Aung San Suu Kyi comes to Fort Wayne

Sep 24, 2012

Fort Wayne is less than a day away from welcoming the leader of the Burmese democracy movement.

Signs welcoming Aung San Suu Kyi have been popping up throughout Fort Wayne, a city where many of her supporters relocated after fleeing political repression in their native country.  

Organizers expect at least 7,000 people to turn out at Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday to hear Suu Kyi speak in her native language. Her speech will be translated on video on PBS39 for those who don't speak Burmese. It will also be broadcast live, without translation, on WBOI.

Without action, farm programs to expire at month's end

Sep 24, 2012

Farm groups have expressed concern that key programs such as crop insurance and disaster relief are under threat when current provisions expire at the end of the month.

House leadership has been reluctant to call the bill for a vote, due to a deep political divide over cuts to the food stamp program, which accounts for 20% of the bill.

News Review- Monday September 24, 2012

Sep 24, 2012

Today we're talking about Fort Wayne's Burmese community on Midday Matters.

State urges safety during harvest

Sep 17, 2012

The state of Indiana is urging farmers to take special precautions during harvest season this year, as the drought has created some additional risks.

Daniels names Rush to Indiana Supreme Court

Sep 14, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge Loretta Rush is Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice – and the second woman to ever sit on the state’s high court.

Governor Mitch Daniels named Rush as his pick Friday.  Hamilton County judge Steven Nation and Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter were the other two finalists.  Many in the legal community urged the governor to name a woman to the bench.  

While Daniels says he wasn’t oblivious to those calls, quality was his first concern.

Panel meets to discuss stage collapse compensation

Sep 12, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A panel met Tuesday to discuss whether the state’s formula for compensating State Fair stage collapse victims was fair, and the results could serve as a guide for responding to future tragedies.

Hoosiers remember September 11th

Sep 11, 2012

On Tuesday, Indiana’s first responders who went to New York the day of the attacks eleven years ago, were honored in Indianapolis.  

Indiana’s Task Force One is a search and rescue team of emergency personnel and civilians who arrived at Ground Zero just sixteen hours after the World Trade Center towers fell.  George Callahan is a former firefighter and member of Task Force One.  He said it doesn’t take much to bring the memories to mind.

Saint Francis adds to its downtown presence

Sep 11, 2012
Sean Bueter / WBOI

The University of Saint Francis is adding to its presence in Downtown Fort Wayne.

University President Sister Elise Kriss announced Monday that USF will buy the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce building at 826 Ewing Street, adjacent to the city’s business district. Once renovations are finished, it will be the new home for the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

State wants boost for College Success Coalitions

Sep 10, 2012

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants College Success Coalitions in all 92 Hoosier counties.  Currently, 35 exist across Indiana.

Indiana has improvements to make to State Fair

Sep 6, 2012

Investigators examining last year’s State Fair stage collapse said Indiana has made significant progress in preventing future accidents. They also said the state still has work to do.

Representatives from Thornton Tomasetti and Witt and Associates, the two independent firms that conducted stage collapse investigations, reviewed their findings Wednesday before a legislative study committee.  They also gave brief evaluations of the temporary regulations the state has adopted since the stage collapse.