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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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Tim West

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.

A bill allowing legislative staffers to carry guns in the Statehouse took a step further as a House committee heard testimony on the measure.

The proposal expands the list of those allowed to carry inside the state’s capitol building – judges, police and legislators are already allowed to.

Opinion: Paul Ryan’s Problem with Medicare

Mar 15, 2017
Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

Several months ago I wrote that Paul Ryan, in his arguments against Obamacare, was showing his hand that he also wants to do away with Medicare. In the last week, he was trying to defend his recent health care proposal, which I’ll call Republicare, and provided more evidence for this view.

Huntington UTEC Employees Feel Forgotten

Mar 15, 2017
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Courtesy/Jenni Lobdell

Layoffs have now started at the United Technologies Electronic Control factory, or UTEC, in Huntington, Indiana. Although its parent company United Technologies announced more than a year ago that UTEC and its sister company Carrier would move to Mexico, the first round of layoffs just started last Friday, according to a company spokesperson.

A battle over the impact of a big hog farm on rural home values in Bartholomew County will go before the Indiana Board of Tax Review – but it will not lead to the broader regulatory changes some residents had hoped for.

On Tuesday, county officials denied individual property tax appeals from a group of neighbors who live near a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, in the town of Hope.

Senate Road Funding Testimony Echoes House Testimony

Mar 14, 2017

 

Members of the public – mostly lobbyists and trade organizations – testified before Senate lawmakers Tuesday on the comprehensive road funding bill.

And it echoed testimony in the House from earlier this session.

This week on The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central describes a biological pigment called melanin. What is it, how is it formed, and where is it found? 

Courtesy/Jim Pennell

Since 2003, the number of wineries in Indiana has more than quadrupled, and other Midwestern states boast even higher increases.

Riverfront Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne’s riverfront development project took another step forward Thursday, as the City’s Board of Park Commissioners closed on the final three properties needed to start ground work on Phase 1 of the project.

Lawmakers want to make it easier for domestic violence victims to keep their cell phones away from their abusers. A proposed bill would provide that option after a victim gets a restraining order.

Under current law, only the owner of a cell phone account may see the full account and make changes. Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Laura Berry says that creates real problems for domestic violence victims.

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