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Clergy see Easter sermon as way to entice more faithful

Pews fill up so much for Easter the faithful have to show up earlier than usual to find a parking space, and some churches even tack on extra services to accommodate the crowds.

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Bank redevelopment project wins approval

A redevelopment project that would bring a Centier Bank branch to downtown Gary has gained ground.

April 19, 2014 11:30 am

Warehouse workers file National Labor Relations Board complaint

HAMMOND | Warehouse workers who objected to working in minus 15 degree Fahrenheit weather this winter filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board this week. 

April 18, 2014 5:00 pm

BP Whiting Refinery evacuated after equipment malfunction

WHITING | Production units were shut down and non-essential employees were evacuated from the BP Whiting Refinery on Thursday.

April 17, 2014 8:15 pm
First ships arrive at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

First ships arrive at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

PORTAGE | Beaufort force 9 gales battered the Federal Nakagawa, a Hong Kong-flagged ship with a hold full of steel coil, causing it to pitch and roll as it crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

April 17, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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ArcelorMittal wins heap of automotive awards

ArcelorMittal is being showered with honors for its work with automakers.

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm
Gary Works running at reduced capacity

Gary Works running at reduced capacity

GARY | The nation's largest steel mill is still running at reduced capacity, and iron ore sourcing problems persist because of the worst winter for Great Lakes shipping in decades.

April 16, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Hey, techies, office space is half off

Hey, techies, office space is half off

MERRILLVILLE | Tech startups can get a deep discount on office space at the Purdue Technology Center in Merrillville if they are commercializing patented innovations from any university in Indiana or Illinois.

April 15, 2014 12:07 pm

Great Lakes steel production ticks up slightly

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region inched up slightly to 569,000 tons, and overall U.S. output rose by 1.3 percent in the week that ended Saturday, according to an American Iron and Steel Institute estimate.

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm

New owners buy Sears Outlet Store in Portage

PORTAGE | A trio of brothers from Downers Grove have bought the Sears Outlet Store in Portage. Brothers Mike, Rick and Dan Gilbert acquired the outlet store – which sells overstock and discontinued items at discounted prices – at 6169 U.S. 6. Sears has been franchising more than 1,200 of i…

April 15, 2014 10:57 am

Panel discussion to focus on urban poverty

Elected officials and the president of Calumet College of St. Joseph will take part in a panel discussion this week on inner-city poverty.

April 14, 2014 5:45 pm
Construction is picking up, projected to grow

Construction is picking up, projected to grow

U.S. construction recently hit its highest point in five years, and was up 9.3 percent in January as the sector rebounds at a faster pace.

April 13, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Thousands flock to Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale

Thousands flock to Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Clad in a black suit, cowboy hat, bolo tie and snakeskin boots, Steven Bloom hunched intently over a bin of CDs Saturday morning, flipping through them in search of any good rockabilly or vintage country records.

April 12, 2014 10:45 pm Photos

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Police say child porn found on Portage man's computer

Police say child porn found on Portage man's computer

PORTAGE | A monthlong investigation led to the arrest of a Portage man on a count of child pornography, police said Saturday.

April 12, 2014 6:04 pm

Fire damages barn at E.C. waste facility

EAST CHICAGO | Firefighters spent nearly 12 hours Saturday battling a blaze near a petroleum pipeline at Allied Waste Co. in East Chicago.

April 12, 2014 5:38 pm

Cedar Lake woman, 24, dies in M'ville crash

MERRILLVILLE | A 24-year-old Cedar Lake woman died early Saturday after a car crash in Merrillville.

April 12, 2014 4:45 pm

Gary State Bank project will come back for another vote

GARY | A $2.5 million project aimed at bringing a bank back to downtown Gary faced a setback last week, but is still going forward.

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm
Purdue Cal launches manufacturing center, fundraising campaign

Purdue Cal launches manufacturing center, fundraising campaign

HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet's new Commercialization Center will be home to the popular local radio station WJOB next month, and a manufacturing center later this year.

April 09, 2014 1:49 pm
Gary mayor commands national audience through Politico chat

Gary mayor commands national audience through Politico chat

The mayors of the Steel City, the Windy City and the other Steel City came together Wednesday for a meeting of the minds.

April 09, 2014 12:00 pm

Great Lakes steel production falls again after Gary Works idling

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region plunged to 565,000 tons, and overall U.S. output declined by 3.1 percent in the week that ended Saturday, according to an American Iron and Steel Institute estimate.

April 09, 2014 5:30 am
New owner has big plans for Lansing Cinema 8

New owner has big plans for Lansing Cinema 8

LANSING | A new owner has reached an agreement to buy the Lansing Cinema 8 multiplex, and plans to transform it from a movie theater to a destination that regularly shows live sports, opera and other special events.

April 08, 2014 3:30 pm Photos

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Author could not find books on gay steelworkers, so she wrote one

Author could not find books on gay steelworkers, so she wrote one

GARY | Two women who worked at a local steel mill hid a secret from their co-workers – they lived together and were romantically involved.

April 07, 2014 5:29 pm Photos

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Iron ore arrives at Gary Works

Iron ore arrives at Gary Works

A shipment of iron ore has made its way across the ice-choked Great Lakes to the Gary Works steel mill, where production will resume, although to a limited extent.

