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Indiana Unemployment Rate Rises For First Time In 13 Months

The Hoosier unemployment rate ticked up by one-tenth of a percent to 4.1 percent last month. That’s the first increase since January of last year. The rate is still lower than the national average and all neighboring states. After two consecutive months of declines, the private sector added jobs in February – 4,400 for the month. The surge was led by the manufacturing industry. And after four months of a decreasing overall labor force, February saw a second consecutive month on the rise. The...

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Arts and Culture

Tim West

Fairfield Elementary Students Keep Time To Old Fashioned Music Traditions

Throughout the school year, Fort Wayne resident Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman teaches English as a second language at Fairfield Elementary, on the city's south side.

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Indiana Legislature

Statehouse Update: Holcomb Backs AHCA, Child Porn Law Change

A week ago, Gov.Eric Holcomb said he was concerned about the repeal of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in the GOP’s health care reform bill. The expansion dollars fund Indiana’s HIP 2.0 program. Now, he says recent changes to the bill are fueling his support for the measure. The bill still eliminates HIP 2.0’s funding in the future. But Holcomb says he wants Congress to know he’s willing to work on the reform effort. A Senate committee advanced a measure this week amending Indiana’s child...

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Behind The Mic

Andy Laverghetta

WBOI Host Puts "Tossed Jazz Salad" On The Weekly Menu

WBOI's "Tossed Jazz Salad" is a tasty mixture of that genre's styles and forms, served up every Tuesday evening by volunteer host, Bob Mayer.

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Proposed legislation that would require guidelines for religious expression in public schools passed the Senate Education Committee, with an amendment altering the original intent.

House Bill 1024 would protect open prayer and religious dress, writings or other religious expression in schools.

Financing Sought For Healthy Food Legislation

Mar 21, 2017

Supporters of a bill that would expand access to healthy food rallied at the Statehouse this week. They are pushing for lawmakers to establish a healthy food financing initiative.

Currently, legislation that would create a program to help businesses and non-profits increase fresh food access in underserved areas doesn’t have any state money attached.

EPA Gets First Cleanup Funds For Zone 2 Of East Chicago Superfund

Mar 21, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency will get more money from more sources to clean up some of the most contaminated homes in East Chicago, Indiana.

The agency’s new administrative settlement, announced Monday, adds a new company to those responsible for funding the cleanup.

The new company is the U.S. Metals Refining Company. It joins DuPont and its sister company, Chemours, plus BP subsidiary Atlantic Richfield, as the “Potentially Responsible Parties” funding cleanup in the EPA’s USS Lead Superfund site.

Bill Aims To Close Loophole In Child Pornography Law

Mar 21, 2017


A Senate committee advanced legislation that closes a loophole in Indiana’s child pornography statute. The bill’s author, Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Inglefield) says it helps state law keep up with modern times.

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Purdue University plans to extend its tuition freeze into the 2018-2019 school year.

President Mitch Daniels made the announcement of a sixth year of tuition flatlining Monday, touting the amount of money the school says students and their families have saved as a result.

New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the wind industry is stronger than ever. The amount of installed wind energy overtook hydroelectric for the first time at the end of 2016, to lead U.S. renewable energy capacity.

That news follows a December report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which projects wind turbine technician is the fastest growing occupation for 2014-2024.

 

This legislative session, a record 11 proposals addressed the use of cannabis. Most of them never got a hearing, but two are still moving through the legislature and could become Indiana’s first medical cannabis laws.

Indiana is one of six states that have not passed any form of medical cannabis legislation, including CBD.

The General Assembly is debating an $800 million road funding package, but Indiana’s water infrastructure needs more than $2 billion in urgent repairs.

School districts and towns all over the state are having problems with water infrastructure. Some have lead pipes, 100-year-old pipes or pipes with big holes that leak water.

One such town is Greentown, in Howard County, near Kokomo.

In October 2015, Eastern Howard Elementary School found elevated lead levels in its drinking water.

A Senate Committee slashed funding Wednesday from a House bill that sought to double the state’s preschool pilot program.

Senate lawmakers wasted little time amending House Bill 1004 to mirror their own version of legislation to expand state-funded preschool and offer additional funding to other early learning initiatives.

 

A Senate committee advanced legislation that stops local governments from banning short-term rentals, such as Airbnb.

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