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6:37 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

No Local Money in Roads Funding Bill

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says it’s unlikely the General Assembly will include any local  funding in legislation freeing up transportation dollars. 

In last year’s budget, the General Assembly put aside 400 million dollars into a transportation fund to be  used for major projects in the future. In response to a request by the governor, proposed legislation this  session would release at least some of the money to the executive branch for construction now. 

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Opinion - Food
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Farm Promotes Sustainable Food By Nixing the Soil

Get Fresh Farms in Fort Wayne grows a variety of vegetables through hydroponics, a process that uses no soil.
Amber Recker For WBOI News

The locavore movement is starting to take hold in Northeast Indiana, as is evident by the growing popularity of farmers markets. We want to know where our food is grown and raised. When you buy produce from the grocery store, you don’t know where or by whom it was grown.

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News
1:32 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

WBOI Presents: "A Crash Course on the Crisis in Crimea"

The Crimean Peninsula, the southern region of Ukraine.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

As tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, the world is now turning its attention to the country’s southern region.

But why is the Crimean Peninsula so interesting to Russian President Vladimir Putin? And where do other world powers fit into the equation?

On this edition of WBOI Presents, we’ll go beyond the headlines with a panel discussion examining the history of Crimea and the politics at play. 

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Education
5:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

State Educators Could Have Trouble Finding New Textbooks

State education officials are considering new academic standards to replace the Common Core in Indiana schools. But acquiring textbooks aligned to state-specific standards could be a challenge.

According to a report from the Office of Management and Budget, a majority of Indiana school districts have already shelled out for new textbooks and curriculum aligned to Common Core. But new research suggests textbooks boasting alignment to the nationally-crafted standards may not conform to the new expectations after all.

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Upcoming Events
5:04 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Issues & Ales is on March 19th at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits!

You're invited to WBOI's Issues & Ales on Wednesday, March 19th at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits!

It's a free event featuring panel discussions about issues facing our region.  This month, we're discussing the future of transportation in Fort Wayne, including bikes, trains, buses, and more.  

Later in the program, we'll talk about how Hoosier breweries are helping to fuel the current craft beer revolution.  

Stop by, have a drink, and join the discussion! Audience members will be able to submit questions to the panelists throughout the event.    

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News
4:28 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

F-16 Fighting Falcons Returning to Fort Wayne

F-16 Fighting Falcons are returning to the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, a move officials say is good news for the future of the base. The announcement was made by Colonel David Augustine Tuesday.

The Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget trades-in the Air National Guard base’s A-10 Thunderbolts for the more versatile F-16.

This is the first change in aircraft at the base since 2010.

Master Sergeant Darin Hubble of the 122nd Fighter Wing says the return to the F-16 ensures the viability of the base, and keeps jobs in the local economy.

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News
5:28 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Legislation Would Require Reporting Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Indiana hospitals will have to report to the state cases of babies born addicted to drugs under legislation  unanimously approved by the House Monday. 

The condition is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – newborns exposed to addictive illegal or  prescription drugs before they’re born. But just trying to understand the scope of the problem has  been difficult, in part because hospitals aren’t required to report the condition.

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Politics & Government
2:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Heads to Senate Floor

Brookville Rep. Jud McMillan, who authored the bill requiring some Indiana welfare recipients to undergo drug testing.
Credit Courtesy

The Senate sponsor of a bill requiring some welfare recipients to be drug tested says he thinks he’s found the right balance for the measure to pass.

The original welfare drug testing bill would have required all welfare recipients to submit to a pre-screening test that determines a likelihood of addiction. Those showing that likelihood would then be subject to a drug test. 

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The Difference
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Obama Launches Initiative To Provide Opportunities For Young Men of Color

President Obama announcing "My Brother's Keeper" at the White House.

President Obama Thursday announced a new initiative to provide opportunities for young men of color who are underachieving compared to their peers.

Obama is calling for collaboration from foundations, corporations, and community leaders to address the nationwide gap.

The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is aimed at helping black and latino boys stay in school and out of the criminal justice system - and to improve their access to higher education.

In an announcement Thursday, President Obama said that the nation has gotten used to the shocking statistics.

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Criminal Code Grant Plan Heads to Full Senate

Follow-up legislation to last year’s criminal code overhaul bill is headed to the Senate floor after a committee Thursday added potential funding help for local communities.

The purpose behind the state’s criminal code overhaul was in part to divert low-level offenders away from prison and into local community corrections programs.  But so far, the General Assembly hasn’t done much to provide those local programs more money. 

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says, for now, the legislature can begin to address local needs by creating a grant program.

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