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4:31 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Indiana Leader Pushes for More High-paying Jobs

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says Indiana isn’t doing enough to ensure that jobs being created in  the state are high-paying ones. 

A recent study from the Indiana Institute for Working Families says Indiana has the highest percent  growth of what it calls “low-wage” jobs of any of its neighboring states. Low wage jobs are those whose  median annual salary is below the federal poverty level, about $23,000 a year for a family  of four. 

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Politics & Government
1:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Pence Vows to Fight New EPA Regulations

Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.  Eighty percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal power plants and Governor Pence says for a state so reliant on that source, the EPA’s proposal would be devastating for the Hoosier economy. 

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Politics & Government
2:18 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Treasurer Nomination Up for Grabs as GOP Convention Nears

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry.
Credit File / Tim Berry Campaign

Indiana Republican Party Chair Tim Berry says he hopes his party’s upcoming state convention will show Hoosiers that the GOP can come together and have fun.

There are three statewide positions up for election this fall – Secretary of State, Auditor and Treasurer. 

Democrats had already decided on their three nominees going into the state party convention, and Republicans have incumbents running for Secretary of State and Auditor – Connie Lawson and Suzanne Crouch.  But three candidates are vying for the GOP’s state Treasurer nomination in what’s expected to be a hotly-contested convention fight.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Heritage Trail - The First Lighted League Game

This week 131 years ago, League Park, known today as Headwaters Park, hosted the first professional evening baseball game under big league lights. WBOI’s Tom Castaldi from the Heritage Trail has that story. 

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Money
4:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Pence, Coats Look for Growth in Medical Device Industry

Indiana companies like Warsaw-based Zimmer manufacture 50 percent of the medical devices used worldwide.

Indiana leaders at both the federal and state level are exploring ways to encourage more growth in the state’s medical device industry.

Later this summer, the Indiana legislature will devote a study committee to investigating ways the state can help medical device manufacturers.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Dan Coats sat down with leaders from the industry in northern Indiana.  He says he came away with two avenues for helping the sector, including getting the Food and Drug Administration to ease some of the lengthy restrictions on approving new technology.

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News
1:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Joe Hospital CEO Looper Leaving for Texas

The CEO of Fort Wayne’s oldest hospital is stepping down.

Lutheran Health Network representatives has confirmed to WBOI News that Eric Looper, who has led Saint Joseph Hospital since 2010, has accepted a position in Texas to be closer to family.

He made the announcement Wednesday in an email to staff.

Looper is leaving to become a regional CEO for Baylor, Scott, and White – the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas.

Opinion - Politics
5:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Summer Committees Offer Legislative Insight

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The Indiana General Assembly meets in session until the end of April in odd-numbered years.  This is known as the long-session and is when the two-year budget is drafted and approved. 

In even-numbered years, the General Assembly meets in session until the middle of March.  This is known as the short-session.  You can see the archive of legislative activity and deadline information here

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Fort Wayne City Council Ends Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

Hundreds of union workers packed Citizen's Square Tuesday to protest measures that would remove collective bargaining for city employees.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Fort Wayne City Council voted Tuesday night to end collective bargaining for municipal employees who are not considered public safety workers.

There were three related measures up for consideration at Tuesday’s meeting, but only one was put up for a vote.

That bill removes the ability to collectively bargain from all city employees except police and firefighters. It passed along partisan lines while the other bills were permanently tabled.

Republican Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl proposed the measures earlier this month.

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Politics & Government
3:08 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Interviews: John Crawford and Tim Pape on Collective Bargaining

The Fort Wayne City Council meets again Tuesday to discuss and possibly vote on a series of proposals aimed at limiting collective bargaining for city employees.

Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl introduced the measures earlier this month, citing the high cost of both the collective bargaining process and union employee benefits.

The debate has been heated, and before the council convenes, both sides were given a chance to share their views with WBOI News.

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News
4:51 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Debate Continues Over Proposals to End Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of residents pack Citizen's Square for the council's hearing on collective bargaining.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The debate over proposals to eliminate collective bargaining for public unions in Fort Wayne continued at Tuesday’s city council meeting. 

Hundreds of residents – mostly union supporters – packed Citizen’s Square for the hearing.

Councilman John Crawford, who introduced the proposals, says that collective bargaining costs taxpayers too much, in both the expense of negotiations and workers’ wages, although he doesn’t know the exact amount the city could save if his proposals are approved.

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