News
4:27 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Richard Mourdock Resigns as State Treasurer

Richard Mourdock
Credit State of Indiana

Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock Friday announced his resignation, four months before his  term expires.

Mourdock was set to leave office at the end of the year, term-limited from running again. Instead,  he resigns effective Friday to, in his words, “pursue other professional interests.”

The controversial  Republican made headlines in 2012, first when he beat long-time incumbent Richard Lugar in the U-S  Senate primary. He then lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly in the fall after comments in a debate calling  pregnancies resulting from rape a “gift from God.”

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News
4:25 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Eric Turner Removed From House GOP Leadership

Eric Turner
Credit State of Indiana / House of Representatives

Speaker Brian Bosma says Republican state Representative Eric Turner should have recused himself  completely from discussions last session on legislation that significantly impacted his family’s nursing  home business. 

Bosma announced Friday that  Turner will no longer be part of the House GOP leadership team.

Eric Turner and his son Zeke have significant financial stakes in the nursing home business. Zeke owns  and runs nursing home management and construction companies, one of which Turner has financial  interests in.

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News
2:41 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Unions Anticipate Labor Day Despite Recent Setbacks

Labor Day is Monday. And while many folks take the long weekend to relax, the symbolic end of the summer means something different to union organizers.

For them it’s a day to celebrate the solidarity of their workers.

This year, policy in Indiana and across the country  has continued to limit the influence and power unions have – and union membership is following that downward trend.

The Fort Wayne city council recently passed several ordinances eliminating mandatory union membership and putting limits on collective bargaining for some city union employees.

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News
5:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Indiana's No Child Left Behind Waiver Extended

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday Indiana’s No Child Left Behind waiver will extend through the 2014-2015 school year. 

Indiana’s waiver was put on conditional status in May, with the federal government pointing to  the state’s college and career ready standards, focus on failing schools and teacher evaluations  as areas of concern.  

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News
4:57 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Mayor Henry Names Appointees to Legacy Review Committee

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry named his appointees to the Legacy review committee Thursday. 

The Legacy review committee is the result of some disagreement between City Council and Henry about what projects Legacy funds should be used for.

The committee to evaluate requests for Legacy funds was approved at Tuesday’s council.

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Arts & Culture
6:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Resch Sees Bright Future for IPFW's Music Department

IPFW Department of Music Chair Barbara Resch.
Credit Courtesy / IPFW

Just over a year ago, Barbara Resch gave over her duties as director of music education at IPFW to become the department's chair.

She admits that she's seen the department from a lot of different perspectives over the years, but is quick to add that "seeing it from the perspective of the chair's office is a very different view."

With the fall semester in full swing, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Resch to find out what this school year has in store, and how the job is treating her so far.

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News
5:57 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

State Explores Work Share Programs to Prevent Layoffs

State lawmakers are exploring the creation of a work share program to give companies the option of reducing employee hours rather than using layoffs during economic downturn. 

Work share programs allow companies to reduce employee hours in lieu of layoffs, while the workers  collect partial unemployment benefits. 

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed August 27, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Comes to Fort Wayne

The fundraiser and awareness campaign aimed at fighting Lou Gehrig's Disase, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has come to Fort Wayne Community Schools. 

Haley Elementary watched buckets of ice water dumped on the heads of their teachers and administrators, alongside Mayor Tom Henry. 

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Education
11:02 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Heritage Trail - Fort Wayne Community Schools

School is back in session for much of the region, and on this episode of The Heritage Trail we'll go back all the way back to 1857 when Fort Wayne Community Schools got its start.  

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Health & Science
1:43 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Weekly Experiment - Hurricanes

How are cyclones formed? Just what are the conditions that create a hurricane? Martin Fisher of Science Central provides a detailed overview of one of nature's most powerful weather events.

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