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7:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dermody Could Have Big Impact On Hoosier Gaming

A new chairman in the Indiana House Public Policy committee is giving gaming industry officials hope for more success in the legislature.

Indiana’s gaming industry has been hit hard in the last few years, both by the recession and increased competition from neighboring states. 

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News
6:00 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Conflict Within The State Board Of Education May Delay Revising Education Standards

Superintendent Glenda Ritz has been at odds with the rest of the State Board of Education for months, and now some Board members say they’re worried the ongoing dispute will delay important work revising Indiana’s academic standards.

When state lawmakers paused rollout of the Common Core in the spring, they gave the State Board of Education a July 1, 2014, deadline to revisit Indiana’s academic standards.

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News
6:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Lawmakers Are Still Staying Out Of The Ritz Fight

Legislative leaders say they are reluctant for the General Assembly to intervene in the fight between State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education. That’s despite a flare-up this week in the ongoing conflict. 

Superintendent Ritz Wednesday accused Governor Pence’s new education agency of trying to oust her as chair of the State Board. The allegations came almost immediately after a mediation session between the State Board and Ritz that failed to yield many positive results.

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News
5:54 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Governor Pence Unveils His 2014 Legislative Agenda

Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence’s 2014 legislative agenda is full of proposals that would increase spending while curtailing state tax revenues heading into a non-budget session of the General Assembly. That agenda includes a phase-out of the state’s business personal property tax.

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Education
2:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power

Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says emails from Governor Pence’s new education agency reveal an attempt to oust her as State Board of Education Chair. But Pence administration officials say that attempt is going nowhere.

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News
3:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Listen Now: "Issues & Ales: Downtown Development"

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, who visited WBOI's "Issues & Ales" on Nov. 20th to talk about downtown development.

On November 20th, 89.1 WBOI held its first ever “Issues & Ales,” a live gathering at JK O’Donnell’s in Fort Wayne designed to get people talking about issues important to the community.

The event was an outstanding success as listeners and newsmakers packed the room for panel discussions, camaraderie, and great beer.

For those who weren’t able to attend the event, we’ll be posting audio from each segment in concert with WBOI Presents.

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Education
2:37 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Board of Education Moving Forward Despite Tension

Indiana State Board of Education Secretary Dan Elsener.

Members of Indiana’s Board of Education say they’re making progress on the state’s education goals despite ongoing tension between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the 10 other board members. The board met Tuesday to outline some of those goals.

Superintendent Ritz walked out of a state board meeting three weeks ago. Today’s session was much calmer as members talked about the goals they want to take to education stakeholders for review next year.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Wed November 27, 2013

JG's Dan Stockman On Cicadas, Love Stories, and "Brood X"

The cover for Dan Stockman's new book, "Brood X."
Credit Courtesy / Dan Stockman

Journalist Dan Stockman has been plying his trade for more than a decade here at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. And you’ve heard his voice regularly on WBOI, as well.

Now, he is entered the world of fiction, with his debut novel, "Brood X." He recently sat down with WBOI’s Julia Meek to talk about his writing. 

Dan Stockman will be signing copies and reading from 'Brood X', at its release party this Saturday, November 30th, 5-to-7 p.m., at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers on Wells Street in Fort Wayne.

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News
5:43 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fort Wayne Set To Reinstitute A Director Of Public Safety

Mayor Tom Henry nominated Rusty York as the Director of Public Safety on Tuesday.
Credit Virginia Alvino

The City of Fort Wayne may soon be getting a new Director of Public Safety. Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday that current Police Chief Rusty York is his for the new position. The job is being reinstated in part as a response to the near record number of murders the city’s seen this year.

Henry explains that York will oversee the both the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments. He’ll also aid collaboration between other public safety agencies, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and faith-based communities.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Hoosier Lawmakers Expect Pre-K Debate in 2014

Indiana Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville).

Indiana lawmakers say the issue of whether the state should expand publicly-funded preschool options will likely come up again in the upcoming session, but opponents remain concerned about how much a state-run pre-K program would cost.

Leaders of both political parties have expressed support for re-visiting the issue after a bid to create a $7 million preschool pilot program passed the Indiana House, but stalled in the Senate. 

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