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5:33 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Longtime Public Radio Host and Advocate, Leah Tourkow, Dies at 91

Leah Tourkow spun jazz records for more than 60 years in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / WBOI Archives

Friends, family and fans from around the community are remembering a longtime radio veteran and a key member of the NIPR family, Leah Tourkow, who died this week at the age of 91.

Leah Tourkow spent more than 60 years on the airwaves, and spent much of that time as an ardent supporter and occasional savior of public radio in Fort Wayne.

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Opinion - Health
4:47 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

"Respecting Choices" in Northeast Indiana

Tyrion Lannister knows how he wants to die (click for animation).
Credit Courtesy / HBO

It’s an absurd question when you mull it over. It’s mildly rude, it’s unusual, and it’s disturbing to contemplate. It can be a threat or it can signal sympathy. So let me ask you: how would you like to die?

Even the sardonic Tyrion Lannister, from the epic and brutal Game of Thrones on HBO, wants familiar comfort (click the image to see what he has to say).

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Money
3:46 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Effort to Allow Cold Beer in Convenience Stores Falls Flat

Groups pushing Indiana to allow cold beer sales in convenience stores likely face a tough road in the state legislature.

A federal judge this week ruled against convenience store owners in their lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on cold beer sales by non-liquor stores. 

In a statement, Attorney General Greg Zoeller noted that the proper place for debating the issue is the legislature

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The Difference
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education

Ron Lewis speaking at USF's Stand Against Racism.
Credit Ron Lewis

By now, it should be no surprise to listeners of The Difference that young African-American men are falling behind their peers in the classroom.

In everything from graduation rates to reading proficiency to disciplinary action, the achievement gap between black boys and their classmates is wide.

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News
4:21 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

FWCS Receives Grant to Reduce Bus Emissions

24 FWCS school buses will be retrofitted with diesel particle filters.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne residents will be able to breathe a little easier thanks to new emissions  filters being installed on older Fort Wayne Community School buses. The announcement was made Tuesday.

New school buses come equipped with systems that minimize pollution. The program Diesel Wise Indiana awarded Fort Wayne Community Schools over  $300,000 in grant money to retrofit older buses with filters to reduce  their pollution by around 90 percent. 

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Politics & Government
1:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Pence Says Minott Departure a "Change in Direction"

Indiana FSSA Secretary Debra Minott said Monday she would be leaving her position in one to two months.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is offering little explanation about the pending departure of Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott, saying only that he wants a “change in direction.”

In a statement released Monday, Minott said she would be transitioning out of her role within a month or two and would work with Governor Pence to ensure that transition is orderly. 

In a separate statement, Pence simply thanked Minott for her service, while his office cited a desire to change direction at the agency as the reason for the move.  A day later, Pence was saying the same thing.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Indiana Preps HIP 2.0 Ahead of Federal Approval

FSSA Secretary Debra Minott says her agency is moving forward with HIP 2.0 preparations on the assumption the feds will approve the plan.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration is preparing for implementation of HIP 2.0, its healthcare expansion plan, even though federal approval of the program could still be months away.

Only Hoosiers earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level – about $24,000 for a family of four – are eligible for the current Healthy Indiana Plan.  That leaves more than 300,000 people without affordable health insurance coverage.  HIP 2.0 would expand that up to 138 percent of the poverty level – about $33,000 per year. 

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Education
4:45 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Pence Does Not Support Plan to Freeze A-F Grades for Schools

After announcing Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring  that matches the state’s new standards, state superintendent Glenda Ritz suggested the state  should suspend A-F grades for schools because most students will perform poorly on the new  test.  

Governor Mike Pence says he will not  support that plan. 

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News
4:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

No More Summer Utility Assistance for Low Income Hoosiers

Indiana won’t provide low-income families with financial help when dealing with summer cooling needs.  

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority traditionally provides $50 benefits to utility companies to help low-income households deal with high energy bills as they try to keep cool  during the summer months.

Those Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, benefits  won’t be offered this summer because the state ran out of money – it’s already spent nearly $50 million this fiscal year for winter heating assistance.

Politics & Government
3:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments

Ind. Sen. David Long addresses a meeting of The Mount Vernon Assembly, which met in Indianapolis this month.
Credit Andrew Downs / for WBOI News

A group of state legislators from around the United States met June 12th and 13th at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss an idea that's never been tested: a convention of the states aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution.

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