Fort Wayne

Araceli Gomez-Aldana

On Sunday about 14 churches partnered to talk about the epidemic of African-American male homicides in Fort Wayne. 

Most people celebrate the holidays and that means holiday parties. This is usually a good thing until you realize you have had a few drinks and no designated driver.

The Holiday Cab is a free service for Fort Wayne residents. All it takes is a call, they pick you up at your location and take you home free of charge.

This resources is an asset, especially because DUI’s and alcohol related car crashes spike between December 5th to January 1st.

Araceli Gomez-Aldana

Like many college campuses around the country IPFW has seen a rise in the number of students with autism. 

Lutheran Health Network

Lutheran Health Network announced plans to build a new hospital in downtown Fort Wayne. The new project will replace St. Joseph Hospital.

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Skyline Tower is the first project that could receive funding from the Regional Cities Initiative.

Environmental Protection Agency

Over one hundred of Indiana’s sewage systems need improvements to comply with federal pollution standards. 

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Fort Wayne is one of two Indiana cities that made the list for top cities to do business. It ranked 6 out of 10 on Business Review USA’s list.

The article cites Indiana’s low taxes and unemployment rates as reasons Fort Wayne and Evansville are two of the top 10 cities to do business.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says the city will use this recognition to attract more businesses.

“We’re going to use that to let a lot of potential employers know and visitors know that the city of Fort Wayne continues to grow and continues to have real positive momentum,” Henry said.

Community Action of Northeast Indiana, or CANI, has a new name as  of Wednesday. 

The nonprofit poverty-fighting agency will now be known as Brightpoint. The organization’s President and CEO Steve Hoffman says the name change is in  response to a lack of name recognition and understanding of the organization’s  mission. 

But that doesn’t mean clients who need assistance have trouble finding them.  Hoffman says most years, their programs have waiting lists and tap out their  funding.

Wednesday marks the 170th anniversary of the death of John Chapman – commonly referred to as Johnny Appleseed.

Chapman came to Fort Wayne in the 1830s, bringing with him the gospel and a bag of apple seeds. He hoped to make life more comfortable for the settlers by helping them start orchards.

Historian Tom Castaldi says the legend of Appleseed is still an important part of Fort Wayne’s identity.

Sean Bueter / WBOI News

On Wednesdsay, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry gave his 2015 State of the City address to a room full of city officials, residents, and media.

The second-term mayor took the opportunity to applaud the momentum he says the city has gained in recent years, touching on everything from riverfront and downtown development to infrastructure and crime.