"Green Fleet Radio"

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Today:   an extended coversation with Speros Batistatos of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, who attended a briefing on the feasibility study for a new convention center in Lake County.  The consultant hired by the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, at the request of county government, met with Batistatos and several local officials before the study was officially released this week.  He talks about potential sites, potential ways to pay for it, and the local cooperation that will be needed to make it a successful project.

Today:   We have two conversations regarding the grassroots campaign to encourage town and city councils across the state to get their legislators to support redistricting reform.  First, we bring back the discussion between Leigh Morris, a veteran northwest Indiana government and community official and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura in the studio -- along with Susan Duncan of the League of Women Voters Calumet Area -- which we aired earlier.  Leter,  Julia Vaughn of Common Cause Indiana joins us to give us a legal update on the redistricting reform effort.

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Today:  we talk with Marc Magill, the executive director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, which provides services for veterans in northwest Indiana.  He is busy these days on a series of major goals for the facility that provides outpatient services in Crown Point   Marc talks about the alarming rate of veteran suicides and the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line -- 1-800-273-8255.  

We have another edition of "Green FleetRadio" with Carl Lisek, supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  This week's topic focuses on bioproducts made from soybeans.

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Today:   Sweltering heat and huge amounts of rain can make a negative impact on Hoosier roads, bridges and even electric lines that we all rely upon.  Some bridges are designed to last 100 years, but the extreme weather can make it unlikely for them to reach such a ripe old age.  The Midwest Economic Policy Institute just completed two reports on the issues of extreme weather caused by climate changes -- and what should be done to keep these events from causing more problems than necessary.  Mary Craighead is a transportation policy analyst for the Instute, and she joins us to talk about t

5-Dollar Dinners website

Today;   Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer just returned from a national workshop on the federal tax reform act changes and their impact on Hoosiers' retirement savings.  He briefs us on the big changes.

We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by Souoth Shore Clean Cities, with host Carl Lisek.

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Today:   Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds joins us to talk about the series of roundtable discussions  that he and his fellow Indiana Sheriffs Association members have held across the state -- including one at his jail in Valparaiso recently -- to talk about the big issues that they are dealing with.  They include narcotics (the opioid epidemic, in particular), mental health issues and overcrowded jails.  Reynolds will become the president of the ISA in about two years from now.

The Chicago Lighthouse-Vimeo

Today:   Steve and Georgianne Pangere are going to receive a special award from The Chicago Lighthouse on June 22nd, and they join us ahead of the event to talk about it, as well as about Steve's amazing story of life after blindness.  That story includes success in continuing the family business to the success it is today.

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Today:   Gary Public Transportation Corp. general manager Daryl Lampkins and Northwest Indiana RDA spokesman Dave Wellman are in the studio to talk about this week's Regional Transportation Summit -- a day-and-one-half-long event that begins on Thursday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.  The mission of the event is to hold "crucial conversations" dealing with the challenges, efficiencies, connectivity and growth of the Region's public transportation system.

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Today:  we have highlights of the races in the May 8th primary election, along with reaction from winners and from the "Times" reporters and political observers who joined us on Tuesday night's four-hour broadcast.

IU Northwest

Today:   Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is back in the studio to talk about events coming up this month -- including another immigration deportation protest vigil at the Gary-Chicago International Airport, and of an upcoming lawsuit hearing in federal court in Hammond involving the city of Gary. That hearing is all about Gary's "welcoming city" status.

We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  He talks with Dunes Learning Center executive Geoff Benson.

Indiana Dept of Child Services

Today:   Retired Indiana University Northwest professor Rick Hug joins us to talk about his creation -- now in its 28th year.  The Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held on the Gary campus on Friday, in the new Arts and Sciences Building.  Hug says they have a very knowledgable keynote speaker and participant in one of the workshops this year. 

