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Sights & Sounds From The Vigil For Unity

A “Candlelight Vigil for Unity” was held on the Allen County Courthouse Green on Wednesday night, in an effort to show solidarity with victims of hate and racism over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Arts and Culture

Hop River Brewing Joins Downtown Improvement

As Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront activity continues to grow, Paris McFarthing and Ben Jackson are adding to the excitement, with a new business venture called Hop River Brewing Company.

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State News

Trump Race Remarks, Folded Councils 'Last Straw' For Indiana Labor

President Donald Trump disbanded two of his economic advisory councils, after many members resigned in protest of his response to racist violence. Trump tweeted Wednesday he was ending his Manufacturing Council and Strategic & Policy Forum, all made up of CEOs and other industry and workforce leaders. Among those who resigned from the manufacturing group before that tweet were national AFL-CIO union president Richard Trumka and his chief of staff. I cannot sit on a council for a President...

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Behind The Mic

Andy Laverghetta

WBOI Jazz Host Unwinds For The Weekend With Friday Vibe

To volunteer show host, Bill Forsythe , unwinding for the weekend means serving up a freeform mix of jazz-driven music, which he does, every other Friday night, on WBOI's "Friday Vibe."

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A new partnership aims to provide members of the Indiana National Guard with mental health and substance abuse care. Indiana National Guard behavioral health officer Maj. Scott Edwards says the program called “Mission Recovery,” tailored to service member’s needs.

“So when service members come they are meeting with a provider who understands more about the realities of being a military member,” Edwards says. “That’s hugely important for us and it’s key to the success in any kind of initiative where people come to get help for mental health or substance abuse problems.”

An Indiana hate crimes law may become reality next year after House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) endorsed the idea in the wake of white supremacist violence in Virginia last weekend.

Gov. Eric Holcomb called the events in Charlottesville – in which a woman was killed when a car allegedly driven by a white supremacist protester plowed into a crowd of counter protesters – “sickening.”

Indiana says it wants to help train train more Hoosier workers for in-demand jobs. Two grant programs will help cover tuition for career certificates and training costs for employers in what the state calls “high-demand” areas.

The legislature approved $10 million apiece over two years for the two programs – the Workforce Ready Grant and the Employer Training Grant.

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This time of the summer is usually referred to as the “dog days,” due to excessive heat and lethargy that results from it. Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation held an event to give the dogs their own summer day.

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With riverfront development construction underway in Fort Wayne, the City and the parks department are left to decide on the promenade’s aesthetics. During a meeting of the parks board on Thursday, a sculpture was chosen to serve as the promenade’s centerpiece.

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Fort Wayne’s AWS Foundation is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2017, and to celebrate the occasion, AWS presented a donation to the community.

Indiana is set to have unexpectedly big corn and soybean harvests this fall. That means continued tight profit margins for farmers and more low food prices for consumers.

Purdue University agronomists made their annual announcement of the state’s crop production forecast at the State Fair Thursday.

They say yields should better than expected, after weeks of wet, patchy weather. But economist Chris Hurt says that extra supply for the same demand will mean bad prices for Hoosier farmers.

And, no, we’re not talking about Sonic the Hedgehog.

An exhibit at the Indiana State Fair allows visitors to hear how the Hoosier State has changed over the last two centuries, thanks, in part, to a new branch of science —soundscape ecology.

“We use sounds to tell us about landscapes and the animals that reside there and how places change over time,” says Ben Gottesman, an ecologist at Purdue University.

Indiana Law Could Ruin Solar's Future At Schools

Aug 9, 2017

More groups – from utilities to businesses and even schools — are investing in solar energy. Its popularity continues to go up, while costs go down. But a law passed earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly could spell trouble for the industry.

Take, for example, Tri-Creek School Corporation’s solar experiment.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says officials will work to help displaced families from a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago.

Carson met privately Monday with some residents and local lawmakers near the now-empty West Calumet Housing Complex. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland joined the discussion.

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