News
6:25 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Indiana's Attorney General Says Fate of Gay Marriage Should Be Determined By Judges

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the judicial system is the right place for the fate of Indiana’s gay  marriage ban statute to be decided. 

During the legislative debate over HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex  marriage, lawmakers often said the purpose of the amendment was to provide added protection for  Indiana’s marriage statute, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

The common  refrain from people like Speaker Brian Bosma was that the question of marriage in Indiana shouldn’t be  decided by one person.

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News
5:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Mixed News As Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in five and a half years, now lower than the national rate, even as the state’s private sector lost jobs in January.

The Indiana unemployment rate fell nearly half a percent in January, its largest one-month drop in 20 years.  Its rate of 6.4 percent is the lowest since September 2008 and the first time the state’s rate has been below the national average in nearly two years. 

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

As Crimean Referendum Nears, Coats Calls for Consequences

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) co-authored a senate resolution condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine. The resolution passed unanimously this week.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday, citizens in Crimea will vote on a referendum to decide whether or not to secede from Ukraine.

The interim government in Ukraine -- and much of the West -- says the referendum is illegal and it won’t recognize the result.

All this comes amid growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence in the region. Russia has been raising its military profile near Ukraine in recent weeks.

This week, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning Putin’s actions and calling for consequences unless Putin relents.

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Health & Science
11:05 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Episode 142 - Electromagnet

News
6:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Public Offers Input on Fort Wayne's Riverfront Development Study

The city is asking for your input on what you want to see on Fort Wayne's riverfront.

  The City of Fort Wayne is taking public input on its riverfront development study. The study is a comprehensive look at the City’s rivers and surrounding land, and intended to guide future investment and development for the downtown riverfront. The city’s first public input meeting was held Thursday.

It was standing room only at the meeting.  Many attendees wanted to know more about recreational and retail opportunities on the river.  

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Education
5:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Once Thought Dead, Pre-K Pilot Bill Gets Approval

Empty chambers at the Indiana House of Representatives.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The House Thursday approved a preschool pilot program after it was seemingly left for dead just two weeks ago.

Speaker Brian Bosma says creation of the pre-k pilot wouldn’t have been possible without a funding mechanism crafted by the Senate.  The program can use up to $10 million in existing funds from the Family and Social Services Administration, while at least ten percent and up to 50 percent of that in matching funds must come from private sources. 

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Education
1:59 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

State Adopts New Social Studies Standards

State education officials approved new social studies expectations for Indiana schools Wednesday. The standards are very similar to ones the state has been using since 2007.

State Board member Cari Whicker wanted to know what the proposed changes would mean in her sixth grade history class.

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Station News
4:43 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

94.1 WBNI to Broadcast Fort Wayne Philharmonic's "Audience Choice 2013/14"

94.1 WBNI is proud to broadcast the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Masterworks Series.  This Thursday, March 13th at 7pm we will be featuring the March 1st concert,  "Audience Choice 2013/14."  

You can also hear these Fort Wayne Philharmonic performances on Thursday at 7pm on the following dates: 

Thursday, April 10: Bizet's Carmen

Thursday, April 24: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Thursday, May 22: Closing Night: Beethoven's Ninth Symphon

Station News
1:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

94.1 WBNI Signal Disrupted Due to Weather Conditions

Snow and ice have accumulated on the antennas that send our signal from our studio site to the transmitter site in Roanoke.  We are working on finding a solution to this issue.  In the meantime, you can still listen live at wbni.org or on 89.1 HD-2.  Thank you for your patience!

Phone: (850) 487-3086  x369

Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, IN and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.  Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, the Radio Television Digital News Association the Indiana Broadcasters Association.  He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions. Follow Stan on Twitter @StanJast .

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