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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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News
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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News
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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Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Waterloo Rapper Kidd Dash Takes His Act on the Road

Rapper Caleb May--known to his fans as Kidd Dash--honed his craft growing up in Waterloo, Ind. May recently wrapped up his run on the Hype Nation Tour.
Credit Courtesy / Kidd Dash

Hip hop was born and grew up in denser urban areas: places like New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

But Caleb May developed his passion for the genre, honed his writing and flow, and acquired his own fan base growing up here in Northeast Indiana, in the town of Waterloo. 

Known as Kidd Dash, he caught the attention of H.Y.P.E. Magazine, and he and his team recently wrapped up their run as part of the Hype Nation Tour.

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Politics & Government
2:13 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Senate Committee Approves HJR-3

Supporters of HJR-3 rally at the statehouse Monday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A Senate committee Monday approved HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.  The debate surrounding the measure shifted during Monday’s hearing, focusing more on the restoration of the amendment’s controversial second sentence.

The House removed HJR-3’s second sentence, which bans civil unions, after concerns were raised it could prohibit domestic partnership benefits.  Proponents of the measure, including Governor Mike Pence, are calling on the Senate to reinsert that language. 

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Upcoming Events
12:47 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Meet the Music Broadcasts LIVE from C2G Music Hall Feb. 20

Join us for a LIVE broadcast of Meet theMusic, hosted by Julia Meek with Rob Martinez!

Featuring the music of Rick Barton, O’Sister, Brother, and InFLUX.

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 8PM

C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker Street Fort Wayne

Admission is FREE, and open to all ages. We hope to see you there!

And don't forget you can RSVP on Facebook

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The Difference
1:47 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Difference: Growing Up Without a Role Model, Now Ready to Be One

James Trimble and Dionee White after Dionee's basketball game - he plays for Washington Elementary.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Throughout 2014 WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling our project “The Difference.” 

In Fort Wayne, the number of potential roadblocks to academic and social development for some African-American boys is vast. Poverty, stereotyping, recidivism, cultural differences: each can have an impact on how a child learns and grows.

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The Difference
2:05 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Difference: How Mentors Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

Diontre Collins-Jones, high school freshman and member of My Brother's Keeper
Credit Virginia Alvino

All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We're calling the project "The Difference."

In Indiana, just 49 percent of black males graduate high school compared to 80 percent of their white peers. That number is improving, but it's still the seventh widest graduation gap in the country.

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The Difference
9:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Difference: For Recidivist Offenders, Jobs Can Break the Cycle

Johnny Braster of Fort Wayne says finding a good job is key in breaking the cycle of recidivism. Nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will go back to prison within three years.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne, and along the way, meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling the project “The Difference.”

According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will make it back into the prison system within just a few years. And for some, breaking that cycle can be nearly impossible without help.

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