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The editor and publisher of "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter, Ed Feigenbaum, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the latest news about the northwest Indiana casinos.  He went into detail about an Indiana Gaming Commission meeting this Thursday in Indianapolis that, if approved, could mean a major change at the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago. 

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Today:  a conversation with Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Tami Silverman on IYI programs underway and planned in northwest Indiana, as well as a new "Race for Results" report that highlights achievement and outcome gaps between different racial groups of children in Indiana and around the country.  Tami also talks about the importance of instilling in youngsters a philanthropic attitude.

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Today:  A new grassroots organizing group is making plans for a community rally this weekend about that it calls "common-sense gun laws."  We talk with Scott Houldieson and Barry Halgrimson with PDA-Calumet, a local branch of Progressive Democrats of America,  about the organization and about the rally on Saturday, November 18th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Indianapolis Blvd. and Cabella Drive in Hammond. 

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MICHIGAN CITY - A 12-year-old girl was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital after being attacked by a dog.  Michigan City Police Department Sergeant Chris Yagelski says police responded just before 7:45 Friday morning to the Dunewood Trailer Park on U.S. Highway 212.  Yagelski says the responding officer, Scott Combs arrived to a chaotic scene in which neighbors were attempting to beat off a Bull Mastiff, weighing about 140 pounds, attacking the child.  The girl was able to break free and run into the trailer, but the dog pursued and caught her and continued the attack.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - A question on many people's minds is when are gas prices going to go down.  But Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said Thursday that Northwest Indiana Hoosiers are getting a break.

"The good news is that so-far we're not seeing a rise in Northwest Indiana, at least at this point," DeHaan says. "Prices down in Northwest Indiana about 14 cents a gallon in the last week, averaging about $2.71 today."

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Today:   "Reporters Roundtable" takes this week off, and we bring you two political topics:   first, a conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics about the role that Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly might play in the upcoming tax reform bill debate on Capitol Hill.  Then, we bring you Monday evening's live broadcast of "A Community Conversation: Women in Politics" held at Crown Point Community Library.


HAMMOND - With the goal of opening a dialogue about racism and inspiring a focus on our commonalities over our differences, the Urban League of Northwest Indiana is having its Diversity and Inclusion Symposium at Purdue University Northwest from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday (11/9).  Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud, President and CEO Urban League of the Northwest Indiana serving Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties talks about the organization's goals.

Gary-Chicago Crusader

Today:  we revisit our conversation with Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins about the school district's growing high-tech education program that now includes Chromebooks for students.  The program recently picked up an Innovators Award from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana.


LA PORTE COUNTY - A group of people that have formed a Blue Ribbon Committee are working to help improve the financial standing of the LaPorte County Fairgrounds.  They are looking into one of the options, changing the oversight of the property without interfering with the fair.  Jack Arnett, executive director of the LaPorte County Convention & Vistors Bureau says the Agriculture Association that currently runs the fair and supervises events at the fairgrounds, had reached out to the county to try to get help financially.

Indiana Public Broadcasting News

Today:  WalletHub.com analyst Jill Gonzalez joins us to talk about how Indiana colleges and universities fared in this  year's  "Best Colleges" national list.  And Ball State University's new president, Geoffrey Mearns, is with us to talk about his new position (he became the university's 17th president about six months ago) and the new brand and the advertising campaign that was just introduced on Monday.

All But One First-Time School Funding Referenda Pass

Nov 7, 2017

UPDATE: Nearly all of Tuesday’s ballot measures passed. The LaGrange County Clerk’s office confirmed the levy for Westview schools received overwhelming support from voters with a 92 percent approval rate. Hobart and Hammond schools also received voter approval for their proposals. Meanwhile, 70 percent of voters in the West Clark School community rejected their $95 million referendum for major renovations at Silver Creek High.

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Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County is building a new addition to the agritourism destination -- a $15 million Fairfield Inn & Suites on the campus along I-65.  Chief Strategy Officer Michael McCall says it is a uniquely-built addition to the current restaurant and conference center. The new hotel should be completed in early 2019.   McCall talked with us about it, for an upcoming "Regionally Speaking" episode.

Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County

Donna Stuckert from the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about composting those discarded leaves, pumpkins and gourds from the Halloween decorations at the county's composting operation. 

She also talks about the upcoming "America Recycles Day," and the Porter County  Master Recycler program, which is seeking applicants for 2018 classes.


VALPARAISO - Valparaiso High School Principal Reid Amones quit his job suddenly on Monday.  Valparaiso Community Schools Associate Superintendent Dr. Julie Lauck said Amones resigned for personal and professional reasons.

"His reasoning for his resignation was to recharge and pursue some other professional and personal options," Lauck said.

Lakeshore Public Radio asked Lauck if Amones resigned for any adverse reasons, such as problems with students.

"Not to my knowledge, we're going by what he says on his resignation," Lauck said.

More than 30 East Chicago homeowners last week sued several companies the federal government holds responsible for toxic industrial contamination.

