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5:02 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Some Lawmakers Concerned Indiana Pension Privatization Delay is Too Short

Legislation passed this year required the Indiana Public Retirement System Board to delay privatizing a part of the public pension system.  But some lawmakers are concerned the delay isn’t long enough.

The INPRS Board voted last summer to privatize annuity savings accounts offered to public retirees in part because of what the board felt were unsustainable interest rates.  Under INPRS management, the accounts earned a fixed interest rate of seven and a half percent, while the rate would be considerably lower under private management, which uses market rates. 

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Arts & Culture
5:44 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring, Cultural Ties

In Japan, the cherry blossom has been the symbol for the cycle of life, death and rebirth for centuries, revered and celebrated annually as the herald of spring. 

In Fort Wayne, this celebration is embodied in our own Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, offering a taste of Japanese culture as well as a seasonal salute.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently invited Dorothy Kittaka and Toyoharu Tamura (also known as "Mr. T") into the Madge Rothschild studios to talk tradition and dive into the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival, which starts May 18th.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Pence Proposal Replaces Medicaid with HIP 2.0

The Pence Administration is seeking a waiver to replace Indiana’s Medicaid program with a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence says HIP 2.0 will feature three new options for uninsured Hoosiers.

Speaking at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis today, Governor Pence unveiled a new state-sponsored health care plan that would cover Hoosiers who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty limit.

Like the original Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP 2.0 asks individuals to pay into a health savings account. Those who do will be eligible for a new top tier plan called HIP PLUS.

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News
8:11 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Fort Wayne Unions Face Proposal to Cut Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of union workers attended Tuesday's city council meeting.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Collective bargaining would be completely eliminated for union workers in Fort Wayne under a proposal by members of the City’s council. The council approved the introduction of the proposal Tuesday.

Collective bargaining – it’s how groups of employees use representatives to negotiate things like wages and benefits.

Fort Wayne City Councilmen John Crawford and Russell Jehl propose to repeal collective bargaining rights for city utilities and other workers. Crawford also proposes to appeal the rights for public safety workers. 

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Education
2:05 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

State Board Set to Meet Over 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Troubles

The State Board of Education is convening Tuesday to discuss how it can hold on to its No Child Left Behind Waiver. The meeting comes after the U.S. Department of Education sent state superintendent Glenda Ritz a letter informing her the state’s waiver is at risk of being pulled.

During a formal review last summer, the U.S. Department of Education found Indiana was not meeting the requirements that exempt it from No Child Left Behind benchmarks.

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News
4:49 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ash Project Gets More Space, Higher Costs

An artist rendering of the Ash Brokerage project planned for downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy

The Ash Brokerage project set for Downtown Fort Wayne is getting bigger. And it's getting more expensive.

The news came Thursday as Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and the project developers announced the signing of the development agreements for the building. The site is expected to take up nearly a full city block bordered by Wayne, Harrison, Berry and Webster streets.

The building includes office space for Ash Brokerage, condominiums, first floor retail space and an underground city parking garage. 

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Opinion - Food
3:07 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Vietnamese Cuisine Shines In the Summit City

Banh Mi Barista's namesake dish, banh mi, is just one of Fort Wayne's fantastic array of Vietnamese food offerings, according to Amber Recker.
Amber Recker For WBOI News

I’ll never forget the first time I experienced Pho (pronounced “fuh,” like fun without the n), a traditional Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, spices, and meat. My husband and I had wandered into Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant located on South Calhoun, and asked the waitress for a recommendation. She directed us to the Pho section of the menu, and it changed our lives—I am not exaggerating.

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The Difference
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Interview: Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock on Black Male Achievement

Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock
Credit Geoff Paddock

From education to income, there’s a significant gap between black men and their peers in Fort Wayne- last year, the City was awarded a technical grant from the National League of Cities to address the disparity.

As a part of the initiative, the NLC held a conference in Oakland last month for the participating cities to learn about strategies for improving black male achievement.

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Politics & Government
2:24 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Locally-Focused Races Could Mean Lower Turnout at the Polls

There are no statewide races on the ballot in tomorrow’s primary. That hasn’t happened in Indiana in more than a decade, and could generate low voter turnout.

This is the first time since 2002 that there have been no statewide races on the primary ballot.  Only three statewide races will take place this fall – Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor – and candidates for those positions are decided at party conventions this summer. 

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says it’s difficult to get a sense of what turnout this election will be like.

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News
4:45 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Study Set to Focus on Sexual Assault in Indiana

The state is allocating $65,000 to fund a study aimed at understanding why Indiana has the second highest rate of sexual assault among teenage girls in the country.

Researchers at IUPUI’s Global Health Communication Center will conduct the study this summer.

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