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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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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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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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Indiana To Investigate Lead In Public Schools' Water

Mar 1, 2017

The Indiana Finance Authority will offer free drinking water tests at all of the state’s public schools.

The program, which was launched last week, will allow interested school districts to apply to the authority for lead testing in water sources. Water sources may include drinking water fountains, ice machines, food-preparation sinks, and other fixtures that provide water for human consumption.

Senate Approves Scaled-Back E-Liquid Regulations

Mar 1, 2017

 

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to significantly scale back regulations on manufacturers of e-liquids, which are used for vaping.

Indiana’s existing vaping regulations created a de facto monopoly, forcing dozens of manufacturers to shut down or move, leaving only seven remaining companies. That prompted lawsuits and an FBI inquiry.

 

Senate lawmakers advanced legislation that allows police to collect DNA from anyone arrested for a felony. But there’s still disagreement over what happens to some of those DNA records.

Backers of the measure say DNA collection will help identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent.

Wednesday, March 1, is the deadline for residents of a lead-contaminated East Chicago, Indiana, housing complex to renew their federal housing vouchers.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, gave out the Section 8 vouchers late last year to help residents find new homes.

As of this month, HUD says 106 families still live in West Calumet Housing Complex, and 91 of those have not yet found a new place to live – including Keesha Daniels and her sons.

Indiana Pre-K Expansion Moves Forward At Statehouse

Feb 28, 2017

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to advance a proposal to expand state-funded preschool in Indiana.

In a 41-9 vote, state senators pushed ahead a two-year, $32 million proposal that would modestly expand state-funded preschool beginning July 2017.

“It is not universal pre-K, there are a finite number of potential 4-year-olds [covered],” says Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Blufton), who authored the bill.

 

The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday that supporters say give parents rights in abortions involving underage girls, while the measure’s detractors argue it’s unconstitutional.

Under current law, if a girl under 18 doesn’t want to get her parents’ consent for an abortion, she can go to court to seek what’s called judicial bypass. Legislation approved by the Senate requires at least one parent or guardian to be notified of that judicial hearing before it can proceed.

President Trump's joint address to Congress on Tuesday night is expected to strike an optimistic tone as he outlines how he plans to begin a "renewal of the American spirit" with his economic goals and priorities.

 

Senate lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation to legalize the use of baby boxes, but only in hospitals.

The boxes are meant to be a more anonymous way for someone to leave an unwanted newborn. The bill makes it legal to drop off a baby in a designated box in a hospital without facing child abandonment charges.

 

The Senate gutted a bill that deals with protesters who block traffic, sending the entire issue to a summer study committee.

The original bill required police to clear protesters who block traffic from roadways using “any means necessary.”

Net Metering Bill Passes Senate

Feb 27, 2017

Senate Bill 309, a controversial bill that alters Indiana’s net metering policy, passed the Senate 39-9 on Monday evening.

Net metering is a practice that allows people with solar panels, or other alternate energy generation sources, to sell excess energy back to utilities at the retail rate.

Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek), the bill’s author, says, despite some public confusion, the bill is actually good for the solar industry.

“It expands the ability of people to generate power for their own needs and to sell the excess back to the grid,” Hershman says.

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