April 07, 2014 11:15 am

Sandin Manufacturing planning 28,000-square-foot expansion

MICHIGAN CITY | A wire rope and cable business will get about a third bigger after an upcoming expansion.

April 07, 2014 9:15 am
Lake County suffers state's largest population decline

Lake County suffers state's largest population decline

In terms of demographic trends, Northwest Indiana is a tale of two counties.

April 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Pence makes jabs at Illinois, touts Indiana business climate

Pence makes jabs at Illinois, touts Indiana business climate

Gov. Mike Pence took shots at Illinois while touting Indiana's business climate and encouraging business leaders to go forth and sell the state.

April 06, 2014 3:07 pm Video Photos

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Ford adding electric charging stations at its plants

Thousands of local Ford workers will soon be able to plug in electric or hybrid cars during their shifts, and drive home with a full charge.

April 05, 2014 4:10 pm
Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

The winter from hell has caused the shutdown of blast furnaces that normally burn around the clock at U.S. Steel Gary Works.

April 04, 2014 3:00 pm

Strike at Neo Industries ends

PORTAGE | A strike ended after seven weeks when workers reached an agreement with Neo Industries.

April 04, 2014 9:00 am
Innovation key to region's future, leaders say

Innovation key to region's future, leaders say

HAMMOND| In a decade, Northwest Indiana could have a lakefront lined with a high-rises, a convention center and a restaurant with sweeping views.

April 03, 2014 2:35 pm Photos

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Peoples Bank completes purchase of First Federal

Two longtime Northwest Indiana community banks have officially merged.

April 02, 2014 2:56 pm

Startup weekend to groom tomorrow's tech entrepreneurs

Northwest Indiana's first Startup Weekend will teach tech entrepreneurs how to take their business ideas from concept to launch.

April 02, 2014 12:00 pm
Developer plans $68.5 million revamp of Union Tank Car site

Developer plans $68.5 million revamp of Union Tank Car site

EAST CHICAGO | A massive $68.5 million project will transform the vacant, debris-littered Union Tank Car Co. site in East Chicago into a major business park with more than 1 million square feet of space.

April 01, 2014 7:19 pm Photos

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Great Lakes steel production plunges by 66,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region nosedived to 606,000 tons, and overall U.S. output declined by 3.4 percent in the week that ended Saturday, according to an American Iron and Steel Institute estimate.

April 01, 2014 12:00 pm
Great Lakes shipping season kicks off

Great Lakes shipping season kicks off

The Great Lakes shipping season has kicked off after the iciest winter in 35 years.

March 31, 2014 4:00 pm
Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

Steelmakers accelerating after 'slow start' in race for lighter vehicles

Ford has replaced steel with aluminum in the body of the top-selling F-150, and now General Motors is looking to follow suit by putting more of the lighter and costlier metal in its own pickups.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

'Stillinnoyed' ads exhort businesses to move to Indiana

Indiana appropriated Chicago's longtime The City that Works slogan for its A State that Works campaign, and now is going after Windy City businesses as well.

March 28, 2014 7:00 pm
Indiana unemployment rate falls by 0.3 percent

Indiana unemployment rate falls by 0.3 percent

In January, the state's unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since 2008, but joblessness rose month-to-month in winter storm-battered Northwest Indiana.

March 28, 2014 12:30 pm
Stracks renovating Munster supermarket, bulking up organics

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.

March 28, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Horizon Bank's small-business lending nearly doubled last year

MICHIGAN CITY | A Northwest Indiana bank's small-business lending nearly doubled last year.

March 28, 2014 12:00 am

Great Lakes steel production rises by 18,000 tons

Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region surged to 672,000 tons, and overall U.S. output rose by 3.1 percent in the week that ended Saturday, according to an American Iron and Steel Institute estimate.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am

Investigators: Workers were not warned before fatal mill accident

GARY | A state investigation has found a Gary company committed a serious safety violation in an accident that killed an ironworker and injured two others in November.

March 26, 2014 1:00 pm

ArcelorMittal worker dies after February incident

An ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor steelworker has died from injuries suffered when he fell into scalding water at the mill in February.

March 26, 2014 11:13 am
Walmart to begin video game trade-in program

Walmart to begin video game trade-in program

SCHERERVILLE | Tired of the same old games?

March 25, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Ross Group wins national awards

PORTAGE | A local development and commercial construction firm has picked up three national awards. The Ross Group won a Top 10 Builders of the Year Award, a Volume Award for 2013 and an Accumulated Volume Award for sales over the past few years from Mississippi-based Ceco Building Systems.…

March 24, 2014 5:00 pm
New president named for New Carlisle steel plants

New president named for New Carlisle steel plants

A new president has been appointed to oversee I/N Tek and I/N Kote, a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corp. in New Carlisle.

March 24, 2014 3:45 pm
Indiana leads nation in steel production again

Indiana leads nation in steel production again

Indiana continued its three-decade-long run as the nation's top steel-producing state last year.

March 23, 2014 6:30 am

The Rail Summit 2014 to take place in June

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith will headline The Rail Summit 2014, which returns to Chicago this summer.

March 22, 2014 10:21 pm
Manufacturing a future: Region's economy has been evolving

Manufacturing a future: Region's economy has been evolving

Northwest Indiana was forged largely on steel, and its lunch-pail identity is welded to the metal made in the blaze of the mills that loom over the lakeshore. But today's new jobs are more likely to be found in suburban business parks and health care facilities.

March 22, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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