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Gary gets $46K loan to help turn ruined church into gardens

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The city of Gary is getting a $46,000 federal loan to move along its plans to turn a ruined church into a tourist attraction. The loan through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used for asbestos abatement on the dilapidated City Methodist Church. The Times reports that the Gothic-style church dating to the 1920s closed in 1975 after years of declining membership. Most of its roof has collapsed, but Gary officials are working to create a park-like "ruins garden...

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Regionally Speaking With Chris Nolte


Regionally Speaking, Monday, October 15, 2018

Today: we begin our look at the Lake County general election ballot candidates, with the Indiana House District 15 race between incumbent Republican State Rep. Hal Slager and his Democratic Party challenger Chris Chyung. Both joined us in the Lakeshore Public Radio studio for a discussion of the issues. Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about a Halloween-related topic: some of the financial fears that many face -- including having enough money for rising healthcare costs,...

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2018 Midterm Elections

The battle for the Senate is being fought on Republican-friendly turf, and with three weeks until Election Day the GOP is increasingly optimistic that the upper chamber will remain in the party's grasp.

Fears that a fiery Democratic opposition could turn the map upside down have abated some, now that the GOP base is more tuned in following the confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Biden, Pence rally Indiana voters in fierce Senate race

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden brought his blue-collar appeal to a Democratic stronghold of Indiana on Friday, heaping praise on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly as the kind of guy who keeps his word, puts country over party — and would have his back in a street fight.

Around the same time, current Vice President Mike Pence was rallying for Donnelly's opponent, Mike Braun, in Indianapolis.

Libertarian Secretary of State candidate Mark Rutherford says he wants to dramatically improve on the 3.5 percent of the vote his party got in the race four years ago. He faces incumbent Republican Connie Lawson and Democrat Jim Harper.

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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic

Rural Americans are preoccupied with the problems of opioid and drug addiction in their communities, citing it as a worry on par with concerns about local jobs and the economy, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "For many years, the opioid crisis was seen as affecting only a few states — West Virginia, Kentucky and New Hampshire among others. But it never was just about those states," says poll co-director...

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Local, State, & National News

The environment is not typically a top issue for American voters.

But this has not been a typical year.

The price of beer could rise sharply this century — and it has nothing to do with trends in craft brewing. Instead, a new study says beer prices could double, on average, because of the price of malted barley, a key ingredient in the world's favorite alcoholic drink.

By projecting heat and drought trends over the coming decades, a team of researchers in China, the U.K. and the U.S. found that barley production could be sharply affected by the shifting climate. And that means some parts of the world likely would be forced to pay much more for a beer.

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn has named Nancy Barnes, a veteran newspaper editor, as the network's permanent chief news executive, NPR announced Tuesday. Barnes fills a nearly yearlong vacancy that was triggered by the firing of Michael Oreskes, NPR's former news head, over allegations of sexual harassment.

Updated at 1:27 p.m. ET

The federal deficit ballooned to $779 billion in the just-ended fiscal year — a remarkable tide of red ink for a country not mired in recession or war.

The government is expected to borrow more than a trillion dollars in the coming year, in part to make up for tax receipts that have been slashed by GOP tax cuts.

Corporate tax collections fell by 31 percent in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, despite robust corporate profits. That's hardly surprising after lawmakers cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21.

A DNA test showing that Sen. Elizabeth Warren has Native American ancestry is "completely irrelevant to the process" of determining her tribal identity, the Cherokee secretary of state told NPR's Morning Edition.

Chuck Hoskin was also critical of President Trump, saying he "should not be calling her 'Pocahontas,' " and that he "should be looking into what the needs of Indian Country are, because the needs are there."

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