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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

On Wage Repeal Bill, Opponents Push for Study Committee

Pete Rimsans leads the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council, which is campaigning against repeal of the common construction wage.
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The Indiana House easily approved legislation repealing the state’s common construction wage, and the bill’s support in the Senate looks strong.  For the bill’s opponents, pushing it to a summer study committee could be their best hope.

Set by local boards, the common construction wage is a sort of minimum wage for public construction projects. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Balance in Biology

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains our sense of balance. How does our body know when it changes position, and what are the organs that help us process that information?

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Fort Wayne Rapper Goes with the Flow in L.A.

Rapper and Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel (aka Nyzzy Nyce) has turned his passion into a career, and expanded his fan base to a national level.
Credit Courtesy / Alex Smith

Back in 2012, Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel took part in a collaborative music project called HipHop4theCity, writing and recording the chorus for the resulting song and music video.

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2015 Session
4:00 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Midwife Certification Bill Heads to the Indiana Senate

Indiana Rep. Don Lehe introduced a bill this session making it easier for midwives to operate in the state. The bill passed the House this week.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana House Republicans

The House this week easily approved legislation aimed at making it easier for midwives to operate legally in Indiana.  But the bill’s future is less certain in the Senate.

Legislation in 2013 established the framework for legalizing midwifery.  But the law requires midwives to have written collaborative agreements with physicians, and unwillingness by doctors to enter into those agreements derailed the state’s attempt to create a licensing process.

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Downtown Fort Wayne
3:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

GE to Demolish Office Building on Broadway Campus

General Electric announced Friday it will be demolishing an office building on its Downtown Fort Wayne campus.
Credit Katy Anderson / WBOI News

General Electric announced Friday it will demolish one of the buildings on its historic campus near Downtown Fort Wayne.

The structure GE wants to tear down is the office building on the east side of Broadway close to McCulloch Park.

GE spokesman Matt Conkrite said the building was gutted last year because of mold and water damage. In the cleaning process, some of the brickwork was compromised, though the building remains safe.

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News
5:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Home Show Could Point to Economic Recovery

The Fort Wayne Home and Garden show expects up to 50,000 visitors this year.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The 42nd annual Fort Wayne Home and Garden show starts Thursday. The expected high turnout this year could be a sign of economic recovery.

Nationwide, the recovery in the housing market has been slow the last few years, but spending on  home improvement and repair has fared a bit better. That’s according a report released by Harvard  last month, which also projects that type of spending to slow down this year. 

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2015 Session
4:28 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Pence Helps Defeat HPV Vaccine Bill

Senate Minority Leader Scott Pelath.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he lobbied against legislation encouraging more young people to get vaccinated against HPV because of concerns about government mandates. 

The proposed House bill, authored by Muncie Democrat Sue Errington, set a goal for the state to have  80 percent of 13 to 15 year olds vaccinated against HPV by 2020. 

HPV is a virus linked to several forms  of cancer, including cervical cancer, and only around 20 percent of Hoosiers are currently vaccinated  against it.

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2015 Session
6:15 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Lawmakers Hope Tighter Restrictions Will Combat Meth

The Indiana Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would require Hoosiers with drug related offenses to obtain a prescription before purchasing cold and allergy  medicine. The authors say it’s the next step in the fight to reduce methamphetamine  production. 

The bill calls for the state’s courts and police to update the electronic database  pharmacies use to track sales of over-the-counter of cold and allergy medication –  which are precursors in the production of meth.  

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2015 Session
6:06 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Bill Would Allow Microbreweries to Increase Production

The Indiana Senate Tuesday passed a bill that would allow Indiana microbreweries to manufacture more alcohol per year. 

Republican Senator Ron Alting says the amended legislation is the result of a  compromise between alcohol wholesalers and microbreweries. 

The bill allows small  breweries to increase their annual production limit from 30,000 barrels per year to  90,000.  

The other half of the bill requires breweries distribute that alcohol through a  wholesaler if their production exceeds 30,000 barrels.

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Arts & Culture
5:49 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Embassy Theatre Creates a Midwinter Music Fest with "Down the Line 9"

Down the Line 9's two-night playbill showcases Wayward Son, Grateful Groove, James & the Drifters, Kat Bowser, Good Night Gracie and more covering their favorite legendary musicians.
Credit Courtesy / Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre's "Down the Line" concert series returns this Friday, and by popular demand, they're changing it up, doubling down, and making it a full two-night, ten-band music festival featuring "Locals Doing Legends."

Featuring covers of classic rock, country, funk, new age, alternative music and more, "Down the Line 9" promises something for everyone, and Marketing Director Barb Richards says the unexpected is just what to expect.

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