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Fort Wayne roundup: The News-Sentinel's top 7 stories for Friday

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 5:16 pm

$25 million Fed Ex Ground distribution center planned for New Haven

A new $25 million Fed Ex Ground regional distribution center east of New Haven will create about 87 part-time jobs and anchor the “Gateway Park” project expected to draw still more development to a 65-acre site earmarked for a controversial travel plaza in 2007. READ MORE

ITT Exelis' revenue drops 5 percent in 2012; bigger drop forecast this year

ITT Exelis, which employs more than 1,000 people in Fort Wayne, reported that its revenue was down 5 percent in 2012, and it anticipates a larger drop in revenue next year. Why the slump? In large part, it's because the company depends so strongly on the federal government as a customer. READ MORE

Police report finding meth, firearms, bomb-making materials in home

Fort Wayne Police serving a warrant on a possible meth lab allegedly found meth – and more – Friday morning. One person was arrested after police arrived at 10 a.m. in the 4600 block Woodway Drive, according to FWPD spokeswoman Raquel Foster. Police found several one-pot meth labs, a pipe bomb, bomb-making materials and firearms, she said. READ MORE

Is County Council willing to spend money to save it?

Sometimes you've got to spend money to make money – or save it. At least that's the theory behind a proposal to pay someone up to $63,623 a year to oversee the finances of the Allen County Sheriff's Department – a department that only a few months ago was scolded by Allen County Council members for failing to make the desired budget cuts. READ MORE

How will federal budget cuts affect Fort Wayne area?

The cuts in federal spending mandated by the sequestration deal that goes into effect today won't make Fort Wayne grind to a halt – not even close – but some recipients of federal spending will feel the pinch. Cuts are likely to be most noticed at the Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing at Baer Field. READ MORE

Process for choosing new pope guided by tradition, rules

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world when he announced Feb. 10 he would resign from his position. Now, over the coming days, many area Catholics will be focused on the election of a new pope. The News-Sentinel's Kevin Kilbane takes a look at how the process works. READ MORE

South Side's girls basketball team ready for first state finals trip

Maybe the South Side High School girls basketball program is just getting started. Maybe the Archers will become perennial state contenders, establishing a standard for excellence that sets them apart from the rest of the Class 4A pack in northeastern Indiana. Yet no matter where the Archers go in coming years, there's only one first time. This is the history moment, where seniors get bragging rights that no group of players before or after them will have. READ MORE FROM REGGIE HAYES' COLUMN