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Indiana gets extension on its federal education waiver

File INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Department of Education granted Indiana an extension on its federal education waiver Thursday - ending months of fears that the state would lose flexibility in funding and accountability.

Man who died in bizarre crash on I-469 is identified

The man who died in a bizarre crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 469 has been identified as Ricky Gene Richhart, 51, of New Haven, according to a statement from the Allen County Coroner's office.

Fort Wayne police officer admits to rape

File Fort Wayne police officer Mark Rogers admitted Thursday to raping a woman he arrested for OWI nearly a year ago.

Man's body found in St. Marys River

A man's body was found in the St. Marys River this morning near the Clinton Street Bridge, according to Patrick Heidenreich of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Construction begins on Concordia arena

Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Construction of a multipurpose facility at Concordia Lutheran church and elementary school was 20 years in the making.The new $2 million, 18,150-square-foot arena at 4245 Lake Ave. has come at a time when enrollment has grown along with church activities, said Michael Rosin, the school's principal.

Noble County man arrested for pot possession, dealing

A man was arrested in Noble County on charges of dealing and possessing marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance after the substance was found in his home, according to a statement from the Indiana State Police.

Woman identified in yesterday's fatal crash on St. Joe Road

A woman who died last night after being involved in a crash on St. Joe Road has been identified as Jami Elizabeth Beale, 25, of Fort Wayne, according to a statement from the Allen County Coroner's office.

McCoy, Antonio

Army Pvt. Antonio McCoy has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Gump Road closed between Dunton and Coldwater tomorrow

Gump Road will be closed most of tomorrow between Dunton Road and Coldwater Road, according to a statement from the Allen County Highway Department.

No trash or recycling on Labor Day

There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Monday in honor of the Labor Day holiday, according to a statement from Republic Services of Indiana LTD.

Yoder road closed next week between Lutz and Comer

Yoder road will be closed between Lutz Road and Comer Road most of next week, according to a statement from the Allen County Highway Department.

New commissioner for Pence's Department of Workforce Development

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence announced a new commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development Thursday at a 26 percent pay increase.And the old commissioner will stay on in a newly-created position at a slightly higher salary.

Liz Brown's Senate race identified as one to watch

The Republican State Leadership Committee's "Right Women, Right Now" initiative this week recognized Liz Brown's run for Senate District 15 as one of 14 races to watch in 2014.

Group aims to define region

Jeff Wiehe | The Journal Gazette NORTH MANCHESTER - It's on the second floor of Manchester University's Administration Building, along a 125-year-old corridor that's currently closed off to most of the public.

Woman critical after turn into traffic

A woman was in critical condition Wednesday night after a three-vehicle crash in which she suddenly turned her car across oncoming traffic.

Lines drawn as 100 attend forum on lone county exec

It was easy to tell how some people felt about an initiative to change the structure of Allen County government at a forum Wednesday.

Wells teacher quits; criminal count filed

A criminal case was opened Tuesday against a Bluffton High School teacher amid allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student, authorities said.

Reducing tax burden not a crime

File Going to a fast-food restaurant for breakfast is really silly when you think about it. How much trouble is it to make a bowl of cereal, or toast, or even a couple of fried eggs, and how much cheaper is it to eat at home, especially if you want a glass of orange juice.

5 things of interest to area readers - Thursday, August 28

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

Second man charged in 2 robberies

The second of two Fort Wayne men accused of robbing a person at gunpoint, and possibly another the same night in July, was charged Wednesday.

3 local businesses get recycling honors

Three businesses were recognized Wednesday at the annual Excellence in Recycling Awards luncheon.

Free health screenings available

Free health screenings will be available today at Brown Mackie College.

Indiana receiving grant to fight bat disease

Indiana will receive $36,500 from the federal government in hopes of curbing the spread of white-nose syndrome, a fungus that can be fatal to many bats.

Bizarre crash onto freeway kills driver, closes I-469

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette NEW HAVEN - A man was killed Wednesday after the truck he was driving on a rural road crashed through a guardrail, ramped onto an interstate and overturned.

Road restrictions for Aug. 28

GUMP ROAD Closed between Dunton and Coldwater Roads Aug. 29 to install storm sewer. COVERDALE ROAD Closed between Winters Road and Airport Expressway through Sept. 12.

Raspberry, Khiry

Army Pvt. Khiry Raspberry has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Man dies after flipping pickup truck on Interstate 469

By Cathie Rowand A man died Wednesday afternoon after his pickup truck crashed through a guard rail on a dead-end road and flipped on its top in the southbound lane of Interstate 469, according to a statement from the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

Bounty hunter wounded in fatal gunbattle

  It started as an attempt to arrest a man who didn't show for court.It ended in a barrage of gunfire that left that man dead and his brother and one of three bounty hunters shot.

7th Circuit grills states on gay marriage bans

Associated Press The three appellate judges who will decide the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin used sharp questioning Tuesday to highlight inconsistencies in the arguments behind the laws.

