Lead Stories

Ruth Yaro

Marble Lounge Records Making Tracks To First Album Release Date

Since the University of Saint Francis' student-run Marble Lounge Records named its 1st recording artist two weeks ago, music tech students, and Fort Wayne band, Rosalind & the Way are working at full speed and then some, to produce a full length album.

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Arts and Culture

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Old Crown Brass Band Toots Its Own Horn

Fort Wayne's Old Crown Brass Band , an all-volunteer group, modeled after traditional British brass bands, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this Sunday, with a concert at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center.

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State News

Lauren Chapman/IPB

Teacher Licensing Waivers Bill Met With Hesitation In The House

Lawmakers are giving mixed input on a bill about teacher licensing waivers, and members of a House committee shared concerns about the proposal during a meeting Thursday. Some educators say difficult licensing exams play a role in the state's teacher shortage, and Senate Bill 387 would let teachers with high grades in their prep courses waive the licensing exam if they try – and fail – the exam at least twice. It also requires that those teachers participate in a state mentorship and...

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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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The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana met Wednesday in Indianapolis. The group received a brief update of what was happening with the state’s independent assessment of the Department of Child Services.

Newly appointed DCS Director Terry Stigdon says members of the review team have conducted many interviews.

“Providers that partners with DCS to provide care that’s needed to children,” says Stigdon. “They have met with legislators as well.”

Local Winning Team Headed To DC For Future Cities

Feb 14, 2018
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In January, area middle schools headed to IPFW to via for the regional finals of the Future Cities Competition. The contest features tabletop models of future cities.

If you spend any time with middle schoolers, it's rare to hear these words.

 

Photography by Daniel Arthur Jacobson

   

More than 12,000 people attended a moderated conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama in Indianapolis Tuesday night.

 

The conversation covered a range of topics – from her roots in a supportive environment in Chicago to the potential positive impacts of diversity and civic action.

 

The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana hosted the event and provided 500 free tickets to women and girls who might not have been able to attend. Obama gave advice to young woman facing adversity.

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday he will retire after 22 years in the chamber.

Standing beside his wife Melissa, who recently retired herself, Long (R-Fort Wayne) said he’s stepping down in November “for the right reasons.”

“I’ve seen a lot of things accomplished that I hoped to see done,” Long said. “I feel like the Senate’s in good hands with this new generation.”

Long points to Right to Work, school vouchers, property tax caps, and tax cuts as notable accomplishments.

School Funding Gap Widens With New Numbers

Feb 14, 2018
Lauren Chapman/IPB News

The state’s school funding gap is much larger than first expected.

Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News

Indiana can move forward with lethal injections following an Indiana Supreme Court ruling sanctioning the state’s use of a new lethal injection drug.

City Council approved a request from the City of Fort Wayne Tuesday night, dedicating income tax funds for the garage of a planned mixed-use complex as part of the riverfront development project.

Girls Go CyberStart Competition Kicks Off Next Week

Feb 13, 2018

A multi-state effort aimed at getting more women in the cybersecurity career pipeline comes to the web this month.

High school girls from 16 states will participate in the six-day Girls Go CyberStart program starting next week. It’s an online series of challenges to test a participant’s interest and potential in the cybersecurity field, and includes activities around web attacks, programming, and computer forensics.

State lawmakers say they’ll seek to find a balance between innovation and safety when it comes to self-driving cars.

A Senate committee took testimony Tuesday on legislation to regulate autonomous vehicles.

More Rural Food Sites Needed

Feb 13, 2018
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The Indiana Department of Education wants more rural sites for this years summer food for kids program.

The Summer Food Service Program feeds children healthy meals when school is out for the summer. Most students that use the program qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year.

It’s a nationwide program funded through the USDA and administered by states. Indiana’s program boasted about 1400 hundred sites last year.

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