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Politics & Government
5:55 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

After Uncertainty in Session, Regional Cities Bill Becomes Law

Gov. Mike Pence signed the Regional Cities Initiative into law Wednesday.
Credit Courtesy / Office of the Governor

Governor Mike Pence says excitement is palpable as he talks to local communities about the Regional Cities Initiative.  Pence signed a bill creating the program into law Wednesday.

Pence says the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has spent months traveling around the country, talking to leaders in areas that adopted a regional economic development approach.  And he says the IEDC will be spreading the lessons learned from those talks across Indiana as the Regional Cities Initiative is rolled out. 

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Pence Signs Construction Wage Repeal

Indiana’s common construction wage is about to become extinct after Governor Mike Pence signed a bill repealing the wage Wednesday.

The common construction wage is a kind of minimum wage for construction workers on public projects.  The wage is set for each project by a local board. 

In a statement announcing he signed the bill repealing the common wage, Governor Pence says wages should be set by the marketplace, not government bureaucracy.  He says repealing the system puts taxpayers first. 

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4:21 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

CANI Changes Name

Community Action of Northeast Indiana, or CANI, has a new name as  of Wednesday. 

The nonprofit poverty-fighting agency will now be known as Brightpoint. The organization’s President and CEO Steve Hoffman says the name change is in  response to a lack of name recognition and understanding of the organization’s  mission. 

But that doesn’t mean clients who need assistance have trouble finding them.  Hoffman says most years, their programs have waiting lists and tap out their  funding.

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Election 2015
9:05 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Fort Wayne Voters Choose Henry, Harper for Mayor's Race

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry (Democrat, left) and Councilman Mitch Harper (Republican, right) won their respective primaries Tuesday, and will face each other in the November general election.
Credit Courtesy / Henry for Mayor; Harper for Mayor

The 2015 Fort Wayne general election will feature two longtime public servants at the top of the ticket.

In Tuesday’s municipal primary election for mayor, Democrats overwhelmingly chose incumbent Tom Henry to run for a third term, while Republican voters chose Councilman Mitch Harper by an even wider margin. The two will face each other in November's general election.

Both Harper and Henry had been considered favorites by political watchers, though each had three challengers on the ballot.

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2:40 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Doden Named CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Outgoing IEDC Chairman Eric Doden was named CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Monday.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Fort Wayne’s unified economic development organization is getting new leadership.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. named Eric Doden its new chief executive officer this week, replacing former CEO Mark Becker, who resigned in January.

Doden is the outgoing president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the state agency that works to attract new business to Indiana. Governor Mike Pence appointed him to the position in 2013.

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Election 2015
10:58 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Allen County Could Face More Low Voter Turnout

Voting at the Baker Street Station polling location was off to a slow start Tuesday morning.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Tuesday is primary election day in Allen County and across the state.  

Indiana made national news last year for its low voter turnout in the general election, which included statehouse and congressional seats.

Voter turnout is historically low for primary elections, and even worse for municipals.

Nationally, municipal turnout wavers around 20 percent. Back in 2011, less than 13 percent of those registered to vote in Allen County showed up at the polls. That’s about twenty four thousand people.

So, what can we expect this time around?

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Election 2015
5:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Sixteen Candidates Vy for Fort Wayne At-Large Seats

Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The biggest pool of candidates in the Fort Wayne municipal primaries comes in the race for three at-large positions on the Fort Wayne City Council.

The at-large race for city council includes a whopping sixteen candidates vying for a total of six nominations. That includes seven candidates for the Republicans and nine for the Democrats.

The race is made even more interesting because two of the three available at-large seats will be vacant, meaning lots of new faces are vying to represent the residents of Fort Wayne.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

The Weekly Experiment - Hibernation

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains hibernation.  What are the processes occurring in an animal, how do different animals hibernate, and what causes hibernation to begin?

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Election 2015
5:38 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Three Primary Candidates Challenging Henry for Mayor

Fort Wayne’s Democratic primary race for mayor features four candidates this year, including the incumbent, Mayor Tom Henry.

Henry is seeking a third term as Fort Wayne’s mayor, but he’ll face competition for the nomination.

Two-term Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson is challenging Henry on a platform of talent retention and refocusing the city’s development efforts.

Meanwhile, candidate Tom Cook says he wants to focus on neighborhood development and creating opportunity for lower-income residents.

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

"Shakespeare at Pendleton" Brings the Bard to Life Behind Bars

"Shakespeare at Pendleton" actors presenting a prison group premiere of "Coriolanus" to fellow inmates.
Credit Courtesy/Jack Heller

The study of William Shakespeare and his plays is making its way into more prisons each year, thanks, in part, to people like Huntington University professor Dr. Jack Heller.

Heller launched his Shakespeare at Pendleton program back in the fall of 2013. Last week, his eighteen inmate actors staged a "prison group premiere" of their interpretation of Coriolanus.

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