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Health & Science
2:43 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Tuning Fork

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains how tuning forks work.  Why are they different sizes, and what do the numbers associated with them mean? 

This is the 200th episode of the Weekly Experiment! Thank you Martin and Science Central for informing and entertaining the WBOI audience for the past four years! 

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Despite Legislation, Midwife Regulation Still Incomplete

Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) says passing a midwifery bill this year was better than leaving the practice unregulated.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Senate Republicans

After two years of unsuccessfully putting into practice a law regulating midwives, the General Assembly enacted a follow-up bill aimed at finally making the system work.

Legislators crafted a law in 2013 to regulate midwives, including the requirement that, to legally practice, midwives must have a signed, written collaborative agreement with a doctor.  But the Professional Licensing Board – charged with fully developing midwife regulations – couldn’t find a doctor willing to sign an agreement, and gave up creating the midwifery license. 

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Zoo News
3:25 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Children's Zoo Opens Renovated Reef Exhibit

The Reef exhibit includes a 600-gallon moon jellyfish tank.
Virginia Alvino WBOI News

And it’s time once again for news...from Down Under

Okay, it’s not really Down Under, but earlier today hundreds of children got a chance to see  jellyfish, venomous lionfish and about thirty other species at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo  Australian Adventure. The renovated reef exhibit opened today.

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Higher Education
2:52 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Ivy Tech Freezes Tuition for Some Students

Credit Courtesy / Ivy Tech

Following the recent lead of Indiana University and Purdue, Ivy Tech is freezing tuition for some students.

There are two ways students can qualify. To freeze their tuition, Ivy Tech students must either complete at least 30 credit hours over the next two semesters – which puts them on track for graduation in two years – or they must be continuously enrolled in the next three semesters – that’s six hours each in the fall and spring, and three next summer.  

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder notes 65 percent of Ivy Tech enrollees take less than 12 hours a semester.

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Arts & Culture
1:05 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Cooking Out is In: The Thrill of the Grill

Lacy Curry and Lee Albright agree that restaurant-style barbecuing like this can be adapted for home grilling.
Credit Courtesy/Lacy Curry

To many folks, barbecue is synonymous with outdoor celebrations and American holidays, and let's face it, there are about as many styles of barbecuing as there are opinions -- everyone's got their own!

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4:56 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Census Data: Fort Wayne, Indy Add Residents

Credit Flickr / James Cridland

The City of Fort Wayne grew again last year, according to new population data released by the U.S. Census Thursday.

The numbers show Fort Wayne’s population rose by 1,650 residents last year, continuing the growth trend the metro has experienced since 2010.

The city is the 77th largest in the United States by population.

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3:49 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Downtown Bike Share Could Come to Fort Wayne

B-cycle has made 6,000 bikes available to rent across the U.S. since 2010.
Credit B-cycle

The City of Fort Wayne is exploring the possibility of installing a bike sharing system downtown and along the rivers.  

B-cycle is a company that makes bikes available to rent in 41 cities across the U.S.

The system is part of the sharing economy, like Uber or Air BnB. Here’s how it works – sign up online, choose a bike from a public station, get on, and ride. 

Daily or monthly passes are available, or in some cities you can pay as you go.

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Opinion - Health
12:56 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Pushing the Needle: a Therapeutic Approach to Drug Use and Social Harm

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

A lot has been made recently of the HIV cases in southeastern Indiana. Governor Mike Pence responded to the crisis by allowing the use of a needle exchange program in that part of Indiana. He then extended the needle exchange program because it appeared to be working.

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5:17 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

City Explores Potential Downtown Arena

The Downtown Fort Wayne Arena Study by Hunden Strategic Partners includes maps of local and regional arena competition.
Credit Hunden Strategic Partners

The results are in from a study commissioned by the City of Fort Wayne  examining the viability of building an arena downtown.  The findings were released Wednesday. 

The City of Fort Wayne invested nearly $40,000 in the study of a  potential sports and entertainment arena downtown. 

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Despite Evolving Tech, Two Wheels Still Deliver Simple Pleasures

Service manager Tim Wegner and Event Coordinator James Holm on the job at Summit City Bicycles and Fitness.
Credit Summit City Bicycles and Fitness

Bicycles first hit the streets in the 19th century, and since then, the basics of the bike haven't changed that much. At its simplest, it's just a chain, crank, two wheels and some forward motion.

What has changed: taste and technology. Today's sophisticated machines are designed to fit any lifestyle -- sometimes with a price tag that rivals that of a small car.

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