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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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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Station News
10:40 am
Thu February 27, 2014

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pence Renews Call for Pre-K Pilot

Gov. Mike Pence appeared in an Indianapolis classroom Wednesday as he again called on legislators to create a pre-K pilot program during the 2014 session.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Surrounded by children at a pre-kindergarten program on the east side of Indianapolis Wednesday, Governor Pence emphasized the need for Indiana to begin providing preschool opportunities for low-income Hoosiers.  He says “the time is now” for the legislature to reinstate a pre-k pilot program.

The Senate Education Committee gutted a bill last week that would have provided vouchers for one thousand low-income children in five counties to attend preschool. They replaced it with a study committee on the issue. 

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Opinion - Politics
3:36 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Both Parties Can Agree on This

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

What is the role of government? 

Conservatives and liberals spend quite a bit of time arguing about this question.  Even when they agree on a role the government is supposed to play, they often will argue about how the government is supposed to play that role. 

While the ideological differences between the two parties can explain their varying perspectives on the role of government, the reality is that even those with the same ideology disagree on what they want government to do.  

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6:18 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Planned Parenthood Supports Changes to Abortion Legislation

Planned Parenthood says changes made to a bill regulating physicians who perform abortions alleviate  their concern about the legislation. 

Indiana law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital  or for those doctors to enter into agreements with a doctor who has admitting privileges.

Planned  Parenthood refers to these doctors as “backup physicians.” 

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6:45 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Environmental Rulemaking Bill Halted

The Senate Environmental Affairs chairman halted the progress of a bill aimed at handcuffing state  regulators from enacting environmental standards stricter than the federal government’s. 

Legislation authored by Warsaw Republican Representative David Wolkins would bar the Indiana  Department of Environmental Management from enacting standards more stringent than those created  by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Wolkins says he’s trying to ensure state regulators  seek legislative approval before creating stricter rules.

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