6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Heritage Trail - The First Lighted League Game

This week 131 years ago, League Park, known today as Headwaters Park, hosted the first professional evening baseball game under big league lights. WBOI’s Tom Castaldi from the Heritage Trail has that story. 

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4:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Pence, Coats Look for Growth in Medical Device Industry

Indiana companies like Warsaw-based Zimmer manufacture 50 percent of the medical devices used worldwide.

Indiana leaders at both the federal and state level are exploring ways to encourage more growth in the state’s medical device industry.

Later this summer, the Indiana legislature will devote a study committee to investigating ways the state can help medical device manufacturers.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Dan Coats sat down with leaders from the industry in northern Indiana.  He says he came away with two avenues for helping the sector, including getting the Food and Drug Administration to ease some of the lengthy restrictions on approving new technology.

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1:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Joe Hospital CEO Looper Leaving for Texas

The CEO of Fort Wayne’s oldest hospital is stepping down.

Lutheran Health Network representatives has confirmed to WBOI News that Eric Looper, who has led Saint Joseph Hospital since 2010, has accepted a position in Texas to be closer to family.

He made the announcement Wednesday in an email to staff.

Looper is leaving to become a regional CEO for Baylor, Scott, and White – the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas.

Opinion - Politics
5:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Summer Committees Offer Legislative Insight

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

The Indiana General Assembly meets in session until the end of April in odd-numbered years.  This is known as the long-session and is when the two-year budget is drafted and approved. 

In even-numbered years, the General Assembly meets in session until the middle of March.  This is known as the short-session.  You can see the archive of legislative activity and deadline information here

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Fort Wayne City Council Ends Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

Hundreds of union workers packed Citizen's Square Tuesday to protest measures that would remove collective bargaining for city employees.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Fort Wayne City Council voted Tuesday night to end collective bargaining for municipal employees who are not considered public safety workers.

There were three related measures up for consideration at Tuesday’s meeting, but only one was put up for a vote.

That bill removes the ability to collectively bargain from all city employees except police and firefighters. It passed along partisan lines while the other bills were permanently tabled.

Republican Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl proposed the measures earlier this month.

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Politics & Government
3:08 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Interviews: John Crawford and Tim Pape on Collective Bargaining

The Fort Wayne City Council meets again Tuesday to discuss and possibly vote on a series of proposals aimed at limiting collective bargaining for city employees.

Councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl introduced the measures earlier this month, citing the high cost of both the collective bargaining process and union employee benefits.

The debate has been heated, and before the council convenes, both sides were given a chance to share their views with WBOI News.

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4:51 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Debate Continues Over Proposals to End Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of residents pack Citizen's Square for the council's hearing on collective bargaining.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The debate over proposals to eliminate collective bargaining for public unions in Fort Wayne continued at Tuesday’s city council meeting. 

Hundreds of residents – mostly union supporters – packed Citizen’s Square for the hearing.

Councilman John Crawford, who introduced the proposals, says that collective bargaining costs taxpayers too much, in both the expense of negotiations and workers’ wages, although he doesn’t know the exact amount the city could save if his proposals are approved.

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Opinion - Health
3:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

HIP, Hoosiers and Incentivizing Health

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

On Thursday, May 15, Governor Pence announced ‘HIP 2.0,' the proposed Indiana alternative to the Medicaid expansion. A long time coming, this will affect the 1.2 million Hoosiers who fall below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and an additional 440,000 who fall between the 100% and 138% of the FPL.

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3:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Report Shows Indiana School Counseling Falling Short

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says school counselors are being hampered by a number of factors  from providing Hoosier students with the most complete college and career readiness opportunities.  A survey was conducted of more than four hundred school  counselors across the state.

The Indiana Chamber says the problem isn’t with counselors – it’s with counseling. Its survey of school  counselors found that 90 percent say they spend less than half of their time on college and career  readiness activities. 

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5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Proposals to Eliminate Collective Bargaining Up for Public Hearing

Hundreds of people attended the city council meeting where the proposals were first introduced.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Proposals to limit or eliminate collective bargaining for Fort Wayne city employees will have their first public hearing at tonight’s city council meeting.  

The proposals were introduced at last week’s meeting by Republican councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl.

Collectively, the measures repeal collective bargaining rights for all city union employees and consolidates those unions into just two organizations.

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