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NIPSCO cuts back bill hikes, ups spending

NIPSCO cuts back bill hikes, ups spending

NIPSCO has significantly lowered its estimates of customer bill increases under its seven-year modernization programs in requests recently filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

7 hours ago

As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift

As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift

NEW YORK (AP) — With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed.

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Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

NEW YORK | Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited potential for growth and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

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FDA tweaks food safety rules due next year

WASHINGTON | The government will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

11 hours ago

Culver's to donate to fallen officer fund

Grab a burger and fries, for a cause.

12 hours ago

A fond farewell for NWI Forum staff

A fond farewell for NWI Forum staff

Northwest Indiana Forum President and CEO Heather Ennis, left, joins Forum members and other business leaders Thursday night at Islamorada Restaurant in Portage as they thank Karen Lauerman, center, and Donald Koliboski, foreground, for their…

13 hours ago

Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote

Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote

LONDON | Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally.

13 hours ago

Indiana unemployment rate ticks down

Indiana unemployment rate ticks down

Indiana's seasonally adjusted employment rate fell to 5.8 percent in August, even though the state lost private-sector jobs.

14 hours ago

Gauge of U.S. economy edges up 0.2 percent in August

Gauge of U.S. economy edges up 0.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON | A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health rose in August but at a much slower pace than in July.

15 hours ago

Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs

Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs

NEW YORK | More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high.

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Ellison gives up Oracle CEO role, becomes chairman

Ellison gives up Oracle CEO role, becomes chairman

SAN FRANCISCO | Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is ending his 37-year reign as CEO of the business software maker that he co-founded and is handing over the job to his two top lieutenants, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd.

September 18, 2014 3:55 pm

Community health centers land $986,190 in federal grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $986,190 to community health centers in Northwest Indiana.

September 18, 2014 3:20 pm

Study nixes teaching hospital, promotes trauma centers

A feasibility study ordered by the General Assembly throws cold water on proposals for a teaching hospital in Northwest Indiana, but ratifies local hospitals' efforts to establish trauma centers and expand medical education.

September 18, 2014 2:45 pm

South Shore CVA preparing holiday exhibit

HAMMOND | The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is doing some upkeep on its “A Christmas Story Comes Home” exhibit in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season.

September 18, 2014 2:27 pm

NIRPC green lights transportation programs

PORTAGE | The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission approved a resolution involving transportation improvement projects for 2014 through 2017 during the full commission meeting Thursday.

September 18, 2014 1:22 pm

Professional Women's Conference continues success

Professional Women's Conference continues success

MERRILLVILLE | About 300 businesswomen from throughout the area gathered at the Radisson Hotel on Thursday to learn and share lessons on work and life during the Lakeshore Public Media Professional Women’s Conference.

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Drenth's Highway Garage to hold open house

SCHERERVILLE | Drenth's Highway Garage, a tire dealer and an auto repair shop, will celebrate its first anniversary with an open house Saturday.

September 18, 2014 11:00 am

Wood stove swaps will clean air

A wood stove swap program in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties can net participants a voucher of $1,000 toward purchase of a new EPA-certified wood stove and up to $4,000 to replace an outdoor wood boiler (hydronic heater).

September 18, 2014 10:00 am

Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co. blossoms in Hobart

Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co. blossoms in Hobart

HOBART | The new Devil's Trumpet Brewing Co. has an India pale ale that's known as My Ghetto because the brewers spent so much time in the brewhouse they consider it their personal ghetto.

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Top Fuel CrossFit to open in Highland

HIGHLAND | Top Fuel CrossFit plans a grand opening of its new Highland gym at 3150 45th Ave.

September 17, 2014 4:56 pm

Crossroads Chamber rocks the region with membership drive

Crossroads Chamber rocks the region with membership drive

MERRILLVILLE | From business strategies to community awareness campaigns to investing in the future if education, the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce has prided itself on making a difference in the region.

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Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

WASHINGTON | The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

September 17, 2014 2:49 pm

Purdue and Community Hospital team up

Purdue University Calumet is expanding its training facility for student-athletes through a partnership with The Community Hospital of Munster.

September 17, 2014 2:39 pm

Great Lakes steel production shoots up by 24,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region rebounded to 689,000 tons, while the overall domestic industry dripped slightly last week.

September 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Chamber meeting to focus on hospital's trauma status

MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals' Northlake campus recent designation as an in-process Level III trauma center is the topic of the October general membership luncheon for the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

September 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Ivy Tech students will get GPTC discount

Gary Public Transportation Corp. and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest have teamed up to offer a discount program on monthly passes for students taking classes at the community college.

September 17, 2014 9:45 am

U.S. consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

U.S. consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

WASHINGTON | U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control.

September 17, 2014 8:17 am

Northwest Indiana's top innovators nominated for awards

Northwest Indiana's top innovators nominated for awards

GARY | The region's top innovators have figured out how to get feed to flow well in a feed bin, curb all light pollution in a community and make gummy bears that don't freeze in ice cream.

