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Calumet Artist Residency

Today:    Sam Love, the president of the Calumet Artist Residency, joins us to talk about the projects underway by the Gary-based group this summer:  their new campaign #publicart219  entitled "Gary Is," a poetry wall that comes from last year's Gary Poetry Project -- the Gary Nature Project that is being held in cooperation with the city  of Gary -- and a July 28th program that includes food, music and the Gary debut of "Ecopolis South Shore."   Sam explains in detail what that is.  It will be held at Progressive Community Church in the city's Emerson neighborhood.

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:   Indiana University Northwest economics professor Micah Pollak talks about the impact that the Trump administration's "tariff war" is beginning to have on industries and jobs in northwest Indiana and the rest of the Hoosier State -- including agriculture.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reporting that 812,600 Indiana jobs are supported by global trade.

Inside Indiana Business

Today:   Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to the President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, Heather Ennis, about the region-wide plan that the agency is working on -- an economic develoipment "playbook," of sorts. 

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Today:    on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we begin with an update on the issues surrounding Indiana and national politics.  Brian Howey, creator and editor of the online "Howey Politics Indiana" newsletter, joins us from Indianapolis to talk about the controversy involving Indiana Attorney General Cirtis Hill, the U.S.

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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.

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Today:   we bring you a "best of Reporters' Roundtable."   "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan, Carmen McCollum and Doug Ross along with "Chicago Reporter" reporter Kayln Belsha.  They talk about the stories they covered recently during our Thursday programs. 

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Today:   the Superintendent of the Lake County Fairgrounds, Paul Carlson, joins us in the studio to talk about the facility in Crown Point that is in use year-round -- and is getting ready this month for the two weeks in the summer when it becomes the home of the Lake County Fair.

We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.   The Welcome Project collects first-person stories and pairs these with intentional conversation to help forge stronger ties within and across our communities.  

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Steven Henshaw is CEO of EnviroForensics of Indianapolis, an environmental engineering, consulting and design remediation firm that just opened a branch office in northwest Indiana.  He joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the business and how it's already made inroads into tackling the Region's environmental problems.   It's been asked to look into several local projects.   Here's the conversation.

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Today:    We begin with a conversation with Lauren Radusin and Ellen Kapitan, members of the South Shore Roller Girls roller derby team.  The team is approaching its 5th birthday and will observe it with a Birthday Bout and doubleheader in Hammond on July 14th.  But first, the Roller Girls are inviting everyone to an open call-out on July 8th in Portage -- and you don't have to know how to skate to participate.

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On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting, Brandon Smith talks about new Indiana state laws that take effect July 1st, you’ll hear about the death of Jackson Family patriarch Joe Jackson and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Holly Passi of the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Health Center about PTSD.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”..  

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HIGHLAND - Dollar General now has a new location in Highland.  The grand opening of its newly-relocated store at 3325 45th Street is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30th.

Public Relations Manager for Dollar General, Mary Kathryn Colbert says the company thought the town of Highland could be served better with a bigger store.

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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday edition, we asked Michigan City "News-Dispatch" reporter Kelley Smith to join "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon and "Inside Indiana Business" senior writer-reporter Dan McGowan to talk about the stories they posted online and -- in Carrie's and Kelley's case,also put out in print for their newspapers.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us today we well. 

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.

Today:  Michigan City Area Schools' Krueger Middle School is set up to study environmenntal sciences, and students there have already made inroads in recycling and composting.  We talk with enviromental sciences teacher Daisy Lee about the spring semester programs that will continue on into the next school year. 

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Today:   A conversation with Holly Passi, the licensed clinical psychologist at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center  in Chicago, about post traumatic distress disorder (which is now being known sinply as PTS).  Passi wjoins other health care professionals at the facility in helping veterans and their families deal with their trauma. This month is national PTSD Awareness Month.

President Donald Trump has overridden an Obama executive order meant to protect the oceans and Great Lakes. It was written in response to the 2010 BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. 

