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Tesla Bill Appears Headed For Compromise

Feb 1, 2017

Town Council Cancels Town Theatre Renovations

Jan 31, 2017

The Highland Town Council Monday night voted against a proposal to renovate the long vacant Town Theatre.  The goal of the project was to create an arts and culture district in Highland, with hopes the renovated theatre would spur economic development in the area. The town council rejected the plans because of the high cost of the project.  Director of Redevelopment Cecile Petro says there are now only two options left. The first is for a private contractor to purchase the theatre.

The work to clean up the homes around the West Calumet Housing Complex continues in East Chicago. The EPA says there are things you can do protect your families from the high lead  levels. Steven Lattimore has the story 

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Million’s of refugees are hoping that they can find saftey from the bombings at home in places like the United States. But President Trump wants to stop all Muslim immigration amid fears of bringing terrorists in to the country. Steven Latimore talked  to a local group that is trying to help.


Indiana Black Caucus Lays Out 2017 Agenda

Jan 26, 2017
Joe Flintham

Donnelly Will Oppose DeVos for Education Secretary

Jan 25, 2017

Indiana Unemployment Rate Lowest In 15 Years

Jan 24, 2017

Hundreds of anti-Trump protestors flooded the streets around the Porter Country court house in Valparaiso this weekend to make their feelings known. They say the liberal agenda has more support than the people in Washington realize and the over 500 protestors that  showed up is proof. Steven Lattimore was there and has the story.

The mood at the watch party on the Ivy Tech Community College Gary Campus for the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States is quieter than past inauguration parties, so says Campus President Marlon Mitchell.

Some students like Laiaja Donson  "looked like" they were attending the watch party but they were just lounging in the students' common area. Donson was waiting for her Psychology class to start.  

GOP Leaders Split On Tolling Existing Roads

Jan 20, 2017

At the Veterans Cafe and Grill in Merrilville, they measure success by not only the food served but the help that the owners offer to veterans -- in some cases, saving lives.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore visited the eatery on Taft Street.

The United Fresh Start Foundation will be donating the equipment to provide salad bar to the East Chicago School system. Experts say fruits and vegetables can help with the absorption of lead into the body. Steven Lattimore has the story


The five priorities the ISDH focuses on include addressing the opioid epidemic, reducing infant mortality rates, reducing adult obesity rates, reducing adult smoking rates, ensuring preparedness for infectious disease and getting people enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan.

East Chicago Lawsuit

Jan 12, 2017

Seven residents of the lead and arsenic–polluted East Chicago, Indiana neighborhood want to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s lawsuit against the companies paying for the cleanup. The residents argue neither party represents their interests, and they want more say. David Chizewer is one of their attorneys—he says its an uncommon tactic, but an important step.

“So that they can have a voice in any changes that need to be made to the clean up process, because, as it’s gone forward so far, it’s been inadequate.”

President Obama's Farewell Speech

Jan 11, 2017
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The Hammond mayor is installing 33 license plate reader camera's to track cars coming into the city from Chicago.The plans was prompted by the alarming rise in murders in Chicago to 762.

City officials say the  data collected could be used to catch criminals.

Visclosky Town Hall

Jan 9, 2017

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Tom Pappas from the city of Portage's veterans committee will offer the latest news of interest to Region veterans and talk about the latest activities of the group.

We'll hear from Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson with her conversation with Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.  about getting ride of an eyesore in his city's Hessville neighborhood.