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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

After Kassig's Death, U.S. Reviewing Hostage Policy

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton says current U.S. hostage policy makes sense, but could use some updating.
Credit File

As Hoosiers mourn the loss of Indianapolis-native Abdul-Rahman Kassig, the United States is considering changes to its hostage policy, and a former Indiana congressman says that could include strengthened military action to rescue Americans being held captive.

The White House revealed this week President Obama called for a full review of the country’s current hostage policy earlier this year.

The administration says that review will not include changes to the longstanding U.S. policy of not paying ransom.

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Money
4:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Cost of Thanksgiving Meal Drops in Indiana, Rises Nationwide

Nationwide, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for ten people rose to $49.41, though it's a few dollars cheaper in Indiana.
Credit Courtesy / American Farm Bureau Federation

Your traditional Thanksgiving dinner may be a little less expensive this year.

According to the Indiana Farm Bureau, the average cost of a Turkey Day meal for ten Hoosiers is down to $46.93, the second year in a row the price has dropped.

The Indiana total is also lower than the national average of $49.41, released by the American Farm Bureau Federation Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

With "Street Reach," Fort Wayne Residents Lend a Hand to Those In Need

Felix Moxter and Sally Segerson discuss a recent fundraising event held by The Fort Wayne Beard and Mustache Society on behalf of Street Reach for the Homeless.
Credit Julia Meek / WBOI News

It's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and here in Fort Wayne, Sally Segerson is dedicated to making a difference, with a personal ministry she calls Street Reach for the Homeless.  

This includes a twice-weekly distribution of food and clothing she began three years ago, simply known as "Dinners and Duds."

Segerson has found an ally in The Fort Wayne Beard and Mustache Society, which combines socializing with charity work, and has devoted much of its fund raising energy to helping with her mission.

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News
2:07 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

President Obama to Address Nation Tonight at 8 p.m.

Tonight at 8 p.m., President Obama will address the nation. He is expected to unveil executive actions on immigration, and 89.1 WBOI will preempt the first hour of Meet the Music to bring you Obama’s speech, and analysis from NPR. That’s tonight from 8-9 p.m. on 89.1 WBOI.

Education
4:39 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Pre-K Pilot Program Accepting Applications

Applications for On My Way Pre-K, the state’s pre-k pilot program, are now available for low-income families wishing to enroll their children. 

The applications are only available to families in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties,  where the program will launch in January. Applications for Jackson County families will be  available later. 

The application asks for basic information about the family including proof of address, number  of family members, and proof of income.

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News
4:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Ash Skyline Construction Will Continue Through Winter

Rendering of the Ash Skyline project.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

Construction on the new Ash Skyline project in downtown Fort Wayne is on  schedule and will continue throughout the winter. 

Right now it’s a giant hole in the ground – and they’re not done digging yet. 

The future site of a mixed-use development downtown takes up nearly an entire  city block, with work on the city-funded underground parking garage is still  underway.  

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Opinion - Health
3:02 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Obamacare, Net Neutrality, and "Whac-a-Mole" Regulation

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

Senator Ted Cruz made news last week when he responded to President Obama’s call for Net Neutrality with a tweet claiming that Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet.

Cruz’s tweet has been criticized by Al Franken among others.

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Interviews
6:45 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Interview: NPR's David Greene on "Midnight in Siberia"

David Greene, host of NPR's Morning Edition and author of "Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia."
Credit David Gilkey / NPR

In a year full of major international news stories, it’s fair to say Russia has been among the biggest.

From the Sochi Olympic Games, to its annex of Crimea, to new confrontations with the West over Ukraine, Russia – and its longtime president, Vladimir Putin – has dominated the headlines in 2014.

But NPR's David Greene found inspiration in Russia’s smaller stories, in the villages and people along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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News
6:28 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

GOP Sets Next Session's Priorities, More Dollars to the Classrooms

Republican legislative leaders say education will be their top priority in the upcoming session, and they’re putting a special emphasis on driving dollars directly to the classroom.

When House Republicans unveiled their legislative agenda last month, increasing public education  funding was near the top of the list. During his address at the swearing in ceremony for House  members, Speaker Brian Bosma told lawmakers the GOP will support initiatives to ensure dollars are  spent in the classroom.

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News
6:21 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Number of Unauthorized Immigrants in Indiana Down

Indiana's undocumented immigrant population in 2012 was approximately 85,000.
Credit Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project

A new Pew Research study released Tuesday finds the number of unauthorized immigrants in Indiana fell between 2009 and 2012. The study comes a debate on the isssue between Congress and President Obama heats up.

Nationwide, the unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. plateaued after the Great Recession. But at the state level, the trends vary. 

While the unauthorized immigrant population increased in 7 states, it fell in 14 states others.

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