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5:28 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Police Raid Home of Longtime Subway Spokesman

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle's home in Zionsville, Ind., was raided by state and federal investigators Tuesday.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / WFIU News

State and federal authorities Tuesday raided the suburban Indianapolis home of Subway sandwich icon Jared Fogle. The action comes after the head of Fogle’s foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.

Indiana State Police and federal authorities were at Fogle’s Zionsville home early Thursday. Fogle is known for losing more than 200 pounds on a Subway sandwich diet and then becoming a corporate pitchman.

A local Justice Department spokesman says Fogle has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Indiana Joins Lawsuit Challenging EPA Water Rule

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the EPA's new water rules intrude on state sovereignty.
Credit Courtesy / Office of the Attorney General

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the Hoosier State will join a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s new water rule.  Zoeller says he’s concerned about the potential cost to the state’s agricultural industry.

The EPA recently finalized a rule broadening the definition of “waters of the United States” – that is, which bodies of water fall under federal regulation.  The term would now include small bodies of water, including streams, ponds, and drainage ditches.  Regulating those types of small waterways has always been left up to the states. 

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2:16 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

"Indiana Grown" Campaign Aims to Promote Hoosier Products

The "Indiana Grown" program launches July 7th.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Dept. of Agriculture

The Indiana Department of Agriculture this week will announce the launch of Indiana Grown, a program promoting products made and produced in the Hoosier State.

The idea of a “Made in Indiana” brand isn’t new.  But state Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney says the previous version was underfunded and understaffed and, thus, ineffective. 

McKinney says the new program, Indiana Grown, is much more robust, with funding from the Department of Agriculture – and Hoosiers can already see results.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Seismic Waves

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher discusses the waves caused by earthquakes, which are called seismic waves.  What are the different types of waves, where do they move, and what are their shapes? 

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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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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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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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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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