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Politics & Government
5:44 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Advocates Push for Spending for State Retiree Benefits

Indiana Retired Teachers Association executive director Nancy Tolson says many retired state employees need the additional benefit lawmakers cut from the new budget.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Retired Teachers Association

Members of the public Friday got their last chance to weigh in on the budget bill this session.  Retiree advocates made a plea for more spending even as a gloomy new revenue forecast has lawmakers looking to cut money out of their budget proposals.

The so-called “13th check” is an additional yearly benefit for retired public employees and teachers.  The amount can range from $150-$450. 

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

New Fort Wayne Arts & Culture Magazine: A "Sneak Pique"

Mariah Knight and staff of "Pique: Fort Wayne Art & Culture" proudly display their premiere issue.
Credit Bambi Guthrie

Last year, University of Saint Francis student Mariah Knight created a mock arts magazine for her senior graphic design project.

But once graduated and employed in the print industry, she found that she couldn't resist doing one "for real" -- now Pique: Fort Wayne Art & Culture will be hitting the streets on April 25th.

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3:03 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

WBOI Presents: Reveal

In this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we'll be featuring an episode from the series Reveal. Reveal is produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.  This month's episode looks at law and disorder.

Opinion - Health
5:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Importance, and Limits, of Advanced Care Planning

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

As many of you may know, Diane Rehm recently agreed to limit her participation with Compassion and Choices. Her involvement with the group became more publicly known in February, but her dissatisfaction with our current end-of-life choices was catalyzed by her husband’s passing on June 23, 2014.

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Politics & Government
4:49 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Senate Votes to Repeal Common Construction Wage

Indiana Sen. Carlin Yoder authored the bill repealing the common construction wage, which passed in the Senate Wednesday.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana House Republicans

The Senate Wednesday narrowly approved a bill eliminating the state’s common construction wage.  Legislators spent more than three hours over the past two days debating the issue of repealing Indiana’s minimum wage for construction workers on public projects.

Opponents of the bill like Portage Democrat Karen Tallian note that the common wage helps support job training programs and ensures public projects are properly built by well-trained, highly paid workers.

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2015 Session
1:00 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

High-Fenced Hunting Preserve Bill Dies in Senate

Avon Republican Senator Pete Miller opposed the hunting bill.
Credit Indiana Senate Republicans

For the second year in a row, the Senate shot down a bill regulating Indiana’s high-fenced deer hunting preserves. 

The legality of the state’s high-fenced hunting facilities has been the subject of legislative debate and  court proceedings for a decade. This year’s legislation would have limited the industry to the four  existing preserves and imposed significant regulation. 

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2015 Session
12:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Bill Removing Ritz Moves Forward

A rally was held at the Statehouse in support of Ritz in February.
Credit Rachel Morello / State Impact Indiana

After passing through the Senate, the House Tuesday approve a bill that would remove state superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education.

In addition to removing the state superintendent as the board’s chair, Senate Bill 1 would add two more board members and change how members are appointed. 

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Arts & Culture
5:37 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

"Empower Her World" Event Making Global Fashion Statement

CWOW's Nicole Moore receiving embroidery tips from a member of India's Mata Traders Cooperative.
Credit Courtesy/Nicole Moore.

If you have an eye for fashion you might want to turn it toward a global celebration of style and culture happening right here in Fort Wayne this Wednesday evening.

Creative Women of the World is rolling out the red carpet in the Auer Center ArtsLab with Empower Her World 2015, and calling all fashionistas to join the party.

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Thousands Protest Construction Wage Repeal

Thousands of protesters rallied at the Indiana Statehouse Monday against the repeal of the Common Construction Wage law.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Thousands of construction workers gathered at the Statehouse Monday to loudly protest a bill eliminating the state’s common construction wage. It’s the latest in a battle over the future of the minimum wage in public projects.

More than 2,000 predominantly union workers and contractors filled the south lawn of the Statehouse, listening to industry leaders and lawmakers oppose a bill repealing the common wage law.

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Station News
12:02 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Pledge during WBOI's Spring Fund Drive and You Could Win an Apple Watch™

**This drawing has ended. A winner will be announced later this week.**

WBOI's Spring Fund Drive starts this Friday, April 17th.

Everyone who pledges a financial contribution between now and Monday, April 20 at 6:00pm will be entered into a drawing for a new Apple Watch™! No contribution is required to enter. See full details and contest rules here.

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