Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Indiana House Passes Amended HJR-3

The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.
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The House Tuesday approved the amended version of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

The House voted Monday to alter HJR-3, taking out the measure’s controversial second sentence banning civil unions.  That version of the amendment passed the House by a comfortable margin Tuesday, 57 to 40. 

The change also restarts the ratification process, potentially putting it on the ballot in 2016, instead of this fall. 

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says simply removing the second sentence isn’t enough:

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Politics & Government
4:06 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

House Votes to Change HJR-3

The empty chambers of the Indiana House of Representatives.
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A bipartisan group of House lawmakers Monday voted to remove a portion of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.  The change would also restart the ratification process.

Twenty-three Republicans joined 29 Democrats to approve an amendment offered by West Lafayette Republican Representative Randy Truitt removing HJR-3’s second sentence, a portion that banned legal statuses “substantially similar” to marriage. 

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Lewis Wallace comes to WYSO from the Pritzker Journalism Fellowship at WBEZ in Chicago, where he reported on the environment, technology, science and economics. Prior to going down the public radio rabbit hole, he was a community organizer and producer for a multimedia project about youth and policing in Chicago. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Lewis spent many years as a freelance writer, anti-oppression trainer, barista and sex educator in Chicago and in Oakland, CA. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University, and he has recently expanded his journalism training through the 2013 Metcalf Fellowship for Environmental Journalism and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. 

Station News
5:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

WBOI Launches "The Difference," A Look at Black Male Achievement in Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne is a diverse community. With nearly 25% non-white residents, it’s one of the most diverse cities in Indiana. 

But in 2013, data compiled by the Fort Wayne Commission on African-American Males pointed to a wide achievement gap between black males in Fort Wayne and other men in the community. From education to income to incarceration, they’re generally worse off than their peers. The city received a technical grant from the National League of Cities to keep investigating the issue.

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Education
4:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Number of Students Receiving Vouchers Jumps Again

Fewer students receiving vouchers are spending time in public school before making the switch to private school, according to a report released Monday by the Indiana Department of Education.

That’s because state lawmakers voted last year to make more students eligible for vouchers.

More than 19,000 Indiana students received vouchers to attend private school using state funds this year. That’s an increase from 9,100 last year and 3,900 two years ago.

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Davar Iran Ardalan is the Senior Producer for Tell Me More.

Alice Fordham is an NPR International Correspondent based in Beirut, Lebanon.

In this role, she reports on Lebanon, Syria and many of the countries throughout the Middle East.

Before joining NPR in 2014, Fordham covered the Middle East for five years, reporting for The Washington Post, the Economist, The Times and other publications. She has worked in wars and political turmoil but also amid beauty, resilience and fun.

In 2011, Fordham was a Stern Fellow at the Washington Post. That same year she won the Next Century Foundation's Breakaway award, in part for an investigation into Iraqi prisons.

Fordham graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics.

Politics & Government
4:38 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Committee Approves HJR-3, Sets Up Indiana House Vote

Indiana House chambers were packed Wednesday as the House Elections Committee heard testimony on HJR-3.
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Many of the same faces, much of the same testimony, but a different result – a House committee Wednesday approved the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

The House Judiciary Committee last week took more than three hours of testimony on the proposed amendment known as HJR-3.  But that committee did not take a vote, and after concerns arose that it would not pass the committee, House Speaker Brian Bosma reassigned HJR-3 to the House Elections Committee. 

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For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multiplatform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is currently reporting for “Frontline” on immigration detention.

Opinion - Health
4:31 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

How Do You Define Death?

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
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(Ed. note: This is the first in a series of weekly columns we're featuring online. In the weeks to come, we'll publish columnists from a variety of topic areas including health, politics, food and more.)

On November 2, 2013, Tim Bowers fell from a tree stand, leaving him paralyzed and ventilator dependent for the rest of his life.

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