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Weekly Statehouse Update: Curtis Hill’s Future, Accountability For Virtual Charter Schools

Uncertainty over Curtis Hill’s future as attorney general. Calls for greater accountability of virtual charter schools. And a fix to Indiana’s welfare eligibility laws.

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Arts and Culture

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New Fort Wayne Fest Celebrates All Things Pop Culture

If you're looking for an off-beat midwinter celebration, Sweets So Geek is partnering with some of its neighbors in Georgetown Square this weekend to present Fort Wayne's first annual A.T. Con.

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State News

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Indiana Supreme Court Tosses Warrants In Drug Case Over Privacy Issue

The Indiana Supreme Court says police can't search your property just because you take their GPS tracker off your car.

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The City of Fort Wayne

WBOI Presents: 2020 State of the City

Last week, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry gave his State of the City address at the Grand Wayne Center and the theme for the speech was “Moving Forward Together.”

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education

WBOI Presents: 2020 State of Higher Education

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WBOI Presents: NACS Education Forum

Courtesy/WIKICOMMONS & A.T. Con

If you're looking for an off-beat midwinter celebration, Sweets So Geek is partnering with some of its neighbors in Georgetown Square this weekend to present Fort Wayne's first annual A.T. Con.

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The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, confirmed a sixth Hoosier has died from vaping-related lung injury. The agency says the most recent death was an adult over the age of 65. 

Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News

The Indiana Supreme Court says police can't search your property just because you take their GPS tracker off your car.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Uncertainty over Curtis Hill’s future as attorney general. Calls for greater accountability of virtual charter schools. And a fix to Indiana’s welfare eligibility laws.

Samantha Horton / IPB News

Businesses near Indiana Beach are trying to figure out what’s next after the amusement and water park announced it’s closing.

Holcomb Orders Action On Erosion Along Lake Michigan

Feb 20, 2020
Tyler Lake / WTIU News

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order on Thursday to help cities along Lake Michigan experiencing erosion. Among other things, it directs the state to speed up approvals for projects that protect homes and infrastructure and determine whether Indiana can declare an emergency to receive federal dollars.

Four Indiana communities along Lake Michigan have already made emergency declarations. That includes Sen. Karen Tallian’s (D-Ogden Dunes) constituents. She says she hopes the state will move quickly to secure federal funding and protect Indiana residents on the lake.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Lawmakers are considering restrictions on how often schools in need of additional funding can propose referendum measures to local taxpayers, and education groups are once again pushing back on the proposal.

Right now, schools can propose referenda twice a year and in school-funded special elections, but lawmakers added a proposal into a bill this week that would limit those to general elections – about once every two years.

Allen County Sheriff's Department

  The ACLU of Indiana sued the Allen and Wabash county sheriffs in recent weeks, accusing them of managing jails that are dangerously overcrowded.

In total, the organization has sued about a dozen Indiana counties alleging jail overcrowding, and six of those suits are still moving forward.

Indiana Beach Amusement And Water Park Closes

Feb 20, 2020
Patrick McGarvey / Flickr

Known for its slogan, "There’s more than corn in Indiana,” the Indiana Beach amusement and water park will not reopen this spring. 

The northwest Indiana park has been open almost 100 years. Local officials in Monticello were told about the closing Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, Indiana Beach says that, “despite significant effort and a great deal of investment in infrastructure and rides,” the operations did not see a boost in revenue.

Apex Parks Group owns more than a dozen facilities around the country and purchased the park in 2015.

Courtesy of IDEM

A seemingly simple bill to help local governments cut costs when repairing drains is working its way through the state legislature. But environmentalists worry it could harm the state’s wetlands. 

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