Politics & Government
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

State, Local Governments at Odds Over Tax

The State Capitol in Indianapolis.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The next showdown between the state and local governments over the business personal property tax will be at a blue ribbon commission studying the issue this summer. 

The tax on is a levy on business equipment that generates a billion dollars a year for local governments.

Legislation passed this year allows local governments to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate it on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years. 

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program

Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.

The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.

United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400 children when it’s up and running.

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News
1:27 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Fort Wayne City Council Upholds Right-to-Work Ordinance

A right-to-work ordinance for Fort Wayne’s police officers and firefighters survived a mayoral veto. The vote was made at Tuesday's City Council meeting. 

The ordinance says that public safety workers can’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to pay union dues. It was introduced by Republican councilman Mitch Harper.

Harper says it’s a matter of principle – that it’s not taking away union’s rights, but giving freedom of choice to the employee.

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Outdoors
1:25 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding

City officials and trail advocates broke ground on the next section of the Pufferbelly Trail this month.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Trails

Last week, the City of Fort Wayne cut the ribbon on construction of a new segment of the Pufferbelly Trail on the city’s north side.

The expansion is the latest in what’s becoming an increasingly connected trail system across four counties in Northeast Indiana.

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News
6:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Indiana Government Aims to Improve Transparency

The governor’s office has unveiled a new website aiming to improve transparency and accountability in state government. The site was built to be a  one-stop shop for Hoosiers keeping tabs on state agencies’ performance.

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Economy
3:32 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum

The Leading Index for Indiana has risen for two months in a row.
Credit IBRC / IU Kelley School of Business

New analysis from Indiana University suggests the Hoosier economy is heading in the right direction.

The Leading Index for Indiana – which uses national-level economic data to make predictions about the state’s economy – rose slightly in July. That’s the second monthly increase in a row.

According to Timothy Slaper at the IU Kelley School of Business, the increase comes in part because of a jump in homebuilder sentiment, what he calls the “exhuberant stock market,” and a strong outlook in transportation and logistics.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Episode 158 - Dandelions

News
3:49 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Henry Vetoes Right-to-Work Ordinance

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Friday vetoed a second labor-related ordinance in as many months– this one stating that city police could not require union membership.

The council previously overturned Henry’s veto on ending collective bargaining for the city’s non-public safety workers.

The right-to-work ordinance that would affect police passed along party lines by council last week. The measure was introduced by Republican Councilman Mitch Harper, who said it would help base employment on quality of work.

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Opinion - Health
3:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Facebook, Baby's Blood, and the Debate Over Informed Consent

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

Every once in a while I wonder if I’ve just been part of a research study that didn’t require consent. Now I know this is a trick of the mind—I know about so many such studies that I’m ready to think I might be involved in one.

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News
3:35 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Indiana's Unemployment Rate on the Rise

Indiana’s private sector sent a June record for job creation. Yet the state’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in a year.  

The Hoosier private sector added 10,000 jobs last month, including growth in every major employment sector. The surge was led by the leisure and hospitality and construction sectors, each contributing at least 2,700 new jobs. But the state’s unemployment rate rose two-tenths of  a percent to 5.9 percent. 

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