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Today:   We revisit our conversation about the South Shore Leadership Center's upcoming "Vision Project" delving into northwest Indiana issues and ways to deal with them.  The "Project's" task this time is on tourism.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson reports on gasoline prices and why they're so high this year compared to 2017. 

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 The annual observance of the tradition of honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. is taking place at universities around northwest Indiana – Valparaiso University's 28th annual observance is coming up on January 15th. Let's find out more from Byron Martin, the director of multicultural programs at VU. and Professor Heath Carter, the co-chairman of this year's committee.  Here is the conversation.

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Today:  Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at I.U.-Purdue Fort Wayne offers an analysis of Tuesday night's "State of the State" address from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.  The Governor made his comments before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate at the Statehouse.

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Today:  The city of Portage's veterans committee holds its first 2018 meeting on Wednesday and, to go along with that, we bring back our conversation with Marc Magill, of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.  He is also responsible for the operations at the VA outpatient clinics in Crown Point and other regional communities.  Marc is conducting regularly quarterly "town halls" to learn from veterans their concerns about healthcare.

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Today:  Local filmmaker  Nick Mantis in in the studio to talk about the final stages of work on his  documentary "Shep" -- about Hammond's "master story teller" Jean Shepherd, as told by the people who knew him, were influenced by him and help keep his memory alive -- and narrated by "Shep" himself.  Nick plans for a pilot of the documentary to come out this coming spring.

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Today:  A conversation with former Gary Mayor Scott King, now an attorney in northwest Indiana and a consultant.  He talks about his years in office as well as the changes in economic development that he's seen take place since being at Gary City Hall.

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

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Today: We invite back to  "Regionally Speaking" Professor Arthur Cyr, who is director of the A. W. Claussen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.  He last spoke in northwest Indiana at the Region's World Trade Alliance meeting this past summer in Merrillville.  He's also experienced in northwest Indiana and Chicago area economic development.  He offers his views on some of the world political issues and how they pertain to economics and business.

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Today:   we revisit our conversation with State Representative Charlie Brown (D-Gary), who says this is to be his last General Assembly session.  Brown is not seeking re-election and is endorsing fellow Democrat and Gary Common Councilwoman Regan Hatcher for the party's primary election  in May.

Residents in Valparaiso can learn how to help "stop the bleed" if anyone they encounter is bleeding profusely before the first responders arrive.  Valparaiso Fire Chief Chad Dutz joins us to talk about this Sunday's initial public awareness and training session at MAAC,

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Today:   We learn more about the next initiative of the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University:  the Chorus of Voices and what co-creator Professor Allison Schuette calls "Flight Paths: Mapping Our Changing Neighborhoods."  It is a multi-year project that will bring together the voices, especially Gary residents' voices, as they talk about why their families either stayed in or left Gary and led to the area's deurbanization.

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Today:  Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman  is back on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the success of the first year of the Lilly Endowment-funded Comprehensive Counseling initiative.  This $22 million investment is aimed at helping school districts and charter schools implement innovative changes in school counseling.  Lake Ridge New Tech Schools, Hanover Community School Corp. and the School City of East Chicago received thousands of dollars in grants from Lilly Endowment to put their plans in place.

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Today:  it's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, when we ask several reporters from the northwest Indiana media onto the program to talk about their stories.  This week -- it's Carrie Napoleon, Meredith Colias and Greg Tejeda from the "Post-Tribune" and Carmen McCollum from the "Times of Northwest Indiana."

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Today:  we asked noted Indiana economist, writer and speaker Morton Marcus back on the program for the latest from his "Eye on the Pie" columns published across the state.  Some of his remarks are timely, in dealing with natural disasters like from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and how much we should really depend on Uncle Sam for help in recovering from the storms. 

We bring you another in the series of comversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University --  this time it centers around the Gary community of Miller.

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Today:  We find out more about today's  visit to Valparaiso University by Indiana Superintendent of  Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick to speak before the fall 2017 workshop of the Professional Educators Partnership.  Laurie Snell is the director of the VU-based partnership and Valparaiso elementary school principal Anne Wodetski is the chairperson of the group's steering committee.  They both talk about the Superintendent's visit and other programs this fall to be conducted by the PEP.

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Today:  a conversation with Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser, who called for a special precinct committee member caucus on Saturday, September 16th to choose a new Lake County Sheriff.  He talks about the process of finding candidates to fill the rest of former Sheriff John Buncich's term of office and what Weiser hopes will be the beginning of a new era in local government.

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Today:  Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to talk about concerns about late trains on Amtrak's "Hoosier State passenger service between Indianapolis and Chicago.  The national rail provider says only one in three Indianapolis-bound trains arrived on-time in June, a change from past months  Coxhead says there are problems on CSX, the freight line that provides the rails for both the "Hoosier State" and the Indiana "Cardinal" passenger routes. 