NPR

Today:    we look at one facet of the opioid addiction crisis that is gripping the nation as well as the state of Indiana -- the enormous cost that it brings, in terms of families as well as communities.  NPR News is reviewing the issue in Muncie, Indiana and interviewed Ball State University economist Michael Hicks for its Web story.  Professor Hicks, the director of the Center for Business Economics and Research, compared the opioid epidemic to a war in economic terms.  He discusses with us the personal  economic impact, and his team's new report that compares how jobs as well as health i

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Today:  we find out the latest in a semi-annual report from PNC Financial Services Group from a survey of small- and mid-sized Indiana businesses owners and executives on the Hoosier economy -- how it's going and what needs to be improved.  They mention the lower percentage of qualified employees that can be hired in Indiana.  Kurt Rankin is a vice president and economist with PNC.

We have the latest edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Host Carl Lisek talks with Therese Haller of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

Guy Rhodes Photography website

Today:  we revisit our conversation with northwest Indiana native and photographer Guy Rhodes.  He was fortunate to be able to go to South Korea to photograph members of the U.S. Winter Olympics team.  He's posted several of his photos in U.S. media during the Olympics as well as on his web site.

We also bring you another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities.  Carl Lisek's guest today is the director of the Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor, Ian Hurt.

INDOT

Today:  a conversation with Matt Deitchley, director of communications for the LaPorte District of the Indiana Department of Transportation, better known as INDOT.  He'll review the history of Interstate-65  -- how it got so comgested -- and the plans for improving I-65 in Lake and northern Newton Counties.  INDOT's contractors are widening the highway between U.S.

WMUB Public Media

Today:   we continue our conversation on the proposed solid waste materials recovery facility in Gary with "the other side" of the issue.  Sam Henderson, an attorney for the Hoosier Environmental Council, is in the studio to talk about the concerns that the HEC and local citizens, businesses and educational organizations like the Steel City Academy about Maya Energy LLC's proposal. 

IN Passenger Rail Alliance

Today:  we find out the latest concerns about railroad safety, especially in light of recent passenger and freight train incidents around the country, from Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance president Steve Coxhead.  Steve also has updates on the Amtrak "Hoosier State" and "Cardinal" services between Indianapolis and Chicago and -- for the "Cardinal" -- points to the East Coast.   A very unique south Lake County bed-and-breakfast is featured as Indiana's only listing on a special U.S.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer is back to talk about the ways that investors can remain calm in a long-running bull market, as we're experiencing, and get some last-minute tips and advice when preparing the 2017 income tax returns ahead of the April 19th filing deadline.

We have another edition of Green Fleet Radio, supported by South Shore Clean Cities, with host Carl Lisek and guest Ted Barns with Gas Technology Institute.  We also have the third of the three-part series from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Emilee Syberg on low-income housing in Indiana.

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Today:  We continue our look into active shooter preparedness in northwest Indiana, with a conversation with Portage Police Chief Troy Williams.  His department is preparing a series of workshops beginning on March 13th to address concerns about active shooter situations for not only schools, but churches and businesses.

Today:  we revisit our conversation with Irene Boone Phillips and Mike Maska, both with Franciscan Health, which is a lead agency for the Lake County Smoking Prevention and Cessation Program.  The program's anti-smoking public information campaign continues this week.

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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. 

Gary/Chicago Crusader

Today:  Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana joins us to talk about the 6th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon, to be held on March 22nd in Merrillville.   She explains the categories for this year's awards -- how applicants can put in nominations for them -- and how the awards fit in with the Urban League's goals of promoting, encouraging and enhancing services for all minority groups in northwest Indiana.  The deadline for applications for this year's awards is February 16th.

Wolverton Mountain blog

Today:  we revisit our conversation with former Gary Mayor Scott King.  King was Mayor from 1996 to 2006.  He talks about his experiences as Mayor and how the city of Gary's recovering from tough financial times, including some major improvements made at Gary-Chicago International Airport..

Carl Lisek offers this week's edition of "Green Fleet Radio."  He talks with Richard DeBoer, Executive Vice President of Ozinga about the business and its efforts to "go green.".

Penn State University

Today:  Joe Wood with INVestEd, a Hoosier non-profit that makes higher education possible for Hoosier families, joins us to talk about the organization and its more than 35 years of work, that includes helping set up college fairs and FAFSA events across the state.  The work includes financial aid literacy and lending support for college-bound students and their families.  The organization is setting up its first Indiana College Re-Fi Week, from January 29th to February 2nd to help Hoosiers reduce their college debt load.