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1:36 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Vincent Village Takes Family From Homeless to Renters

Residents of the newly built home in Vincent Village address the press, along with Mayor Tom Henry, and Vincent Village Executive Director Denise Andorfer.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

One previously homeless Fort Wayne family of four is able to call a home their  own. They’re paying an income-based rent on a new house built on the Vincent Village  campus.

The property was officially dedicated Thursday. 

Vincent Village owns and rents 33 properties to provide affordable housing for low  income residents. 

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Museum's Third "Summer of Glass" Brings Sculpture to Light

Museum visitors experience three different exhibitions as part of this year's "Summer of Glass."
Credit Courtesy / FWMoA

As far as Charles Shepard is concerned, glass sculpture is due for its big day in the museum world.

That’s why the organization he runs – the Fort Wayne Museum of Art – is holding its latest “Summer of Glass” show.

While Shepard says many museums see the medium as more of a craft than an art, he also believes it’s set to break through on the museum circuit.

But until it does, he’s happy to showcase some of the world’s best studio glass right here in Fort Wayne.

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Courts
5:24 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

First Lawsuit Filed Using New Religious Freedom Law

Credit Courtesy / ACLU

Indiana’s religious freedom law known as RFRA will be used for the first time in a suit challenging a new state law that bars sex offenders from churches.

A new law that went into effect Wednesday says people convicted of sex offenses against children cannot enter school property.  And ACLU-Indiana legal director Ken Falk says because that phrase “school property” is broadly written, it could mean that offenders can’t attend religious services if the church is next to a school. 

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Courts
1:50 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Synthetic Drug Law Challenged in State Supreme Court

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on the state's synthetic drug law, which the state says helps it keep up with manufacturers making drugs like bath salts.
Credit Courtesy / Drug Enforcement Administration

The state Supreme Court Thursday heard arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of Indiana’s law banning synthetic drugs.  The suit involves powers given to the Board of Pharmacy to create emergency rules.

Lawmakers in 2012 gave the Board of Pharmacy rulemaking authority to add more synthetic drugs to the list of banned substances, in the hopes of keeping up with synthetic drug manufacturers.  Two men charged with dealing synthetic drugs challenged the law. 

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News
12:04 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

YWCA Merges with Hope House

Credit YWCA

Two Fort Wayne non-profits that serve women in the region announced they’re  merging Wednesday. 

Hope House will now be a division of YWCA Northeast Indiana. The two organizations have complimentary missions - Hope House provides  transitional housing for homeless women facing addiction. 

The 120-year-old  YWCA offers a domestic violence shelter for women in Allen and the surrounding  counties.   

Debbie Beckman is the President and CEO of YWCA Northeast Indiana. She says  more awareness of the issues is creating more demand. 

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Happy Birthday to Zoo
6:00 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Zoo Celebrates Fiftieth Birthday

Bill the Lion poses for pictures.
Credit Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

WBOI’s Lisa Ryan attended a birthday party Wednesday. Not just any birthday party though. This one was for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, which is turning 50 today.

The guest list was huge: zoo employees, volunteers, parents and kids... And of course, Bill the Lion. About 600 people gathered to sing “Happy Birthday” to the zoo—except Bill the Lion, who can’t sing.

The zoo started in 1965 as a five-and-a half-acre park, and is now a 40-acre zoo with about 1,000 animals.

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Opinion - Politics
4:08 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Is Pence’s Reelection Bid in Trouble?

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

In June, Bellwether Research and Consulting released a poll examining Hoosiers' views of Gov. Mike Pence and some of his possible opponents in 2016.  The immediate reaction was that the reelection bid by Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in trouble. 

There were reasons to think this:

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SCOTUS
2:09 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

SCOTUS Decision Leaves Door Open for Hoosier Redistricting Reform

Indiana's current congressional districts, drawn after the 2010 census.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that an independent redistricting commission in Arizona is, in fact, legal.

The decision opens the door for other states to explore such commissions in an effort to fight gerrymandering. (For a great explanation of gerrymandering, check out this Washington Post article from March.)

Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly decided to create a study committee on the issue of redistricting reform.

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SCOTUS
5:10 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Defends Independent Redistricting Commissions

Monday's Supreme Court ruling keeps the door open for non-partisan state redistricting commissions.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Election Division

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld the constitutionality of an independent redistricting commission in Arizona, a system that keeps the redrawing of legislative maps out of the legislature’s hands.  That decision could have a major impact on Indiana as lawmakers prepare to examine ways to take some of the politics out of electoral redistricting.

Indiana legislative leaders – both Republican and Democrat – who’ve long supported redistricting reform overcame a major hurdle this year by gaining support for a redistricting study committee. 

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Taxes
4:54 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Tax Amnesty Program Will Start in September

During the state's first tax amnesty period in 2005, Indiana collected about $244 million.
Credit Flickr User / Tracy O

Hoosier businesses and individuals who owe back taxes to the state will have an opportunity to pay what they owe, without a penalty, this fall.  The governor Monday announced a start date for the state’s tax amnesty program.

Indiana conducted its first tax amnesty program in 2005, collecting about $244 million in back taxes.  Those who participated in that program will be ineligible to take advantage of a new tax amnesty window, open from September 15 to November 16. 

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