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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.

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Continuing rainfall in Northeast Indiana isn’t expected to let up any time soon, causing pockets of flooding. 

Crews and volunteers worked through the night Tuesday filling sandbags and  constructing temporary levees to help protect property. A number of parks around  the community are flooded and closed as well. 

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In Fort Wayne and around the globe, more and more people are using bicycles for health and recreation, and even as a mode of transportation.

 The city’s trail system – which allows bikes – has has increased increases in length and popularity in the last decade. But street infrastructure is slowly but surely increasing as well. But how does a more bike-friendly environment come to pass? WBOI’s Virginia Alvino tells us more about how the planning process works, and how projects are chosen.

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In Fort Wayne, motorists and cyclists sometimes struggle to share the road – and there are the collisions to prove it. 

In the past five years in Allen County there have been more than 400 collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles, including two fatalities and more than 300 injuries. The number one reason? Failure to yield. And police say both motorists and cyclists are each at fault only about half the time.

The rules of the road are pretty straightforward – share.

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General Motors will invest $1.2 billion to expand its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant. The company says it’s among their largest manufacturing investments ever in the U.S.

The automotive company will expand and upgrade the existing facility which builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The investment will add 1.5 million square feet to the plant, including a new paint shop and expanded body shop. The plant currently employs around 3,800 workers.

The company says the upgrades will improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

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The City of Fort Wayne is exploring the possibility of installing a bike sharing system downtown and along the rivers.  

B-cycle is a company that makes bikes available to rent in 41 cities across the U.S.

The system is part of the sharing economy, like Uber or Air BnB. Here’s how it works – sign up online, choose a bike from a public station, get on, and ride. 

Daily or monthly passes are available, or in some cities you can pay as you go.

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The City of Fort Wayne’s public safety departments are partnering with a  southeast­side ministry to provide public safety camps for kids and teens.  

Bridge of Grace Ministries will host Fort Wayne’s fire and police departments, and  up to three hundred kids for three weeklong public safety camps. 

The idea is to educate the youth about how to respond to public safety situations in  their own neighborhoods, and to potentially groom them for their own careers in  public safety.

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Phase one of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development is one step closer to being  funded. 

The Legacy Joint Funding Committee approved $6 million for the project Wednesday. That money will join $3 million from the Community Foundation, and another $3 million from the Capital Improvement board to be used over the next  two years. 

A key element of the first phase of development is property acquisition. But City  officials say the first steps will be to care for the vegetation along the river banks,  and to complete a comprehensive environmental study.

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Four candidates are hoping to represent the Republican Party in the run for mayor of Fort Wayne in November.

The City of Fort Wayne hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Paul Helmke in  1999. 

Among the hopefuls trying to change that are Bob Bastian, Bill Collins, and  Frederick Osheskie. 

But the candidate likely considered the front runner is long-time politician Mitch  Harper.  He was first elected to City Council’s 4th District in 2007, and served 12  years in the General Assembly before that. 

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The 16-year incumbent of Fort Wayne City Council’s sixth district is being  challenged from the left and right in this year’s municipal elections.

Southeast Fort Wayne’s district six has long been represented by Democrat Glynn  Hines. The area has seen the development of the McMillen Community Center, Renaissance Pointe, and other housing developments during Hines’ tenure.   

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