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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 sc…

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  • Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

    Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

    HAMMOND | A local union says its negotiations with Lear Corp. are "coming to a head," and a potential walk-out could result in a massive disru…

    September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Horse Play: The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang ponies up with fresh styling and added sophistication

Horse Play: The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang ponies up with fresh styling and added sophistication

Arguably the most anticipated car for the 2015 model year is a radically redesigned version of the venerable Ford Mustang, being released this fall to coincide with the original pony car's 50th anniversary.

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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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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.

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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

Jeep Renegade a compact option for SUV lovers

Jeep Renegade a compact option for SUV lovers

The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s vehicle lineup, entering the growing small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle and 4x4 capability Jeep is known for.

September 14, 2014 12:36 pm

Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

Lear, UAW contract talks 'coming to a head'

HAMMOND | A local union says its negotiations with Lear Corp. are "coming to a head," and a potential walk-out could result in a massive disruption for the local automotive industry. 

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Indiana Toll Road operator weighs bankruptcy, sale

Indiana Toll Road operator weighs bankruptcy, sale

The Indiana Toll Road operators are looking at filing for bankruptcy to get out from under $6 billion in debt and selling the right to operate the road, according to media reports.

September 12, 2014 3:30 pm

Nielsen Subaru gives pets a helping paw

Nielsen Subaru gives pets a helping paw

Nielsen Subaru of Portage will once again open its doors to pets in need of homes by holding an Adopt-A-Pet Drive Sept. 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

September 12, 2014 12:38 pm Photos

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Toyota Tundra's redesign features style and capability

Toyota Tundra's redesign features style and capability

After a dramatic redesign for the 2014 model year the Toyota Tundra half-ton full-size pickup truck comes back with an encore for 2015. The most stylish, value-driven and capable Tundra yet gets more upgrades, including standard V8 power acro…

September 12, 2014 12:32 pm

Ford Edge offers versatility and power

Ford Edge offers versatility and power

Available with three engines in four series, including a Sport offering, the 2014 Ford Edge is a versatile midsize crossover that delivers power and technology in a wide range of choices.

September 11, 2014 1:00 pm

NIRPC to hold meetings on 2040 plan update

The public can comment on the update of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan at a series of meetings scheduled through the end of October. The first two meetings are scheduled next week in W…

September 10, 2014 12:10 pm

Fast Fact: Kids These Days

Fast Fact: Kids These Days

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September 10, 2014 12:06 pm

Teens cars found lacking in safety

Teens cars found lacking in safety

Getting a license and driving one’s first car remains an important rite of passage. Even if a teen driver chooses a more rational model over, say, a racy sport coupe, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Va., suggests many…

September 10, 2014 11:12 am

Tiguan awakens ‘Sport’ personality

Tiguan awakens ‘Sport’ personality

Most Sport Utility Vehicles don’t live up to their segment’s first name.

September 07, 2014 2:25 pm

Mazda CX-5 a technology leader

Mazda CX-5 a technology leader

With its class-leading fuel economy, head-turning design and better-than-the-rest handling, the 2013 CX-5 seemed destined to be a worldwide winner for Mazda Motor Corporation when it was unveiled in Los Angeles last year. And it has been, and…

September 06, 2014 12:35 pm

Tonnage up 25 percent at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Tonnage up 25 percent at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

PORTAGE | Shipments are up 25 percent at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor through the end of August.

September 05, 2014 10:00 am

Valparaiso Car Show and Swap Meet promises fun for all ages

Valparaiso Car Show and Swap Meet promises fun for all ages

The fall edition of the Valparaiso Car Show and Swap Meet will take place Sept. 7 at the Porter County Fairgrounds in Valparaiso. Cars from all over Northwest Indiana will be in attendance. These car enthusiasts have spent countless hours and…

September 05, 2014 12:45 am Photos

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Chevy Cruze debuts clean diesel engine

Chevy Cruze debuts clean diesel engine

The Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet’s best-selling passenger car around the world, provides the amenities, quietness, safety features, infotainment and roominess expected of a larger, more expensive sedan, but with the efficiency and value of a co…

September 04, 2014 3:59 pm

‘Real World’ MPG Tests Proposed

‘Real World’ MPG Tests Proposed

A version of the boilerplate phrase, “Your mileage may vary,” is typically embedded in new-car ads whenever fuel economy is cited, and with good reason. With gas prices continuing to take a significant bite out of a family’s budget, a common …

September 03, 2014 11:17 am

North Township dial-a-ride takes leap forward

People calling to schedule a trip on North Township's dial-a-ride bus service now have their calls answered 24 hours a day by live operators thanks to a new contract between the township and Prompt Ambulance.

