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Governor Mike Pence Thursday proudly touted Indiana’s continued fiscal strength as he closed the books on the fiscal year.  But that strength has Democrats wondering why Pence continues to order state agencies to cut their budgets.

Indiana finished its 2015 fiscal year with a $210 million surplus, helping increase budget reserves to more than $2.1 billion.  But state agencies reverted $133 million, meaning if the governor hadn’t required agencies to send any money back, the state still would’ve had a surplus. 

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Thanks to PBS39 and Cinema Center, the spotlight is on amateur film and video makers Wednesday with the 5th annual Three Rivers Film Festival.

The 15 short films in this screening represent animation, drama, comedy and music video genres -- providing what event coordinator Todd Grimes calls "great exposure to a variety of different styles and artistic direction."

For a peek "behind the screen," WBOI's Julia Meek met with Grimes and one of the featured animators, Sarah Jones. 

William S.E. “Doc" Coleman and Getting Paid to Talk

Jul 15, 2015
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William S.E. “Doc” Coleman was a dynamic fixture. I did not know him particularly well, and leave the romantic remembrances of his long and illustrious life to others to mark and celebrate.

But I did know him a little. He did his best to direct me in my middling efforts as an actor at Drake University in the mid-1990s. His laugh and his knowing looks are easily remembered. But what strikes me most about his passing on July 8th is how different it was than it might have been even 10 or 15 years ago.

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Indiana Senator Dan Coats says he’s “profoundly skeptical” of the nuclear agreement announced Tuesday between Iran and a group of nations led by the U.S. It’s an agreement on which Congress will have a say.

Coats, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says he will carefully review the details of the deal before rendering a final opinion.  But he says he’s harkening back to a deal President Clinton made with North Korea – an agreement which ultimately resulted in that country obtaining nuclear weapons.

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A Department of Child Services case manager say she’s handling way too many cases, putting children’s lives at risk, because the agency won’t hire enough people.  Now, the ACLU is taking the state to court over the issue.

Indiana law mandates that DCS must have enough caseworkers so that one employee doesn’t supervise more than 17 children at a time.  Case manager Mary Price says her caseload is 43 children – too many, she says, to effectively handle. 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg raised more money in the first half of 2015 than Governor Mike Pence.  And at least one political scientist says, even with the election more than a year away, that could have an impact on how the race shapes up.

Former House Speaker John Gregg managed to out-fundraise the incumbent through June by a little more than $100,000. 

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores the tools used by geologists to measure and record earthquakes.  How were they invented, how do they work, and what are the different types? 

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Fort Wayne based author Anna Lee Huber published her first novel, a period mystery set in Scotland during the 1830s, a little less than three years ago.

Since then, Huber's unconventional protagonist, Kiera Darby, has continued to ply her detective skills, and is acquiring quite a national and international following.

After three successful outings with her lead character, Huber is launching the fourth book in the "Lady Darby Mystery Series" this Saturday.

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek met with the author to uncover the mystery of her literary success.

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Lieutenant governors from around the country descended on Indiana this week for a national conference.  Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the event can be a valuable tool to share best practices and even prepare for higher office.

Ellspermann says the National Lieutenant Governors Association was the first conference she attended after taking office. 

She says its annual meetings are an important opportunity to meet with a strong group of bipartisan colleagues, sharing ideas and promoting causes.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

New Contemporary Art encompasses a lot of different styles. What they all share is they’ve been developed largely outside of traditional, institutional contexts.

But a new exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is blurring those lines - bringing traditional public and street art inside its walls.  “Invisible College” includes pieces from all over the world, and five original murals painted right inside the museum.

The project is in partnership with The Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles.

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