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5:10 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Defends Independent Redistricting Commissions

Monday's Supreme Court ruling keeps the door open for non-partisan state redistricting commissions.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Election Division

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld the constitutionality of an independent redistricting commission in Arizona, a system that keeps the redrawing of legislative maps out of the legislature’s hands.  That decision could have a major impact on Indiana as lawmakers prepare to examine ways to take some of the politics out of electoral redistricting.

Indiana legislative leaders – both Republican and Democrat – who’ve long supported redistricting reform overcame a major hurdle this year by gaining support for a redistricting study committee. 

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Taxes
4:54 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Tax Amnesty Program Will Start in September

During the state's first tax amnesty period in 2005, Indiana collected about $244 million.
Credit Flickr User / Tracy O

Hoosier businesses and individuals who owe back taxes to the state will have an opportunity to pay what they owe, without a penalty, this fall.  The governor Monday announced a start date for the state’s tax amnesty program.

Indiana conducted its first tax amnesty program in 2005, collecting about $244 million in back taxes.  Those who participated in that program will be ineligible to take advantage of a new tax amnesty window, open from September 15 to November 16. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Earthquakes

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores the science of earthquakes.  What is an earthquake and what causes one to occur?

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News
1:43 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

Power Out, Trees Down From Wind Storm

Residents of the West Central Neighborhood survey the damage on Wayne Street.
Virginia Alvino WBOI News

Heavy rain and windstorms Saturday morning caused dozens of trees to fall, resulting in damage to vehicles and property throughout Allen County. 

Thousands have also been left without power in Allen and the surrounding counties, according to Indiana Michigan Power. I&M says it is unclear when power will be restored to all of its customers, but it could take several days.

SCOTUS
5:07 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Fort Wayne's Same-Sex Couples Celebrate Marriage Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
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Same-sex couples in Fort Wayne are celebrating Friday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.

The 5-4 decision by the Court requires that all states license and recognize same-sex unions. Before the decision, only about two-thirds of states allowed those couples to marry.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Picturing Life: An Interview with Fort Wayne Painter Tom Kelly

Fort Wayne artist Tom Kelly at work on an oil painting in his home studio.
Credit Tom Kelly

Award-winning Fort Wayne artist Tom Kelly has been cultivating his unique painting style over the course of a lifetime.

Kelly is a familiar name in town, not only for his art, but also as the CEO of Kelly Box and Packaging

Still, he often prefers to fly under the radar. But he's about to step into the limelight with a show at Artworks: The Galleria of Fine Art that begins this weekend.

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News
4:02 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Winter Weather Plan Sets Up Emergency Shelters

Rev. Terry Anderson of Just Neighbors signs the emergency shelter plan with representatives from other organizations.
Credit Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Fort Wayne organizations signed a winter weather emergency plan Thursday for the city’s homeless.

The shelters will be offered by different agencies in Fort Wayne this winter as part of the city’s emergency shelter plan. The plan only goes into effect when wind chills reach below zero, but some shelters will open at other times as well.

Just Neighbors is one of the partner organizations and provides shelter for homeless families. Its director, Terry Anderson, says it is important that the groups work together to provide shelter for everyone who needs it this winter.

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SCOTUS
3:55 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare Subsidies

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Obamacare's federal subsidies Thursday.
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Hoosiers who receive tax subsidies to reduce the cost of their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act say they’re celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling protecting those subsidies.

Nearly 160,000 Hoosiers have subsidies that reduce the cost of their insurance by an average of $320 per month. 

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News
3:01 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

When Parks Flood, the Costs Add Up

Foster Park in Fort Wayne is still recovering from flooding caused by heavy rains.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Recent flooding could cost the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department  hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean-up and lost revenue. 

The parks near Fort Wayne’s rivers are designed to flood – they work as reservoirs to protect property.   

While many parks have been reopened this week after recent heavy rains, portions of Foster and Swinney Park remain under water, and in need of extensive clean up.   

Parks Director Al Moll says the problem isn’t insurmountable.

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News
5:43 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Indiana's First Lady Awards Grants To Fort Wayne Groups

First Lady Karen Pence's Charitable Foundation also gave a $65,000 grant to Feeding Indiana's Hungry.
Credit in.gov

Indiana’s first lady handed out grants today to 31 community organizations across the state, but the grants bring more than just money to groups in Allen County.

First Lady Karen Pence gave checks of $500-$1,000 to five organizations in Allen County. While every penny helps these nonprofits, the grants also bring recognition – and valuable publicity – to their causes.

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