STORY OF THE WEEK

2013-08-25T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
August 25, 2013 12:00 am

Improved market attracts home-flippers

An improving real estate market, rising prices and the demand for move-in condition homes are attracting investors who want to flip homes. House-flippers buy a home, often a bank-owned property or one as part of an estate sale in poor condition, and make needed repairs and updates for a quick, profitable resale.

Indiana jobless rate stays steady in July

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained 8.4 percent last month. Northwest Indiana's jobless rate fell to 9.6 percent from 9.8 percent over the same period.

Former hospital president returns as interim leader

The former president of Indiana University Health Starke Hospital is returning to the job in an interim capacity. Linda Satkoski, who served as hospital president from July 2009 to May 2012, will return to the position, following the resignation of former interim president Jared Beasley.

ArcelorMittal blast furnace in East Chicago goes down

A blast furnace has gone down at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, the largest steelmaking complex in North America. The outage was not scheduled, spokesman Bill Steers said. A turbo blower, which blows air through the blast furnace during the steelmaking process, failed last week.

Gap has closed at Westfield Southlake Mall

Northwest Indiana residents will have to turn elsewhere to find pleated khakis and crewneck sweaters, if they used to shop at the Gap store in the Westfield Southlake Mall.

New senior housing facility set to open in Crown Point

When Bickford began showing up at performances in strange clothing and mismatched shoes, her husband Don and daughter Judy, like so many others, were in denial, at first chalking her actions up to artistic quirkiness.

Appraisal for Gary airport privatization delayed

Scheduled to be delivered to investors at an Aug. 9 pre-bid meeting, an appraisal of 600 acres of airport property and 100 city-owned acres now has an indefinite delivery date, according to airport spokesman Jame Ward.

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