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5:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gay Marriage Ban Gets Its First Hearing at the Statehouse

The Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis.

People on both sides of the debate over Indiana’s proposed same sex marriage ban amendment spoke passionately for hours in front of a packed House chamber Monday, as the amendment made its first legislative stop in a House committee.

The House Judiciary Committee audience was a sea of red – that’s the color opponents of the marriage amendment known as HJR-3 chose to wear.  Those who testified before the committee in opposition to the amendment were from a diverse background – there were leaders from Indiana’s business and faith communities, legal experts and average citizens. 

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5:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Mayor Henry Proposes $3 Million Investment in USF Downtown Campus

The former Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Fort Wayne
Credit University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced a proposal today to help renovate the University of Saint Francis’ downtown campus. The proposal would be paid for with the City’s Legacy Funds. 

Henry says Fort Wayne is a center of education, and the city should capitalize on that benefit. He says "a lot of people don't realize that we have truly a college town. We have over 30,000 college students in this city."

USF plans to further renovate the Scottish Rite Facility on Berry Street, which is now their Performing Arts Center.  

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Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Listen to Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras Read Selected Works

Indiana State Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.
Credit Courtesy / George Kalamaras

This week, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor George Kalamaras would become the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently spoke to Kalamaras about his work, the state of the poetry, and why the art of verse can be so intimidating. If you haven't heard it, it's a great conversation, and can be found here.

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11:08 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Healthy Indiana Plan Clears Its Waiting List

The Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, has added all the applicants from its waiting list to the program for 2014. But that list was dramatically shorter than in previous years. 

Last year, more than 50 thousand Hoosiers were on the waiting list for the Healthy Indiana Plan. When the federal government approved the program’s renewal for 2014, it changed the scope of the program, forcing the state to lower the income eligibility ceiling.

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6:17 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Indiana Could Allow Microbreweries to Sell Beer At Farmer's Markets

The Indiana legislature is considering a bill that would allow microbreweries to sell beer at Indiana farmer’s markets. The bill proposes that Indiana microbreweries would be able to sell beer for off-site consumption at local farmer’s markets.

Under the bill, tastings would not be allowed. Republican State Senator Ron Alting of Lafayette who authored the bill says that’s because the legislature wants to maintain farmer’s markets as family-friendly environments.  

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Bill Aims to Clarify Gay Marriage Ban; Legislators Disagee On Its Meaning

Indiana Senate President Pro-Tem David Long at the statehouse Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Republican legislative leaders say a companion bill to the state’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage is meant to ease concerns some have expressed over the potential effect of the amendment. 

But GOP leaders still can’t agree on what the amendment or companion bill will do.

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3:56 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Richard Inskeep, Former Journal Gazette Publisher, Dies at 89

A longtime Indiana publisher who fought for public access to government and helped ensure that Fort Wayne would remain a two-newspaper city has died.

Former Journal Gazette publisher Richard Inskeep died Wednesday at 89.

Inskeep joined the newspaper in 1949 and worked in nearly every department over the next 48 years. He became vice president of Fort Wayne Newspapers in 1969 and served as the newspaper's publisher from 1973 until 1997.

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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Bosma Unveils 2014 Agenda, Targets Business Tax

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma unveiled the 2014 House GOP agenda Wednesday at the statehouse.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma Wednesday proposed what he calls the “smart way” to reduce Indiana’s business personal property tax.  But the plan wouldn’t completely eliminate the tax.

Governor Mike Pence made elimination of the business personal property tax the cornerstone of his 2014 legislative agenda.  He stopped short, however, of identifying a specific way to get rid of the levy on business equipment that brings in a billion dollars a year to local governments. 

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Interview: Indiana's New Poet Laureate On Expression and Connection Through Verse

IPFW professor and Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.
Credit Courtesy / George Kalamaras

The Indiana State Poet Laureate has existed unofficially since 1929, when Emory Aaron Richardson became the first by motion of the Indiana General Assembly.

The position was finally made official in 2005, with poet laureates serving two-year terms as ambassadors for poetry education and outreach across the state.

On Monday, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor, George Kalamaras, would take over the position in 2014.

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2:26 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Some Counties Downgrade Travel Warnings, But Hazards Remain

Several counties in Northeast Indiana downgraded their travel advisories Tuesday, but roads remain hazardous.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Despite another day of subzero temperatures and bitingly cold wind chill readings reaching between -20 and -40 degrees, several Northeast Indiana counties have downgraded their travel advisories from "warning" to "watch." 

As of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Noble, and Steuben counties had downgraded their county travel statuses to watches, indicating roads were still potentially hazardous, but safe enough for essential travel needs, like getting to and from work.

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