South Shore Line expansion

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Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable" edition, we have "Post-Tribune" reporter Grant Morgan and "Times" reporters Carley Lanich and Andrew Steele on the program to talk about the stories they posted online and had in print.

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Today:  Kathy Luther with NIRPC is with us to talk about the coalition of northwest Indiana agencies that will adminster the $600,000 EPA Brownfields Program grant for sites in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond -- and other NWI communties, as needed.  Luther says there are some sites already partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation and eventual redevelopment, perhaps as early as this fall.  Indiana University Northwest computer info. systems department head Bhakra Kopparty also tells us about a new masters' degree program in place this fall semester.

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Today:   A conversation with Ken Davidson, of the "Northwest Indiana Gazette" blog, about his complaint filed in a Lake County court about decisions made by local organizations that do not, in his view, allow for more consistent public comment.  His request for judicial review focuses on the decisions made by the Regional Development Authority (RDA) and Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) boards on the South Shore Line expansion projects, and the West Lake Extension in particular.   The project is currently under review by federal transportation agencies.

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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.

 

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Today:  Michael Noland, the president of NICTD, talks about the progress of the two South Shore Line projects now moving through the funding and planning stages -- "Double Track NWI" and the "West Lake Corridor," which expands the commuter railroad service south from the existing east-west line through Hammond and Munster and into Dyer.

We also have the latest in a decision from a federal court judge on a request to allow East Chicago residents affected by the lead contamination in the area to participate in the court case. 

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CHESTERTON - The South Shore is showing its support and cheering on the Chicago Cubs along with the fans.  It's flying the "W" flag on the front of South Shore trains the day after a win. Spokesperson John Parsons said the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is carrying on the tradition from last year.

"We're planning as we did last year to fly the "W" flag on the front of our trains the day following all the victories the Cubs will have in the post season so we're looking forward to it."

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Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable edition of "Regionally Speaking,"we talk with Dan Carden and Rob Earnshaw of the "Times of Northwest Indiana," Greg Tejeda of the "Post-Tribune," Stan Maddux -- a LaPorte County correspondent for the "Times" and "South Bend Tribune" as well as newsman for two Laporte radio stations -- and we also have conversations from northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente and Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

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Today:  As state lawmakers plan to expand pre-kindergarten across the state, we look at a very successful program in Lake County:  the "Building Brickies" Early Learning Program in Hobart.  Laura Kovats with the School City of Hobart talked about the concept, adopted from a nationwide program that empowers parents to be their child's first and best teacher through research-based home visits, play groups, developmental screenings and community resources.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao met with Indiana leaders on Tuesday in the Michiana area to open Indiana’s toll road and discuss details of the South Shore Train expansion and double tracking project. Chao touted the public-private partnerships used in the two projects.

She said Indiana’s work on the toll road and South Shore rail line should be viewed as models for the rest of the country.

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Today is "Reporter Roundtable" Thursday, where we bring in reporters (and editors) from northwest Indiana area media to talk about their stories this week.  We have Ed Bierschenk, Bill Dolan and Investigative Editor Marc Chase from the "Times" and "Chicago Tribune" reporter Michael Hawthorne.

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We will talk on the studio line with South Shore representative Mike Noland about the rail line’s Bikes on Trains program and how to best utilize it.

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State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the just-completed 2017 General Assembly session and the big issues that lawmakers addressed. 

He also talks about the bills he introduced and supported that affect northwest Indiana residents and businesses -- including road and bridge improvements, and his bill that sets up the mechanism to support the South Shore Line's "double tracking" between Gary and Michigan City and the proposed "West Lake Corridor" project. 

Indiana House Republicans

Today:   A conversation with State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) about the just-completed 2017 General Assembly session and the big issues that lawmakers addressed.  He also talks about the bills he introduced and supported that affect northwest Indiana residents and businesses -- including road and bridge improvements, and his bill that sets up the mechanism to support the South Shore Line's "double tracking" between Gary and Michigan City and the proposed "West Lake Corridor" project.  

On this edition of "Regionally Speaking," Tom Maloney filled-in for Chris Nolte on the "Reporter's Round Table Wrap-up."

He spoke with Dan Carden, Statehouse Reporter for The Times, about statewide alcohol legislation, road funding, and the South Shore expansion through the Region. Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Steven Lattimore spoke to Tom about the "People's Climate Rally" march from the past weekend.

He spoke with Carole Carlson, of the Post-Tribune, about the passing of Munster and Lake Station's school referendums and the failing of East Chicago's.

IPBS

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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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:  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.