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Gas line damages rise as summer construction surges

Gas line damages rise as summer construction surges

A summer rise in homeowners and builders striking natural gas lines and other underground facilities is underway, with utilities urging people to always call Indiana 811, a free service that will mark all underground utilities.

July 05, 2014 6:00 am
GNIAR hires new COO

GNIAR hires new COO

The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors has hired long-time member Joe Wszolek as its new chief operating officer.

July 04, 2014 6:00 am
U.S. 30 opens ahead of schedule

U.S. 30 opens ahead of schedule

A 12-hour emergency closure on a 9-mile stretch of U.S. 30 that was expected to snarl traffic during the morning rush Thursday was nearly complete in just 2 1/2 hours.

July 03, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Gas prices won't deter Independence Day travelers

Gas prices won't deter Independence Day travelers

Americans taking to the roads this Fourth of July holiday weekend will be paying the highest gasoline prices since 2008, as a break on prices expected in June never materialized.

July 03, 2014 5:26 pm Photos

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U.S. 30 'nightmare' averted: INDOT announces majority of road open

U.S. 30 'nightmare' averted: INDOT announces majority of road open

Two and a half hours after the emergency closure of a 9-mile stretch of U.S. 30 was to begin, INDOT announced work was almost complete. The work was expected to take about 12 hours and affect the morning rush hour.

July 03, 2014 2:48 am Related

Former RDA head to drive Purdue effort

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority's inaugural executive director has been appointed to the post of director of the new Northwest Indiana Engagement Office for Purdue University.

July 02, 2014 2:45 pm

Chicago company is finalist to operate Hoosier State

The Indiana Department of Transportation has chosen Corridor Capital LLC, of Chicago, as the finalist for operating the Hoosier State passenger train between Chicago and Indianapolis.

June 30, 2014 2:45 pm

Fuel plant fuels airport development controversy

Some people question why Gary/Chicago International Airport's new private developer was allowed to meet its first $10 million investment benchmark with a development that has nothing to do with aviation or the airport.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Teens get ride of lives at Porter County airport

Teens get ride of lives at Porter County airport

Allison Eades remembers the excitement of seeing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds performing at air shows when she was just a tyke.

June 28, 2014 7:30 pm Video Photos

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Energy conference looks to the future

Affordable, reliable and clean sources of energy for Hoosier businesses will be the topic of this year's annual Indiana Conference on Energy Management to take place Aug. 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis.

June 27, 2014 6:00 am
Gary airport authority violated Open Door Law

Gary airport authority violated Open Door Law

The Gary/Chicago International Airport authority sought to fend off an inquiry into a possible violation of Indiana's Open Door law when it shut the public out of an April 23 meeting by arguing that no such meeting occurred.

June 26, 2014 5:00 pm Related
Gary airport lawyer responds to inquiry

Gary airport lawyer responds to inquiry

Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority lawyer Lee Lane responds May 15 to Indiana Public Access Counselor inquiry.

June 26, 2014 12:19 pm
Public Access Counselor advisory opinion

Public Access Counselor advisory opinion

Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt's advisory opinion on Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority's public notice for April 23 executive session.

June 26, 2014 12:15 pm
Gary airport celebrates environmentally-friendly hangar

Gary airport celebrates environmentally-friendly hangar

The Gary/Chicago International Airport soared into a sustainable future Wednesday night with the first certification of an environmentally green building within Gary city limits.

June 25, 2014 7:11 pm Photos

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Gary airport takes step toward borrowing $35 million

The Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority on Monday took the first step toward borrowing $35 million to help pay for its $166 million runway expansion project.

June 23, 2014 4:15 pm

NWI home sales decline slows

Northwest Indiana single-family home sales declined 4.6 percent in May, which marks the smallest year-over-year decline in sales yet this year, according to the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

June 23, 2014 11:30 am

I-90/94 westbound traffic limited in Chicago

Interstate 90/94 westbound in Chicago at the Ontario Street Bridge will be closed for demolition of the bridge's final section this weekend.

