Politics & Government
7:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Economic Shift Points Pence's Focus to Energy

Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana needs to rethink its energy strategy as the state's economy evolves.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.

Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago.  The goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency. 

Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.

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News
5:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

$200 Million in Road Projects Could Begin This Year

Work to expand some of Indiana’s major highways could begin as early as this year after Governor Mike  Pence Thursday announced the release of $200 million to fund road construction. 

Legislation signed by the governor releases $200 million in transportation funding that was set  aside in last year’s budget. 

The money will be used to add lanes to Interstate 65 in two areas – just  south of Indianapolis and around Lafayette. Companies will bid for the contracts later this year and  work could begin late this year or early next year. 

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The Difference
4:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In "Race for Results," African-Americans are Falling Behind

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its "Race for Results" report on Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy / Annie E. Casey Foundation

As we reported earlier this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest study examining how kids of different races fare when it comes to meeting developmental milestones on time.

The findings are striking, though not necessarily surprising.

Black, Latino, and Native American children are lagging behind – in some cases, far behind their white and Asian-American peers.

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News
6:13 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

AWS Foundation Donates South Central Campus to Blue Jacket, Inc.

The Fort Wayne nonprofit Blue Jacket, Inc. no longer has to pay rent. The AWS Foundation donated a quarter acre campus to the workforce training organization last week.

Blue Jacket had been leasing their 19,000 square foot building for two years.

The building on South Calhoun Street near Downtown Fort Wayne has a history of serving underprivileged residents – from people with disabilities to refugees; it now houses Blue Jacket’s programs for disadvantaged job seekers, including ex-offenders.

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The Difference
5:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth

The "Race for Results" report released Tuesday assigned scores from 0-1000 measuring child progression and opportunity in the U.S. Indiana ranked among the worst states for black youth.
Credit "Race for Results" / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new study released Tuesday finds Indiana among the ten worst states for black children, highlighting the disparity in opportunity between African-American youth and their peers.

The policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, titled "Race for Results," measures 12 factors in an effort to chart child progression nationwide. Those include everything from reading proficiency to graduation rates to the number of children living near or below the federal poverty level.

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News
6:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Envision Fort Wayne Center Open For Citizen Input

Citizens can learn more about riverfront development at the Envision Fort Wayne Center downtown.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne’s future now has a storefront. City residents will be able to learn about and offer input on community projects in  person. Mayor Tom Henry officially opened  the Envision Fort Wayne Center on Monday. 

The center, located at 916 South Calhoun Street, currently features displays and  information about riverfront development and the Downtown Fort Wayne Plan. It’s designed to be an open house of sorts – a space open for the public to engage  with city government, planners, architects and artists.

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Health & Science
2:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

U.N. Report Predicts More Midwest Floods Due to Climate Change

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report, released Monday, says the Midwest could experience more flash flooding in coming years.
Credit Courtesy / IPCC.ch

The Midwest is likely to experience more flash floods because of climate change. That’s one of the takeaways from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released Monday. That could affect how cities think about their infrastructure and how farmers manage their crops.

Research indicates Indiana and other Midwestern states may not see more rainfall—it will just come in shorter, more intense bursts.

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Health & Science
1:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Interview: U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh on Obamacare

Dr. Howard Koh, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, says the implementation of Obamacare marks an historic time in the history of U.S. public health.
Credit Courtesy / Office of Public Health Service

Last week, President Barack Obama announced more than six million people had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The deadline to enroll – or at least get started on the process – is midnight on Monday, March 31st.

In the weeks leading up to the deadline, the Obama Administration has been on a major public relations push to spread the word, and the pace of enrollment has picked up dramatically.

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Station News
11:53 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Transmitter Repairs May Cause Outages on 89.1 WBOI

Throughout today, intermittent outages may occur on 89.1 WBOI.  These outages are necessary as our engineers work to repair the damage to our transmitter from last week's power surge.  Our HD transmitter is still working so you can listen to us online at wboi.org or through the free NIPR app for your smartphone or tablet.   Thank you so much for patience! We hope to have these issues resolved this weekend.  

News
3:52 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Pence Pushes for New Energy Efficiency Program

Governor Mike Pence says he’s encouraged by the response he’s received from lawmakers as he  pushes for a new energy efficiency program. The program would replace Energizing Indiana, which was eliminated by legislation Pence allowed to  become law Thursday.

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