A longtime Indiana publisher who fought for public access to government and helped ensure that Fort Wayne would remain a two-newspaper city has died.
Former Journal Gazette publisher Richard Inskeep died Wednesday at 89.
Inskeep joined the newspaper in 1949 and worked in nearly every department over the next 48 years. He became vice president of Fort Wayne Newspapers in 1969 and served as the newspaper's publisher from 1973 until 1997.
House Speaker Brian Bosma Wednesday proposed what he calls the “smart way” to reduce Indiana’s business personal property tax. But the plan wouldn’t completely eliminate the tax.
Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the cornerstone of his 2014 legislative agenda. He stopped short, however, of identifying a specific way to get rid of the levy on business equipment that brings in a billion dollars a year to local governments.
Despite another day of subzero temperatures and bitingly cold wind chill readings reaching between -20 and -40 degrees, several Northeast Indiana counties have downgraded their travel advisories from "warning" to "watch."
As of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Noble, and Steuben counties had downgraded their county travel statuses to watches, indicating roads were still potentially hazardous, but safe enough for essential travel needs, like getting to and from work.
Subzero temperatures and blowing, drifting snow were putting up a fight against snow plows as of Monday afternoon.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says road conditions (as of 2:00 p.m.) in every county in Northeast Indiana remain hazardous, with INDOT recommending residents stay off the roads except in cases of emergency.
Among other problems, INDOT says strong winds have been able to undo the work of plow crews, drifting snow back onto roads after plows clear them. They also warn ice is expected to form this evening, adding to the danger.
Hoosiers shopping on Amazon dot com are now being charged sales taxes on their purchases. The online retailer’s new policy is part of a settlement it made with Indiana back in 2012.
The Indiana-based mall operator Simon Property Group sued Indiana in 2011, saying it was giving Amazon an unequal business advantage by not requiring it to charge sales tax. Amazon doesn’t collect sales tax in most states.
With the new year came a number of personnel changes for the Fort Wayne Police Department. It was standing room only at the swearing-in ceremony for new Police Chief Garry Hamilton. He’s the first African American to hold the position, and will be taking the place of long time Chief Rusty York.
At the ceremony York took an oath of his own to become Fort Wayne’s Director of Public Safety – a position that hasn’t been filled in years.
Other promotions include a new Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Chiefs of the Southeast and Southwest Divisions, among others.