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Hoosier Protest Art Exhibited In Chicago

Mar 12, 2018
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An exhibit of protest art from demonstrations across northern Indiana was on display at Chicago art gallery, Uri-Eichen over the weekend.  
 

The exhibit titled, “Art of Resistance and Resilience in Northwest Indiana” was organized by the advocacy group Northwest Indiana Resist. Uri-Eichen, located minutes from downtown Chicago, had little walking room. It was full of visitors and Hoosier protest art.

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Today:   we look at two major environemtal projects in northwest Indiana.  First, a conversation with Jim Ventura of Maya Energy LLC, a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary.  The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.   

INDIANAPOLIS – Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mike Braun and Luke Messer have agreed to debate April 30 in a televised statewide event organized by the independent Indiana Debate Commission.

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Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we call on LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for his stories published and posted this week, as well as stories from "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda.    And we have, on the phone from Brown County, "Howey Politics Indiana" creator and editor Brian Howey for a look at politics around the state and country.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer is back to talk about the ways that investors can remain calm in a long-running bull market, as we're experiencing, and get some last-minute tips and advice when preparing the 2017 income tax returns ahead of the April 19th filing deadline.

We have another edition of Green Fleet Radio, supported by South Shore Clean Cities, with host Carl Lisek and guest Ted Barns with Gas Technology Institute.  We also have the third of the three-part series from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Emilee Syberg on low-income housing in Indiana.

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East Chicago native and resident Guy Rhodes lists his talents as a photographer as well as lighting designer and video producer on his resume -- and what he does every day.  Guy just returned from South Korea, where he was stationed right in the middle of the Winter Olympics, taking dramatic (and often artistic) photos of snowboarders and skiers in competition for the gold.  Guy joined us in the Lakeshore Public Radio studio on Tuesday to talk about himself and his work on "Regionally Speaking."

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Today:  we revisit our conversations with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr. and Portage Police Chief Troy Williams on being prepared for an active shooter situation, in light of the recent one at a high school in Florida.  Police departments in communities like in Portage are offering workshops to educate the public in how they can deal with these serious incidents.

We have for you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, this time with a young Muslim woman here in northwest Indiana.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have fallen just over 6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.39/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost one cent per gallon in the last week to $2.52/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Today:   a conversation with  Purdue University Northwest associate professor psychology Christina Ragan and Liz Bernel with the university's Art Collections and Special Events, about Tuesday's "Brain Awareness Day" on the Westville campus and a week-long accompanying art exhibit in the Gallery in the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

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CROWN POINT - A local activist group who call themselves "Faith in Action" will be protesting outside of a gun show at the Lake County Fair Grounds this weekend.  The group is from the First Unitarian Church of Hobart. Maggie Reister, who serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the church, says Faith in Action will be putting its name into practice with a peaceful demonstration.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Finalists have been announced in the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association (APBA) 2017 contest.

The awards in actual order of finish - first and second places - will be announced at the APBA awards banquet on Saturday, April 14 in Indianapolis.

Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM (WLPR-FM) has been nominated as a finalist in four categories, including: Best Spot News Reporting (Sharon Jackson), Best General News (Sharon Jackson), Best Community Impact (Chris Nolte), and Best Reporter (Sharon Jackson).

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Today:  it's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, when we ask reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about the stories they covered -- both online and in print.  On this edition, we have "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Dan Carden, Rob Earnshaw and Joseph Pete.

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Today:  We continue our look into active shooter preparedness in northwest Indiana, with a conversation with Portage Police Chief Troy Williams.  His department is preparing a series of workshops beginning on March 13th to address concerns about active shooter situations for not only schools, but churches and businesses.

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Hoosiers will be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays starting March 4.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Ind.) will finalize the historic legalization of Sunday carryout alcohol sales at a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday afternoon.

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Today:  Crown Point Community Schools Superintendent Teresa Eineman is the recipient of one of the latest "Innovator of the Month" awards from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana, for the successes and improvements made during her 13 years so far as CPSC's CEO.  She joins us on the program to talk about it all.  

