6:45 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Interview: NPR's David Greene on "Midnight in Siberia"

David Greene, host of NPR's Morning Edition and author of "Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia."
Credit David Gilkey / NPR

In a year full of major international news stories, it’s fair to say Russia has been among the biggest.

From the Sochi Olympic Games, to its annex of Crimea, to new confrontations with the West over Ukraine, Russia – and its longtime president, Vladimir Putin – has dominated the headlines in 2014.

But NPR's David Greene found inspiration in Russia’s smaller stories, in the villages and people along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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6:28 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

GOP Sets Next Session's Priorities, More Dollars to the Classrooms

Republican legislative leaders say education will be their top priority in the upcoming session, and they’re putting a special emphasis on driving dollars directly to the classroom.

When House Republicans unveiled their legislative agenda last month, increasing public education  funding was near the top of the list. During his address at the swearing in ceremony for House  members, Speaker Brian Bosma told lawmakers the GOP will support initiatives to ensure dollars are  spent in the classroom.

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6:21 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Number of Unauthorized Immigrants in Indiana Down

Indiana's undocumented immigrant population in 2012 was approximately 85,000.
Credit Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project

A new Pew Research study released Tuesday finds the number of unauthorized immigrants in Indiana fell between 2009 and 2012. The study comes a debate on the isssue between Congress and President Obama heats up.

Nationwide, the unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. plateaued after the Great Recession. But at the state level, the trends vary. 

While the unauthorized immigrant population increased in 7 states, it fell in 14 states others.

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2:07 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Obamacare Year Two: What's New and What's Not


This year's open enrollment period for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act started Saturday. From political tensions to technical glitches, last year's period certainly had its ups and downs. To find out more about sign-ups in Allen County this time around, WBOI's Sean Bueter asked reporter Virginia Alvino, who's been tracking the issue since the initial rollout last year. 

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Big Tax Cuts Won't Be on the 2015 Agenda

Indiana Senate president pro-tem, David Long.
Credit File

Legislative leaders say Hoosiers shouldn’t expect more big tax cuts or changes in the upcoming session. 

In the last 15 years, the General Assembly has enacted major cuts to property taxes, individual and corporate income taxes, financial institutions taxes, business personal property taxes, and eliminated the inheritance tax. 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, echoing the comments of all four legislative caucus leaders, says it’s time to take a breath.

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5:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Healthy Indiana Plan Renewed


Governor Mike Pence announced Monday that the current version of the Healthy Indiana Plan will live  on for another year. The state still awaits word  on its proposed healthcare expansion plan known as HIP 2.0.

The Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low income Hoosiers, serves about  60,000 people. The federal government renewed HIP for another year late last week. 

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Zoo News
2:13 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

For Zookeepers, Orangutan Birth is About Awareness, Conservation

Tara in August in the orangutan exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
Credit Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Fort Wayne is expecting a hairy new addition to arrive by December. One of the Sumatran Orangutans at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is expecting.

A tremendous amount of planning and work goes into the captive breeding of the critically endangered species, and preparing the orangutan to be a mom.

The Indonesian rainforest – one of earth’s most biologically diverse landscapes – humid home to the rare Komodo dragon, pythons, and the endangered Sumatran orangutan.

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12:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Indiana Native Killed By ISIS Died Helping Those in Need

Peter Kassig, who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig, was confirmed Sunday to have been killed by ISIS militants. Kassig is the group's third American victim.
Credit Kassig Family

The U.S. government confirmed the authenticity of a video released Sunday showing the murder of 26-year-old Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Christopher Ayers reports, Kassig felt compelled to serve others, regardless of the risk.

When Peter Kassig graduated from North Central High School in 2006 he enlisted as an Army Ranger, briefly serving in Iraq.

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Health & Science
2:59 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Weekly Experiment - Potential Energy

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about potential energy.  

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

USF's School of Creative Arts Readies for Musical Battle

USF's Rachelle Reinking and Mark Everetts are reaching out to area high school and college-age musicians, with a brand new competition.
Credit Courtesy/Mark Everetts

The Battle of the Bands concept got its start in the 1960s, and remains a staple of vibrant music scenes around the world.

This month, the University of Saint Francis its own twist on the competition.

What makes the university's event unique is the age limit: competitors must be 21 years old or younger to enter.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with USF Studio Manager Mark Everetts and Music Technology Club President Rachelle Reinking to find out more about the event.

Event Information:

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