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12:04 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Latest Plan for Riverfront Redesign Unveiled

The proposed riverfront promenade would be two-tiered, one lower to the water and one higher that would connect to shopping, dining and residential areas along Superior Street.
Credit Riverfront Fort Wayne

Plans to redesign Fort Wayne’s riverfront have taken another step toward becoming a reality. Consultant SWA Group unveiled their latest design at public meetings this week.

SWA Group has been attempting a comprehensive look at enhancing the city’s riverfront since November 2013, and has conducted several surveys and community feedback sessions on possible designs.

The latest plan focuses on nature, recreation, and building a riverfront promenade. Rooftop terraces and pedestrian bridges would connect areas of the promenade and highlight the confluence of the 3 rivers.

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11:47 am
Fri October 31, 2014

IBM Presents Oral Arguments to State Supreme Court

At the heart of the dispute between Indiana and computer giant IBM is whether the technology  firm’s failures in the contract to modernize the state’s welfare system were enough to justify Indiana  terminating the whole contract, and getting damages afterward. Oral arguments were heard Thursday at the state Supreme Court.

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Opinion - Politics
6:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Balancing Disparities in Public School Funding is No Easy Fix

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

In the past month, you may have heard or read the StateImpact story about the Indiana House Republican Caucus’ legislative priorities for the upcoming session.  One of the items that caught people’s attention was that the Republican Caucus wants to “fix” the K-12 school funding formula by reducing the gap between the highest and lowest funded districts.   According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the highest funded district receives more than $9,500 per student and the lowest receives approximately $5,500.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Listen: Advocates Discuss Single County Executive Proposal at "Issues & Ales"

Listeners packed The Phoenix in Fort Wayne for the latest edition of "Issues & Ales" Oct. 29th.

WBOI listeners packed the house Wednesday night at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne for two hours of discussion on issues facing Allen County and the region at large.

The panel discussions were part of WBOI's "Issues & Ales" series, which features experts talking about topics in front of an audience at local restaurants and bars.

Hour one of the discussion focused on the upcoming vote on whether or not Allen County should change its county governance from three executives to one. Voters go to the polls to decide the issue Nov. 4th.

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11:33 am
Thu October 30, 2014

WBOI Presents: Roland G. Fryer

Credit Roland G. Fryer

In this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we feature Dr. Roland Fryer, Harvard economist and the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard.  He is a prolific writer about education, children, and teachers.  He shared some of his ideas in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana last spring.  

You can hear WBOI Presents every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., and Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.  

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1:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Fort Wayne Council Finalizes 2015 Budget

The Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday approved a city budget for the fiscal year 2015. 

The city’s 2015 budget is a little more than $150 million, up about 5 and a half percent from last year. Accounting for most of that increase is funding for the municipal election, additional police recruits, and a rare additional pay period for the year.  

Most of the council agrees it’s a lean, balanced budget.

A proposal by Councilman John Crawford was approved however, to cut nearly half a million dollars from the communication budget to enhance the city’s cash reserve.

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A Salute to the Kernel: Celebrating National Popcorn Popping Month with Poptique Popcorn

Lindsey Hively, owner of Poptique Popcorn, offers over twenty flavors at her two popcorn boutique locations.
Credit Courtesy/Poptique Popcorn

Popcorn has long been a popular snack food, and while every day is a great day for celebrating that tasty fact, October is "National Popcorn Popping Month."

About six years ago, enterprising college student Lindsey Hively turned her passion into a profession, opening her own boutique popcorn enterprise in Columbia City.

Today, Poptique Popcorn has doubled its business and expanded into Jefferson Pointe in Fort Wayne.

In honor of this month's celebration, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Hively at the Madge Rothschild Studios.

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1:18 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Secretary of State Candidates Focus on Voter Education, Transparency

2014 features a rare Indiana election cycle that lacks a major campaign on the statewide ballot, such as president or governor. That puts the Secretary of State’s race at the top of the ticket. 

Arguably the most attention the Secretary of State’s office has received in the last four years was for the voter fraud scandal that ousted Charlie White, the Republican who won the seat in 2010. 

Former state Senator Connie Lawson was appointed to the position two and half years ago. She’s running for the seat  this year and says she’s not focused on Charlie White.

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9:25 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Hoosier State Line Ridership Down

Ridership on the Hoosier State Rail Line dropped nearly 8 percent over the last year, while ticket revenues declined more than ten percent.

Ridership on Amtrak lines across the country rose in the last fiscal year, which ended in September.  But on the Hoosier State Line, which runs from Chicago to Indianapolis, ridership fell by nearly 3,000 people, down to just under 34,000.

And ticket revenues dropped nearly $100,000, settling at a little more than $800,000 last year.

Health & Science
11:11 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Weekly Experiment - What is Convection?

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about convection.  What is it, and what are some examples?