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Restitution fund issues first check

Aug 27, 2012

Two years after its creation, Indiana’s Securities Restitution Fund – which provides relief for victims of investment scams – paid out its first check, and Secretary of State Connie Lawson says there should be more to come.

A major reason why it took two years for a single check to be issued from the fund is timing: to be eligible for relief, the scam must have taken place on or after July 1, 2010. That's the date the law creating the fund took effect.

Secretary Lawson says the time between the crime and when the victim gets relief can be lengthy.

Arts United introduces consolidated box office

Aug 24, 2012
Sean Bueter / WBOI

Five of Fort Wayne's arts organizations will soon share a single box office and a new online presence.

At a media event Friday morning, Arts United President Jim Sparrow announced the creation of the new ArtsTix Community Box Office.The system will allow patrons to buy tickets for the Fort Wayne Ballet, Philharmonic, Civic Theatre, Youtheare and Dance Collective at a single ticketing location. The initiative will also add online ticketing for those organizations.

Gregg unveils Hoosier product export plan

Aug 24, 2012

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Thursday unveiled an eight-point plan aimed at increasing the state’s total exports by 50% in five years.

Gregg applauded the work of Gov. Mitch Daniels in expanding Indiana’s global presence and says as governor, his policies would further that work. 

They include coordinating statewide export strategies, developing tax incentives for Hoosier businesses that export at least 75% of their products and creating an export innovation fund that would provide money to trade associations and private businesses.

Pence explains his college completion plan

Aug 23, 2012

Only 28 percent of Hoosier students pursuing a bachelor’s degree finish in four years.  That puts Indiana 40th in the nation in on-time completion rate.  GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says, “we know Indiana can do better.  But it will take shared commitment from the state, our colleges and universities and from students and families themselves to get the job done.”

Donnelly and Bayh hit the campaign trail together

Aug 22, 2012

Donnelly and Bayh will tour the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “main street tour” of Indiana.  Bayh thinks appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat saying, "Oh I think the Democratic base is squarely in Joe Donnelly’s camp and we need to build on that and reach out to independents and Republicans because not only is that the politically sensible thing to do, it’s the only way we’re going to make progress in Washington.”

Gubernatorial candidates talk policy at forum

Aug 22, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s three gubernatorial hopefuls discussed Indiana’s policy future during a forum at IUPUI Tuesday.  Led by former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the forum was not a direct debate between candidates, but a public conversation between Shepard and each hopeful, one at a time.

Brandon Smith prepared several reports on key issues addressed in those policy discussions.

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Pence reacts to Health Care Act

Aug 21, 2012

Governor Daniels requested input last month from all three gubernatorial candidates on two key decisions the state must make in the next few months regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  One is a choice between establishing a state- or federally-run health care exchange, a kind of marketplace for insurers and consumers.  The other is determining the state’s essential health benefits package, which sets a minimum level of coverage insurers must offer.  Pence says, with so much uncertainty surrounding the measure, he advises against setting up a state-run health care exchange. 

State conservation leaders explore major changes

Aug 21, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s soil and water conservation leaders are exploring significant changes to the funding and organization of the state’s conservation efforts.

The Conservation Beyond 2016 Task Force was created several months ago in response to what it says were concerns over drops in conservation district funding.  

Much of the money comes from counties.  But over the last four years, funding has stagnated or decreased in more than 40% of Hoosier counties. 

Financial Focus - Tuesday August 7, 2012

Aug 17, 2012

On today’s program, Susan and Sean explore the history and value of Fort Wayne’s sister city relationships, and they check in with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana to see how business education for young people has changed in the organization’s 60 year existence.

Officials from the Kroger grocery chain announced today the company will not reopen its North Anthony location in Fort Wayne, which was shut down due to major structural issues.

Earlier this year, several public officials lobbied to keep the store open, but the company ultimately deemed the problems beyond repair. The pharmacy adjacent to the North Anthony Scott's will also close.

In a statement, Kroger Central Division President Bob Moeder said employees at the North Anthony store were told Friday morning they could transfer to other locations.

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