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Regionally Speaking, Monday, April 24, 2017

Sr. Joseph's College

Today:  A group of St. Joseph's College faculty are suing the Catholic-affiliated college in Rensselaer for how the college is handling the suspension of operations and their employment status.  One of the faculty members talks about the group's frustration over not knowing when their employment will officially end and if they'll get any severance-related benefits or help in finding new jobs.

The 2017 General Assembly session ended just before 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Indiana Public Broadcasting's Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith has a wrap-up report of the major issues addressed during the session -- including the passage of a new two-year state budget.

We talk with Valparaiso city engineering director Tim Burkman about studies to be conducted this summer that will eventually lead to safer and more efficient travel around the city.  He says the work will be funded by Federal Highway Administration grants.

And Jerome Pohlen, author of a new edition of "Oddball Indiana -- A Guide to 350 Really Strange Places," is in the studio to talk about the book and the northwest Indiana "oddball places" you can see (if you didn't already know about them).

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.