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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Pence Scraps State-Run News Service

Gov. Mike Pence sent a memo to state agency heads Thursday announcing his cancellation of plans for the "Just IN" news service.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he’s canceling plans for a controversial state-run news service.

The announcement came in a memo Pence sent to state agency heads Thursday that he was killing the program, called “Just IN.”

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News
5:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Pence Administration Responds to JustIN Criticism

Credit State of Indiana

Pence administration officials say they’ll work with press organizations to carefully evaluate the  proposed state news service before it’s unveiled to the public. 

Pence communications director Christy Denault says the original intent of the Just IN news service was  to serve as a clearinghouse, a “one-stop shop,” for press releases from all state agencies. She says the  current system, a state news calendar, didn’t display releases from nearly half of the state’s 90 agencies.  

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Arts & Culture
2:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Fort Wayne Business Keeps Hobbyists Going Strong

Phil's Hobby Shop owners Steve Gieseking and Paris McFarthing work hard to stay on top of the ever-changing hobby industry.
Credit Courtesy/Phil's Hobby Shop

January is National Hobby Month, and here in Fort Wayne, Phil's Hobby Shop has been inspiring and supplying crafters for 40 years.

Now in its 2nd generation, Phil's son Steve Gieseking and his business partner, Paris McFarthing, carry on the tradition from their Park West location.

Julia Meek met with both of the hobby masters to learn what keeps their passion fueled, and their connection with their patrons going strong.

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Politics & Government
10:34 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Interview: Andy Downs on Pence Administration's Proposed News Service

Andrew Downs is executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The Associated Press broke the news this week that Governor Mike Pence’s administration was planning to launch a state-run news service that would pitch stories to the press and the public.

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News
6:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Resource to Help Homeless in Fort Wayne Coming Soon

Tiffany Bailey of United Way joins Mayor Henry to announce a new pilot program in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne is one of four pilot communities chosen to try out a new tool that may help connect homeless individuals with the services they need.

The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The initiative will support “coordinated assessments,” which is the idea of examining all aspects of someone’s history and needs. The tool will also help identify the most vulnerable individuals and families and prioritize them for care.   

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News
5:26 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Pence's HIP 2.0 Approved

Governor Mike Pence announces the approval of HIP 2.0 Tuesday.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence Tuesday announced that federal officials have approved his healthcare expansion  plan known as HIP 2.0. Pence says it’s an effort  that will reform and improve Medicaid in what he calls “the Indiana way.” 

Federal officials approved essentially everything Governor Pence asked for. The program includes HIP  Basic, a default plan for poorer Hoosiers that doesn’t require them to pay into a health savings account  but comes with fewer benefits and includes co-pays. 

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2015 Session
3:39 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Bill Aims to Reduce Concussions for Young Athletes

Lane Middle School vs. Miami Middle School in the 2014 season.
Credit Lane Middle School

High schools in Indiana are required to educate their coaches, student athletes, and parents about concussions and head injuries, and follow specific rules after a head injury occurs. A new law would apply those same rules to grades 5-8. 

 

Senate Bill 403 would require all coaches and assistant coaches to complete some safety education courses, if their athletes are less than 20 years old.

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News
10:52 am
Tue January 27, 2015

FWCS Board Approves Transportation Changes

Credit Fort Wayne Community Schools

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and parents can expect fewer bus routes and changing school hours starting in the fall. The FWCS Board voted unanimously Monday to begin a new transportation plan that will save the district $2.5 million. 

The plan was necessary to address a gap in the district's transportation budget due to state property tax caps that reduced the amount of money FWCS could raise. 

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Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Lawmakers Ready to Settle Debate on High-Fenced Hunting Preserves

Advocates for high-fenced deer hunting preserves want lawmakers to finally end the debate over their existence in a battle that goes back a decade.  A House committee heard testimony on the bill Monday.

Legislation to legalize and regulate high-fenced deer hunting preserves has failed in past sessions.  But Shelbyville Republican Representative Sean Eberhart, the bill’s author, is more hopeful for success after a summer study committee recommended its passage. 

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News
12:52 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Activists Work to Implement Maumee Plan

Credit Save Maumee

An action plan two years in the making to improve the Maumee River watershed is complete. Now one group in Fort Wayne is working to make sure it’s implemented. Save Maumee held an implementation conference Saturday.

The Maumee River is the largest stream that flows into the Great Lakes. But it’s suffering from pollution, erosion, and runoff from farms.

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