Chris Nolte

Regionally Speaking Host; Interim Morning Edition Host

 

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired  weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.

He has more than three decades of radio news and public affairs program experience, working at some of the top stations in the state including WASK-AM in Lafayette and WIBC-AM and Network Indiana in Indianapolis. Nolte’s public radio experience includes WFYI-FM in Indianapolis and WFIU-FM in Bloomington.

Before joining Lakeshore Public Radio he was the morning host at WKBV-AM in Richmond, Indiana.

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Today:  A conversation with Highland attorney Bill Fine, who is stepping down from his private law practice to become the next Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor.  Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb appointed Fine to the post to take over for Davis Stippler, who retired effective Jan. 1st.  Fine says he's looking forward to this new career opportunity.

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A northwest Indiana attorney is closing his law practice, as he prepares to head to Indianapolis to become the next Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor.

Bill Fine was appointed by Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb last week to take the position held for the past eight years by David Stippler.  Stippler retired effective Jan. 1st.  Fine begins his new job on Monday, January 9th.  I talked with Mr. Fine on Tuesday for "Regionally Speaking."  Here's the conversation.

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Today:   State Representatives Hal Slager (R) and Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) join us to talk about the General Assembly session getting underway this week, the issues expected to be brought up (including crafting and passing a new, two-year state budget) and if religious freedom and LGBT rights issues will be re-introduced.

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Today:   State Representatives Hal Slager (R) and Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) join us to talk about the General Assembly session getting underway this week, the issues expected to be brought up (including crafting and passing a new, two-year state budget) and if religious freedom and LGBT rights issues will be re-introduced.

Indiana Senate Democrats

  Hoosier lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week to work on, among other things, a new two-year state government budget.  The Senate Budget Committee's been busy all month long on the pre-session "prep-work."    Committee member Karen Tallian, a Democrat from Portage, was on "Regionally Speaking" Thursday to give Lakeshore Public Radio listeners and supporters an update.

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On this final show of 2016:  State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso)  joins us to talk about the issues that will dominate the upcoming General Assembly session which begins next week, including road and bridge rehabilitation (and how to pay for it) as well as underground infrastructure.  That's an issue Charbonneau has been stressing to his Statehouse colleagues for years that must be addressed as soon as possible.  He offers us some alarming statistics.

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Community activist and Indiana University Northwest labor studies Professor Emeritus Ruth Needleman was in the "Regionally Speaking" studio to talk about her interest in her community and its people.

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Today:  Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to talk about the key passenger rail events and issues of 2016, mainly the public-private partnership for the "Hoosier State" Amtrak passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis, and a look at a proposed passenger rail route that begins in Chicago, travels through Valparaiso and through points south and east to Ft. Wayne.  The route then extends into Ohio and ends at the state capital, Columbus.

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Community activist and Indiana University Northwest labor studies Professor Emeritus Ruth Needleman was in the “Regionally Speaking” studio to talk about her interest in her community and its people.

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Today:  Bowden Quinn, the executive director of the Sierra Club of Indiana, talks about the issues that the incoming Trump and Pence administration may affect, as well as the incoming Holcomb administration at the Statehouse.  We'll also hear from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on what legislators may have to do to the next two-year state budget if the Trump administration makes any changes.

Indiana economist Morton Marcus joins us with his view of the latest on the Hoosier State's economy and what he'd advise the next Governor, if he had Eric Holcomb's ear.

“ThinkProgress.org” health writer Alex Zielenski’s been looking into the East Chicago lead contamination issue and posted an article about three weeks ago about it — as well a new national development just two weeks ago, involving the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the lead standards it is responsible for monitoring.   Here is the entire conversation, as aired on Tuesday on “Regionally Speaking.” 

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly came to East Chicago on Friday to see for himself the lead contamination issue that’s forcing hundreds of people to move out of their homes in the West Calumet public housing project.

ArcelorMittal Gets 10-Year-Deal

Jun 21, 2016

Chris Nolte spoke with Northwest Indiana Times reporter Joseph Pete regarding ArcelorMittal’s new 10-year-deal that will bring business to its East Chicago steel mill.

Much of the news about the Northwest Indiana steel industry focuses these days on improving output and reduced overseas steel “dumping,” thanks to recent tariff increases and other action taken on Capitol Hill.  Times of Northwest Indiana business reporter Joseph Pete talked about these topics, and the Region’s steel industry in general, recently on “Regionally Speaking.”  Pete started with the news of an increase in steel output.

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