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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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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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Last week, WBOI's arts reporter, Julia Meek featured an update on the Clyde Theatre's development at the foot of the Broadway Corridor on Fort Wayne's south side.

Legislation unanimously approved by the Senate Health Committee Wednesday will require students at Indiana’s public colleges and universities to receive a meningitis immunization before attending.

Horse-Assisted Therapy Helps Recovering Addicts

Mar 8, 2017

A group of men from a recovery house in Indianapolis are benefitting from a type of addiction therapy they’ve never tried before. There are 11 therapy horses that are currently helping people at Agape Therapeutic Riding center in rural north central Indiana. The therapeutic benefits or working with animals is well documented in helping reduce stress but working with horses is different. Equine-assisted therapy for addiction addresses skill development like improving communication, patience, self-confidence and assertiveness.

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The House Republicans’ replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as Obamacare—would gradually phase out enrollment in Medicaid expansion programs such as Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan.

President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration does not apply to people on visas – but there’s another change to the visa program for skilled immigrant workers that could put a strain on foreign hires at Indiana universities.

The temporary change to the H-1B visa program would halt what’s called “premium processing,” which speeds up visa applications for foreign, highly skilled workers.

 

Indiana’s public college and university presidents made their case in a Senate budget hearing at the Statehouse for funding increases Tuesday.

Each university presentation to lawmakers generally goes the same way: the school president talks about what their school does well, how they’re improving, and then how much money they want.

In some cases, as with Indiana University’s President Michael McRobbie, the school president frets over the budget bill’s funding increases.

The second half of the legislative session begins this week, and the House and Senate have two very different bills to expand state funded pre-K.

Both bills passed out of their original chambers and are now being considered by the opposite chamber of the statehouse. Before the session, both Republicans and Democrats supported expanding the pilot program and allocating more money for preschool scholarships for low-income children.

Let’s take a look at these two pre-K proposals and where each bill stand now:

Adding Vouchers To The Pre-K Equation

 

Suicide remains the second-leading cause of death for Hoosier teens and young adults in 2014 and 2015, according to a just released report.

Among a majority of states, Indiana ranks second for high schoolers who made a suicide plan and third for those who have seriously considered suicide.

Indiana’s ports had one of their best years ever in 2016, moving nearly 11.3 million tons of cargo.

That included rising grain and coal exports, the kind that could see major changes under Trump administration trade reforms.

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