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Election 2014
6:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

WBOI Presents: Indiana's Third District Congressional Debate

The candidates for Indiana's third congressional district appeared on PBS39 Tuesday night for their only debate. (From left: Justin Kuhnle (D); incumbent Marlin Stutzman (R); and Scott Wise (L).
Credit Courtesy / PBS39

On Tuesday, October 21st, PBS39 hosted a debate for the candidates running for Indiana's third district congressional seat. The event was sponsored by IPFW and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

This is the only debate in which the candidates will participate during the 2014 election cycle.

On stage for the event were incumbent Republican Marlin Stutzman, Democrat Justin Kuhnle, and Libertarian Scott Wise.

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4:39 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Candidate Accusing GOP of Voter Intimidation

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Beth White says Republicans are trying to intimidate and disenfranchise Hoosiers on the state’s inactive voter list.

During Indiana’s recent voter list cleanup effort, hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers were labeled as “inactive” – meaning they didn’t respond to the state’s outreach effort. 

People on the inactive list have until 2017 to either update their information or vote in an election to remove themselves from that list. 

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6:33 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Head of Indiana's National Guard Announces Retirement

The head of Indiana’s National Guard,  Adjutant General Martin Umbarger,  announced Tuesday he will retire next year.  

Martin Umbarger assumed command of the Indiana National Guard in March of 2004 under Governor  Joe Kernan. He was reappointed to the position of Adjutant General by Governor Mitch Daniels and Governor Mike Pence.

The Indiana native began his career as a soldier 35 years ago.

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5:56 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson Set to Deliver Lecture at IPFW

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took questions from the press at IPFW before his Omnibus Lecture on Tuesday.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

Astrophysicist, author, and TV host Neil deGrasse Tyson visits Fort Wayne Tuesday night as part of IPFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series.

The lecture, which caused a stir when tickets sold out less than an hour after going on sale, will focus on the latest scientific discoveries and how they might shape our understanding of the universe.

At a press event Tuesday, Tyson said the American public needs to do a better job of embracing the role and influence of scientific discovery in everyday life.

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Opinion - Health
9:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Going Gently into that Good Night

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Abraham Schwab

Brittany Maynard recently announced her decision to end her life. By all accounts she’s an articulate bright young woman who is afflicted with an aggressive brain tumor. Her prognosis includes prolonged suffering and a loss of control. In part because of how vocal she’s been and in part because she is young and looks so vibrant, she has brought national attention back to the question of physician assisted suicide (PAS).

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4:43 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Allen County Clears Way for Potential GM Investment

Credit General Motors

Allen County Council cleared the way Wednesday for General Motors to make a $1 billion investment in its Fort Wayne plant. Now it’s up to GM to decide whether or not to go forward with the plan. 

The Council unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement for GM. That means a tax rate of zero percent, for ten years, on the company’s new property and equipment.

According to the county auditor Tera Klutz, that could save GM more than $95 million.

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5:09 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Indiana Michigan Power Proposes Big Infrastructure Upgrades

Credit Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power wants to invest nearly $800 million in its Indiana infrastructure. 

I&M is seeking approval for its investments from the Indiana Regulatory Commission. The company wants to increase the reliability of power to its customers by making improvements over a period of seven years.

That includes replacing cables and poles, some technology upgrades, and creating new substations throughout the state, including two in Fort Wayne.

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4:55 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Validity of Some Same Sex Marriages in Question

The Indiana Attorney General’s office is warning same sex couples who got married in a narrow window in June that their marriages may not be valid. The Attorney General's office sent a memo to county clerks Monday regarding the validity of marriage licenses. 

On June 25th, U-S District Court Judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, and didn’t stay the effects of his ruling. Two days later, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals did halt the ruling. 

And in those two days, hundreds of same sex couples across the state got marriage licenses.

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Fright Night
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers Bring New Paranormal Activity to Fright Night 2014

The Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are hosting two events this Saturday, in celebration of Fort Wayne's Fright Night.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers

You'd better beware! Fright Night is lurking on Fort Wayne’s horizon, and this year, the Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are conjuring up a spooktacular pair of events to add to the annual fun.

Tina Lano, Jackie Hicks and Cheryl Ferguson – the organization's founding “ParaSisters” – will start at the Grand Wayne Center with their monthly Paranormal Pow Wow.

Then, at sundown, they’ll conduct tours of the “Haunted Wells Street Corridor” just north of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

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3:52 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Bosma Aims to "Take a Breath" on Tax Reform Next Session

House Speaker Brian Bosma says after years of major tax cuts and reforms, it’s time for the General Assembly to, in his words, “take a breath.”

Speaker Bosma says the legislature has enacted 15 tax cuts over the last 14 years, including property  tax caps, reductions in the corporate and individual income taxes and elimination of the inheritance tax.  

Bosma says he thinks it’s time to let the system settle and allow people to get accustomed to the state’s  existing tax climate.

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