June 20, 2014 6:55 pm

Illiana Expressway planners tap brakes

Just a few months ago, the Illiana Expressway appeared to be on a fast track to construction, but recent events have thrown some speed bumps in its way.

June 19, 2014 4:09 pm

NIPSCO unions ratify 5-year contracts

Members of USW locals representing operations and clerical workers at NIPSCO have ratified five-year contracts calling for raises averaging a little more than 3 percent per year.

June 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Indiana monitors Toll Road operators' financial troubles

Indiana monitors Toll Road operators' financial troubles

The Indiana Finance Authority continues to monitor the financial difficulties of the Indiana Toll Road, where operators who hold the 75-year lease are struggling to meet a June debt payment.

June 18, 2014 10:45 pm
Some summer utility help still available

Some summer utility help still available

Indiana has run out of money for a statewide program to help people with summer cooling bills, but some local agencies are stepping into the gap to provide other utility assistance.

June 18, 2014 1:15 pm

Agency calls for AG to investigate RBA funds

The disability-rights agency Everybody Counts has asked Indiana Attorney Greg Zoeller to look into why the bulk of funds earned by a defunct bus service in Hammond were sent to other communities. 

June 17, 2014 2:30 pm

Small number NiSource jobs moving to Ohio

NiSource Inc. is transferring 20 jobs from its Merrillville headquarters to a new office complex recently built in the Arena District of Columbus, Ohio.

June 16, 2014 4:00 pm

New IRS restaurant tip rule riles some

The automatic tip many restaurants tack on the bill for large groups is getting another look in light of new Internal Revenue Service rules on how to report those tips as wages.

June 15, 2014 10:30 am
Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bicycle/pedestrian bridges on a grand scale are popping up across Northwest Indiana, changing the look and feel of a region best known in the past for big industrial plants belching smoke and not so much for healthy living.

June 14, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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New jobs nudge NWI economy ahead

New jobs nudge NWI economy ahead

New jobs boosted the Northwest Indiana economy in March and April, with an index of region economic growth showing the economy here outperformed that of both the state and nation.

June 12, 2014 11:38 pm Related
Toll Road rates going up July 1

Toll Road rates going up July 1

The toll for a car going the length of the Indiana Toll Road will rise to $10 on July 1, and tolls on the Northwest Indiana barrier system will go up 10 cents at five toll booths as the road's private operator implements its annual increase.

June 12, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Wildlife concerns delay Illiana Expressway

Final federal approval for the Illiana Expressway has been delayed by concerns about endangered species and habitat that may be affected by construction of the 47-mile bistate expressway.

June 10, 2014 4:30 pm
Two NWI casinos notch May revenue increases

Two NWI casinos notch May revenue increases

The drop in Northwest Indiana casino revenues slowed further in May, with total revenues down just 3.6 percent at the five gaming boats as compared to May 2013, according to the Indiana Gaming Commission's monthly revenue report.

June 09, 2014 3:30 pm

Federal rail chief outlines oil train safety strategy

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo said Friday his agency is promoting more pro-active safety programs for oil trains to prevent any incidents in the United States like the disaster in Lac-Megantic, Canada, that killed 47 people last July 6.

June 06, 2014 12:00 pm

Everybody Counts contests use of RBA funds

The disability-rights agency Everybody Counts is questioning why a local planning agency took $506,207 earned by a defunct bus system serving Hammond and distributed the bulk of it to bus providers in South Lake and Porter County.

June 04, 2014 6:30 pm

Operating Engineers reach tentative agreement with Superior

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 has reached a tentative contract agreement with Superior Construction and union members were back on the job at construction sites Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 12:45 pm

Tragic blasts spurs safety forum

A "call before you dig" safety forum will be presented at 7 p.m. June 23, at the Indian Trail Grange Hall, 109 E. 181st Ave., on Ind. 2 east of Lowell.

