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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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Rep. Luke Messer Officially Joins Senate Race

Jul 26, 2017

U.S Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) will seek to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Granger) in 2018.

The announcement of Messer’s entrance into an increasingly crowded GOP field was understated: a Tweet with the simple message “We’re in!! See you at the picnic on August 12th.”

Below the message, his chosen logo: a partial outline of the state on a red field with the slogan “I Like Luke: U.S. Senate 2018.”

Blood, Lead & Soil: A Year In East Chicago

Jul 26, 2017

One year ago, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland told residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex they had to move out because of lead and arsenic contamination.

The announcement sparked a year of frantic action from residents, public officials, activists, and lawyers that’s still ongoing.

City To Provide $1.2 Million In Assistance For Laid Off Carrier Workers

Jul 26, 2017

Mayor Joe Hogsett says Indianapolis will administer a hiring and retention program that provides local companies a financial incentive to hire and retain displaced Carrier workers. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Hundreds of workers from Carrier, the manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, are losing their jobs as the company relocates some of its operations to Mexico.

Allen County Health

Fort Wayne City Council unanimously approved changes to the city’s tax abatement policy during its weekly meeting Tuesday night.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in northwest Indiana has halted abortions because of a state law that involves doctors’ admitting privileges marking the first time the state has used the law to stop services.

In a letter earlier this month the Indiana State Department of Health told the Merrillville Planned Parenthood to stop performing abortions because a doctor with admitting privileges had ended their relationship with the clinic.

Hospitals In Rural Indiana Communities Rank Top In Country

Jul 25, 2017

Rural Indiana hospitals ranked among the top 10 in the country for high-quality performance and improvement over the past year.

Ranking Indiana ninth in the country, The Health Resources and Services Administration is recognizing 10 states for improving healthcare in their communities.

State To Launch Savings Program For Disabled Hoosiers

Jul 25, 2017

The federal government passed The ABLE Act four years ago – ABLE stands for “achieving a better life experience.”

The bill allows states to offer a program in which somone with a disability, or the parent of a disabled child, can create a savings account with special tax advantages.

In 2016 Indiana lawmakers voted to enable the program, and the result is called InvestABLE.

It launches July 27.

A push to change the way mental health is treated has been embraced by a community in central Indiana.

Suicide is the seventh leading cause of death in Hamilton County where Fishers is located. Two years ago, Mayor Scott Fadness committed to the Fishers Mental Health Task Force.

Repeal or replace? Senators returning to Washington have been told they will have a vote this week – but not what they will vote on.

Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young was in Whitestown for a ribbon cutting at the new AmerisourceBergen pharmaceutical distribution center Monday. He says he will vote yes to open debate on health care.

“My hope is that we can move forward into debate and it’s unclear what substantive vehicle we’re going to be voting on,” Young says. “What exactly the bill is going to look like.”

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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