3:32 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum

The Leading Index for Indiana has risen for two months in a row.
Credit IBRC / IU Kelley School of Business

New analysis from Indiana University suggests the Hoosier economy is heading in the right direction.

The Leading Index for Indiana – which uses national-level economic data to make predictions about the state’s economy – rose slightly in July. That’s the second monthly increase in a row.

According to Timothy Slaper at the IU Kelley School of Business, the increase comes in part because of a jump in homebuilder sentiment, what he calls the “exhuberant stock market,” and a strong outlook in transportation and logistics.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Episode 158 - Dandelions

3:49 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Henry Vetoes Right-to-Work Ordinance

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

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.

The council previously overturned Henry’s veto on ending collective bargaining for the city’s non-public safety workers.

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.

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Opinion - Health
3:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Facebook, Baby's Blood, and the Debate Over Informed Consent

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

Every once in a while I wonder if I’ve just been part of a research study that didn’t require consent. Now I know this is a trick of the mind—I know about so many such studies that I’m ready to think I might be involved in one.

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3:35 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Indiana's Unemployment Rate on the Rise

Indiana’s private sector sent a June record for job creation. Yet the state’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in a year.  

The Hoosier private sector added 10,000 jobs last month, including growth in every major employment sector. The surge was led by the leisure and hospitality and construction sectors, each contributing at least 2,700 new jobs. But the state’s unemployment rate rose two-tenths of  a percent to 5.9 percent. 

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1:37 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

From the Vault: Julia Meek's Never-Before-Released Interview with Johnny Winter

Blues legend Johnny Winter died this week at age 70.
Credit Courtesy

Blues legend Johnny Winter died this week at the age of 70. The Grammy-winning artist was known for his high-energy picking style and a fiery presence on stage, both of which helped make him one of the greatest guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone.

In 2013, Winter performed in Fort Wayne, and WBOI's Julia Meek was given the opportunity to interview him.

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5:13 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Artlink's Executive Director Stepping Down

Artlink’s Executive Director is stepping down. Deb Washler announced her resignation Wednesday. 

The Fort Wayne non-profit gallery has experienced significant growth since Washler took on the position of director in 2005.

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.

Since 2005, the organization has instituted children’s art classes and workshops, and hosted entrepreneurial programs through the Fort Wayne Arts Incubator.

4:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Prescription Drug Disposal Program Coming to Indiana

Credit Great Lakes Clean Water

The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program creates opportunities for people to dispose of unused prescription drugs year-round at participating pharmacies. The program is coming to Indiana.

For many Hoosiers, the only opportunities to get rid of prescriptions is to throw them away – which  risks environmental damage – or take advantage of limited drug take back events.

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4:23 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Investigation Clears 122nd Fighter Wing Commander of Allegations

The commander of a Northeast Indiana Air National Guard unit was cleared of any legal wrongdoing Wednesday after he was anonymously accused of misconduct and misspending more than $230,000.

In April, an anonymous tip to a Fort Wayne media outlet accused 122nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. David Augustine of eleven separate instances of misconduct or misappropriation of funds.

Those accusations included improperly spending $100,000 on speech classes for Guard members and using an A-10 Thunderbolt as a personal taxi.

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6:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pufferbelly Trail Begins Extension

Fort Wayne’s Pufferbelly Trail is getting a little longer. The new construction project broke ground Tuesday. 

The trail will be extended 1.25 miles from Dupont to Carroll Roads.

The more than $700,000 funding the project comes from a variety of sources, from local municipalities to federal grants.

The non-profit Fort Wayne Trails is kicking in more than $300,000 for the trail extension project.

Fort Wayne Trails Director Lori Rose say community partnerships are key to getting these types of projects done quickly.

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