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Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Today:  a conversation with Valparaiso's new Police Chief Jeff Balon.  Mayor Jon Costas recently promoted Balon, who was the head of the Police Department's investigations division, to the department's top leadership post.   Balon took over as head of the department when Michael Brickner, the only police chief to serve during Costas' 14-year tenure as mayor, left to become executive director of Porter County's newly created Emergency Communications and Public Safety Department.

We also talk with Leah Nahmias with Indiana Humanities about the September 16th adult field trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  It's an event that is part of Indiana Humanities "Quantum Leap" STEM education initiative.  You can get tickets for the event via Event Brite.

And "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor and publisher Ed Feigenbaum returns to the program with a look at the newest casino under construction and its eventual impact on all the others in the state.  The Pokagon Band of Potowatomi plans to have its casino open, on Indian tribal land near South Bend, sometime in 2018.  Feigenbaum is concerned that not just existing northwest Indiana casinos will be affected this time.

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.