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2:14 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Bill Would Make Regions Collaborate, Compete For Dollars

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A bill that would create an initiative granting funding to collaborating groups in regions around the state is moving through the Indiana Senate.

The Regional City Fund would grant or loan regions money to improve the area based on a proposed growth plan.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden says it’s similar to the state’s existing Stellar Communities grants, but the new initiative is more collaborative.

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Elections & Politics
11:15 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Bill Would Ban Election Day Photos Of Ballots On Social Media

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A 99-page clarification of Indiana voting laws could attempt to make it illegal to share a photo of your ballot on Election Day via social media.

The Senate approved the bill last week.

Avon Republican Senator Pete Miller says the goal is to deter campaigns from trying to buy votes and asking voters to post a photo of their ballot as proof they kept their end of the bargain.

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Wed March 4, 2015

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Friends of Bob

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks with Richard Fudge, President of Friends of Bob Live Music Co-Op. They discuss the organization’s history and purpose, and preview their next concert.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Can A Test Show How Purdue Students Grow? And Is It Even Worth It?

Administrators want to institute a student growth test as soon as possible and feel a faculty committee studying the matter may be stalling.
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One of Mitch Daniels’ pushes as Purdue President has been to try to amass as much data as he can showing his school is, by a phalanx of empirical measures, a quality institution. And so, the man who instituted performance testing for K-12 teachers as Indiana governor now wants to implement a similar measure for college students.

“All we’re interested in, really, is how as a group Boilermakers are growing,” Daniels says.

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Government
5:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Indy's City-County Council Adopts 'Homeless Bill Of Rights'

The Circle City's homeless would be guaranteed a number of privileges if the bill is signed by Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Indianapolis has become one of a handful of cities to adopt a so-called Homeless Bill of Rights.

By a vote of 16-13, the Indianapolis-Marion County Council narrowly adopted the ordinance Monday night. 

Modeled after similar laws in Illinois and Rhode Island, it spells out certain rights for homeless people, including the right to move freely in public places, the right to emergency medical care, the right to vote and the right to equal treatment by city agencies. 

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