take place this year.  It's being endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy through its expansion of Clean Cities outreach activities.

GARY- Gary Police Officers responded at about 10:25 Monday morning to the 5100 block of Georgia Street for a death investigation. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered an unresponsive infant male.

Officers immediately began trying to resuscitate the child. Gary Medics arrived and took over the care of the child while transporting him to the hospital.

Gary P.D. Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Dawn Westerfield said in a news release that all efforts were exhausted, but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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Today:   Beth Shrader, the city of Valparaiso's planning and transit director, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the just-released comprehensive housing market study.  We have a "Facebook scam alert" from the Indiana State Police, and northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us to talk about a special anniversary observance. March 16th marks one year since the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its largest drop in history.  And NIRPC chief transportation planner Mitch Barloga tells us about the northwest Indiana recipients of the state’s second round of Next Level grants to trail projects, including the Veterans Memorial Trail and Marquette Greenway. 

NORTHWEST INDIANA INFLUENTIAL WOMEN ASSOCIATION

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch is set to share her perspectives on complex professional issues at the upcoming "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" webinar, being held Wednesday, March 10th.  It is hosted by the Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association.  

Association & Event Manager, Stephanie Vandiver says the web series is intended to help professionals empower their careers.  Each event features an accomplished guest presentation and a candid question-and-answer session.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Congressman Frank Mrvan, of the 1st District of Indiana says passing the American Recovery Act is the most important aspect of his job currently.   He says making sure that congress has money going back to the cities, towns and states and making sure that schools have the funding to reopen is of key importance.

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Today:   "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the stories he's put out in print and online, including one about Southlake Mall in Hobart and another on the growing number of "dollar stores" in the Region.   Meals On Wheels NWI volunteer director Charlie Misovye talks about the organization and how you can get involved as a volunteer. It serves residents in Lake and Porter Counties, with the most urgent needs these days in Hammond, Gary, Miller, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, Portage, and Lowell.

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MERRILLVILLE - First graders from Fieler Elementary School in Merrillville are having their own March Madness through reading.

The experience is courtesy of their teacher, Miss Talian.  She set up a bracket with 16 books, and each student gets to choose the winning book in each bracket.

A virtual bracket posted in their Google Classroom has a read aloud for each book linked to the document, so students can listen to stories before they cast their votes on Fridays.

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Today:   Bill Hanna, the chief executive officer for the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about his role with the Foundation and its support of Lake and Porter County community projects and programs that promote health, wellness and offer economic development support.  Indiana University Northwest vice chancellor for university advancement and external affairs Jeri Pat Gabbert has an update on the just-completed I.U. Bicentennial campaign that's raised $10 million for the Gary campus.  She talks about the campaign's impact on the northwest Indiana community. And we bring back our conversation with Maya Energy LLC executive Jim Ventura about the solid waste and recyclables processing plant that will be built on Gary's west side.  Construction work on the site will begin soon.

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) officially launched his bid for another six years in the U.S. Senate.

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