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At the Veterans Cafe and Grill in Merrilville, they measure success by not only the food served but the help that the owners offer to veterans -- in some cases, saving lives.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore visited the eatery on Taft Street.

The United Fresh Start Foundation will be donating the equipment to provide salad bar to the East Chicago School system. Experts say fruits and vegetables can help with the absorption of lead into the body. Steven Lattimore has the story

  

The five priorities the ISDH focuses on include addressing the opioid epidemic, reducing infant mortality rates, reducing adult obesity rates, reducing adult smoking rates, ensuring preparedness for infectious disease and getting people enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan.

East Chicago Lawsuit

Jan 12, 2017

Seven residents of the lead and arsenic–polluted East Chicago, Indiana neighborhood want to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s lawsuit against the companies paying for the cleanup. The residents argue neither party represents their interests, and they want more say. David Chizewer is one of their attorneys—he says its an uncommon tactic, but an important step.

“So that they can have a voice in any changes that need to be made to the clean up process, because, as it’s gone forward so far, it’s been inadequate.”

The state board of education released district A-F grades Wednesday for the 2015-2016 school year. More than 150 schools saw their rating dip, with 90 percent of Indiana schools receiving a B or C rating.

Only 23 school corporations received an A rating. Gary Community Schools in northwest Indiana received the state’s single F rating.

President Obama's Farewell Speech

Jan 11, 2017
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The Hammond mayor is installing 33 license plate reader camera's to track cars coming into the city from Chicago.The plans was prompted by the alarming rise in murders in Chicago to 762.

City officials say the  data collected could be used to catch criminals.

Visclosky Town Hall

Jan 9, 2017

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Tom Pappas from the city of Portage's veterans committee will offer the latest news of interest to Region veterans and talk about the latest activities of the group.

We'll hear from Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson with her conversation with Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.  about getting ride of an eyesore in his city's Hessville neighborhood.

An old car wash at 169th and Kennedy in Hammond, that Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. referred to as an eyesore, is now leveled.

The structure was demolished sometime during the last two weeks of December. McDermott says it's not yet known what is going to go on the property.

McDermott says the demolition is great news for Hammond's Hessville section, as well as the businesses up and down Kennedy Ave. He says eliminating that eye sore was a long time coming and now finding a new use for the property will come with a small challenge.

luerstreefarm.com / Luers Tree Farm

Region residents who want a real Christmas Tree have an entire tree farm they can go to which is local and family-owned! Luers Tree Farm, at 6303 West 91st Avenue in Crown Point started in 1976 and is still in business.

Doug Luers is a second generation owner who took over the business from his father, Bud, who started the operation while Doug was still in High School.

A Minnesota steel company is spending almost $9 million dollars to grow its operations at the Port of Indiana in Burns Harbor, as state officials say they’ll prioritize Indiana ports and infrastructure investment in 2017.

Ratner Steel Supply plans to double the size of its four-year-old operations in Portage, just east of Gary.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says Ratner will add a few dozen jobs and expand its ability to ship steel across the Region.

Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Radio

MERRILLVILLE -  His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and his wife, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia visited Northwest Indiana to carry-on their humanitarian work for the Princess' charity organization, Lifeline Chicago.

The Region leg of their tour included a stop at at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, where church leaders and Reverend Father Parish Priest Marko Matic welcomed them.

MERRILLVILLE - Whether it's Valentine's Day or any other day of the year, no matter if we're single, in a relationship or looking for our soulmate, many of us reflect on our love-life. Lakeshore Public Radio is bringing you a series on Love and finding love, and for this presentation we've talked with three top love and relationship experts about what their advice would be to someone looking for love, for someone in a relationship and someone going through a breakup.

Community Conversation: West Calumet Lead Crisis

Sep 15, 2016

“Community Conversation: West Calumet Lead Crisis” brought the lead contamination crisis of the West Calumet Housing Complex to the airwaves of Lakeshore Public Radio. The 1-hour conversation explored further, the West Calumet Housing Complex and the issues with lead and arsenic contamination. Discussion followed on the history of the West Calumet Housing Complex, moving issues for residents, as well as the harmful effects of lead poisoning.

Joining host and moderator Tom Maloney were:

East Chicago, Indiana’s school district has received a $3 million state disaster relief loan to make an abandoned middle school suitable for elementary school students.

After dangerous levels of lead and arsenic were found next to Carrie Gosh Elementary School, district officials relocated the school’s 450 students to a former middle school that had been empty for one year.

“It was not in any way shape or form ready for school to be open in that building,” says Paige McNulty, School City of East Chicago Superintendent.

East Chicago School Disaster Relief

Sep 15, 2016

The city of East Chicago, Indiana is still in disaster relief mode after residents recently learned their soil contains poisonous levels of lead. State officials have loaned the school district 3 million dollars to support its response to the crisis.

East Chicago’s Carrie Gosch elementary school sits next to soil that contains staggering levels of lead. That’s a major health threat that can harm children’s brain development.

East Chicago Residents Fear The Unknown

Sep 2, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting further tests for lead contamination in East Chicago near the West Calumet Housing Complex and Carrie Gosch Elementary school. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, many worry the residential neighborhood has been unsafe for decades.

Lake county Fair   

Crystal O'Brien

GARY  -  Gary native and self-published author Crystal O'Brien is now a happy, at-peace person, but that was not always the case.  There was a time when no matter what she did, she just couldn't get happy and it all stemmed back to her tumultuous upbringing.

O'Brien was the victim of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her own father.  It went on for several years from the time she was 12 until she was 15 years-old.

Ken Page

UNDATED - Valentine's Day 2016 just passed and it's a time many of us reflect on our love-life and maybe even on the topic of love in-general.

Lakeshore Public Radio is bringing you this series on Love and finding love, with Ken Page, author the best selling book "Deeper Dating: How to drop the Games Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy."

Valentines Day is not just about romantic love. It's about all kinds of love. After all, the search for love is really an intimacy journey.

(LAKE COUNTY, IN)  - Three out-of-state companies, which may or may not be real, have used the complexities of a tax sale to cheat Lake County residents out of surplus money they were entitled to from the sale of their property.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the three companies and their owners for allegedly working in concert to perpetrate the scheme.

Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Media

The "Making Lake Michigan Great" tour is underway, and the research vessel W.G. Jackson visited the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor. Dr. Janet Vail, Supervisor of the Education and Outreach program aboard the boat, says the tour started in 1998 and has visited 33 ports of call on Lake Michigan since it began.

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