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Additional fetal remains were found Wednesday in a vehicle owned by the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who performed abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne. Illinois authorities found more than 2,000 medically preserved remains in September.

Indiana health care prices are much higher than in many other states and a new analysis points to even higher prices in some areas. 

Planned Parenthood Clinic Opens In Fort Wayne, Again

Sep 6, 2019

The Fort Wayne Health Center operated by Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana INC. officially opened September 3, just over a year after it closed due to protests.

Indiana has one of the highest rates of evictions in the country – only six states are worse.

And many community advocates point to one issue as a major cause.

 

As “Stop the Bans” rallies take place nationwide, in a cool, rainy Fort Wayne, protesters took too a local coffee shop to write letters to political leaders, and media outlets, on why they’re against the restrictive abortion measures that have made recent headlines.

In the middle of a crowded coffee shop, five women huddled around laptops. One of them was Jessica Bunch, the Fort Wayne community organizer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky. She sat at the head of the table, answering questions about abortions in Indiana.

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The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus will hold a series of town halls in communities across the state over the next few months.

Local Activist: Community Message Is One Of Resiliance

Mar 15, 2019

 

News related to the deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand is still developing and leaders all over the world are denouncing hatred and islamophobia. In Fort Wayne, the message stresses resilience and community support.

Local Muslim activist Ahmed Abdelmageed said he first heard of of the attack which left 49 people dead so far, first thing in the morning. He said his first thought was the safety of Mosques in the Fort Wayne area. He called Fort Wayne Police and requested they be more visible around mosques throughout the day.

 

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A Wisconsin-based company has acquired a growing Indiana paper straw manufacturer.

Aardvark Straws is located in Fort Wayne and claims to be the sole U.S. producer of paper straws. It’s owned by Precision Products Group, which this week sold the company to disposable tableware manufacturer Hoffmaster Group, Inc.

Indiana state lawmakers will have to take sexual harassment training under legislation approved by the Senate Tuesday.

The measure mandates an hour of harassment training each year. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) notes such training is already required for legislative staff.

“And so it’s time that we take the next step and have one for the members themselves,” Lanane says.

Hemp Bill Likely Headed To Study Committee

Mar 2, 2018

Senate lawmakers want to take a big step back when it comes to opening up Indiana’s hemp industry.

Legislation overwhelmingly passed by the House would have allowed the state to establish a hemp growing pilot program. It’s similar to a program in Kentucky, which has established itself as a national leader in hemp. But the Senate made the bill a study committee proposal.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says that’s because the state isn’t set up for such a system.

Republican leaders say they halted gun bills in each chamber Thursday to avoid debate on several gun regulation proposals.

Lawmakers say they plan to revive some of the language in those bills before the session ends.

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The Indiana State Board of Education hosted a hearing Thursday seeking public comment on proposed revisions to school accountability grades.

 

The majority of those present at the hearing were school teachers and administrators.
 

They raised concerns about the timeline for the changes, and how they could affect their students standardized tests and graduation pathways.
 

The stroke of a pen is all that separates Indiana from legal Sunday alcohol retail sales.

The state Senate voted one last time Thursday to send to the governor a measure eliminating a Sunday sales ban that’s stood since Prohibition.

House Unanimously Votes To Legalize CBD

Jan 30, 2018

Cannabidiol, or CBD, would become legal for anyone in the state of Indiana under legislation unanimously approved by the full House.

There are several bills dealing with the issue this session, in both chambers. The measure approved Tuesday takes the simplest approach.

The Indiana Senate approved legislation Tuesday to require doctors and clinics to send more information to the state about women who receive abortions.

One provision of the bill details abortion complications that must be reported. That includes conditions ranging from blood clots and cardiac arrest to depression and anxiety.

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The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee on Wednesday threw its support behind a bill that would require Indiana physicians to check the state prescription database — called INSPECT— before prescribing powerful drugs, including opioids. 

A new state report shows the number of students who transfer in or out of the school corporation boundary they reside in to attend other districts, charter schools or private schools.

The Public Corporation Transfer Report was created by a 2017 state law. The intent is to offer a better understanding of the mobility of students living within a school corporation’s boundary, according to the Indiana Department of Education who compiled and released it.

Purdue University Fort Wayne Reveals New Logo

Jan 4, 2018
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Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne announced they will partner with SME Inc. to implement a new Purdue University Fort Wayne brand. The university also revealed their new academic logo in a news conference. 

Indiana could soon join a growing list of states with laws allowing students to carry sunscreen at school.

The Food and Drug Administration classifies sunscreen as an over the counter medication, like painkillers or cold medicine, and that means some school policies require students to have a doctor or parent’s note in order to even bring sunscreen to school.

But Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) says the bill she’s filed for the 2018 session aims to change that for the state.

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MUSICAL GUEST: MARK FARNER (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad)

Tom Lounges was happy to have his old friend MARK FARNER on the program as musical guest to catch up on things, to chat about his upcoming live dates and to play some great Farner tunes from both his solo catalog and Grand Funk-era favorites.

Fort Wayne Breaks Ground On Giant Sewer Tunnel

Jun 15, 2017

Fort Wayne public officials broke ground on the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history in an effort to improve water quality and reduce the amount of sewage that flows into rivers.

The city’s combined sewer system can cause sewage to overflow into rivers when it rains. A new five mile, $188 million tunnel will reduce those overflows by 90 percent.

Mayor Tom Henry says while public officials don’t often campaign on utility projects, providing “good, safe, clean water to our citizens” is one of the most important things the city can do.

A Fort Wayne-based disability advocacy group created a website that will help people with disabilities find services throughout Indiana.

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For 31 years David Capp was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, which covers Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Lafayette.  Now Capp is out of office.  The former United States Attorney was planning on retiring in June, but after the new Presidential administration took over, he ended up leaving earlier than he had planned.  He spoke with Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson.

 

A House committee approved a bill to provide immunity to anyone who breaks into a vehicle to rescue an animal from a hot car.

Two years ago, lawmakers provided civil immunity to anyone who breaks into a hot car to rescue a child. Now, legislators want to provide the same immunity for those rescuing animals trapped in hot vehicles.

Amy Jo Sites is the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control director. She says her department received more than 250 calls for animals in hot cars last summer alone.