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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
Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel

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.

RoadsideArchitecture.com

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.

Indiana Ballet Theatre

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

Holcomb Now Backing Federal Health Care Bill

Mar 23, 2017

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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Today:  a conversation with Ray Grady, the President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals, about the letter of intent between the two-hospital system and Franciscan Alliance to explore a full integration of healthcare facilities and services in Lake County. 

Franciscan Alliance is one of the Midwest's largest providers.  He talks 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, if approved by regulators, will bring to the future of northwest Indiana healthcare.

Lakeshore Public Media

For 31 years David Capp was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, which covers Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Lafayette.  Now Capp is out of office.  The former United States Attorney was planning on retiring in June, but after the new Presidential administration took over, he ended up leaving earlier than he had planned.  He spoke with Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson.

Committee OKs New Public Records Search Fee

Mar 22, 2017

Today:   A conversation with Purdue University Northwest assistant psychology professor Lori Petersen on her research into how preschoolers best learn how to count and related numerical concepts.  She began her study last fall with ten 3-year-olds who were enrolled at Purdue Northwest's Riley Child Center in Hammond.  Petersen talks about some of her early findings.

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Vulnerable and economically disadvantaged Hoosiers are getting a tool to ensure they receive early warning of severe weather emergencies. Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with John Erickson, the Director of Public Affairs for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security about its initiative to distribute 22-hundred all-hazard weather radios to those in-need.
 

EPA Gets First Cleanup Funds For Zone 2 Of East Chicago Superfund

Mar 21, 2017
City of Valparaiso website

The Valpo Parks Foundation is a key participant in city park improvement projects like the Tower Park renovation, now underway.  The project is being supported by the Foundation's "Leaders Giving Back" initiative. 

City of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Director John Seibert came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about how members of the community  are joining community leaders through the initiative -- and intend to finish the improvements this year.  Here's the conversation, beginning with Seibert talking about the city's parks and recreation system.

City of Valparaiso website

Today:  City of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Director John Seibert talks about how the Parks Foundation is a key participant in park improvement projects like the Tower Park renovation, now underway.  The project is being supported by the Foundation's "Leaders Giving Back" initiative.

NWI TIMES

Today:   The new Lake County Democratic Party chairman, James Weiser, joins us to talk about the change in leadership, his thoughts about how that change came about and his views on bringing together all local Democrats to meet the challenges that came after the November 2016 election that put Donald Trump into the White House. 

On Thursday, March 16, 2017,  the White House released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 “skinny budget,” which proposed eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). As you know, CPB funding is irreplaceable seed money for local public radio and television stations.

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Town Council President LeAnn Angerman says that this change is going to better the town and the school systems attendance. 

Casual Fridays March 17th, 2017

Mar 17, 2017

What's it like to be addicted to heroin and any other drug that would give you a similar escape?

Is skateboarding making a resurgence, or has it never went away?

If someone challenged you to place your right hand on your cell phone and vow to never text and drive again, would you stick to it?

If you had a terminal illness, would you want your partner to find true love, again, without you? Really?

And do you know what a leprechaun really is? Or why people kiss the Blarney stone?

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World-renowned blues harmonica master James Cotton, whom Rolling Stone called, “One of the greats of all time, burning with brilliant virtuosity,” died on March 16, 2017 of pneumonia at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was 81. His overwhelmingly powerful harmonica playing was one of the iconic sounds of the blues. He toured worldwide for over 60 years.

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