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Fort Wayne Council Members Propose Income Tax Hike To Help Fund Riverfront, Infrastructure

As Fort Wayne’s riverfront development project begins construction this summer, the city is looking to fill some long-term funding holes in the project. A new proposal in city council to help fund the project would increase the local income tax.

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Earth Day Tree Planting Takes Root In New Haven

Saturday is Earth Day , and beginning this Friday, Save Maumee Grassroots Organization is making it a free, 3-day public celebration in New Haven, Indiana , with a goal of planting eleven hundred trees in the city's Moser and Heatherwood Parks.

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Andy Laverghetta

To WBOI's Freeform Radio Show Host, Its All About The Burnt Toast

WBOI's Burnt Toast Show is an eclectic mix of great, non-mainstream musical styles and genres, modeled after freeform radio shows of the '60s and '70s. It's on the menu every Sunday night from 8:00 to 11:00, served up live by volunteer show host, Todd Harrold .

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A new study from Ball State University underscores how higher education can boost wages – especially in certain parts of the state.

Its author, at the Center for Business and Economic Researcher, says the study suggests poorer counties have lots to gain from regional educational partnerships.

Graduate researcher Nathan Law found that since the recession, it’s been easier for Hoosiers with at least a bachelor’s degree to find full-time work.

Holcomb Signs Several Controversial Bills

Apr 25, 2017

Lawmakers approved a bill this session allowing legislative staffers to carry guns into the Statehouse. Governor Eric Holcomb says he supports the reasoning behind the bill.

“They put in long hours – especially during the session – and they are walking blocks away, oftentimes after midnight. And I can sympathize with someone who wants to be able to protect themselves and feel secure,” Holcomb says.

And after pledging to sign that bill, Holcomb did crack a joke about it.

The legislative focus of this year’s session wasn’t a mystery. Lawmakers already spent more than a year debating road funding. And so it wasn’t a surprise when Gov. Eric Holcomb told the General Assembly this in the first weeks of session.

“I will work with you to establish a plan that invests in the new projects for the future that ensures Indiana will remain The Crossroads of America,” Holcomb said.

But it was not the only big goal – or debate – this session.

Indiana U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) are pushing legislation to help get law enforcement better access to mental health services.

Lebanon, Indiana, police officer Taylor Nielsen says in the wake of a double-homicide she worked last year, she struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide.

Young, Donnelly Want To Avoid Government Shutdown

Apr 24, 2017

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) are headed back to Washington, D.C. as Congress and the White House work to avert a government shutdown.

A federal funding measure approved last year will expire Friday night. Without anything to replace it, a partial shutdown of federal agencies will begin Saturday.

Donnelly says he was part of a small group of senators that helped end the last shutdown.

The following statement was issued by the City of Fort Wayne on Saturday afternoon: 

Fort Wayne – "Tests on drinking water completed today show that the water free from any contamination and is safe. Therefore, Fort Wayne City Utilities and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management ended the precautionary boil water advisory effective immediately.   All residents may now use water from the tap for drinking and cooking with no further need for precautions.  The water is safe to use.

This week on the weekly experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central tells us about salinity. What is salinity, what are some characteristics of saline water, and even why is the ocean salty?

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