Lead Stories

News
3:49 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Downtown Bike Share Could Come to Fort Wayne

B-cycle has made 6,000 bikes available to rent across the U.S. since 2010.
Credit B-cycle

The City of Fort Wayne is exploring the possibility of installing a bike sharing system downtown and along the rivers.  

B-cycle is a company that makes bikes available to rent in 41 cities across the U.S.

The system is part of the sharing economy, like Uber or Air BnB. Here’s how it works – sign up online, choose a bike from a public station, get on, and ride. 

Daily or monthly passes are available, or in some cities you can pay as you go.

Read more
Opinion - Health
12:56 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Pushing the Needle: a Therapeutic Approach to Drug Use and Social Harm

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

A lot has been made recently of the HIV cases in southeastern Indiana. Governor Mike Pence responded to the crisis by allowing the use of a needle exchange program in that part of Indiana. He then extended the needle exchange program because it appeared to be working.

Read more
News
5:17 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

City Explores Potential Downtown Arena

The Downtown Fort Wayne Arena Study by Hunden Strategic Partners includes maps of local and regional arena competition.
Credit Hunden Strategic Partners

The results are in from a study commissioned by the City of Fort Wayne  examining the viability of building an arena downtown.  The findings were released Wednesday. 

The City of Fort Wayne invested nearly $40,000 in the study of a  potential sports and entertainment arena downtown. 

Read more
Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Despite Evolving Tech, Two Wheels Still Deliver Simple Pleasures

Service manager Tim Wegner and Event Coordinator James Holm on the job at Summit City Bicycles and Fitness.
Credit Summit City Bicycles and Fitness

Bicycles first hit the streets in the 19th century, and since then, the basics of the bike haven't changed that much. At its simplest, it's just a chain, crank, two wheels and some forward motion.

What has changed: taste and technology. Today's sophisticated machines are designed to fit any lifestyle -- sometimes with a price tag that rivals that of a small car.

Read more
Politics & Government
5:58 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Licensing Changes Could Get More Kids into Driver's Ed

Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) hopes new changes to Indiana's driver licensing laws will get more teens into driver's education classes.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana House Republicans

Hoosier teenagers who take driver’s education classes will be able to get their license a little sooner under legislation set to take effect in July.  The bill’s author hopes the change will incentivize more young people to go take driver training courses.

Under current law, teens who don’t take driver’s education can get their license at 16 years, nine months old, while teens who do take driver’s ed can get their license three months earlier, at 16 and a half. 

Read more
Economic Development
4:19 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Northeast Indiana's Regional Cities Bid Gets a New Partner

Credit Courtesy / NEIRP

Northeast Indiana’s bid for the regional cities initiative just gained another partner.

The Regional Cities Initiative is a new pot of public-private money held by the state that will be allocated to Indiana regions to fund quality-of-life projects. Those projects are meant to help a region bolster its identity and retain talent.

The ten counties in the Northeast Indiana coalition voted to allow Kosciusko County—west of Fort Wayne—to join the collaborative in creating projects and helping with the presentation to the state.

Read more
Politics & Government
12:14 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Pence Will Seek a Second Term in 2016

Indiana Governor Mike Pence will seek a second term, according to Republican Party officials.
Credit Mike Pence for Indiana

Indiana’s Republican Party chairman Monday announced Governor Mike Pence will make a bid for a second term.  The incumbent could face a tougher test than he did in 2012.

A Pence run for reelection wasn’t always considered a lock as the Hoosier governor had been mentioned – sometimes prominently – as a 2016 presidential contender. 

Read more
Environment
11:54 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Eagle Marsh Wetland Restoration Aids Return of Frogs

Emily Stulik and her field assistant use nets to capture tadpoles that are counted to measure frogs' reproductive success.
Credit Rachel Patterson/ Emily Stulik

Maybe you heard some “ribbits” in the evenings for the past few weeks – it’s frog calling season, a time for the amphibians to find their mates.  

Frog calls are also used to track their population, which is an important indicator of environmental health. But due to disease, pollution, and loss of habitat, Indiana, and the rest of the world, has seen a declining frog population over the past few decades.

In Northern Indiana however, efforts have been made to restore some wetland habitat to its natural state.

Read more
Higher Education
2:06 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

State Budget Allows No Money for Ivy Tech Projects

Ivy Tech Community College's construction plans are being put on hold and it will face a state review of its programs over concerns about low graduation rates and declining enrollment.

Ivy Tech was the only one of Indiana's public colleges that didn't receive money for any major building projects in the new two-year state budget that takes effect July 1. 

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley says he wanted a time out on Ivy Tech projects. He points to a 25 percent drop in Ivy Tech's enrollment over the past three years. 

Read more
News
12:55 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Arts Diversity Program Sees Results in First Year

A photo from Cheyney Rose's award-winning portfolio about the evils of technology.
Credit Cheyney Rose

Here's an update for you on a story we reported back in March

The Hope Gap Project, through the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, aimed to bring a wider  diversity of student artists to enter their work into the Scholastic Awards.  That’s the oldest source of recognition and scholarships for teen arts in the country.  

The idea was to inspire students through virtual meetings with successful artists who  come from similar backgrounds. 

Read more

Pages