Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

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A Wisconsin-based company has acquired a growing Indiana paper straw manufacturer.

Aardvark Straws is located in Fort Wayne and claims to be the sole U.S. producer of paper straws. It’s owned by Precision Products Group, which this week sold the company to disposable tableware manufacturer Hoffmaster Group, Inc.

Ag Barometer Sees Record Decline In Producer Sentiment

Aug 7, 2018
(Courtesy of Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture)
Lauren Chapman

Purdue University’s Ag Economy Barometer, which measures producer sentiment, has seen record declines following establishment of the Trump administration’s tariffs. July’s declines were the biggest since the measure was first established in 2015.

2018 Gen Con Rolls Out New Sustainability Efforts

Aug 3, 2018
One of the "Unboxing Stations" new to this year's Gen Con. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

Gen Con – the largest table top gaming convention in North America – is expected to have more than 60,000 attendees playing hundreds of games over four days.

The heavy foot traffic can bring with it a lot of trash.

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A team of Lafayette developers says its ideas for a revamped Chauncey Hill Mall have been largely confirmed by a week of public input.

Trinitas Ventures plans to start razing the current site by the end of 2019 and then begin a two-year facelift once the site is clear.

A Purdue professor has found that rooms rented on sites such as Airbnb benefit white neighborhoods, but do less good for black and Latino areas.

Office of Management and Budget Director Micah Vincent says Hoosiers should be happy the state doesn't rely on corporate taxes as that revenue source continues to decline. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana closed the books on its 2018 fiscal year to mark the third consecutive year the state collected less in corporate taxes.

The state collected $318 million less from corporations this year than last year.

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If a meeting Monday night is any indication, Greater Lafayette residents want a replacement for Chauncey Hill Mall that both caters to students and includes local restaurants that don’t rely on a student clientele.

That’s part of the challenge which the land’s owners, Lafayette-based Trinitas Ventures, and a team of architects must overcome following a sensing session that’ll last all this week.

Even though at least one of the companies providing Affordable Care Act insurance in Indiana temporarily saves money from a recent Trump administration move, company officials say the decision create more questions about the future of health coverage for Hoosiers.

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Lauren Chapman

Thursday night at the stroke of midnight, speculations became reality when the U.S.-imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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Tyler Lake / WFIU/WTIU News

  New regulations for Cannabidiol or CBD are meant to help consumers and law enforcement.

CBD has been legal in Indiana since March, but now it’s required to come with a QR code. It’s a type of bar code that can be scanned by a smartphone, which will take you to a page with information about the product.

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