The Difference
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education

Ron Lewis speaking at USF's Stand Against Racism.
Credit Ron Lewis

By now, it should be no surprise to listeners of The Difference that young African-American men are falling behind their peers in the classroom.

In everything from graduation rates to reading proficiency to disciplinary action, the achievement gap between black boys and their classmates is wide.

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News
4:21 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

FWCS Receives Grant to Reduce Bus Emissions

24 FWCS school buses will be retrofitted with diesel particle filters.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne residents will be able to breathe a little easier thanks to new emissions  filters being installed on older Fort Wayne Community School buses. The announcement was made Tuesday.

New school buses come equipped with systems that minimize pollution. The program Diesel Wise Indiana awarded Fort Wayne Community Schools over  $300,000 in grant money to retrofit older buses with filters to reduce  their pollution by around 90 percent. 

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Politics & Government
1:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Pence Says Minott Departure a "Change in Direction"

Indiana FSSA Secretary Debra Minott said Monday she would be leaving her position in one to two months.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is offering little explanation about the pending departure of Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott, saying only that he wants a “change in direction.”

In a statement released Monday, Minott said she would be transitioning out of her role within a month or two and would work with Governor Pence to ensure that transition is orderly. 

In a separate statement, Pence simply thanked Minott for her service, while his office cited a desire to change direction at the agency as the reason for the move.  A day later, Pence was saying the same thing.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Indiana Preps HIP 2.0 Ahead of Federal Approval

FSSA Secretary Debra Minott says her agency is moving forward with HIP 2.0 preparations on the assumption the feds will approve the plan.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration is preparing for implementation of HIP 2.0, its healthcare expansion plan, even though federal approval of the program could still be months away.

Only Hoosiers earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level – about $24,000 for a family of four – are eligible for the current Healthy Indiana Plan.  That leaves more than 300,000 people without affordable health insurance coverage.  HIP 2.0 would expand that up to 138 percent of the poverty level – about $33,000 per year. 

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Education
4:45 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pence Does Not Support Plan to Freeze A-F Grades for Schools

After announcing Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring  that matches the state’s new standards, state superintendent Glenda Ritz suggested the state  should suspend A-F grades for schools because most students will perform poorly on the new  test.  

Governor Mike Pence says he will not  support that plan. 

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News
4:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

No More Summer Utility Assistance for Low Income Hoosiers

Indiana won’t provide low-income families with financial help when dealing with summer cooling needs.  

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority traditionally provides $50 benefits to utility companies to help low-income households deal with high energy bills as they try to keep cool  during the summer months.

Those Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, benefits  won’t be offered this summer because the state ran out of money – it’s already spent nearly $50 million this fiscal year for winter heating assistance.

Politics & Government
3:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments

Ind. Sen. David Long addresses a meeting of The Mount Vernon Assembly, which met in Indianapolis this month.
Credit Andrew Downs / for WBOI News

A group of state legislators from around the United States met June 12th and 13th at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss an idea that's never been tested: a convention of the states aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution.

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Health & Science
2:00 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Episode 154 - Orchids

Politics & Government
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henry Vetoes Collective Bargaining Proposal

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a city council proposal Friday that would strip some city employees of their collective bargaining rights.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry officially vetoed the Fort Wayne City Council’s decision to end collective bargaining rights for non-public safety union workers Friday.

This is only the second veto Henry has issued as mayor. The democrat has strongly advocated against the collective bargaining measure since it was introduced.

The vote to eliminate collective bargaining ran along party lines - Henry says the measure is a step backwards, and suspects political motives by the some council members.  

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Interview: Author Bill Levy on Director John Ford's Acting Company

Bill Levy says legendary film director John Ford had an extraordinary ability to make actors shine on screen.
Credit Courtesy / Bill Levy

Historian, author, and entertainer Bill Levy will tell you that his driving force is "a need to share," especially when it comes to his deep knowledge of cinema's past.  

And that's what Levy does in his new book, Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company, chronicling the career of the legendary director and his troupe of regular players.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Levy to the Madge Rothschild Studios recently to share a bit of his passion for the silver screen.

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