Senate Committee Changes Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Feb 27, 2018

A Senate committee made changes Tuesday to a bill regulating autonomous vehicles. The bill’s Senate sponsor says the amendment seeks to find a middle ground between self-driving car manufacturers and those who want tighter controls on the industry.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA- Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just over two cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.46/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen just over a penny per gallon in the last week to $2.50/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Today:  a conversation with Dyer resident Joshua DeBoer, better known as "Joshua D."  He is the creator of one of the nation's most popular games on the Internet, "Vehicle Simulator," available through Roblox.com.  His personal story is in itself worth listening to.

A Senate committee unanimously recommended creation of a special legislative study commission to investigate the Department of Child Services Monday.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) authored the resolution. He says his proposed two-year commission is not meant to interfere with an ongoing, independent review of the embattled state agency.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Flooding on the Kankakee River continues to present challenges for those living in Schneider. Todd Kluber, Meteorologist with the Chicago National Weather Service in Romeoville, on Wednesday said parts of the river will remain a concern in the short term.

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Today:  this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday features "Times of Northwest Indiana"  county government and politics reporter Bill Dolan and Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle.  They talk about the stories they put out online and in print (in Bill's case), and on-the-air (in Eric's case) this week.

Today:  we revisit our conversation with Irene Boone Phillips and Mike Maska, both with Franciscan Health, which is a lead agency for the Lake County Smoking Prevention and Cessation Program.  The program's anti-smoking public information campaign continues this week.

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Some property owners in Northern Indiana are preparing to face eminent domain battles as plans for South Shore Rail Line improvements move forward this year.

 

Sen. Todd Young Outlines Agenda, Kicks Off Series Of Roundtable Discussions

Feb 20, 2018

For the first stop in a series of roundtable discussions, Sen. Young  met with community and business leaders in Indianapolis to talk about the government’s role in tackling big issues. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)


Indiana Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young is travelling the state to hear from Hoosiers, an effort to help shape his agenda in office. It comes more than a year after Young was sworn into office.

Young calls it his Fair Shot Agenda, and it outlines four key areas: opportunity, safety, health, and better government.

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Today:  we talk to Carol Rogers, who is the Deputy Director and Chief Information officer for the Indiana Business Research Center in Indianapolis.  She is in charge of the award-winning interactive Web service STATS Indiana.  The site's become one of the nation's most-used public data sites  along with its sister site STATS America. You can find almost any statistic within Indiana on it, dating back more than 100 years.

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Today:  A special edition of "Regionally Speaking" of the question-and-answer portion of the Feb. 7, 2018 public forum held at the Glen Theatre in Gary by the members of north Lake County's state legislative delegation. Most of the questions by constituents were about the House bill sponsored by Rep. Earl Harris, Jr., which sought to change the IDEM rules on the distance of a construction-demolition waste site from nearby residential property in the city of Gary.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was also on-hand to answer some questions.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen almost three cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.45/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen just over five cents per gallon in the last week to $2.51/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy on Monday said that prices last week jumped briefly to about $2.49 per gallon and now things are cooling back off.

One of the first bills headed to the governor’s desk this session will allow Indiana students to easily carry and apply sunscreen at school.

That’s as some lawmakers grumble about why the bill was necessary.

Gary Emergency Manager Plan: Close High School, Reconfigure Grade Levels

Feb 16, 2018

The state-appointed manager of the Gary Community School Corporation told state officials Friday the district faces an $18 million annual deficit and a proposal to close two buildings is only the start of cutting costs.

Gary Schools emergency manager Peggy Hinckley asked the state’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board Friday to let her close the Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy and the district’s central office, formerly the Lincoln School, this summer.

Senate Education Committee Delays School Finance Bill Vote

Feb 15, 2018

An Indiana Senate committee has decided to postpone voting on a controversial school financials bill because of its effect on Muncie and Gary schools. Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.

Last year, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) singled out Gary and Muncie schools for their financial debts, putting emergency management processes in place.

READ MORE: Can Gary Schools Be Saved By A State Takeover?

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