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5:43 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

City Announces Progress on Developing "The Landing"

An artist rendering of The Landing on Columbia Street in Downtwon Fort Wayne.
Courtesy City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne is making progress in redeveloping an historic group of downtown buildings.

Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday the city has worked with the Downtown Development Trust and other organizations to buy seven buildings and two parking lots in the Columbia Street area, called “The Landing.”

Henry says the acquisitions will allow the city to attract a developer.

The ultimate aim is to create mixed-use residential and commercial spaces, which will help Fort Wayne meet what he calls “the high-demand for downtown housing.”

Education
6:44 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

"No Child Left Behind" Changes Could Be on the Way

U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan asked Congress to rework No Child Left Behind in a speech Monday.

Change could be coming to the nation’s cornerstone education law, No Child Left Behind.

During a speech Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on Congress to rework the statute.

The law, signed by former President George W. Bush in 2002, originally meant what its name suggests: that no child should fail state tests in math, reading and science. It called for 100 percent of students to be proficient in those skills by 2014.

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News
5:53 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Two Fort Wayne Finalists Chosen in Knight Cities Challenge

Credit Knight Foundation

Two ideas to improve life in Fort Wayne are among the finalists eligible for grants from the Knight Cities Challenge. The announcement was made Monday.

The Knight Foundation received more than 7,000 ideas to increase talent, opportunity, and engagement in cities across the country. Among the 126 finalists chosen was Kate Riordan, who works on bike and pedestrian projects for the City of Fort Wayne.

She’s only lived in Fort Wayne for about six months.

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Station News
5:49 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Don't Miss the Premier of NPR's Invisibilia This Week!

Invisibilia hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller
Credit John Poole

Take a glimpse into a world you can't see with Invisibilia, a new program about the unseen forces that shape human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts. The one-hour show, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning "all the invisible things," is produced by NPR's award-winning Science Desk. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Gekko

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about gekkos.  What are they, how are they classified, and what are some of their characteristics?

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Arts & Culture
5:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

APQ Sounds Off at "Ground Level"

APQ members Brad Kuhns, Jose Morales, Alicia Pyle and Derek Reeves celebrate their band's beginnings with new album. "Ground Level."
Credit Courtesy/Alicia Pyle

The Alicia Pyle Quartet's unique fusion style of music has been claiming fans here in Northeast Indiana for nearly five years.

This weekend, they are celebrating their place in the music scene with their first album, called "Ground Level."

Adding to the diverse textures provided by core APQ members Brad Kuhns, Derek Reeves and Jose Morales, "Ground Level" features sit-in performances by Jane Heald, Rachel Mossburg, Kimball Glaspie and John Forbing.

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2015 Session
5:15 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Pence Budget Would Boost K-12 Funding by $200 Million

OMB Director Chris Atkins (center) and Budget Director Brian Bailey presented Gov. Mike Pence's budget to the state budget committee Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he wants the 2015 meeting of the General Assembly to be an “education session,” and the budget Pence proposed Thursday shares that focus.

The proposal contains a $200 million increase in K-12 school funding over the next two years. That includes about $41 million more specifically set aside for charter schools. 

Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that money would be used to increase per-pupil funding by $1,500 and would reduce inequity between funding of charters and traditional public schools.

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News
5:44 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

New Hours, New Routes Coming For FWCS

FWCS bus fleet.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and parents can expect fewer bus routes and changing school hours starting in the fall. 

The district has to account for a $2.5 million gap in its transportation budget. Transportation is supported by property taxes, but in 2009, the state set a cap on how much could be collected.

Krista Stockman with the district says FWCS knew changes were inevitable, but held off on making them as long as they could.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Agreement Nullifies Law Restricting Indiana Abortion Clinic

President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Betty Cockrum.
Credit Courtesy / PPINK

A federal judge has signed off on an agreement reached between lawyers representing the state and Planned Parenthood of Indiana that nullifies a 2013 state law.

Ultimately, the law requiring a Lafayette abortion clinic to have the same facilities as those that perform surgical abortions never went into effect at all.

Almost as soon as the law was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, a challenge to it was filed in court and a judge barred the law from taking effect, pending an appeal.

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2015 Session
3:25 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Senate Democrats Push for Minimum Wage Hike in 2015

Indiana Sen. Tim Lanane spoke to the press Wednesday about the Democrats' agenda in 2015.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Senate Democrats say a budget session is all about prioritizing – and their priority is to help working class Hoosiers.

The top item on the Senate Democrats’ agenda is what they call “giving Hoosier families a raise.”  Portage Senator Karen Tallian says that begins with increasing the state’s minimum wage. 

She notes 29 states have a higher minimum wage than Indiana.

“If you work 40 hours a week, you should not be below the federal poverty level,” Tallian said. “Indiana has a household income problem.”

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