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Today: We have three conversations about the coronavirus: one of them, with a Crown Point woman who has self-quarantined after testing negative for the flu, step-throat and RSV.   State Representative Chris Chyung (D-Dyer) talks about the 2020 General Asssembly session and of his own decision to stay at home, with symptoms of the cold and flu, because of his concern over COVID-19. And NFIB state director Barbara Quandt reviews a recent survey of Hoosier small businesses on how they are dealing with COVID-19.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana attorney Alfredo Estrada, whose primary practice is in immigration law, joins us to reflect on those issues as they happened during 2019, the need for comprehensive immigration reform, and his thoughts on what the candidates running for Congressman Pete Visclosky's seat should know about the issue.  District 15 State Representative Chris Chyung talks about the issues ahead as the 2020 General Assembly begins its "short" session and, later, Leah Nahmias with Indiana Humanities talks about the "INseparable" documentary film tour that makes its first stops next week here in northwest Indiana. It's part of the two-year-long initiative tbat focuses on how Hoosiers relate to each other across boundaries, real or imagined.

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Today: We have a remembrance of northwest Indiana environmental activist Lee Botts, who passed away on Saturday at age 91.  We have comments that she made in 2009 to a local video producer and on "Eye on the Arts" conversation on Lakeshore PBS in January 2019 that was recorded ahead of the "Shifting Sands" documentary.  State Representative Chris Chyung (D-Dyer) has been holding public town hall sessions on public education issues lately and two more are coming up this week.  He'll talk about them, and we bring back our conversation with Allison Wuerffel with the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University about the NEH grant that is supporting the current "Flight Paths" initiative.

Prospective Democratic candidates for municipal races across the state gathered in Indianapolis Saturday for candidate bootcamp. The training is part of a larger strategy to build Indiana’s bench of Democrats.

Today:    One of the major programs for Lake Area United Way is to help working-poor families affordable healthcare and livage-wage jobs.  We bring back our conversation with the United Way's chief executive Lisa Daugherty on the goals in 2019.  We also have "Howey Politics Indiana" creator Brian Howey with the big Indiana political stories of 2018 and on how the 2019 General Assembly session will look, with the issues and personalities involved.  State Rep.

Today:   Three newly-elected northwest Indiana state lawmakers are getting ready to attend their first General Assembly session next month.  We bring back our individual "Regionally Speaking" conversations with Lisa Beck (D-19), Chris Chyung (D-15) and Carolyn Jackson (D-1) after their November 6th general election victories. 

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Today:   Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr joins us to talk about the work that his drainage crews've done in clearing away more debris this summer and autumn that was clogging some of the county's drainage ditches.  His department is responsible for managing more than 600 miles of waterways outside the cities and towns and in unincorporated Lake County townships.  Cleaner ditches means less possibility of flooding.  Emerson also says the efficient use of his crews saved taxpayers thousands of dollars this year.  Later, another conversation with a new member of the Lake County legislativ