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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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Attributing it to the tax changes made by congressional Republicans late last year, Walmart handed out bonuses to employees across the country Thursday.

Two bonuses were given out: one being a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 and the other a quarterly bonus based on the store’s sales performance where the employee is located.

Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield says it’s a day for celebration for all employees.

Indiana Up One Spot In Women And Children Report

Mar 8, 2018

A new look at health rankings for women and children finds Indiana inched up a spot from 36th to 35th out of 50 states.

In one area, Indiana still struggles.  Maternal mortality in Indiana ranks 46th and the state’s infant mortality rate is 42nd.

The annual Health of Women and Children Report from United Health Foundation reflects numbers from 2016. Senior advisor Deenen Vojta says the data shows challenges that women in Indiana face.

Rachelle Reinking

At a press conference today, Mayor Tom Henry and other city officials proposed the creation of a Public Art Program and Public Art Commission.

A City ordinance will be introduced this Tuesday, calling for the creation of the Public Art Program, which would promote and integrate public art throughout the city.

The program would be overseen by a thirteen-member volunteer commission made up of appointments from arts organizations and arts schools, as well as the Fort Wayne City Council and the Mayor's Office.

Jake Harper/Side Effects


The Indiana Senate has passed a bill requiring more complete reporting of overdose data from county coroners.

Expanded Feticide Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Mar 8, 2018
Brandon Smith/IPB News

Legislation headed to the governor would allow prosecutors to seek a murder charge against someone who attacks a woman and causes the death of her fetus.



Current law allows such charges if the fetus is viable. The legislation eliminates the need for viability.


READ MORE: Senate Committee Approves Bill To Expand Feticide Law

Louis Arevalo holds his Truvada pills at his home in Los Angeles, California on July 17, 2015. The drug Truvada, used to halt HIV infection, has been shown to be over 90 percent effective when used correctly.
Heidi de Marco / Kaiser Health News

An analysis released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides further links between syringe services programs and preventing HIV. 

Ruth Yaro

Welcome to the February News Roundup on 89.1 WBOI. The WBOI news team takes a look at some of the biggest stories from February. There's been many responses to gun violence ever since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Hoosiers can now buy alcohol on Sundays, USF's Marble Lounge Records signed Rosalind & The Way, and Conspiracy Theories are for Losers.

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Part One


Following the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead, the national dialogue has stayed centered on guns. With many suggestions on how to combat gun violence from all ends of the spectrum, an Indiana law has earned national attention as a possible solution.


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

School Funding Measure Nears Finish Line

Mar 7, 2018

As lawmakers close in on the end of the legislative session, they’re working to finalize a bill that would address the state’s school funding gap. The school funding shortfall for this fiscal year is estimated at more than $22 million.

The bill to address that shortfall would make up to $25 million from the state’s reserve funds available to bridge the gap.


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