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2015 Session
2:09 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Bill Repealing Common Construction Wage Goes Forward

Buck Creek Republican Senator Brandt Hershman authored an amendment to the bill, saying it ensures workers are well trained and public projects well done.
Credit Indiana Senate Republicans

A Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill repealing the state’s common construction wage while also adding new requirements for contractors on public projects. The legislation eliminating the minimum wage for public construction projects heads to  the Senate floor.

An amendment added in committee would require contractors to have training programs and liability  insurance, and bars them from paying employees in cash. It also prohibits local governments from  passing their own version of the common wage. 

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News
2:02 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

More Registered Voters May Not Lead to Higher Turnout

Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Voter registration numbers in Allen County continue to climb, but that doesn’t necessarily mean more people will turn up at the polls this year.

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in Indiana’s primary elections. Barry Schust is the Republican board member Allen County’s Voter Registration  office. 

He says more than 261,000 people registered this year – about three  thousand more than last year.

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Education
4:41 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Trine Names Leader of New Physician Assistant Program

Credit Trine University

Trine University announced Monday a director of its upcoming Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Timothy Barnard is an experienced physician assistant in the military and private sectors. The native Hoosier has worked in orthopedics and cardiac surgery.

The current lieutenant has been a physician assistant in the Indiana National Guard since 1996.

Trine University is partnering with Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne to offer the 28-month master’s program. It will be based at Trine’s Health Sciences Education Center which opened last year in Fort Wayne.  

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Light and Its Properties

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about light. What is light, what does it mean to a scientist, and what are the different types of light? 

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Arts & Culture
3:14 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Arts Event Celebrates Fort Wayne's Religious Diversity

Parliament of the World's Religions ambassador, Carl Jylland-Halverson with Pastor Agnes Edith Lamin at the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution.
Credit Courtesy/Carl Jylland-Halverson

This October, the Parliament of the World's Religions will convene in Salt Lake City, Utah for the largest and most historic interfaith gathering on record.

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2015 Session
6:40 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Pence Signs RFRA "Fix"

Credit State of Indiana

Exactly one week after signing Indiana’s religious freedom bill into law, Governor Mike Pence Thursday signed a follow up bill meant to quell the firestorm of controversy that erupted over the  measure.

The follow up bill explicitly states that the recently-passed law known as RFRA can’t be used to deny  service to anyone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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2015 Session
6:20 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Conservative Groups Oppose New RFRA Language

Gov. Mike Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Some of the staunchest supporters of Indiana’s religious freedom bill say the “clarification language”  crafted by Republican legislative leaders will destroy religious protections the controversial law created. The legislative fix comes after concerns the  measure would be used to discriminate against the LGBT community.

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Opinion - Politics
11:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Homeowner Association Bill Could Limit Political Activity

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

On March 23rd, the Committee on Elections in the Indiana Senate voted 6-0 to send House Bill 1236 to the full Senate for consideration.  Back on January 27th, HB 1236 cleared the Indiana House of Representatives on a vote of 70 to 28.  These are indicators that this bill will become a law. 

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Grooving on Guitar: An Interview with Bob Ferguson

Bob Ferguson, long-time host of WBOI's "Guitar Showcase", tuning up for a live station event at Headwaters Park.
Credit Dave West

Whether it's acoustic, electronic or bass, the guitar is one of the most popular instruments of the modern age.  And since 1987, April has been the official month in which to celebrate it.

When WBOI's Julia Meek wanted to explore the passion for the instrument, she found that she didn't need to look very far.

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Issues & Ales
5:27 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

WBOI Presents "Issues & Ales: Downtown Living"

(From left) Pone Vongphachanh, Win Moses and Lucy Cardenas joined WBOI's Sean Bueter on stage for "Issues & Ales" March 26th.
Credit Marvin Mikesell / WBOI

On March 26th, WBOI held the latest edition of its popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne.

The series, held a few times per year, aims to bring community leaders and residents together for a discussion of important issues in a relaxed environment over dinner and drinks. The audience is invited to submit questions, making the event interactive, entertaining, and informative.

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