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Veterans History Project

Today:   As we approach Memorial Day, we talk with Karen Lloyd, a retired Army Colonel who is director of the Veteran's History Project. It is part of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center that collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of U.S. war veterans so that their stories live on.  She is encouraging individuals and groups to contribute photos, letters or diaries of deceased veterans and to record conversations with those still living.  And Karen will offer information on how to do this.

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Jamal Washington takes his job as a Lake County Councilman very seriously, and his passion about the concerns of his constituents comes through in his conversation on Monday on "Regionally Speaking."  He represents Merrillville, Gary’s Miller and Eastside neighborhoods, and precincts in Schererville and Griffith.

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Today:  an extended conversation in the studio with Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington about the County Council's work and some of the issues that he is most concerned about.  

Hammond City Councilwoman and Council President Janet Venecz joins us to talk about tonight's Council meeting -- where an ordinance will be introduced amending the mission of the city's Human Relations Commission to include LGBTQIA issues.

Road construction season is underway, and after state lawmakers allocated more money for local roads, House Speaker Brian Bosma says communities should see a big season.

“We want them to start smelling asphalt in July,” Bosma said after unveiling the road funding package in April.

Indiana’s local communities will receive at least $200 million for roads and bridges in the state’s new infrastructure funding package.

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," we find out the latest about the Indiana State Department of Health's response to the opiod epidemic, segregation in Hoosier schools, and just what kind of impact does all the rain have for contaminating water reserves.

A who’s-who of Midwest business leaders met in Indianapolis Thursday to talk about their stake in fixing updating the nation’s aging transportation system.

Many say Indiana’s plans for road repairs should stand as a national, multi-modal example.

Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper, who helped host the roundtable discussion, says the state and national economies rely on more than ships and barges. Changes at one part of the system, he says, have huge ripple effects on the rest.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill Thursday providing aid for a lead contaminated neighborhood in East Chicago, Indiana.

House Bill 1344 expands lead testing in the soil and water of the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago. At the bill signing in East Chicago, Holcomb says nothing could be more important than getting the city back on track.

“From the street to your Statehouse to the White House, we are going to make sure East Chicago stays on track,” says Holcomb.

McCormick: ‘Concern’ 2 SBOE Seats Still Vacant

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As two seats sit vacant on Indiana’s education policy-creating body, the state’s highest-ranking education official is concerned.

As Gary Community Schools prepares for a state-hired emergency manager to take control, the seat on the state education board that represents the district remains vacant.

The same goes for East Chicago Schools as it faces a lead contamination crisis in the community.

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Today:  It's Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, where we bring in the reporters who worked on some of the major news stories of northwest Indiana this week.  On the program today were Greg Tejeda, who covers the city of Gary for the Post-Tribune -- Sarah Reese of the Times of Northwest Indiana -- Carrie Napoleon, Lake County government reporter for the Post-Tribune -- and Joseph Pete with the Times of Northwest Indiana.

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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A former U.S. Representative whose credentials include being vice-chairman of the 9/11 Commission is speaking out about the concerns that President Trump could have shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials.  Lee Hamilton talked with WFIU Public Radio in Bloomington, where he works as the director of the Center on Congress.  Here is a Q&A account of that conversation. 

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State Senator Karen Tallian talked with us for Wednesday's "Regionally Speaking" about how the 2017 General Assembly session went, in her opinion, and about the major issues which were reviewed and passed on to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature -- including major infrastructure like roads and bridges and how to pay for those projects and the two-year Indiana state budget. 

Karen also talks about what may come up in the 2018 session.

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The latest concern that law enforcement, addiction treatment centers and the public face in the battle against opioids is called "gray death."  It's a deadly concoction of gravel-like heroin that was first reported in Southern states and is spreading across the country.   The drug is so powerful that it can be absorbed into the body by merely touching it. 

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Today:   Valerie Thorn, the executive director of the RecoveryWorks treatment facility in Merrillville, talks about the latest concerns that law enforcement, addiction treatment centers and the public face in the battle against opioids -- "gray death."  It's a deadly concoction of gravel-like heroin that was first reported in Southern states and is spreading across the country.

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INDIANA - Northwest Indiana is being featured as one stop in the Brand USA MegaFam tour.  Katie Holderby, Executive Vice President of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority says the trip is a familiarization tour of the Midwest.  

"So the tour is through Brand USA and its tour operators and travel agents from the UK and Ireland and they are starting in Pennsylvania then coming into Indiana doing several major attractions in Indianapolis and then traveling north, on route to Chicago they're stopping at Albanese Candy to tour that facility"  Holderby says.