June 03, 2014 12:00 pm

NIRPC, Everybody Counts reach settlement

Everybody Counts and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission have reached a settlement that appears to end more than 16 years of litigation but that probably won't end the bitter disagreements between the two.

June 02, 2014 5:00 pm
NIPSCO outlines energy efficiency plans

NIPSCO outlines energy efficiency plans

NIPSCO has filed a request with state regulators to continue several electric energy efficiency programs for customers, including the popular home energy assessment and weatherization programs.

June 02, 2014 3:00 pm

NIPSCO union workers taking ratification vote

Tentative 5-year contracts covering 2,000 NIPSCO union employees with raises averaging a little more than 3 percent per year have been reached after months of negotiations.

June 02, 2014 2:00 pm

INDOT hiring in Northwest Indiana

LAPORTE | The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a job fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at its Northwest Indiana District Office, 315 E. Boyd Blvd., in LaPorte.

June 02, 2014 10:30 am
South Shore has tickets to go

South Shore has tickets to go

The South Shore became the first commuter railroad Friday in the greater Chicago region where passengers can buy and store their tickets on smart phones and mobile devices.

May 30, 2014 1:06 pm
Pence touts Indiana Gateway high-speed rail link

Pence touts Indiana Gateway high-speed rail link

HAMMOND | Gov. Mike Pence, railroad and federal officials ceremoniously tapped the first rail spikes Thursday on the $71.4 million Indiana Gateway project that will help speed freight and passenger rail through Northwest Indiana.

May 29, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Communities get 1st look at South Shore plan

CHESTERTON | Local officials getting their first preview of the South Shore's ambitious $1.16 billion improvement plan Thursday liked the idea of a better, faster train but not the idea of using new taxes to pay for it. 

May 29, 2014 12:00 pm
South Shore could boost economy, communities

South Shore could boost economy, communities

MERRILLVILLE | Railroad and development officials Wednesday rolled out a blueprint for a South Shore commuter rail extension to Dyer and big improvements on the existing line.

May 28, 2014 5:44 pm Photos

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Porter Junction rail project finally gets green light

The long-delayed Indiana Gateway rail project will be kicked off by Gov. Mike Pence and other officials on Thursday, which will lead to $71.4 million in construction projects during the next two years.

May 27, 2014 3:15 pm
GPTC rolls into Hammond, Munster, Highland

GPTC rolls into Hammond, Munster, Highland

The first local bus to run through Hammond and vicinity in more than two years attracted more gawkers than riders on its first day of service Tuesday.

May 27, 2014 12:40 pm Photos

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Toll Road bridge work starts next week

Construction work will begin as early as next week on the extensive rehabilitation of the Salt Creek Bridge on the Indiana Toll Road at milepost 26.5, just east of Portage.

May 23, 2014 9:11 am
NWI homes sales plug along in early going

NWI homes sales plug along in early going

Single-family home sales in Northwest Indiana in April dropped for the fourth straight month this year, marking a slow start to 2014 after strong sales in 2013.

May 22, 2014 5:30 pm
Memorial Day travel surges in rough winter's wake

Memorial Day travel surges in rough winter's wake

Memorial Day weekend travel is set to hit a post-recession high and those traveling by automobile will get a break on gas prices in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

May 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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GPTC starts Hammond route May 27

Local bus service is scheduled to return to Hammond on May 27, the day after Memorial Day, when Gary Public Transportation Corp. unveils its new Lakeshore South route.

May 20, 2014 8:30 pm

Work starts on second Toll Road ramp next week

Demolition and reconstruction of another ramp at the Indiana Toll Road interchange with the Borman Expressway in Lake Station will begin next week, further restricting traffic between the two roads.

May 20, 2014 1:00 pm

State was secret bidder for Gary airport

While high-profile negotiations were underway with private investors to take over operations at Gary/Chicago International Airport last year, much quieter talks between the city and state agencies were taking place behind the scenes.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
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