Station News
5:08 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Former NIPR Host Doug Gruber Dies at 77

WBOI's former host and jazz coordinator, Doug Gruber, died Wednesday after a long battle with illness. As a volunteer, Gruber helped shape the sound of NIPR for nearly two decades.
Credit File / Northeast Indiana Public Radio

Former WBOI host and longtime station volunteer Doug Gruber died Wednesday at the age of 77 after battling complications from several illnesses.

Gruber's distinctive voice helped shape the organization’s musical footprint and overall sound for nearly two decades.

He started as a classical music host for WBNI, but his passion for the likes of Dave Brubeck and others eventually led him to become WBOI’s jazz coordinator and host of the Saturday program “All That Jazz.”

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6:24 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Pre-K Bill Sent to Study Committee

A pilot program aimed at providing pre-kindergarten educational opportunities for low-income Hoosier  kids was stripped out of a bill in a Senate committee Wednesday. The program – a major initiative of Governor Mike Pence – was replaced with a  mandated study of the issue.

Proposed legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House created a framework for a preschool pilot  program. It would have served about a thousand four-year-olds in five counties, with funding to kick  in next year.

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Opinion - Health
3:58 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

The Hidden Costs of Health Care

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.

Westchester Medical Center recently had to reverse positions. Their decision to refuse all insurance plans available on the New York Health Insurance Exchange was met with moral outrage. As a result, they now accept one of the seven plans available.

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Politics & Government
12:57 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate Scales Back Drug Testing Bill

Indiana Sen. Michael Young and Rep. Jud McMillin testify before a Senate committee Wednesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A Senate committee Wednesday dramatically scaled back the scope of a bill creating a drug testing program for welfare recipients.

Brookville Republican Representative Jud McMillin’s bill originally required all welfare recipients to take a written pre-screening test meant to determine a likelihood of addiction.  Recipients who showed that likelihood were then eligible to be randomly drug-tested – with their welfare benefits potentially at risk after several failed tests. 

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Politics & Government
1:35 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Senate Passes Amended Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis.

The proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage known as HJR-3 survived the 2014 session but not unscathed, losing its controversial second sentence.  And it won’t be on the ballot this fall.

HJR-3’s second sentence, which banned civil unions, was removed by the House because of concerns it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits.  The Senate opted against reinserting it.  And the Senate ended debate on the issue this year Monday, passing HJR-3 32 to 17. 

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

When You Say It With Flowers, What Are You Saying?

Beautiful bouquets are everywhere this time of year, and there's a hidden language in every stem.
Courtesy Laura Stine

This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance you (or your special someone) will express your feelings through flowers. They've become so important to the holiday--for retailers and lovers alike--that a mild media panic ensued after some florists reported they might not get their Valentine bouquets out in time.

But when you express yourself with flowers, do you know what you're actually saying?

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5:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

HJR-3 Passes Without Second Sentence

Opponents of HJR-3 are celebrating what they call a huge victory after the Senate Thursday failed to  reinsert the measure’s controversial second sentence.

HJR-3 is the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. HJR-3’s second sentence, which banned civil unions, was removed by the House after concerns it would  prohibit domestic partnership benefits.

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Politics & Government
9:15 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Henry Delivers 2014 State of the City Address

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his annual State of the City address to a packed room of mostly municipal employees at the Grand Wayne Center Wednesday.

Henry used the forum to highlight some of his administration's victories in 2013 and announce new plans for this year.

His speech touched on everything from business growth to infrastructure improvements to the $71 million Ash Brokerage project coming to Downtown Fort Wayne.

Henry also acknowledged there's work to be done, especially in containing the violent crime Fort Wayne experienced in 2013.

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4:39 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Bill Would Allow Alcohol Sales at State Fair

Indiana State Fair officials say allowing alcohol sales at the annual Fair gives customers what they want,  helps the Fair broaden its agricultural showcase and could generate more revenue. 

Alcohol is sold at the State Fairgrounds 348 days out of the year – with the only exception being during  the State Fair itself, which has been dry since 1946. Legislation proposed by Indianapolis Republican  Senator Jim Merritt –who’s a member of the State Fair Commission – would repeal that prohibition.

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6:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Young Proponents of Same Sex Marriage Ban Arrive at Statehouse

Members of the group Young Hoosiers for Marriage speaking at the Statehouse.
Credit Brandon Smith

Supporters of HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, are beginning  to show up in large numbers at the Statehouse as the debate over the measure continues in the Senate.  

The House passed HJR-3 two weeks ago after removing the measure’s second sentence, which would  ban civil unions. Monday, it passed a Senate committee.

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