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4 programs that can help you afford to buy a home in Indiana

With Indiana's housing market facing historically high home prices and continued high demand despite the COVID-19 pandemic, first-time homebuyers may be at a loss as to how to afford buying a new home. These programs are designed to make homebuying more affordable by providing down payment assistance or tax credit...
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Spill from U.S. Steel prompts swimming bans, closure of water treatment plant in Northwest Indiana

PORTAGE, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The release of a substance into a Northwest Indiana waterway has prompted swimming bans and the closing of a water treatment plant. The mayor of Portage said the orange substance was released by U.S. Steel into the Burns Waterway, which connects with Lake Michigan. It’s unclear what the substance is, but samples have been collected to figure it out.
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US Steel shuts down Indiana plant after wastewater discharge

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says it has temporarily shuttered operations at a northwest Indiana plant after it leaked an orange substance into a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of a water treatment plant and nearby beaches. U.S. Steel Midwest spokeswoman Amanda Malkowsk said in a statement Monday that operations have been idled in Portage as a precaution “after experiencing an upset condition with the finishing line wastewater treatment plant.” She says initial indications “show higher than normal suspended solids in the water.” She did not describe the contents of the leaked substance. Indiana Dunes National Park has closed all its beaches and Indiana American Water shut down an intake facility.
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Chamber: Indiana business leaders still have pre-pandemic staffing challenges

Hoosier business leaders are beginning to wrestle with some of the same challenges they had before they knew what COVID-19 was. And in some cases, those challenges have only grown. That’s the sentiment from the 14th annual employer workforce survey from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and its Institute for Workforce Excellence.

Smoker Craft Boat Company Investing $12M In Expansion

NEW PARIS – Smoker Craft Inc., a fifth-generation, family-owned boat and pontoon manufacturer, announced plans to expand operations in north-central Indiana, creating up to 100 new jobs by the end of 2024. “With homegrown Hoosier companies like Smoker Craft at the helm, Indiana will continue driving its economy forward, positioning...

Individual income tax rates rise in two Indiana counties

INDIANAPOLIS – Effective Oct. 1, 2021, two Indiana county income tax rates will increase, according to the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR). Local income tax rates are determined by county officials and provided to DOR for review regarding compliance with Indiana law. Below are the two counties impacted along with...

Second Gen Bean Leaf Beetle Pops up Indiana Bean Fields

Indiana corn harvested was at 15 percent in the Monday USDA update, and soybean harvest was 13 percent complete. In Indiana and nationally harvest progress is ahead of the 5-year average. Disease has been a problem for both crops, and something unusual this year was the emergence of second generation...
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New York Company Setting Up Production Plant in Indiana

FAIR OAKS - A New York-based developer of advanced livestock waste treatment technology has announced plans for a new facility in Jasper County. Bion Environmental Technologies says it will develop a sustainable grain-finished beef production facility near Fair Oaks Farms. Bion says the facility will include its third-generation waste treatment...

Survey: 3/4 of Indiana Employers Feeling Labor Shortage, but Issues Predate Pandemic

(INDIANAPOLIS) – An Indiana Chamber survey says the pandemic isn’t the only reason businesses are struggling to find workers. 72% of 905 companies surveyed say there aren’t enough workers with the skills to meet their needs — 60% say they’ve left jobs unfilled as a result. That’s higher than before the pandemic, but even then, about half of employers consistently reported leaving jobs unfilled, while 62% complained of an inadequate supply of workers three years ago. The figure declined to 50% the last two years before rising on this year’s survey.

State Police Issue Reminder, Tips For Harvest Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Harvest season brings with it more slow-moving agricultural equipment traveling on Indiana’s rural roads and highways and Indiana State Police remind everyone to stay alert. In 2019 in Indiana, farm equipment vehicles (other than trucks) were involved in three accidents, with one fatality, according to the National Highway...
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Unknown spill at U.S. Steel plant leads to closed waters at Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes National Park has closed the waters of all of its beaches after a rusty-colored discharge from the U.S. Steel plant flowed Sunday into the Burns Waterway in Portage, Ind. The discharge was reported Sunday evening, according to park officials, leading to an investigation. So far, officials don’t...

How Mortgage Debt in Indiana Compares to Other States

The COVID-19 pandemic fueled a surge in demand among homebuyers that is only now beginning to show signs of slowing. This historic demand coincided with low borrowing costs, limited housing inventory, and labor and materials bottlenecks that have been hampering new construction. These factors have pushed home values to all time highs, forcing many buyers […]