Fort Wayne

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has completed a survey concerning the name change that will happen when the campus is reorganized.

During the ten days the online survey was in the field, more than 4,500 responses were submitted. About two-thirds came from current students and alumni, and they seemed to reject one of the two possibilities suggested to them. Chancellor Vicky Carwein told Purdue’s Trustees the name Purdue University Northeast didn’t find favor because the school’s acronym could be read as “puny.”

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Since 2015, Indiana counties have established syringe-exchange programs with the hopes of curbing the spread of HIV and hepatitis.

The latest county to establish such a service — Allen County — has decided to call the program something different, a move other counties in Indiana are considering as well.

The Indiana bill legalizing needle exchanges refers to the services as syringe exchange programs, and most counties’ terminology has followed suit. But earlier this month, Allen County announced the establishment of a syringe services program.

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The Indiana Supreme Court is weighing arguments over whether a hospital has to turn over a list of discounted rates it gives insured patients. 

Thomas Frost was a patient at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for months following a motorcycle accident. He was uninsured and his bill from Parkview was ultimately more than $600 thousand.

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The 2016 Paralympics start next week, and one of the teams has been training in Fort Wayne. 

The USA men’s goalball team has been practicing at Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, and the center is having a send-off celebration for the team on Monday.

The game is played with two teams of three athletes. Players on one team throw or roll a ball toward the goal. The other team tries to defend the goal. Both teams play both offense and defense.

Regional Cities Funding Allocations Moving Forward

Aug 18, 2016
Courtesy John Perlich

State officials have approved the first projects for funding from the Regional Cities Initiative and could approve dozens more in the coming weeks.

The three approved so far are in the Northeast region, which is taking a different approach to the planning process than its counterparts in North Central and Southwest Indiana.

Hancock Fabrics Going Out Of Business, Closing 4 Indiana Stores

Apr 4, 2016
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Mississippi-based Hancock Fabrics is going out of business, shutting down its four Indiana stores and nearly 200 more.

The fabric and crafts retailer filed for bankruptcy in February, but no company came forward to buy its $280 million in retail assets.

Hancock Fabrics' Indianapolis, Carmel, Fort Wayne and Clarksville locations will hold clearance sales over the next few months before closing down. They employ about 40 people total.

 

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The road funding bill signed into law last week could raise your taxes, depending on where you live in Indiana.

Forty-two counties already charge a vehicle tax.

But the road funding deal gives them room to increase the tax, and for the first time, cities have the power to impose their own wheel tax.

Seventy-nine cities are large enough – from Indianapolis to Plymouth- to be eligible for the tax.

John Perlich, spokesman for Fort Wayne mayor Tom Henry, says it’s too soon to say whether Fort Wayne will pursue the taxing authority.

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A new milk bottling plant outside Fort Wayne will be among the largest in the nation, and the state is hoping it's just the beginning of much-needed growth for Indiana's dairy industry.

The state made dairy processing a priority almost exactly a year ago. The goal? Use more of the milk that’s produced, and increase its value before it's shipped away. A first step -- the 250 thousand-square-foot Walmart plant, announced last week and set to open in 2017.

Officials aren't saying yet just how much raw milk it'll turn into bottles of white and chocolate.

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Walmart says it plans to build a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne -- that would employ about 200 people to the area by the end of 2017.

Those jobs will pay more than the state’s average wage of $21.55 per hour, says Abbi Gras, spokeswoman for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

She says it will also help Hoosier farmers, who will sell the milk to Walmart to process at the Allen County plant. Gras says this will help save on transportation costs and also allow them more options when selling.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has recently been criticized for his lack of foreign policy experience. Carson visited Fort Wayne Thursday for a rally and spent roughly a quarter of his time talking about international politics.

Carson told the standing-room-only crowd that a president can consult experts on topics he is unfamiliar with, like international relations.

“A president doesn’t have to know everything about everything, just like a CEO doesn’t," he says.

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