For the second year in a row, Indiana third graders will have to pass a high stakes reading test or risk getting held back.

It’s a lot of pressure for 8 and 9 year olds, but for some struggling readers, the IREAD-3 is an even bigger source of anxiety.

That’s because the root cause of their difficulty is dyslexia, a learning disability. Most students with special needs can qualify for a good cause exemption that allows them to move onto fourth grade even if they don’t pass.

Lottery Commission delays decision

Sep 26, 2012

The State Lottery Commission’s decision whether to hire a private company to manage the lottery will wait another week.  A decision had been expected at the commission’s meeting Wednesday.

The Lottery Commission began exploring the possibility of hiring a private company to manage the lottery in May.  Two firms Scientific Games International and GTECH submitted proposals last month. 

The commission chose to delay a vote on the proposals until next week as it learns more about the business plans submitted by the two companies. 

Aung San Suu Kyi visits Fort Wayne

Sep 26, 2012

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratic opposition leader in Myanmar, also known as Burma, stopped in Fort Wayne Tuesday as part of her 17-day tour of the United States.

Hundreds of Burmese and non-Burmese alike lined up early Tuesday morning to get a good seat at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for the historic visit.

Suu Kyi talked for a little more than an hour about education reform in Burma, constitutional reform, and the need for patience as the country works toward democracy.

DCS still has improvements to make

Sep 24, 2012

Republican lawmakers will offer legislation next session aimed at solving problems with the Department of Child Services’ abuse report hotline.  

The DCS centralized hotline has been a chief focus of criticism in the last few months, leading to a legislative study committee’s investigation into DCS practices.  Complaints include long hold times on the hotline and a failure to respond to reports of abuse. 

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.