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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Zoeller Pushes Legislation to Protect Hoosiers Against Data Breaches

Indiana Sen. Jim Merritt and Attorney General Greg Zoeller at a news conference Monday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana attorney general is proposing legislation he says would close legal loopholes and better protect Hoosiers from data breaches and identity theft.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says notable data breaches, such as those on Sony, Target and Home Depot, have consumers worried about ID theft. 

He says he wants to bring some peace of mind to Hoosiers with legislation he’s pushing that would require companies that store consumer data to regularly review and delete that information.

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The Difference
1:36 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Extended Interview: Chris Cathcart on the Challenge of Keeping Black Men in College

Chris Cathcart is Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Black students make up less than ten percent of enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne. Of that population, many students face additional barriers to completing their degrees. 

Chris Cathcart is the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, and heads their African American Male Initiative. The mentoring program takes a hands on approach to help some black students connect to the resources they need to succeed.

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Arts & Culture
1:28 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Photo Contest Puts the Spotlight on Fort Wayne's Rivers

One of the many photos already entered in Artlink's "We Love Our Rivers" contest.
Credit Kelly Lynch / Contest Entry

After many years of hiding in plain sight, Fort Wayne's riverfronts are enjoying a city-wide buzz.

If you've never been down to the rivers, there's a timely incentive being offered to get out there to take a look...and maybe a photograph.

The City of Fort Wayne began studying what might be done with riverfront development last winter, seeing an untapped resource for recreation and economic development.

As their research continues, the city is teaming with Artlink for an online photo contest and installation project called "We Love Our Rivers".

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The Difference
12:13 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

The Difference: How Community Colleges Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

Knowledge King studies for his final exams on campus at Ivy Tech Community College.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The community college was invented to be a gateway to opportunity – open access, low tuition, and a focus on workplace readiness. That model draws a diverse student population, with a vast array of needs.

Today we continue our yearlong series The Difference, exploring black male achievement, with a look at the role of the community college in closing the achievement gap.

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Health & Science
7:07 am
Mon December 22, 2014

American Cancer Society Calls for More Funding for Services

The American Cancer Society says Indiana isn’t doing nearly enough to support its breast and cervical cancer screening program.

Government relations director Brianna Herndon says going into a budget session, cancer prevention programs are one of the first items on the Cancer Action Network’s to-do list. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Weekly Experiment - Conservation of Energy

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about the conservation of energy. 

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Toasts 80 Years With "Tin Soldier"

Leslie Hormann and Harvey Cox look to a bright future as the Fort Wayne Youth Theatre celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Credit Credit Julia Meek / WBOI News

Eighty years ago this month, Fort Wayne Youtheatre took the stage for the first time, with a performance of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier".

This weekend, they're toasting the past with a brand new adaptation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic, written by their artist-in-residence, Harvey Cox.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Cox and Youtheatre Director, Leslie Hormann, to find out more about the show and celebration.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Presents:

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Politics & Government
4:18 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Leaders Find Optimism in Latest Revenue Forecast

Thursday's revenue forecast is the last before legislators convene for the 2015 budget session.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

State leaders say they’re cautiously optimistic about Indiana’s fiscal future after a new revenue forecast unveiled Thursday predicts two to three percent growth in the next budget cycle.

That growth would mean more than $800 million in new money over the next two years. 

But Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says even that kind of increase shouldn’t start a spending frenzy.  He notes that even before the forecast he’s been receiving budget requests that total almost double that amount.

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Politics & Government
2:15 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

For Possible Candidates, Deciding Whether to Run for Office Can Be Tricky

Gov. Mike Pence has been rumored to be considering a presidential run for years.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement this week that he is actively exploring a presidential bid is causing ripple effects as the 2016 electoral picture begins taking shape.  And an Indiana political strategist has a message for potential presidential candidates: if you’re going to run, run.

Pete Seat is a former spokesman for the Indiana Republican Party, Senator Dan Coats and the Bush administration. 

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News
6:27 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

City Addresses Community's Relationship With Law Enforcement

Police Chief Garry Hamilton, Mayor Tom Henry, and community leaders gathered at Citizen's Square Wednesday to discuss public safety.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry gathered community leaders for a discussion about public  safety Wednesday. 

The dialogue comes on the heels of high-profile police actions in Ferguson, Missouri, and  New York City which led to nationwide protests calling for reform. At Wednesday’s event, city leaders acknowledged that Fort Wayne is not immune to  tensions between the police department and the community. 

“I was I guess disappointed with the fact there were not more open lines of communication between a lot of our citizen base and our police department,” says Henry. 

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