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State closes Healthy Indiana Plan enrollment

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's Healthy Indiana Plan for the working poor on Thursday stopped enrolling new Hoosiers because the insurance program hit its financial maximum.

Backers tour loft projects

Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Downtown boosters previewed a pair of rental projects totaling at least $21.5 million that officials say will continue momentum in Fort Wayne's urban core.Officials from the Downtown Improvement District and RealAmerica Development Management in Fishers conducted a tour of the loft apartment sites Wednesday.

RediMed to open clinic downtown

Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Lutheran Health Network officials could see the writing on the prescription pad: More people living and working downtown add up to more potential patients.

Paulding reports big-cat sightings

File It's not necessarily a case of who's hunting whom, but over in Paulding County, Ohio, there have been reports of a big cat - a really big cat - lurking in the woods and fields a few miles southeast of the county seat.

Local officials warn of bad fruit

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is warning people who have bought fresh fruit the past few weeks of a potential contamination that could cause serious food-borne illnesses.

Hamilton honored by ex-Congress group

Lee Hamilton recently received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.

Old Lower Huntington Road to be restricted

Old Lower Huntington Road will be restricted at Ernst Road from 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Wednesday for culvert replacement, the Allen County Highway Department said today.

US 30 in Columbia City to be restricted

U.S. 30 in Columbia City will be restricted beginning Friday for at least two weeks, and drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes, Whitley County officials said today.

Ohio State fires marching band director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday amid allegations he knew about and ignored “serious cultural issues” including sexual harassment.

Lake homeowners face $1.5 million dam-repairs bill

PERU, Ind. – A state agency has told homeowners in a northern Indiana subdivision that they are responsible for an estimated $1.5 million in repairs needed for six dams on their neighborhood’s lakes.

Vehicle damages Prairie Heighs athletic fields

Courtesy LaGrange County sheriff's department A small SUV-style vehicle drove onto the football and baseball fields at Prairie Heights High School early Wednesday, causing an estimated $10,000 in damage, the LaGrange County sheriff's department said today.

Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren’t achieved without taking chances.

Amanda Banks announces candidacy for Senate District 17

INDIANAPOLIS - Amanda Banks, wife of Sen.

5 things of interest to area readers - Thursday, July 24

Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette A look at some things Fort Wayne area readers will want to know.

Crisis communications expert will keynote Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women

The woman who inspired the hit show Scandal will keynote the 2nd Annual Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women on October 21 in Indianapolis.

Family escapes apartment blaze

Six people and two pets escaped injuries early Wednesday when a fire broke out in a wall of their apartment.

Undercover sales result in arrest

A Warsaw man was arrested on drug-dealing charges, accused of selling prescription drugs and marijuana to undercover police.

1 arrested, 3 cited during festival

There were still two days left in the annual Three Rivers Festival when Fort Wayne Deputy Police Chief Marty Bender said it was one of the most uneventful festivals on record - from a law enforcement point of view.

Father-son global flight ends in tragedy

Associated Press His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father, designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.

Videos show bus drivers how to react in crisis

School bus drivers can learn how to react if they're faced with an armed person on their bus thanks to videos from the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Indiana work law voided by judge

A Lake County judge struck down Indiana's right-to-work ban on certain union fees in a second legal blow to the contentious law passed in 2012.

Ex-officer appeals Allen County convictions

A former Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who was tried last fall in Fort Wayne is appealing his convictions for killing one motorcyclist and seriously injuring two others while driving drunk in his police cruiser in August 2010.

Vigo stops teacher-led prayer

A western Indiana school district is telling teachers and other employees they will no longer be allowed lead prayers during school-sponsored events.

Road restrictions for July 24

HADLEY ROAD Closed between Bass and Illinois roads through July 25. SMITH ROAD Closed today, July 24, south of the Covington Road intersection.

Felony report

The following people were charged with felonies in Allen Circuit and Superior courts. Misdemeanor charges are also listed if the person is charged with a felony.

