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Today:  Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, the president and CEO at Edgewater Health, is with us to talk about the guest column she wrote for the "Post-Tribune" entitled "The Pandemic, The Police and Politics."    It is a column with her thoughts on the issues of  the coronavirus crisis, racial disparity, relations between minorities and police and the political conditions of the day.  Julie Wendorf, director of the Crown Point Community Library, joins us to talk about the reopening of the Crown Point and Winfield branches on June 15th when the governor's plan allowed it to happen.  The Lake County Public Library is going through the reopening process right now, with the Merrillville branch to reopen on Monday.  And Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy talks about his city's ongoing efforts toward equality with established organizations working with police and citizens, how the community's coping during the COViD-19 pandemic and the city's  big plans for the July 4th holidays.

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Indiana universities and companies will not be able to bring many skilled international professors and researchers to the state until 2021 due to an executive order from President Donald Trump designed to protect American jobs. 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers unveiled a criminal justice reform plan that mandates new training for police, shifts funding to social services and decriminalizes marijuana.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 27 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,377. The state announced nearly 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 426,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Today:   We revisit our conversations with Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser and Republican Party chairman Dan Dernulc about the June 2nd primary election that was marked by the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic:  the shift, for many, to vote-by-mail and how candidates had to focus more on social media instead of in-person campaigning.  "Post-Tribune" columnist Phil Potempa joins us to talk about the observance this week of the 1918 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train wreck on tracks between Gary and Hammond and the horrendous fire that led to 86 deaths and 127 injuries.  The victims, many of them unidentifiable because of their burns, were buried at "Showmen's Rest," in an Illinois cemetery.  The wreck happened on June 22nd, 1918.

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It’s safe to say there have been other things on Hoosiers’ minds than the environment these days. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the health of Indiana residents, but also jobs and local economies. Meanwhile, people across the country are protesting acts of violence by police officers against black men and women. 

State To Hold Hearings On Fish & Wildlife Rule Changes

Jun 22, 2020
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The state is considering a number of big rule changes regarding fish and wildlife. Among other things, the Natural Resources Commission will consider adding the ruffed grouse and the cisco to the state endangered species list. 

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Indiana’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children will adopt an equity guide in the coming weeks that will help steer its decision-making.

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Today:    Robert Blaszkiewicz with Franciscan Health has an update today on how the healthcare facilities are holding up, during the pandemic. He also tells about a blood drive to be held Tuesday at Bulldog Park in Crown Point.  Northwest Indiana political activist Ruth Needleman is also with us, to discuss the protests and their local impact, the cases reviewed by and handed down from the U.S. Supreme Court and some of the documentaries she's watched while at home.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate fell more than 5 percent in May according to data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. However, the same report revised April’s rate upwards from what was already a record high. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 23 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,350. The state announced more than 42,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 412,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 39 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,304. The state announced more than 41,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 384,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable," we talk to "Times" reporter Mary Freda about the protest-related stories she's written for print and online -- including one that has the views of Region officials and residents as to what comes after the protests.  "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson just finished her attendance at today's virtual meeting of the DUAB, and has the latest on the state board and its contract with MGT Consulting, the firm that is emergency manager for the Gary Community Schools.  "Off Mic" host Michael Puente has a feature on the calls for policing reform and how they pertain to the city of Gary.

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The spread of COVID-19 seems to be slowing down in Indiana – that’s according to the latest results in a statewide study of the virus, led by the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

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Indiana will not cut funding for K-12 schools, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb. At a press conference Wednesday, he said the state's budget for K-12 schools approved by lawmakers in 2019 will remain on track, despite revenue shortfalls spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Northwest Indiana casinos are once again open after being shut down for three months due to the Coronavirus pandemic and visitors need patience to navigate the new system.

The Region's five gambling facilities opened Monday and visitors were faced with long lines from the road, in the parking garage and at the door, to be in compliance with state-mandated COVID-19 safety policies.  

They also were given temperature checks, as required by the Indiana Gaming Commission to identify visitors with a fever, which can be a sign of COVID-19 infection.

