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Urban decay in Gary, Indiana

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The economy is the major issue driving voters ahead of the mid-term elections and in places like Gary, Indiana it is hard to escape the devastating toll the downturn has taken.

Despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent by the federal government to stimulate the nation's businesses and industries there is still a painful price being paid at the local level as Paul Mason reports.

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