Politics & Government
4:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pence Says Tax Conference is About Complexity, Not Revenue

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
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An Indiana Tax Conference held Tuesday focused on simplifying the state’s tax system.  Governor Mike Pence says a simpler code will be a big part of his legislative agenda next session.

Participants at the conference included Arthur Laffer, the principal architect of Reaganomics, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, and former Bush administration economic advisor Al Hubbard. 

Their message is uniform: Indiana’s tax code is too complex and must be simplified to create a better environment for economic growth. 

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Politics & Government
2:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Conference Aims to Open Discussion on Hoosier Tax Climate

Governor Mike Pence will convene a tax conference in Indianapolis this week that he says will bring together leading tax reform thinkers to focus on making Indiana’s tax climate more competitive.

The Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference will feature more than two hundred national and local tax experts in an effort to develop recommendations for the Pence administration and General Assembly. 

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News
2:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Hoosier Unemployment Rate Holds Steady in May

Indiana’s unemployment rate in May failed to drop for the first time in nine months, holding steady at 5.7 percent.

Indiana’s private sector added 4,800 jobs last month, yet the unemployment rate remained unchanged. 

The Department of Workforce Development says that’s because the state’s labor force increased, with about 2,000 unemployed Hoosiers actively resuming the job hunt.  The state’s unemployment rate remains more than half a percent below the national average.  And it’s dropped nearly two percent in just one year, with 4,600 jobs added since May 2013. 

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Health & Science
1:23 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Indiana Among the Nation's Worst Water Polluters

A report out Thursday claims Indiana is one of the worst water polluters in the nation.

The analysis from the group Environment America shows Indiana dumped more than 17 million pounds of pollutants into its waterways in 2012 – more tonnage than any other state. Fourteen million pounds – or about four-fifths of the pollution -- was released by just one place, the AK Steel Foundry in Rockport. But the report only uses self-reported government data which leaves out industries such as oil and gas, and agriculture.

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The Difference
5:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education

Ron Lewis is an instructor at several Fort Wayne institutions.
Credit Ron Lewis

As we heard in Wednesday's interview with Ron Lewis, significant challenges exist for young black men in the classroom, and many are hard to quantify. 

But those challenges don't end when those men get to college. 

Only about 15 percent of college students are black – and African-American students are less than half as likely as their white counterparts to complete their degree on time.

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Station News
5:33 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Longtime Public Radio Host and Advocate, Leah Tourkow, Dies at 91

Leah Tourkow spun jazz records for more than 60 years in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / WBOI Archives

Friends, family and fans from around the community are remembering a longtime radio veteran and a key member of the NIPR family, Leah Tourkow, who died this week at the age of 91.

Leah Tourkow spent more than 60 years on the airwaves, and spent much of that time as an ardent supporter and occasional savior of public radio in Fort Wayne.

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Opinion - Health
4:47 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

"Respecting Choices" in Northeast Indiana

Tyrion Lannister knows how he wants to die (click for animation).
Credit Courtesy / HBO

It’s an absurd question when you mull it over. It’s mildly rude, it’s unusual, and it’s disturbing to contemplate. It can be a threat or it can signal sympathy. So let me ask you: how would you like to die?

Even the sardonic Tyrion Lannister, from the epic and brutal Game of Thrones on HBO, wants familiar comfort (click the image to see what he has to say).

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Money
3:46 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Effort to Allow Cold Beer in Convenience Stores Falls Flat

Groups pushing Indiana to allow cold beer sales in convenience stores likely face a tough road in the state legislature.

A federal judge this week ruled against convenience store owners in their lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on cold beer sales by non-liquor stores. 

In a statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller noted that the proper place for debating the issue is the legislature

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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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