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Fort Wayne Assembly To Produce 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

The North American International Auto Show will take place in Detroit beginning Saturday, and Fort Wayne will receive some spotlight at the event.

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Arts and Culture

Sweetwater All Stars' New CD Gets Down In The R&B Groove

The Sweetwater All Stars is a high energy, nine piece rhythm and blues band made up mostly of Sweetwater employees-- and its owner, Chuck Surack.

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State News

House Committee Cautiously Begins Debate On Township Reform Bill

A House committee cautiously began debate Tuesday on what the committee chair calls “a touchy subject” – township government reform. The legislation would force townships with less than 1,200 people to merge with an adjacent township by 2023. That mandate would eliminate about 1,200 elected officials. Indiana Township Association President Debbie Driscoll says her organization supports such reform. “It’s an attempt to save us long-term by bettering our services and our finances and our...

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Andy Laverghetta

WBOI Jazz Host Unwinds For The Weekend With Friday Vibe

To volunteer show host, Bill Forsythe , unwinding for the weekend means serving up a freeform mix of jazz-driven music, which he does, every other Friday night, on WBOI's "Friday Vibe."

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The North American International Auto Show will take place in Detroit beginning Saturday, and Fort Wayne will receive some spotlight at the event.

A House committee cautiously began debate Tuesday on what the committee chair calls “a touchy subject” – township government reform.

The legislation would force townships with less than 1,200 people to merge with an adjacent township by 2023. That mandate would eliminate about 1,200 elected officials.

Indiana Township Association President Debbie Driscoll says her organization supports such reform.

 

A House committee easily advanced legislation Tuesday that would block local governments from banning short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

No one spoke in opposition during the committee hearing.

The bill would allow local governments to require permits for those who operate short-term rentals. It would also allow a $150 fee for those permits.

Indiana Blood Supply Critically Low

11 hours ago

The Indiana Blood Center says its blood supply levels across the Hoosier state are critically low.

There’s less than a two-day supply of O-negative and O-positive blood statewide. O-negative goes quickly because it’s the universal donor and is used most frequently.

Maria Keyler is the donor marketing specialist at Indiana Blood Center. She says education based drives are major contributors to the state’s blood supply.

Medical Device Tax Stays

12 hours ago

  Indiana’s large life sciences industry will once again pay a tax on medical devices after legislators failed to continue a suspension of the measure.

The 2.3 percent tax first took effect in 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers passed a two-year suspension on the tax in 2015, but it expired at the end of last year.

In a last minute bid, U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski introduced a bill in late December to continue the suspension for another five years. But, legislators didn’t act in time.

Attorney General Expands Human Trafficking Efforts

Jan 15, 2018

Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill will expand operations to better address human trafficking in the state.

The Human Trafficking Investigations Unit will add investigators and attorneys to better catch and prosecute people who engage in sex and labor trafficking in Indiana.

The Attorney General’s Office says human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries. In a statement, Hill said “victims trapped in this illegal enterprise who are desperate for a better way of life need to know there is help and hope.”

Photo provided by Manchester University

In January Manchester University will begin their new Pharmacogenomics or PGx online master’s program. This is the only online master’s program of its kind in the world and it was created here in Fort Wayne.

 

  Pharmacogenomics or PGx is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. Until now, drugs have been created with the idea that they will effect everyone the same. The study of PGx can make treatment more personalized and it can mean less error and better outcomes.

 

School Principals Share Concerns On New Grad Pathways

Jan 15, 2018

School principals are concerned about the state’s plan to change high school graduation pathway requirements. Some say it lacks important details on how schools can bring that plan to life.

Indiana lawmakers want to study the impact of 529 College Savings Plans on state revenue after a just enacted federal tax change allows the accounts to be spent on tuition at private elementary and high schools.

Protesters cited at state forest

Jan 13, 2018
Zach Herndon

 

 

State officials say eight people were issued warnings for criminal trespassing at Yellowwood State Forest Thursday.

According to a statement from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, conservation officers issued written citations to the unnamed individuals. The forest is public property, but the statement says the area was closed to the public for an ongoing timber harvest.

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