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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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Health & Science
2:00 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Episode 154 - Orchids

Politics & Government
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henry Vetoes Collective Bargaining Proposal

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a city council proposal Friday that would strip some city employees of their collective bargaining rights.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry officially vetoed the Fort Wayne City Council’s decision to end collective bargaining rights for non-public safety union workers Friday.

This is only the second veto Henry has issued as mayor. The democrat has strongly advocated against the collective bargaining measure since it was introduced.

The vote to eliminate collective bargaining ran along party lines - Henry says the measure is a step backwards, and suspects political motives by the some council members.  

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Interview: Author Bill Levy on Director John Ford's Acting Company

Bill Levy says legendary film director John Ford had an extraordinary ability to make actors shine on screen.
Credit Courtesy / Bill Levy

Historian, author, and entertainer Bill Levy will tell you that his driving force is "a need to share," especially when it comes to his deep knowledge of cinema's past.  

And that's what Levy does in his new book, Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company, chronicling the career of the legendary director and his troupe of regular players.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Levy to the Madge Rothschild Studios recently to share a bit of his passion for the silver screen.

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News
3:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction Set to Start on Ash Development

Mayor Tom Henry, Tim Ash, Bill Bean and others officially break ground on new downtown development.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

City and business leaders officially broke ground Thursday on downtown Fort Wayne’s largest new development. 

The project is broken up into two components: the “Ash Skyline Plaza” and the “Skyline Terrace.”

A groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the start of construction on the 98 million dollar mixed-use development. The project is funded by the public-private partnership of Ash Brokerage Corporation, Hanning and Bean Enterprises and the City of Fort Wayne.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Corrections Coming for Criminal Code Update

Ind. Reps. Greg Steuerwald and Matt Pierce speaking about the coming technical corrections to the Indiana criminal code.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The full General Assembly will meet at the Statehouse Tuesday to make changes to the state’s criminal code overhaul before the law takes effect July first.

The bulk of Indiana’s overhaul of the criminal code was passed in 2013.  But lawmakers put off its effective date until this summer so they could make further changes during the 2014 legislative session. 

In the wake of this year’s session, legislators and prosecutors have identified a few issues, mostly involving technical errors within the more than four hundred page bill. 

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Education
1:12 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Educators Concerned About Quick Turnaround for New Test

Indiana’s students will take a new standardized test this spring – a year earlier than anticipated.

The test isn’t designed yet but it has to match the standards the state adopted to replace the Common Core.

Education officials and school leaders are worried about the short turnaround.

StateImpact Indiana’s Rachel Morello and Claire McInerny discuss the sudden change in testing plans.

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