Granite Broadcasting Corp. announced Thursday that WISE-TV, Channel 33, will launch an hour-long weekday newscast at 4 p.m. starting Monday.
According to Dan Hoffman, director of sales for Granite, WISE will also have a new half-hour newscast at 11 p.m. Megan Trent will be the news anchor, and local radio personality Billy Elvis will be sports anchor. Elvis will continue his radio work.
Starting today, Fox network programming returns to Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.s WFFT after Granite lost its Fox affiliation.
Also as part of the change, MyFox will become MyTV Fort Wayne, airing on digital 33.2.
The changes come after Granite and Nexstar last month agreed to dismiss a federal civil antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Nexstar had accused Granite of trying to monopolize the market.
Vera Bradley to add baby apparel to lineup
After 31 years, Vera Bradley is expecting.
The handbag maker is planning to sell baby apparel and accessories, according to a sneak peak on the companys website. The company promises to unveil the new product line March 14.
In January, Vera Bradley stores were named the fastest-growing retailer in 2012 by RetailSails, a research and consulting firm in New York.
Founded in 1982, Vera Bradley was the brainchild of friends Patricia Miller and Barbara Baekgaard. Besides quilted cotton handbags, the company is known for female luggage, accessories and home décor items.
The company joined Wall Street with an initial public offering of stock in October 2010. Shares are traded on the Nasdaq.
ITT Exelis awarded $11.6 million contract
ITT Exelis on Thursday announced it has signed an $11.6 million commercial contract to provide communications equipment to an international customer. The work, for an undisclosed buyer, will take place in Fort Wayne.
The order is for SpearNet UHF radios that can be mounted in vehicles, radios and worn by soldiers, accessories and spare parts. The portable equipment provides large amounts of voice, data and video communications over a specialized network.
ITT Exelis recently has improved the systems reliability and its ability to transmit large amounts of data by greatly increasing its data transfer rate.
The McLean, Va.-based manufacturer is a diversified global aerospace, defense and information technology company. As of January, ITT Exelis employed about 1,015 locally in its tactical communications operation and about 440 in its Fort Wayne space-related operation.
J&J ordered to pay $11.1 million award
A New Jersey jury Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay punitive damages of $7.76 million to a former nurse who blames its vaginal mesh implant for years of living hell despite repair surgeries.
The award adds to the $3.35 million in compensatory damages awarded by the state Superior Court jury Monday, making $11.1 million in total damages. Its the first verdict in about 4,000 lawsuits filed against the giant health products maker based in New Brunswick, N.J.
Johnson & Johnson said the decision isnt supported by the evidence and it plans to appeal.
Johnson & Johnson is the parent of Warsaw-based DePuy Synthes.