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Joe Hren

WBOI Weekend News Roundup 03/17/18

This Weekend News Roundup focuses on highlights of the Indiana General Assembly Session, which came to a chaotic close this week. We cover what bills passed, what didn't and several last minute bills that passed before the session's midnight deadline. Then we move into a special feature covering #NationalWalkoutDay and how Indiana students participated. Thanks to the WBOI News Team and the network of Indiana Public Broadcasting reporters, people from eight schools in a 215 mi radius were able...

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Arts and Culture


Jesters Set To Wow Audiences With Fortieth Annual Performance

The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis is a performing arts group of individuals with disabilities, ages 8 through seniors.

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State News

Statehouse Update: What Passed, What Failed

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.

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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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  Legislative leaders say no decisions have been made on whether lawmakers will advance gun regulation measures before session ends.


Rokita Declines IDC Debate

Mar 12, 2018

Congressman Todd Rokita won’t participate in a GOP primary debate organized by the nonpartisan Indiana Debate Commission.

The commission announced Friday the televised debate will take place April 30 between Congressman Luke Messer and former state representative Mike Braun.

Rokita, the third person vying to challenge Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly this fall, declined the invitation.

Rokita is the first candidate to skip one of the commission’s debates in its 10-year history.

Domestic Violence Report Details Obstacles For Victims

Mar 12, 2018


In Indiana, 42 percent of women say they have experienced some form of violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. New data captures some of the challenges of prosecuting domestic violence cases.


The report from the Domestic Violence Network focuses on cases filed in Marion County. Executive director Kelly McBride says the data assessment is valuable.


Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Inglefield) says his chamber wants to minimize labeling and testing requirements for CBD manufacturers. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)Credit Lauren Chapman/IPB NewsEdit | Remove

  State lawmakers are arguing over labeling and testing requirements for cannabidiol, or CBD, manufacturers in the final days of the 2018 session.

Indiana is one of eight states that have an increase of more than 25 percent in overdoses at emergency departments.Credit Photo courtesy of the Centers For Disease Control and PreventionEdit | Remove


New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Indiana has a significant increase in overdoses cases.


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Sorority Chapter Honors Local Women Leaders

Mar 9, 2018

In honor of Women’s History Month the local chapter Eta Upsilon Zeta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will host their sixth annual Women’s History Month Brunch. The event will take place on Saturday. 

The standardized test that will replace Indiana’s ISTEP will take students significantly less time to complete, according to estimates from the Indiana Department of Education.


Conspiracy theories have always been a part of our discourse. Just this past month, the students who survived the shooting in Parkland Florida have been under attack from conspiracy theorists. According to Dr. Joseph Uscinski, who recently gave a presentation at Manchester University, Conspiracy Theories are for Losers.

Indiana tax collections surpassed expectations in February for the third consecutive month – and only the third time this fiscal year.

Total tax collections were about $30 million better than expected last month. The positive month was spurred by individual income tax collections more than 30 percent better than projected. Sales taxes came in essentially right on target.


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