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Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

IPFW Geosciences Department Transitions From Endangered To Extinct

The geosciences department at Indiana University--Purdue University Fort Wayne inspired the idea for the school’s mascot , the mastodon. Students in that department helped uncover a mastodon fossil about 40 miles north of the school, which is now on permanent display at IPFW. However, the department itself has just been eliminated.

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Arts and Culture

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Young Choir Members Are Change Makers For Africa's Future

The African Children's Choir , with its parent organization, Music for Life, aims to help their country's most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa grow in the future. This Saturday and Wednesday, these 18 talented young singers will be performing in Harlan and Berne, Indiana.

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Indiana Legislature

House Rejects Study Committee Amendment To Gun Bill

House lawmakers rejected an attempt to push a gun regulations bill to a summer study committee. The bill would allow people protected by a restraining order to carry a handgun without a license for up to 60 days. Proponents say its about helping women in domestic violence situations. But Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) says, while well-intended, the bill makes domestic violence situations more dangerous by making it easier to bring guns into them. She offered an amendment to move the whole...

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Behind The Mic

Zach Bernard

WBOI Host Shines Light On Obscure Music In All-Vinyl Format

WBOI's weekly "Black Light Radio" focuses on the greatest and most obscure Psychedelic , Progressive , and Avant Garde Jazz titles of 1968 to 1974.

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Erosion washes away about a foot of soil each year on the banks of the St. Marys River near Headwaters Park. This is bad for the land and also for the rivers, which is why the city plans to stabilize the riverbank in this area to prevent future erosion.

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

The geosciences department at Indiana University--Purdue University Fort Wayne inspired the idea for the school’s mascot, the mastodon. Students in that department helped uncover a mastodon fossil about 40 miles north of the school, which is now on permanent display at IPFW. However, the department itself has just been eliminated.

Lawmaker Seeks More Prayer In School

Feb 21, 2017

Could more prayer in school be a cure for societal ills?

Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis, says it can. His legislation, House Bill 1024, would prevent discrimination of students who pray in school or express their religious beliefs, such as through clothing, jewelry or writing.

House Rejects Study Committee Amendment To Gun Bill

Feb 20, 2017

 

House lawmakers rejected an attempt to push a gun regulations bill to a summer study committee.

The bill would allow people protected by a restraining order to carry a handgun without a license for up to 60 days. Proponents say it’s about helping women in domestic violence situations.

A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education says a rising number of people are getting educational certificates from two-year Indiana colleges, which may help fill the state’s open manufacturing jobs.

The CHE report focuses on credit-bearing certificates – the kind college students can earn in less than one or two years, from programs that “commonly have a career or occupational focus.”

In Indiana, CHE found a 32 percent increase in production of these certificates since 2012, mostly from two-year public schools like Ivy Tech Community College.

Baby Box Legalization Effort Advances In Senate

Feb 20, 2017

 

A Senate panel advanced a bill that sanctions the use of baby boxes in hospitals just one week after the same language couldn’t get enough support for a vote.

Indiana has two existing baby boxes, both in firehouses. The boxes are meant to be a more anonymous way for someone to leave an unwanted newborn. The Department of Child Services, DCS, has questioned their legality.

Gov. Eric Holcomb made his first visit as governor to East Chicago Friday to meet with residents and community leaders in the lead-contaminated community.

Redistricting Reform Likely Dead This Session

Feb 19, 2017


 

An effort to reform Indiana’s redistricting process is likely dead this session.

Despite overwhelming support from those who attended a House Elections Committee hearing, committee chair Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) wouldn’t take a vote on the redistricting reform bill.

This week on The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central examines solar cells. How do they work, how are they made, and from what are they made? 

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The African Children's Choir, with its parent organization, Music for Life, aims to help their country's most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa grow in the future.

This Saturday and Wednesday, these 18 talented young singers will be performing in Harlan and Berne, Indiana.

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