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.

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A special weekend of events will take place to celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days at the local Circus City Alpaca Farm here in Peru. Andy Hammersley is the owner of Circus City Alpacas located at 2642 W. 200 N. in Peru. The family has owned and raised horses for over 60 years and while they still have horses, they became interested in the alpacas as a retirement business. They have had Alpacas on their farm since 2005.

“We started with three young females and now have a whole herd” said Hammersley. “We can’t live without animals to care for and enjoy.”

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A local Peru author has released his very first fictional book titled “More Than A River Divides It”, a mystery which takes place right here in Peru.

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Bush Brothers & Company is voluntarily recalling certain 28 ounce cans of Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans because cans may have defective side seams. These side seam defects may affect can integrity and may cause the cans to leak or allow for harmful bacteria to grow inside the product. Bush Brothers found the issue as part of their quality control inspections.