Lead Stories

2:07 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Obamacare Year Two: What's New and What's Not

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This year's open enrollment period for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act started Saturday. From political tensions to technical glitches, last year's period certainly had its ups and downs. To find out more about sign-ups in Allen County this time around, WBOI's Sean Bueter asked reporter Virginia Alvino, who's been tracking the issue since the initial rollout last year. 

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Big Tax Cuts Won't Be on the 2015 Agenda

Indiana Senate president pro-tem, David Long.
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Legislative leaders say Hoosiers shouldn’t expect more big tax cuts or changes in the upcoming session. 

In the last 15 years, the General Assembly has enacted major cuts to property taxes, individual and corporate income taxes, financial institutions taxes, business personal property taxes, and eliminated the inheritance tax. 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, echoing the comments of all four legislative caucus leaders, says it’s time to take a breath.

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5:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Healthy Indiana Plan Renewed

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Governor Mike Pence announced Monday that the current version of the Healthy Indiana Plan will live  on for another year. The state still awaits word  on its proposed healthcare expansion plan known as HIP 2.0.

The Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low income Hoosiers, serves about  60,000 people. The federal government renewed HIP for another year late last week. 

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Zoo News
2:13 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

For Zookeepers, Orangutan Birth is About Awareness, Conservation

Tara in August in the orangutan exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
Credit Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Fort Wayne is expecting a hairy new addition to arrive by December. One of the Sumatran Orangutans at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is expecting.

A tremendous amount of planning and work goes into the captive breeding of the critically endangered species, and preparing the orangutan to be a mom.

The Indonesian rainforest – one of earth’s most biologically diverse landscapes – humid home to the rare Komodo dragon, pythons, and the endangered Sumatran orangutan.

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12:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Indiana Native Killed By ISIS Died Helping Those in Need

Peter Kassig, who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig, was confirmed Sunday to have been killed by ISIS militants. Kassig is the group's third American victim.
Credit Kassig Family

The U.S. government confirmed the authenticity of a video released Sunday showing the murder of 26-year-old Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Christopher Ayers reports, Kassig felt compelled to serve others, regardless of the risk.

When Peter Kassig graduated from North Central High School in 2006 he enlisted as an Army Ranger, briefly serving in Iraq.

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Health & Science
2:59 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Weekly Experiment - Potential Energy

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about potential energy.  

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

USF's School of Creative Arts Readies for Musical Battle

USF's Rachelle Reinking and Mark Everetts are reaching out to area high school and college-age musicians, with a brand new competition.
Credit Courtesy/Mark Everetts

The Battle of the Bands concept got its start in the 1960s, and remains a staple of vibrant music scenes around the world.

This month, the University of Saint Francis its own twist on the competition.

What makes the university's event unique is the age limit: competitors must be 21 years old or younger to enter.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with USF Studio Manager Mark Everetts and Music Technology Club President Rachelle Reinking to find out more about the event.

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12:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Could Go Smoother This Year

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 The open enrollment period for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act  starts Saturday. 

Not a lot has changed since the insurance marketplace’s first open-enrollment  period. All health plans must still offer the same essential benefits – prescriptions,  maternity care, hospitalization. 

In Allen County however there are more than double the available insurance  providers offering plans. The sign-up process itself may see the biggest change this time around. 

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12:27 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Program Incentivizes Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking

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Indiana is trying to reduce infant deaths by offering financial incentives to help pregnant women stop  smoking. The efforts are to lower the state’s infant  mortality rate, which one of the worst in the country.

Indiana’s infant mortality rate fell below seven deaths per 1,000 infants in 2012 for only the second time in the state’s history, and internal state Department of Health data shows it rising back above that rate last year.

Department of Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says addressing the  problem is complex.

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Issues & Ales
6:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

WBOI Presents "Issues & Ales: Impact of the Arts"

WBOI's Issues & Ales arts panel included (from left) Virginia Alvino, Charles Shepard, Dan Swartz and Jennifer Ford.
Credit Peter Dominowski / for WBOI News

On Oct. 29th, WBOI held its third installment of our popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne.

While the first hour focused on Allen County's single county executive amendment, the second took a look at the economic and cultural impact of the region's arts community.

It was a lively conversation that took a shot at a lot of big questions facing the arts scene, and looked both inward at the community's own motivations and outward at where Fort Wayne fits in the national and global arts scene.

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