The U.S. Department of Education is awarding Fort Wayne Community schools more than $400,000 Thursday as part of a grant to improve school counseling programs. The district plans to use it to help its youngest learners.
The grant was given to 40 school districts across the country, and Fort Wayne was the only Indiana school district to receive one. Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista Stockman says the district will use the money to hire three new counselors that will serve at elementary schools in the district.
Indiana Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says Hoosiers shouldn’t be concerned about lagging tax revenues. But he says lawmakers should proceed with caution as they prepare to write a new budget in the coming months.
Indiana tax revenues came in under projections for the first two months of the fiscal year that began in July. That follows the last fiscal year in which the state only outperformed its targets by one-tenth of one percent, and with less revenue than the previous year.
A Fort Wayne arts organization is trying to map the impact of the region’s creative community on the economy.
The non-profit Wunderkammer Company received $20,000 from the Knight Foundation to produce the Creative Census.
The organization wants to identify all creative sector employees - everyone from fine artists to computer programmers -- and better understand how they affect the broader economy. Organizers hope to use the census to bolster economic development.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Tuesday the state is appealing the 7th Circuit Court’s ruling that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. People on both sides of the issue are ready for the nation’s highest court to provide clarity on the definition of marriage.
Four other states are filing federal court appeals to reverse decisions that struck down their traditional marriage laws. Wisconsin also filed its appeal Tuesday.
Indiana law enforcement officials met with U-S Attorneys from around the country in Indianapolis this week to discuss ways to address the problem of violent crime.
Acting U-S Attorney for Indiana’s Southern District Josh Minkler says federal prosecutors can no longer use prosecutions as the sole metric for how effective their fight against violent crime is; he says prevention and reentry back into society should also be considered.
And Minkler says that strategy is conscious of the tight budgets many communities face.
The Pinestock Music Festival kicks off tomorrow on a 20-acre pine tree farm in Churubusco.
According to Pinestock co-founder Nicholas Weaver, people have described it as "Woodstock meets Burning Man, with a flannel aesthetic." Intrigued by that concept, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Weaver to learn more.
Hoosier same sex couples say they’re celebrating a victory for love after the 7th Circuit Thursday ruled, in strong language, that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Attorneys representing those couples say the effects of the ruling are still on hold as the case is expected to continue.