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12:01 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Downtown Fire Ravages Multiple Buildings

Firefighters battle a massive fire near 1200 Herbert St. Monday on downtown Fort Wayne's east side.
Sean Bueter Northeast Indiana Public Radio

Towers of black and gray smoke billowed over the eastern edge of downtown Fort Wayne Monday as a massive warehouse fire kept first responders busy into the night.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

FWCS Board Votes to Abandon A-F Grading System

On Monday night, the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board passed a resolution stating the board would no longer publicly recognize the statewide A-F performance system to determine schools' achievement.

Fort Wayne Community Schools board president Mark GiaQuinta about why they are abandoning this system and the impact it may have on their schools.

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Arts & Culture
5:47 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Better Picture, More Films: Cinema Center Goes Digital

Cinema Center in downtown Fort Wayne is known for showing movies you might not see elsewhere – everything from old classics, to indie films, and documentaries, to name a few. 

On Friday, Cinema Center patrons will see those movies in a new way: the theater has made the transition to digital projection.

That means no film, no reels, and no moving parts in the projection booth.

The change might seem small, but it means better picture quality and a wider selection of films for movie-goers.

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Politics & Government
11:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

State to Help Disabled Offenders Reintegrate After Prison

A new collaboration between the Indiana Department of Correction and a division of the state’s Family and Social Services Administration is aimed at helping developmentally disabled offenders transition more smoothly to life outside prison.

While the developmentally disabled receive treatment while incarcerated, a new combined effort of the Department of Correction and the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, or DDRS, is meant to help those offenders obtain treatment once they’re outside the prison walls. 

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Education
6:02 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Indiana's School Grading System In the Spotlight

Indiana State Senator Luke Kenley.

The controversy surrounding Indiana’s former superintendent, Tony Bennett, is bringing new attention to the formula state officials use to issue letter grade performance ratings to schools. 

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Politics & Government
12:12 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Planned Parenthood Defunding Battle Ends

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky President Betty Cockrum.

A federal judge Tuesday put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood.  The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.

Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood.  Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court. 

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Education
11:36 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Expert: Interruptions Didn't Affect ISTEP Scores

The widespread disruptions to Indiana’s online standardized tests last April, on average, did not hurt students’ final ISTEP+ scores.  That’s the conclusion a New Hampshire-based testing expert reported to lawmakers Monday.

State education officials hired the Center for Assessment’s Richard Hill six weeks ago to comb through the data of more than 495,000 ISTEP+ exams.

“If the interruptions had had a marked impact on student achievement, we would not have seen scores going up this year from last year,” Hill said.

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Politics & Government
10:46 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Committee Set to Add Transparency at DCS

Lawmakers say a new Department of Child Services oversight committee will help increase the agency’s transparency by developing a greater sense of collaboration between the legislature and DCS.

The DCS Oversight Committee was created last legislative session as part of a larger Commission on Improving the Status of Children.

Middlebury Republican Senator Carlin Yoder, who chairs the committee, says it was created because of struggles DCS went through the last several years.

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Money
11:05 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy

Credit Courtesy of Indiana University

An Indiana University economist says the Leading Index for Indiana – an economic predictor for the state – is sending mixed messages about the health of the Hoosier economy.

The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales.  But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm. 

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News
1:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Young Adults Struggle To Find Jobs Post-Recession

The unemployment rate among young adults in Indiana is significantly higher than the state average and a Ball State economist says Hoosiers in that age group are still struggling to recover from the recession.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about the high unemployment rate among Indiana's young adults.

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