Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

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Indiana will require out-of-work Hoosiers to prove they’re actively searching for work starting June 1, or else lose their unemployment benefits. The rule came in an executive order rolling back some of the COVID-19 relief measures in place for over a year.

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A former northwest Indiana union official was recently sentenced to more than four years in prison for extortion after an assault on non-union workers. It started when members of a local union found out work was being done without union workers in their area.

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Global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is planning for employees working from home to return to their Indianapolis offices this summer. Officials say this is another step towards businesses returning to what operations were before the pandemic.

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In 2019, 146 workers died on the job in Indiana according to an annual report from the country’s largest federation of unions. The group continues to call for better funding of federal and state agencies to hire more safety inspectors.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he will require out-of-work Hoosiers to actively search for jobs to remain on unemployment benefits.

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Eli Lilly is joining other pharmaceutical companies working to fight the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. The country has reported almost 4,000 deaths Wednesday and is averaging over 300,000 new cases a day. 

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People who were recently released from prison often have a hard time getting hired. But some northern Indiana companies are looking to hire those returning citizens to fill gaps in their workforce. 

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Indiana officials are making a second go of investing in capital projects around the state with the newly launched Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). The program mirrors a previous version created by former Gov. Mike Pence.

Toyota is investing $803 million to further expand its facility in southwest Indiana. This is the most recent major investment the Japanese automaker has made over the last few years.

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Apple plans to invest $100 million to build a new state-of-the-art distribution center in central Indiana as a part of its Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

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An ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips is causing automobile makers in Indiana to temporarily halt production. The problem is highlighting continued issues with the global supply chain.

A bill that will give health care providers additional protections from COVID-19 liability lawsuits is on its way to the governor’s desk. Some trial lawyers worry the bill will limit Hoosiers from seeking legal action for their loved ones.

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The Senate appropriations committee revived a plan to gradually increase the number of low-income families eligible for financial assistance. It was the subject of a bipartisan vote to amend House Bill 1009 on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. 


The Indiana Chamber of Commerce expressed frustration that the state Senate is not creating a high enough tax on vaping devices or increasing the cigarette tax. The Senate’s proposed budget rolls back what the House approved earlier this session.

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The Indiana House made a final vote of approval Tuesday on legislation directed at the Indiana State Teachers Association. Now, with a stroke of the governor’s pen, it would become a law critics say is an attempt to weaken the state’s largest teacher union.