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Valparaiso city attorney and former economic development director Patrick Lyp has been named to the Board of the Regional Development Authority.   He was named to the board by Governor Eric Holcomb.

Since it was established in 2005, the RDA has been the catalyst for numerous regional projects, including the completed runway expansion at  Gary/Chicago International Airport, and the enhancement of the regional Lake Michigan shoreline.  

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Today:  Michael Noland, president of NICTD, is with us to tell us the latest about the South Shore Line expansion projects.  The first of a series of public meetings begins in Michigan City on Wednesday, and continues into March and into this summer, about the Double-Tracking (Gary to Michigan City) and the West Lake Corridor (Lake County) projects.  We bring back our conversation with Indiana University Northwest professors Charles Hobson and Micah Pollak about a study that showed that returning veterans are very employable.  And VA Undersecretary for Field Operations Willie Clark tells us about the concerns the VA has that Vietnam War veterans on ships stationed off the coast could be just as much at risk, as the sailors on river boats, for contracting illnesses related to Agent Orange.  The VA has expanded the list of medical conditions associated with Agent Orange.

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Today:   We begin with Indiana University Northwest's latest addition to its curriculum: courses that will lead to an Bachelor's Degree in neuroscience.  It's a program that will benefit not only students looking to careers in the medical  and health care fields, but will help students in learning to think critically about science information.  We talk with assistant psychology professor Maureen Rutherford.

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Today:  Kathy Luther with NIRPC is with us to talk about the coalition of northwest Indiana agencies that will adminster the $600,000 EPA Brownfields Program grant for sites in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond -- and other NWI communties, as needed.  Luther says there are some sites already partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation and eventual redevelopment, perhaps as early as this fall.  Indiana University Northwest computer info. systems department head Bhakra Kopparty also tells us about a new masters' degree program in place this fall semester.