Why a Philly casino is still being built in a pandemic

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The new Live! Hotel & Casino under construction at 900 Packer Ave. in South Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The new Live! Hotel & Casino under construction at 900 Packer Ave. in South Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close all non-life sustaining businesses has shut down many construction sites — but not the site of a new casino in South Philly. That situation has shed light on the state’s disorganized process to determine which businesses can get exceptions to stay open during an unprecedented pandemic.

Guest: Jake Blumgart, WHYY’s PlanPhilly

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