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1:48 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Abortion drug bill moves to the House floor

State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica), sponsor of a bill regulating the administration of RU-486 at Indiana abortion clinics. The bill passed out of committee Wednesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A bill regulating abortion-inducing drugs administered at Indiana abortion clinics will advance to the House floor after passage in committee Wednesday.

When the bill passed the Senate, it required women receiving the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to taking the drug.  Changes in the House committee Wednesday would require the ultrasound to be offered but allow women to turn it down. 

The bill now only forces changes at one Indiana location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette. 

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Politics & Government
2:17 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Optimism despite hurdles around criminal code overhaul

Bedford Republican Senator Brent Steele says he remains confident the legislature will pass a bill overhauling the state’s criminal code, despite Governor Mike Pence voicing concerns about the measure’s impact.

Gov. Pence’s main issue with the bill is its reduction of penalties for low-level drug offenders.  Those behind the criminal code reform effort want to focus more on rehabilitation.  But Pence says the state must remain tough on drugs and work to reduce crime, not penalties. 

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News
11:52 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Despite violence, Henry says Fort Wayne is safe

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Police Chief Rusty York spoke to the media Thursday about the recent rash of shootings in the city.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI-FM

After a violent week in Fort Wayne, Mayor Tom Henry and Police Chief Rusty York want residents to know the city is safe.

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Politics & Government
4:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Pence proposes income tax cut to mayors during statehouse visit

Mike Pence

Governor Mike Pence pitched his income tax cut proposal to mayors and local government leaders who visited the Statehouse Tuesday to promote their own priorities to the legislature. 

Governor Mike Pence’s proposed across-the-board 10 percent income tax cut hasn’t been backed by many in the General Assembly, even his fellow Republicans.  And its reception among the dozens of mayors and town leaders at the Statehouse Tuesday might also be described as lukewarm.  But Pence said his proposal will help more people than other tax cuts lawmakers are considering.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Hoosier job growth starts off strong in 2013

Indiana’s private sector started the year off strong in January, adding jobs for the 19th consecutive month. The state’s labor force saw its greatest single-month expansion in nearly 20 years.

While the state’s private sector added 8,200 jobs in January, the unemployment rate climbed to its highest level in nearly a year, at 8.6 %.  But the state Department of Workforce Development said the rise in the unemployment rate is due to a huge influx of people to the labor force, which is made up of both people with jobs and those actively looking for work. 

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Politics & Government
2:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Zoeller, Lanane look to boost consumer protection for seniors

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

State lawmakers say legislation moving through the General Assembly will strengthen Indiana’s consumer protection efforts of senior citizens.  Both legislators and the Attorney General say they’ve found a gap in the law they hope the bill will address.

Last year, the number of consumer complaints of financial exploitation received by Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office increased by more than 9% among Hoosiers age 55 and older.  And with the average age of Hoosiers on the rise, Zoeller says he’s expecting that number to continue to increase. 

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Politics & Government
2:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

General Assembly ready to make stage rules permanent

A year and a half after the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, state lawmakers are ready to enact permanent rules aimed at preventing future tragedies at outdoor events.

Last session, the General Assembly gave emergency rule-making power to the state Fire Marshal and Department of Homeland Security to develop temporary regulations for outdoor event and stage equipment. 

This session, the legislature is prepared to make those rules permanent. 

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News
4:32 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

University of Saint Francis president reacts to Wednesday's papal election

The man now known as Pope Francis is the first Jesuit elected to head the Roman Catholic Church.

But the name he chose as pope comes from another holy order: the Franciscans.

Sister Elise Kriss is president of the University of Saint Francis here in Fort Wayne. As you might expect, she's also Franciscan.

WBOI's Sean Bueter talked to Kriss about her reaction to Wednesday’s papal election, and the story behind the new pope’s namesake.

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6:37 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Legislation requiring drug testing for welfare recipients moves forward

Opponents of legislation that would demand some welfare recipients to be drug tested say the bill risks driving children deeper into poverty.  The measure cleared its first hurdle towards passage in the Senate Wednesday.

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Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Legislation promotes parental involvement in ‘Family Friendly’ schools

  State lawmakers want to help parents find out whether their child’s school is family friendly.  Legislation unanimously approved by a House committee Tuesday aims to increase parental involvement in education.

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