New Gas Tax Increase Takes Effect Next Month

Jun 21, 2018

Indiana’s gas tax is set to increase again this year – it’s a small hike after last year’s 10 cent surge.

Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring on "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan and Joseph Pete, to talk about the stories they worked on and presented in print and online for the newspaper.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us with her conversation with Christian Jorgensen, the Republican Party candidate who won the 7th District County Council nomination after a recount of votes. 

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The winner of the Republican Party in the May primary for the Lake County Council Christian Jorgensen talked with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson after Friday's recount. Jorgensen is currently President of the St John Town Council and he is an attorney by trade.  Jorgensen ran against incumbent Eldon Strong for the 7th district seat.  When asked about his opponent's concession of the race he said that was a positive.
 

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Residents in northwest Indiana are urging officials to block a proposed $50 million waste processing and recycling facility.

Environmentalists and residents asked the Little Calumet River Basin Commission last week to not renew a 2016 licensing agreement with Maya Energy, The Times reported . The company failed to build the facility in Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Gary residents expressed concerns about how the facility planned in the city would change the river's water quality.

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A company that helps people enroll in health care plans and maintain coverage is going to expand its Indiana headquarters and a satellite office in the state.

The state announced Tuesday that LaPorte-based CareEnroll plans to invest more than $3 million to renovate and update its headquarters, investing in building enhancements and new equipment and software. Fishers is the location for the satellite office.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The remains of a soldier from Gary who was captured and killed during the Korean War have been identified.

The remains of Army Pfc. David Baker will be buried Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Hobart.

Baker was 18 when he went missing in action in November 1950.

The Times reports the Defense Department use mitochondrial DNA analysis, anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence to identify the remains. They were included in 34 boxes of remains sent to the Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu.

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The son of a former northwestern Indiana township trustee has received no additional jail time for his role in his mother's federal public corruption case.

Fifty-two-year-old Steven Hunter of Chicago apologized Tuesday in federal court in Hammond. He was sentenced to a year of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution to the Calumet Township Trustee's office. He's already served five months in jail.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A city in northwestern Indiana is allowing the public to report certain crimes via the internet.

The Times says the Gary Police Department's online feature should be used for non-emergency situations within the city limits.

The Citizens Online Police Reporting System can be used to report battery, intimidation, lost property, telephone harassment, theft, threats and vandalism.

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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.

Purdue University Northwest

Students who attended classes in the spring semester are mostly gone, but both Purdue University Northwest campuses in Hammond and Westville are far from deserted these days.  Chancellor Thomas Keon's chief of staff, Richard Rupp, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about what takes place during the summer months.  Here's what Professor Rupp told us about the activities and programs, and the opportunities to get the PNW campuses ready for the fall semester..

Purdue University Northwest

Today:   We ask Purdue University Northwest Chancellor's chief of staff Richard Rupp:  What happens on both the Hammond and Westville campuses during the summer months, after spring commencement and the end of classes and before a new academic year begins?  (You'll be surprised to learn that a lot happens.)

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On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," with Dee Dotson, you'll hear about former President Barack Obama holding a secret meeting with a Hoosier Democrat, we'll hear the latest on the Noblesville Middle School shooting, Sharon Jackson reports on a deadline extension to apply for FEMA disaster recovery assistance, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Jamie Williams from Ameristar Casino about their new landside gaming area; all of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

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Since its launch in 2015, the JUUL has taken over the market for electronic cigarettes, better known as e-cigarettes.  According to a Nielson data report the JUUL achieved 46.8% of the e-cigarette market share this past April.  The rapid market growth is said to be spurred by the brand's decision to heavily market on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable program, we have Doug Ross and Dan Carden from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias-Pete from the "Post-Tribune" to talk about the stories they wrote and offered in print and online.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Tommy Williams and Sharon Jackson both have contributions as well.

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