Steuben head-on crash claims Wawaka man

A Noble County man injured last week in a violent head-on crash succumbed to his injuries Wednesday night. Ben Murray, 20, of Wawaka was a passenger in a car traveling east on Indiana 4 between Steube ...

Panda cub gets name

Courtesy Fort Wayne Children's Zoo The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo's 6-week-old red panda cub has been given a name that means "strong and beautiful" in a Nepalese language, the zoo said today.

Crash kills Indiana teen pilot seeking world record

Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday for his father, who was also on board.

Brooklyn Avenue section to close for 3 weeks

Brooklyn Avenue will be closed between Ontario Street and Hale Avenue for about three weeks for a sewer project, the city of Fort Wayne said today.

1 misdemeanor, 3 citations at festival

One misdemeanor charge and three animal-related citations were made in connection with the Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne police said today.

Body found after house fire reported

MIDDLEBURY – A 69-year-old woman was found dead inside her home after a fire was reported there, police said.

Michael Jackson’s hometown to name school for him

GARY, Ind. - Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Indiana hometown.

Six escape burning quadplex

Six people escaped a burning quadplex without injuries early Wednesday morning, according to a Fort Wayne Fire Department statement.

Blood supplies in slump

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette The American Red Cross, including local chapters, is facing a looming blood and platelet shortage, and officials are asking new and regular donors to roll up a sleeve and give the gift of life.

SACS to allow Internet schooling

Southwest Allen County Schools students will have the opportunity to attend school from home - through online classes - during staff training days and snow days this year.

Boy hit, killed on bicycle in Kosciusko

A young boy on a bicycle died after he was struck by a pickup truck in Kosciusko County on Monday night.

County, 4 others get pilot pre-K run

The United Way of Allen County will lead a communitywide pre-kindergarten effort after Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Allen was among five counties tapped for the early-learning pilot program.

Council upholds police, fire right-to-work

For the second time in less than a month, the City Council has decided to override a mayoral veto affecting government unions.

5 things of interest to area readers - Wed., July 23

Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette A look at some things Fort Wayne area readers will want to know.

Free walk-in clinic today on Anthony

No health insurance? No problem. A free walk-in clinic is being offered today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Wayne Medical Clinic, 3537 N. Anthony Blvd., Suite C. The office is about one block south of Coliseum Boulevard.

Multiple felonies filed in sex case

A man arrested last week after a girl said he pinned her to a wall and touched her against her will now faces several felonies in the case.

Accused shooter faces new charges

A Fort Wayne man arrested this month in a late-night shooting was hit with an additional charge after formal charges were filed Tuesday.

Kentucky suspect arrested in Noble

A man wanted for several sex charges out of Kentucky was in custody Tuesday night in Noble County.

Purdue offering veterinary camps at State Fair

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine says it will host two camps for students in grades 6-12 at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

New rocket fuel to launch Purdue spacecraft

A group of Purdue University students is moving ahead with a project to design and build a spacecraft that will be launched by a new, more environmentally friendly rocket propellant.

Indiana Veterans Hall of Fame seeks nominations

A new hall of fame for Indiana military veterans is seeking nominations for its first class of inductees.

Trial starts in break-in, theft, hit-and-run

Accused of trying to break into a house, then stealing a car and running over its owner, a 30-year-old man is on trial this week in Allen Superior Court.

Man admits guilt in child molesting

A New Haven man admitted Tuesday to child molesting in exchange for a 10-year cap on his prison sentence.

Leesburg driver charged in crash

A semi-truck driver from Leesburg involved in a crash that killed four people southwest of Chicago was driving too fast and falsified entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours he spent behind the wheel, authorities said Tuesday.

Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.

Sen. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs

The Wisconsin Republican is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Sen. John Walsh lifted at least a quarter of his United States Army War College master's thesis, according to a report in The New York Times. Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February.

A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate

The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.

Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress

The House and Senate have unveiled competing bills to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. Neither would give Obama all the funds he's asked for to deal with the crisis.

Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs

The vice president has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.

California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

Former CEO David Perdue Wins Georgia's GOP Senate Runoff

Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate

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