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2015 Session
4:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Bill Would Add Ethnic Studies to K-12 Curriculum

Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Many universities in Indiana offer ethnic studies courses, but a newly proposed bill would require all elementary and high schools in the state to add the subject to their curriculum. 

Bills like this have been received in vastly different ways across the country. California is attempting to require the discipline be taught in high schools, while Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies is being challenged in court.

Indiana Senate Bill 495 would mandate that elementary and high school social studies courses integrate ethnic studies into their curriculum.

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Politics & Government
5:34 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Proposal Would Expand In-State Sales Limit for Craft Brewers

Three Floyds is one of two Hoosier breweries nearing the limit for in-state sales.
Credit Courtesy / Three Floyds

Indiana’s craft breweries are urging the legislature to expand the amount of beer they can make each year to sell in the state.

Indiana law regulates how much beer Indiana’s small brewers can make each year and sell in-state.  The current limit is 30,000 barrels.  Most businesses aren’t even close to that. 

But Sun King Brewery out of Indianapolis and Munster’s 3 Floyds Brewing Company are both near that mark. 

Sun King co-founder Dave Colt says if the legislature doesn’t raise the ceiling, Sun King will be forced to make difficult decisions.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

"Crumpet the Trumpet" Toots His Own Horn

Kristine Papillon's new audio book follow the musical tale of a baby trumpet unable to fall asleep.
Credit Courtesy/Kristine Papillon

Thanks to Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist, Kristine Papillon, there's a new children's audio book on the horizon, called "Crumpet the Trumpet."

Its purpose is to introduce young folks to the world of classical music, by way of a sweet and funny bedtime story.

The book features illustrations by the author, a soundtrack showcasing 32 musicians, and narration by Fort Wayne Philharmonic Maestro Andrew Constantine.

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Politics & Government
4:23 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Study Redistricting Reform

A bipartisan bill introduced this week would create a study committee to investigate how Indiana redraws legislative districts.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Business Research Services

Changes to Indiana’s redistricting system likely won’t take place until at least 2017 under a new proposal from House legislative leaders that would create a redistricting study committee.

The committee would be charged with studying redistricting for the next two years, with a report due in December 2016.  Under the bill, the committee would consider several issues, including state and federal redistricting laws, the cost of a reform effort, and redistricting systems in other states. 

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News
3:26 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Housing Planned for Downtown Fort Wayne

Cityscape Flats rendering.
City of Fort Wayne

Another residential development is slated to begin construction in downtown Fort Wayne this year. The announcement was made Thursday. 

$20 million in private investment will be met with up to $7 million from the City of Fort Wayne to develop Cityscape Flats. The project includes apartments, row houses, and a parking garage across from Parkview Field downtown.

The City signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the plan with Indianapolis-based Domo Development, that’s scheduled to be formally approved next week.

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Arts & Culture
5:31 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Fort Wayne Director's New Comedy a Good-Natured Leap of Faith

A bank heist gone wrong leads to "Clerical Errors" galore, in new indie comedy produced in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy/David Matthew Weese

"Clerical Errors" is an all new, faith-based action comedy from writer/director David Matthew Weese of Blended Planet Pictures.

This family-friendly indie film was created and produced right here in Fort Wayne, and its world premiere is set for Friday at Carmike Jefferson Pointe.

Don "Donny O" Offerle stars as Vinny, a bad guy with a good heart, who takes the wrong turn on the crooked path to easy street.

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2015 Session
4:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

State Aims to Reduce Infant Mortality Rate

The public awareness campaign Labor of Love aims to educate new and expectant mothers.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The State Department of Health is spending the next year reaching out to new and expectant mothers in  an effort to curb the state’s infant mortality rate. The public awareness campaign called Labor of Love was launched Wednesday.

Indiana’s rate of infant deaths is one of the worst in the country. First Lady Karen Pence says the Labor  of Love campaign, meant to reduce that rate, will be carried on all major TV stations, at bus depots,  in radio ads, and in a variety of publications. 

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Downtown Fort Wayne
5:43 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

City Announces Progress on Developing "The Landing"

An artist rendering of The Landing on Columbia Street in Downtwon Fort Wayne.
Courtesy City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne is making progress in redeveloping an historic group of downtown buildings.

Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday the city has worked with the Downtown Development Trust and other organizations to buy seven buildings and two parking lots in the Columbia Street area, called “The Landing.”

Henry says the acquisitions will allow the city to attract a developer.

The ultimate aim is to create mixed-use residential and commercial spaces, which will help Fort Wayne meet what he calls “the high-demand for downtown housing.”

Education
6:44 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

"No Child Left Behind" Changes Could Be on the Way

U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan asked Congress to rework No Child Left Behind in a speech Monday.

Change could be coming to the nation’s cornerstone education law, No Child Left Behind.

During a speech Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on Congress to rework the statute.

The law, signed by former President George W. Bush in 2002, originally meant what its name suggests: that no child should fail state tests in math, reading and science. It called for 100 percent of students to be proficient in those skills by 2014.

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News
5:53 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Two Fort Wayne Finalists Chosen in Knight Cities Challenge

Credit Knight Foundation

Two ideas to improve life in Fort Wayne are among the finalists eligible for grants from the Knight Cities Challenge. The announcement was made Monday.

The Knight Foundation received more than 7,000 ideas to increase talent, opportunity, and engagement in cities across the country. Among the 126 finalists chosen was Kate Riordan, who works on bike and pedestrian projects for the City of Fort Wayne.

She’s only lived in Fort Wayne for about six months.

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