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Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Zoeller's E-Cig Recommendations Ignored By Legislature

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller asked the legislature to tax e-cigarettes and include them in the statewide smoking ban. Neither suggestion was included in the current e-cigarette bill.
Credit Courtesy / Greg Zoeller

Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s recommendations for inclusion of e-cigarettes in the state’s smoking ban almost certainly won’t be included in legislation regulating the vaping industry.

Zoeller made regulating e-cigarettes one of his priorities this session.  And while proposed legislation aims to regulate the makers and sellers of e-liquids, which are used in e-cigs, the bill does nothing regarding e-cigarettes themselves. 

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News
3:38 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Foellinger Foundation Grants $1.25 Million For Nonprofit Infrastructure

Credit Foellinger Foundation

The Foellinger Foundation is awarding more than a million dollars in grants to support three nonprofit organizations in Allen County. The announcement was made Thursday.

The grants from the private charitable foundation total $1,250,000. The United Way of Allen County will receive a one-time only grant of $400,000 to help support its operations and dozens of partner agencies.

The  organization has fallen short in its fundraising efforts for the past three years, and  says this assistance addresses short-term and long-term needs. 

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Arts & Culture
5:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Spinning a Tale: An Interview with Storyteller Condra Ridley

Storyteller Condra Ridley feels that when we understand a person's story, we understand who they are.
Credit Courtesy/Frost Illustrated

Storytelling is a fine art, and some say a lost one. But right here in Fort Wayne, Condra Ridley has been plying that craft for nearly three decades, to the delight of young and old alike.

Getting her start while serving as assistant manager at the Pontiac Branch library, Ridley views sharing a story as an opportunity to pull people together for a journey, without even leaving the room.

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Station News
11:45 am
Wed March 4, 2015

89.1 WBOI Signal Experiencing Technical Problems

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News
6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

The Three Rivers: Vegetation

Betsy Yankowiak identifies vegetation on a riparian buffer along the Maumee River.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The banks along Fort Wayne’s rivers serve multiple purposes. Vegetation controls erosion, and helps filter water. Other impermeable areas help with runoff, and  control flooding. We continue our series "The Three Rivers" with an  explainer on an important, but often overlooked feature: riparian buffers.  

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SCOTUS
5:29 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

How the New Case Against Obamacare Could Affect Indiana

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on a key portion of the Affordable Care Act Wednesday.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

  The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King vs. Burwell Wednesday, a case that challenges one of the primary components of the Affordable Care Act. The outcome could affect hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers.

People like to compare the Affordable Care Act to a stool with three legs. The first leg mandates that insurers can’t discriminate against potential buyers; the second leg requires people to have insurance; and the third provides those who don’t have enough money to buy insurance subsidies so they can afford it.

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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.
Credit Courtesy

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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