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Hanover Community Schools website

Today:   A south Lake County school district is asking its patrons (and voters)  to consider a question that will come up on the May 5th primary election ballot.  Mary McAuley with Hanover Community Schools is leading an ambitious project to be able to educate a growing number of students.

Indystar.com

Today:   "Indiana Political Insight" and "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletters editor and creator Ed Feigenbaum joins us to talk about the leadership change coming in the 2021 General Assembly session, when House Speaker Brian Bosma hands the gavel over to Rep. Todd Huston.  Bosma is the longest-serving House Speaker in state legislative history, second only to Rep. Pat Bauer of South Bend.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio" from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC.  Carley Samayoa with the Porter County Substance Abuse Council is with us to talk about the organization and the success of its podcast "Matters of Substance." And Andrea Proulx Buinicki with Lake Area United Way talks about the importance of humanitiarian aid to migrants in northwest Indiana.  The LAUW is seeking applilcants for federal financial help to the regional immigrant community. More information about the grant program is on the Lake Area United Way website.

South Bend Tribune

Today:  Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, has the latest from the Statehouse on environmental bills still moving through the General Assembly, including two that are up for review in separate Environmental Affairs Committees this week.  The HEC's Kim Ferraro tells us about the Indiana Supreme Court decision on a request to review an appeals court case about "factory farms" and their impact on local farms and residents.  And  also speaking of the environment, we have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  "Off Mic" host Michael Puente spoke recently with Gary attorney Tony Walker about Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's legal problems, and we revisit that conversation. Walker served as chairman of the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune

Today:  Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy joins us in an at-length conversation about succeeding Jon Costas in office last month, his first "State of the City" address on January 28th, and what he is proposing for the city as he takes over the administrartion. He talks about city projects and programs that are continuing or willget underway this spring.  We also have an encore edition of "Green Fleet Radio" with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities, and Allison Schuette with the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University talks about tonight's "Flight Paths" presentation and workshop in the Anderson Library Conference Center at Indiana University Northwest in Gary.  

Diocese of Gary website

Tioday:  On this first day of Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary Bishop Robert McClory's being the Region's new shepherd, we revisit our conversation with him last week.  He was ordained and installed on Tuesday in a liturgy in Gary.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC with Carl Lisek. And northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us with some important tips   that can go toward offering a Valentines' Day gift that goes beyond candy or flowers: financial security that can last for years.

Crossroads Chamber of Commerce

Today:  Lake Area United Way is continuing in its mission to help low-income Lake County residents with the services and assistance they need the most --including adequate child care for working families -- with a collaboration with Methodist Hospitals to create a new child care center at the hospital's Northlake campus in Gary.  Lisa Dougherty, the president and CEO with the United Way, is with us to talk about the "child care desert"  issues, the new project and the financial help they received from Early Learning Indiana to make it happen.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC, and this one focuses on the Indiana Toll Road's sustainability programs.  Bill McCall with ITR is with host Carl Lisek.  And we bring back our conversations with Merrillville-based Cimcor chiel executive Robert Johnson III about cybersecurity concerns, and with Bill Wozniak of INVestEd about a recent Indiana study on higher education expenses.

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Today:  Steve Coxhead, president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, tells us more about the new initiative by IPRA and the Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Asociation to get state legislators to support the creation of the Indiana Passenger Rail Commission.  It would serve as a tool to focus and coordinate state advocacy groups as well as state agencies toward 21st Century passennger rail systems.  The proposal could be discussioned at a summer legislative study session.  We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities and supported by SSCC and NIRPC. And Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus joins us in the Lakeshore Public Radio studio to talk about his latest "Eye on the Pie" columns.  They range from discussion of the current General Assembly session to a concept once taught in Economics 101 classes in college.

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Today:   We bring back our conversation with Jesse Kharbanda and Dr. Indra Frank with the Hoosier Environmental Council on the recent merger of "Improving Kids' Environment" with the HEC -- and, later in the program, with Conservation Law Center staff attorney Jeff Hyman on HB1031, the measure in the Legislature dealing with public access to Lake Michigan.  "Green Fleet Radio" from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC is once again on-the-air with host Carl Lisek. And we talk with Valparaiso University freshman Steven Mileusnich about his petition drive, both on campus and on Change.org, to "Save VU Jazz!" 

NWI Times

Today:   Jeff Hyman, the senior staff attorney for the Conservation Law Center, based at the I.U. Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, is with us to talk about the CLC's assistance to "Save the Dunes" and other groups over the bill in the Indiana House of Representatives concerning public access to Lake Michigan beaches.  The landmark 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling -- that affirmed the shoreline of Lake Michigan is owned by the state and held in trust for use by all Hoosiers -- is at risk of being undone, if a bill now under review is approved by the Legislature this esssion.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio" from South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC.  And, later in the program, Laura Odom with Purdue University Northwest talks about next week's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on the Westville and Hammond campuses. The university's been celebrating the memory and work of Dr. King with an annual program for 25 years now.

South Shore CVA website

Today:  Amari Victoria and Elisabeth Menning with LGBTQ Northwest Indiana are in the studio to talk about the organization, its inaugural "NWI Pride" event last summer in Highland, and the plans for 2020 events -- including another "Pride" day.  Carl Lisek with South Shore Clean Cities has another "Green Fleet Radio" conversation, and Indiana Public Broadcasting environmental reporter Rebecca Thiele reviews this year's Renewable Energy Day in Indianapolis.  The chairman of the Indiana Federation of College Republicans, Isaiah Mears, tells how the young-conservatives group is supporting climate change by joining a national campaign.  The goal is to come up with and support an alternative proposal to the "Green New Deal."

