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Politics & Government
3:38 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Freedom Indiana Comes Out Against Proposed Religious Freedom Amendment

The organization behind last year’s successful fight against Indiana’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage is back at the Statehouse this year.  The group’s target is a bill that allows people to use religious reasons to challenge state and local laws.

Some of the group that made up last year’s Freedom Indiana coalition, including manufacturer Cummins, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the ACLU, have already spoken out against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Balance in Physics

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains the physics of how an object can be balanced.  What are the forces acting on it, and what would stop it from toppling over? 

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Upcoming Events
7:00 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Meet the Music LIVE Broadcast - This Thursday!

On Thursday, February 26th you’re invited to join Julia Meek and her live-show co-host, Rob Martinez at C2G Music Hall for a special LIVE Meet the Music broadcast.

This is a free concert and all ages are welcome! It's your chance to see how it’s done, meet the WBOI staff, and enjoy the fine acoustics and hospitality of this welcoming venue.

On the Playbill:

Rum Jones: Heavenly harmonies from Kris Lahey, Monica Hadsall & Stacey Patalita

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Pence Push for Sales Tax Exemption Falls Flat

Gov. Mike Pence says he's still hoping lawmakers will consider some of his sales tax exemptions, some of which are considered too drastic by legislators of both parties.
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Governor Mike Pence says he still hopes to alter a major sales tax exemption for Hoosier businesses after House lawmakers stripped out a change to the exemption from the governor’s tax legislation.

One of the biggest pieces of Governor Pence’s tax simplification bill was the elimination of what’s called the “double direct” test for determining business sales tax exemptions.  The double direct test is a very specific metric for determining what items are exempt from the sales tax. 

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ninety Years Young: An Interview with Fort Wayne Artists Betty Fishman & Sue McCullough

Fort Wayne artists Sue McCullough and Betty Fishman enjoying the opening reception for their "90 Years Young" Exhibit at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke.
Credit Courtesy/Crestwoods Gallery

Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."

The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.

Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.

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Education
5:36 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

State Issues New Guidance on Shorter ISTEP+ Test

After news that this year’s ISTEP+ would take students twelve hours to complete, the Department of Education adopted a plan Thursday to shorten the test.

The DOE decided to split the open-ended portion of the test, which begins next week, into two forms. They say that will shave three hours off the original twelve-hour test.

Around 30 percent of the current test consists of pilot questions that don’t count toward a student’s score – those are the questions the DOE split between the two forms.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Bill Barring Abortion for Fetal Gender, Disability Draws Fire

Indiana Sen. Liz Brown authored a bill barring women from having abortions due to issues with gender or genetic disabilities in the fetus.
Credit Courtesy / Liz Brown

Opponents of a bill barring women from having abortions because of the child’s gender or disability say it will restrict a woman’s right to choose.

The proposed legislation, authored by Fort Wayne Republican Senator Liz Brown, prohibits abortions done because of the child’s gender or if they have a genetic disability such as Down syndrome. 

Supporters say the measure helps women know they have options beyond abortion and that a child being diagnosed with a disability is not a death sentence. 

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Gaming Amendments Lower Casino Taxes, Change Local Agreements

Possible changes to gaming legislation in the General Assembly could mean financial losses for communities hosting Indiana casinos.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Local communities with casinos could face significant financial losses under changes made Thursday in the House Ways and Means Committee to gaming industry legislation.

Communities where casinos are located currently get four pots of money because of those facilities: dollars from the admittance tax and the wagering tax, money from the state to supplement previous losses in the admittance tax, and money from what are called local development agreements, or LDAs -- essentially, side contracts with the casinos themselves. 

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Opinion - Health
3:29 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Two Key Distinctions for Understanding the Value of Vaccinations

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

It’s a surprising thing that Mississippi and West Virginia are the two states with the highest vaccination rates. Less surprising: this fact is attributed to a simple policy—these states do not allow religious or personal exemptions from the policies requiring vaccinations.

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Arts & Culture
1:45 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Drawing the Laughs: An Interview with Fort Wayne Cartoonist Steve Smeltzer

Fort Wayne cartoonist Steve Smeltzer says he actually thinks in cartoons, and naturally relates to life in a fun way.
Credit Courtesy / Steve Smeltzer

Cartooning is a tricky medium, and with fewer and fewer print outlets running daily strips, it’s a competitive one as well.

But for those with talent, drive, and a good sense of humor, cartooning can provide an outlet for comedy unlike any other.

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