Born in Northwest Indiana, Laura's a graduate of River Forest High School (home of the Ingots) and got her bachelor's degree from Purdue and a master's from Indiana University [we think she roots for both even when they play each other].

Her work has won several awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists/Indiana Chapter, and Network Indiana. She has also had academic papers selected for presentation at national conferences like the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Broadcast Education Association.

Laura watched her share of game shows growing up and one summer while in California, she's chosen to be a contestant on "Sale of the Century". Her TV favorites include The Honeymooners, Project Runway, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Star Trek (TNG and the original). She also enjoys crossword puzzles and when asked what some of her favorite places to visit are she says -- office supply stores.


Partial Eclipse in the Region

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Amazing photos of last night's partial eclipse as seen from the Region Sunday night.    Here's a link to the Indiana Dunes State Park Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/#!/INDUNES . (Click Read More for the link)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Valparaiso University says the event was an annular eclipse of the Sun, where the sun is not totally 'covered', leaving an annulus of light showing like a bright ring around the dark moon.  The shadow of the total annular eclipse moved from the coast of China, through Japan, across the North Pacific Ocean and through northern California to western Texas.  We weren't in the shadow region, so we saw a partial eclipse. 

From our location, the partial eclipse started with the Sun low in the western sky, setting as the eclipse was increasing.  VU says it was the first annular solar eclipse visible in continental United State since May 10, 1994, and the next one will not be until October 14, 2023. VU also says a total eclipse visible from the US is coming up August 21, 2017.


Household Haz Waste & Gas Can Event

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Photo from 2011 event
Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Gas Can Exchange for Porter County residents May 19 2012 at the Porter County Expo Center. Our broadcast from the event is scheduled from 9am to noon.

More info here:  www.itmeanstheworld.org

...and here www.nirpc.org/environment/pdf/wastecollection2012.pdf


Train Restrictions Include No Coffee

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Numerous restrictions will be in effect Sunday (May 20) and Monday (May 21) on the South Shore...  like no food or liquids on the trains those two days, and that includes coffee. Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District General Manager Gerald Hanas [hannus] says commuters need to be aware of these and other restrictions, and cancellations that will take effect due to the NATO summit in Chicago... here's the link to NICTD's website:  www.nictd.com


Did You Hear About These...

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...stories from ABC in our news today.... Cat saves caretaker from house fire .... and, The physics of not spilling your coffee while carrying it... Region news and more from the audio player at our home page

Pool Slide Recall

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Here's the news release from CPSC, plus a link to other recalls (unrelated to this one)...


Reported Death, Severe Neck Injuries Prompt Recall of Banzai Inflatable Pool Slides Sold by Walmart and Toys R Us

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. and Toys R Us Inc., of Wayne, NJ are announcing the recall of about 21,000 inflatable Banzai in-ground pool water slides. During use, the slide can deflate, allowing the user to hit the ground underneath the slide and become injured. The slide is also unstable and can topple over in both still and windy conditions and carries inadequate warnings and instructions.


The CPSC is aware that a 29-year-old Colorado mother died in Andover, Mass. after fracturing her neck going down a Banzai in-ground pool water slide which had been placed over the concrete edge of a pool. The victim hit her head at the bottom of the slide because it had partially deflated.

The CPSC and the retailers are aware of two other injuries which have occurred in a similar manner, including a 24-year-old man from Springfield, Mo. who became a quadriplegic and a woman from Allentown, Pa. who fractured her neck.

The recall involves Banzai in-ground pool water slides designed for use with in-ground pools. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words 'Banzai Splash' are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.

The recalled slides, which were manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd, were sold at Walmart and Toys R Us nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for about $250. The recalled slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide.

CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Walmart or Toys R Us for a full refund. Consumers can also cut the two safety warning notices out of the slide and just return that portion. For additional information from Walmart, call (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.walmartstores.com. For additional information from Toys R Us, call (800) 869-7787 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm's website at www.toysrus.com



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