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Peru, IN — Volunteers for the American Heart Association and Lutheran Health Network Dukes Memorial Hospital are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born at Dukes Memorial Hospital in February. The Little Hats, Big Hearts™ project raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country and the leading killer of infants with birth defects.

Volunteers from across the country have knitted thousands of hats that will be given to all babies born at participating Indiana hospitals during the month of February.

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Indianapolis, IN - As you prepare to file your taxes, proceed with caution to keep your personal information safe from identity thieves. Identity theft is a growing problem and victims can experience damaged credit ratings, limited eligibility for certain loans, and inability to file a tax return or receive a refund. Because identity theft can have such a lasting effect on victims, it is important to take all of the necessary steps to prevent it.

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PERU, Ind. – Dukes Memorial Hospital is recognizing the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® campaign and celebrating National Heart Month to help raise awareness and save more lives. With approximately 2,300 Americans dying of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 38 seconds, chances are we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke. But together we can change that.

Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac events such as premature heart disease, stroke, and diabetes may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest modifications to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk.


MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – As a result of the newly enacted federal tax reform, NIPSCO submitted a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to lower its previous request to modify natural gas base rates by $26 million.

The reduction means natural gas residential customers would pay nearly $2 less per month following the Commissions’ decision in the company’s natural gas rate proposal, which is expected in the second half of 2018. The average natural gas residential customer paying $50 per month is projected to see their bill go to $58.10 per month, subject to IURC approval, rather than $59.80 as originally proposed.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced that he has invited two Hoosiers to be his guests for the President’s State of the Union address next Tuesday, January 30, in Washington, D.C. Chelsee Hatfield from Windfall, Indiana and Gene Miles from Greentown, Indiana will attend the State of the Union as guests of Senator Young on behalf of First Farmers Bank & Trust to demonstrate the benefits of tax reform in Indiana.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.4 percent for December and remains lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.

Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 14,195 over the previous month. This was a result of 10,696 unemployed residents no longer seeking employment within the past four weeks, and a 3,499 decrease in residents employed. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.30 million, and the state’s 63.6 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

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Peru, IN – Lisa Waters, the Human Resource Manager for Schneider Electric has notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development of a “Workforce Reduction at its facility located at 252 N. Tippecanoe St., Peru, IN 46970.”

The letter dated January 15, 2018, was received by Workforce Development on January 18, 2018. You can view this letter by clicking HERE.

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Converse, IN - In response to the recently passed legislation affecting corporate tax, Gene Miles, President, and CEO of First Farmers Bank & Trust recently announced a new corporate wage and community support program that commits to four points of emphasis.