Local News

wish-tv

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.

Purdue Northwest & Lakeshore Public Media co-host topical discussion 2/28

HAMMOND, Ind. – Two Purdue University Northwest faculty members and an alumnus attorney will discuss in panel format “Executive Power & Legal Questions about Immigration” at 5 p.m., Tuesday (2/28) on PNW’s Hammond Campus.

 

The House passed legislation to allow people protected by restraining orders to carry a handgun without a license for up to 60 days.

The vote came after an hour of passionate, sometimes emotional debate on the House floor.

Proponents – including Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) – say the measure ensures the government doesn’t stand in the way of victims of domestic violence protecting themselves.

Reno Beranger | Pixabay

  

Today:  an update on recent heroin overdose deaths in LaPorte County and some insight into the opioid addiction problem from Dr. Chris Johnson, chief medical officer of Pinnacle Treatment Centers.  The company operates the RecoveryWorks residential center in Merrillville.  Dr. Johnson says many times, the problem begins with efforts to deal with alcohol abuse.

An update from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Becca Costello on the effort to establish syringe exchange programs across the state.

Baby Box Legalization Effort Advances In Senate

Feb 20, 2017

 

A Senate panel advanced a bill that sanctions the use of baby boxes in hospitals just one week after the same language couldn’t get enough support for a vote.

Indiana has two existing baby boxes, both in firehouses. The boxes are meant to be a more anonymous way for someone to leave an unwanted newborn. The Department of Child Services, DCS, has questioned their legality.

NWI Comic-Con

Julio Guerra talks with "Eye on the Arts" host John Cain, about the upcoming NWI Comic-Con, on February 25, 2017.

Gov. Eric Holcomb made his first visit as governor to East Chicago Friday to meet with residents and community leaders in the lead-contaminated community.

The Lake County Indiana Sheriff and the Lake County Council are at odds over the Sheriff’s budget. The council says for the past over the past four years the Sheriffs’s office has  gone way over budget and they want to know why. At the last council meeting they put a new oversight committee in place to figure out why and come up with solutions. Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore has the story.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will visit East Chicago on Friday to discuss his disaster declaration for the city’s ongoing lead contamination crisis.

Meanwhile, lawyers for residents being displaced by the contamination say the order doesn’t properly address the biggest concerns.

City of Valparaiso website

The city of Valparaiso is getting ready to launch a cooperative venture with Valparaiso University that will give students an opportunity to easily travel into the downtown business district from the VU campus. The city government is also taking the initial steps to obtain and transform an underused ex-factory site into, among other uses, a new depot and parking lot for the popular Chicago Dash bus service between Valparaiso and Chicago.  

LinkedIn

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.

Courtesy of Ken Page

Lakeshore Public Radio's series on Love and Finding Love continues, with author and psychotherapist Ken Page, author of the best-selling book "Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy."

Valentine's Day 2017.  Those who are in happy relationships may look forward to date night or getting that special Valentine's Day card from their significant other.  But what about those people who are concerned about their fears of getting close to others?  Page says Fear of Intimacy affects just about everyone--the key lies in what we do about it.

House Budget Proposal Eliminates Teacher Bonus Program

Feb 15, 2017

The Indiana House of Representatives revealed its first draft of the state budget for the next two years Wednesday, which eliminates the teacher bonus program and re-invests that money into general K-12 spending.

Independent Colleges of Indiana

There are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the announcement that St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer is closing at the end of this academic year for one year, as campus officials attempt to "re-engineer" the Catholic-affiliated college back to fiscal health.

Chris Nolte talked with Lafayette Journal and Courier opinions editor and columnist Dave Bangert about this topic.  The newspaper's devoted staff time as well as print and online space covering the announcement as well as the concerns of faculty, students, students' parents and alumni. 

A food pantry established at a Cedar Lake church almost three decades ago is now part of the entire south Lake County area. 

Project Love Food Pantry is part of the United Methodist Church's local mission of service.  Pastor Ken Puent was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about the facility, who it serves and with what items and how it's grown so quickly.  That growth is, in large part, because the local economy's shrunken.

Today:  Cedar Lake United Methodist Church pastor Ken Puent joins us to talk about the Project Love Food Pantry, a 28-year-old operation that has grown over the years -- in part, because the northwest Indiana economy's worsened with factory layoffs and the like -- into a food pantry that now serves the entire south half of Lake County.

ac5921d4-b3ac-402d-8afb-e3c39d06dbea
Matt Chaney / https://www.flickr.com/photos/vcucns/

Just days after a federal judge shut down a $54 billion merger between health insurers Anthem and Cigna on anti-competitive grounds, a Valentine’s Day move by Connecticut’s Cigna seeks to dump the Indianapolis-based company once and for all.

