Fort Wayne is one step closer to bringing back passenger rail to the city. A memorandum of agreement was announced Wednesday.
Nine mayors including Fort Wayne’s Tom Henry will sign a memorandum of agreement to take the next step towards a passenger rail corridor from Chicago to Columbus. That requires an Environmental Impact Study.
Each community along the route must contribute funds towards that study. Fort Wayne has already secured its share – $200,000
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush will become Indiana’s new Chief Justice, the first woman to lead the state’s highest court. The decision was made Wednesday by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Rush is the Court’s newest justice, chosen by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012. The former Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge replaces Brent Dickson as Chief Justice.
Nonprofits in Allen County are receiving more than $1 million thanks to grants awarded by the Foellinger Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday.
Forty-seven local nonprofits are being awarded so called Special Opportunity grants to improve infrastructure. The idea is to make already successful organizations more effective and help them meet their missions.
Funds up to $50,000 are going towards everything from computer equipment to tractors, and even theater seats.
The city of Fort Wayne was established along the confluence of three rivers – waterflows that eventually make their ways over to Ohio and into the Great Lakes. Soil, sediment, runoff from farms, and debris all flush into the water, but here in Fort Wayne, so does a billion gallons of raw sewage each year.
City Utilities is in the process of fixing that, in response to a federal mandate.
Governor Mike Pence says there are scenarios in which Indiana might not move ahead with healthcare expansion as the state and federal government discuss the proposed plan known as HIP 2.0. Pence says “differences remain” after his meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Pence has long ruled out using federal dollars from the Affordable Care Act to expand traditional Medicaid. Instead, he’s pushed use of the Healthy Indiana Plan as a vehicle to deliver affordable health insurance to around 300,000 Hoosiers within the coverage gap.