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Today:     Retired public school superintendents Tony Lux and Michael Berta and Merrillville Community Schools administrator Danny Lackey are on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about Thursday's first of a two-webcast series co-hosted by Purdue University Northwest and the Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education that will focus on education and race, as barriers to learning.  The virtual panel discussion is free and available to the public on the Purdue Northwest  YouTube channel.  We also have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, a conversation with Griffith Town Council president Rick Ryfa on events and issues involving the town, and Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman joins us for the latest on the 2021 "Kids Count Data Book" just released.

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Today:  "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden joins us to talk about the stories he offered in print and online, including news of major bills at the General Assembly that will have an impact on northwest Indiana.  They include what may be the resolution of the issue of the town of Griffith wanting to secede from Calumet Township.  "Region Nerd Alert" podcaster Jose Rodriguez talked with two vendors at last weekend's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, C2E2, and he gives us his conversation. Ron Taylor with the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District has the latest on the household hazardous waste collection dates in 2020, the cleanliness of the county's recycling drop-off sites and a sneak peek at the 2020 northwest Indiana Earth Day observances in April.  And Jesse Kharbanda with the Hoosier Environmental Council is at the Statehouse with the latest status in the General Assembly of bills dealing with the Indiana environment.

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Today:  Reporters Sharon Jackson with Lakeshore Public Radio, Michael Puente with WBEZ (in his role as "Off Mic" Friday program host) and "Times of Northwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete are on the program.  Sharon's offered to us her discussion of the latest on the Griffith-Calumet Township relationship  issue with Town Council president Rick Ryfa.  Griffith's asking state lawmakers to support a bill that would allow the town to handle its own township services.  Michael has his "Off Mic" conversation with the new Mayor of Gary, Jerome Prince. And Joseph covers the business stories he sent out in print and online for "Times" readers.  They include news of two  local "Pier 1" store closings and how Pizza Hut wants to expand in the midst of takeout and delivery competition.  We also talk to Linda Hadley with Methodist Hospitals about Friday morning's Northwest Indiana Health Disparities Council meeting in Merrillville.  It will be the first community forum of 2020 addressing local healthcare topics and issues.

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Today:  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson spoke with Griffith Town Councilman Rick Ryfa about the process that the community is going through to be able to secede from Calumet Township and shift into a different Lake County township.    Reporter Michael Puente has a remembrance of former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, who passed away late last week.  The feature first aired on Lakeshore Public Radio on Monday.   Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith and his guests talk about the latest Indiana news topics on "Indiana Week In Review."  Reporter Annacaroline Caruso reports on ways to help Hispanics, especially undocumented immigrants, get healthcare in northern Indiana.  And NPR's Steve Inskeep and David Greene offer a feature on the latest "Star Wars" film coming out this weekend and how the original hit movie ended up as a radio drama on NPR, 40 years ago.

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Today:    On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we bring in "Post-Tribune" Gary city reporter Greg Tejeda, and from the "Times" -- for their inaugural conversations on the program -- Lake County government reporter Will Racke and education reporter Carley Lanich, as they all talk about the stories in print and posted online.  They include news from Gary Common Council, a long-time political figure working for Calumet Township, the visit of an East Chicago native who's a federal court judge, and the School City of Hammond's next superintendent.

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.

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Today:   North Township Trustee Frank J. Mrvan Jr joins us to talk about the issues, facts and discussion surrounding the town of Griffith's request to join North Township, following the community vote for secession from Calumet Township.  The Board of Trustees had to review a lot of information and chose not to make a decision last week... but may decide as soon as tonight.  A decision must be made by December 31st.  St. John Township officials already chose not to accept Griffith into its township government.