 

Airbnb Bill Passes House On Second Attempt

Feb 14, 2017

Lawmakers approved the so-called “Airbnb bill,” which bars local governments from banning short-term rentals, on its second attempt at passage in the House.

Some Indiana communities have sought to ban residents from renting out their homes, like through the website Airbnb. Rep. Matt Lehman’s (R-Berne) bill would prevent that, with some guidelines: for instance, people couldn’t rent out their homes for more than 180 days total in a year.

Governor's Office

Indiana's new Governor, Eric Holcomb, held his first news conference last week -- one month after being sworn into office.   Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about that first official meeting with the media. 

Gary-Chicago International Airport

Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman and a group of citizens attended Monday night's Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority's first public workshop on the Master Plan Update. She joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about issues were brought up that weren't related to the Master Plan -- but affect the Airport and the community at large. 

IU Northwest

Today:  Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman and a group of citizens attended Monday night's Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority's first public workshop on the Master Plan Update. She joined us to talk about what issues were brought up that weren't related to the Master Plan -- but affect the Airport and the community at large.  Ruth also talked about efforts underway at the Statehouse to force Lake County precinct changes, even though the County Election Board promised lawmakers that they'd make the changes themselves.

Report: School Funding Increases Lag For Low-Income Students

Feb 13, 2017

Recent changes to Indiana’s state school funding formula have improved equity, yet funding increases have been relatively smaller for school corporations serving the most low-income students, according to a new report from an Indiana University researcher.

The report, “Equity Analyses of the 2015-2017 Indiana School Funding Formula,” presents an analysis of changes in school funding, as well as its impact in whether districts with greater need receive additional support.

Steven Lattimore / Lakeshore Public Radio

Women consumers are making their mark on the auto industry. No where is that move evident than at the Chicago Auto Show. One of the largest trends in the industry is that women impact 85 percent of the decisions about purchasing in the average house hold. As Steven Lattimore reports this means that if you are not paying attention to the needs of women you will not make the sales that move cars off the lots.

Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto show draws car enthusiasts from across the country to see the latest trends and innovations, Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore takes shows us how innovations in steel manufacturing means a better future for steel workers in Northwest Indiana.

Baby Boxes Legalization Effort Halted In Committee

Feb 13, 2017

 

An effort to legalize baby boxes in Indiana was halted in a Senate committee hearing about the boxes, which are meant to provide mothers an extra layer of anonymity when dropping off unwanted newborns.

Gary-Chicago International Airport

The Gary-Chicago International Airport is planning for the future -- at least, the next ten years or so -- and the first of a series of public workshops will be held tonight (Monday, Feb 13) at 6:00 p.m. at the Airport Terminal offices for a presentation of the work done so far on a Master Plan Update.

The chairman of the Airport Authority, Stephen Mays, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the need for a Master Plan Update, the company conducting the workshops and the impact that an updated plan will have on northwest Indiana.  Here's the conversation.

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:   The Indiana Gaming Commission says monthly revenue at Indiana casinos decreased in January.  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor Ed Feigenbaum takes a look at why the northwest Indiana casinos didn't bring in as much. He also talks about a bill sponsored by State Rep. Todd Huston that -- if it passes and enacted into law -- would amend current law to eliminate the $3 floor admission tax.  That will mean a big hit in casino revenues to local governments.

Zukas

Peter Aglinskas talks with "Eye on the Arts" host John Cain about the upcoming Thursday Night Noir at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  Mark Swiderski, Lake County's E-911 Director, joins us to talk about a new tool that his department is offering police and fire departments to give them more information about the kinds of calls their crews handle, based on the information that dispatchers receive.  He also tells us about the number of calls taken in 2016 -- you'll be surprised to learn how many.  He also says their new reporting software says their busiest hours last year were: 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is declaring a disaster in a lead-contaminated neighborhood of East Chicago, Indiana. The order, announced Thursday, fulfills a request that former Gov. Mike Pence denied before he left office.

In the declaration, Holcomb says he’ll ask for federal assistance to relocate residents still living in the affected area. And those families say they need all the assistance they can get.

The 30-day emergency declaration spans the city’s 322-acre Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site, which includes the Calumet neighborhood and around 3,000 residents.

Pages