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Indiana Democratic Party Caucus

Today:   we revisit our conversation with State Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary), who says this is to be his last General Assembly session.  Brown is not seeking re-election and is endorsing fellow Democrat and Gary Common Councilwoman Regan Hatcher for the party's primary election  in May.

Residents in Valparaiso can learn how to help "stop the bleed" if anyone they encounter is bleeding profusely before the first responders arrive.  Valparaiso Fire Chief Chad Dutz joins us to talk about this Sunday's initial public awareness and training session at MAAC,

Today:  a conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer on the "season for giving," including keeping track of your year-round charitable donations to prepare for income tax filing and how to best organize one's donations to report them.

Denise Rodriguez of NIPSCO explains the features in the Low Income Heating Assistance Program and other payment programs that the utility offers to help customers who may need help in paying their hearing bills this winter.

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Today:  two conversations dealing with the laws and the rules and regulations behind the question of what is a "service animal" and what is a "comfort animal."  The recent incident at the County Line Orchard between a visitor to the business and two employees prompted my associate producer (and board op) Dee Dotson and I to begin this examination of the issues and the conversations with Peter Berg, a veteran specialist and trainer at Chicago-based Great Lakes ADA Center and Rebecca Huss, a professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law who teaches courses in animal law.

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Today:  a conversation with the executive director of the city of Gary's Human Relations Commission, Haneiifah Khaliq, about this evening's Unity Walk and Rally in downtown Gary.  The northwest Indiana community's invited to participate in an event that is intended to show unity with a Virginia community that has become a visible part of the fight against racism and for tolerance. 

Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer returns with some tips on using Social Security benefits to their best use when planning one's retirement years. 

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Summer is in full gear and for many, that means traveling the country and taking some much-needed time off. But if you’re like many Americans, there’s a good chance you’ll also be taking on some debt in order to take your trip. According to a new survey, 74% of people polled say they’ve gone into debt to pay for a vacation (the average vacation debt is $1,108).

 

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about summertime vacations, how expensive they can be and how not to let them affect your family budget or your saving for your retirement years.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore introduces us to a Gary resident who's tired of all of the bad publicity about his hometown -- and has produced a documentary offering some positive things to consider.

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A 2017 survey from T. Rowe Price that analyzed parent attitudes and behaviors associated with youngsters' financial habits showed that positive money behaviors "rubbed off" onto their offspring.   Conversely, troubling financial habits were often found when parents had a troubling history with money.

Northwest Indiana-based advisor Greg Hammer came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about that survey and offered some common-sense tips that can establish positive habits and minimize the negative ones.

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Today: A conversation with Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas on why the City Council deferred action on a request to rescind the city's $25 a year vehicle "wheel tax" in favor of a state wheel tax plan.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore attended a recent Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce meeting where the head of a Florida-based bridge construction company talked about the new Cline Avenue bridge.  He also talked to East Chicago residents and motorists who are glad that the new bridge will be built soon but not about the $2.50 toll that'll be charged to travel on it.

Indiana Senate Democrats

Today:  An extended conversation with northwest Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian (D) about the 2017 General Assembly session, the issues and the bills that addressed those issues and her thoughts on what might come up on the agenda of the 2018 Indiana Legislature session.

Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer joins us again to talk about the Trump administration tax reform program, as it now exists, and some common-sense advice to high school and college graduates as they get into the workplace and start earning a paycheck.

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For Financial Literacy Month,  we asked northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer to come on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to give us some basic tips and advice to follow on planning and implementing some sound financial goals. 

A recent national study found two out of every three American adult lack financial literacy.  Here's the conversation.

Community Healthcare System

Today:  a conversation with two Community Hospital officials on the new Surgical Center at the Munster hospital that is in its final stages of completion.  Dr. Richard Berkowitz and John Olmstead talk about the goals and objectives behind the $20 million project and how it fits into northwest Indiana's overall  healthcare picture. 

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The Federal Reserve Bank board on Wednesday decided to once again incrementally raise interest rates --the third such hike in the past 13 months.

Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer came on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday to examine the rate hike's impact on Hoosiers -- ranging from mortgages, to credit cards, to student loans, to what'll happen on Wall Street.  He first looks at how mortgage rates can change over time.

Today:   Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about the decision by the Federal Reserve Bank board on Wednesday to once again incrementally raise interest rates --the third such hike in the  past 13 months.  Hammer looks at the impact  on Hoosiers ranging from mortgages, to credit cards, to student loans, to what'll happen on Wall Street.

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This is income tax return preparation season and northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer came on "Regionally Speaking' on Wednesday to offer his advice to harried taxpayers to save time and reduce stress while preparing the return. 

His advice also included the top 20 deductions that Hammer says return preparers should not miss.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial adviser Greg Hammer joins us to talk about ways to make preparing and filing those income tax returns a little less stressful, including the top 20 deductions that all taxpayers should take advantage of.

Indiana Dunes Tourism executive director Lorelei Weimer tells us about the recent Certec report on the economic impact of travel and tourism to Porter County -- and you'll be surprised to hear just how much those tourist visits mean to the local economy.

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Today:  Brian Howey of "Howey Politics Indiana" joins us to review his 2017 HPI Power 50 List - a listing of the state's political  "movers and shakers" for the coming year.  They include some northwest Indiana figures who have been on many past Power 50 Lists.