Chicago-The Dean of the Valparaiso Law School is being recognized as a Legal Legend by the American Constitution Society. Because of her work Illinois and several other states have stopped use of the death penalty. Lakeshore Public Radio’s Steven Lattimore was there when her work was recognized with a national award.

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Today:   An extended review of Tuesday's three public school referenda elections in Lake County -- East Chicago, Lake Station and Munster.  We have comments from School Town of Munster Superintendent Jeffery Hendrix, Lake Station Community Schools Superintendent Thomas Cripliver, a statement from School City of East Chicago Superintendent Paige McNulty and the director of the Lake County Board of Elections, Michelle Fajman, whose staff counted the votes from the three communities. 

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Today:  A conversation with Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of the Indiana Gaming Insight and Indiana Legislative Insight newsletters,  about the March 2017 revenue report from the northwest Indiana casinos, the impact of outside forces on the riverboats -- and Ed's review of some of the big bills from the just-ended 2017 General Assembly session.

WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez joins us with some good news for the city of Gary -- a recent survey from the website shows that Gary mortgage holders are the third least over-leveraged in the country.

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Valparaiso University will host “Bring it to the Table,” a documentary film screening and discussion with Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur for its second annual Dialogue and Discernment event Thursday evening at the Helge Center.

Winokur was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about the documentary, which will be shown on campus at 7:00 p.m. before her "table talk."   She launched her production company Talking Eyes Media in 2002 as a way to focus on creating visual media that catalyzes positive social change.

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Today:   Julie Winokur, the documentary filmmaker is the featured speaker for the second annual "Dialogue and Discernment" program Thursday evening at the the Helge Center, adjacent to the Chapel of the Resurrection of Valparaiso University.  Julie talks about her film "Bring It to the Table" and what she'll discuss after the 7:00 p.m. screening. 

This "A LOOK AT THE ARTS with Tom Lounges" program originally aired on FRIDAY,  MARCH  31, 2017

TOPIC:  VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY 2017 JAZZ FEST

GUEST:  JEFFREY BROWN Fest Founder Head of Jazz Studies at Valparaiso University

Today:   A conversation with Purdue University Northwest assistant psychology professor Lori Petersen on her research into how preschoolers best learn how to count and related numerical concepts.  She began her study last fall with ten 3-year-olds who were enrolled at Purdue Northwest's Riley Child Center in Hammond.  Petersen talks about some of her early findings.

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John Cain, host of "Eye on The Arts" talks with Jeff Brown, Assistant Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, about the 32nd Annual Valparaiso Jazz Festival, taking place from Monday, April 3rd through Saturday, April 8th.

Today:  an update on recent heroin overdose deaths in LaPorte County and some insight into the opioid addiction problem from Dr. Chris Johnson, chief medical officer of Pinnacle Treatment Centers.  The company operates the RecoveryWorks residential center in Merrillville.  Dr. Johnson says many times, the problem begins with efforts to deal with alcohol abuse.

An update from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Becca Costello on the effort to establish syringe exchange programs across the state.

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Today:  A conversation with city of Valparaiso Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp on two major 2017 projects: the implementation of the Bike Share program and efforts to create a larger parking lot for the city's Chicago Dash commuter bus service between Valparaiso and Chicago.  The Bike Share program is a joint project of the city and Valparaiso University.  The city is looking at buying and transforming much of the old Anco wiper blade factory site into a new bus depot and parking lot.

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Peter Aglinskas talks with "Eye on the Arts" host John Cain about the upcoming Thursday Night Noir at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University.

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Today:  Mark Swiderski, Lake County's E-911 Director, joins us to talk about a new tool that his department is offering police and fire departments to give them more information about the kinds of calls their crews handle, based on the information that dispatchers receive.  He also tells us about the number of calls taken in 2016 -- you'll be surprised to learn how many.  He also says their new reporting software says their busiest hours last year were: 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

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Today:   A conversation with Tami Silverman, the President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, on the  "op - ed" pieces that the IYI is encouraging Indiana media to run, to ask Hoosier legislators to support more pre-kindergarten programs.  It's one of the topics that is on the 2017 General Assembly agenda.

In the past week -- the chaotic implementation of a travel ban barring people from 7 majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. and a deadly attack on Muslims at prayer in Canada.  There have been demonstrations of support in Canada - complete with placards and signs --  but shadows remain in that country and in Victoria, Texas, a mosque was burned to the ground.

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Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler issued this statement about President Donald Trump's immigration executive order:

“I was a stranger and you invited me in.” — Matthew 25:35

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