September 02, 2014 12:00 pm

Tiny Trouble?

Tiny Trouble?

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September 02, 2014 11:31 am

Luxury with distinction: Lincoln MKZ has unique look, exclusive features

Luxury with distinction: Lincoln MKZ has unique look, exclusive features

Many of today’s luxury cars seem to carry a look of understated elegance, which — at least in some cases — is another way to say “boring.”

August 31, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Audi A6 offers tech-savvy clean diesel

Audi A6 offers tech-savvy clean diesel

The Audi A6 model line, representing class-leading technology, performance and precision, is enhanced for the 2014 model year with the addition of the Audi A6 TDI clean diesel model.

August 30, 2014 3:28 pm

CR-V puts the 'fun' in 'functional'

CR-V puts the 'fun' in 'functional'

The Honda CR-V returns for the 2014 model year as one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America.

August 29, 2014 12:53 pm

NIATA revving up bikes for fundraising poker run

NIATA revving up bikes for fundraising poker run

Helping veterans have a roof over their heads is the focus of the 2nd annual Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association Poker Run.

August 27, 2014 5:02 pm Photos

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Fast Fact: Bad Moves

Fast Fact: Bad Moves

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August 27, 2014 10:18 am

Harley Davidson unveils electric motorcycle

Harley Davidson unveils electric motorcycle

One of the most recognized brand names in the world, Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is not exactly known for its leading-edge products.

August 27, 2014 10:22 am

Stalled airport expansion may get back in gear

Gary airport officials appear confident they may finally be close to solving the railroad riddle that has bedeviled their $174.1 million runway expansion project for years.

August 25, 2014 6:00 pm

Full-size European value: German-engineered, American-built Passat starts under $21,000

Full-size European value: German-engineered, American-built Passat starts under $21,000

The Germans know how to make great cars, but what about providing a great value?

August 23, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Jeep Compass's rugged capability

Jeep Compass's rugged capability

With unmatched Jeep capability in all weather conditions, fuel economy of up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg), and a refined design, the new 2014 Jeep Compass continues to set the standard in the compact-SUV segment.

August 23, 2014 5:23 pm

Bobb Auto Group supports Wounded Warrior Project

Bobb Auto Group supports Wounded Warrior Project

As the parent of a son serving in the U.S. Air Force, Art Georgian knows the importance of supporting this country’s servicemen and women, including those who have been wounded and have long roads to recovery.

August 21, 2014 1:42 pm Photos

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Cadenza expands Kia line

Cadenza expands Kia line

As the most powerful and technologically-advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced in North America, the Cadenza expands Kia’s long list of award-winning vehicles while moving the brand up-market with an impressive selection of premium standar…

August 21, 2014 1:42 pm

United Auto Workers authorize Lear strike

United Auto Workers authorize Lear strike

HAMMOND | United Auto Workers Local 2235 has voted to authorize a strike at the Lear Corp. seat factory if a new contract cannot be reached.

August 21, 2014 5:00 am

Hammond station crux issue in South Shore rail expansion

Hammond station crux issue in South Shore rail expansion

New maps of the proposed South Shore West Lake extension show five potential station sites along its 8-mile route, including an option for a Hammond gateway station deemed "essential" by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

August 20, 2014 6:00 pm Related

Not-So-Sober Cyclists

Not-So-Sober Cyclists

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August 20, 2014 1:39 pm

Big SUVs are back in a big way

Big SUVs are back in a big way

Originally engineered for tradespeople and outdoor enthusiasts, full-size truck-based SUVs became the darlings of driveways across America throughout the 1990s for their rugged go-anywhere personas.

