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Today:  East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland offered his 2016 "State of the City" this week and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore attended the event and has a report, along with comments from the mayor.

The Lake County Council is thinking about making some changes in the amount it is setting aside as its contribution to the South Shore Line expansion project and it may be much less than earlier committed.

 

Republicans rejected several attempts by Democrats Wednesday to increase pre-k funding as they voted down proposed amendments to the budget.

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Valparaiso University will host “Bring it to the Table,” a documentary film screening and discussion with Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur for its second annual Dialogue and Discernment event Thursday evening at the Helge Center.

Winokur was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about the documentary, which will be shown on campus at 7:00 p.m. before her "table talk."   She launched her production company Talking Eyes Media in 2002 as a way to focus on creating visual media that catalyzes positive social change.

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Today:   Julie Winokur, the documentary filmmaker is the featured speaker for the second annual "Dialogue and Discernment" program Thursday evening at the the Helge Center, adjacent to the Chapel of the Resurrection of Valparaiso University.  Julie talks about her film "Bring It to the Table" and what she'll discuss after the 7:00 p.m. screening. 

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Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman came back into the "Regionally Speaking" studio on Tuesday to talk about a Friday mid-morning vigil planned for the parking lot of the Gary-Chicago International Airport to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights of undocumented immigrants out of the region. 

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Today:  Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is back in the studio to talk about a Friday mid-morning vigil at the parking lot of the Gary-Chicago International Airport to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights of undocumented immigrants out of the region.  ICE brings them into the Airport from Kankakee, under a compact with the city signed years ago by two former mayors.    Needleman also talks about plans by the Gary Common Council to support those affected by ICE's efforts to lead detainees toward deportation.

Parental Notification Of Abortion Bill Clears House

Apr 4, 2017

The House approved a bill adding rules to parental consent and notification of abortion…even as some Democrats raised new issues with the measure.

Underage girls can go to court to bypass their parents and get consent for an abortion. This session’s legislation says if the judge grants that consent, the judge must also decide whether the girl’s parents should be notified.

The City of Gary is helping anyone who wants to start a food business. They have a culinary food incubator and clients are raving about the valuable help they're getting from a successful food business in Northwest Indiana. Steven Lattimore has more.

Muncie Schools Added to Bill Despite District Opposition

Apr 3, 2017

An Indiana House committee has voted to amend a bill that if passed would allow a state takeover of Muncie Community Schools to right its financial crisis.

The House Ways and Means Committee added the Muncie school district to a bill that already passed the Senate. It would allow a state takeover of Gary Community School Corporation, for financial reasons, and Committee Chair Republican Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) extended it to include Muncie Community Schools.

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The Lake County Sheriff's Department is partnering with the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Indiana state Department of Health to set up a special screening program inside the County Jail. 

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to explain how his Jail medical staff will find and document any inmates -- either at the Intake Center or inside the Jail itself -- who have HIV or Hepatitis C.  Many have contracted the viruses through illegal intravenous drug use.

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Today:  Post-Tribune columnist-writer-public radio host Jerry Davich is in the studio to talk about his new book  "Crooked Politics in Northwest Indiana."  In it, Jerry looks into the political culture that involved secret handshakes, tapped telephone lines, backroom deals and -- in some cases -- murder. 

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John Cain, host of "Eye on the Arts," talks with Marion Kellum about "Lillian," telling the Dillinger-era story of Lillian Holley, Lake County’s Woman Sheriff. 

Environmental Protection Agency representatives fielded questions over the weekend about clean-up of a lead-contaminated Superfund site in East Chicago, Indiana.

Most of the questions centered around identifying contractors, the timeline of work, and details of what remediation entails. On March 21, the EPA announced a new settlement to pay for clean-up efforts in Zones 2 and 3 of the Superfund.

Donnelly Announces Support For Trump Nominee Gorsuch

Apr 2, 2017

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced Sunday he’ll vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Donnelly becomes the third Democrat to back Judge Neil Gorsuch.

In a statement, Donnelly said after meeting with Gorsuch, he believes the Trump nominee is qualified and well respected.

Although Donnelly says he’s disappointed President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, wasn’t considered by the GOP-controlled Senate last year, the Hoosier Democrat says, “I can only vote on the nominee that comes to the … floor.”

In East Chicago the deadline for residents to move out of the lead contaminated West Calumet Housing Project is fast approaching. As Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore reports, some residents are still wondering where they are going to live and feel they are running out of options.

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Three Indiana University Northwest faculty members creating a medical humanities curriculum for the Gary campus, as well as at IU South Bend and IU Kokomo, are one of the winners of the inaugural IU Regional Campus Grand Challenges Initiative. 

Grand Challenges are defined in IU's Strategic Plan as "major and large-scale problems" facing humanity that can "only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researcher." 