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Co-op reconstruction on track a year after fatal blast

Co-op reconstruction on track a year after fatal blast

UNION MILLS | Rebuilding a facility where local farmers sell grain that is stored then shipped to markets is nearing completion more than a year after a grain dust explosion in one of the silos killed a worker.

September 17, 2014 5:00 am

Craft cocktail plant coming to Michigan City

MICHIGAN CITY | A new facility in Michigan City will bottle prepared cocktails crafted by famed Aviary mixologist Charles Joly, who just won best bartender in the world last month.

September 16, 2014 8:15 pm

U.S. Steel scraps coke alternative at Gary Works

U.S. Steel scraps coke alternative at Gary Works

GARY | The largest steel mill in Northwest Indiana has abandoned a longtime plan to make a cheaper, more-reliably priced alternative to a raw material needed for steelmaking.

September 16, 2014 7:30 pm

Estee Lauder exec to headline Professional Women's Conference

Lakeshore Public Media is sponsoring the third annual upcoming Professional Women's Conference  from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville.

September 16, 2014 1:15 pm

Indiana gets $1.5 million for unemployment aid

INDIANAPOLIS | The U.S. Department of Labor is giving the state of Indiana $1.5 million as part of an effort to improve unemployment insurance programs around the nation.

September 16, 2014 7:04 am

Indiana reports increase in 2013 workplace deaths

INDIANAPOLIS | State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years.

September 16, 2014 6:00 am

NIRPC wants comments on public participation

NIRPC wants comments on public participation

HAMMOND | A public participation plan more than two years in the making will again get an airing when the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission holds a public meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Hammond Public Library, 654 State St.

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IU Health positioning for future

LAPORTE | Hospitals in LaPorte and Starke counties operating under the IU Health umbrella are looking to add a partner to better position the medical facilities for the future.

September 16, 2014 5:00 am

Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Bouncing basketballs, splashing water and the swoosh of blades on ice are the sounds of economic development in Kenosha County, Wis.

September 15, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Lear contract would raise pay up to $21.58 an hour

Lear contract would raise pay up to $21.58 an hour

HAMMOND | Lear Corp. workers in Hammond will be able to earn up to $21.58 an hour under a tentative contract that eliminates a two-tier pay scale that locked newer workers into lower wages.

September 15, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Portage company may pay $325,000 for environmental violation

HAMMOND | A Portage slag processing company has tentatively agreed to pay a $325,000 fine for violations of the Clean Air Act in 2008 and 2009, according to a plea agreement that was unsealed Friday.

September 15, 2014 2:30 pm

INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Law Expert: NFL Blackout Rule 'Working'

Graphics Company Planning Fishers Expansion

September 15, 2014 1:49 pm

Construction Advancement Foundation lands $154K grant for worker training

PORTAGE | The Construction Advancement Foundation, a regional trade association based in Portage, landed a $154,124 federal grant for worker training.

September 15, 2014 10:01 am

All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

Economic development in booming Kenosha County, Wis., involves local government from the get-go, avoiding some of the ugly rifts that have typified the effort in Northwest Indiana.

September 14, 2014 10:00 pm

Ford Explorer posts best month since Chicago production started

Ford Explorer posts best month since Chicago production started

CHICAGO | Ford Explorer sales rose 25 percent in August, the best month it's had since it was first made in Chicago in 2010.

September 14, 2014 5:00 am

STORY OF THE WEEK

Gary hospital celebrates trauma status

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Economic developers in Wisconsin's Kenosha County like to boast about their region's proximity to Chicago and O'Hare airport, its major interstate expressway, and the state's business-friendly climate.

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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Evolution Fitness

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Evolution Fitness

WINFIELD | Evolution Fitness has opened a new location in Winfield at 7954 E 108th Ave.

September 13, 2014 8:54 pm Photos

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Hundreds of workers on strike at Lear Corp. plant

Hundreds of workers on strike at Lear Corp. plant

HAMMOND | Hundreds of workers demanding higher wages walked off the job Saturday at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that may affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago.

September 13, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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COMING SUNDAY: NWI vs. Southeast Wisconsin

COMING SUNDAY: NWI vs. Southeast Wisconsin

Times business reporter Keith Benman provides an exclusive report from economic development leaders in Kenosha County in southeast Wisconsin. The area boasts many of the same amenities as Northwest Indiana: proximity to Chicago and O'Hare air…

September 13, 2014 6:30 pm

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Business pops into new location

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Business pops into new location

ChicagoLand Popcorn is marking a new location in the region as well as its recent role with Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival.

September 13, 2014 2:00 pm

East Chicago R&D center helps develop new steels

East Chicago R&D center helps develop new steels

EAST CHICAGO | Work done in the region is having a global impact.

September 13, 2014 11:12 am
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