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Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: "Energizing Indiana" Was Cost Effective

Energizing Indiana, the state's energy efficiency program, was canceled earlier this year.

A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective—saving about three dollars for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from the program—called Energizing Indiana—was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. For every one dollar in rebate, the companies saved more than five dollars in electricity costs.

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News
4:40 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Artlink Chooses New Executive Director

Credit Amber Recker

Artlink has a new Executive Director. The non-profit gallery in Fort Wayne approved Amber Recker for the position on Monday.

Under the leadership of its current director Deb Washler, Artlink moved to the Auer Center downtown in 2011, where it expanded its exhibition and classroom space. Washler announced her resignation last month, and is headed to the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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My Summer Vacation
6:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Bob Ahlersmeyer: My Summer in Hollywood

Nine months out of the year, Bob Ahlersmeyer is an English teacher at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne.  But he’s a showman at heart, and once class is dismissed, you can often find him in community theater productions and even local commercials.

This summer though, he decided to try his hand at stardom. For six weeks, anyway.

Ahlersmeyer received a Lilly Grant to travel to Hollywood to blog about his experiences auditioning for movies and commercials. He plans on using his blog to educate students on online journalism and blog-writing.  

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Economy
3:31 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

State Private Sector Adds Jobs, Unemployement Rate Flat

Indiana’s private sector added nearly 10,000 jobs last month.  Yet for the fourth consecutive month, the unemployment rate failed to drop.  Still, Governor Mike Pence says July’s employment numbers tell him Indiana’s economy is “all systems go.”

The Hoosier private sector has added jobs for ten consecutive months, surging again in July with 9,900 jobs created.  That boost was led by the manufacturing sector, which added more than 5,000 jobs, the most in the country last month. 

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My Summer Vacation
6:40 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Laura McCoy: My Summer Hiking in Peru

Laura McCoy is a music teacher at St. Joseph Central Elementary School in Fort Wayne. During the summer months, she decided to take a trip to Peru. But she had more on her mind than just sightseeing.

McCoy lost her parents at a young age, and now devotes a lot of her time to working with children at Erin's House for Grieving Children, which helps young people learn to cope with loss.

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Arts & Culture
7:17 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

30,000 Fairgoers Had a Drink at the State Fair

Alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair are exceeding expectations.  More than 30,000 fairgoers lined up to buy beer and wine.  It was the first time in 67 years alcohol sales were permitted.

Ryan Sweet spent three days at the Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition with Taxman Brewing.  He says the experience was overwhelmingly positive, providing the new Bargersville, Ind., brewery with plenty of exposure. 

He says the only complaint he heard from fairgoers was about the rule against carrying the beer out of the hall.

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News
6:52 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Fair Alcohol Sales Top Expectations

Alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair are exceeding expectations. More than 30,000 fairgoers  lined up to buy beer and wine. It was the first time in 67 years alcohol sales were permitted. 

Ryan Sweet spent three days at the Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition with Taxman Brewing. He says the  experience was overwhelmingly positive, providing the new Bargersville, Indiana brewery with plenty of  exposure. 

He says the only complaint he heard from fairgoers was about the rule against carrying the  beer out of the hall.

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Health & Science
11:22 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Episode 162 - Fireworks

News
6:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

More Cuts to Higher Education Budgets

Indiana is cutting another 2 percent from the state’s public colleges and universities in response to concerns about lagging tax revenues. That’s in addition to the 2 percent it cut last fiscal year.

Governor Mike Pence announced cuts last year to state agency budgets after tax collections came in  dramatically below expectations for the first half of the last fiscal year. He included a 2 percent cut  to higher education funding. The state ultimately ended the fiscal year just above projections.

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Higher Education
4:19 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Study Says Indiana University, Not Purdue, Should Run IPFW

A new report from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership suggests transferring governance of IPFW to Indiana University.
Credit Courtesy / Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

A new study from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is recommending significant changes for IPFW, including switching the university's governing body.

The IPFW Roles and Governance Study used focus groups, interviews with business leaders, and historical data to come up with five recommendations for change.

They include streamlining degree programs; strengthening ties to the business community; and transferring all governance of IPFW to Indiana University.

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