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State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the just-completed 2017 General Assembly session and the big issues that lawmakers addressed. 

He also talks about the bills he introduced and supported that affect northwest Indiana residents and businesses -- including road and bridge improvements, and his bill that sets up the mechanism to support the South Shore Line's "double tracking" between Gary and Michigan City and the proposed "West Lake Corridor" project. 

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Today:   A conversation with State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) about the just-completed 2017 General Assembly session and the big issues that lawmakers addressed.  He also talks about the bills he introduced and supported that affect northwest Indiana residents and businesses -- including road and bridge improvements, and his bill that sets up the mechanism to support the South Shore Line's "double tracking" between Gary and Michigan City and the proposed "West Lake Corridor" project.  

John Cain, host of Eye on the Arts, talks with Trish Hernandez, Director of Marketing and Development at South Shore Arts, about the upcoming 23rd Annual Beaux Arts Ball, taking place Friday, June 3rd.

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Two Indiana Public Broadcasting reporters joined in NPR 's Education unit for a series of stories on Indiana's school voucher program -- one of the country's largest.  Here's the first report

More reports are expected to come from Eric Weddle and Peter Balanon-Rosen  in the weeks ahead.

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update," host Sara Dykstra explains how President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey might impact a state senate race in 2018, we'll get the latest on a lawsuit involving the Gary-Chicago International Airport, and we'll hear from John Cain with "Eye on the Arts."

INDIANA - Starting on May 12th Region residents, and anyone driving through Northwest Indiana had better be diligent about wearing their seat belt while driving, because anyone who doesn't could get a ticket.

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Today: it's the weekly Reporters' Roundtable conversation of many of the big local news stories, with Times of Northwest Indiana reporters Bill Dolan and Carmen McCollum and one important state education story -- Wednesday's meeting of the Indiana state Board of Education, covered by Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle.

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Today:  We learn more about "InnovateHERS," a nationwide cash-prize competition by the U.S. Small Business Administration that encourages businesswomen to offer their ideas for innovative products and services that fill a need in the marketplace and have commercial potential.  Valparaiso attorney Angela Cossen is a member of the regional "InnovateHERS" committee that is asking for nominations to consider this summer here n northwest Indiana. 

The winner of the regional competition will then go on to the semifinal round.

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Today:  Dan Klein, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Northwest Indiana joins us to talk about the house being constructed in Lowell by volunteers -- most of them women -- who are involved in this year's National Women Build Week.  Volunteers got together recently to build the walls of the house, and they were transported to the site on North Castle Street for today's work.  Klein also talks about other local Habitat for Humanity building projects coming up.

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Hoosier residents are being invited Tuesday evening to participate in a unique conversation model at participating restaurants across the state -- including Dish Restaurant in Valparaiso -- to talk about the nature of evidence and how we decide if it's reliable and valid.

Indiana Humanities calls the event "Chew on This: Are You Sure."  Indianapolis author-editor-cultural strategist David Hoppe will act as a facilitator for the local event, and he joined us Monday on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about it. 

Legacy Foundation

Today:  A conversation with Legacy Foundation President Carolyn Saxton about the September 26th "On The Table" community mealtime discussions about finding ways to make Lake County healthier, safer and more prosperous. The concept is being introduced with a $60,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked with Bruce Rowe with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on the plans to reopen the Mount Baldy beach -- but keep the now-infamous sand dune closed.

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EAST CHICAGO -  Just over 100 East Chicago kids will be getting a job this year in the city's 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program. 

Malcolm Jones, Multi Media Associate for the city of East Chicago, says the program is conducted every year and the number of kids employed in it varies. "We have youth that works in various departments such as public works, the parks department, and just so many other departments where young people are able to get experience that they can definitely use in the future such as experience they can use in college" Jones said.

John Cain, host of Eye on the Arts, talks with Phil Potempa, Marketing Director for Theatre at the Center, about the upcoming performance of "Cabaret," from May 4th through June 4th. 

On this week's "Lakeshore Update" we'll get an update from Nick Janzen on the struggles residents continue to face in East Chicago, what Governor Holcomb and Senator Melton think of their first sessions, Sharon Jackson reports that Mt. Baldy will finally re-open, and we'll get the latest from host Sara Dykstra on four school referendums in the Region.

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LA PORTE COUNTY - A car went off the road and crashed into a house at about 6 o'clock Friday morning. Captain Michael Kellems says it happened at 4058 N US 35, about two miles north of La Porte.  There were several people in the home at the time of the crash, including children; none of them were injured.  La Porte County Sheriff's deputies responded and found a gray 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer had left the roadway and struck the residence.

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