Money
5:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

One-Third of Hoosiers Delinquent on Debt

More than 35 percent of Hoosiers have debt in collections, according to a new study released Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy / Urban Institute

A report released Tuesday by the Urban Institute shows more than a third of American adults have debt currently in collections.

And Hoosiers aren’t faring any better.

Thirty-five percent of all Indiana adults are currently so far delinquent on at least one bill that they’ve been reported to a collections agency. That’s right in line with the national average.

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News
4:41 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Public Integrity Coalition Aims to Curb Corruption

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the state’s Public Integrity Coalition is developing strategies  from the local level up to state government aimed at curbing public corruption. Those strategies could include new legislation.

The Public Integrity Coalition, formed three months ago, brings together groups such as the Attorney  General’s office, the State Board of Accounts – which is responsible for auditing all levels of government  in the state – the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, and law enforcement groups around the state. 

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News
6:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

State Wants More College Students Graduating On Time

Sarah Correll, Purdue junior and member of the Commission for Higher Education.
Credit Brandon Smith

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education wants to help college students finish their degrees on  time, unveiling Monday its ’15 to Finish’ campaign. The initiative is a coordinated, statewide effort to inform students, parents, and advisors about  the importance of taking 15 credit hours per semester.

Only 30 percent of Hoosiers complete a bachelor’s degree on time. And an extra year of college costs an average of $50,000.

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Fort Wayne
4:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections

Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine.
Credit Courtesy / Allen County GOP

Allen County’s Republican Party leader has a new proposal to protect workers he says will “smooth the edges” of Fort Wayne’s recent ban on collective bargaining for most city employees.

Chairman Steve Shine sent a letter to Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council Friday urging them to create an appeals process for city workers that would ensure fairness in firing and disciplinary decisions.

Shine says he was initially approached on the matter by Jeremy Bush with the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighers union, who asked him to intercede with a proposal.

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Health & Science
4:16 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Episode 159 - Lodestone

Politics & Government
2:26 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pence Says Recent ACA Rulings Point to Repeal

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

Governor Mike Pence says recent court rulings on the Affordable Care Act should send a message to Congress to repeal the controversial healthcare law.

Two federal appeals courts this week issued conflicting rulings on subsidies offered to consumers who purchase health insurance through federally-run exchanges – one court invalidated them, the other upheld them. 

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Arts & Culture
6:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne

The first "Love, Fort Wayne" chalk wall recently went up at Wunderkammer Company on Fairfield Ave.
Credit Courtesy / Love, Fort Wayne

What do you love about Fort Wayne?

Artlink Executive Director Deb Washler thinks there are a lot of reasons to admire the Summit City, and she's looking for even more.

Washler and a team from Leadership Fort Wayne have come up with a new, interactive art installation encouraging residents to share why they appreciate the community, called "Love, Fort Wayne."

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Healthy Indiana Plan Enrollment Ends for 2014

Indiana is cutting off enrollment in the Healthy Indiana Plan because the program has reached this year’s funding limit.

When the federal government reauthorized HIP, the health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, last year, it required Indiana to lower the income eligibility ceiling from 200 percent of the poverty level – about $47,000  a year for a family of four – to 100 percent – roughly $23,000  a year. 

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Politics & Government
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

State, Local Governments at Odds Over Tax

The State Capitol in Indianapolis.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The next showdown between the state and local governments over the business personal property tax will be at a blue ribbon commission studying the issue this summer. 

The tax on is a levy on business equipment that generates a billion dollars a year for local governments.

Legislation passed this year allows local governments to either exempt new equipment from the business personal property tax, eliminate it on small businesses or abate the tax on specific projects for up to 20 years. 

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Education
3:04 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program

Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.

The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.

United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400 children when it’s up and running.

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