Lead Stories

Education professionals from across the state gathered in Indianapolis this week to learn more about homeless children and youth. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

What Is The State Doing For Homeless Students?

Indiana education officials want to shine a spotlight on the issues homeless Hoosiers face, and the state has made moves to improve information and advance the conversation for how best to serve homeless students in schools. The focus on homelessness this week involved a meeting in Indianapolis of around 900 school liaisons, superintendents, and other education professionals, specifically, to talk about homeless children and youth. It's the first year the state has offered a training of this...

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Arts and Culture

Courtesy/Joseph Daley

The Tuba Chronicles Highlight Fort Wayne Jazz Scene

Joseph Daley is an internationally recognized composer, educator, and leader of his own Tuba Trio, which will be coming to Fort Wayne on March 20th, for a concert at the Big Apple Jazz Club.

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State News

Supt. of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick spoke with the press Monday, to discuss education matters for the state. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

McCormick Urges Further Consideration For Education Measures In Special Session

There will be a special legislative session later this year. The governor made the official announcement Monday , and lawmakers will likely take up some unfinished education issues when they reconvene. Bills on  school finances and security failed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session. Much of the debate on the school finances bill focused mostly on the management of Muncie and Gary schools, but Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says there were other key...

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Behind The Mic

Andy Laverghetta

WBOI Jazz Host Unwinds For The Weekend With Friday Vibe

To volunteer show host, Bill Forsythe , unwinding for the weekend means serving up a freeform mix of jazz-driven music, which he does, every other Friday night, on WBOI's "Friday Vibe."

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Statehouse Update: What Passed, What Failed

Mar 16, 2018

A handful of legislation died this week as lawmakers ran out of time in the session. But some measures passed, including CBD legalization and a DACA bill, as the General Assembly wrapped up its 2018 session.

Allen County hospitals are lifting visitor restrictions, effective immediately. The restrictions were implemented in January as a precaution to the spread of influenza.

For the safety of patients and staff over the last 10 weeks, hospitals have been limiting visitors to two per patient at one time and only visitors who are at least 18 years of age.


The 2018 legislative session ended a bit more chaotically than expected, but lawmakers managed to work on and pass a variety of education legislation this year. But, some bills didn’t find the same levels of success as others. Here’s a recap of some legislation lawmakers proposed, passed, and denied around education policy. 

The bills that failed 

School Financial Management/Gary-Muncie Takeover Bill: HB 1315

Araceli Gomez-Aldana

Local students participated in Wednesday’s national school walkouts in remembrance of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. 

Zach Bernard/WBOI News

Students across the country participated in National Walkout Day Wednesday, to show solidarity with victims on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 dead. Students from Carroll High School were just a few to participate.

2018 Legislative Session Comes To Chaotic End

Mar 15, 2018
Chaos reigned as the 2018 legislative session came to an abrupt end and legislative leaders Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne), left, and Rep. Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) blamed the blame game. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Chaos reigned as the 2018 legislative session came to an abrupt end. Legislative leaders played the blame game as a handful of bills died because lawmakers ran out of time.

Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says CBD regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is one step away from legalization after lawmakers gave final approval to such legislation Wednesday.

The measure legalizes CBD oil as long as it has 0.3 percent or less THC, the ingredient in cannabis that creates a high.

Lawmakers Send DACA Job Licenses Bill To Governor

Mar 14, 2018
Sen. Blake Doriot (R-Syracuse) says if Indiana doesn’t ensure DACA recipients get job licenses, they’ll just move to other states. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House and Senate lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday to ensure DACA recipients, known as Dreamers, get professional licenses from the state.

Courtesy/Joseph Daley

Joseph Daley is an internationally recognized composer, educator, and leader of his own Tuba Trio, which will be coming to Fort Wayne on March 20th, for a concert at the Big Apple Jazz Club.


Last month, we aired the first discussion in a series called Factory Families, produced by the University Community Conversation (UC2) Initiative at IPFW. Part two takes a look back at some of the major manufacturers to impact our region. The conversation was moderated by  Steve Buttes, Associate Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies at IPFW.


Retired International Harvester employee: Bob Glick

Retired Zollner employee: Al Meredith

Retired GM employee: Randy Schmidt

Retired GE employees: Denver Sarver and Carl Reinking


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