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2:40 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Doden Named CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Outgoing IEDC Chairman Eric Doden was named CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Monday.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Fort Wayne’s unified economic development organization is getting new leadership.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. named Eric Doden its new chief executive officer this week, replacing former CEO Mark Becker, who resigned in January.

Doden is the outgoing president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the state agency that works to attract new business to Indiana. Governor Mike Pence appointed him to the position in 2013.

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Election 2015
10:58 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Allen County Could Face More Low Voter Turnout

Voting at the Baker Street Station polling location was off to a slow start Tuesday morning.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Tuesday is primary election day in Allen County and across the state.  

Indiana made national news last year for its low voter turnout in the general election, which included statehouse and congressional seats.

Voter turnout is historically low for primary elections, and even worse for municipals.

Nationally, municipal turnout wavers around 20 percent. Back in 2011, less than 13 percent of those registered to vote in Allen County showed up at the polls. That’s about twenty four thousand people.

So, what can we expect this time around?

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Election 2015
5:38 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Sixteen Candidates Vy for Fort Wayne At-Large Seats

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The biggest pool of candidates in the Fort Wayne municipal primaries comes in the race for three at-large positions on the Fort Wayne City Council.

The at-large race for city council includes a whopping sixteen candidates vying for a total of six nominations. That includes seven candidates for the Republicans and nine for the Democrats.

The race is made even more interesting because two of the three available at-large seats will be vacant, meaning lots of new faces are vying to represent the residents of Fort Wayne.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

The Weekly Experiment - Hibernation

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains hibernation.  What are the processes occurring in an animal, how do different animals hibernate, and what causes hibernation to begin?

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Election 2015
5:38 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Three Primary Candidates Challenging Henry for Mayor

Fort Wayne’s Democratic primary race for mayor features four candidates this year, including the incumbent, Mayor Tom Henry.

Henry is seeking a third term as Fort Wayne’s mayor, but he’ll face competition for the nomination.

Two-term Wayne Township Trustee Richard Stevenson is challenging Henry on a platform of talent retention and refocusing the city’s development efforts.

Meanwhile, candidate Tom Cook says he wants to focus on neighborhood development and creating opportunity for lower-income residents.

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

"Shakespeare at Pendleton" Brings the Bard to Life Behind Bars

"Shakespeare at Pendleton" actors presenting a prison group premiere of "Coriolanus" to fellow inmates.
Credit Courtesy/Jack Heller

The study of William Shakespeare and his plays is making its way into more prisons each year, thanks, in part, to people like Huntington University professor Dr. Jack Heller.

Heller launched his Shakespeare at Pendleton program back in the fall of 2013. Last week, his eighteen inmate actors staged a "prison group premiere" of their interpretation of Coriolanus.

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Election 2015
2:32 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

In Allen County, Plenty of Contested Primaries

The Indiana municipal primaries take place Tuesday, May 5th -- a chance for Democrats and Republicans to choose the candidates who will be running for local offices this November.

In Allen County, some races are entirely uncontested, but many should be competitive, especially the seats being vacated by incumbents.

All this week, we've been bringing you snapshots of Fort Wayne’s primary field with the help of Andy Downs at the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.

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News
6:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Four Hopefuls Seek Republican Mayoral Nomination

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Four candidates are hoping to represent the Republican Party in the run for mayor of Fort Wayne in November.

The City of Fort Wayne hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Paul Helmke in  1999. 

Among the hopefuls trying to change that are Bob Bastian, Bill Collins, and  Frederick Osheskie. 

But the candidate likely considered the front runner is long-time politician Mitch  Harper.  He was first elected to City Council’s 4th District in 2007, and served 12  years in the General Assembly before that. 

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Opinion - Politics
5:32 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

At the Statehouse, Another Memorable Session...Or Was It?

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The Indiana General Assembly is required to complete its work no later than April 29th in the years when they pass a two-year budget.  It is quite common for them to work right up to that deadline like they did this year. 

As this session ended, people began talking about how memorable this session was.  They certainly have some notable legislation and events to point to when they are making their case. 

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2015 Session
5:08 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Legislature Approves Budget Minutes to Midnight

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Republicans declared “mission accomplished” on the new budget as they brought a close to the 2015  legislative session.

The $31 billion two-year budget creates a record-increase in K-12 education spending, allocates  more money for domestic violence prevention and treatment, the Department of Child Services, and  public retirees.  

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