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5:49 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Embassy Theatre Creates a Midwinter Music Fest with "Down the Line 9"

Down the Line 9's two-night playbill showcases Wayward Son, Grateful Groove, James & the Drifters, Kat Bowser, Good Night Gracie and more covering their favorite legendary musicians.
Credit Courtesy / Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre's "Down the Line" concert series returns this Friday, and by popular demand, they're changing it up, doubling down, and making it a full two-night, ten-band music festival featuring "Locals Doing Legends."

Featuring covers of classic rock, country, funk, new age, alternative music and more, "Down the Line 9" promises something for everyone, and Marketing Director Barb Richards says the unexpected is just what to expect.

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News
5:37 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

After 30 Years, AIDS Task Force Changes Name, Renews Focus

Positive Resource Center Executive Director Jeff Markley announced the name of the former AIDS Task Force was changing Wednesday. The organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

After 30 years of operation in Fort Wayne, the AIDS Task Force announced Wednesday it’s changing its name and sharpening its focus.

The change comes after AIDS Task Force staff worked for a year to reexamine the appropriateness of its image. After research that included focus groups, client interviews and additional community input, the group has picked a new name: the Positive Resource Center.

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Opinion - Politics
12:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

As February Wraps Up, A Legislative Milestone Passes

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

The week of February 23rd includes a legislative milestone for the current session of the Indiana General Assembly.  This was the week when bills had to move from one chamber to the other.  Theoretically, if a bill failed to be voted out of the chamber of origin, it is not possible for that bill to become law.  In other words, those bills are dead.  (Click here to see how a bill becomes a law in Indiana.) 

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News
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

The Three Rivers: Reducing Your Pollution

Water not absorbed by the land can collect pollutants around your home and drain directly into the water supply.
Credit North Carolina DENR

There are some large-scale sources of water pollution in Northeast Indiana, but  what we all do at home can make a big impact, too.   We continue our series “The Three Rivers” with a  look at what precautions every resident of Fort Wayne can take to reduce water  pollution. 

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Politics & Government
5:57 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Bosma Scuttles Alternative Energy Bill After Backlash

Citizens Action Coalition Executive Director Kerwin Olson spoke out against the net metering bill, and says the group will be vigilant for similar legislative language until the session ends.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Brian Bosma Tuesday halted a bill opponents say significantly reduces incentives for Hoosiers to use alternative energy for their homes.

Proposed legislation made changes to the system by which utility companies purchase excess electricity from Hoosiers who produce energy through alternative means, such as solar panels.  Utilities would buy that energy at a lower price, and be able to charge alternative energy users fixed monthly fees for using the energy grid. 

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Politics & Government
4:59 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

House Kills Sunday Sales Bill, Both Sides Blame Each Other

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers has been fighting against lifting the ban on Sunday sales. A bill aimed at doing so died in the House on Tuesday.

Businesses on either side of legislation legalizing Sunday alcohol sales are blaming each other after the bill died in the House Tuesday.  The bill’s author pulled the measure after he said he couldn’t garner enough votes to pass it.

The battle lines in the Sunday sales debate had been unchanged for years: on one side, pushing for Sunday sales, were grocery and convenience stores, led by their lobbying arm, the Indiana Retail Council.  Opposing Sunday sales were the state’s package liquor stores, represented by the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers. 

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

House Passes 2015 Indiana Budget Bill

Indiana Rep. Tim Brown authored the House Republican budget bill.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana House Republicans

House Democrats say the state budget proposed by House Republicans will devastate many public schools throughout the state.  The budget passed overwhelmingly in a House vote Tuesday.

House Republicans named education their top focus this session, and the bulk of debate over the budget revolves around education funding. 

Specifically, it involves changes to the school funding formula that seek to help growing, wealthier suburban school districts.  But those changes would mean significantly less money for poor, inner city schools that are losing students. 

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Education
4:16 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Legislature Approves Measure Shortening ISTEP+

The Indiana General Asseembly passed SB 62 Monday, allowing the Indiana Department of Education to shorten the ISTEP standardized test.
Credit File

After outrage from parents and educators that this year’s ISTEP+ assessment would take students a total of twelve hours, the General Assembly took the reigns to shorten the length of the test. Both the House and Senate approved the legislation Monday.

By passing Senate Bill 62, the legislature gives the Department of Education permission to eliminate the Social Studies portion of the ISTEP exam for fifth and seventh graders this year.

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Politics & Government
3:38 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Freedom Indiana Comes Out Against Proposed Religious Freedom Amendment

The organization behind last year’s successful fight against Indiana’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage is back at the Statehouse this year.  The group’s target is a bill that allows people to use religious reasons to challenge state and local laws.

Some of the group that made up last year’s Freedom Indiana coalition, including manufacturer Cummins, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the ACLU, have already spoken out against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Balance in Physics

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains the physics of how an object can be balanced.  What are the forces acting on it, and what would stop it from toppling over? 

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