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Fort Wayne Makes Change To City Employment Application

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced today the city will no longer ask about felony convictions on city job applications. The city will still perform background checks, but will not require individuals to declare a felony designation up front. This allows qualified individuals more access to employment opportunities with the city. The Mayor’s Office said in an email the change, “will not impact the safety of our community or the quality of candidates being considered by the City.” The city...

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Arts and Culture

Bambi Guthrie

New Family Owned Wells Street Eatery Caters to Foodies

Fort Wayne foodies, Lindsay and John Cheesebrew, have been intent on turning their passion for cooking into a family business for fifteen years.

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Indiana Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturer Purdue Pharma

The Indiana Attorney General filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma. The lawsuit alleges the company minimized the risks of addiction and exaggerated the benefits of opioids.

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Melissa Wright

WBOI Presents: October News Roundup 2018

The 2018 midterm elections are in the books. We'll begin this week's show with analysis from Andy Downs and then dive into the October News Roundup.

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Fort Wayne Makes Change To City Employment Application

15 hours ago
Rebecca Green / WBOI

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced today the city will no longer ask about felony convictions on city job applications.

The city will  still perform background checks, but will not require individuals to declare a felony designation up front. This  allows qualified individuals more access to employment opportunities with the city.

The Mayor’s Office said in an email the change, “will not impact the safety of our community or the quality of candidates being considered by the City.”

AG Curtis Hill Unlikely To Be Removed From Office

Nov 19, 2018
Four women accused Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill of groping them at the party in March. An investigation by the Indiana Inspector General backed up those women’s accounts. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Republican legislative leaders say it’s very unlikely the General Assembly will take any steps to remove Attorney General Curtis Hill from office.

Four women accused Hill of groping them at the party in March. An investigation by the Indiana Inspector General backed up those women’s accounts.

Wikicommons

Fort Wayne’s Legacy Fund Committee met Thursday night to discuss requests for the funding of two different projects.

 

Receiving the most attention was the proposed expansion of Science Central to include a planetarium. Science Central president Martin Fisher says the public is asking for it.

 

Senate Democrats Outline Their 2019 Legislative Goals

Nov 16, 2018

Ahead of the legislative session, Senate Democrats say their initial priorities are teacher pay, medical marijuana, pre-existing condition coverage and hate crimes.

A second school employee filed a discrimination charge against Roncalli High School and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Friday. 

Bambi Guthrie

Fort Wayne foodies, Lindsay and John Cheesebrew, have been intent on turning their passion for cooking into a family business for fifteen years.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged In October

Nov 16, 2018
Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in October for the third month in a row. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Some key Indiana employment metrics continue to show positive signs for the Hoosier economy. That’s even as the state’s unemployment rate once again failed to improve last month.

Shelly Fitzgerald, the Roncalli High School guidance counselor that was placed on paid administrative leave after her marriage to a woman became public earlier this year, announced today her intention to bring a discrimination lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Fitzgerald says the lawsuit is not for personal gain but to spark policy reform.

"It is my mission to simply convince the Catholic church and Catholic high schools across the U.S. to implement a positive and permanent policy that affirms the LGBT+ community," Fitzgerald says.

Muncie Schools Closer To Receiving $12 Million State Loan

Nov 15, 2018

Muncie Community Schools is one step closer to securing a multi-million dollar loan from the state to pay back misappropriated bond money.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the state board overseeing the once-“distressed” district gave its approval for the loan request to move forward.

Both environmentalists and the Great Lakes shipping industry have found something to like in a recently passed U.S. Senate bill regulating ballast water. That’s water released from ships to help keep them stable.

Ballast water is sometimes blamed for introducing invasive species into new waterways — like the zebra mussel, which has cost the Great Lakes region billions of dollars. 

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