Classic cars take to the streets

JG photo Dozens of classic Auburns, Cords and Duesenberg cars converged on Fort Wayne's General Motors Assembly plant Tuesday to let the people who build the most up-to-date trucks have a peek at what the auto industry was producing years before they were born.

9-member panel will filter bids for Legacy

There will be a committee that reviews potential projects to be financed with Legacy money.

Raising awareness for referendum

Officials kicked off a public awareness campaign on the Courthouse Green on Tuesday on a November voter referendum to change the county's model of government.

Court overturns convictions in hair attacks

CINCINNATI – An appeals court panel on Wednesday overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish men and women in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio, ruling that religion wasn’t their driving motive.

Gump Road closure rescheduled

The closure of Gump Road between Dunton and Coldwater roads to install a storm sewer has been rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, the Allen County Highway Department has announced.

Crash closes southbound I-469 near New Haven

State and county police are at the scene of a crash on Interstate 469 that has closed the southbound lanes at the 22.4 mile marker, north of U.S. 24 near New Haven, state police said today.

Adams County sobriety checkpoint set

Indiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Adams County during the late evening hours on Friday, police said today.

Allen judges withdraw budget appeal

Allen Superior Court has withdrawn its budget appeal for 2015, accepting a $5.54 million budget unchanged from this year, Chief Judge Wendy Davis said today.

Man surrenders to police after firing shots at vehicle, fleeing

A man barricaded himself inside a house after firing shots at a vehicle on Fort Wayne's southeast side, according a statement from the Fort Wayne Police Department. Police responded to a call shortly after 8 a.m. this morning from

Indiana is one of 14 states chosen for training system to meet state’s economic needs

The National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices recently announced the selection of Indiana

5 things of interest to area readers - Wednesday, August 27

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

NACS's '15 budget may raise taxes 1.2%

Northwest Allen County Schools officials are projecting a 1.2 percent increase for the district's 2015 budget, although there are no estimates as to what the hike could mean to taxpayers, according to Bill Mallers, the district's business manager.

With county funds short, group cancels request for more

The presiding judge at the Allen County Juvenile Center has withdrawn an appeal for $96,000 for next year's county budget after finding out last week there is no general fund money left for appeals.

Police seek tips in string of thefts

Courtesy Fort Wayne Police Department Fort Wayne police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who they said has robbed three Walgreen pharmacies of prescription drugs since July 11.

Gump Road section closed Thursday

Gump Road is to close between Dunton and Coldwater roads from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to install a storm sewer, the Allen County Highway Department said today.

Pastor’s request for reduced sentence rejected

A federal judge has rejected a request by a former pastor of a northwestern Indiana megachurch that his 12-year prison sentence for having sex with a teenager be reduced.

Pence plans security gates for official residence

The Indiana Governor's Residence in Indianapolis is scheduled to get a set of new security gates.

Man pleads guilty in April stabbing to battery charge

A 22-year-old Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to battery with a deadly weapon as a Class C felony, admitting to stabbing another man during a fight in April.

Road restrictions for Aug. 27

GUMP ROAD Closed between Dunton and Coldwater Roads through Aug. 28 to install storm sewer. COVERDALE ROAD Closed between Winters Road and Airport Expressway through Sept. 12.

Scheerer, Crystal F.

Navy Seaman Crystal F. Scheerer recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Clark, Megan E.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Megan E. Clark graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Indiana, Wisconsin defend gay-marriage bans

Associated Press CHICAGO – The three-judge panel hearing arguments Tuesday about gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin peppered attorneys defending the laws with questions about what harm there is in allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Cromwell shooting victim identified

The Kosciusko County sheriff's department has identified the victim of Monday night's shooting in Cromwell, saying the gunfire occurred during an attempt by bounty hunters to serve a warrant.

Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples

President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

Rep. Ryan Cautions Obama Not To Issue Immigration Executive Order

Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.

Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.

Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency

James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.

Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

CBO Forecast: There's Good News And Bad News

The nonpartisan budget office reports growth that's slower than expected, but also that the Affordable Care Act's changes to Medicare are successfully holding down costs.

Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.

State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.

After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises

The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.

VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S.

President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets.

Obama Considers Widening Strikes Against Islamic State Militants

The president has approved surveillance flights over Syria to search for targets for possible airstrikes. But critics of the administration say that may not be enough.

Years After Their Own Protests, Eyes Of Anaheim Are On Ferguson

Two years ago in Anaheim, Calif., events unfolded not unlike those recently in Ferguson, Mo. In Anaheim then, two Latino men were shot by police, and civic anger turned into a few nights of sometimes-violent demonstrations. Now, Anaheim's police and government are trying to work more closely with the Latino community, and a vote in November could make some major changes.

Michael Brown's Funeral Is Mixed With Tributes, Political Messages

One subject mentioned by protestors and non protesting residents of Ferguson, Mo., was voting. The turn out for registered African American voters in the last municipal elections was 6 percent.

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