2013-07-07T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK
July 07, 2013 12:00 am

Fireworks sales explode a year after drought

Fireworks sales are skyrocketing compared with this time last year, when Northwest Indiana was facing drought conditions. With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday — resulting in a long weekend of celebrating for many local residents, store owners hope heavy rains don’t cause sales to fizzle.

Jewel drops its savings card

Jewel-Osco has scrapped its preferred savings card and fuel rewards card, which both resulted in discounts, in order to pursue an everyday low prices strategy instead. Shoppers won't have to fish around in their wallets for another card while checking out at a local grocery store, just so they can save 20 cents on lunch meat or a box of cereal.

Steel industry building toward rebound

The steel industry continues to struggle despite rising orders from automakers, who have added third shifts and new employees to keep pace with their turbocharged sales. Most of the rest of the market for steel remains weak, but an analyst predicts a brighter outlook for the second half of this year.

Gary man talks with vice president about minimum wage hike

A longtime Gary resident got a chance to shake the vice president's hand and tell him how he has long worried about how he would pay the next electric bill. President Barack Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour and indexing it to the cost-of-living.

Gary airport project delayed until September 2014

Officials said Tuesday contamination at Gary/Chicago International Airport is worse than anticipated and the runway expansion project's end has been delayed until September 2014.

Gasoline prices fuel perception

Despite a common perception, gasoline prices don’t skyrocket just because it’s Independence Day or any other summer holiday, experts said. Gasoline prices have dropped an average of 25 cents to 30 cents a gallon in recent weeks, but some drivers expect them to jump as we celebrate the Fourth of July. Gas prices already were starting to spike in Northwest Indiana by Tuesday afternoon.

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