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Today:   Indiana University Northwest professors Susan Zinner, Jonathyne Briggs and  Monica Solinas-Saunders, on their "Health Studies Consortium" project that is a winner of the first "IU Regional Campus Grand Challenge Initiative."  The program awards regional campus faculty members who use multidisciplinary efforts to address complex challenges to their communities.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this story was published, federal officials have said that West Calumet families with nowhere else to go will now have until Monday, April 3, to appeal their temporary housing assignments before they’re forced to move. This story has been updated to reflect this change, and we’ll keep following the situation as it develops. 

Today:   We revisit our conversation with Purdue University Northwest Chancellor Thomas Keon, on the Hammond and Westville campus unification effort that earned PNW an Innovator award from the Society  of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.

WalletHub.com analyst Jill Gonzalez talks about where Indiana stands on the latest Best and Worst State Taxpayer Return On Investment list.  It's about halfway in the pack, so to speak, of U.S. states' governments and how efficient they are on spending tax revenues.

An Accident Most "Fowl"

Mar 28, 2017

A wild turkey decided to take on an SUV Tuesday morning in Laporte County-and inevitably lost the battle. La Porte County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the incident on US 20 near Wilhelm Road. As deputies arrived, they found a black 2016 GMC Yukon with a large wild turkey encased in the center of the windshield with shattered glass strewn all over the inside of the vehicle.

The vehicle was being driven by John Taraboczhia who was traveling with his wife, Corina, teenage son Ian and mother-in-law Maria Scrivanich.

Senate Changes Road Funding Bill, Adds New Fees

Mar 28, 2017

Senate lawmakers put their own stamp on this session’s comprehensive road funding bill while keeping the measure’s primary tax increase intact.

After amendments in a Senate committee, the road funding bill still increases the gas tax by 10 cents. Now, that increase would happen over two years – 5 cents a year. The diesel fuel tax would only go up six cents, instead of 10, also over two years.

The new $15 annual fee for all vehicles is unchanged; the Senate added a $100 annual fee on all commercial vehicles and a $5 fee on all new tire purchases.

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With the new challenges in the fight against drugs, brought on by the Opiod addiction epidemic, the operation of the undercover Porter County Drug Court is changing hands from the Porter County Prosecutors Office to the Sheriff's Department.  Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel says since the Sheriff's Department has taken an expanded role in battling the drug problem in Porter County through the Heroin Overdose Response Team and through several federal initiatives, it was decided that now was an appropriate time to combine all the efforts within the Sheriff's department.  Gense

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Work will begin soon on construction of a major Sportsplex here in northwest Indiana, one that could be the state's largest when it is completed next year.  It will be built on some of the land that was at one time the Woodmar Shopping Center.

Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the ideas behind the plans for a facility that can support several athletic events in one place.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. joins us to talk about the plans for a major Sportsplex to be built on some of the former Woodmar Shopping Center site.  When it's finished next summer, it'll be a building that the Mayor says will be larger than the state's largest similar structure, in the Indianapolis suburb of Westfield.   McDermott also updates us on the consent decree the city signed with U.S. EPA and IDEM that addresses compliance with orders to resolve sewage overflows into the Little Calumet and Grand Calumet Rivers.

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John Cain talks with Gloria Tuohy, of the Indiana Ballet Theatre, about their ongoing project in rehabbing the Classical Arts Centre.

Great Lakes Programs Slashed Under Trump Budget

Mar 24, 2017

 

The health of the Great Lakes is in danger, according to statewide lawmakers and environmental leaders, due to budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest system of freshwater lakes and the federal government currently spends around $300 million protecting them. Under President Trump’s proposed budget, that spending would be reduced to $5 million.

U.S Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) says that money wasn’t being wasted.

Remaining residents of a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago are gearing up for a fight about the city’s plans to relocate them.

Sixty-seven families still lived in West Calumet Housing Complex as of Wednesday. It’s less than a quarter of the original residents in the neighborhood, which sits in a federal Superfund site and is slated for demolition, pending federal approval.

Indiana schools stand to lose about $56 million for teacher training and after school programs for low-income students, under proposed budget cuts by President Donald Trump’s administration.

Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, says the proposed budget would be “a big hit” to the state. She says cuts would hamper efforts to attract teachers, stifle new programs under a new federal education law and reduce programs for low-income students.

Holcomb Now Backing Federal Health Care Bill

Mar 23, 2017

Governor Eric Holcomb says he’s backing the federal health care reform bill after expressing concerns about the measure only last week.

Methodist Hospitals and Franciscan Alliance are considering becoming northwest Indiana's largest healthcare provider, if the details can be worked out and regulators approve the proposal. A non-binding letter of intent was signed this week by the two.

Ray Grady, the President and CEO of the Gary-based system, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday to talk  about the months-long process of finding a partner -- what will now happen over the next six months -- and what becoming part of the Franciscan Alliance system can bring to the future of northwest Indiana healthcare.

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