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Today:  Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana president Matt Schuffert is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the new casino complex going up on I-80-94 and Burr Street in Gary.  Grand opening is coming soon.  "Post-Tribune" colummnist-writer Phil Potempa talks about the new film in production about the life of Belle Gunness. "The Farm" is being supported locally, directed by indy film director Tom Logan and stars Tracy Lords as the infamous LaPorte murderess.  And Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Justin Hicks offers a feature about a Valparaiso woman who works during the pandemic as both a school bus driver and an Instacart personal shopper... and confronted her personal fears to help keep schools and businesses open.

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Today:  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter creator and editor Ed Feigenbaum is on "Regionally Speaking" with the Indiana Gaming Commission's monthly report on casino revenues around the state, including northwest Indana, and other gambling-related news.  Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about gettng ready to fill out those income tax returns, and Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy talks about the latest topics in his city. They include digging out from the latest snowstorm and the strategic planning process that is underway. City officials are seeking community input this month.

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Today:  Sarah Ferraro and Terri Weems of the League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area, and Maranda Fishback with RISE NWI and the Legacy Foundation's community engagement coordinator, are in the studio to talk about the "Vote411.org" project and its local link for Lake County voters to get election-related information.   It is a way for voters to be educated before they head to the polls on Election Day next month, and is a platform for candidates to use with their constituents.  Later in the program, we talk with Matt Moss, Vice President of F. H. Paschen, which is joining with Ragnar Benson on its joint-venture proposal for the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor Project.  He explains how the two companies which have worked on many projects in the region are working together on this one, and about an outreach effort in Dyer on Thursday afternoon.

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On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on a data breach at Methodist Hospitals that could have exposed personal information of more than 68,000 patients, the Gary City Council and Spectacle Entertainment LLC have finalized a local development agreement that dictates the city to receive 3% of the adjusted gross receipts, Jeanie Lindsey reports on the 2020 FAFSA application, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Mitch Barlogo about the Greenways Foundation of Indiana  . All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…    

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GARY - The city of Gary Sanitary District has released on Wednesday an invitation to bid on site work for the Hard Rock Casino Gary.  Tammi Davis, Director of Compliance and Policy Engagement told Lakeshore Public Radio that bids are due on Thursday (October 17, 2019) today/yesterday.  TN Ward Company has been awarded the construction contract for the Hard Rock Casino Gary project.

Davis says the company is looking to have the back fill and most of the tasks completed by 2020.  Diversity contract goals are also included in the project, according to Davis.

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Today:  We revisit our conversation with Dee Dee White, a workforce specialist with Ivy Tech Community College's Lake County campuses.  She talks about the casino dealer training courses underway and how they can link residents to new jobs proposed at the Hard Rock Casino in Gary.  State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) was with us to talk about the potential review of the two-year state budget that could happen in the next General Assembly session.  And school buses and other school district transportation projects are discussed in the latest edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities and NIRPC. Carl Lisek's guest is Amy Rosa of the Wa-Nee Community School Corp.

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GARY - Now that the Indiana Gaming Commission unanimously voted on Wednesday (8/28) to authorize Spectacle Entertainment to move its casino to land, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the next steps will get underway to build the upcoming Gary Hard Rock Casino.

"They start building shortly," Freeman-Wilson says.  "They'll start doing site work sometime in November, maybe as early as October, but they'll do site work this year and their projected opening date is January 1, 2021."

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On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the move of a casino to a Gary on-land location, Brandon Smith reports on the 2017 Anti-Abortion law remaining blocked, Sharon Jackson speaks with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson about the theft charges against a former Genesis Center bookkeeper and Chris Nolte has a conversation with NWI Activist Ruth Needleman.  All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…   

Indiana board backs casino's move to on-land Gary location

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana regulators have approved allowing the move of a casino from along Lake Michigan to an on-land location in Gary.

The Indiana Gaming Commission's vote on Wednesday will let Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment proceed with plans for building the new Hard Rock Casino on currently vacant land along Interstate 80/94, with the aim of opening on Dec. 31, 2020.

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Today:   A conversation with Lake County Assessor and Gary Mayor-elect Jerome Prince, who is preparing to take office in January 2020.  He talks about the work done so far for become Mayor, the Hard Rock Casino project in his city and his views on the lifting of property tax caps in 2020 and the impact on the city of Gary. 

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Today:  Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum is our in-studio guest to talk about the months of work that will become a complete report called "Ignite the Region -- Northwest Indiana's Strategy for Economic Transformation."  The plan focuses on five areas including business development and marketing, talent and placemaking and infrastructure.  A luncheon on Thursday at Avalon Manor will offer an update by the people who've spent the past year on this project.  St.

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 On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on the search for emergency housing for several residents of an apartment building in Valparaiso, the Hard Rock Casino is coming to Gary, Brandon Smith on Attorney General Curtis Hill's latest attempts to block a federal lawsuit against him, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Donna Stuckert of the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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Today:  We talk to "Times" state government and legislative reporter Dan Carden about the stories he's put up online and in print lately, including a look at the new inland gambling venue coming to the Region:  the Hard Rock Casino Gary.  It'll be built on land at I-80-94 and Burr Street.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talks to psychotherapist/author/podcaster Ken Page about his new book on dating and relationships and we talk with Donna Stuckert with the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District about smoke dectector recycling, household hazardous waste collection day

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a northwestern Indiana casino is targeting the end of next year to complete its move from Lake Michigan to an on-land location in Gary.

Executives of Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment say they hope to start construction this year on currently vacant land along Interstate 80/94 and open the new casino on Dec. 31, 2020.