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6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Obama Launches Initiative To Provide Opportunities For Young Men of Color

President Obama announcing "My Brother's Keeper" at the White House.

President Obama Thursday announced a new initiative to provide opportunities for young men of color who are underachieving compared to their peers.

Obama is calling for collaboration from foundations, corporations, and community leaders to address the nationwide gap.

The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is aimed at helping black and latino boys stay in school and out of the criminal justice system - and to improve their access to higher education.

In an announcement Thursday, President Obama said that the nation has gotten used to the shocking statistics.

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Criminal Code Grant Plan Heads to Full Senate

Follow-up legislation to last year’s criminal code overhaul bill is headed to the Senate floor after a committee Thursday added potential funding help for local communities.

The purpose behind the state’s criminal code overhaul was in part to divert low-level offenders away from prison and into local community corrections programs.  But so far, the General Assembly hasn’t done much to provide those local programs more money. 

Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says, for now, the legislature can begin to address local needs by creating a grant program.

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Station News
10:40 am
Thu February 27, 2014

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pence Renews Call for Pre-K Pilot

Gov. Mike Pence appeared in an Indianapolis classroom Wednesday as he again called on legislators to create a pre-K pilot program during the 2014 session.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Surrounded by children at a pre-kindergarten program on the east side of Indianapolis Wednesday, Governor Pence emphasized the need for Indiana to begin providing preschool opportunities for low-income Hoosiers.  He says “the time is now” for the legislature to reinstate a pre-k pilot program.

The Senate Education Committee gutted a bill last week that would have provided vouchers for one thousand low-income children in five counties to attend preschool. They replaced it with a study committee on the issue. 

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Opinion - Politics
3:36 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Both Parties Can Agree on This

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

What is the role of government? 

Conservatives and liberals spend quite a bit of time arguing about this question.  Even when they agree on a role the government is supposed to play, they often will argue about how the government is supposed to play that role. 

While the ideological differences between the two parties can explain their varying perspectives on the role of government, the reality is that even those with the same ideology disagree on what they want government to do.  

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News
6:18 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Planned Parenthood Supports Changes to Abortion Legislation

Planned Parenthood says changes made to a bill regulating physicians who perform abortions alleviate  their concern about the legislation. 

Indiana law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital  or for those doctors to enter into agreements with a doctor who has admitting privileges.

Planned  Parenthood refers to these doctors as “backup physicians.” 

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News
6:45 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Environmental Rulemaking Bill Halted

The Senate Environmental Affairs chairman halted the progress of a bill aimed at handcuffing state  regulators from enacting environmental standards stricter than the federal government’s. 

Legislation authored by Warsaw Republican Representative David Wolkins would bar the Indiana  Department of Environmental Management from enacting standards more stringent than those created  by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Wolkins says he’s trying to ensure state regulators  seek legislative approval before creating stricter rules.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Senate Will Not Revive Pre-K Pilot Program

Indiana Democratic Senators Tim Lanane and John Broden failed to revive a preschool pilot program Monday that was previously eliminated in committee.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Senate Republicans Monday rejected an attempt to revive a preschool pilot program that had been eliminated in a Senate committee last week.

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation creating a pilot program that would provide vouchers for 1,000 low-income Hoosier children to attend preschool.  But the Senate Education Committee gutted the bill, replacing the pilot program with a study committee that will examine specific issues with pre-Kindergarten education. 

South Bend Democratic Senator John Broden wants to add the pilot program back into the bill.

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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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News
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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