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Election 2016
3:47 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Gregg Announces Second Run for Governor

John Gregg announced his candidacy for governor in a video posted to YouTube Thursday.
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Indiana’s 2016 gubernatorial race could be a repeat of 2012 after Democrat John Gregg Thursday announced he’ll run for governor again.  But Gregg might have competition for the nomination this time.

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Environment
5:42 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Allen County Gets Poor Grade for Air Quality

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Allen County has unsafe levels of ozone in the air - that’s according to The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report released Wednesday.

The association graded 28 Indiana counties, giving Allen County a D, and 15 others D’s or F’s for high levels of ozone.

Ozone, or smog, is one of the most widespread and powerful air pollutants.

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Arts & Culture
10:19 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Artlink's CSA Flips the Economic Model for Artists, Buyers

Artlink Executive Director Amber Foster.
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Fort Wayne’s Artlink is trying out a new economic model for connecting artists and art enthusiasts.

Recently, the nonprofit gallery recruited nine artists and paid them upfront for work they’ll release this summer.

Now, they’re appealing to the region's art lovers to buy a share of that work.

It’s called Community Supported Art, and it’s a reversal of the typical model in which artists create work that may or may not be purchased down the road. The program is based on a similar model developed in Minneapolis.

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News
6:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Three Candidates Vying to Represent Southeast Side

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The 16-year incumbent of Fort Wayne City Council’s sixth district is being  challenged from the left and right in this year’s municipal elections.

Southeast Fort Wayne’s district six has long been represented by Democrat Glynn  Hines. The area has seen the development of the McMillen Community Center, Renaissance Pointe, and other housing developments during Hines’ tenure.   

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SCOTUS
5:12 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

"Optimism" Among Gay Hoosiers as SCOTUS Hears Marriage Case

The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments over the constitutionality of gay marriage Tuesday.
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After traveling to Washington, D.C., for the Supreme Court arguments on gay marriage, one of the plaintiffs in the case against Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban says he’s cautiously optimistic.

Greg Hasty and his husband C.J. Vallero were one of many couples who stood outside the U.S. Supreme Court to express their views on the same-sex marriage debate.

Hasty wasn’t able to get into the actual courtroom—there’s only room for a few members of the public--but he says after being in D.C. and listening to the arguments he’s eagerly awaiting the court’s decision.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Extended Interview: Jennifer Ford on the Study of Arts Economies

Jennifer Ford is a corporate art consultant for Choice Designs Inc. in Fort Wayne, and recently spoke at Christie's International Auction House in New York City.
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Christie’s in New York City is the largest fine arts auction house in the world.

Earlier this month it held its second annual symposium, bringing experts together to discuss various issues facing the art world.

This year, seven international speakers addressed a question: should art history include the study of arts markets and economics?

One of those speakers was Fort Wayne’s own Jennifer Ford, a corporate art consultant for Choice Designs.

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News
6:46 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Henry Announces More Investments in Riverfront Development

Jane Gerardot, chairperson of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, announced Thursday an initial grant of $42,000 for a riparian master plan.
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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced some financial progress on riverfront development Thursday. 

Henry says he’s hopeful that a $6 million request of Legacy money will quickly be approved by the Legacy Committee and City Council.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

IEDC Pushes for Additional Regional Cities Money

The Regional Cities Initiative website urges Hoosiers to lobby lawmakers for more funding. But legislative leaders say funding levels need to be balanced between the initiative and other projects.

Legislative leaders say an aggressive push by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation likely won’t influence final negotiations over how much money to put into the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative.  The initiative is meant to help foster greater collaboration in economic development between communities around the state.

The governor’s proposed budget puts $42 million a year towards the IEDC project.  The House and Senate scaled that back to $10 million a year. 

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Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

INDOT Commissioner Abruptly Resigns

The Indiana Department of Transportation has new leadership after Commissioner Karl Browning abruptly resigned Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence won’t say why the longtime official is leaving.

Karl Browning has led INDOT since 2013, and previously served as Commissioner from 2006 to 2009. He submitted his resignation via email to the governor Wednesday morning, saying he was proud of his accomplishments but that it was “time to move on.” 

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Politics & Government
3:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Live Dealers Still a Controversial Issue at the Statehouse

Sen. Luke Kenley (foreground) listens to testimony from Centaur Gaming VP John Keeler at the Statehouse Wednesday.
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As lawmakers negotiate the final details of gaming legislation, the future of live dealers at racetrack casinos remains one of the most controversial provisions.  Racino advocates made a final public plea Wednesday.

When the gaming bill left the House, it allowed racinos to replace some electronic games with tables that have live dealers.  The Senate altered that arrangement, instead allowing racinos to add live dealers beginning in 2021. 

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