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Today:  Noted Indiana economist-speaker-writer Morton Marcus joins us to talk about some of his latest "Eye on the Pie" columns published across the state that cover the Hoosier and national economy and related topics, sprinkled with his unique (and sometimes whimsical) views.

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Today:   A conversation with Dr. Indra Frank, the environmental health director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, about a new report of the impact of coal-fired power plants' ash disposal pits on water quality in the areas near the pits.  The HEC used new data released for the first time as a requirement of the 2015 federal coal ash rule to create the report.  Dr. Frank goes through the data that affects northwest Indiana the most: coal ash coming from the Bailly Generation Station along Lake Michigan at the Port of Indiana and the Schaefer power plant in Jasper County.

One of the firms that worked on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida, killing six people, also is building a bridge in East Chicago.

CBS-2 is reporting that Florida-based FIGG Bridge Group designed the Florida pedestrian bridge that collapsed, and is building the upcoming Cline Avenue bridge replacement.

The new bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal will rise 10 stories over the canal when it opens next year,  It replaces a Cline Avenue bridge closed and declared unsafe by INDOT.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we have "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon to talk about the stories they covered both in print and online.  Much of what they worked on was related to public education, school safety and gun reform.

We also bring you a report from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on the close of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly on Wednesday at midnight and a look at the issues addressed this session.

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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: a conversation with Lake County Coronor Merilee Frey, after she spoke to the recent Lake County Advancement Commission meeting in Schererville about the Region's opioid epidemic.  She offers the latest figures and more.  We also have a related feature from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Lindsey Wright.  She focuses on what regional and state leaders are hoping to find out from the Trump administration, when it announces its policy plan in the weeks ahead.

HOBART, Ind. (AP) — The former treasurer of a defunct northern Indiana funeral home faces felony charges for allegedly misusing funds set aside for customers' funerals.

A Lake County judge entered a not guilty plea Monday on 67-year-old Jacqueline Kraft's behalf. She faces theft, corrupt business influence and other charges.

Prosecutors allege that between 2003 and 2015 customers paid Kraft Funeral Home funds intended for their funerals or cremations when they died.

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Maya Energy LLC is a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary.  The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.   The principal of the company, Jim Ventura, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to explain the project and to answer questions about it.  Here's the conversation.

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Last year’s Senate Bill 567 set in motion plans for the state to intervene in Muncie and Gary schools.  This year, House Bill 1315 updates many provisions in that bill, including handing the running of Muncie Community Schools from an emergency manager to Ball State University.

Hoosier Protest Art Exhibited In Chicago

Mar 12, 2018
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An exhibit of protest art from demonstrations across northern Indiana was on display at Chicago art gallery, Uri-Eichen over the weekend.  
 

The exhibit titled, “Art of Resistance and Resilience in Northwest Indiana” was organized by the advocacy group Northwest Indiana Resist. Uri-Eichen, located minutes from downtown Chicago, had little walking room. It was full of visitors and Hoosier protest art.

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Today:   we look at two major environemtal projects in northwest Indiana.  First, a conversation with Jim Ventura of Maya Energy LLC, a Merrillville-based company that is working on the materials recovery and recycling facility that is proposed along West 35th Avenue in Gary.  The facility will accept many types of recyclables, construction and demolition waste and mixed waste that can be converted into fuel, and prepare it for end users.   

INDIANAPOLIS – Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mike Braun and Luke Messer have agreed to debate April 30 in a televised statewide event organized by the independent Indiana Debate Commission.

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Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we call on LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for his stories published and posted this week, as well as stories from "Post-Tribune" reporter Greg Tejeda.    And we have, on the phone from Brown County, "Howey Politics Indiana" creator and editor Brian Howey for a look at politics around the state and country.

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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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East Chicago native and resident Guy Rhodes lists his talents as a photographer as well as lighting designer and video producer on his resume -- and what he does every day.  Guy just returned from South Korea, where he was stationed right in the middle of the Winter Olympics, taking dramatic (and often artistic) photos of snowboarders and skiers in competition for the gold.  Guy joined us in the Lakeshore Public Radio studio on Tuesday to talk about himself and his work on "Regionally Speaking."

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Today:  we revisit our conversations with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez, Jr. and Portage Police Chief Troy Williams on being prepared for an active shooter situation, in light of the recent one at a high school in Florida.  Police departments in communities like in Portage are offering workshops to educate the public in how they can deal with these serious incidents.

We have for you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, this time with a young Muslim woman here in northwest Indiana.

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have fallen just over 6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.39/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost one cent per gallon in the last week to $2.52/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Today:   a conversation with  Purdue University Northwest associate professor psychology Christina Ragan and Liz Bernel with the university's Art Collections and Special Events, about Tuesday's "Brain Awareness Day" on the Westville campus and a week-long accompanying art exhibit in the Gallery in the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

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CROWN POINT - A local activist group who call themselves "Faith in Action" will be protesting outside of a gun show at the Lake County Fair Grounds this weekend.  The group is from the First Unitarian Church of Hobart. Maggie Reister, who serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the church, says Faith in Action will be putting its name into practice with a peaceful demonstration.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Finalists have been announced in the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association (APBA) 2017 contest.

The awards in actual order of finish - first and second places - will be announced at the APBA awards banquet on Saturday, April 14 in Indianapolis.

Lakeshore Public Radio - 89.1 FM (WLPR-FM) has been nominated as a finalist in four categories, including: Best Spot News Reporting (Sharon Jackson), Best General News (Sharon Jackson), Best Community Impact (Chris Nolte), and Best Reporter (Sharon Jackson).

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Today:  it's Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, when we ask reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about the stories they covered -- both online and in print.  On this edition, we have "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Dan Carden, Rob Earnshaw and Joseph Pete.

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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.

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Hoosiers will be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays starting March 4.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Ind.) will finalize the historic legalization of Sunday carryout alcohol sales at a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday afternoon.

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Today:  Crown Point Community Schools Superintendent Teresa Eineman is the recipient of one of the latest "Innovator of the Month" awards from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana, for the successes and improvements made during her 13 years so far as CPSC's CEO.  She joins us on the program to talk about it all.  

Senate Committee Changes Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Feb 27, 2018

A Senate committee made changes Tuesday to a bill regulating autonomous vehicles. The bill’s Senate sponsor says the amendment seeks to find a middle ground between self-driving car manufacturers and those who want tighter controls on the industry.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA- Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just over two cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.46/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has fallen just over a penny per gallon in the last week to $2.50/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Today:  a conversation with Dyer resident Joshua DeBoer, better known as "Joshua D."  He is the creator of one of the nation's most popular games on the Internet, "Vehicle Simulator," available through Roblox.com.  His personal story is in itself worth listening to.

A Senate committee unanimously recommended creation of a special legislative study commission to investigate the Department of Child Services Monday.

Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) authored the resolution. He says his proposed two-year commission is not meant to interfere with an ongoing, independent review of the embattled state agency.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Flooding on the Kankakee River continues to present challenges for those living in Schneider. Todd Kluber, Meteorologist with the Chicago National Weather Service in Romeoville, on Wednesday said parts of the river will remain a concern in the short term.

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