Virginia Alvino en Fort Wayne City Council Upholds Right-to-Work Ordinance <p>A right-to-work ordinance for Fort Wayne’s police officers and firefighters survived a mayoral veto. The vote was made at Tuesday's City Council meeting.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ordinance says that public safety workers can’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to pay union dues. It was introduced by Republican councilman Mitch Harper.</span></p><p>Harper says it’s a matter of principle – that it’s not taking away union’s rights, but giving freedom of choice to the employee.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:27:02 +0000 Virginia Alvino 33614 at Henry Vetoes Right-to-Work Ordinance <p>Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Friday vetoed a second labor-related ordinance in as many months– this one stating that city police could not require union membership.</p><p>The council previously overturned Henry’s veto on ending collective bargaining for the city’s non-public safety workers.</p><p>The right-to-work ordinance that would affect police passed along party lines by council last week. The measure was introduced by Republican Councilman Mitch Harper, who said it would help base employment on quality of work.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:49:24 +0000 Virginia Alvino 33405 at Henry Vetoes Right-to-Work Ordinance Artlink's Executive Director Stepping Down <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Artlink’s Executive Director is stepping down. Deb </span>Washler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced her resignation&nbsp;Wednesday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Fort Wayne non-profit gallery has experienced significant growth since Washler took on the position of director in 2005.</p><p>Artlink moved to the Auer Center for Arts and Culture on Main Street in 2011 – a move that increased its gallery size by 50 percent, and helped increase attendance by 65 percent.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:13:25 +0000 Virginia Alvino 33310 at Pufferbelly Trail Begins Extension <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fort Wayne’s </span>Pufferbelly<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Trail is getting a little longer. The new construction project broke ground Tuesday.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">trail will be extended 1.25 miles from Dupont to Carroll Roads.</span></p><p>The more than $700,000 funding the project comes from a variety of sources, from local municipalities to federal grants.</p><p>The non-profit Fort Wayne Trails is kicking in more than $300,000 for the trail extension project.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:33:11 +0000 Virginia Alvino 33254 at Fort Wayne Wants More Recreation on the Rivers <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The City of Fort Wayne asked and its residents answered – nearly 2,600 people&nbsp;responded to a survey about&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">what they’d like to see</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-s Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:47:08 +0000 Virginia Alvino 33020 at Fort Wayne Wants More Recreation on the Rivers Indiana Michigan Power Makes Solar Plans <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indiana Michigan Power plans to start producing solar energy. The announcement was made Tuesday.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fort Wayne-based company already generates three other sources of emission-free power. About one third of their total production comes from nuclear, with a bit more from wind and hydro.</span></p><p>I&amp;M plans to start a pilot program for solar production, constructing five solar facilities – enough to power over 2,500 homes.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:14:58 +0000 Virginia Alvino 32910 at Indiana Michigan Power Makes Solar Plans Veterans With PTSD Call for Courtesy When Lighting Fireworks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Independence Day has not yet arrived, but fireworks have been going off in some Indiana neighborhoods for several weeks now. And that can pose a big problem for some military veterans.</span></p><p>A campaign is trying to change that with photos, signs, and a little help from the internet.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The post has gained over a million “Likes” this week on Facebook: a man with a yard sign that reads “Combat Veteran Lives Here -- Please Be Courteous with Fireworks.”</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:51:53 +0000 Virginia Alvino 32699 at Veterans With PTSD Call for Courtesy When Lighting Fireworks Indiana Law Protects Vets From Employment Discrimination <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Indiana law enacted this week aims to protect veterans from employment discrimination.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, veterans in Indiana and across the U.S. face significantly higher unemployment rates that non-vets.</span></p><p>State Representative Martin Carbaugh of Fort Wayne co-authored the law, which makes it illegal for employers to refuse employment for veterans or members of the Indiana National Guard or reserve, based on their veteran status.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:21:12 +0000 Virginia Alvino 32681 at Indiana Law Protects Vets From Employment Discrimination Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we heard in <a href="">Wednesday's interview with Ron Lewis</a>, significant challenges exist for young black men in the classroom, and many are hard to quantify.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But those challenges don't end when those men get to college.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:41:05 +0000 Virginia Alvino 32062 at Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education <p>By now, it should be no surprise to listeners of&nbsp;<a href=""><em>The Difference </em></a>that&nbsp;young African-American men are falling behind their peers in the classroom.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 31945 at Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education