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3:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction Set to Start on Ash Development

Mayor Tom Henry, Tim Ash, Bill Bean and others officially break ground on new downtown development.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

City and business leaders officially broke ground Thursday on downtown Fort Wayne’s largest new development. 

The project is broken up into two components: the “Ash Skyline Plaza” and the “Skyline Terrace.”

A groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the start of construction on the 98 million dollar mixed-use development. The project is funded by the public-private partnership of Ash Brokerage Corporation, Hanning and Bean Enterprises and the City of Fort Wayne.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Corrections Coming for Criminal Code Update

Ind. Reps. Greg Steuerwald and Matt Pierce speaking about the coming technical corrections to the Indiana criminal code.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The full General Assembly will meet at the Statehouse Tuesday to make changes to the state’s criminal code overhaul before the law takes effect July first.

The bulk of Indiana’s overhaul of the criminal code was passed in 2013.  But lawmakers put off its effective date until this summer so they could make further changes during the 2014 legislative session. 

In the wake of this year’s session, legislators and prosecutors have identified a few issues, mostly involving technical errors within the more than four hundred page bill. 

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Education
1:12 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test

Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring – a year earlier than anticipated.

The test isn’t designed yet but it has to match the standards the state adopted to replace the Common Core.

Education officials and school leaders are worried about the short turnaround.

StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello and Claire McInerny discuss the sudden change in testing plans.

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Politics & Government
12:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

National Group Set to Discuss U.S. Constitution in Indianapolis

Indiana Senate President Pro-Tem David Long says the Mount Vernon Assembly is fighting the erosion of states' rights.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

More than a hundred legislators from around the country will gather in Indianapolis this week to lay the foundation for a future constitutional convention.  Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the gathering comes as state lawmakers grow increasingly concerned about what they see as overreach by the federal government.

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News
3:37 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Hoosiers Unite for Marriage Coalition Launches

Hoosiers Unite for Marriage
Credit Hoosiers Unite for Marriage

Organizers of a new coalition supporting same sex marriage in Indiana say they’re out to change the hearts and minds of Hoosiers. The group is called Hoosiers Unite for Marriage. 

Kyle Megrath is the “marriage coordinator” for Hoosiers Unite for Marriage. He says that means he’s looking for real people affected by the state’s ban on same sex marriage – whether it’s couples who want to get married, clergy who support gay marriage and those on both sides of the political spectrum. 

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News
3:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fort Wayne Awarded $33 Million for Future Development

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne has been awarded $33 million in federal funding for future development projects. Mayor Tom Henry made the announcement Wednesday. 

The City of Fort Wayne is the only entity in Indiana to receive funds from the New Markets Tax Credit Program this year. It grants tax credits to investors for development projects in low-income communities.

In 2008 Fort Wayne received approximately $15 million from the program, which went towards completing the Harrison project downtown.

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Health & Science
5:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Study Finds INSPECT System Effective Against Drug Abuse

Researchers studying a system used to track prescription drugs dispensed in Indiana say it’s widely effective for monitoring patient prescription drug use.  Nearly six thousand prescription drug providers were surveyed over the last two years to complete the research.

The current version of the INSPECT system that’s been in place since 2004 is a tool meant to help combat prescription drug abuse.  About 77 percent of survey respondents –including doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, say they know about INSPECT, and 71 percent of those use it. 

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News
4:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audit: Indianapolis VA Medical Center Needs Review

Results from an internal audit of the Veterans Affairs Department say the Indianapolis VA medical center requires further review.

The internal audit was convened in the wake of the VA scandal that uncovered manipulated schedule times and falsified waiting lists at facilities across the country, leading to lapses in patient care and, in some cases, deaths. 

Indianapolis’ Roudebush VA Medical Center was one of more than a hundred nationwide identified as needing further review. 

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Arts & Culture
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Coney Island Celebrates 100 Years

Jim Todoran, co-owner of Coney Island
Virginia Alvino WBOI News

A legendary Fort Wayne eatery celebrated its 100th anniversary this weekend. 

Coney Island opened up in 1914, and has occupied the same store front on Main  Street in downtown Fort Wayne ever since. 

The restaurant celebrated its century of serving up dogs with all-day festivities at  Deer Park Irish Pub, including a hot dog eating contest for those fans brave of  spirit and stomach.

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Politics & Government
2:09 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination for Treasurer

Kelly Mitchell addressing the Indiana GOP convention in Fort Wayne after winning the party's nomination for State Treasurer.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

 

The Indiana GOP convention ran late into Saturday afternoon after a floor fight for the Indiana Treasurer nomination went through multiple votes.

There were three candidates for the Republican nomination for state treasurer going into the vote: financial advisor Don Bates; state employee Kelly Mitchell; and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold.

The first ballot was a relative toss-up, and while the second ballot showed Mitchell gaining votes, no candidate received a majority.

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