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Federal Conservation Fund Set To Expire

Advocates of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is set to expire in a month, admit it’s a federal program most people have never even heard of. But its expiration could have significant effects on conservation in Indiana.
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Fort Wayne Riverfront Development Could Include Environmental Center

Environmental stewardship. It’s a phrase that many people wouldn’t be able to define, but an IPFW professor wants to bring it to Fort Wayne. Area groups are trying to build an environmental stewardship facility in Fort Wayne. But what exactly is “environmental stewardship?”
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Summer Vacation Series

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Study Abroad Trip Focuses On Italian Culinary Traditions

Throughout this week, WBOI has been featuring stories from area teachers that look at how they spent their time away from the classrooms in a series called My Summer Vacation. Linda Lolkus is an associate professor of foods and nutrition at the Health and Human Services Department at IPFW. While many educators use the summer to take a break from teaching, Linda spent part of her summer instructing a study abroad course in Italy.
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Colonel David Foster's strong belief in the importance of a city park network here in Fort Wayne earned him the title "Father of the Park System" back in the early 20th century.

And the space bearing his name, Foster Park, continues to be among the brightest stars among the 86 public municipal parks residents enjoy today.

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Saturday is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Northeast Indiana cities are still working to make the area accessible for everyone. But a disability advocacy group says things have improved since the law passed more than two decades ago.

The Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition released a survey showing how residents feel about Allen County’s compliance with the ADA.

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Fort Wayne Community Schools announced Thursday it’s planning to open a conversation about the mascot at one of its high schools.

Since 1927, the nickname for North Side High School has been the Redskins, a term many tribes and non-native people consider derogatory.

Fort Wayne Community Schools says when it was first adopted, the name was meant as a source of pride in local Native American heritage.

New Laws Expand Statewide Broadband Access

Jul 22, 2015
Payne Horning / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence ceremonially signed two bills into law today that will expand broadband Internet access across the state.  Pence says it’s legislation like this that’s driving down the state’s unemployment rate.

The new Broadband Ready Communities Development Center will team with local governments to encourage and approve communications projects that expand Internet access. Pence says last week, Nashville, Ind., became the first area in the state to be approved as broadband ready.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in more than seven years, falling below five percent in June.

The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.9 percent last month, the first time it’s been below five percent since February of 2008.  June marks the fifth consecutive month the rate has declined, and since January of 2013, only one other state – Rhode Island – has decreased its unemployment rate more than Indiana. 

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P.L. Travers' iconic English nanny, Mary Poppins, has been delighting audiences through the printed word, film and theater since 1934.

Now, thanks to director Jane Lanier, this classic musical is coming alive at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre stage, ready to capture hearts in a whole new way. 

In a word? Well, you know...it's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Indiana is losing ground compared to other states when it comes to children’s overall well-being.  That’s according to new data from the Annie E Casey’s Foundation’s Kids Count report.  But the Indiana Youth Institute says the drop in rankings isn’t as bad as it sounds.

In the 2014 edition of Kids Count, Indiana ranked 27th in children’s overall well-being.  This year, that dropped to 32nd. 

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Getting a job can be difficult. It can be even harder if a person has a disability. In fact, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is about double the rate of people without them.

In the back room of Goodwill, there’s one aisle that’s a little wider than the rest. It’s a modification for Lee Arnold, a Goodwill employee who is in a wheelchair. His desk is also higher, and he has tools to help him grab items that are out of his reach. 

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is making his first bid for federal office, announcing Monday he will join a crowded field seeking to replace 9th District Congressman Todd Young.

Zoeller says, as Attorney General, he’s repeatedly battled what he sees as overreach by the federal government, defending Indiana’s right to make its own decisions on everything from EPA regulations to the Affordable Care Act. 

The southern Indiana native says he’s running for Congress to continue that battle.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he wants all Hoosiers to know that, beginning Monday morning, members of the National Guard will be armed and able to defend themselves.

Governor Pence says the attack on a military installation in Tennessee that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead made the Indiana National Guard’s new policy necessary and appropriate. 

He says soldiers and airmen with handgun permits can carry their personal guns at all National Guard facilities around the state.

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