Lead Stories

Ruth Yaro

Marble Lounge Records Making Tracks To First Album Release Date

Since the University of Saint Francis' student-run Marble Lounge Records named its 1st recording artist two weeks ago, music tech students, and Fort Wayne band, Rosalind & the Way are working at full speed and then some, to produce a full length album.

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Arts and Culture

Courtesy/Old Crown Brass Band

Old Crown Brass Band Toots Its Own Horn

Fort Wayne's Old Crown Brass Band , an all-volunteer group, modeled after traditional British brass bands, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this Sunday, with a concert at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center.

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State News

Lauren Chapman/IPB

Teacher Licensing Waivers Bill Met With Hesitation In The House

Lawmakers are giving mixed input on a bill about teacher licensing waivers, and members of a House committee shared concerns about the proposal during a meeting Thursday. Some educators say difficult licensing exams play a role in the state's teacher shortage, and Senate Bill 387 would let teachers with high grades in their prep courses waive the licensing exam if they try – and fail – the exam at least twice. It also requires that those teachers participate in a state mentorship and...

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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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Senate Education Committee Delays School Finance Bill Vote

Feb 16, 2018
Lauren Chapman/IPB

An Indiana Senate committee has decided to postpone voting on a controversial school financials bill because of its effect on Muncie and Gary schools. Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.

Last year, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) singled out Gary and Muncie schools for their financial debts, putting emergency management processes in place.

READ MORE: Can Gary Schools Be Saved By A State Takeover?

State Board of Education To Hear From Public

Feb 16, 2018
Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News

The State Board of Education will hear feedback on a recently approved school accountability proposal, during public hearings throughout Indiana, starting next week. Members approved a new school grading system plan proposal at their meeting in January. It met some pushback because it differs from the state’s federally approved education plan, and makes changes to the weight of student growth in school grades.

'Soft Skills' Bill Moves Forward In House

Feb 16, 2018
Lauren Chapman/IPB

Legislation to improve employability, or soft skills, for Hoosier students is another step closer to becoming law. Those include things like getting to work on time and working well with others.

 

House Committee Hears Testimony On Sex Education Bill

Feb 15, 2018

The House Education Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would require schools to make sex education instructional materials available to parents and require parents to opt-in to instruction.


A bill to open up the industrial hemp industry in Indiana passed a Senate panel, even as supporters face pushback from some skeptical lawmakers.

  Federal Judge Philip Simon denied East Chicago residents’ request to intervene in court proceedings concerning lead contamination in the Calumet neighborhood, formerly home to a public housing complex and an elementary school.

 

Simon’s ruling agrees with a prior magistrate judge’s opinion saying the request was made too late in the process.

 

Sean Bueter/WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry presented his annual State of the City address at the Grand Wayne Center Wednesday afternoon.

Lauren Chapman/IPB

 

  

Sunday alcohol carryout sales would become legal even earlier than expected under a legislative change made in a House committee Wednesday.

 

If passed, legislation to legalize Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 8 p.m. would have taken effect July 1, like most new laws. But Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), the bill’s sponsor, says he’d rather see it take effect as soon as the governor signs it into law.

 

Courtesy/MudLOVE

Nine years ago, Warsaw resident, Luke Wright took a dream to support clean water projects in Africa, mixed it with a simple, clay bracelet design, and his business, MudLOVE, was born.

YWCA of Northwest Indiana

This Valentine’s Day season domestic violence survivors were the guests of honor at this year’s HEART Gala hosted by the YWCA of Northwest Indiana. In order to protect the survivors’ safety no identifying information was used. 

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