2014-04-06T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK
April 06, 2014 12:00 am

Some businesses revolt over pulling plug on energy efficiency

A General Assembly bill pulling the plug on Indiana's energy efficiency programs is splitting the state's business community, handing Gov. Mike Pence one of his toughest decisions yet when it comes to signing the bill. A long list of companies, some of them among Indiana's most prominent employers, have written to Pence expressing opposition to the bill.

Steel execs go to Washington to protect jobs

Top steel executives visited Washington, D.C., to call on Congress to help make the industry more globally competitive. Industry leaders, including ArcelorMittal USA President and CEO Mike Rippey and U.S. Steel President and CEO Mario Longhi, testified at a House Steel Caucus hearing Tuesday. They lobbied for the the U.S. to enforce trade rules, reduce energy costs and invest in infrastructure.

Indiana unemployment rate falls by 0.3 percent

The state's unemployment rate fell significantly for the second straight month in February, but joblessness in Northwest Indiana climbed. Indiana's seasonally adjusted employment rate fell to 6.1 percent last month, down from 6.4 percent a month prior. The rate had fallen by four-tenths of a percent in January.

Stracks renovating Munster supermarket, bulking up organics

Strack & Van Til, the largest local grocery chain, is pursuing a major multimillion-dollar renovation of its Munster supermarket. The 56,458-square-foot grocery store at 12 Ridge Road by the Lansing border is being overhauled both inside and out, vice president of operations Jeff Strack said. The revamped store will have a greater emphasis on freshness and a larger selection of organic, gluten-free and perishable foods, because that's what consumers increasingly want, Strack said.

Bill help is available for NIPSCO customers

NIPSCO is reminding customers that financial help with utility bills is still available after brutal winter weather stretched home heating budgets in households across northern Indiana.

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