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Regionally Speaking, Thursday, June 1, 2017


Today: It's "Reporter Roundtable Thursday,"  when we bring in some of the reporters from northwest Indiana media to talk about the major stories they worked on this week.  On the program are Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore and Carmen McCollum, education reporter for the Times.

Carmen will tell us more about a School City of Hammond Board meeting and the discussion of a proposed November special election to ask voters for tax increases for several improvement projects.  The biggest project in that referendum is for funding to replace the aging Hammond High School, but there is citizen concern about the proposal. 

Carmen also reviews her story of how the leader of Gary's school teachers' union is to become the statewide president of the American Federation of Teachers union.  And she also brings us up-to-date on a story about more than 100 letters reportedly sent out to School City of East Chicago employees, alerting them to potential layoffs.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore talks about last night's public information meeting in Gary on the letter of intent to combine Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville into the Franciscan Alliance family of hospitals.  Unionized Methodist Hospitals employees expressed their concerns about how they'd be treated by the non-union Franciscan Alliance, if the "merger" goes through.  Steven also offers more insight into the  East Chicago school district employees' letter situation.

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.