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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.