STORY OF THE WEEK

2014-03-30T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
March 30, 2014 12:00 am

St. John family seeks signatures for son's health

If nearly 270,000 Americans can support an effort to deport Justin Bieber, surely a fraction can sign a petition to help sick boys. The Kammers hope so. The youngest member of the St. John family is 3-year-old Greyson Kammer, who was diagnosed in November with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that gradually weakens muscles to the point that walking, breathing and heart beats become impossible.

Indiana leads nation in steel production again

Indiana continued its three-decade-long run as the nation's top steel-producing state last year. The Hoosier state has topped the nation in steel production every year since 1980, American Iron and Steel Institute spokeswoman Rachel Gilbert said. Much of the domestic industry consolidated in Northwest Indiana after a severe recession in the global steel industry in the 1970s, because its ports made it the most cost-effective location to receive iron ore and other raw materials that are required during the input-intensive steelmaking process.

U.S. Steel holding off on coke alternative, taking blast furnace offline

United States Steel Corp. is taking another look at plans to switch to a coke alternative in the steelmaking process, and replacing a blast furnace at a southern mill with a lower-cost electric arc furnace.

Steelworker program preparing next-generation workers

Automated systems have replaced thousands of workers at the steel mills that ring the southern shore of Lake Michigan over the last few decades.

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Urban Soles, Valparaiso and Michigan City

Linda Weber originally opened Urban Soles because she disliked having to drive into Chicago to buy the type of shoes she wanted.

Breast milk donation site opens in C.P.

Inside a deep freezer in a Crown Point medical office is a shelf loaded with bags of breast milk. The 100 ounces, donated by 27-year-old DeMotte resident Jessica Plant, is the start of what breastfeeding advocates hope will become a widespread effort. The donated nutrient-rich milk is most commonly used in neonatal intensive care units, or NICUs.

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