Regionally Speaking, Monday, March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017

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Today:  Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. joins us to talk about the plans for a major Sportsplex to be built on some of the former Woodmar Shopping Center site.  When it's finished next summer, it'll be a building that the Mayor says will be larger than the state's largest similar structure, in the Indianapolis suburb of Westfield.   McDermott also updates us on the consent decree the city signed with U.S. EPA and IDEM that addresses compliance with orders to resolve sewage overflows into the Little Calumet and Grand Calumet Rivers.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Annie Ropeik reports on the impact that CAFOs -- concentrated animal feeding operations -- can have on Hoosier property tax bills.  Local government officials are hesitating to lower the property tax bills and affected residents say that's only because of concerns about losing tax revenues.  

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore attended last week's Urban League of Northwest Indiana Diversity Awards Luncheon, where businesses and organizations were recognized for the ways in which they made diversity an important asset in their own missions.