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7:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Boeing Plant May Come To Indiana

Governor Mike Pence says Indiana is talking to Boeing about building its new 7-77-x airplane inthe Hoosier State. The move could create thousands of jobs. 

Boeing is considering proposals from 22 states to locate facilities to build its new 777x aircraft after labor negotiations in the Seattle area fell through. Governor Mike Pence says Indiana has been in discussions with Boeing, though he wouldn’t comment further on how the discussions are progressing. 

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6:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Join us for WBOI Talks, December 19th

Credit Virginia Alvino

This Thursday from 2-4 pm you're invited to join us for a special presentation of WBOI Talks. Our guests will weigh in, and we'll take your comments and questions as well.

After more than a decade leading the department, Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York is leaving to become the city's new public safety director.

We'll talk to him about his career in the police department, his new job, and the record violence seen in Fort Wayne this year.

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5:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Henry Announces New Police Chief

Mayor Tom Henry announced Garry Hamilton as Fort Wayne's first African American Police Chief
Credit Virginia Alvino

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his appointment Monday for the city’s new police chief. Garry Hamilton will be the first African-American to hold the position, replacing outgoing chief Rusty York, who was recently named the city’s new public safety director.

At a press conference, Mayor Henry said Hamilton’s priorities will be to improve communication with other law enforcement agencies and the community, and to instate a strategic plan to address homicides and violent crimes in the city.

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Few Details Coming Out On Pence's 2014 Agenda

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence isn't giving many specifics on his 2014 legislative agenda, saying he wants "to give legislators the broadest possible range to develop how they think this might work best giving consideration to all of the interests involved."
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is still short on specifics as he outlines his legislative agenda for the upcoming session.  And he says that’s not an accident.

The governor’s legislative agenda includes a preschool voucher program, a teacher innovation fund, increased tax relief and a phase-out of the business personal property tax – a levy that sends a billion dollars to local governments each year. 

Each of those items will have a significant fiscal impact and so far, Pence has been coy in talking about ways to pay for his plans.  He says that’s for good reason.

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10:17 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Special Membership Gift: 2014 NPR Wall Calendar

The 2014 NPR Wall Calendar

This year we have a special holiday membership gift: The 2014 NPR Wall Calendar!

What does NPR look like to you?

Each year NPR asks prominent artists, who are also avid NPR listeners, to answer that question in their favorite medium. This year’s calendar features 14 incredible images, each representing NPR in its own way, crafted by talented artists who are also loyal NPR listeners. An NPR product truly created by the listeners for the listeners.

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6:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Change To Indiana's Criminal Code Could Increase Prison Population

Applied Research Services analyst John Speir
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Independent analysts say the overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code will increase the prison population unless the law also pushes prosecutors and judges to direct more offenders into community corrections programs.

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6:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Healthy Indiana Plan Coverage Extended

More than ten thousand Hoosiers set to lose health insurance coverage through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep those plans for a few more months. The state is reacting to enrollment issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

Up to now, a family of four earning about $47,0000 per year – 200 percent of the federal poverty level – was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers. Beginning in January, that income threshold will be lowered to 100 percent, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.

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6:16 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Indiana SNAP Benefits Changing Schedule

Nearly a million Hoosiers on food stamps will receive phone calls in the next few days as the state gets the word out about a change in the timing of their benefits. The change is meant to ease the burden on grocery stores.

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1:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Hoosiers Celebrate Mandela at the Statehouse

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly speaks at a remembrance of former South African President Nelson Mandela Sunday at the Indiana Statehouse.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana political, community and faith leaders gathered at the Statehouse Sunday to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about a gathering at Indiana Statehouse Sunday celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.

Though many of the speakers at the service for the late South African leader expressed sorrow at his passing, the focus was on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the example he set for people across the world. 

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dermody Could Have Big Impact On Hoosier Gaming

A new chairman in the Indiana House Public Policy committee is giving gaming industry officials hope for more success in the legislature.

Indiana’s gaming industry has been hit hard in the last few years, both by the recession and increased competition from neighboring states. 

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