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Today: our first "Regionally Speaking" Reporters' Roundtable discussion of the big local stories of the week, including updates on the East Chicago lead-arsenic contamination cleanup and the impact of the contamination on the West Calumet Housing Project.  The EPA Secretary  and HUD Secretary will visit East Chicago to see first-hand the issues and the cleanup.  We also discuss the investigation into a leak of the chemical chromium-6 from a U.S. Steel waste outlet into Burns Waterway in Portage, just hundreds of feet from Lake Michigan.

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Residents from across the Midwest say they are banding together to fight for environmental justice.  They held an Anti-Trump march in downtown Chicago, on Tuesday, April 11th, to fight a proposed plan to defund the Environmental Protection Agency.  As Steven Lattimore reports, East Chicago advocacy groups were there to make their voices heard as they deal with the lead contamination crisis that has impacted residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex.

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For Financial Literacy Month,  we asked northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer to come on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to give us some basic tips and advice to follow on planning and implementing some sound financial goals. 

A recent national study found two out of every three American adult lack financial literacy.  Here's the conversation.

The Second Annual Civility takes time out to encourage good behavior. And as Steven Lattimore reports it might seem like something simple but organizers say the result it something special .

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Today:  a conversation with two Community Hospital officials on the new Surgical Center at the Munster hospital that is in its final stages of completion.  Dr. Richard Berkowitz and John Olmstead talk about the goals and objectives behind the $20 million project and how it fits into northwest Indiana's overall  healthcare picture. 

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The  nearly four-year-long Surgical Services Department project at Community Hospital in Munster is nearly complete.  It is part of a $40 million total investment that began five years ago and included the new Emergency Department Pavilion and additional private rooms.

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The Indiana General Assembly is in the final weeks of the 2017 Session, and northwest Indiana lawmakers are busy working on passage of bills that they sponsored or co-sponsored as well as other measures, including funding for transportation improvements and a new two-year state budget. 

Times of Northwest Indiana's man at the Statehouse -- Dan Carden -- was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to offer an update on the important issues before legislators.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana Times Statehouse reporter Dan Carden joins us for an update on what local legislators are working on, in the final days of the 2017 General Assembly session.

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Today:  excerpts from Friday's vigil and rally outside the Gary-Chicago International Airport of citizens protesting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights of deported undocumented immigrants out of the Midwest.  About 50 people stood in the chilly winds along Airport Road outside the Airport, listening to speakers and chanting in protest when two unmarked buses filled with deportees passed by.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Peter Balanon-Rosen has a report on "sanctuary campuses" and where Hoosier colleges and universities stand on the controversial issue.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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. 

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.

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