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Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WBAA Public Radio

Today:  Tom Pappas and Dave Clark from the city of Portage's veterans committee are in the studio to talk about tomorrow evening's monthly committee meeting with special guest Lynette Taylor.  She will explain the new "My VA" program and how it is designed to rebuild trust in the VA, improve service and quality of care for northwest Indiana veterans.

Post-Tribune reporter Meredith Colias talks about how a Portage man turned the discovery of a World War II veteran's dog tags found in his late uncle's belongings into a search for the family of the man who owned the dog tags.

Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to offer his views on the news that Iowa Pacific is relinquishing its role as equipment provider for Amtrak's Hoosier State Line passenger rail service on February 28th  and turning it back over to Amtrak.  The change will not affect ticketed riders of the Chicago-to-Indianapolis service which includes stops in Dyer and Rensselaer.  Coxhead says it's a business-related decision on Iowa Pacific's part.

And Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore reports on a Hammond group that is helping families of immigrants affected by President Donald Trump's executive order that bans immigrants from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

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.