Indiana Economic Digest website

Today:  Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research executive director Michael Hicks joins us to talk about his 2020 economic forecast for the U.S. and Indiana.  It's a forecast with good points and bad points, and he explains how he reaches the conclusions listed in the forecast.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio" with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  His report is also supported by NIRPC.  Brandi Adams, the director of resource development with Lake Area United Way, talks about the recent "Santa's Worshop for Working Families" held at Wicker Park in Highland and how is part of the United Way overall local mission to help local families.  And we talk with Erica Rios, the social worker with the Griffith Police Department, about her work in her community and how she can help in times of crisis. 

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Today: We continue our conversations with northwest Indiana residents interested in the U.S. Representative seat now held by Pete Visclosky. Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. is one of the candidates who will appear on the May 2020 primary election ballot.  He talks about his experience, including that of mayor, and his views on the issues.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC. And Lake County Councilman Charlie Brown is with us to talk about efforts to make the county government department budgeting process more efficient.  A committee chaired by Brown will be meeting next year to begin work on the issue, ahead of the 2021 budget year.

city of Valparaiso Indiana website

Today:  Maggie Clifton, director of community engagement for the city of Valparaiso, joins us to talk about the 14 neighborhood projects that being supported this year by the Redevelopment Commission's Neighborhood Improvement Grant program.  This the second year for the program and this year's grants will be focued on projects like new sidewalks, street lights and playground equipment.    We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with host Carl Lisek of  South Shore Clean Cities.  and there is an addition to Majestic Star Casino in Gary -- mobile sports betting, as supplied by an Illinois company.  Frank Ignatius, the founder and president of USA Sports Gaming, talks about the new partnership with  casino owner Spectacle Emtertainment of Indianapolis.

Lakeshore Public Radio

Today:   Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman is in the studio to talk about a number of topics, including her "take" on the "Business Insider" survey that found that Gary was one of the country's "most miserable cities."   We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," made possible by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC. Professor Karen Bishop Morris, a boardmember of Laini Fuellen Charities, and Dr. Mary Nicholson with Community Healthcare System will talk about "triple negative breast cancer," the research work underway to find a cure and the October 12th "Pink Tie Affair" event to raise money for the work and other programs.  The "Pink Tie Affair" will be held at Ameristar Casino in East Chicago.

Kyle Telechan/Post-Tribune

On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the arrest of Gary Council President Ron Brewer, Jr, confidential records of  Dr. Ulrich Klopfer patients have been found, Jill Sheridan reports on possible ways to end the HIV epidemic and Chris Nolte has a conversation with UCLA jazz and orchestra professor Charley Harrison along with Merrillville High School orchestra instructor Diane Rosenthal.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…     

NWI Times - artist's rendering

Today:  We revisit our conversation with Dee Dee White, a workforce specialist with Ivy Tech Community College's Lake County campuses.  She talks about the casino dealer training courses underway and how they can link residents to new jobs proposed at the Hard Rock Casino in Gary.  State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) was with us to talk about the potential review of the two-year state budget that could happen in the next General Assembly session.  And school buses and other school district transportation projects are discussed in the latest edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC. Carl Lisek's guest is Amy Rosa of the Wa-Nee Community School Corp.

Northwest Indiana Food Council website

Today:  Ann Massie with the Northwest Indiana Food Council joins us to talk about the final set of urban and rural farms on this year's "Farm Hop" tour -- an in-depth look into the amazing work being done at family farms, community gardens and other similar projects in the Region.  The final tour will be held on September 21st.  We also talk with Valparaiso University professor Tim Tomasik about the next International Film Festival, and we have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with host Carl Lisek, supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC.

Porter County Recycling.org

Today:   We begin with Indiana University Northwest's latest addition to its curriculum: courses that will lead to an Bachelor's Degree in neuroscience.  It's a program that will benefit not only students looking to careers in the medical  and health care fields, but will help students in learning to think critically about science information.  We talk with assistant psychology professor Maureen Rutherford.

IPBS

Today:   Natalie Johnson with "Save The Dunes" joins us to talk about two public conversations,  the first one this evening at 6:30 at the "Save The Dunes" headquarters in Michigan City and the second one scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at the NIRPC headquarters in Portage, that focus on the Public Trust Doctrine and how it affects Hoosiers' public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline.  Both conversations will peovide an overview of the legal battle from trial court to the U.S.

Indiana House Democratic Caucus

Today: We continue our conversations with northwest Indiana legislators with State Representative Chris Chyung (D) of Dyer. He is one of the lawmakers elected in the November 2018 election, filling the seat formerly held by Representative Hal Slager. He gives us his assessment of his first General Assembly session including insight into the next two-year budget. Celina Weatherwax with the MAAC Foundation in Valparaiso tells us about the ground breaking of the state-of-the-art Law Enforcement Tactical Training Structure.

Lake Area United Way

Today:   We find out more about the Lake Area United Way's 2019 campaign -- continuing 0n the effort of 2018 by the nonprofit, to help Lake County "working poor" families with affordable childcare and into jobs paying livable wages.  Statistics show 22-percent of Lake County households are considered in the "working poor" category, and that is on top of an additional 15-percent of local households in poverty.

Indiana Dept of Child Services

Today:   Retired Indiana University Northwest professor Rick Hug joins us to talk about his creation -- now in its 28th year.  The Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held on the Gary campus on Friday, in the new Arts and Sciences Building.  Hug says they have a very knowledgable keynote speaker and participant in one of the workshops this year. 

Roblox.com blog

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.