August 20, 2014 1:23 pm

Gary airport gets new manager

Former Detroit City Airport director Delbert Brown has been selected as airport manager for Gary/Chicago International Airport pending approval by the airport authority next week.

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm

Outback rolls 20-year milestone: Utility defines 2015 Subaru wagon

Outback rolls 20-year milestone: Utility defines 2015 Subaru wagon

Subaru Outback enters its fifth-generation to celebrate 20 years on-and off-pavement across America’s landscape.  

August 17, 2014 2:25 pm

Dodge Durango hits its stride with new technology

Dodge Durango hits its stride with new technology

The Dodge brand is upping the ante in the fast-growing full-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and crossover segments, introducing the new 2014 Dodge Durango at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

August 16, 2014 2:18 pm

Fast Fact: Tiny Hues

Fast Fact: Tiny Hues

Tiny Hues

August 15, 2014 12:21 pm

Where Comfort is King: The 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan delivers amenable all-around performance and treats passengers to a truly quiet and comfortable interior

Where Comfort is King: The 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan delivers amenable all-around performance and treats passengers to a truly quiet and comfortable interior

Among those who face the most grueling rush hour commutes, we’d bet comfort trumps performance by a large margin, and with good reason. Owning a car that can make a lightning fast leap to 60 mph and careen around the corners like a go-kart is…

August 15, 2014 12:11 pm

Hyundai Equus boasts impressive horsepower

Hyundai Equus boasts impressive horsepower

Hyundai Motor America recently introduced the redesigned 2014 Equus premium luxury sedan with enhancements to exterior and interior design, vehicle dynamics, material selection, driver technology displays and advanced safety features. Equus h…

August 14, 2014 3:12 pm

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor shipments up 25 percent

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor shipments up 25 percent

PORTAGE | A bustling steel trade has driven a 25 percent increase in tonnage handled at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Mercedes CLA class shows rebel style

Mercedes CLA class shows rebel style

Mercedes-Benz is expanding its lineup with the all-new 2014 CLA-Class. The new four-door coupe is a style rebel that takes its design cues from the CLS, whose design concept has inspired more than its fair share of imitators since its debut i…

August 13, 2014 3:06 pm

Civic has no weaknesses: Honda compact car gets better cabin, side-view camera

Civic has no weaknesses: Honda compact car gets better cabin, side-view camera

In recent years I’ve found myself longing for Hondas of the past, when newfangled VTEC engines and space-age cockpit lighting made them seem more like weird Japanese science projects than ordinary commuter cars.

August 10, 2014 2:53 pm Photos

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Modernization charges irk consumer groups

In addition to improved electric and natural gas service, NIPSCO customers will get something else out of the utility's modernization plans: higher bills.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

Buick Encore takes the compact SUV to a new level

Buick Encore takes the compact SUV to a new level

The Buick Encore returns for 2014 with new safety features that complement the luxury amenities, refinement and signature Buick style for this unique crossover. The new features include Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert.

August 09, 2014 2:46 pm

Toyota Camry adds bold design to reliability

Toyota Camry adds bold design to reliability

The Toyota Camry has been America’s best-selling car for 15of the past 16 years by virtue of providing customers with the ideal combination of spaciousness, value, safety, performance, comfort and reliability in the midsize segment. The new-g…

August 08, 2014 2:31 pm

Gary airport settles in prime tenant's lawsuit

The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority settled a lawsuit accusing previous members of favoring a real estate baron's new business over a longtime airport tenant.

August 07, 2014 11:30 pm

Freshman Class of 2015: From family-minded crossovers to racy sports cars, say hello to eight brand new auto nameplates debuting for the 2015 model year

Freshman Class of 2015: From family-minded crossovers to racy sports cars, say hello to eight brand new auto nameplates debuting for the 2015 model year

Like parents sending their kids off to college for the first time, automakers ship an array of all-new models to dealers’ showrooms each fall they hope will become successful down the road. Here’s a quick look at eight never-before-seen model…

August 07, 2014 4:54 pm
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