Those companies include DuPont, Atlantic Richfield, British Petroleum, U.S.S. Lead and Mueller Industries.

The lawsuit alleges those companies caused property loss to residents who live in a lead-contaminated Superfund site and that, “[f]or decades, Defendants’ lead smelting, lead refining, and other manufacturing processes wreaked environmental havoc in the Calumet neighborhood of East Chicago.”

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Today:  A conversation with noted Indiana economist, writer and speaker Morton Marcus about his "Eye on the Pie" columns that focus on the Hoosier economy and related issues.

Donna Stuckert from the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District joins us to talk about composting those discarded leaves, pumpkins and gourds from the Halloween decorations at the county's composting operation.  She also talks about the upcoming "America Recycles Day," and the Porter County  Master Recycler program, which is seeking applicants for 2018 classes.

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GARY - The Gary Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy in injured another man, a 20-year-old.  Public Information Officer Lieutenant Dawn Westerfield says officers responded just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday to the 400 block of South Huntington Street.

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CHESTERTON - The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is honoring the nation's Veterans with a film and short presentation. Bruce Rowe, Supervisory Park Ranger and Public Information Officer says the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore began offering programs honoring veterans and "Veterans Day" last year with a presentation about air craft carrier training that took place on Lake Michigan.

Indiana Public Media

Today:  On this Reporter Roundtable Thursday, we'll hear from Marc Chase, Rob Earnshaw and Carmen McCollum from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias from the "Post-Tribune" about the stories they worked on and got into print and online in recent days. 

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Isis Ferguson was one of the originators of "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen"  in downtown Gary. And she is still active in the facility, almost two years later. 

Isis and others joined Theaster Gates in turning his vision about the facility into reality, and she talks on Wednesday's "Regionally Speaking" program about the one-year anniversary of the grand opening coming on November 19th and what's planned for events in 2018.


NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen .5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.49/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana.

This compares with the national average that has increased just under a penny (0.6 cents) per gallon in the last week to $2.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Patrick DeHaan, Head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy says we've seen some increases recently.

Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan port will get nearly $10 million from the federal government for infrastructure upgrades to boost its capacity.

The port of Burns Harbor is spending nearly $20 million total to add rail miles and railcar storage, truck handling facilities, dock space and a new cargo terminal. The U.S. Department of Transportation FASTLANE grant will contribute to that.


Today:  a conversation with Isis Ferguson, one of the originators of "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen"  in downtown Gary. Isis and others joined Theaster Gates in following his vision about the facility into reality, and she talks about the one-year anniversary of the grand opening coming on November 19th and what's planned for events in 2018. 

IU Northwest

Today:  We find out about the latest Northwest Indiana Coincident Economic Index from Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak, and learn that the Region's economy is steadily improving. Pollak and his colleague Bala Arshanapalli sift through the data on several key areas of the  economy in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper Counties to create the Index report.  He presented the latest information at a recent Chancellor's Commission for Community Engagement meeting.

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MICHIGAN CITY - A Michigan City organization is working to get a Welcoming City Ordinance passed.  Marisa Chaples, founding member of the Michigan City Social Justice Group says the group recently held a community forum to enable people to learn about the proposed Welcoming City Ordinance.

University of Chicago/Delta Institute

Today:  we revisit our conversations with Peter Berg of Great Lakes ADA Center and Valparaiso University School of Law professor Rebecca Huss, on the difference between "service animal" and "comfort animal," as brought about by a recent incident involving the owner of an animal and employees at a northwest Indiana business.

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HAMMOND - A Hammond woman is facing a slew of charges that stem from possible drunk driving and a physical altercation with another woman.  Indiana State Police Spokesperson Sergeant Ann Wojas says that just before 3:30 in the morning on Wednesday (10/25), an Indiana State Trooper pulled-up behind a Buick SUV parked in one of the toll booth lanes on the Indiana Toll Road, just east of the Indiana/Illinios State Line.  The officer saw a woman get out of the front passenger door and throw a beer can at the driver while yelling expletives.  The passenger told the officer she and the driver ha

Lakeshore Public Media

On this edition of "Lakeshore Update" you'll hear from Sharon Jackson as she reports on a new program aimed to help veterans. Jill Sheridan talks about a report focused on ending the opioid crisis and how state policies are making an impact, and John Cain host of Eye On the Arts talks with Phil Bauman about the start of the season, "Tales of the Darkside." All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we turn to "Post-Tribune" reporters Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon, "Times" healthcare reporter Giles Bruce and LaPorte "Herald Argus" and Michigan City "News Dispatch" reporter Jon Gard for the stories they've worked on, posted online and put into print.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us.

Jim Chancellor, President/ CEO of American Veterans Collection

HAMMOND - A program is coming to Hammond that is designed to help veterans better their lives.  The program is Friday, October 27th at the Jean Shepherd Community Center.  Jim Chancellor, President and CEO of American Veterans Collection Inc. says there will be information and tools on-site veterans can utilize.