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Franciscan Health's  Dr. Erica Kauffman West about a study on how well "convalescent plasma" can treat coronavirus patients.  Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer is back to talk about the public school referenda questions on the June 2nd primary election ballot, an election changed by COVID-19 and by so many people using "vote-by-mail."  And mid-way through the program, we talk with Gary firefighter Tyrone Jackson Jr., whose recent remarks on his Facebook page about Fire Chief Sean O'Donnell have led to controversy.  It's Jackson's chance to tell his side of the story, after hearing on Tuesday from Mayor Jerome Prince and Chief O'Donnell.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 25 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,265. The state announced more than 40,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 363,000 Hoosiers tested.

MUNSTER - A sheriff says a psychiatric patient disarmed and fatally shot a retired police officer at a northwest Indiana hospital before another security guard shot and killed him. Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez tells The Times" that the patient — later identified by the coroner's office as 22-year-old Jamal Williams of Lansing, Illinois — beat a nurse at Community Hospital in Munster about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Two retired sheriff’s officers working hospital security responded and a struggle ensued.

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As Indiana casinos reopen, they’re implementing sanitization and distancing standards at gaming sites, but some workers say one important virus-prevention strategy is being left out: access to affordable health insurance.

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Today:  Dr. Yolanda Watson with "Complete College America" talks about the issue of the gaps in racial equity in higher education, and how there are major implications for Hoosier students and leaders in higher education in dealing with the gaps.  Tami Silverman with Indiana Youth Institute reviews how grownups can talk about racism with younsgsters and what to say, based on their age.  Another conversation from a Gary resident from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  And Gary Mayor Jerome Prince and his Fire Chief Sean O'Donnell respond to recent comments on social media about the fire department leadership. 

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GARY- Indiana University Northwest was named as a Tier 1 College for its ability to adapt to a new environment and offer a quality education under any conceivable scenario.

The organization, Educate to Career developed the new ranking system, which was first conducted in 2014, and revised in 2020 with criteria inspired by today’s COVID-19 pandemic.  It is designed to help students navigate this crisis and uncertainty in a cost-effective and practical manner.

LAKE COUNTY -  The Lake County elections board has declared the results of the June 2nd primary now official.  It was an election held in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic creating extra challenges.

The "Times" reports the board, made up of five Democrats and five Republicans, met Thursday to decide whether to include in the final tally, any of more than 50 provisional and emergency paper ballots cast June 2.

GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is forming an advisory commission on police reform.  He made the announcement of the executive order at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Mike Gonzalez, Media Spokesperson, for the city says the task force will be looking at several aspects.

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Today:  The Gary Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Virtual Conversation with U.S. Senator Todd Young" on Friday afternoon on Zoom,  and Chamber executive director Chuck Hughes talks about what he will discuss, including the coronavirus pandemic and the recent racial protests.  Eli Lilly and Company chief executive Dave Ricks  discusses the Indianapolis drugmaker's early-stage trial on a potential treatment for COVID-19.  And we have a report from Side Effects Public Media repoerters Darian Benson and Carter Barrett on some of the health inequities that are part of the protests held across the country.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA- NIPSCO is still responding to the widespread power outages across Northwest Indiana and some may not see power restored until tomorrow (Thursday), according to the utility's website.

The outages are due to a second round of strong storms that came through northern Indiana mid-morning on Wednesday and the sustained high winds still in effect as of Wednesday afternoon after 2 p.m.  

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Indiana will enter the next stage of its reopening plan Friday, June 12, a couple days early.

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Today: The November election is just around the corner and we catch up with Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wieser as well as the Lake County GOP Party Chair Dan Dernulc to discuss results of the primary election.

Indiana Casinos Get Green Light From State To Reopen

Jun 9, 2020
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Indiana’s casinos have been given the green light to reopen after COVID-19 shut them down for nearly three months.

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Today: Hanover Community Schools Superintendent Mary MacAuley joins us to discuss the great news after the community voted “yes” on two referendum questions — one seeking to extend existing funds supporting teachers and classroom supplies and another requesting support for $79 million in construction funds to build a new third through fifth grade upper elementary school and expand facilities at Hanover Central Middle School and Hanover Central High School.

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